No matter what time of year, you can revive and rejuvenate yourself with one of these luxury wellness holidays
By Chere Di Boscio
Have you resolved to take better care of yourself this year? Eat better? Exercise more?
There are lots of ways to do all of that. Get more rest. Eat more vegan food. Stop chowing down on takeaways and learn to cook instead. Cut out alcohol. Join a gym. But if it all sounds a bit daunting, you can always kickstart your health-orientated goals by treating yourself to luxury wellness holidays throughout the year.
If you’ve ever had the pleasure of trying one of these luxury wellness holidays, you’ll know just how inspiring they can be. When you’re surrounded by jaw-dropping scenery, served exquisitely fresh, healthy food by master chefs and trained by enthusiastic experts, it’s pretty hard to not want to live your best life always!
Here, we’ve selected 12 truly incredible wellness getaways around the globe that will leave you feeling refreshed, revitalised and ready to take on the world.
12 Months of Luxury Wellness Holidays, Sorted!
Kickstart your New Year’s resolution at luxury wellness retreat like The Farm. This resort is famed for their approach to detox and nutrition. Here, you can boost your well-being with an all-round approach to wellness, with activities ranging from volcano tours and aqua aerobics, to yoga and reflexology.
Each day, you’ll enjoy fresh and healthy vegan meals at the award-winning Alive! restaurant, where much of the produce is sourced from The Farm’s own organic garden, for a detox holiday that will return you home radiant inside and out. Purify your mind and body as you restore balance to your well-being with a range of luxury spa treatments.
Best for: Detoxing, healthy eating
Escape the winter blues and jet off to paradise in The Maldives for a well needed winter sun break. Ideal for a wellness and water sports holiday, discover marine turtles and manta rays amongst a diverse family of sea life inhabiting the flourishing coral reefs. Dip into this aquatic wonderland with water sports, including diving and surfing, on a healthy holiday that will leave you feeling refreshed from head to toe.
After doing loads of water sports, enhance your wellness at the luxurious spa with an Indonesian massage or stretch out at the open-air yoga pavilion with complimentary daily classes.
Best for: Water sports, sunshine and Vitamin ‘sea’
Travel to exotic Thailand and reconnect with nature as you reach a state of optimum health and relaxation on this healthy escape. A dream destination for a luxury spa holiday, Thailand is also populated by some of the kindest, most hospitable people on Earth.
Here, you will discover well-being bliss with a traditional Thai massage or a reviving body scrub in Point Yamu’s beautiful spa. It’s easy to escape the stresses of day-to-day modern life here! Improve your wellness both physically and emotionally with rejuvenating yoga and Pilates classes overlooking the tropical seas, enhancing your posture and toning your body. Get active on your healthy holiday with biking, diving or snorkelling and discover Thailand’s local culture as you explore the ornate temples and lively markets of Phuket Old Town.
Best for: Immersing yourself in the kindness of strangers; gentle exercise
Can’t choose between the gentle escape of yoga, or the thrill of surfing? At Paradis Plage in Morocco, you don’t have to! Enjoy sun, sand and surf at Paradis Plage for the ultimate mix of fitness and relaxation. Whether you’re looking to hone your skills or start from scratch, surf lessons provide unbeatable fun and you’ll soon feel addicted to the thrill of a surfing holiday.
Take a break on dry land and combine surfing with 3 daily yoga classes, from sunrise to sunset, with breath-taking ocean views from the tranquil beach-side yoga studio. Ideal for a luxury yoga holiday, complement your healthy break with muscle relaxation and stress relief at the luxury spa or take five in the traditional Moroccan Hammam.
Best for: Exploring new cultures, diverse activities
Bask in the warming rays of a healthy holiday in Costa Rica! Staying at the Four Seasons Peninsula Papagayo isn’t just plush; it’s good for your health. The resort offers not only healthy foods, including a fresh juice bar packed with tropical fruits, but also meditation and yoga courses. Additionally, there’s a state-of-the-art gym, and a three-level spa that features a hammam, sauna, and heated pool with an incredible view.
Workouts needn’t be confined to indoors, of course! There are exhilarating zip-line tours of the jungle canopy, kayaking tours along the sandy shores, surfing classes, as well as the opportunity to hire a personal trainer to guide you through Ultimate Boot Camp, Spinning, H.I.I.T and Pure Physique workouts. It may not be the cheapest of luxury wellness holidays, but it is one of the best.
Best for: Highly personalised wellness holidays
The perfect destination for luxury lovers, Terre Blanche also offers a lush wellness and weight loss break. Shape up in June at this 300-hectare retreat in the stunning South of France. The resort offers a range of healthy holidays to suit your individual goals, including specific wellness programmes tailored towards fitness, detoxing, and spa slimming.
Enhance your well-being with activities ranging from circuit training to yoga and aqua aerobics to total body workouts in the spa’s excellent gym. In-keeping with the resort’s core values, the spa delivers a range of truly indulgent treatments, all designed to leave you feeling completely revitalised. Complement your healthy holiday with weight loss enhancing treatments, such as a lymphatic drainage massage or slimming body wrap.
Best for: Luxury lovers, Francophiles, golfers
If you’re serious about your health and well-being, escape on a healthy holiday at the number one destination for a luxury wellness experience like no other. With their nutritional consultations, medical check-ups and informal healthy lectures, SHA ensures an abundance of expert advice will ensure you learn a healthier lifestyle you can take back home with you.
The SHA Wellness Clinic offers a multitude of specialised wellness programmes dedicated to guiding guests through detox, weight loss, giving up smoking, managing stress, addressing sleep problems and more. With its idyllic destination overlooking the Mediterranean, this fabulous luxury spa retreat is ideal for a relaxing wellness break.
Best for: Those in need of a serious wellness overhaul, with medical supervision
Located on the beautiful and peaceful Losinj Island, the Vitality Hotel Punta in Croatia is a dream destination for a summer fitness holiday. With a Blue Flag standard beach only a few minutes’ walk away, this healthy holiday boasts breathtaking views of the Adriatic coastline.
The hotel offers a Fusion Fitness holiday, which ideal for an active break that you can customise to match your interests with your choice of activities. Here’s what’s on offer: tennis, rock climbing, hiking trails and water sports, as well as yoga. Cap off the day with a treatment in the specially designed Vitality Zone before tucking into delicious Mediterranean cuisine at one of their three fantastic restaurants.
Best for: Mediterranean cuisine, culture
September: Discover Tuscany’s Hot Springs at Adler Thermae
Make the most of the summer holidays and treat yourself to a healthy Mediterranean escape in the beautiful Tuscan landscape at Adler Thermae. Situated in the world heritage site, Val d’Orcia, and home to natural healing thermal springs, this wellness destination is perfect for a diverse spa and sport holiday.
Immerse yourself in the stunning Tuscan countryside and get in shape with invigorating daily bike rides or soul-soothing hikes, followed by a refreshing spa treatment to rejuvenate your well-being. With activities ranging from yoga and meditation to Fit Ball and Aqua Power, a trip to this luxury health retreat is your passport to wellness.
Best for: Natural beauty, water therapies
Vana Malsi Estate has set itself the ambitious target of becoming the most iconic wellness resort in the world – and it doesn’t disappoint. Set amidst the Sal forest, the 21-acre site boasts mango and lychee orchards, as well as stunning views of the Himalayan foothills. This is an excellent alternative destination for a single’s holiday, and the friendly staff deliver a bespoke wellness experience through expert classes, ranging from yoga to personal training. Their extensive range of holistic spa therapies make Vana Malsi the ideal place to immerse yourself in the healing powers of Ayurveda, too.
With daily guided meditation classes, paired with organic nutrition, Vana Malsi is the ideal destination to heal yourself, inside and out.
Best for: Spiritual growth and inner peace
Set amongst the dazzling tropical jungles of Malaysia is a world class luxury wellness retreat, The Banjaran. It offers a variety of wellness programmes specially designed to help you lose weight, detox, get fit or feel rejuvenated. Renowned for its incredible spa and nutritious cuisine, the hotel’s wellness approach is incorporated into all of the daily activities.
With over 100 different holistic therapies available, you are sure to find something to suit your individual needs and help you create your own perfect holistic holiday. Enjoy a therapeutic yoga or meditation class before working up a sweat in the natural steam caves for a healthy break that will revive your body and mind.
Best for: Weight loss
Famed for its sunny climate and refreshing ocean breeze, escape to Fusion Maia for a healthy holiday in the tropical paradise of Vietnam. Enjoy a daily schedule of wellness activities, such as, yoga for metabolism, laughter breathing and sun salutations for a real boost to your mind and body. Activities reflect the given theme each day, such as ‘Open Your Mind’, ‘Feel Free’ or ‘Enjoy Nature’, a wellness concept designed to help guests focus their well-being goals.
Fusion Maia is the perfect place for a yoga and culture retreat. You can re-discover yourself in the beauty of your surroundings on this healthy holiday. There are wonderful excursions and tours on this holiday, too, including a Da Nang Food Tour and a Tai Chi excursion to Marble Mountain. There is no doubt you’ll have lots of fun – this is one of the most adventurous luxury wellness holidays!
Best for: Alternative therapies for mental and physical wellness
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