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Heaven can wait – go to Sukhavati Spa instead

EARTH, Inspiration, Lifestyle, STAY, Travel

Fat bumblebees hum as they dip in and out of violet trumpet flowers languidly swaying over the verandah.  Tiny yellow-bellied warblers dart in between sucking nectar as they sing.  Sukhavati Ayurvedic Retreat and Spa is only 50 minutes from Bali’s international airport but stepping through its ornately carved wooden door is like entering the land of the lotus eaters, Homer’s mythical isle of honey-sweet fruit, which once tasted banishes any desire to leave.

Image courtesy of Sukhavati Spa Bali

Transformation at the Golden Door

Inspiration, Lifestyle, STAY, Travel

When you first become a vampire, you’re fixated on the small things. You look for hours at a pattern on a carpet, a stained glass window or even life itself, according to Ann Rice in The Vampire Lestat. This is the book I take with me for my week at Golden Door in NSW’s Hunter Valley. And whilst perhaps the Golden Door is not the perfect place for vampires: lack of night life, in bed by nine and up at sunrise, being there does transform you into a mindful mortal. You take time to watch nature such as the flight of the butterfly who mesmerised me with its golden wings that flitted and danced upwards to the clear sky and back to the magnolia tree with its white flowers and large brown leaves.

Image courtesy of Golden Door

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