Small, private and intimate.
Health and healing, the Samadhi way.
Last year, industry authority Asia Spa Magazine selected just one Australian retreat for their coveted "Top 10 Health Retreats in the Asia Pacific region." They chose a small, private retreat set in the enchanting countryside around Daylesford and Hepburn Springs in Victoria - Samadhi Spa & Wellness Retreat.
Like most health spa regulars, Asia Spa Magazine is in search of that magical combination of sense of place and exclusivity of accommodation, together with a healthy dose of ambiance, style and one-on-one service. But most prized of all, are the healing and rejuvenation outcomes of the retreat experience itself.
This is where Samadhi stands alone. Samadhi's owners and hosts, Annah and Wayne Mirananda, have dedicated most of their adult life to health and wellbeing and the study and mastery of the healing arts.
Samadhi is founded on the belief that the role of a retreat is to re-equip its guests for life, so that one returns to the everyday world with new perspectives, increased vigour, new tools and a renewed determination to lead a healthy and fulfilling life. The aim is for the spa experience to continue delivering long after guests have returned home.
East meets West
Once a guest enters Samadhi (a Sanskrit word that means a one-pointed and elevated state of consciousness) they are greeted by a stylish East-meets-West ambiance with heated polished-concrete floors, crackling open fires, calming neutral decor and soft alpaca rugs.
Healing sessions are interspersed with body treatments in the spa - with its beautiful Chinese doors, connecting the retreat and the spa through a covered walkway - and excellent Asian-inspired food. Annah's nutritional background is behind the deliciously wholesome and artistically striking meals, drawing from an abundance of fresh local produce.
An integrated approach
Since 2003 when Samadhi first opened its doors, the retreat has embraced a collaborative and integrated approach to wellness, inclusive of mind, body and spirit. Testimony to Wayne and Annah's commitment to health and healing are the broad spectrum of healing modalities on offer.
The current menu includes diet and nutrition, reiki, polarity healing, sound healing, colour therapy, crystal and polarized light therapy, meditation, spiritual healing, beauty therapy, massage therapy, narrative therapy, loss and bereavement counselling, health counselling, remedial body therapies, guided imagery, dream therapy and guided visualisation.
Reshape your life
Beyond all, is an overarching technique of Wayne and Annah's own creation they call Life Shaping. Here the aim is to achieve a personal health and healing breakthrough for the client, in take-home form. A life affirming, rejuvenative and genuinely transformative outcome.
As well as being named Australia's only "Top 10" spa in the Asia Pacific, Samadhi continues to receive accolades from industry experts and guests alike. In 2011, Samadhi received Trip Advisor's Certificate of Excellence and was Trip Advisor's Travellers' Choice Winner for 2012.
In all, Samadhi is a small health retreat that offers big healing outcomes.