Monday, 22 April 2013

Calm, peaceful and serene, you want to go here!

These are all the words that describe our last holiday and guess what 'It was at a Health Retreat". A health what you say?? Yep you heard it right!

Most Christmas' my husband and I take holidays from work however we end up spending the majority of the days lounging around at home eating and drinking, all the bad things Christmas brings with it! So, last year I took the proactive approach and bought a deal online for a holiday in Queensland and it did not disappoint.

Eden Health Retreat which I will call 'Eden' in this post is located in the Currumbin Valley in Queensland and backs onto the Currumbin National Park forcing you to connect with nature and forget all the added stress which is at home.

I did do some research on Eden before I pushed the button to book the deal as we realised there is no caffeine or alcohol allowed and no TV or phone reception around the grounds. Certainly a little different however we thought it would be a chance to disconnect from the world and technology, which I think we all rely on!

The birds wake you up in the morning prior to your alarm which is set for 4.45am might I add however I didn't mind getting up at this time as we got to watch the magnificent sunrise each and every day. These pictures are the views of the grounds each day as you rise, look how lush and green they are.

Everyone is given the same daily program which we all had the option of doing or not doing. It's not a boot camp so get this vision out of your head, it is more about implementing a healthy lifestyle into our busy lives and teaching those (who don't already know) how easy it can be to eat correctly and to eat whole foods.

Each morning after Qi Gong my hubby and I would tackle one of the bush walks around the grounds. They started off easy and we progressed to the more difficult ones each day. Below is a pic of us in front of one of the many waterfalls on the grounds. 

So the activities, where do we start as they come in leaps and bounds and there is tuns of variety. I have added a few pictures below of a few we tackled however there was so much variety to choose from. Please click here for a list of all the activities available direct from Eden's website.

Climbing the Power Pole


Swimming or lounging (in my case) by the pool

These are pics from the flying fox that my husband and I both went on and was HEAPS of fun!!

The two pictures below are of a massive group of bamboo that looked like they were plonked in the gardens and not going anywhere! If you squint hard enough on the first picture you may just be able to spot me. My husband zoomed in on the second picture.

I loved walking down the hill past these every day and always wondered how it grew so tall and dense. Such an amazing sight! 

Before I sign off I must also mention the food quickly at Eden which is all made by their chefs and from whole foods. They do not use any processed foods or anything from jars or packets. It's all made in house and restaurant quality. Not one day did we go hungry and in fact we went up for seconds a few times as it tasted so good, we couldn't get enough :) Cooking lessons were included in the daily programs and I learnt how to cook some of the meals we shared. We regularly make these meals at home along with other recipes from Eden's cookbook which we purchased from the gift shop.

My husband and I still rave about our stay at Eden and plan on making it a yearly ritual (if money permits). It was lovely to detach from the world and spend a bit of "me" time with myself and we both came back with the clearest skin in years and much happier within. The staff and facility's were 5 star and we made some really great friendships with the other guests along the way. 

This last pic of me is from our last day at Eden after a morning of kayaking at the beach and a pancake brekky! (Yep pancakes made from whole foods and yes you can still have fun and eat yummy food!!)

For more information on Eden Heal Retreat visit their website

xo antoinette 

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