The modern world is hectic and we all deserve a little time to relax. Whilst only a decade ago, wellness retreats were largely reserved for the rich and famous, nowadays they are becoming more available to all of us. If you’re conscious that you need to slow down and make time for a little self-care, then a visit to one of these slices of paradise might be just the thing.
Escape Haven, Bali
Sometimes you want to be surrounded by your sisters and if that’s the case, then the most luxurious place you could possibly do it is Escape Haven in Bali. This luxury wellness resort is for strictly women only, so it’s the perfect excuse for a girl’s getaway. They offer an array of packages to suit all sorts of different budgets, with totally flexible timetables. Activities vary from surfing and yoga to Ayurveda healing and Pilates.
Mandarin Oriental, Marrakesh
Marrakesh is a bustling city, so finding The Mandarin Oriental set in 20 hectares of manicured olive groves feels like stumbling into paradise. The rooms at this five-star resort lookout immediately onto the fragrant rose gardens, with the dramatic backdrop of the Atlas Mountains beyond. Guests here will experience their own private spa and terrace with dozens of treatments. Generally, the spa is a truly Moroccan affair, offering traditional massages that will leave you feeling totally relaxed and rejuvenated.
Rödjorna Retreat, Sweden
For some people wellness is all about reconnecting with what it is to be human and at the Rödjorna Retreat, they believe this can be achieved through reconnecting with nature. Set right in the heart of the country, this retreat has endless wild acreage to discover. Guests are encouraged to connect with nature through mindfulness walks and Zen meditation.
Nyaral Springs, Costa Rica
With the local belief in Pura Vida or pure life, Costa Rica makes perfect sense as the setting for a wellness retreat. Nyaral Springs is situated right in the middle of the rainforest, with beautiful plants and flowers everywhere you turn, plus the occasional sloth! What better way to remind yourself to slow down? Start the day with yoga in the jungle, followed by homemade juice and the famous volcanic mud detox treatment.
If your idea of wellness begins with a glass of Prosecco, then Castelbrando could not be more perfectly located. This stunning castle is not only one of the oldest in Europe, it also looks out directly over the Prosecco producing region. The spa here is located in the oldest part of the castle and still boasts some of the original features. Large fragments of ancient mosaics decorate the walls of the hammam and the swimming pools, whilst the sauna is ultra-modern and ultra-relaxing.
Canyon Ranch, Tucson
The Sonoran Desert is where you’ll find Canyon Ranch, standing tall and wonderfully isolated against the wild and rugged backdrop of the Santa Catalina Mountains. The ranch takes a holistic approach to wellness, creating programs tailored to each guest’s individual needs. You could find yourself hiking through the desert, practising yoga in the 80,000 square foot spa, or even undertaking Watsu therapy in the on-site Aquatic Center.
Hotel Royal, France
Since it was awarded palace status in 2016, Hotel Royal has only gone from strength to strength. Looking out over Lake Geneva and the breathtaking Alps, it’s hard not to feel like royalty. The hotel offers various wellness packages, but their all-inclusive three-day Yoga Experience package is the best option for those who want to feel properly immersed. You’ll get to enjoy spa treatments, hikes in the countryside, incredible vegetarian cuisine and of course, plenty of yoga.