In need of a health kick but struggling to get motivated? One of these boutique wellness retreats, as chosen by SL’s resident travel guru Jeannette Arnold, could be just the impetus you need.
Not only do they play host to some of the best practitioners in the world – including those who have month-long wait lists – but they have the added bonus of drop-dead gorgeous surroundings and long days of sunshine. Getting fit never seemed so appealing…
Jacqueline Bourbon at Soneva Kiri, Thailand
The luxury resort of Soneva Kiri in Thailand is as picture-perfect a destination as you can get for a wellness retreat. Surrounded by lush, vibrant tropical vegetation, white beaches and fringed with palm trees, you’ll automatically feel more at ease, especially when Jacqueline Bourbon, a qualified Medium, Spiritual and Shamanic Healer and Teacher, takes charge of you. During their Wellness Retreat, which takes place between 1st November and 7th December 2015, you’ll be invited to ‘Connect. Balance. Rejuvenate. Rebuild’ over a five-, seven- or nine-day retreat. Amidst classes with Jacqueline, you’ll be pampered with treatments at the Six Senses Spa, daily yoga and tai-chi classes, Ayurvedic consultations, and even an organic cooking class. Total relaxation and regeneration is in sight…
Prices from: £2,248 for a minimum of 4 nights
Dates: 1st November - 7th December 2015
The Jameson Retreat at Verdura Resort, Sicily
Leading trainer and fitness expert Harry Jameson is the brains behind this personalised retreat, created along with Viavi of Harley Street. Before you jet off to the sunnier climes of the Verdura Resort in Sicily, you’ll be given a detailed lifestyle assessment designed to help Jameson and his team create an individual programme for you during seven days. Once you touch down, the combination of training, treatments and nutrition will provide an all-round wellness boost, while on return you’ll be given an individually designed five-week programme of personal training and aftercare, followed by a full re-assessment at Viavi. That’s a lot of bang for anyone’s buck if you ask us…
Prices from: £7,600
Dates: 26th September - 3rd October 2015
Dr Gopal Govindasamy at Six Senses Zighy Bay, Oman
Yoga bunnies or those keen to reap the benefits of natural medicine will love the Ayurvedic-based program on offer at the Six Senses Zighy Bay in stunning Oman. Dr. Govindasamy is the star of the show here, as he provides guests with an in-depth Ayurvedic body-type consultation, creating a program to achieve optimal health. You’ll learn how to balance your ‘Doshas’ – the key to body harmony – and blitz your lifestyle back home with diet and mind relaxation. When you’re not finding your inner Zen, the resort’s range of adventure activities (think mountain biking and rock climbing) will keep you more than occupied.
Prices from: £7,500
Dates: 10th October – 9th November 2015; 10th December – 9th January 2016