I don’t know about you, but I sure love food. And sure, it’s all very well and good to get fed nutritious, organic food at a health and wellness retreat – but what if you want to really FOCUS on the food?

Maybe you simply enjoy cooking. Maybe you prefer to have gourmet and exotic meals cooked for you. Perhaps you want to reset your health, by boosting your nutrition and learning what works best for your body.

Either way, we’ve collated some fantastic foodie retreats that any food-lover (and health-nut) will love.

GAIA Retreat & Spa (NSW)

First up, we have the ever-popular luxury Gaia Retreat & Spa. This is where you can combine luxury, gourmet food, relaxation AND learn a little healthy cooking along the way.

Their Organic Cooking Classes are sure to delight any aspiring healthy chef and might just give you new ideas to take home with you. They have an on-site organic garden, with a fantastic restaurant that has a focus on producing well-balanced, healthy meals that taste delicious and look visually attractive.

It’s foodie heaven and a must to experience.

Find out more at https://gaiaretreat.com.au/

Lake House Daylesford / Dairy Flat Farm (VIC)

This one isn’t officially a ‘retreat’ but can certainly be utilised as one, if food is your main passion. Located in popular Daylesford, with luxury accommodation options, its award-winning restaurant holds 2 Chef Hats, and is a culinary experience not to be missed.

Ingredients are locally sourced from their very own Dairy Flat Farm, or other local suppliers with an emphasis on seasonal fare and tantalising dishes.

For those wishing to learn some new cooking skills, their purpose-build Cooking School Kitchen can provide you with cooking lessons from some amazingly talented chefs.

Find out more at https://lakehouse.com.au/

Spicers Tamarind Retreat (QLD)

If you’re keen to head North to the sunny Sunshine Coast, Spicers Tamarind Retreat is a spectacular option.

It’s self-proclaimed Asian influence will allow you to retreat into luxury, and experience some of the best Asian cuisine, with a restaurant that holds a Chef Hat. They also offer an on-site cooking school, with Asian, Italian and French cooking demonstrations and classes.

Find out more here https://spicersretreats.com/retreats/spicers-tamarind-retreat/

The Louise (SA)

We couldn’t write this article, without including this incredible retreat experience. ‘The Louise’ is situated in the famous Barossa Valley, in South Australia and offers a luxury culinary retreat experience, set among the picturesque vineyard.

It’s a place where good wine obviously takes centre stage, with winery tours, and tasting sessions at your fingertips. Their award-winning restaurant offers an exquisite, seasonal menu, utilising local produce.

If you’re into boutique wines, and impeccable food that’s masterfully prepared for you, in between exploring the region, The Louise should be at the very top of your list.

Find out more at https://thelouise.com.au/

Incredible food experiences abound…

We may have only featured just four foodie-style retreats on offer within Australia, but there are certainly plenty of options to choose from, within or close to each capital city or further off the track.

Whether you’re after a health-boost, and to broaden your culinary experiences with masterful chefs preparing your meals – or if you wish to learn how to cook like a pro yourself, you’re bound to find a retreat that offers all of that, and plenty more.

There are more inspiring and indulgent retreats on the Retreat Me Happy website.


The Retreat Lady
Author: The Retreat Lady

Sarah Willmott, founder of Retreat Me Happy is passionate about making Retreats accessible to everyone. She specialises in helping Retreats reach a wider audience by creating this online platform. By day Sarah sends care packages to help people feel better (she owns Feel Better Box) and by night she builds this website to help you find your perfect retreat.