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Golden Door Health Retreat & Spa Elysia
Ranked #2 of 15 Hotels in Pokolbin
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed December 26, 2012 via mobile

If you need to get away from the pressures of your life then this is the perfect place to de stress and centre yourself. Amazing food, spa, views (including kangaroos), facilities and staff. I came away feeling energised for the year ahead. I had always visited health retreats in Queensland and had neglected to consider the Hunter Valley. But I will definitely be back.

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Reviewed December 26, 2012

What an amazing place. Kangaroos on the morning walks, breathtaking views from the room, top class food and a five star spa. A great place to unplug from the pressures of the world, get healthy, relax and unwind. I have been to many health retreats and this one is amazing. It is purpose built and would have to be the most luxurious by far. I had always gone to the Queensland health retreats, however I will definitely be coming back here.

Room Tip: They are all top class with relaxing bath, clothes dryer, kitchenette, lounge room with amazing view...
  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 23, 2012

If you are wanting to improve health, unwind, distress, refocus...this place is a great Nsw destination for just that. Staff are friendly and knowledgable. Facilities are smart and clean and housekeeping noticeably on the ball. The healthy food was delicious and the range of activities was good. I ended my stay certainly revitalised.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed December 22, 2012

I have recently returned from my third weekend trip to the Golden Door Elysia for 2012. I am always amazed how quickly I switch into total relaxation mode. The only dilemma is how to fit in everything I want to do from the fitness and wellness program, as well as the amazing spa treatments and just relaxing by the pool or in the villa which are so peaceful. That's why I keep going back!!!

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 15, 2012

This has to be one of Australia's best kept secrets! Elysia is breathtakingly beautiful but the best thing about the place is the staff and the sense of wellbeing they engender during your stay. Sure, you won't be getting unhealthy food here and you have to banish the coffee and alcohol, but you definitely feel better for it. By the end of the week, I wanted to stay longer.
The activities like yoga, meditation and tai chi were fantastic but the spa treatments were even better. I would recommend this for anyone who wants to "cram in" some relaxation time and kickstart a healthier way of life.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 13, 2012

Once I pushed opened the lovely big Golden Door I knew I was in the right place for one of the most amazing weeks of my life !

A week later and I was not wrong. I found Gold everywhere in the form of the professional yet friendly and relaxed staff (with a nice amount of fun), the highly motivational Wellness and PE team - you are all Gold ! The consult/ therapy team - also Gold with a special wow to Sonya ! Gorgeous location. Spa treatments also sensational. Food was superb (even for a carnivore), as where all the activities and seminars.

The most important piece of Gold I found again this week though was ME and I have the total Golden Door experience to thank for that.

If you are reading this, don't hesitate in booking.
The Golden Door is a must have investment in your life.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed November 10, 2012

My Best Friend recommended I come here when I told her that my 3yr relationship had ended (not by me). I couldn't breath & I had been working 90 - 100 hours weeks which componded to my emotional state. It was the best thing I could have ever given myself and would have cancelled my trip to Europe to stay another week had I known I would have enjoyed it so much. All of the people that worked there from the Resturant, Spa, Wellbeing & Training Staff are fantastic. Food is fabulous, everyone on staff truly love their job, more then I have ever seen before. To be able to exercise as much (that was me) or as little as you want, to seek guidence through - Life Balance &/or Hypnotherepy (me), no matter what you want it has it for you. The Trainers are hard, fair & compassionate, they get to know each of you and work with you to acheive your goals. Whether it is Tai Chi, Water Running, Walking, Gym Intervals, Yoga, Meditation,etc, or Sessions on Metabolism, Nutrition, Building Resistance (stress related), Movement Matters, etc, everything is a building block to help you deal with what goes on back in your own world. I came back with some great skills to help me cope, as well as some great friendships. I intend to go back each year to continue feeling the harmony within I'm currently experiencing thanks to the wonderful Wellbeing Staff & Trainers. If you have an allergy &/or dietary needs, please make sure you advise the staff at the time of your Wellbeing Consultation it will only enhence your experience. The facilities are fantastic & the rooms are large enough not to be in each other pockets if you are sharing, it going solo like me, not too large that you feel alone. Sorry I just cannot speak highly enough of a week that truly has saved my mental & emotional being. My recommendation is if you are looking for a 3 day break of relaxation I would go from Friday as the weekend is a little less hectic, if not I would go for 3 days during the week. Whatever you pick I'm sure you will enjoy. It is worth every penny.

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Additional Information about Golden Door Health Retreat & Spa Elysia

Address: 165 Thompsons Rd, Pokolbin, New South Wales 2320, Australia
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Location: Australia > New South Wales > Greater Newcastle > Pokolbin
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Pokolbin
#2 Spa Hotel in Pokolbin
#4 Romantic Hotel in Pokolbin
Price Range: $445 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Golden Door Health Retreat & Spa Elysia 3*
Number of rooms: 74
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Discover wellness, balance and vitality, reach new peaks, feel inspired to make lasting health choices and unveil a new more balanced you. The Golden Door Health Retreat Elysia is a place where tired souls can be restored, new goals set and a wealth of knowledge gained to unveil a healthier, happier and more motivated you. All in the peaceful and serene surroundings of the Hunter Valley’s rolling hills, two hours north of Sydney. Whilst our facilities, accommodation and dining are remarkable, it’s the quality and warmth of our staff that keeps our guests coming back time and again. Our all inclusive health and wellness programs, provided under the guidance of our professional team, have been developed to motivate change and provide lasting results when continued back in everyday life. A holistic blend of exercise, nutritious cuisine, health education, relaxation and spa indulgence will allow you to discover new sources of energy and vitality. Located in the beautiful NSW Hunter Valley, The Golden Door Health Retreat Elysia offers magnificent views of vineyards and the Brokenback mountain range and the opportunity to breathe fresh country air each day. Featuring 74 stylish villas with one, two or three bedrooms, this exceptional property is the only purpose built Destination Health Retreat in Australia. ... more   less 
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