“Feel well, be well, eat well, train well, move well, relax well – it’s simple and beautifully harmonious.” According to the co-founder of The Well, Robby Ingham, feeling good should not be a luxury.
The Well is a “wellness concierge” and cafe at Bondi Beach, and for Ingham it’s about helping people better manage their lives.
Ingham co-founded The Well with Kieran Barry, but both have vastly different professional backgrounds; one in fashion (Ingham owned the Robby Ingham store on Oxford Street, which closed in 2013), and the other in exercise science. Both share the same passion.
“This is very much a preventative health business” says Ingham.
The concierge idea is about connecting members with the right trainers and health professionals through tailored health support – all under one roof. The Well offers a range of services with in-house exercise physiologists, nutritionists, chiropractors, naturopaths, physiotherapists, acupuncturists, kinesiology practitioners and psychologists.
“There are a lot of people out there now who do a lot of exercise and are interested in health. They’re not trying to be world champions or compete at all, but would still like to have access to all those [advanced services], too,” says Ingham.
On top of a well fitted-out gym (which offers Pilates, barre, yoga, meditation and more), there’s an on-site cafe, that is also open to non members. Most of the produce is sustainably farmed on Ingham’s own Crooked River Surf Lodge Farm on the south coast. The chefs choose what produce they want planted, and when they want to harvest it, and it ends up on your plate.
For breakfast there’s corn and kale fritters and Bircher muesli. For lunch try the mango salad bowl or the Gym Staple with grilled zucchini and peas. There are a few wines on offer, too. The menu caters for all with vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and sugar-free options.
The design was taken care of by Sydney-based design firm Tom Mark Henry. The unusual curved design of the building, glass ceiling, beachside location capture the sunlight and stunning views of Bondi Beach. “The sun comes up straight through the building,” says Ingham. Another highlight is the enormous tree that rips through the building's core.
The branding for The Well was done by award-winning designer and author of Design Your Life Vince Frost.
78 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach
(02) 9057 2100
Mon to Fri 6am–9pm