Could Aro-ha be one of the most incredible destinations on earth? We think so! Located not far from Queenstown in the Southern Alps, Aro-ha is a sustainable luxury retreat surrounded by pristine mountains and lakes. Select from 4, 5 and 6-night retreats that consist of daily hikes, twice-daily yoga, pilates, meditation, workshops, a divine day of silence and so much more. Reconnect with mother nature and feel grounded once more.
Sleep in cedar eco-cabins overlooking Lake Wakatipu and wake up to inspiring views over pristine mountains. The place runs on hydro and solar power with all buildings crafted from recycled timber. One of the world's only off-the-grid retreats, there’s no phones or wifi in any of the communal spaces and who needs these anyway? Aro-ha is all about immersing in nature and listening to our inner wisdom.
Your day begins with a gong at 6.30 am for morning yoga followed by a healthy vegan breakfast. The daily schedule is (kind of) optional and may include pilates, nutrition workshops, massage, evening yoga, meditation and more. The yoga room features such breathtaking mountain views that even the most reluctant yogi won’t be able to resist the sunrise yoga sessions. The high-point for most are the rather rigorous sub-alpine hikes.
Around 40% of your food on your plate derives from the on-site veggie garden and greenhouse - don’t be surprised if your raspberries were handpicked that very morning. Mindful and meditative eating is key here. It’s all about alkalizing our body with anti-inflammatory, gluten-free, fermented, sprouted, planet-based, and dehydrated foods. This is a no coffee, no alcohol retreat. There's also fun cooking classes and nutrition workshops held throughout your retreat.
Let's just say we are totally obsessed with the spa! Or rather, the lack of one. There’s no spa menu, fuss or fluff. Wellness is all about open-air hot and icy cold plunge pools and mother nature – expect lots of laughter and good times here! Warm your bones in the stunningly-designed sauna. Your daily treatment is simply a healing or deep tissue massage delivered by local practitioners. You are not given a schedule either as the idea is to bring one into the moment - at some point during the day someone taps you on your shoulder to let you know it's your massage time - this is one of our favorite spa concepts in the world!
If good food, hiking, and yoga is your thing then Aro-ha is a retreat worth saving up for!