Suitcase Series : Renee Douros founder of wellness brand, Adytum

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Suitcase Series : Renee Douros founder of Australian wellness and leisure brand, Adytum

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Renee Douros founder of Australian wellness and leisure brand, Adytum

This week we caught up with Renee Douros the woman behind Adytum, to find out what she never travels without, her packing tips, and what her most memorable trip has been so far…

Renee Douros is the founder of the Australian wellness and leisure brand, Adytum. As a Greek Macedonian, when conceiving Adytum, Renee was inspired by the notion of integrating ancient healing modalities, many of which have their roots in Ancient Greece, with highly considered and architecturally designed spaces, inspired by the monolithic forms and sandstone tones of Hellenic ruins.

Renee’s passion for the health and wellness industry began in her childhood, spent at her mother’s hair and beauty salon. It was here that she first saw the transformative power of wellness practices for both leisure, self-care, and community well-being.

With a background in entrepreneurship, Renee is driven to create meaningful brands that enhance daily experiences for consumers and stand out through innovation.

When she’s not busy running Adytum, Renee enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, Rose, Dimitri, and Eva.

In this week’s Suitcase Series, equipped with Adytum Atone Exfoliating Facial Scrub ($25) we take a sneak peek into Renee’s travel psyche…

What’s been your most memorable trip, and why?

A 3-month stint in Europe with my brother in my early twenties. We were totally carefree, visiting relatives in villages nestled in bear-laden hills, drinking too much rakija!

What’s your favourite ever hotel?

Locally, I love Bannisters at Mollymook – the suites are beautifully decorated and the rooftop restaurant serves delicious antipasto and share plates. Internationally, Hotel Dubrovnik Palace is glorious. Perched on a rocky peninsula with the most incredible pool and views over the Adriatic Sea.

Hotel Dubrovnik Palace in Croatia is Renee’s favourite international hotel

Where or what is your escape?

The Bathhouse at Adytum. Our Turkish-style mineral pool is incredibly relaxing and our hot/cold therapy offering in the form of a sauna and cold pail helps when I’m feeling sluggish or generally out of synch within myself.

If you could go anywhere tomorrow, it would be…

Pebbly Beach. Found down a bumpy dirt road in the Murramarang National Park, it’s a true hidden gem.
Renee in a London cab

What’s your idea of a luxury wellness holiday?

Pool-side, with a great book.

My top bucket-list destination is…

Kythira, Greece. The birthplace of Aphrodite, it’s rich in cultural history and is still very much authentic in terms of infrastructure and tourism.

If you could sit next to anyone – dead or alive – on a long-haul flight, who would it be?

My Grandfather.

What is your jet lag recovery tip?

If you arrive home during the day, don’t sleep, no matter how tired you are. And consume plenty of Vitamin C and Olive Leaf Extract, to stave off any unwelcome, airborne nasties from the flight. Of course a visit to Adytum’s bath house as well.



 Adytum, is a serene holistic health and wellness retreat based in the Nation’s Capital (included in Lux Nomade’s round-up of Australia’s best hotel spas), offering visitors a place to immerse themselves in ancient rituals of self-care and indulgence. The moniker ‘Adytum’ is derived from the ancient Greek language, meaning ‘innermost sanctuary of a temple,’ reflecting the brand’s philosophical purpose to explore the inextricable connection between self-care and wellness via physical manifestations. 

A complimentary refreshments cafe and a self-care and wellness store are found within the sanctum. As well as a full-service Day Spa, a movement lounge hosting everything from Qigong and Yoga through to Sound Baths, a holistic health clinic, and a highly coveted Bathhouse that offers guests a thermotherapy experience with a hot rock sauna, mineral pool and a cold pail shower.

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What is your suitcase stalwart?

Antler for a sturdy suitcase and a vintage, LV carry-all for onboard.

What is your number one packing tip?

When travelling, I dedicate a few hours to workshopping a wardrobe of versatile ‘all-rounders’; clothing, shoes and accessories that work in almost all scenarios. I prefer to pack light, that way I have room for transporting home the spoils of any retail therapy.

I never travel without…

Ginger tablets. As someone that suffers from motion sickness on all forms of transportation, these are a must-have for me.

In my beauty/toiletry bag, I always bring…

A trusty tube of pawpaw ointment (I use it on my lips, around the eye area and cuticles) and Aesop’s Facial Hydrosol for a spritz of instant hydration

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