While there is still a lot for the new owner to do to realise his dream of turning Jamberoo Resort into a yoga and wellness retreat, the public will soon be able to get a sneak peek.
After purchasing the 10 acre property on Jamberoo Mountain Road in April,
extensive remediation and renovation work has been done on the run-down property as the first stage in a multi-million dollar revamp.
“We’ve had at least 20 workmen here every day over the past three months,” says Resort Manager, Jana Bolt.
“Like any renovation, you have to get the foundations right before you can focus on the look.
“That will come, but we feel we are now at a stage we can open to the public.
“A lot of effort and love is going into the property to help it reach its potential.”
Key to this has been the transformation of a previously derelict building into a yoga studio.
Jana says the owner is a businessman from Sydney who wants to keep his identity private.
“He’s a yoga lover, who is passionate about health and wellness.
“He is hoping to turn the resort into a yoga and wellness sanctuary.
“We are hoping it will become a yoga hub for Sydney and the Illawarra.
“As well as promoting our own retreats we will also be inviting other teachers to run their workshops or retreats here.”
A vegan restaurant is opening at the Resort, to complement the offering.
“We want to create a space where people can drop in for a meal, do a yoga class and enjoy the other facilities without having to book in for a retreat,” says Jana.
At the same time, the Resort will continue hosting weddings and events on the property.
To this end, a new wooden floor has been laid in the large function hall, and wedding bookings are already strong for summer.
Ms Bolt is bringing her experience as a yoga teacher, wedding planner and marketer to her role as manager of the 43 room complex.
“I love being here so close to nature and think others will too.
“There is so much to appreciate – the open space, the creek where we get our water from, the trees and the quiet.
“I think it is going to be a great place for people to come and unwind in these stressful times.
“It will be the perfect place to rejuvenate and relax.”
She is looking forward to teaching yoga by the sound of the trickling creek.
Grand opening is on 31-2 August. Restaurant and bar open Fri and Sat evenings; Sat and Sun lunch. Book a table on 4236 0269.
Free yoga classes available throughout the day, BYO mats.