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Published September 23rd 2016
Purify, Rebalance, Restore
I am relaxing in a large, hazy room. I have just received an organic Dead Sea salt polish with green tea and minerals, designed to stimulate the lymphatic system. Eucalyptus scented steam slowly envelops the room, clouding the lights sparkling overhead on the dark blue ceiling.
This is the first treatment of my Detox Deluxe, just one of the Signature Packages available at the award winning Gaia Day Spa. The Gaia Day Spa is the heart of the Gaia Retreat and Spa, a tranquil Byron Bay hinterland haven, founded in 2005 by Gregg Cave, Ruth Kalnin, Olivia Newton John and Warwick Evans.
The three-hour treatment costs $370 and aims to cleanse, re-balance and restore. From the Signature Steam Room, I was led into a comfortable room where I was wrapped like a caterpillar in a cocoon with muslin cloth. An electric blanket and hot stones kept me warm, enabling the mineral rich clay and kelp masque to work its magic.
My treatment concluded with a one-hour Hawaiian style massage which included a relaxing scalp massage with warm, nourishing macadamia oil. This was pure bliss!
This day spa has won some notable awards including the 2015 'World's Best Day Spa' and 'Oceania's Best Day Spa' in the World Spa Awards.
The Gaia Day Spa welcomes day guests and is located through the large ornate entrance gate, past Kukura House, and at the end of the path. Another wooden gate leads to the pool, spa and the Day Spa. Small bowls of rose quartz crystals lay in white bowls along the verandah.
Gaia Day Spa
A robe, slippers and locker is provided. Guests are invited to swim in the pool or relax in the spa and sauna.
The spa menu boasts an impressive array of services from massages and facials to meditation, sound healing, kinesiology and acupuncture. A relaxing 60-minute massage costs $140 and a 90-minute Shiatsu Massage costs $195. Gaia Signature Packages are the ultimate relaxation treatment. Signature Packages include the 4.5 hour Gaia Goddess package for $520, the 3 hour Dreamtime Travel package for $370 and the 2.5 hour Byron Bay Dream for $310. While the treatments are quite expensive, the experience is magical.
Indulging in a delicious lunch or dinner at the Kukura House restaurant after your treatment is a must. This restaurant is not open to the public and is the ideal way to complete your Gaia visit. The Gaia chefs' create nourishing meals from the organic produce grown in Gaia's herb and vegetable garden. This fare won the 'Best Wellness Cuisine' in the 2015 Spa Traveller Awards. The flavours from my chicken salad on a bed of baby quinoa with pomegranate and carrots danced in my mouth. Bookings are essential.
Continue feeling refreshed and restored at home with Gaia's certified organic skincare range. The shop also sells Gaia's Toasted Wheat Free Muesli, Gaia's Organic Gluten Free Porridge, jams, books and Gaia's Signature Tea – a delicious blend of lemongrass, hibiscus and licorice.