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It was a relaxing and wonderful experience. We really enjoyed our time there : GREAT view, WONDERFUL spa & massage, OMG Italian Lunch! The most - one booking per time - you have the whole area. If I can rank Botanica 6 STARS- I will.
It is in the middle of no where but it is the reason we go there! You don't need any other attractions.
Once we arrived we were treated to a swim, spa and sauna complemented by freshly squeezed organic tangerine juice and herbal teas. I was then indulged with the best body scrub and massage i have ever had followed by a walk around the lovely grounds and to top it all of we were absolutely delighted with a beautiful lunch made with organic produce from the garden, i savoured every bite. Thanks you so much for such a lovely unforgettable day, i would highly recommend this experience to anyone wanting to escape to heaven for a day or even a night.
I was very fortunate to enjoy an incredible day at the retreat. From the beginning to the end, the entire unique experience was one I'll never forget. Gemma made me feel so welcome, the retreat was picture perfect, the treatments were absolutely amazing and never have I felt so relaxed and to top it off I enjoyed a traditional Italian lunch made from Stefano's organic garden. I would definitely recommend the retreat / experience to anyone looking to relax, escape the hustle & bustle of busy lives, a romantic getaway or a girly weekend. Can't wait to go back :)
Finding Botanica was like striking gold!
I was keen to find a day spa during a week's trip to Byron Bay. While there were plenty to choose from across the price spectrum, Botanica Rainforst appealed because it involved a little journey into the rainforest and was completely secluded. The day spa, with its sauna, spa and plunge pool is only available to one person or couple at a time!
Despite its small size, the experience and expertise was up there with any high-end luxury spa.
I had a one-hour massage followed by a facial, I felt fantastic after.
The hilly rainforest surrounds were incredible, even the drive there was relaxing.
Packages started from $130, very reasonable given the quality and in comparison to the higher-priced spas in Byron Bay.
There is also adjacent accommodation available.
A very special and memorable experience thanks to the outdoor setting, lovely staff and having everything to ourselves.
I really love this place. The studio is beautifully decorated with comfortable furniture and beautiful artwork and curios picked up during many years of heartful travel. There is a small yet excellent selection of books, magazines and DVDs. The views of the rainforest from both front and back decks are stunning. There is an excellent private wood-fired sauna, a lovely solar heated spa pool and a saltwater infinity pool. All of these facilities are for the exclusive use of the guest who rents the studio. But that is just the start of it ! The spa is gorgeous. The massages are extremely relaxing and therapeutic and the Uspa mud wrap is divine. The service is incredible. The owners of this business have a devotion to customer service that I have never send outside Asia. Everything you could possibly want is catered for. And in the most unobtrusive, quiet and humble way. The owners are very sensitive to the differing needs of their guests. If you want to meditate in silence and eat vegan food or fast then that will be catered for. If you need tips on local sights they are only too happy to oblige. I will run out if words soon but I have to tell you about the food. The fridge and cupboard was stocked with organic delicacies. You want to eat them all but you won't be able to fit them in because delightful owner Stefano (originally from Venice) cooks up delectable meals (mainly using ingredients picked from their own organic garden) and his beautiful and very stylish wife Gemma whips up the desserts. But there is yet more. This is not just a place to rest up and eat well. More than anything it's a place to be inspired by a couple who are truly dedicated to living in harmony with the environment. There are no toxic chemicals, everything is composted, and there is very little electromagnetic radiation other than a tiny bar fridge. It's simply beautiful. A haven that until last week I had only dreamed about. Between heaven and earth.
This place is more than a day spa, we loved the drive from byron through the hinterlands and we're pleasantly welcomed by Gemma at her amazing retreat. Private spa, sauna, plunge pool, freshly picked fruit from the property, green tea and sunshine over looking the valley to start, followed by a delightful massage. We'll definitely be back and might even stay the night!
A friend and I booked a massage and facial here to culminate our week-long stay around the Byron Bay hinterland. This was the perfect place to unwind! The day spa itself is perched up a hill on the property, resulting in an amazing 180-degree view of the beautiful forrest surrounding the area.
The spa itself is beautiful, with an outdoor spa and pool (solar heated and not treated with chemicals), where you can sit and admire the view. The sauna is heated by a log fire and has a beautiful smell from the timber used to build it. Gemma gave us an hour to relax or use the facilities before our treatments, all enjoyed on complete privacy as the owners do not come up during this time. Our massages were wonderfully relaxing and seemed to go for more than the usual hour-long treatment offered at conventional spas.
To top it all off, one of the owners (who is Italian) cooked us a beautiful vegetarian lunch - using mostly ingredients from their garden - which was perfectly light but filling.
Although the spa seems to be more suited for couples (massage beds in the same room, bath in the main room with no door separating, etc) it was still a great experience for myself and my friend. I would definitely recommend coming here!
Wow, just back from an overnight stay in beautiful Botanica spa with 3 girlfriends. What an inspiring , amazing place. Gemma and Stefano , as hosts, were impeccable in their service and hospitality with great attention to detail and fantastic food delivered to our table. The surrounding vista is sooo relaxing and inspiring and lying in the infinity pool looking out over the hinterland was dreamlike. Massage and yoga were top notch and sauna and spa a delight. Would highly recommend this experience to anyone and will definitely go back with my hubby for a couples treat.
We had a hens day at the retreat and it was just perfect. We all had the best day. Amazing treatments, stunning setting and beautiful lunch. Highly recommended.
I had the most amazing day at the Botanical Rainforest Spa and Retreat enjoy one of the most relaxing days I have experienced. The body scrub and facial left my skin feeling rejuvenated and soft. The lunch was of the highest standard and I could not fault the staff who were all amazing. Thank you for such a memorable experience.
I just would love to say THANK YOU we both had an amazing time !
My partner Jade PROPOSED to me !!!
We both will be recommending u to everyone ! Everything was perfect :) xxx
From the time of the booking Gemma and Stefano were incredible ! From the instructions to get there and checking what type of food we would like the service was impeccable ! From the lunch/ dinner and breakfast , the spa sauna and infinity pool and Sunday morning yoga , the massages just perfect! To top it off the serene and stunning surroundings we couldn't have wished for a better girls pamper weekend ! I can't thankyou enough for your total package of perfection ! I will come back again and again ... Definitely heaven
I needed a break from everything and this was the perfect retreat to recharge. Completely secluded in the rainforest, a hidden gem. The treatment was sublime, the food delicious and wholesome. Gemma massaged all the stress and tension away and Stephano cooked food from his organic garden which was absolutely divine. I felt totally taken care of and away from all the busyness of life. The location is so quiet, peaceful and gorgeous. A swimming pool filled with spring water, a luscious spa, wood fired sauna and a beautiful studio which overlooks the rainforest. I will be regularly coming here to nourish my mind body and soul.
Gemma and Stefano have thought of everything. Very private and tranquil setting. Not only do you have access to the loft but also the bath house (incl sauna, infinity edge pool and spa over looking the valley and bath tub and massage tables). The attention to detail was awesome: the meals were tailored, perfect to our food requirements, they noted what food we were eating and replenished it before we ran out and the spa is emptied between guests and filled with spring water so no chemicals needed, wow! They were very generous with their time helping us make outside fire pits.
We came here for the day for my best friend's hen's weekend. It was so beautiful and relaxing and exactly what we were looking for! There were 7 of us and we were all catered for perfectly! I had a massage, facial and a foot treatment and it was so divine. We were able to choose the treatments that suited us all, and the surroundings helped us relax even more! We had the whole place to ourselves and spent the day between treatments in the sauna, spa and plunge pool. And the lunch was also delicious. Highly recommended for a couples retreat or group event! Gemma was an excellent host.
The ladies and I had an awesome day hanging out at Botanica! It was an adventure finding the location, and well worth it. We had a relaxing start to a hen's party with green tea and beautiful spa treatments, hot tubbing, chilly dips into the pool, sauna, and a lovely lunch. We had a fantastic time, and I will def go back to take a rainforest walk and stay in the loft for a romantic stay-cation.
Went to Botanica to celebrate my sister's 40th on Friday! Totally amazing and tranquil day. The drive there was beautiful, through little communities, farms, rainforest and gorgeous creek crossings.
The spa was ours for the day, and the day was absolutely fabulous. Gemma was the perfect hostess, everything was there - towels, robes, slippers, organic fruit and tea. We relaxed in the spa, sauna and even jumped into the plunge pool - how invigorating! I loved how we were left on our own to relax.
The massage and body scrub that followed were so relaxing and the milk bath was just the thing to end the treatment.
Beautiful organic italian lunch prepared with food grown on the property - thank you Stephano.
The photos don't really do it justice, it is truly amazing, away from all things noisy and is perfect to de-stress and feel like you are a total world away. Too bad it all had to end. We will be back!
It's a nice drive from Byron to Wilson's Creek hinterland, just out of mullumbimbi. From the moment we arrived I was amazed by the beauty and the sense of calm the retreat had to offer. As the sun set over the valley whilst viewed from within the warm spa, to unwind even more in the sauna to the plunge pool. Our meal was then prepared followed by dessert, made from organic grown produce on their property "delicious". We sure slept well with our pamper day of treatments still to follow (I was already on cloud 9)! Topped off with our own private yoga session to the rose petal and almond milk bath! Wow, I know you'll enjoy your stay!