SOMA: The ‘Nine Perfect Strangers’ Retreat
SOMA, the retreat from ‘Nine Perfect Strangers’ is ready for you to stay….
If you, like most of Australia, have been hooked on the Amazon Prime Video adaption of Nine Perfect Strangers, then your jaw will undoubtedly have dropped at the stunning film location.
Whilst the gripping story line – centred around the journey of nine stressed out city livers seeking to change to their lives at an unusual 10-day retreat – has received rightful acclaim, equally deserving of applause is the set itself.
SOMA, one of the country’s most acclaimed wellness retreats was chosen to portray the fictional retreat of Tranquilium House and couldn’t be a more perfect pick…
Based on Liane Moriarty’s best-selling book, the eight-part series of Nine Perfect Strangers follows a group of nine troubled souls who turn to Tranquilium House retreat director ‘Masha’ (Nicole Kidman) for guidance, leading to secrets, lies and drama over the course of their stay. It’s the perfect watch for an afternoon of lockdown boredom with an all-star cast and plenty of twists to keep you hooked. And the good news? Once you’ve devoured the series, you can start planning a trip to SOMA itself and experience the stunning location first-hand (minus some of Masha’s more unusual techniques!).
So what’s in store for you at SOMA? Perched within the stunning landscape of the Byron Bay Hinterland, SOMA feels a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Featuring a 22-acre forest with thousands of varieties of plant species, you can spend a relaxed afternoon walking through the lush bamboo and lychee forests, practicing in the geodesic yoga dome or enjoying a massage in the retreat’s treatment rooms.
SOMA offers four retreat packages for guests combining ancient practices and modern science, curated to accommodate a diverse range of needs and desires. Their constantly refreshed ‘Masterclass’ focuses on consciousness, creativity, movement or business, whilst their ‘Meditate’ offering is designed to cultivate psychological growth through Vedic mediation to drive positive changes in your day-to-day. For those suffering more specifically from stress and anxiety, their ‘Re-Design’ programme provides a fully customised experience designed to address these needs.
The retreat itself is an architectural beauty, with clean lines of wood and glass overlooking a freshwater infinity pool, the retreat oozes a simple elegance. SOMA’s founders, Gary & Peter, created the retreat with the intention of designing a space to recharge your batteries and the retreat has been mindfully designed with a modern yet warm aesthetic, allowing clarity externally for whatever space you need within. Their aim is for people to feel at home, share communal meals on their seven-metre-long dining table and stories around the fire pit.
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