Need a break from the festive rush? Take your pick from one of these winter wellness retreats
If merely the thought of darker days and cold temperatures is spinning you into a winter slump, fear not. What you need is a winter wellness retreat. From fitness in Oman and mountain trekking in India to holistic healing experiences in Thailand and pampering in Italy, discover where to head this winter for a wellness retreat during the Christmas and New Year period.
1. Walking in a wellness wonderland in India
Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but India is so delightful! This festive season take time-out from the traditional and head to the home of Ayurveda, yoga and meditation. Ananda, set in the Himalayan foothills, is the epitome of wellness destination travel, evoking spirituality and calm in all that visit. Embrace the powerful ambience of nature and release endorphins as you discover your surroundings with nature walks, trekking and water-rafting or make the most of calming holistic activities like Hatha yoga, morning stretches and meditation. Whichever wellness route you take, this is one Christmas you won’t want to forget.
The Ananda Active is priced from £4,940 per person for 7 nights or £5,315 for single occupancy.
2. New year sport & fitness in the Canaries
Santa Claus is coming to town and he’s ditched the sleigh and reindeers after a stint in the Canaries at Baobab Suites on the swimming or running programme. Refine your technique and efficiency in one or both distinct sporting disciplines with customised personal training under the warm Tenerife sun, gaining strength, stamina and skill. A fusion of luxury and minimalism, Baobab Suites boasts elegant apartments with floor-to-ceiling windows and efficient facilities perfect for all your wellness pursuits. With a year-round temperate climate and only a short flight from the UK, Tenerife is the perfect location for a sporty winter escape.
The Baobab Suites Swimming or Running holiday is priced from £720 per person for 5 nights or £1,205 for single occupancy.
3. Meditation, mindfulness and miracles in Thailand
For a truly magical festive experience, look no further than this life-changing mediation and mindfulness retreat on Phuket’s secluded west coast. An experience designed to restore inner balance and awareness, embark upon an immersive journey into your subconscious under the guidance of a Buddhist monk. As your mind, body and soul connects in perfect harmony, notice how stresses dissipate, leaving you with clarity, direction and inner peace. With enchanting views of the Andaman Sea and breath-taking pink sunsets, you can have yourself a merry little Christmas and swap white snow for white sand this winter.
The Amanpuri Awareness retreat is priced for £5,520 per person for 7 nights or £7,900 for single occupancy.
4. Festive fitness in Oman
A million miles away from the classic white Christmas in the UK, Six Senses Zighy Bay in Oman offers warmer weather, sandy beaches and spectacular mountain views. With customised training, the functional fitness programme focuses on smashing your personal goals whether it be toning, fitness, strength or flexibility. Enjoy an array of exhilarating experiences as you swap the daytime TV for trekking and tandem paragliding. Then celebrate the New Year in style with a chartered yacht or sunset cruise for the winter holiday of your dreams.
The Zighy Bay Sense of Functional Fitness is priced from £3,970 per person for 7 nights or £5,420 for single occupancy.
5. Take a step back from emotional triggers in Thailand
Rediscover the joy in life and restore your body’s balance and well-being on the Kamalaya ‘Embracing Change’ wellness programme to experience self-discovery and growth. During the festive period, difficulties you are facing such as relationship or work problems, addiction, anxiety or grief, can be exacerbated by pressures to be social. Grip life by the antlers and learn the skills you need to develop your emotional strength and positive outlook to conquer any challenging situations you may be facing.
The Kamalaya Embracing Change programme is priced from £2,890 per person for 7 nights or £3,300 for single occupancy.
6. Single all the way in St Lucia
Are you on the lookout for a solo adventure this Christmas? BodyHoliday is the perfect winter escape that can keep you busy all day and night. This exquisite Caribbean wellness destination, surrounded by jungle covered piques and crystal-clear waters, offers a wide range of action-packed activities including scuba diving, extreme mountain biking, tennis and windsurfing. With great restaurants, bars and a solo traveller friendly atmosphere, it’s as comfortable as spending Christmas at home.
The BodyHoliday is priced from £1,845 per person for 7 nights or £1,940 for single occupancy.
7. A Holistic Kind of Holiday in Costa Rica
Treat yourself this winter with a well-rounded wellness retreat in Costa Rica. This beautiful retreat offers plenty of opportunity to refresh and restore your mind and body as you bask in the Costa Rican sunshine. Learn something new with a raw food cooking class or be at one with nature and try bird watching and stargazing. ‘The Cristal Lotus’ spa provides the perfect chance to transform your well-being and address any health problems so you can start 2019 as the best and most mindful version of yourself.
The Retreat Revive & Renew programme us priced from £1,600 per person for 6 nights.
8. Tis the Season to Be Spa-ing in Italy
As the self-proclaimed belle of the ball this Christmas, you deserve a little pampering and what’s more, you deserve Borgo Egnazia. A castle-like haven set in an untouched and authentic region of Puglia, Italy, Borgo is an idyllic winter escape for spa-seekers and beauty-enthusiasts alike. By day, relax with Roman bath rituals, psycho-aromatherapy and essential oil massages and by night, enjoy top notch dining at a range of sophisticated gourmet restaurants. A vibrant, relaxing and soothing wellness experience, this short winter break may be just what you need to prepare you or repair you from the festivities.
The Borgo Egnazia Beauty is priced from £1,175 per person for 4 nights or £1,625 for single occupancy.
9. Not your Average Christmas in Bali
Do you want to build a snowman? No… we don’t either. Ditch the Christmas jumpers and opinionated in-laws this December and head East for a winter escape to the stunning Indonesian island of Bali, known colloquially as ‘Island of the Gods’. Put yourself first this festive season as you detox and lose a few unwanted pounds on a wellness trip that doesn’t skimp on the cultural experiences. Discover the mental and physical benefits of Qigong, Tai Chi, Muay Thai and Tibetan meditation or try yoga, Pilates, TRX training and boxing. Whatever your wellness quirks, you are guaranteed to ring in the New Year in tip top shape.
The Revivo Detox & Weight Loss is priced from £3,355 per person for 7 nights or £5,235 for single occupancy.
10. New year, new you in Turkey
Give yourself the gift of self-improvement this Christmas as you embrace the full potential programme at Six Senses Kaplankaya in Turkey. Set in a secluded bay of the Milas province with panoramic views of the Aegean, this is an idyllic winter getaway to work on your New Year’s resolutions. Learn how to stay healthy over the festive period as you discover more about the inner workings of your body with metabolic tests, then relax with an expansive range of spa treatments. With a host of adventure tours available you are certain to make memories that outlast the festive period.
The Six Senses Kaplankaya Full Potential is priced from £2,485 per person for 7 nights or £3,530 for single occupancy.
For advice, guidance and booking visit Health and Fitness Travel or call 0203 397 8891. All prices quoted include full board and return private transfers.