On 22 acres of rainforest in the Byron Bay hinterland, Soma is a specially designed haven for weary bodies and minds. It offers a variety of programmes aimed to help visitors rest, recharge, and refresh themselves from the inside out. It is directed by Gary Gorrow, a Vedic meditation teacher, mindfulness expert, high-performance coach, and creator of Sydney’s Conscious Club.


It has a homey vibe as opposed to a motel. The absence of a check-in desk and a daily cleaning service is done on purpose to give guests the impression that they are staying at a sanctuary rather than a hotel.

The stylish building includes a yoga dome, an outdoor cinema, a freshwater infinity pool, massage rooms, and common living space. It was created by George Gorrow, the brother of Ksubi inventor Gorrow, who also created the equally fashionable The Slow hotel in Bali.

The retreat provides multi-day packages that immerse visitors in a variety of holistic activities, including coaching and mentoring, massage, acupuncture, and yoga. The meals are prepared on-site using Ayurvedic principles.

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