Need to change yourself, from the inside out? Try getting away to one of the best detox retreats in the world!
We all get stuck in routines. There can be no doubt about that. We eat the same (usually kinda crappy) food, day in, day out. We fall into the same zombifying work routine. We do the same gym workouts, practically on automatic pilot. But…how can we get out of these routines?
Sure, you can try to change your habits from home – but quite often, life gets in the way. And by that, I mean: it’s easy to slip back into old habits, because our friends, family and work demands all contribute to those habits in the first place. While we may desire to change our behaviour, social and work pressures can nudge us back into the ruts we’re trying to get out of.
To truly reboot your body and mind, you may have to completely change your environment to one that offers serene settings, where some form of meditative exercise, fresh, clean food, therapeutic treatments, and of course, a bit of exercise, are all strongly encouraged, if not downright enforced.
Such strict health boosting programs have proven so effective and are in such high demand that eco-luxury hotels around the world are now offering wellness packages that will make you feel anew.
So if you need a reboot of the body and mind, we’ve found some of the best detox retreats around the world to do just that.
10 of the Best Detox Retreats in the World
Ti Sana is one of Eluxe Magazine’s favourites – set in Italy’s Lake District, at the foot of the Alps in North West Lombardy, the surrounding scenery is in itself healing. The retreat’s name gives a clear hint about its features: Ti Sana signifies “it heals you” in Italian.
As you’d expect from a detox retreat in Italy, food is important here. It is served in accordance with the seasons and is carefully selected to keep the body harmonious and balanced: the Healtheatarian nutritional programme aims to merge science based evidence medicine with the holistic world of alternative medicine. This allows guests to revitalise their body from the damage inflicted by our modern lifestyles and helps to prevent the absorption and accumulation of toxins. The Liver Detox food program is particularly remarkable, as it combines organic vegan nutrition and healthy spa therapies.
Ti Sana also offers programs in Lifestyle management to teach how to improve quality of life and slow down the ageing process, and has specialists on staff to help you with a personal fitness plan that could include Tai Chi, yoga, walking, running or any combination of these. The aim of this detox retreat is to re-shape your habits and to re-educate you about health, so you can take away everything you learn here and apply it to your daily life.
Tip: If you really can’t live without coffee (as our editor couldn’t!) there’s a little cafe around the corner.
Services: Colonic cleansing, heavy metal testing, fitness assessments and more
This detox retreat, set in enchanting Thailand, has been defined by some guests as “a life changing holiday.” Indeed, the detoxifying raw vegan diet truly does work wonders. Staying at the Phuket Cleanse Detox and Fitness Resort will allow you a proper ‘inside out’ cleansing, with plenty of raw food, juices, smoothies and combined fitness activities.
Here you will be able to sweat out toxins with daily workouts, including beach bootcamp, hiking and private yoga. The resort further offers a variety of remarkable treatments to reset body, mind and spirit. These include magnesium therapy, hydration clay, ice bath, ozone and oxygen therapies (which our editor swears by!). The owners and staff will satisfy your every need from the minute you arrive, making you feel welcomed and part of the family.
Services: Ozone and oxygen therapies, fitness instruction, cooking classes and more
Give a boost to your well-being on a detox retreat in the stunning setting of Thailand by adopting a highly specialised, personalised detox programme, which has been carefully designed not only to purify the body but also the mind.
The healing process employed here uses Asian herbal medications, various types of massage, and the periodic liberation of toxins through enemas with medicated oils. As for the nutritional program, it’s highly detoxing, and features salt free and non spicy diet days to enable the body to remove any water retention. After a few days, your digestion will feel lighter, and you will notice an increase in your energy levels and improved mental attention. All of these treatments combined with the ancient discipline of yoga will enable you to reprise a strong balance of your mind, body and spirit.
Services: Massages of all kinds, colonics, yoga classes, floral baths
The Sianji Hotels in Turkey have a motto: “In Raw We Trust.” This says it all regarding the philosophy of this luxurious rejuvenation centre. Sianji offers a charming combination of pleasure and wellbeing in Bodrum through either juice fasting, a raw food diet or a 80-20 Alkaline Diet, that removes acidic foods from your organism, including animal proteins. The location of this resort also helps you relax, since it’s set in the depths of nature, embracing the deep blue sea. If you love combining beach holidays with health holidays, this is one of the best detox retreats you could choose!
During your stay, you may choose to stay in one of the expansive villas or plush suites. All have a different concept, that span from Far Eastern to classic British style. You can spend pleasant hours by the fireplace after dinner or enjoy the sea view in a Jacuzzi, after having spent a day sunbathing on the wide terrace of the roof, overlooking the Aegean Sea.
The wellbeing centre offers various trendy applications such as ozone therapy, hydronic colon therapy (“Angel of Water” cleansing), skin care and Thalasso treatments.
Last but not least, if you want to bring back home a new skill attend the cooking courses, where you can learn how to cook the foods that you eat during the program, so that you can try them out at home.
Services: Ozone therapy, Thalasso treatments, facials and personalised nutrition. This is definitely one of the best detox retreats in the Middle East.
Spa treatments in the Philippines are famous for their attentive practitioners, and The Farm at San Benito offers some of the best, as well as integrated medical services. Get in touch with the Earth’s healing forces through their organic vegan cuisine and the special energy work provided by their team of (mainly Chinese medicine based) doctors.
The Farm at San Benito specialises in raw vegan cuisine, which will restore balance to your life with a personalised nutrient-rich detox diet, but you will also sweat out toxins with a personal training session and cleanse with detoxifying spa therapies. The benefits of staying in this detox centre are many: you can combine leisure sport activities, such as golf, with spiritual treatments, such as meditation, Tai Chi and yoga. This way your body becomes stronger and your mind clearer, to bear the challenges of modern life a bit better.
Tip: This one is best for those seeking high end luxury.
Services: Traditional Chinese medicine, vegan cuisine, a wide variety of massages, personalised nutrition
Located on the coastline of sunny Spain, the world’s first macrobiotic wellness resort was made to purify your system through the use of high-tech medical treatments alongside a tailored detox programme of macrobiotic detox specific foods and juice fasting.
The SHA Wellness clinic offers educational wellness lectures and health plans that embrace ophthalmology, bioenergy, cognitive development, capillary care, healthy ageing, genetic and preventive medicine, nutrition therapies, anti-tobacco medicine, sleep treatments, clinic psychology, osteopathy, ozone therapy and serotherapy, cosmetic dentistry and traditional Chinese medicine. Whew! Indeed, you will get out of here a completely different – and healthier – person!
This extraordinary clinic is the brainchild of Alfredo Bataller Parietti, who suffered from digestive problems that affected his quality of life for 30 years. He was fortunate enough to be recommended a doctor educated in natural therapies (now a member of SHA’s medical team) that gave wondrous results in just one month of treatment. This inspired him to share all this knowledge in a single project that combines the wisdom of centuries past with the latest advances in Western medicine, through the SHA Wellness Clinic. Today, SHA is doubtless one of the best detox retreats in the world.
Tip: This one is suitable for anyone with an actual illness who is looking for an alternative path to health.
Services: Ozone therapy, anti-ageing medicine, genetic testing, osteopathy, and so much more
Purify your system in enchanting Indonesia, where a personalised detox holiday, set amongst the lush jungle canopies of Bali, is guaranteed to make you feel renewed!
The Como Shambhala Estate is incredibly effective for natural detoxification, thanks to their wellness consultants which will prescribe a programme of nutrient rich meals, regular exercise and cleansing spa treatments. The Estate’s residential approach plunges you in a positive, holistic and healing experience from the moment of arrival. After an initial consultation, a team of experts will devise an optimum Personal Programme designed to match your goals, be they fitness, detoxification, stress management, weight loss or a combination of these. It doesn’t surprise to discover that this resort has won a variety of awards, for its unique pampering treatments.
Tip: If you don’t mind leaving the hotel, there are massages and other body therapies on offer nearby for about 1/10th the price.
Services: Fitness classes, detox diets, a variety of massage therapies
India undoubtedly is the prime destination for spiritual reconnection. A holiday at SwaSwara is a clean escape from the daily rigours of life and “a delightful realisation that the Self is not something that one finds; it is something that one creates.”
Start the SwaSwara detox process through a cleansing juice diet, before discovering the benefits of a day of antar mauna (inner silence) as you reflect on your goals. SwaSwara believes you are what you eat, so holistic food is an intrinsic part of wellness, and you are welcome to tour their interactive kitchen gallery, to understand their culinary philosophies and processes.
At this retreat, you may combine Ayurveda healing treatments with yoga meditation, naturopathy and holistic cuisine inspired by Indian and global flavours. The natural beauty of the surroundings and the stunning architecture of the resort will delight you, too!
Clinical remedies are offered for specific ailments through assessment by naturopaths, who create highly tailored programmes to help alleviate physical problems and reconstruct vital energy of the body through yoga and specific diet and cleansing procedures.
Services: Ayurveda, naturopathy, yoga and more. In fact, this is one of the best detox retreats for those who are really into Ayurveda and traditional Indian medicine
At Kamalaya Koh Samui Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa resort, you can experience a truly life-enriching healthy holiday. Their motto is “Feel Life’s Potential” and it proves to be successful by looking at the amount of awards the resort has won in the field of Eco Spas. Their wellness programs offer solutions for detox, stress and burnout, all cured by a healthy diet and yoga.
The enchantment of this detox retreat is that it is centred around a monk’s cave that once served Buddhist monks as a place of meditation and spiritual retreat. The Kamalaya’s essence is expressed in its name: ‘Lotus (kamal) Realm (alaya)’, representing an ancient symbol for the growth and unfolding of the human spirit.
You can choose to lodge in a luxurious room, suite or villa, but the ancestral spirituality will osmotically get to you while you cleanse your body of toxins during your stay.
Tip: If shopping is your thing, there’s plenty to do nearby – pick up great Thai crafts and kaftans, or some natural beauty products.
Services: Various kinds of massages and beauty treatments, yoga, and stress management classes
10. Grand Park Hotel
If you want to detox in the centre of the beauty of the old continent, the Grand Park Detox is the place to be! Set in the stunning Gastein Valley of Austria, this is one of the best best detox retreats in Europe. Their exclusive 5 star detox programme cleanses the body with Thalassotherapy and gives you new energy, while enhancing your physical and mental well-being.
During the morning, relish a Qi Gong or yoga session to boot up your energy levels and get the day off a fine start. Your mind will feel liberated from everyday stress. Another unmissable treatment is the Gastein thermal spring water which works wonders, through an individual treatment plan. Finally, the Grand Spa Cuisine will do astounding work from the inside, boosting your immune system and cleansing your body with a whole food based diet.
Tip: The air near this hotel is super clean and pure – it’s not too hot in summer, either.
Services: Thalassotherapy, Qi Gong, yoga, fitness classes and more
All images: courtesy the hotel’s sites. Main image: Ananada spa.