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Internationally acclaimed wellness retreat listed for sale

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The award-winning Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat on the Gold Coast hinterland is part-owned by Hugh Jackman.

Australasia’s largest health and wellness retreat, which is partly owned by Hollywood actor Hugh Jackman, is coming to market on the Gold Coast.

Founded by wellness and fitness entrepreneur Tony de Leede in 2006, Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat offers a wide variety of wellness programs and was recently named the Best Luxury Eco Spa Global Winner for 2021 at the World Luxury Spa Awards.

There is an abundance of facilities on offer across the 165.5-hectare site, with over 60 rooms and premium villa suites, two infinity pools, a gymnasium, wellness education complex and yoga studio.

The property, which has been eco-tourism certified for over 12 years, is exclusively listed with the Colliers team of Karen Wales, Gus Moors, Steven King and Guy Wells.  The retreat will formally launch in January 2022 but agents are currently seeking registrations of interest.

“Gwinganna is ideally poised to capitalise on the continued growth in global wellness trends, offering an incoming owner substantial upside,” Ms Wales said. “We expect interest to be widespread including domestic and international hotel investors, private equity funds and high net worth individuals, as well as groups active in the wellness space.”

“The retreat is a pioneer project in health and well-being. Hugh Jackman’s first visit to Gwinganna was so transformative that the actor bought a stake in it.  That status transcends the ownership and incorporates a long list of celebrities and high net-worth individuals who regularly patronise Gwinganna,” Mr Moors added.

The 33-room spa sanctuary is surrounded by nature in the Gold Coast hinterland and has a further 18 treatment rooms throughout the property, making it the largest destination spa retreat in the Southern Hemisphere.

Gwinganna’s wellness packages are fully inclusive of organic meals, accommodation, scheduled activities and some spa treatments, accounting for two-thirds of annual revenue. Programs are run back-to-back on set dates which results in high occupancy and overall profitability.

“Investor appetite for regional properties and resorts that can cater to wellness tourism is significant in Australia. This was reflected in the overwhelming response to the recent Gaia Retreat and Spa sale,” Ms Wales said.

With more than $5 million invested over the past five years on capital upgrades, the property is extremely well maintained. There is however scope to expand given the size of the landholding (STCA), providing opportunities for medium-term development upside for the incoming owner. It is zoned for low density rural/residential uses, including tourism.

Other facilities include a three-bedroom owner’s residence, tennis courts, an amphitheatre, equine facility, organic vegetable gardens and multiple walking tracks.

No price indication has been given at this stage but agents referenced the significant landholding in the Gold Coast hinterland and the robust and growing profitability of the retreat both pre- and post-Covid.

Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat is for sale via International Expressions of Interest closing Thursday, March 3rd at 2pm AEST.


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Karen Wales

National Director, Asia Pacific | Hotels Transaction Services

Sydney

Karen has over twenty years of experience in the hotel industry and holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the Australian Graduate School of Management. She brings with her a specialised knowledge of the Asia Pacific hotel investment market and an ability to drive fresh capital into Australia’s hotel markets. She has developed an exceptional network over the past two years across Asia and the Middle East and within government, in her capacity as Senior Investment Specialist Tourism Infrastructure at Austrade and her knowledge of new entrants into the growing Australian tourism sector is second to none.      

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Gus Moors

Head of Hotels | Australia

Sydney

Having joined Colliers in early 2014, I have subsequently sold over $180 million of hotel assets across Victoria and NSW, including the largest hotel transaction in Victoria since 2008, being Bell City Preston for $143 million.

Prior to joining Colliers, I was Director of Asset Management for Tourism Asset Holdings Limited (TAHL), Australia's largest hotel owner and responsible for selling down this portfolio totalling over $1.5 billion.

Before TAHL, I was with Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels for 7 years, as Head of Asset Management and Chief Operating Officer for the Hotels group across Asia Pacific.

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