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Taking control of your health and wellbeing can lead you to new levels of peace and happiness. A wellness retreat or holiday is a great way to do it. They can give you the boost you need to achieve your goals or introduce you to a new virtuous lifestyle. 

With so many incredible breaks available, that whatever your goals, you are bound to find one that suits you. There are opportunities to focus on your fitness, eat nutritious food, get close to nature, dig deep into yoga or just kick back and relax.

Whether you are looking for a week of yoga or a luxurious spa break, there is a wellness retreat for you. This list will introduce you to some of the options available and kickstart your search. 

What is a Wellness Break?

Wellness breaks include a vast range of activities and experiences. There is no one size fits all, but they often share the common aim to refresh body, mind and soul. Wherever you choose to go or whatever you decide to do, you will have the chance to focus on improving your own personal health. 

Breaks like these are as varied as the people wanting to go on them; some want to actively pursue specific healthy activities while others are looking for a beneficial break from their daily routines. Your motivation, interests and objectives will help you to choose the type of wellness travel that suits you best. 

The different types of wellness break:

Spa breaks

These often involve a stay in a hotel with access to a pool and spa facilities. During your stay, you may be able to choose a massage or a treatment or two. 

Detox and digital detox

Often set in beautiful countryside settings these aim to get you back to a simpler life. For general detox, you may spend some time learning about health and nutrition or how to prepare beneficial juices. On a digital detox, you may be asked to leave your phone in your suitcase and engage in other activities to refocus you away from your devices.

Exercise and fitness 

A fitness break will allow you to focus on getting active. They are often open to any ability from total beginner to advanced levels. If you want to improve your fitness but aren’t sure where to start one of these will suit you perfectly. There are often dedicated trainers to teach you new skills and achieve a level of confidence and ability that will allow you to continue at home.

Weight loss and nutrition

These can be similar to fitness breaks but are specifically focused on helping you break habits and develop new ones to reduce your weight or improve your diet. They may involve sports and fitness, cooking and even life coaching.

Yoga retreats

These are the most popular wellness retreats and are great for advanced practitioners but are also excellent if you’ve never even tried even the most straightforward yoga pose. They often pair yoga with beautiful settings, good food and good company.

Adventurous escapes

If you want something with a bit more adrenaline, you are ideally suited to an adventurous break. These often involve exciting and energetic activities which can be paired with more relaxing pursuits like meditation or mindfulness.

Getting back to nature

What better way to recharge than get out into nature with enough time and attention to appreciate it. There are lots of retreats that will take you to some of the most beautiful places on earth.

How we’ve chosen the breaks on this list

We’ve carefully selected these breaks to cover a wide range of interests and show you the incredible options available. We’ve included Spa breaks, yoga retreats, hikes into nature, surfing, stand up paddleboarding, even an adventure across the Galapagos Islands and an off-grid experience in Canada.

To make our final choice we’ve selected; retreats with well-respected teachers, hotels with incredible accommodation, nature retreats in areas of outstanding beauty and generally looked out for the best of the best.

The Best Wellness Breaks in the UK

1. Fair Oak Farm

Weight Loss, Fitness and Juice Detox – Five Day Retreat

A weight loss and fitness retreat set in a breath-taking country estate in the Sussex countryside. Across five days you will experience luxury accommodation paired with a comprehensive program from Platinum Healing designed to help you achieve your weight and fitness goals.

Everything from detox, personal training, hypnotherapy, daily yoga and guidance form nutritional therapists will be available to help you on your journey. You will also be able to feel the benefits of Platinum Healing’s signature juice detox which involve an incredible range of organic fruit and vegetable juices, supplements, superfood shots and electrolyte broths.

If you want to lose weight or get active why not do it in these beautiful surroundings with a team of outstanding professionals at your disposal?

What’s included?

5 days, 4 nights stay

NLP and life coaching workshop

Weight loss and fitness program, Healing juice detox program

5 classes per day of yoga, meditation, pranayama, fitness and dance

Daily educational talks on detox, nutrition, health, and wellness

Use of sauna, rebounder and fitness equipment

Key points

Classes or skills – Neuro-linguistic programming, Life-coaching, Weight-loss, Fitness, Yoga, Meditation, Pranayama, Dance

Experience level – Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced

Class size – Always less than twenty participants

Location – Fair Oak Farm, Mayfield, Sussex

When – 3rd – 7th February 2020

Times – Check-in: 17:00, Check-out: 10:00

Price – From £1321 per person

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2. Uppermoor Farm

Unleash Your Inner Fire – Three Day Women’s Retreat

A life-changing three days specially focused on helping you to rebalance, flourish and unleash your inner fire. This is a retreat exclusively for women with a combined focus on yoga and women’s health.

With a well-balanced blend of locally sourced plant-based food, guided meditation and sunset yoga sessions you will learn how to get in tune with your body’s energy and set it to work to improve your health and wellbeing.

Accommodation is provided in the Lighthouse Barn in the grounds of the 5-star Uppermoor farm. It is set up as a group house with 6 en-suite bedrooms and a large open plan living area. Set in the majesty and mystery of the Peak district there few places as ideally suited to a long weekend of physical and spiritual healing.

What’s included?

3 days, 2 nights stay

All meals, drinks and snacks (vegetarian/vegan)

Daily yoga session

Women’s health sessions: hormonal Q&A, gut health talk, foods that enhance female health and how to find hormonal balance

African dancing

Tibetan singing bowl sound healing sessions

Key points

Classes or skills –Yoga, Women’s Health, African Dancing, Tibetan Singing Bowls

Yoga style – Vinyasa, Yin, Hatha, Nidra and Restorative

Experience level – Beginner/Intermediate

Class size – Always less than twenty participants

Location – Fair Oak Farm, Mayfield, Sussex

When –21st – 23rd February, 12th – 14th June 2020

Times – Check-in: 16:00, Check-out: 16:00

Price – From £375 per person

Deposit – £113

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3. The Belfry

Luxury Pamper Spa Break in Sutton Coldfield – Two Nights for Two People

For a real treat, this is a luxury spa break that delivers rest and relaxation from the moment you arrive. Check-in, then head to the pool, relaxation rooms or hot tubs. Set in the incredible Belfry Hotel and Resort in Sutton Coldfield you will be blown away by the many opportunities to be properly pampered.

You get two full days and nights and two 55 minute spa treatments of your choice. You can spend your time in the Leisure Club, the pool, the Ryder Grill restaurant or enjoy a gentle stroll around the magnificent grounds.

If you need an energy boost and a weekend where your most significant decision will be pool or hot tub, get yourself a voucher at Virgin Experience Days and book your break for any time in the next 90 days.

What’s included?

Two nights stay

Two 55 minute spa treatments each

A three-course dinner on the first evening

Full English breakfast each morning

Entrance to Bel Air nightclub and lounge on Friday or Saturday

Welcome gift pack including

Key points

Classes or facilities –Fire & Ice Experience, swimming pool, whirlpools, fitness studio and choice of spa treatment

Spa treatments – Full body massage, Illuminating body treatment, Reiki, Reflexology, Indian head massage, Hot chocolate body shot, Thai poultice massage,

Location – The Belfry Hotel & Resort, Lichfield Road, Wishaw, Sutton Coldfield

When –Any time, seven days a week Available seven days a week excluding Christmas and New Year. Bank holiday weekends are an additional £30.

Times – Check-in: 15:00, Check-out: 11:00

Price –£719 for two people

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The Best Wellness Breaks in the World

1. Monkeys Bootcamp

Nature, Sports and Yoga in Barcelona, Spain– Seven Day Retreat

Not far from Barcelona you can immerse yourself in nature and get serious with sports, yoga, massage and personal development. The Monkey’s Bootcamp takes place in and around Cal Victoria, a large villa in the small town of Vallcebre.

It is the perfect, peaceful environment where you can truly focus on getting strong and healthy, surrounded by aromatic plants and singing birds. During your stay, you will practice regular yoga, Pilates and Bodyfit and well as getting to try your hand at Via-Ferrata climbing and stand up paddleboarding.

Your meals will be provided and delivered from a local restaurant featuring the best local produce. Meat eaters, pescatarians, vegetarians and vegans will all find a range of tasty dishes to enjoy. The villa has lots of space and includes one single room and four twins as well as three large shared bathrooms. If you want to get active and get into nature, this one’s for you!

What’s included?

7 days, 6 nights stay

3 meals a day

5 yoga classes

2 cross training sessions

2 Pilates class

2 stretching class

2 guided hikes

1 cooking workshop

1 guided meditation session

1 Via-ferrata climbing session

1 Stand up paddleboarding session

1 nutrition presentation

1 massage workshop

1 life coaching presentation

1 art creation workshop

Available for an additional cost:

Drinks and snacks

Personalised Ayurvedic consultation

Personalised training program

Key points

Classes or experiences – Yoga, Cross training, Pilates, Hiking, Cooking, Meditation, Via-ferrata climbing, Stand up paddle boarding, Massage workshop, Life Coaching, Art creation

Yoga style – General

Experience level – Beginner/Intermediate

Class size – 8 participants

Location –Cal Victoria, Vallcebre, Berga

Languages – Instruction delivered in English. Instructors also speak French, Italian, Polish, Russian and Spanish

When – Retreats are run throughout the year

Times – Check out: 10:00

Price – From €899 per person

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2. One Life Lodge

Surf and Yoga for beginners in Portugal – Eight Day Retreat

If you’ve always wanted to try surfing but have never got around to it, now’s the time. This eight-day retreat in Portugal is an incredible combination of yoga and surfing. It is led by the inspirational Meaghan O’Herron, Spiritual Awakening Mentor, Reiki Master, yogi and surfer; she will guide you in this energetic and uplifting mix of activities.

You will stay in a luxurious villa with fantastic ocean views and private pool. All your meals are made from the freshest local ingredients by your private chef and occasionally feature items from the fishermen’s latest catch.

The combination of yoga and surfing effortlessly delivers something that few other retreats manage, a symbiotic blend of activity and thoughtfulness that provides genuine stimulation to body and mind.

What’s included?

Eight days, seven nights stay 

Daily yoga classes

Daily meditation classes

Daily pranayama classes

All meals

Water, tea, coffee served throughout the day

Instructed surf lessons

Specialized workshops

Key points

Classes and experiences – Yoga, Meditation, Pranayama, Surfing

Yoga style – Vinyasa, Power and Yin

Experience level – Beginner/Intermediate

Class size – Up to 25 participants

Location – One Life Lodge, Faro Portugal

Languages – Instruction delivered in English.

When –11 – 18 April 2020

Price – From £1510 per person

Deposit – £246

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3. Odyssey MVMT

Yoga and Fitness in Canggu, Bali– Seven Day Retreat

This seven-day retreat is an incredible opportunity to benefit from personalized yoga and fitness instruction while settling into the incredible resort village of Canggu. Odyssey MVMT is a fitness and wellness centre where they take mind and body transformation seriously.

Your days will be packed full of nourishing food, mindful movement, yoga, and meditation. To balance the high levels of activity, you will have plenty of time to enjoy the local shops, take a trip to nearby Echo Beach or sit back and relax with a cocktail or mocktail.

You will stay in the Bija Villas which are a 2-minute walk from the Odyssey headquarter giving you the chance to enjoy the scenery and get ready for the day ahead. Rooms are spacious and come with access to the outdoor pool and free Wi-fi.

The real beauty of this retreat is that you have access to a personal concierge who will help to customize your week to meet your needs. They will also ensure that you achieve your goals and leave feeling relaxed and proud of your achievement.

What’s included?

Seven days, six nights stay

1x discovery session to set goals

2x 30 minutes personal/small group training sessions

1x 60 minutes private yoga session with an Odyssey expert

1x life coaching, health coaching or healing session with an Odyssey Coach

1x take-home fitness and nutrition plan

Unlimited fitness and yoga classes at Odyssey MVMT

5x massage or beauty treatments

1x tiny adventure (choose from surf lesson, Mount Batur hike, downhill mountain biking, Balinese cooking class, silver jewellery making class and more!)

Odyssey MVMT welcome pack

Airport transfers

Key points

Classes and experiences – Training sessions, Yoga, Life coaching, Massage, Beauty treatments, Choice of tiny adventure

Yoga style –General

Experience level – Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced

Class size – Small group sessions       

Location – Bija Villas, Canggu, Bali (Accommodation), Odyssey MVMT HQ (Classes)

Languages – Instruction delivered in English. Instructors also speaks Spanish

When – Available throughout the year

Times – Check-in: 14:00, Check-out: 12:00

Price – From €1156 per person

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4. Pop Retreats

Ayurveda in Sri Lanka – 8, 15 and 22 Day Retreats

Ayurveda is a whole-body healing system based on maintaining the delicate balance between mind, body, and spirit. On this retreat, this will be achieved through expertly taught yoga sessions, therapies and deep healing which will follow a customized treatment plan. Whether you stay for 8, 15 or 22 days, your hosts will offer you every opportunity to achieve optimal health and peace of mind.

Set in a luxurious resort on the Sri Lankan coast, you will find everything that you need, including beautiful sea views and a step back from your busy life. Most of your sessions and therapies will be delivered outside in the treatment garden allowing you to fully relax and take in the peace of your surroundings.

You will take part in daily yoga sessions and have your nutritional needs attended by chefs cooking delicious, nutritious, vegetarian meals from local ingredients. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to fully immerse yourself in Ayurveda and walk an alternative path to total health for body, mind and soul.

What’s included?

Recharge

8 days, 7 nights stay

All meals

Daily therapies and treatments

Ayurvedic therapies including Abhyanga massage, Udvartana herbal powder treatment, and purgative treatments

Daily yoga, meditation, and breathing sessions

Excursions such as temple visits and beach outings

Revive

15 days, 14 nights stay

All meals

Daily therapies and treatments

Daily herbal oil massages, herbal medicines, medical enemas

Controlled Ayurvedic diet

Classic Ayurvedic treatments such as Nabi Abhyanga, Shirodhara, and Vasti

Daily yoga, meditation, and breathing sessions

Excursions such as temple visits and beach outings

Renew

22 days, 21 nights stay

All meals

Full Panchakarma program

Daily therapies and treatments

A wide variety of treatments, herbal medicines, and massages

Daily yoga, meditation, and breathing sessions

Excursions such as temple visits and beach outings

Key points

Classes and experiences – Ayurvedic therapy, Massage, Yoga, Meditation, Breathing, Excursions

Yoga style – Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin/Restorative, and AcroYoga

Experience level – Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced

Class size – Small classes and one to one sessions where possible

Location – Lunukalapuwa, Kottegoda, Dickwella, Matara, Sri Lanka

When – This retreat runs throughout the year

Price – From €1290 per person

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5. Outdoor Yoga, Rishikesh

Spiritual Yoga and Meditation Close to Nature – Five day retreat

Known as the yoga capital of the world, Rishikesh is a city in Northern India on the river Ganges and among the Himalayan foothills. What better place to learn or improve your yoga practice.

The holy Ganga makes an incredibly spiritual backdrop to yoga and meditation sessions. This retreat focuses on using yoga and meditation to build a genuine connection between mind, body and soul.

When you aren’t outside practising yoga or enjoying the healthy vegetarian meals, you can explore your surroundings with excursions along the Ganga, into the jungle or the Himalayan region. In a place of such spirituality, it’s easy to fully immerse yourself and get to the real heart of yoga.

If you want to get a good understanding of yoga or reach the next level of your practice, this is the place to do it.

What’s included?

4 nights, 5 days stay (shared accommodation)

Three vegetarian meals daily

Daily yoga, meditation and pranayama classes (Outside)

Airport pick up only from Dehradun airport

Yoga materials

Excursions

Transportation during the retreat

(Flights not included)

Key points

Classes and experiences – Yoga, Meditation, Pranayama, Excursions

Yoga style – Hatha, Ashtanga

Experience level – Beginner/Intermediate

Class size – Usually less than 10

Location – Neergarh Waterfall Road, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India

When – This retreat runs throughout January, February and March 2020

Times – Check-in: 12:00, Check-out: 10:00

Price – From £229 per person

Deposit – £35

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6. Wanderlust Yoga

‘Bliss & Serenity’ Yoga in Norway – Seven day vegan retreat

Set in a white, wooden cabin in the enchanting woods of Norway, this retreat is perfectly placed between the forest and sea. You will be practising yoga, breathing in the clean air and enjoying a selection of incredible vegan meals.

With a focus on adjustment and alignment, your days will start with 1.5 hours of Hatha yoga, followed by yin and vinyasa in the evenings. You will have lots of opportunities to get out into nature and explore the forest and coastlines on hikes, walks, boat rides and even go stand up paddle boarding around the bay.

If you want to combine exploring the remote rural areas of Norway with yoga and meditation, this is the retreat for you. The incredible surroundings and peaceful natural setting will boost your wellbeing to a level that cannot be reached anywhere else.

What’s included?

6 nights, 7 days stay (shared accommodation)

All meals (vegan), water, tea, coffee

Daily pranayama, meditation and yoga sessions

Nature walks and day hikes

Boat ride through the beautiful Norwegian coastline

Stand up paddle board experience

Village visit

Transport during the retreat

(Flights not included)

Key points

Classes and Experiences – Pranayama, Meditation, Yoga, Nature walks, Hiking, Boat ride, Stand up paddle boarding

Yoga style – Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin, General

Experience level – Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced

Class size – Usually less than 10

Location – Bueneveien, Aust-Agder, Norway

When – 8th – 14th June, 2020

Price – From £978 per person

Deposit – £151

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7. Yahweh Rapha Centre of Advanced Energy Medicine

Restorative Fall Colour Experience With Tours and Hikes in Michigan – Four day retreat

If spirituality is your thing, this fantastic retreat to a Michigan wellness centre will provide healing like nothing ever experienced before. You will receive personal treatment in a range of alternative therapies and the opportunity to explore the local area and vineyards.

When you’re not enjoying private yoga sessions or connecting with your higher self, you can tour the region’s best wineries and taste their produce. Your hosts aim to help you to achieve complete relaxation and a feeling of renewal.

Because this is an Autumn (Fall) retreat, as you travel you will be able to tour the astonishing leaf colours that the region is famous for. This is a great option if you want to achieve some intense relaxation and have an open mind for alternative therapies, and wine.

What’s included?

3 nights, 4 days stay

Daily breakfast, dinner and beverages

Alternative healing services and therapies

Advanced energy medicine Spa and clinic on site

Yoga and meditation (private instructed class)

Nature hikes

Winery tours

Transportation to and from dining establishments, tours and hikes

Pick up and drop off to airport on request

(Flights not included)

Key points

Classes and experiences – Healing, Therapy, Yoga, Meditation, Hiking, Winery Tours

Yoga style – General, Vipassana

Experience level – Beginner/Intermediate/ Advanced

Class size – Private sessions

Location – Yahweh Rapha Centre, Petoskey, Michigan, United States

When – Available from September to October

Times – Check-in: 12:00, Check-out: 13:00

Price – From £1,338 per person

Deposit – £669

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8. Galapagos Islands

Luxury Wildlife Yoga Retreat– Ten days

In a place famous for its incredible nature and jaw-dropping natural scenery, you will find peace, relaxation and great local food. A retreat in the Galapagos Islands is the perfect way to drop out of ordinary life and get close to nature in a way you never have before.

You will stay in the incredible Waterfront hotel and take part in yoga sessions first thing each morning. Sessions will be on the beach or the hotel rooftop, allowing you to unplug and soak up the joy of the natural world.

You will have daily yoga sessions combined with incredible excursions. These include the frigate bird feeding ground, Galapagos penguins, swimming with sea lions, snorkelling to look at reef sharks and even visit the lava tunnels.

This break will let you fully take in what the Galapagos has to offer. With the help of yoga and meditation, you will harness the power of the world around you and make a lasting change to your health and wellbeing.

What’s included?

9 nights, 10 days stay

(8 nights in a shared double room at the Waterfront Inn and 1 night in shared 2 person Luxury room at Holiday Inn)

Daily yoga/meditation

All meals apart from 2 lunches, 3 dinners.

Transfer to/from hotel in Galapagos Islands

Day trip to Rancho Primicias, Gemelos and Lava tunnels

Day trip to North Seymor the frigate bird breeding ground

Day trip to Bartolomé Island to see the Galapagos penguins

Day trip to Santa Fe to swim with sea lions

Day trip to Pinzon to snorkel and look at reef sharks

All local taxes, fees and permits

All transport and local guides for the various tours and events

(Flights, some meals and tips for locals not included)

Key points

Classes and experiences – Yoga, Meditation, Day trips,

Yoga style – General, Yin, Hatha

Experience level – Beginner/Intermediate

Location – Galápagos, Ambato, Ecuador

When – Feb 28 – Mar 9, 2021

Price – From £4,401 per person

Deposit – £680

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9. Nass Valley

Off-Grid Yoga Immersion in the Wild North, Canada– 28 days

This is a yoga retreat that goes beyond the mat and takes you into the true wilderness of Northern Canada. You will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in an off-grid, yoga community for a month. Here you will find fellowship, nature, yoga and composting toilets.

Located in the remote Nass Valley, you will stay among the community members at the Anuttara Ashram and join them in developing a union with nature. You can choose your accommodation from private cabins, shared cabins, dormitories and camping each with access to nearby toilets and showers.

Unlike many of the retreats on this list, here you take a role that is closer to community member than guest; so come with an open mind and the expectation of enjoying incredible meals and then helping with the washing up.

What’s included?

27 nights, 28 days stay

All meals (vegan)

Water, tea, coffee served throughout the day

Daily yoga and meditation

Airport pick-up and drop-off

Specialized workshops

Spiritual philosophy classes

Group excursions/activities

(Flights not included)

Key points

Classes and experiences – Kirtan, bhajans and Bhakti Yoga practice, Specialized workshops, Spiritual philosophy classes, Open share circles with the community, Yagna, sacred fire ceremonies, Group excursions/activities

Yoga style – Ayurveda, General, Hatha, Tantra, Vinyasa, Restorative, Yin, Nidra

Experience level – Beginner/Intermediate/ Advanced

Location – Anuttara Ashram, Grease Trail Forest Service Road, Nass Camp, Canada

When – May 1 – 31 | May 31 – Jun 30, 2020

Price – From £220 per person

Deposit – £34

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Tim W. Shaw writes extensively about CBD oil, medical cannabis and other ground-breaking food supplements. He and his wife share their home with two daughters and a lifetime’s collection of books.

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