Health retreat a real escape
WANDERING throughout the Cabarita Ocean Retreat, you can hear nothing but the ocean and the birds and smell only salt in the air and your breakfast cooking.
You've only just walked in the foyer and you feel healthier already.
Opened in November last year, the retreat is nestled in a natural beachfront environment just north of Cabarita.
The intimate but spacious setting was developed by Susie Peterson, whose dream was to bring together all the elements of a healthy lifestyle to fortify the mind, body and spirit in a true health retreat environment.
Co-founder Brook Ramage, an innovator and pioneer in the health retreat industry, was also an integral part of the development.
Executive chef and nutritionist Samantha Gowing has brought 13 years of experience as a clinical nutritionist to help guests nourish their body with organic superfoods.
Her business Gowings Food Health Wealth celebrates organic produce as a mobile organic cooking school, creating what she has coined "surf spa food" menus.
"My work has been really global, so it's so nice to find a home here for my signature cuisine," Ms Gowing said.
"The food I use is very seasonal and I use a lot of local producers - I'm working to make that 100%.
"To have an office like this and work with a team of people who are absolute experts in their fields has made perfect sense."
Spa manager Victoria Ramage has more than 20 years experience and a string of qualifications and honours in the spa health retreat industry.
"The products we use are Sodashi - they're 85% organic and there's no chemicals, so we've had a really positive response.
"They have a similar philosophy to us of giving back to the environment."
Facilities include the restaurant, hot spa, six treatment rooms, tennis court, heated outdoor swimming pool, eight signature suites, four penthouse suites, gardens, lounge area and beach access.