WIN: A weekend for two at Gwinganna

Nikki Parkinson Life 59 Comments

This week marks my third year in business.  Yep, Styling You is officially in kindergarten.  I’m still forever grateful that 564 posts down the track that I was steered in the direction of a blog when I started my business.

I’m also forever grateful that just over three years ago I got to spend a weekend at Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat in the Gold Coast Hinterland.

Now, I think it says something about my state of mind at the time but I was actually looking forward to a weekend WITHOUT alcohol.   When I say looking forward to, I mean it in the sense that I was willing to forgo a Sauvie or six in exchange for a weekend spent blissed out in a luxury spa.

This is not me.  But it is how serene I felt sitting in the lounge of the Gwinganna spa.

This is not me. But it is how serene I felt sitting in the lounge of the Gwinganna spa.

Up until this point in time (I’ve since rectified the matter with many a blogger escape), I had not had one night away from parenting or wifely duties in a very long time.  I was craving some peace and quiet.  And, I know that anyone who knows me, especially my Year 5 teacher who found many creative ways to express the words “talks to much in class”, will find this difficult to believe.

Gwinganna gives you space … and so much more.

I’m a luxury girl.  Love my creature comforts.  So if I’m going to get in touch with my inner self – and nature – then I need to do that with the knowledge that I have gazillion-thread sheets to sink into at the end of the day.

And about that healthy food caper?  Not a boring mung bean on the menu.  The food – mostly organic – provides THE most amazing gourmet, five-star dining experience.  And here’s the little surprise that I got on the first night when the most mouth-watering organic lamb was placed in front of me … I was offered one glass of organic red wine.

Do you know how good that ONE glass of wine tasted? Damn good.

Why am I banging on about Gwinganna like an evangelist?

That space I was craving?  Well, I got it.  Three whole days of it.  It was all that I needed to realise that I didn’t have to stay in the job that I was in. I could take a big leap of faith and set up a business, despite never having done so before.

So, I did.

Styling You was born on July 1, 2008.  This blog was up and running a couple of weeks later, originally as a means to market my styling business.  Now it’s a business in itself.

It wouldn’t be that way except for you, dear Stylers.  Each and every one of you who come to read what I have to say, whether that’s checking in once a day or once a week.  I love yah all.

So, I thank you.  From the bottom of my accessories’ drawer. You know that’s deep, don’t you?

To really thank-you, I begged asked graciously for the lovely people at Gwinganna to offer a weekend for you and your best friend or partner to share and get some space too.  Who knows where it might lead?

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The food on offer at Gwinganna is some of the best I've ever tasted. Seriously.

The food on offer at Gwinganna is some of the best I've ever tasted. Seriously.

In a world of busy, Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat stands apart as the destination to inspire you to live a healthier life. Surrounded by ocean and valley views in the Gold Coast hinterland, there are numerous program options to choose from beginning with a two day weekend escape through to the popular seven day detox program. A stay combines gentle exercise, informative seminars and nurturing spa treatments with dynamic activity in a casual, relaxed atmosphere.

Packages are fully inclusive of all organic meals and snacks, accommodation, activities and seminars and selected spa treatments. Connect with supportive professionals who will teach you resilience in the modern world and enjoy Gwinganna’s superb cuisine which is certified organic and partially supplied from the on-site gardens.

Each afternoon, Dreamtime begins and you can experience the stunning Spa Sanctuary, one of the largest spas in the Southern Hemisphere. The Spa Sanctuary features more than 30 treatment rooms and suites with a unique indoor/outdoor design, including a beautiful crystal steam room and several lounge and relaxation areas.

Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat…for the rest of your life

Ask about the full range of retreats available at Gwinganna. Full details and dates available online at www.gwinganna.com

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Ok, I got up for sunrise on the first morning but slept in the second.  Life's about balance, isn't it?

Ok, I got up for sunrise on the first morning but slept in the second. Life's about balance, isn't it?

Your prize

A two-night Gwinganna Spa Weekend package for two people in twin/double Orchard accommodation valued at $1980*. Experience this unique location with a weekend of health and wellness. Maximise your precious time away and enjoy certified organic cuisine, gentle and dynamic activities, an organic cooking demonstration and plenty of time to relax and recharge. Choose how much or how little you wish to do. Includes: two nights twin/double Orchard Suite accommodation; all organic meals and snacks; $100 spa credit per person; access to all facilities and all scheduled activities; complimentary transfers at set times from Gold Coast Airport.

****THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED ****The competition opens Thursday, July 7, 2011 at 7am and closes Thursday, August 4 at 8am.  One entry per person.  Those entering more than once will be disqualified from the draw.  Airfares and travel to Gwinganna (except transfers from Gold Coast Airport) are at the expense of the winner.  The winner will be notified via email and her or his name posted here.

*Conditions apply – subject to availability. May not be combined with any other voucher or offer. Bookings should be made at least 45 days in advance. Valid for six months from date of prize draw.  Prize is not transferable and has no cash value. Offer only available to residents of Australia who are aged 16 years and older.


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Comments 59

  1. With foster children with special and complex needs – getting away for a weekend with my patient, caring and long suffering best friend (my husband) sounds like a wonderful idea! Love your blog! Happy 3rd Birthday!!!

  2. Defence Force… He can watch the 3 littlies and I can take a friend and spend the weekend relaxing and working out what I want for me. Gwinganna sounds like an amazing experience! With foster children with special and complex needs – getting away for a weekend with my patient, caring and long suffering best friend (my husband) sounds like a wonderful idea!

  3. Happy Third Birthday:)
    Gwinganna sounds like an amazing experience! With foster children with special and complex needs – getting away for a weekend with my patient, caring and long suffering best friend (my husband) sounds like a wonderful idea!

  4. Happy 3rd Birthday!!!

    What an amazing giveaway and after reading what you wrote above it sounds like what I’ll need after hubby returns from a 7 month deployment with the Aust. Defence Force… He can watch the 3 littlies and I can take a friend and spend the weekend relaxing and working out what I want for me.

  5. Many Happy Returns of the Day! Just what we need to get everything back on track mid-year…imagine, no children and no staff for TWO WHOLE DAYS!!!

  6. Nikki
    Happy 3rd birthday and congratulations on your wonderful achievements in that time, and your great website!

  7. Congrats Nikki… You are great at what you do. Here’s to many more successful years inspiring & encouraging those that follow your blog… How good is that prize. Can’t wait to win it!

  8. Hey Nikki

    Thank you for the chance to win the weekend at Gwinganna. One of my girlfriends was there last week and she also raved about her experience. I am seriously in need of some me time.

    Congratulations on the success of your business. 3 years is brilliant. Wishing you all the best success for the next 3 years.

    Amy

  9. Hey Nik,

    Made the decision last night that I reeeeeally needed to do this and then going through my emails today (which are seriously overflowing and have now given me the biggest tension knot in my shoulder) found this competition.

    That has to be a good omen!!!

    XX

  10. What a great achievement Nikki, congratulations!
    And what a fabulous prize, I’m forwarding this to my sister and daughter to get them on the Style wagon!

  11. Man Alive! How brilliant!!!! Happy 3rd Anniversary! Such an amazing thing you’ve created here. You must be feeling so proud! (and you should be!) x

  12. Wow I’m glad you had a good time at Gwinganna because I certainly didn’t. In fact, it would rank as one of the worst breaks I’ve ever had. I will admit that the food was awesome but my room was horrible, the forced wakeup at 6am was something they would not change, the massage room was freezing, and basically I just found the whole place lacking in …anything special. our flight was not till 7pm from Coolangatta airport to Sydney but they insisted on driving us there at 12noon – they wouldn’t even try to arrange another car transfer. So we sat at the airport for 6.5 hours. And we were more than happy to pay for the transfer even though it was “included” (well it was included but only on their terms). It was very poor service. I wouldn’t recommend Gwinganna to anyone.

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  13. Happy Birthday!
    Your newsletter and blog is one of the few I look forward to receiving/reading. I wonder what format your business will be in by the time it gets to high school!
    Cheers

  14. Congratulations on building a successful, relevant and brilliant brand. You are a business success story because you are brave, work darn hard and have an amazing heart. And thanks so much for offering to look after my kids when my husband and I are relaxing at the retreat! xx

  15. Happy birthday to you.. to Styling You that is!! Wow Nikki… huge congrats on the success of your blog and bringing inspiration to other women and keeping them in style 🙂

    This is a FANTASTIC prize!! I can’t even begin to imagine what a relaxing weekend in peace and quietness this would be. mmmm….

    And I love how Styling You was born after a weekend there Nikki. That it gave you what you need on the inside to take that leap of faith and present us with this wonderful site and what it’s grown into..

    1. How I would love a few days there. I wrote about them a few years ago and was taken away with their sincerity, and dedication. It’s not just about making profit with them, it’s about making people happy and helping them find themselves! xo

  16. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Nikki.
    And what a GREAT giveaway!
    Put my one entry in, but tempted on entering all my kids, my aunt’s and uncles…….the dogs, the cats….how many alias’ can one have (joke btw. I will stick to the one x)
    Lynette
    xx

  17. Happy Birthday Styling You. And what a wonderful three years you’ve had. I can’t believe you’re only in kindergarten… you’re so mature!! Amazing competition too!! Rxx

  18. I have been dreaming of a Gwinganna break !
    Such a fantastic competition to celebrate 3 wonderful years

    Happy Birthday Styling You
    xo

  19. Seriously Ms Styling You – the best ever giveaways are on your site!

    Happy 3rd birthday to someone who has achieved so much, yet still reaches for the stars. Love your VERY inspiring work xx

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