By Kay O’Sullivan, SMH Traveller
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Australia is to get a new health retreat with the opening of the Cabarita Ocean Retreat at Casuarina in northern NSW scheduled for the end of September. Overseeing operations is Brook Ramage, who was the general manager of Queensland’s Golden Door Health Retreat for 17 years. Ramage was also involved in the early days of Camp Eden, which, like the Golden Door, is situated in the Gold Coast hinterland.
Joining him at the beachfront retreat will be nutritionist/chef Samantha Gowing, who has worked at Gwinganna and Gaia and at health retreats in Sri Lanka and Bali. Previously, Gowing owned the Grace Darling Hotel, the hotel where the Collingwood Football Club was formed and which she took to one-hat status in The Age Good Food Guide during the 1990s.
Ramage says Cabarita will differ to other Australian health retreats in that it will be smaller – the new retreat will accommodate only 16 guests – and it is also the only one with beach access. “Because of that we will be able to offer a more bespoke approach and there will be a lot of marine-based activities,” he says.