Why you need a weekend getaway
When was the last time you took yourself away for a weekend? And no, driving to the other side of town to traipse through IKEA doesn’t count.
Studies show that taking a mini-break from your Monday-Friday life has significant long-term health benefits. Lower blood pressure, decreased stress levels and a more positive outlook were all reported outcomes from just a short weekend out of town. Even just venturing an hour or two away gives you a mental break from routine, which can help you to recharge, rejuvenate, and reconnect with friends, family, or your partner.
Still need convincing? Research suggests that when you return, you’ll be happier, more rested, and more productive. Can we call it a work trip?
Now that you can take Barre Body Online with you, you won’t even have to miss your weekend Barre class! We’re sold. Here are our top picks for a Sydney, Melbourne, or Brisbane weekender, all within 2 hours of our studios:
- Arafel Park, Southern Highlands
This gorgeous 1930’s home is nestled just outside of Bowral, a 90 minute drive south of Sydney. Surrounded by lush greenery and a slower pace of life, pack your pastels and pretend it’s your family’s country estate.
- Billabong Retreat, Maraylyla
If you’re a mindfulness lover, this is the perfect pick for you. Only 45 minutes out of Sydney, you can settle into the treetops of this eco-resort that provides yoga, meditation and spa facilities as well as gorgeous peaceful accommodation. Our tip – unplug, and take a technology detox while you’re here.
- Harts Lane Haus, Daylseford
This beautifully styled private home is the ideal getaway for creatives – you’ll be inspired by the focus on locally-sourced, bespoke furnishings and unique design. Sit on the Wisteria-laden deck and take it all in.
- Balinese Retreat, Montrose
If you prefer a little more dramatic flare with your Sunday brunch, this is the place to indulge. Set amongst a tropical Balinese garden idyll, complete with instagram-worthy lagoons and and draped Balinese silks, you’ll definitely feel like you’ve had a little holiday, minus the Bali belly.
- Glass on Glasshouse, Sunshine Coast
With floor-to-ceiling glass walls overlooking the stunning Glasshouse Mountains, this Sunshine Coast Hinterland retreat is as close as Australia gets to a safari experience. Wildlife amble past while you simmer in the double-sized spa. For the adventurers, we recommend giving the mountain climbs a try.
Beautiful image courtesy of Arafel Park