“A stylish and holistic health retreat with fantastic countryside views and fabulous food”
The wooden cabins are strewn across the property and each is split into a twin share room (except the Acala Suites). The interiors are comfortable but beautifully simple, with walls and fabrics in muted browns and greens, and everything is designed to help you rest your mind. Organza curtains ensure you get lots of light as well as privacy.
Small touches make the difference - tea lights placed on the rims of mirrors, a burner with your own supply of lemon myrtle oil, home-made organic toiletries, organic fairtrade teas with jade ceramic tea cups from Japan, a daily supply of lemons with a sharp knife and cutting board for you to prepare your own early morning cleansing drink.
The Layana Rooms are the least expensive, with their own small deck, a bedroom, dressing area and simple shower room. It’s worth paying extra for one of the Sura Terrace Rooms - each has a private courtyard and daybed, as well as a bath. There are also 2 timber-floored Acala Suites , a 1-bedroom and a 2-bedroom, each with its own lounge, larger bathroom and a kitchenette.
You eat all your meals at Kukura House, an attractive Samoan longhouse at the centre of the property, which has a large terrace for outdoor dining on sunny days. The food is utterly delicious spa cuisine and special diets are catered for. Organic wines are available from 4pm onwards and with dinner.
The head chef Dan Trewartha prepares tasty inventive dishes using organic and locally sourced ingredients wherever possible - there’s an organic vegetable garden on site. Breakfast is buffet-style with (unusually) plenty of options for vegan and wheat-free diets, and a daily changing hot option. Portions aren’t huge, but they are always enough, so this is one place where you won’t leave feeling fat and heavy.
Typical dishes for lunch and dinner include roast sweet potato and rocket salad with honey mustard vinaigrette; smoked chicken, pear and rocket salad, and tamarind glazed salmon on sweet potato and daikon (a kind of radish).