If you often feel like you need another break to recover from your holiday, it might be time to think about swapping your beach break or city weekender for a wellness retreat. Wellness tourism is on the up, which means there are more options than ever for when you want to spend your holidays finding some headspace. From yoga retreats to mindfulness breaks and a little reiki and forest bathing thrown in for good measure, check out our round-up of the best wellness retreats for the new season…
Best Wellness Retreats 2019
Azura Benguerra & Azura Quilalea, Mozambique
Azura Retreats ‘Sounds of Africa’ wellness programme is all about ‘nurture hyperconsciousness’, designed to encourage guests to experience the current moment by cultivating a single point of focus. The wellness programme will include a range of activities that acutely direct attention, encourage nonattachment to distractions and cultivate a new way of thinking to care for mind and body. Including walking mediations around the island, African Drumming sessions, silent white sand breakfasts and tribal traditions massages.
Book it: www.azura-retreats.com | from $675 per person sharing per night
Coral Reef Club, Barbados
How does a week in the Caribbean sound to reset and recharge? Coral Reef Club Barbados is running three wellness retreats for 2019, incorporating a range of spa treatments and exercise classes. Think warm Bajan sunshine, Caribbean cuisine and tropical breezes, with tailor-made programmes to help guests achieve their personal goals.
Book it: The Spa Wellness Package is £290 per person and includes 50 Minute Muscle Melt, Detox or Aroma Fusion Massage, 60 Minute Citrus Appeal Facial, 50 Minute Mojito Magic or Lemongrass & Ginger Body Scrub and a Manicure or Pedicure (Elements/Rejuvenation or Revival). Various exercise options are available for guests to add onto the spa wellness package, these include: Platinum Package, 10 classes, approx. £155 and Single Sessions from £17. The 2019 Wellness Retreats will run on the following dates: 9 – 16 March, 27 July – 3 August and 9 – 16 November. Carrier (0161 492 1354, www.carrier.co.uk) offers 7 nights from £3,465 per person based on 2 adults sharing a Garden Room including breakfast, return flights from London Gatwick with British Airways and return private transfers. Based on departures 9 March 2019. coralreefbarbados.com
Head to the Miraggio to experience their 3-5 day luxury wellness retreat packages, made up of therapies from the Myrthia Thermal Spa at Miraggio. Choose from packages including ‘The Stress Antidote’, ‘The Family Programme’ and ‘The Greek-Mythology Immersion’ and find a package to suit your needs. The spa features both sea and thermal waters across four different pools, which are unique to the region and famous for their healing properties.
Book it: Prices at Miraggio Thermal Spa Resort start from £150 per night for a double room. Wellness Retreat packages start from £300 on a 3 day basis. miraggio.gr
COMO Uma Bhutan Eight-Day Film & Photography Expedition
Teaming up with Natural World Safaris and British-American photographer and Kodak Ambassador Michael Turek, COMO’s two lodges in Bhutan, COMO Uma Paro and COMO Uma Punakha launch Bhutan’s first ever Film and Photography Expedition, set to run from 2 to 9 June this year. The trip will encourage guests to remain ‘in the moment’ as they capture their surroundings on film, with thought and intention.
Book it: The ‘Eight Day Film & Photography Expedition’ runs from 2 to 9 June 2019 and starts from USD 7,600 per person for single accommodation or USD 5,800 per person for twin share accommodation. The package includes: accommodation for five nights at COMO Uma Paro and two nights at COMO Uma Punakha on a full board basis, including picnic lunches during excursion days (excluding beverages), six-and-a-half days of privately guided excursions, taking in the highlights of the Paro, Thimphu and Punakha Valleys, the private services of an experienced English-speaking Bhutanese guide, one 60-minute COMO Shambhala body treatment, private airport transfers and transport around Bhutan, all Bhutanese government visa and royalty fees, service charge and sales tax, all museum and visitor centre entry fees and road permits, a complimentary one-hour daily yoga class whilst at COMO Uma Paro (except Sundays). comohotels.com
ADLER Spa Resort, Dolomiti
What better place to work on your wellbeing than in the spectacular mountain scenery of the Dolomites, the UNESCO World Heritage Site? Book in for a Yoga & Nature workshop to experience the beautiful autumnal colours and participate in an intensive yoga programme. There’s also the option to get involved with the latest wellness trend of forest bathing, as the hotel offers a Shinrin Yoku “forest bathing” experience every Tuesday, and participation is free to all hotel guests.
Book it: Three to sevent nights, from €456 per person for 3 nights, from €1248 per person for a week both on half-board basis. adler-dolomiti.com
Grotta Giusti, Tuscany
What’s more spiritual than a yoga retreat? A yoga retreat in an ancient thermal cave, of course. Grotta Giusti, Tuscany is the place to go for thermal yoga in its vast, ancient thermal cave. Grotta Giusti is the only hotel in the world to have an underground thermal cave and hot spring lake as part of its spa. Yoga practised in the natural warmth of this underground labyrinth amplifies sensations, aids concentration and raises body temperature, while participants experience the therapeutic effects of the cave’s thermal vapours. The water running through the Grotto is rich in salt, sulphate, and alkaline earth and comes out of the ground at around 34°C. Its vapours generate a steam bath that provides effective treatment for respiratory, circulatory, osteo-muscular, nervous, and skin complaints. Namaste.
Book it: The two-night thermal spa package starts from €664 (£597) per person based on double-occupancy. Rates include two nights B&B, one a la carte dinner at the newly refurbished La Veranda restaurant, one tasting dinner, thermal swimming pool and bioaquam circuit, a 50-minute thermal yoga class, 90-minute scuba diving or spa floating and a 50-minute Ayurveda massage. For further information or to book please email [email protected] or call +39 0572 90771. grottagiustispa.com
Baobab Suites Yoga, Tenerife
Improve your daily practice with a week-long retreat at Baobab Suites in Tenerife. On the 7-day trip you’ll enjoy indoor and outdoor Hatha yoga, plus a dynamic or power session in the privacy of your own suite. Deep tissue massages will help you to recover from your practice, while the tranquil views of the Atlantic Ocean will help you find your inner calm.
Book it: Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 7 nights at Baobab Suites from £720pp or £1,205 for single occupancy. Price includes breakfast, a yoga programme and return private transfers.
Chateau St Pierre de Serjac, France
Looking for a mixture of adventure and relaxing? Beautiful vineyard estate Château St Pierre de Serjac are launching a series of road biking weekends this spring from their prime position in the Mediterranean countryside. Guests will have access to premium road bike hire, with three days of guided rides through the picturesque vineyards and rolling hills of Languedoc. Fuel your rides with three-course dinners in the hotel restaurant, and spend your evenings relaxing in the spa or swimming in the outdoor pool before residing to your gorgeous château bedroom.
Book it: From £975.00 per person including 3 nights in a luxury château hotel room on a half-board basis (full breakfast to fuel you for the days riding, evening 3 course dinner with wine), access to the spa with a 50 minute massage, access to the all of the hotels other facilities. serjac.com
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