WORLD travellers have recognised the Byron Bay health retreat owned by Olivia Newton-John and Gregg Cave as one of the most luxurious spa experiences on the planet.
Gaia retreat and spa has come in at number five in the top Relaxation and Spa Hotels in the World on the 2012 Travellers' Choice awards.
The Travellers' Choice awards are judged by the editors and travellers of Trip Advisor, arguably the world's most popular travel website.
The retreat has won numerous accolades since it was opened by Ms Newton-John and Mr Cave in 2005.
Set on 10ha of lush sub-tropical gardens at the highest point in Byron shire, the location alone creates an atmosphere of serenity and relaxation.
"There are very few places like it," Mr Cave said.
"We are sitting on the healing capital of Australia and I think Gaia taps into that."
The 20-room boutique hotel and day spa employs 35 healers and therapists who all provide unique and specific skills.
Gaia offers massages, alternative therapies, facials, a sauna, pool, gym and yoga room, so there is a focus not just on luxury, but health as well.
Mr Cave said the secret to Gaia's success was its friendly service, fresh organic cuisine and a philosophy that treats every guest as unique.
"People come here to have a personalised retreat journey because we are tailored to the individual," Mr Cave said.
Television superstar Oprah Winfrey lavished praise on Gaia when she treated her studio audience to a day spa at the retreat last year.
"It brought us overwhelming world attention and international exposure," Mr Cave said.
Despite all the accolades, Mr Cave said it was still rewarding to know that both local and international travellers valued their experience at Gaia.
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