Your ZEN Hosting Experience

'As the sun set and waves rolled in, overlooking the Beach & Pacific, we knew we had found the perfect coastal location for ZEN Beach Retreat'

In early 2013, we set out to find an amazing coastal beachfront location to establish ZEN Beach Retreat. Pascaline had been living in Europe and Africa all her life and Shane had been living abroad from Australia since 2003.

Together we had worked and travelled throughout some 60 countries gaining enriching cultural & travel experiences in our journeys. We both had felt the highs and lows of leisure travel - we wanted to create a memorable tropical coastal paradise for experiential travellers to relax and discover.

Perfectly located within arms reach of two World Heritage giants in the Great Barrier Reef & Fraser Island we would create world class bespoke experiences for guests. We knew that by hand selecting our own best experiential travel learnings from across the world we could create an unbelievably unique experience for guests right here in Australia.

At the time, we were living in Vietnam, when we found an unbelievably inspiring absolute beachfront location with direct beach access in the Southern Great Barrier Reef. We could visualise ZEN's panoramic ocean / beach views, open plan living designs and enticing nature that would surround guests. We pictured an exclusive, new luxury, boutique retreat with a stunning mix of outdoor living, entertainment and relaxation zones for the most discerning of travellers.

You instantly could feel the stunning natural environment, the beach, the energy of the sea, the starry nights, the bountiful wildlife, natural colours and spectacular relaxing location that you just crave for when living in large cities and dense populations.

Perhaps, our biggest discovery was that all of this within arms reach of two iconic World Heritage listed treasures in the Great Barrier Reef & Fraser Island. The more we explored, the more mind-blowing discoveries we made. We unlocked a host of unique, off the grid secrets in the Great Barrier Reef that are so rare, globally very few people have ever experienced them.

We knew that with our 40+  years of high level customer centricity in business and wellness, that we were well placed to bring this to life for the most inquisitive of travellers. Just as we discovered the secrets for ourselves, we could create a unique personalised experiential journey for guests to unlock their own secrets . Hand crafting and creating their own bespoke experience on the Great Barrier Reef and Fraser Island - all from their own private eco / ethical new luxury retreat.

The perfect place to 'Unlock Your Own Great Barrier Reef Secret' in style in a part of the Great Barrier Reef that most of your friends have probably never even heard of or visited. 

At ZEN 'We Create Your Bespoke Experience'. We design it, fully aligned to your plans and include plenty of unique small surprises for the most memorable journey possible. We only work with like minded partners in 'The Best Kept Secrets' to bring globally unique, rare, off the grid experiences to life just for you. Connecting you with some of the best local personalities in the region, with stories to tell and a wealth of knowledge and experiences to share.

No tailored itinerary is too big or too small, only our imagination potentially limits us. We look forward to creating your most memorable travel experience yet.

Reach out to Pascaline or Shane about 

Creating Your Own Bespoke Experience?

Unlock Your Own Great Barrier Reef Secret in style with the team at ZEN. 

 Experiential travel like you have never experienced before!

Shane Emms

Shane Emms

Connecting with cultures and people from all backgrounds in life across the world has been a great life enjoyment. 

To now be able to Unlock the Best Kept Secrets on the Great Barrier Reef and showcase one of the most amazing regions in my own country, is a personal dream come true.

Join us to Unlock Your Own Great Barrier Reef Secret!

We have been lucky enough to travel to many parts of the world and experience some of the most extraordinary places on the planet, but nothing really prepared us for visiting Lady Musgrave Islands and Lady Elliot Islands in the Southern Great Barrier Reef or the magical drives on Fraser Island. Two iconic World Heritage listed treasures.

It was an experience that led us to dreaming about ZEN Beach Retreat and creating our own little paradise close to these world treasures. The more we explored our region for ZEN, the more secrets we discovered, the more amazed we were on just what a globally unique secret our little part of the world is. It's a secret to good just to keep to ourselves, it's secrets we wanted to share and to share in style with world class bespoke experiential travel.

To make that happen we knew ZEN needed to provide the most relaxing, new luxury stay where guests can experience nature, Australian beaches and a chilled out environment all for themselves. We tailored and hand selected every element of ZEN with the guest experience in mind. Creating a magnitude of relaxation zones where you can unwind from the rigours of modern life. Interior designing all elements of ZEN with the most delicate of touches to deliver a serene art and natural living environment.

Where all of our ZEN guests can rely on their hosts, their knowledge, their ability to make it happen and be fully focused on their experience where memories will last forever. We pride ourselves on guest interaction and our relationship with is always to treat guests like long lost friends at ZEN.

We brought together the Best Kept Secrets on the Great Barrier Reef to create bespoke experiences that even the most discerning of travellers would find extraordinary. Working with the most down to earth and vibrant personalities here locally we would create wonderful experiential travel with personal interactions like ever before. Together creating the most unique, off the grid experiences that are rare to find.

 We create year round Great Barrier Reef & Fraser Island hand crafted journeys....its something we are passionate about - seeing guests with huge smiles and leaving with lifelong memories.

'We live in an amazing part of the world and are constantly amazed by the secrets we discover, with the Great Barrier Reef just waiting to be unlocked by yourself'

Pascaline Emms

Pascaline Emms


Pascaline is always full of energy and ideas to create the best possible experience for ZEN Beach Retreat guests. Having started her career in corporate life, after a lot of success in French and global roles, she chose to change direction and successfully raise her family.

Seeking more balance in her personal life she started to explore the many avenues of interior design and integrated health practices. Pascaline started to incorporate both disciplines in developing solutions for improving an individuals personal balance & wellbeing. Practicing in Asia and Europe, she received wide positive acclaim from clients.

Now an experienced Integrative Health Coach Pascaline works with multiple energy medicines and psychological levels in targeted programs to support individuals:

  • Health Neuro-Linguistic Programming
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing
  • Acupressure & Tapping
  • Chromatherapy and Chromopuncture
  • Yoga & Meditation
  • Acupuncture Diploma in Vietnam

As an integrated health practitioner, Pascaline helps individuals to define and implement their health and well being choices on any of the Physical, Emotional and Psychological levels. At ZEN she also extrapolates her broad individual learnings into a team environment.

Pascaline who is natively French, has broadly travelled, studied and worked alongside experts in many locations including United Kingdom, France, Switzerland, Netherlands, Vietnam, United States and now Australia with her targeted focus on the health and wellbeing of body, mind and emotions for individuals.

Her unique set of skills and expertise in interior design and integrative health have been instrumental in developing the ZEN Beach Retreat. Her personal touch in design is evident throughout the Main residence, Villas and Gardens throughout.

Pascaline uses her skills to maximum effect when it comes to designing some amazing team activities at ZEN – many of which will be very unique to guests staying at ZEN and can be incorporated as part of their overall Retreat experience.

She looks forward to exploring many new avenues of well being with you at ZEN Beach Retreat.