Combining stunning locations, a hugely relaxing environment, dedicated care for your health and a whole lot more, it’s no wonder that wellness holidays have seen a surge in popularity in recent years with tired and stressed-out individuals seeking out the absolute escape and reset.
Offering the opportunity to overhaul your health in a variety of ways – from introducing ancient practices into your daily routine, detoxing from screens and taking a look at what you put into your body – a wellness retreat provides a health MOT that many crave in today’s fast-paced, always-on world.
From those focusing on fitness to the escapes that take a good look at your physical or mental health, you can tailor your trip to what is it you feel that needs work, and with retreats scattered across the world and in glorious locations, it’s safe to say that it doesn’t have to be at all arduous, unless you want it to be, of course.
We take a look at some of the winning wellness retreats that you can visit across the globe.
Promising a range of positive benefits both for the mind and body, it’s easy to see why yoga has become such a popular discipline. From gentle movements designed to stretch muscles and improve strength and tone, to more vigorous flows that improve circulatory health and offer some cardio exercise, yoga is a great exercise for all.
Most retreats will include yoga in their schedule, but dedicated yoga retreats will include sessions up to three times a day, meaning that you’ll leave far more confident with your practice. Head to the birthplace of yoga that is India or try Vietnam, Italy, Bali, Greece, Spain, Portugal or the UK for some of the top retreats out there.
Mental health retreats
When life takes a toll on our mental health, often we can find ways to regain balance, but sometimes there’s a need to take a more dedicated approach to healing, and that’s where mental health retreats come into their own. Providing a complete environment devoted to improving your mental and emotional wellbeing with experienced therapists, psychologists and psychiatrists helping you deal with trauma and build resilience, expect a variety of ways to aid in your recovery, from surf lessons to meditation and yoga to group therapy, all in stunning surroundings such as Morocco, France, the UK and Bali.
If you’re looking to regain or discover a flair for fitness, then a retreat is a great opportunity for you to discover which passions may interest you and to give you a kickstart to improved health. From working out in the wild in the likes of Iceland, Mongolia and Japan to undertaking a bootcamp in Spain or Wales, you are sure to find a retreat to suit your desires. And with yoga sessions and massages to stretch and ease those aching muscles, you are sure to find the right level of balance wherever you choose to go.
Weight loss retreats
If you’ve tried all the healthy eating plans going and you feel no closer to your long-term goals, then a weight loss retreat with a holistic approach to your health might just be the best option for you. With a dedicated programme tailored to your individual needs, expect to learn about nutrition while residing in a stunning location – perfect for enjoying a relaxing break before resetting and taking all of your new-found knowledge with you.
It might just be that you need to completely relax, take a digital detox, discover meditative tools that you can take home with you and surround yourself in a beautiful natural setting. A spa retreat in Switzerland could be the ideal break for you, or perhaps a meditation break in Morocco will, maybe you fancy hightailing it to the Himalayas or making your way to the Maldives to switch off. Wherever you choose you will undoubtedly return home in a more relaxed and rejuvenated state.