We look forward to welcoming you to Elysia Wellness Retreat.
Our team are here to happily assist you during your stay. To help you prepare and get the most out of your stay, we have provided the following tips:
Check in and Check out
Check in: We invite you to arrive anytime from 12 noon onwards. You will have lunch included on your check in day at 1pm, followed by an orientation tour of the property at 2pm.
Check Out: Although check out from your villa is by 11am, you are welcome to stay and continue to enjoy the facilities and activities. Lunch is not included on your departure day however you may request lunch in the restaurant at an additional $15 (subject to availability) or a takeaway lunch pack for $10.
Getting to Elysia Wellness Retreat
If you require airport transfers, we can arrange this for you.
Please allow 48 hours’ notice. If you are driving, please click here [Insert google maps link] to go to google maps and the Elysia Wellness Retreat.
Please ensure when booking flights you allow adequate time to meet the shuttle prior to departure.
For arrivals on Sunday, shuttle bus transfers are available from the following locations:
- Newcastle Airport: departure time varies by date (please confirm with reservations before booking flights).
- Sydney Domestic Airport: departing at 9.30am.
- Chatswood Train Station: departing at 10.15am.
For departure on Friday or Sunday, shuttle bus transfers are available at the following times:
- Newcastle Airport: departing Elysia Wellness Retreat at 11.45am. Schedule domestic flights from 2.00pm
- Sydney Domestic Airport: departing Elysia Wellness Retreat at 12.30pm. Schedule domestic flights from 5.30pm & international flights from 6.30pm
- Chatswood Train Station: departing Elysia Wellness Retreat at 12.30pm. Approximate arrival at Chatswood 3.30pm
Transfers are complimentary for guests staying on the 7 Night Health Enhancement Program.
Guests staying on the 5 Night Optimal Wellness Program can utilise the shuttle transfers for $75 per person one way to/from Sydney and Chatswood or $50 per person one way to/from Newcastle.
(If your flights do not co-ordinate with our shuttle times or you are participating in our 2 or 3 night programs we can arrange a private transfer at a cost of $175 to/from Newcastle or $350 to/from Sydney or Chatswood).
Special dietary requirements
Meals we serve
Our meal plan is vegetarian based, organic where possible, and does include fish and chicken on occasions. We include breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.
At Elysia, you will be eating sensibly portioned, nutritious wholefoods at well-spaced mealtimes. Mindful eating is encouraged to help you appreciate what you have, to slow down and to be more “in the moment”. Time at the retreat gives your body a rest from red meat, alcohol, caffeine, sugar and saturated fat.
If you require assistance throughout your stay with medical issues please advise our reservations team on 1300 991 254 or email prior to arrival [information email address].
Please also bring these issues to the attention of our nurse during your welcome consultation.
Your Typical Day
Spa and wellness treatments
Elysia will provide a detailed itinerary on a day-to-day basis, which is placed in your villa during a turndown service while you have dinner. This will include which activities are running for the following day as well as their location. You can participate in as much or as little as you would like, and there is generally a new activity every hour, with a mixture of high and low intensity options.
For programs commencing on Sundays, you can view a typical day on the program online by clicking here. (click through to Your Daily Journey)
Whether you are here during the day or at night, you will always feel comfortable in casual wear at Elysia.
Clothing should be practical, functional and comfortable. We also offer a quality range of leisure and active wear in our on-site boutique.
Here is an example packing list that may be helpful in preparing for your stay:
- Active wear so you can get involved in activities throughout the day.
- Joggers. Hiking shoes are optional.
- Thongs/open toed footwear for use in the day spa.
- For the cooler months we recommend warm jackets and gloves so you can take part in our beautiful sunrise tai chi comfortably.
- For the warmer months sunscreen and hats are recommended for our outdoor activities.
- Swimwear so you can take advantage of our pool, spa and steam room facilities.
- We provide our hair and skin care range of shampoo, conditioner, hand and body wash, body lotion and a soap bar for you.
- Torch for returning to your villa after night-time activities.
We also have laundry facilities if you need throughout your visit ($4 per load – coin operated).
Familiarise yourself with our restricted items. Please refrain from bringing these onto the property:
- Mobile Phones/devices (can be used in your private villa)
- Chocolate or Sweets
- Coffee or Tea
During your visit we like you to be able to ‘disconnect’ and ‘switch off’ giving you space to concentrate on yourself. Mobile phones are allowed within your villa and we provide complimentary Wi-Fi (we understand you may need to touch base with friends and family at home). However, they are not to be used in the common areas. This gives you and our other guests a well-deserved technology break.
How to prepare for a detox retreat
We strongly recommend you reduce or cease the consumption of sugar, alcohol, tobacco and caffeine in the week prior to your arrival. It is our experience that your stay with us will be much more rewarding if you are able to remove these substances from your diet prior to arrival. Not ready to experience a full detox? Contact our team for more information on how we can cater for this.
Our different programs
At Elysia we offer two check-in days being Friday for our 2 Night Weekend Program, and Sunday for our 7, 5- and 3-Night Programs.
All of the above programs include private accommodation, meals, group activities, use of the facilities and a certain number of spa treatments depending on your length of stay. View Rates and Packages
In addition to the above, guests who arrive on Sunday will have a personalised welcome consultation, access to a wide range of wellness treatments with some of Australia’s most skilled practitioners and a daily educational seminar.
Arriving on a certain day
Being a health retreat, we are a little bit different to a standard hotel in that we have structured programs for you that commence on a certain day of the week. Your first day on the program provides an orientation to our retreat, which will really set out how you can make the most of your experience.
We feel by arriving on these set days with all the other guests really sets off the true Elysia experience. We have found our guests definitely benefit from a structured welcome process, including welcome consultations on arrival (Sundays), and the introductory information session, which targets how to get the most out of the program. Our guests go home feeling much more well-rested, relaxed and rejuvenated.
Elysia offers one, two- or three- bedroom private villas, depending on how many guests you are travelling with. Each includes a spacious lounge area and balcony overlooking the Hunter Valley. Within each bedroom you can choose from a King bed or two Single beds. All rooms have a private ensuite including bath.