One of my favourite places on the central coast is Bells at Killcare.

It’s a beautiful boutique hotel, with gorgeous cabins, perfect for a romantic getaway! Their unique day spa is divine. The soothing colour scheme of white and blue gives it a Hampton’s coastal feel that makes you forget the city. The luxurious Bells Day Spa is a haven for guests to de-stress and truly relax, unwind and enjoy.

More than just a traditional spa, yoga is on offer as well, bringing an element of wellness to your stay. Their signature treatment Signature Kodo (meaning Melody) is a divine rhythmic body massage inspired by traditional Australian Aboriginal techniques that work to bring the body back into balance enhancing mind and body wellness. Together with the use of native aromatic oils, spiraling movements and pressure points this massage is the ultimate stress reliever. Available in the main spa or at their Pretty Beach House (dubbed Australia’s most intimate and luxurious guesthouse) Bouddi spa.

This signature treatment uses Li’tya – Skincare from the Australian Dreamtime. LI’TYA meticulously calculates and co-ordinates which plant parts to use within specific products, at certain times, to maximise the fruits of each harvest with minimal waste. LI’TYA recognises that preservation will ensure future generations can also benefit from these unique resources and it is due to this and their respect for the Indigenous bush lands that LI’TYA is restricted to using plants that are already commercially available. As they continue to research and work with local organic farmers the LI’TYA product family will also continue to evolve.

The Pretty Beach House Bouddi Spa is what I highly recommend, for that extra bit of luxury all to yourself! Surrounded by ancient angophoras and with views through eucalypts down to the sparkling bay, Pretty Beach House is a super-sophisticated private guesthouse in a magical setting. Once you arrive, you’ll never want to leave.

The serene and quintessentially Australian bushland setting of the Bouddi National Park, offers rest and relaxation. Located on the southern most point of the NSW Central Coast, our property is nestled within the beauty of mother nature and is only a 20 minute ferry trip from Sydney’s famous Palm Beach or an exhilarating 20min flight from Sydney (by helicopter or seaplane).

The Bouddi Peninsula is made of up wild escapements of apricot sandstone cliffs and spectacular coastal walks offering spectacular ocean views. Lobster Beach, Box Head and the surf break at Tallow Beach are all within easy walking distance, while Killcare surf beach, Putty Beach, magical Maitland Bay and the quaint seaside villages of Killcare, Wagstaffe and Hardys Bay are all close by.

The word ‘Bouddi’ is the local Aboriginal name for the eastern headland of Maitland Bay and has become synonymous with the national park and the surrounding area. It has various meanings in local Aboriginal languages, and is thought to mean ‘a heart’ or ‘water breaking over rocks’. The Bouddi Peninsula is a very special landscape – around 100 Aboriginal sites have been recorded in the park and nearby areas and many more sites are likely to exist. Sites include rock engravings, grinding grooves, rock shelters with art (drawings and paintings), middens and other archeological deposits.

The spa menu offering is slightly different. The Bouddi spa is a haven for guests to escape to and de-stress with spa treatments that have been thoughtfully designed to rebalance the synergy between mind, body & soul. They also use the pure indigenous Australian botanical products LI’TYA that harnesses the earth’s elements to provide the finest spa treatments.

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Whether you stay at Bells or the Pretty Beach House it will be a spa retreat you’ll never forget. Set in amazing bushland that leads to the bay, it’s a most harmonious tranquil area that you will easily melt into and forget time and the stresses of the outside world.

Killcare Heights is situated on the spectacular NSW Bouddi Peninsula with many coastal bushwalks to explore. A quick 20 minute ferry trip from Sydney’s famous Palm Beach, or a 90 minute drive north from Sydney, when you arrive at Bells at Killcare, you’ll find it hard to believe that you’re so close to Australia’s largest and most cosmopolitan gateway city.

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