Wellness Retreats: The definitive round-up
Take time out for yourself on one of these dreamy wellness retreats
The charming Greek island of Skyros in the Aegean Sea is a dream location for a wellness getaway. This low-key island feels worlds away from the buzzing bar scene offered on Ios or Mykonos, and so is a tranquil alternative with dreamy coves and rolling farmland that falls right into the sea. Skyros holidays are community-based resorts, informal and relaxed, their ethos is to bring solo travellers together for a magical holiday in a glittering location. Get inspired by the coastline and embrace the natural surroundings with an art holiday, or find your voice and banish writer’s block at one of the writing courses offered at both the Atsitsa Bay centre and The Skyros Centre.
Les Fermes De Marie, Megeve
This chic Alpine hotel entices visitors looking to harness the meditative properties of nature. Made up of cabins artfully reclaimed from dismantled mountain farmhouses, the resort also has a decorated spa and 17 treatment rooms. From Nordic walking to star gazing, Les Fermes de Marie boasts a variety of mindful activities and gives guests a peaceful getaway from the hordes of tourists on the French coast. Onsite, locate the Traditionnel restaurant for typical French food, and indulge in foie gras or carpaccio of scallops for starters, followed by lavish mains. New to the programme is sylvotherapy, or forest bathing, a Japanese practice known to relax the soul by contacting with the energy emitted by trees and woodland. It is said to promote relaxation and strengthen immunity, and guests can enjoy guided daily hikes with expert Jean-Marie Defossez through the forests.
Samasati Retreat and Rainforest Sanctuary
Offering a dreamy nature-infused wellness escape, Samasati Retreat and Rainforest Sanctuary is situated amid 250 acres of pristine Costa Rican rainforest fringed by sparkling Caribbean waters of nearby Puerto Viejo. The sustainable retreat offers heaps of activities; head out with your team on a waterfall hike, take a dip in a natural pool, and enjoy the daily yoga classes. Chefs prepare locally sourced gourmet food for family-style dinners and there is a wellness spa offering an array of mindful services.
Surfers Lodge Peniche
Luxury facilities meet a bohemian vibe at the Surfers Lodge Peniche, a Portuguese surf camp located 60 miles north of Lisbon. A stylish lodge on the Baleal side of the peninsula, the varied coastline caters for all abilities and with year-round waves, it’s a great spot for budding first-timers as well as experienced surfers. Visitors enjoy morning yoga, a vigorous work-out on the water, followed by social evening get-togethers and spellbinding sunsets, with time out on the ocean great for mental wellbeing.
Eleven Life at Deplar Farm, Iceland
A challenging wellness retreat with a transformative programme aimed at men that includes axe-throwing, sensory laser-tag, torch-free night walks under the Northern Lights and Viking saunas. Guests will be presented with 11 customised goals to incorporate into their daily routine to enhance sleep, mental capacity, nutrition, fitness levels and also help them manage stress and weight issues. With pure air and water, the location is ideal for focusing on breathwork, while taking daily wilderness walks.