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5 Days Wellness & Yoga Holiday in Lord Howe Island

  • Pinetrees Lord Howe Island, Lagoon Road, Lord Howe Island, New South Wales, Australia 2898

Australia Yoga Holiday

Lord Howe Island is known as a place of peace, tranquility and seclusion. For many of our guests, a week on the island is their only chance to escape the persistent phone calls, emails and traffic jams of the real world, and enjoy a much simpler lifestyle that rejuvenates mind, body and soul. A Pinetrees holiday has always featured healthy food, daily exercise in spectacular locations, massage, socializing with like-minded people and, of course, sleeping.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily fitness sessions
  • Organic wine tasting experiences
  • Organic vegetable gardening classes
  • Daily wholefood cooking workshops
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Gourmet meals
  • 5 days with instruction
  • English
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Pinetrees offers a great range of accommodation, including comfortable en-suite rooms, luxury Garden Cottages and 3 and 4 bedroom family cottages. All of our rooms are serviced daily. Our accommodation is single storey and has flat access to the dining room, lounge, bar, verandah, tennis court and boatshed.

Wellness yoga week in New South Wales

In May, September and November 2014, well structure these activities, engage some expert practitioners and host three rejuvenating Wellness Weeks. Over five days, well offer a daily program of yoga, spa treatments, massage, aerobic fitness, wholefood cooking classes and organic gardening classes, as well as our normal repertoire of swimming, snorkeling, diving, surfing, kayaking, walking, golf, biking and mountain climbing.

Rejuvenate to a healthier lifestyle

Combine these activities with three gourmet meals every day, organic wine tasting and a complete disconnect from the outside world, and youll experience one of the most rejuvenating weeks of your life. Youll also learn a range of new skills to help continue a healthier lifestyle at home.

Lord Howe Island is one of the most spectacular destinations in the world. It's dramatic scenery, lush subtropical forests, rare flora and fauna, pristine beaches and colorful marine life are breathtaking and unique. In combination with a warm climate, vibrant local community and great range of world-class activities, Lord Howe is the perfect destination for all ages.

In recognition of its scenic beauty and biodiversity, Lord Howe was inscribed as a World Heritage site in 1982. The list includes Uluru, Kakadu, Fraser Island and the Great Barrier Reef. More recently, National Geographic named Lord Howe as one of their 'Places of a Lifetime'.

Lord Howe is alone in a large area of the Pacific Ocean to the north and Tasman Sea to the south. Its nearest neighbors are New Zealand to the southeast, Norfolk Island to the east and New Caledonia to the northeast.

Lord Howe Island is roughly 10 km long and 2 km wide. It's a small exposed part of the Lord Howe Rise, an underwater plateau that extends from New Caledonia to New Zealand. The volcanic 'hotspot' that formed the island last flowed over 6 million years ago. Mt Lidgbird (777 m) and Mt Gower (875 m) are both part of a large remnant volcano. Balls Pyramid, 23 km to the southeast, is also part of a remnant volcano. At a height of 562 m, it's the highest and most dramatic 'volcanic stack' in the world.

The island is surrounded by the southernmost coral reef in the Pacific, and has a unique combination of tropical, subtropical and temperate marine life. There are over 90 coral and 500 fish species. Over two thirds of the island comprises beaches, sand dunes, limestone plains, hills, valleys and mountains.

All have unique sub-tropical vegetation that ranges from wetlands to rainforest. Nearly half of Lord Howe's plants are endemic. The Kentia Palm is the best known and is sold as an indoor plant throughout the world. In its natural habitat, the Kentia Palm stands in large subtropical forests with enormous banyan trees.

The local fauna is diverse and, in many cases, endemic. The Lord Howe Woodhen, Golden Whistler, Silvereye, Currawong and Large Forest Bat are found nowhere else in the world. The island is seasonal habitat to millions of seabirds such as Noddy terns, White terns, Sooty terns, Muttonbirds, Black winged petrels, Providence petrels and Red-tailed tropic birds. Some migrate from as far as Siberia each year to breed.

Helicopter coordinates

  • 3133S 15905E

We are serious about food. It's one of the features of a Pinetrees holiday. The quality of our food is exceptional, and you won't go hungry. Our chefs have worked in some of Australia's best restaurants and can prepare meals for all dietary requirements. All you need to do is eat and enjoy - we'll do the shopping, cooking and cleaning.

Pinetrees may be remote, but we provide world-class meals. Breakfast starts with fresh fruit, yogurt, cereal and home-made bread. Soon after, you'll have a choice from our daily menu. Options include: free range eggs benedict with double smoked ham and hollandaise on brioche; button mushroom, spinach and hazelnut salad with scrambled eggs and hazelnut vinaigrette; smoked bacon, cheddar and spinach quesadilla with avocado and coriander salsa; or home-made banana bread with ricotta, honey and strawberries.

For lunch, you can join us at Pinetrees for our 'plat du jour' and beautiful salads. Better still, we'll gladly pack fresh kingfish, lamb chops, sausages, salads, cheese and home-made bread into an esky and local pandanus basket, and deliver them to one of the many idyllic barbeque spots on the island for your own private lunch. There's no additional charge, its just part of the Pinetrees experience.

For guests who return to the lodge mid-afternoon, either from an adventure or a siesta, afternoon tea is always a treat. Our pastry chef prepares scones, cakes or pastries every afternoon to accompany your tea or coffee. Many guests touch base at afternoon tea and compare stories from their day.

It's dinner, though, where our meals stand out. Our chefs use fresh local seafood, local produce and other quality ingredients to create memorable four course dinners. Some evenings, we start with sunset canaps and champagne on the boatshed deck. Many guests say that Pinetrees dinners are the best they've had.

Shopping

There are two general stores at Lord Howe Island. Joys Shop sells most grocery items, fresh fruit, vegetables and souvenirs. Thompsons Store sells grocery items, gifts, souvenirs and fishing gear. Both general stores sell fresh bread. The Top Shop sells meat, fruit and vegetables.

The Liquor Store, located at the Lord Howe Island Board, also sells kentia palm seedlings. Larrups, in "the CBD", is a fantastic shop that sells surf wear and resort wear for all ages. Opposite Larrups is the Lord Howe Island Co-Op, which sells bulk dry goods and home-made treats.

The CBD is also home to the Lord Howe Island Post Office, the Community Hall, and Humpty Micks Cafe. Humpty Micks is open 7 days and serves great coffee, light meals and bakery items. You can also find good coffee at the Airport Kiosk.

Arts and craft

Kenny Lees and Ian Hutton are both great local photographers and sell beautiful prints. Ginny Retmock runs 'Ginny's Shed' where you can buy island artwork and distinctive hand-painted textiles. Seaspray Arts and Crafts studio, run by Noelle Hoffman, sells a lovely range of landscape paintings.

Health and beauty

Island Elegance and Not Just a Salon offer hair and beauty services. There are also two day spas on the Island.

Medical

The local GP, Dr Frank Reed, is based at The Gower Wilson Memorial Hospital on Lagoon Road. Clinic hours are 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. weekdays and you can call the hospital on 6563 2000 for an appointment. The hospital also has a pharmacy. There is an after hours service for emergencies. Since the hospital has limited staff, an air ambulance is sometimes called to transfer emergency patients to hospital in Sydney.

Money

Westpac and the Commonwealth Bank have branches on the Island. Both are open for limited hours. There are no ATMs, but credit cards and EFTPOS are accepted at most Island businesses.

Interpretation

The Lord Howe Island Museum is well worth a visit - and is one of the best options in wet weather! It has interesting cultural and environmental displays, a small shop selling Lord Howe Island souvenirs and a good cafe.

Tourism

There are snorkeling and coral viewing trips, diving trips, fishing trips, scenic boat charters, guided walks and climbs, cultural tours and environmental tours. The Pinetrees notice board has details and a free local phone that you can use to contact tour operators.

Churches

There are Anglican, Catholic and Seventh Day Adventist churches on the Island. Visitors are welcome at Saturday and Sunday services.

Other activities

Pinetrees is an ideal gateway to the beauty and adventure of Lord Howe Island. Most of the island's outdoor activities are world-class and only a short bike ride away. Guests regularly comment on how much they can do in a short amount of time.

Our staff are experienced fisherman, surfers, walkers, photographers, golfers and divers. Every morning at breakfast, well recommend where to go and what to do, depending on the weather and your level of enthusiasm. Some guests are happy to relax under one of the boatshed umbrellas, swim in the lagoon, and absorb the panorama of two of Australias most dramatic mountains.

Other guests like to keep themselves busy they might catch a 15 kg kingfish, walk through ancient subtropical forest, surf perfect waves or dive on the southernmost coral reef in the Pacific Ocean. Guests can also challenge themselves on the islands spectacular golf course.

  • Two group yoga sessions with Charlotte Dodson every day
  • One group fitness session every day
  • Wholefood cooking classes
  • Full breakfasts
  • Lunches (either at Pinetrees, gourmet BBQ hamper or packed lunch)
  • Afternoon teas
  • Four or five course dinners
  • Personal menus for guests with special dietary requirements
  • Luxury accommodation at Pinetrees
  • Use of all lodge facilities
  • Island airport transfers
  • Airfare
  • Applicable taxes
  • Spa treatments, additional yoga sessions and massage are available by appointment (80 AUD per hour)

Arrival by airplane

You can fly to Lord Howe with Qantaslink from Sydney, Brisbane and Port Macquarie. Private planes come from all parts of the Pacific, New Zealand and Australia.

Arrival by ferry

The island's cargo ship departs from Port Macquarie every fortnight.

Testimonials

  • Review by Fiona and Leon from NSW
    10 out of 10

    "Our two boys had the time of their lives making new friends, fishing, snorkeling, diving and riding their bikes around the very beautiful and safe island."

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  • Review by Diana T from Leura
    10 out of 10

    "Wonderful week, fantastic food, great staff on the most beautiful island on earth. Have returned five times can't wait to go back. This time it was a wellness week. Yoga in lovely setting twice a day. Fitness activities, cooking demonstrations from a great chef. Or just snorkel in wonderful water and enjoy the beauty of the coral. Bikes available to hire on the island. Bush walks and wonderful bird life."

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  • Review by Alicia from Sydney
    10 out of 10

    "On the back of a busy period at work, I was looking for a place to get away from it all and Lord Howe Island and the Pinetrees Wellness Week definitely delivered. No mobile coverage and limited internet meant I had to switch off and it was just what I needed to complement the beautiful surroundings and many, many activities the island has to offer. From morning yoga to walks, kayaking to snorkeling, finishing the day with more yoga, it was a great escape from busy everyday life. The best part was the flexibility of it - Luke tailors the program to the weather and what the group is interested in most, so we had more yoga and activities, and less of the cooking classes and gardening. You can opt in or out of any of it, depending on how you're feeling and what you want to spend your time doing and the guys will help arrange it all. The food was just amazing - great choices for breakfast (buffet or choice of hot options), amazing lunches (gourmet buffet at the lodge, take away salads or sandwiches or the amazing BBQ delivered to your preferred location anywhere on the island) and delicious 4 course meals every night. Dani, Luke and their fantastic team made the whole experience just lovely - nothing was too much trouble. I was promised Wellness and this was what was well and truly delivered. Cannot recommend it highly enough and already planning a return trip. "

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  • Review by Grantasymonds
    10 out of 10

    "We just had a magnificent week at Pinetrees for their wellness week. Yoga twice a day with Charlotte who was excellent. Daily excursions with Luke & cooking lessons with Alistair & Simon. The food & service were excellent. what a wonderful week away."

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  • Review by Caryn S from Australia

    "We stayed in cottage 22, a lovely 1 bedroom cottage with a little secure area to hang your clothes. I have severe food allergies and had such a great experience here. Within ten minutes of being there the head chef spoke to me about my dietary needs and from then on everyone knew me each meal time and a special surprise meal was made for me."

    "The lodge is by far the easiest and most convenient place to stay on the flat side of the island. An easy stroll or bike ride anywhere. We actually hired the little car from Wilson's (near Pinetrees) and it was a super cheap way to get around the island in our wetsuits. It was also handy to get supplies and drive to places just to see the sun set etc, Thanks Pinetrees staff. You guys are the bees knees. Glad we didn't stay at Capella. It's lovely but a long way from most things. It's also very close to the airport so noisier than Pinetrees."

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  • Review by Alicia from Australia
    10 out of 10

    " On the back of a busy period at work, I was looking for a place to get away from it all and Lord Howe Island and the Pinetrees Wellness Week definitely delivered. No mobile coverage and limited internet meant I had to switch off and it was just what I needed to complement the beautiful surroundings and many, many activities the island has to offer. From morning yoga to walks, kayaking to snorkeling, finishing the day with more yoga, it was a great escape from busy everyday life. The best part was the flexibility of it - Luke tailors the program to the weather and what the group is interested in most, so we had more yoga and activities, and less of the cooking classes and gardening. You can opt in or out of any of it, depending on how you're feeling and what you want to spend your time doing and the guys will help arrange it all. The food was just amazing - great choices for breakfast (buffet or choice of hot options), amazing lunches (gourmet buffet at the lodge, take away salads or sandwiches or the amazing BBQ delivered to your preferred location anywhere on the island) and delicious 4 course meals every night. Dani, Luke and their fantastic team made the whole experience just lovely - nothing was too much trouble. I was promised Wellness and this was what was well and truly delivered. Cannot recommend it highly enough and already planning a return trip. "

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  • Review by Alison R, from Adelaide, Australia
    10 out of 10

    " Not only was my Pine Trees stay comfortable, welcoming, helpful and just thoroughly delightful but the food was excellent. The team of young chefs produced three delicious courses night after night as well as a scrumptious breakfast menu each morning and a varied smorgasbord for lunch. The wonderful and too rare a thing for vegetarians was that the chefs also prepared a proper main course for me. What a treat not to be an afterthought dispensed with by a pumpkin risotto or a mushroom pasta. All the food was wonderful, veggo or no. "

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  • Review by George from New South Wales
    9 out of 10

    " We have been visiting Pinetrees regularly since 1987 with our children who are now adults and teenagers and who even change their travel plans to make sure they can join us. It is a unique experience which we value, a quintessential Australian beach family holiday but without the crowds and the mobile phones. Only two hours from Sydney is an island of breathtaking beauty and Pinetrees is the guest house with timeless ambience on the edge of the lagoon. We cycle, walk and swim, have barbecues on the beach and share with our fellow Pinetrees guests as relaxed an atmosphere as we can imagine anywhere. The Boatshed is a favorite place and sunset drinks there are now an essential element of the Pinetrees camaraderie. "

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