Spicers Sangoma retreat: what a weekend. Love it!

There’s something truly wonderful about getting away from our ‘usual’ weekend lives and stepping into the beauty of the unknown. Well, not quite the ‘unknown’, but to an exquisite mountain escape that does, quite literally leave you refreshed, relaxed and treated so beautifully.

All of the above happened when a girlfriend and I spent a weekend at Bowen Mountain (that’s the mountain Spicers Retreats’ Sangoma Retreat is cocooned by).

In two nights we managed to completely abandon the stresses of everyday work and city life, and find serenity _ and so much more.

To read all about our amazing weekend – visit https://spicersretreats.com/spicers-blog/melissa-hoyer-experiences-bush-luxury/

Melissa was a guest of Spicers Retreat 


A Winter Wellness Wonderland Is Coming To Sydney

This JUNE, 19 GoodnessMe Box, Australia’s largest health food sampling service will reignite its sellout event, the GoodnessMe Box Wholefood Night Markets. Back by popular demand at the innercity oasis – The Grounds of Alexandria, the wholesome food fair is set to be bigger and better than ever before, with over 50 media and influencer guests and almost 1,000 health conscious consumers.

For one night only, the picturesque foodie hot-spot will be transformed by GoodnessMe Box into a Wholefood Winter Wonderland, enticing guests to explore, engage, sample and shop under the fairy lights. This boutique experience will be opened up to just 30 of the most innovative food companies in the wellness space right now.

The GoodnessMe Box Wholefood Night Markets offer a selection of wholesome brands the opportunity to place their product in front of a highly targeted and engaged health-conscious audience.

The ticketed event includes talks and cooking demos from some of Australia’s leading health and wellbeing gurus, previous guest speakers have seen the likes of; Leah Itsines, Lyndi Cohen, Luke Hines, Melissa Ambrosini, Taline Gabrielle, Lee Holmes, Scott Gooding and Lola Berry. Each guest will also go home with a special edition, take-home GoodnessMe Box, including products from key  brand sponsors.

Creator of the event and founder of GoodnessMe Box, Peta Shulman says the markets have been a phenomenal success year on year, with tickets selling out in just three days on occasions. “The event has been designed to promote some of the most pioneering brands in the health space. The Wholefood Night Markets are a way for new and established brands to showcase their products to a passionate and loyal audience, all in an intimate setting. In past years, we had such positive feedback from stallholders and together, we want to continue inspiring consumers to nourish their bodies with pure wholefoods.”

The GoodnessMe Box Wholefood Night Markets will offer a range of interactive features for visitors to experience on their wellness journey like never before including:
• Product Sampling and Tastings
• Laneway Carts
• Market Stall Courtyard
• Alfresco Garden Seating
• Health Inspired BBQ
• Juice Bar & Soda Bar
• Interact with Media
• Celebrity Cooking and Demonstration Theatre

What: GoodnessMe Box Whole Food Night Markets
Where: The Grounds of Alexandria, 2 Huntley Street, Alexandria
Date: Wednesday, 19 June 2019
Time: 5:30PM – 10:30PM
Tickets: Tickets will be available from May 2019 for $37, or cheaper for early birds if you join the waiting list! https://goodnessmebox.com/pages/wholefood-markets

Source: GoodnessMe Box


Daydream Island Reopens

Daydream Island has welcomed its first guests back to the resort, signalling its official come back as Australia’s most loved island resort.

Located in the heart of the Whitsundays, Daydream Island spans 1km long with coral and sand beaches lined by palm trees, a tropical rainforest and it’s own Living Reef bursting with marine life.

Evoking a sense of paradise, the resort has been transformed with new restaurants and bars, expansive suites looking out to the Whitsundays and an idyllic pool designed for that Insta-worthy photo.

Daydream Island Resort’s General Manager, Dawson Tang has led the renovation and rebuild of the resort over the past two years and is excited to welcome guests. “We’re thrilled to welcome our returning and first time guests to Daydream Island as we share with them the reimagined architecture, design and dining offerings. We have a special connection with the Great Barrier Reef through our Living Reef and can’t wait to have guests experience the marine life from our new Underwater Observatory.

The new look resort designed by architecture firm, Hunt Design, pays homeage to the beauty of the region and the heritage of the classic Queenslander. Public spaces such as the Atrium have been created to be welcoming with the outdoors sprawling in, through colonial shutters, a vibrant green wall and an alfresco area looking into the Living Reef.

The resort features 277 contemporary rooms and suites with views of either the tropical gardens, pool or out to the ocean. The rooms and suites have a modern feel with wood look, stone and marble surfaces along with soft turquoise tones creating a space for guests to relax and retreat in.

The room types include; Standard Room conveniently located near the restaurants and central building with views out to the resort, Superior Room with a private balcony overlooking the pool or ocean and Deluxe Room offering an outdoor terrace with ocean views across the Whitsunday Islands. The resort’s suites all feature expansive views of the ocean with the Serenity Suite looking out to Daydream’s famed Lover’s Cove.

Daydream Island will have three new restaurants and three new bars all defined by their own distinct design and flavour. Executive Chef, Keith Le Fevre and Food and Beverage Manager, Adrian Tyler have created menus that showcase the best seasonal produce of the region at each restaurant.

Infinity is the resort’s premium dining offering with an Asian fusion menu, with wrap around balcony and expansive views over the Whitsundays. It has a private Teppanyaki Suite offering diners an unforgettable private dining experience. Inkstone Kitchen and Bar focuses on modern Australian cuisine with local produce and Australian native flavours at the heart of the menu.

Tonic is a specialty gin bar located at the Atrium with views looking out to the Living Reef. The perfect location for a cocktail, the space features forest green subway tiles contrasted with intricate gold details.

Daydream Island will be welcoming Graze Interactive Dining, Barefoot Bar and Silica in the coming months, further expanding the variety of food and beverage options on the island.

The Living Reef is a free form coral lagoon spanning 200 metres throughout the resort and holds over 1.5 million litres of fresh water and is home to hundreds of marine fish, coral, stingrays and sharks. Led by a team of marine biologists and Head Marine Biologist and TEQ Ambassador, Johnny Gaskell, the Living Reef gives Daydream Island an authentic connection to the Great Barrier Reef and its marine life.

For the first time, guests can now explore the Living Reef up close and personal on a guided snorkel with Daydream Island’s marine biologists. A new underwater observatory also allows guests to view 4 metres below the water’s surface to watch the marine life in action. Kids will have the chance to become eco-warriors at Kids Club as they explore and learn about the Living Reef while playing and feeding the animals who call it home, amongst a range of other activities around the island.

The Living Reef has a focus on education and will also feature an Exploration Centre with information on conservation and local marine life for guests to learn more about the Great Barrier Reef.The resort has a host of activities for guests to experience such as snorkeling adventures, helicopter tours exploring the island & surrounding Great Barrier Reef as well as sailboat and jetski hire.

The island will also feature an expansive revitalised pool landscape with unparalled views across the Whitsundays, coral beaches, gym facilities, unlimited access to non-motorised water activities and will launch the refurbished Outdoor Cinema in June – overlooking Sunset Beach. An exclusive adult’s only area will cater to those in search of a sanctuary and a little slice of peace and quiet.

For more information or to book, please visit daydreamisland.com or contact the reservations team at reservations@daydreamisland.com.

Source: Daydream Island


Undercard Boxing Launches in Sydney

Undercard, the boxing-led high-intensity interval training method and technique devised by Australian boxing authority and personal trainer, Zach Vickers and business partner, Keseva Commerford has announced the launch of its premier boxing studio in Sydney’s inner-city suburb of Darlinghurst on April 12th.

The Undercard training model fuses traditional boxing with full-body conditioning to include TechnoGym skillmill free-runner treadmills and ranged free-weights to personalise the level of resistance — incorporating boxing, running and lifting all in the one superior workout.

“I visited the United States last year, specifically New York where I have a lot of friends in the health and fitness industry. The goal was to simply observe the different methodologies and structures of various studio’s and examine how they offered not only boxing but fitness in general. New York is definitely at the forefront of the fitness industry and the trip offered a lot of insight that has shaped what we’ve built here in Sydney,” says Undercard founder, Zach Vickers.

Vickers is renowned within the Australian fitness community for shaping some of the countries most recognisable bodies, including New York-based male model Dougie Jospeh; Victoria’s Secret model Georgia Fowler; former Miss Universe Australia turned media personality Jesinta Franklin; global men’s style icon and Business of Fashion 500 lister Justin O’Shea; P.E Nation founder Pip Edwards; and NRL player Thomas Burgess.

In response to the evolution of wellness spaces and the changing nature of indoor fitness environments, the Undercard studio is a contemporary, light-filled space with a generous two-storied ceiling height, fresh white walls and custom-built wood cabinetry and parquetry floors.

“The customer experience is our primary concern. If you’re not providing a product that’s desirable and effective then you’re essentially building an empty kingdom. With that in mind, we wanted to create a space which is both comfortable and simplistic in nature, and accessible to everybody,” says Vickers.

At street level the airy interiors house a formal reception and glove check-in, a barista espresso and protein-driven smoothie bar, numbered lockers and luxury bathroom amenities and change-room facilities. Also located on the ground floor is a break-out, personal one-to-one boxing studio equipped with high-end Assault AirBikes, WaterRower rowing machines and SkiErgs.

Downstairs the blackout room features 18 21” 190 lbs heavy-duty water-filled Aqua Training Bags suspended from the ceiling and numbered on the floor. Similarly, lined around the perimeter of the room are 18 TechnoGym skillmill treadmills coupled with an adjacent workbench and select range of free-weights to choose your personal level of resistance and workout.

Certified boxing instructors lead the 36 person class through the step-by-step routine while wall-to-wall mirrors allow participants to gauge and improve their technique. The blackout room features two 58” LED screen monitors, showcasing the instructors moves at varying angles, a state-of-the-art sound system, and is dimly-lit in the brands signature orange hue.

“The classroom had to be functional and we’ve considered the workout journey from every angle and played with the height and symmetry of the space to ensure a seamless consumer experience,” says Commerford. “The decision to invest in the highest-quality technology was an obvious one.” he adds.

Undercard Sydney will be a welcomed addition to Darlinghurst’s already thriving fitness and wellbeing precinct joining 98 Riley Street, Cycology Club, Fitness First Darlinghurst Platinum and Fluid Form Pilates all in the immediate vicinity.

Undercard will offer six classes per day beginning with a 5:30am session through until 7:00pm and is located at 82 Oxford Street, corner of Oxford and Crown Streets, Darlinghurst. Undercard Sydney will officially open its doors from April 12th.

Source: Undercard Boxing


Polo style: tips on how to get into the Cable Beach, Broome vibe

If you’re planning on a trip to Cable Beach Polo in Broome. here are some helpful style tips from Peta Preston, the Official stylist/fashion consultant for Cable Beach Polo 2019. Go forth and get inspired!

2019’s Airnorth Cable Beach Polo is a bucket-list event, attracting polo players, A-list celebrities and style icons from across the globe. A carnival of luxurious events spanning three days, the event shines a spotlight on our beautiful North West and the paradise of picturesque Broome.

Beach Polo is your time to shine in the style stakes, and elegant summer casual is the order of the day. It’s warm and packed with action, so leave the traditional polo fashion and racewear at home in favour of sophisticated comfort.

If the thought of Polo fashion has you sweating like a horse, Personal Stylist Peta Preston has got you covered with her tips and style inspiration to help you look and feel your best!

It’s best to leave the stilettos at home.

Beach Polo introduces a quirky twist with sand as the flooring, so don’t be afraid to invest in a fabulous pedicure and go barefoot.  You won’t be the only one, believe me!

Hemlines can present a dilemma for the vertically challenged so if you feel incomplete without the height, a gorgeous wedge can elevate your look.

Accessories are key

Let your personality shine through your accessories. Have some fun with a bold pair of sunglasses or a colour pop statement earring.  Beach Polo has a more relaxed vibe so think less formal and more fun, sophisticated and chic. The humble headscarf trend is perfect for the polo and is a versatile accessory that can be woven into braids, tied around a ponytail or simply wrapped around the head.

Pearls and Broome go hand in hand, and it’s no secret that Paspaley are the most beautiful pearls in the world. You only have to take a peek at their Instagram to find loads of style inspiration for the region!

Fascinators are for the Fillies at the Races

The Polo is a fascinator free zone. Instead, opt for a headwear accessory, or a brimmed straw hat.  A small boater or a larger than life elegant wide brimmed hat is the perfect accessory for the Polo as they are understated, provide sun protection and add that perfect finishing touch to your summer ensemble.

One for the gents

Our male punters should curate their look with a ‘’less is more” philosophy.  Think tailored shorts in cool, breathable fabrics.  Add some wow factor with shirt textures and colour pop accessories.  A cuffed-up shirt exposing a masculine time piece really packs a punch.  Boaters and brogues will rule the polo turf and that ‘sockless’ look helps give your outfit a more effortless feel.

If (like me) you love a structured blazer, stick to lightweight fabrics and opt for brighter shades or cream palettes, given the elevated temperatures.  Nothing says Polo like a bright pocket square to add that chic colour pop.  Look sharp with a Fedora style hat and remember, sunnies are a must have accessory in sunny Broome.

Ladies who lunch

Dressing for the Polo can be tricky, especially considering the terrain (sand) and the temperature (hot).  Polo Fashion takes a different direction to what you wear at the track.  This is an opportunity to raise the hemlines but always remain chic.  Think casual, yet sophisticated as you would dress to attend a ladies’ lunch in the Hamptons.

Nothing says polo more than effortless crisp white and nude tones but if this isn’t your vibe, you can bet florals and frills will be out in force also.

Though Pretty Woman is nearly 30 years old, Vivian’s onscreen style continues to inspire.  The brown spotted print from her polo outfit has resurged as an in-demand pattern of the season, and polka dots in general are having a moment this year.

Be Confident

It’s no secret that assembling an outfit for a special event is like selecting social armour.  Your outfit may alter how you interact with people on the day and your overall enjoyment of the event.  When you look good, you feel great.  Our clothes speak before we do so ensure your outfit remains true to your signature style, so that you feel comfortable and confident!

See you on the sand! Yours in style, Peta.

*Guest post from Broome Cable Beach polo stylist, Peta Preston