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Kangaroo Island Health Retreat

Emu Bay, Kangaroo Island, South Australia 5223 Australia
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Kangaroo Island Health Retreat is an excellent choice for travelers visiting Emu Bay, offering many helpful amenities designed to enhance your stay.

You’ll enjoy relaxing rooms that offer air conditioning, bringing comfort and convenience to your visit.

Plus, Kangaroo Island Health Retreat offers a pool, providing a pleasant respite from your busy day.

While in Emu Bay be sure to experience nearby cafes such as Emu Bay Lavender or Mini de Lights.

Enjoy your stay in Emu Bay!

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evfi8 wrote a review Jan 2021
Hanoi, Vietnam2 contributions3 helpful votes
I first visited this retreat in March 2020 and then returned in 2021. As someone who has attended many retreats and Spas both internationally and within Australia I would rate this retreat as the number one detox retreat in Australia Sue Macarthy is a unique character and anyone who is lucky enough to have the benefit of her wisdom, knowledge and insight is indeed fortunate. The rooms are basic and purposely so if you are looking to be pampered and indulged this is not the retreat for you (suggest you try Gwinganna at twice the price). The setting is unique and incredibly tranquil. The first time I came to KI I was struggling to walk for more than 30 minutes and had a lot of chronic pain but by the time I left I was able to walk 22km a day and was relatively pain free. I feel so fortunate to have met Sue she is a straight shooter but a kind generous and warm hearted lady who is fascinating to listen too. Can’t thank you enough Sue for how much you have helped me in my journey towards good health.
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Date of stay: January 2021
1 Helpful vote
Helen D wrote a review Jan 2021
South Australia3 contributions1 helpful vote
KIHR is very unprofessional, extremely over priced, ego driven and outdated This is a one man show, And the ring leader is Sue McCarthy. There is absolutely NO Duty of Care by Sue for her clients well being. Her guided walks are 10km laps and laps of the hamlet of Emu Bay, and swims are a 10 minute dip in the ocean. The yoga is NOT yoga. She is foul mouthed and an egotistical bully. I was SO disappointed in my week at KIHR I left after 4 days. Fortunately Sue offered me a full refund which I gratefully accepted. The only thing KIHR invests in is it's website. Don't waste your time and money here.
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Date of stay: January 2021Trip type: Traveled solo
1 Helpful vote
Response from Shelley Cardwell, Guest Services / Front Office at Kangaroo Island Health Retreat
Responded 6 Jan 2021
Hi Helen, sorry to hear the experience did not meet your expectations. We agree, our program isn't for everyone. We use 'constructive discomfort' to focus on results like weight loss, challenging bad habits and improving mindset. Our website offers detailed information, and we also encourage clients to ask questions, so you can assess the suitability (and desirability) of our program before your arrival. I can't comment on your opinion of the yoga or Sue's personality, except to say she is open to adapting the exercise component to suit your needs. And many clients love Sue's direct style of communication. Kangaroo Island Health Retreat has been running for over 20 years helping clients achieve better health outcomes. Thank you for mentioning that we offered a full refund for your dissatisfaction. We hope you got something out of your time here, however small. We wish you all the best with your health journey.
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FinDwyer wrote a review Mar 2020
Adelaide, Australia5 contributions5 helpful votes
I loved the walks and had a great group for the week however in terms of any TLC this is not the retreat you need. I was more interested in time out than weight lose and whilst I did loose weight I starved for the week. The rooms are basic and the 'massage room' contains worn out massage beds and foot massages that are very old and reminded me of being at an airport. The food lessons also seemed outdated. Emu Bay is beautiful and again the group I was with were awesome but I felt Sue's discussions around how much she charges made me feel it was all a money making exercise and no true care for the individual attending. I hope this review isn't deleted as I was told that’s what happens to the negative reviews. If you want a tough detox without the trimmings than I can recommend it but it wasn't for me.
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Date of stay: July 2019
2 Helpful votes
Response from Shelley Cardwell, Guest Services / Front Office at Kangaroo Island Health Retreat
Responded 19 Sep 2020
Hi Finola, thanks for your feedback. We agree, our program isn't for everyone. We are a holistic health bootcamp focused on results and changing, or at least, challenging bad habits. We are definitely not a spa resort. We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed the group environment. Working as a group is an important part of the program, to help participants withstand and overcome the uncomfortable side effects of detoxing. Our website offers detailed information on the Accommodation and A Typical Day at the Retreat with video footage and sample daily schedule, so that potential clients can assess the suitability and desirability of our program. If you feel we are missing or lacking information on our website in any way, please let us know at vitality@kihealthretreat.com Finally, please note, it's not possible for us to remove negative reviews. Our customers have a right to review us honestly, as you have done. Thanks again.
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ecb539 wrote a review Mar 2019
Melbourne, Australia1 contribution1 helpful vote
My husband is a personal trainer and had always wanted to do a health retreat holiday so I booked the Dynamic Detox couples retreat for him and I to come in March. I did a lot of research into many health retreats and KIHR was the only one that truly stood out as a detox and a more immersive experience than simply getting massages. I am so glad that we choose this retreat. We left quite a few kilos and centimetres lighter but our stress levels have been obliterated and we are now ready to take on anything life throws at us! The program is tough (which is what we wanted) and this is only when you make a change. This retreat is not a holiday but a lifestyle change, if that is what you are looking for. The scenery is brilliant but what you really get for your money is Sue and her knowledge. What an inspiring woman! The amount of herself that she gives to her clients is unbelievable and we couldn’t believe the energy and vigour that she has; clearly a testiment to her lifestyle and what she teaches! I am so glad we did this, the experience was amazing, Sue was brilliant and the retreat itself of beautiful- waking up each day to the sunrise over the bay and Sue’s beautiful garden was inspiring. I would recommend March as a perfect time to go as it is still lovely and warm for the sea swims! Thank you so so much Sue for everything, from Matt and I! Hope to see you again!
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Date of stay: March 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
1 Helpful vote
Laura T wrote a review Dec 2016
4 contributions4 helpful votes
When you book to stay at KI Health Retreat, you're not just paying for a room with a view (and a beautiful one at that). You're investing in just 5 short days with Sue McCarthy that will change your life. I thought I was healthy..... I'm active and eat an organic wholefoods diet.... however I was burnt out, overweight and generally unhappy within myself. Five days absorbing Sue's life experience and knowledge, and trusting in her detox process, has flipped my health and my thinking. I checked out a different person. Sure I was 3 kilos lighter and 32 cms smaller, but my mindset is back to positive and I honestly believe that I can achieve anything. Sue is a straight-talking, no BS kind of woman and will honestly tell you what you need to do to turn your health, and your life, around. If you want to live a long, healthy life full of vitality, do yourself a favour and place yourself in Sue's hands. You won't regret it!
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Date of stay: December 2016
Trip type: Traveled solo
1 Helpful vote
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Frequently Asked Questions about Kangaroo Island Health Retreat
Which popular attractions are close to Kangaroo Island Health Retreat?
Nearby attractions include Emu Bay Lavender (1.3 km), George's 52,000 Castle Lights (5.5 km), and Shep's Studio (7.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Kangaroo Island Health Retreat?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, a spa, and airport transportation.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Kangaroo Island Health Retreat?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Kangaroo Island Health Retreat have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Kangaroo Island Health Retreat offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are there any historical sites close to Kangaroo Island Health Retreat?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Reeves Point Historical Site (11.5 km) and Old Wisanger School (9.9 km).