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

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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.

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