I found my chi whilst staying at The Golden Door

Whilst staying at The Golden Door, I discovered my Chi.

I also learned, when staying at Health Retreats, they aren’t all about hardcore workouts and strict diets.

Prior to 2012, I had never been to a health retreat before. Mostly as I suspected they were all about green smoothies, early morning rises and harsh fitness regimes over the course of either 3 or 7 days.

Don’t get me wrong, I love a good green drink as mush as the next person, But when I go away on a mini weekend away to escape the busy life of Sydney, I prefer to spend my days sleeping in, lounging by the pool and getting a facial or two.

So when a friend of mine asked if I wanted to join her at The Golden Door in the Hunter Valley, I was a little apprehensive to say yes. And you know what, after only 2-hours my opinion of health retreats had completely changed.

Here I was given the option to spend the day by the pool, enjoy a spa treatment or two at the Elysia Day Spa and even sleep in if I wanted to. There’s still no alcohol or coffee at The Golden Door, but there’s no noise or children running around, and unlike real-life, the decisions to be made are endless. Chill by the pool? A spa treatment or two? And every hour there is an activity on; like yoga or meditation, if I chose to engage, meet people or learn something new. I got to choose the holiday and my journey.

After 3 nights of relaxation, yoga, mediation and quiet solitude at the retreat I came back to Sydney an entirely different person. Completely in-tune with my inner chi.

Not only that, I now know there’s a new breed of health havens offering relaxation and an escape from the every-day. Delivering the perfect holiday setting, where anyone can use the time to take a break from regular lifestyle, catch up on sleep and chill out. All without the pressure of being involved in a list of relentless activities on an itinerary that must be followed.

Would I stay again at The Golden Door? I already have, I went back in 2015 and 2016.

Early morning Tai Chi on meditation hill, watching the hot air ballooning over the Hunter Valley
Early morning Tai Chi on meditation hill, watching the hot air ballooning over the Hunter Valley
The view from our balcony at The Golden Door health retreat
The view from our balcony at The Golden Door health retreat
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