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Emu Bay, Kangaroo Island, South Australia 5223 Australia

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Kangaroo Island Health Retreat is an excellent choice for travellers 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, Vietnam4 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
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Helen D wrote a review Jan 2021
South Australia3 contributions2 helpful votes
KIHR is very unprofessional, extremely over priced, ego driven and outdated This is a one man show, And the ring leader is Sue McCarthy.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: Travelled solo
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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 contributions6 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
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Response from Shelley Cardwell, Guest Services / Front Office at Kangaroo Island Health Retreat
Responded 19 Sept 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, Australia3 contributions1 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: Travelled as a couple
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Laura T wrote a review Dec 2016
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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
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ChicaSmile wrote a review Dec 2016
Taipei, Taiwan252 contributions140 helpful votes
Many things not as advertised on the website. I recommend asking her lots of questions beforehand if you have particular needs - however if my experience is typical, be warned that assurances given didn't translate into being appropriately accommodated at the retreat. I'm not sure why so many people rave about it. There were some good things of course but not for the premium price you pay. The retreat is only geared towards particular types of people/customers. In hindsight on Day 1 I should have asked to be taken back to the airport - each day I made the wrong assumption that it would get better. Regarding rooms and facilities - quite basic. Cold in winter (though exposure to cold is part of the program).
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Date of stay: August 2016
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Response from Shelley C, Guest Relations Manager at Kangaroo Island Health Retreat
Responded 21 Dec 2016
Hi, sorry to hear your stay at KIHR was not what you expected. We do try to comprehensively describe the retreat on our website, including a typical day's activities, accommodation, facilities and other guest reviews. However, it is always a unique experience as the detox itself can be quite challenging and different for each guest. The pricing is all-inclusive for 5 nights and days on the island, return flights from Adelaide, all detox meals and program facilitation, so you can focus solely on your health as soon as you arrive. If there's something specific on our website that you think needs addressing, please send an email to vitality@kihealthretreat.com Warm regards Kangaroo Island Health Retreat
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Jakomi3 wrote a review Jan 2016
Adelaide, Australia43 contributions24 helpful votes
This is a life-changing experience!! If you really want to change your life, break old habits, and learn about health and nutrition, then Kangaroo Island Health Retreat is the place to go. This is my second visit to KI Health Retreat. I did a Mini-Detox in October and I loved it so much, and found it so beneficial, that I bought my partner back to do the Dynamic Couple Full-Detox at the end of December. I am already planning my next trip! Sue facilitates the whole week, and is with you every step of the way. During your time there, Sue teaches about exercise, nutrition, how the body functions, and much, much more! She is an amazing woman, with so much knowledge and experience that she is more than happy to share. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!! A++++
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Date of stay: January 2016
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Cruiser511098 wrote a review Aug 2015
38 contributions27 helpful votes
KI Health Retreat is an authenticate health retreat offering a bespoke live-in 5 day fasting programs supervised by Sue. I've learnt so much and feel so much better. Could have stayed for another 5 days and think I will come back soon. Loved ths sauna so much that I went out on Saturday and bought on. And I can't go without my body brush ... love the way my skin feels. Thanks Sue.
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Date of stay: August 2015Trip type: Travelled solo
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Wendy R wrote a review Aug 2011
Perth, Australia3 contributions11 helpful votes
I came back to WA after my week stay at KI and was absolutely blown aware. I am 47 years old and thought I knew about nutrition, what you should and shouldn't eat and why. I soon found i did not. Forget the 8 glass of sipping water a day, at KIHR Sues teaches you everything. I went there with the attitude i wanted to learn something new. I recently lost my 26 year old son to suicide and I was low, had put on 4 extra kilos due to a no care attitude and low moods. MY heart was aching on the plane ride over there and i couldn't care less if it crashed. I listen to what she said and did what I was asked to do. I lost 4 kilos in a week and have keep it off, with my cleansing breakfast's and lunches. THe walks are beautiful and there's must more. The extras are a bonus. But the most valuable part was the information and loving that this woman gave me, by walking her talk. She is the most down to earth, open person I have ever met. A true Aussie character with a heart for health and you!. The money is well worth every penny! The rooms have heaters and are very clean, safe and personal. When you meet Sue, don't judge a book by it's cover, she lived life, (Good God!) and she'll be with you all the way, even if the plunge pool is cold, brr! Ha Ha. I could go on & on...You will get more than you think!! Wendy R , Perth
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Date of stay: July 2011
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Angeltravels88 wrote a review July 2011
Perth, Western Australia9 contributions21 helpful votes
I went to Kangaroo Island Health Retreat on the recommendation of my friend who swears by it, and I was not disappointed. Sue provided a thorough, no nonsense but caring approach to getting me back on my feet after complete corporate burn-out. The detox worked; the long walks, yoga and pilates were very beneficial, as was getting a good understanding of proper nutrition and how our bodies work. KIHR is set in a beautiful tranquil rural location and I felt fantastic when I got back home! It has put me back on track to taking care of my health.
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Date of stay: September 2010
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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.
What are some restaurants close to Kangaroo Island Health Retreat?
Conveniently located restaurants include Emu Bay Lavender, Beach Day Emu Bay, and Bubbles In The Bay.
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 airport transportation?
Yes, Kangaroo Island Health Retreat offers airport transportation 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).