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Golden Door Health Retreat & Spa Elysia
Ranked #2 of 15 Hotels in Pokolbin
Certificate of Excellence
Sydney, Australia
1 review
“Life changing experience”
Reviewed 8 February 2014

A big thank you to the experienced, professional and caring staff at the Golden Door Elyssia. We loved that they took time to show and encourage us throughout the varied program . We realised the importance of breathing ,moving and taking time out for yourself. Fantastic programme, first class accommodation and we looked forward to what was on the menu at each meal!
The best 7 days of our lives, we left feeling energised , relaxed , with a new outlook on life.

Room Tip: Villa 17 and 19 , great views
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 7 February 2014

Jan A

The moment I stepped out at the Golden Door, I was greeted with a warm smile by the gentleman who took care of my luggage, and a welcoming smile from Kimberley on reception and from then on for the remainder of the week the smiles and hospitality continued. While I didn't know anyone, when I arrived, except the friend I went with, by the time I left the Golden Door, the amazing staff had created an instant community for those who wanted to be involved. There was no pressure at any time to be involved but the staff were so friendly and enthusiastic I just couldn't resist. There were also plenty of opportunities to relax in the magnificent spa, sit by a pool (indoor or outdoor) or "take time out" in very comfortable accommodation. As for the meals they were not only wholesome but truly delicious!

Room Tip: We were in a two bedroom apartment which each had its own ensuite. Sheer luxury. This meant we each...
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2014

A wonderful resort to spend 5 or 7 days doing as much or as little as you want to at the same time as being pampered and well fed. All the staff are so friendly yet professional
I would be happy going alone or with a friend as all the participants in the program become your new best friends after a few days
It is impossible to leave the Golden Door without feeling much healthier and happier

Room Tip: All chalets have wonderful views of the Hunter Valley as it is perched on top of a hill
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled solo
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 4 February 2014

As soon as I walked to my accommodation I knew that this place is so unique. For the first time it felt like I did something great for my body and my soul.
I give 10 stars to the Golden Door for:
1) Staff (the most devoted people working from hart)
2) Program for all levels (you can do as much or as little as you wish)
3) Food (design by one the most talented chef)
4) Facilities (unique location combine with exclusive accommodation and luxury spa facilities.

Room Tip: Every think is great
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 2 February 2014

Needing a break and some space after a hectic year, I spent 5 days at Golden Door on a friend's recommendation. What a peaceful, tranquil setting in the Hunter Valley. The lectures were informative and fun with commonsense advice for making the most of each day. Meals were excellent and I really didn't miss the wine and coffee. I felt quite at ease on my own because many other singles were there.I felt recharged and well after the 5 days. I'll definitely go back again when I feel the need to get away and refresh.

Room Tip: Get a room overlooking the valley. Lovely to sit on the balcony and enjoy the view.
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled solo
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 30 January 2014

My husband and I stayed at Elysia for 7 nights in the last week before Christmas. It was the perfect place to wind down prior to Christmas and to avoid the frenzy that always seems to precede it.
The Golden Door program is fabulous, the staff incredibly friendly and encouraging, the setting delightful and the accommodation just perfect. If only we could live there! We'll definitely be back this year. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed December 2013
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Cessnock, Australia
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Reviewed 28 January 2014

For many years I have wanted to stay at a health retreat, in October last year my husband surprised me with a Christmas/Birthday gift, a 5 night stay at the Golden Door Hunter Valley. I was so excited and didn't know what to expect especially going on my own knowing no one else there. We are locals so it only took 15mins to get there my husband dropped me off and said make sure you have a great time that was the start!! I opened the large Golden Door and the foyer was beautiful and the reception area very warm and happy, the girls on the desk were very welcoming and my experince began!! I have to say I have never stayed in a place like the Golden Door it was fantastic everyone made you feel very much at home and it didn't matter being on your own as alot of other people were as well and the staff got everyone mixing and got us involved in activities so we all made new friends fast. My main aim was to stop smoking and just detox, my stay was the first week in December 2013 and I have not had a cigarette since I can not stand them at all, I acheived this through meditation and relaxing that the staff taught us. I have continued the wonderful things they taught us throughout my stay and have never felt so better with my health and fitness!! I cannot thank the staff enough for changing the way I live and helping me to make positive changes in my life!!
My husband is very proud of me and has noticed a big change in both our lifestyles!!
Can't wait for my next stay, thankyou Golden Door Elysia!!!!!

Room Tip: My room was on the sunrise side which I thought was great!!
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled solo
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Property: Golden Door Health Retreat & Spa Elysia
Address: 165 Thompsons Rd, Pokolbin, New South Wales 2320, Australia
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Region: Australia > New South Wales > Greater Newcastle > Pokolbin
Amenities:
Fitness Centre 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 (Based on Average Rates): £
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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