Gaia Retreat & Spa, located in the breathtakingly beautiful hinterland of Byron Bay, Australia, has won the top award at the 12th annual World Luxury Hotel Awards announced last weekend at the Ayana Resort & Spa in Bali.

Gaia claimed the coveted 2018 Global Hotel of the Year honour at a glittering International gala ceremony attended by over 360 hoteliers and delegates. This event recognises and honours the world’s finest hotels for their luxury offerings and delivery of exceptional guest services.

Established in 2005, the founders Gregg Cave, Ruth Kalnin, Olivia Newton-John and Warwick Evans (affectionately known as G.R.O.W.), set out to realise a shared dream, offering the highest of standards and service excellence, true to the standard of the World Luxury Hotel Awards criteria.

Accepting the award, Gregg Cave, Co-Owner and General Manager of Gaia Retreat & Spa proudly said:

“When Olivia and I first began to dream our vision of a barefoot meets Armani luxe at a home away from home, where our friends and future guests could relax in chilled-out comfort, we never in our wildest imaginations would have thought that one day it would be recognised, yet alone win, the Global Hotel of the Year Award”. 

“Everyone at Gaia is so thrilled to be honoured with this incredible global accolade. Our dedicated and committed team come to work each day with heart – a key ingredient to the success of our brand. We believe this transcends into the importance of providing an oasis of calm and tranquillity for those needing to bring balance to their lives. It is our pleasure to welcome each and every one of our guests as we strive to ensure they leave Gaia with the gift of feeling renewed, refreshed and restored.” G.R.O.W.

“I am honored and overwhelmed with gratitude that Gaia has been recognized as the Global Hotel of the Year,” says Olivia Newton-John. “I am so proud of our staff, family and amazing healers who have helped build this dream into a reality that is now recognized on a global scale – bringing people to Australia, my heart home, and letting them experience peace, healing and renewal of their spirit.”

Situated in the region often referred to as the healing capital of Australia, Gaia Retreat & Spa continues to shine as one of the country’s most authentic, most renowned and most awarded boutique lifestyle pamper retreats. On the same night that Gaia received the major award of Global Hotel of the Year, it also won the Global Luxury Boutique RetreatAward.

These outstanding world class accolades come shortly after another incredible win at the recent World Spa Awards,where Gaia Retreat & Spa was honoured for the fourth year in a row as the World’s and Oceania’s Best Day Spaheld at St Regis Resort, Maldives.

Gaia’s unique wellness & healing ethos has truly set it apart by offering guests total flexibility to personally tailor their retreat experience. Gaia’s award-winning Day Spa is “home” to some of Australia’s best healers and therapists, with leading wellness consultants, renowned yoga teachers and skilled fitness coaches available to meet the guests every need. Add to this Gaia’s highly acclaimed world class spa cuisine, renowned for its melding of delicious and nutritional flavours inspired by international cooking styles, and you have a recipe to delight and seduce not just your palate but all your senses.

Awards received by Gaia in 2018

World Travel Awards 2018:

  • Australasia’s Leading Boutique Hotel (Continent Winner)

World Luxury Spa Awards 2018:

  • Best Luxury Spa Retreat (Continent Winner)
  • Best Luxury Wellness Spa (Country Winner)

World Luxury Restaurant Awards 2018:

  • LuxurySpa Restaurant (Global Winner)
  • Health & Wellness Cuisine(Global Winner)

Source: Gaia