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Favorite Spa in Australia

Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat

Queensland, Australia

This adults-only eco-luxury retreat—perched high on a mountain plateau in the heart of Queensland's Gold Coast—combines hedonism with health. Whether hiking through the bush, dining on organic gourmet fare, listening to a concert at the outdoor amphitheater, or pampering their minds and bodies with spa treatments, readers agree a visit here is an elegant yet soulful adventure. Guests stay in 47 luxurious and environmentally sensitive houses and suites built from recycled Australian timbers. A short walk away are a two-level gym and fitness center, indoor cycling studio, outdoor, infinity lap pool, and crystal steam room. In its 33-room Spa Sanctuary, massages using local bush-flower essentials hearken back to Aboriginal times while treatments such as oxygen facials incorporate the latest skincare regimens. The resort built a pavilion cantilevered over a billabong especially for its four-hour-long signature spa rituals. Here, couples unwind, surrounded by the sounds of nature, nibbling on canapés as they rest between a series of customized treatments. Visitors may also participate in issue-specific retreats; the newest focuses on sleep.