Amazing wellness retreats around the world
WOULDN’T IT BE NICE TO RETURN FROM HOLIDAY FITTER AND HEALTHIER THAN WHEN YOU LEFT? WE SHOWCASE NINE RETREATS WHERE YOU CAN DO JUST THAT
Going on holiday doesn’t have to mean letting go of the healthy practices you strive to maintain in your day-to-day life. In fact, it can be the perfect way to establish positive rituals that continue to improve your overall wellbeing long after you get home. Wellness travel is a burgeoning global industry, so there is no shortage of places you can go to eat, move, rest and return feeling refreshed, renewed and ready for what life throws at you. While some of these options might be more for the ‘when I win the lottery’ list, there are others closer to home that could be just the break you need and deserve.
COMO Shambhala, Bali
Surrounded by lush tropical jungle, COMO Shambhala advocates holistic wellness and is the place to go if you’re seeking some peace. ‘Shambhala’ refers to a sacred place of bliss. Opened in 2005, the award-winning retreat was the brainchild of the owner of COMO Hotels and Resorts, Christina Ong, who wanted to create a meaningful spa experience. Guests take part in five hours of wellness practice over a five-day period including Pilates, yoga and hands-on healing from Ayurvedic doctors and expert facialists. Other activities like cycling, tennis and hiking are also on offer at the retreat, which overlooks Bali’s rice fields. With a resident dietitian and an emphasis on raw food, the unspoilt destination is ideal for those wanting to improve their health and recharge their batteries.
Mii Amo, Arizona
If you’re seeking a transformational experience for mind and body, you’ll find it among the stunning copper colours and awe-inspiring terrain of Arizona. Native American-inspired therapies are offered at Mii Amo, a contemporary retreat in Sedona, a two-and-ahalf hour drive south of the Grand Canyon. Mii Amo encourages guests to reconnect by feeling the sun on their face and the powerful red rocks beneath their feet. The luxury 16-room retreat is shaded by cottonwood trees with furnishings that reflect the landscape, some including a beehive fireplace and whirlpool. Choose from five packages: spiritual exploration; destress mind, body and spirit; healthy body in balance; transformational wisdom; and soulful essence.
Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat, South Africa
If you’re in need of some pampering, Bushmans Kloof is nestled in the Cederberg Mountains, 270km from Cape Town, with a spectacular wild backdrop. It’s home to 750 plant species, more than 150 kinds of birds, and crystal-clear waterfalls. It also boasts more than 130 rock art sites, some of which are 10,000 years old. Guests are invited to the cellar to select their wine, and a range of outdoor dining experiences are on offer, including romantic picnics and traditional barbecues. Spa treatments in a riverside gazebo are personalised for each guest, with a focus on holistic principles. Committed to conservation and social responsibility, the retreat encourages guests to be at one with nature within the spiritual setting.