Where To Find The Best January Wellness Retreats

From luxury beach getaways to exotic yoga stays, we’ve found the best wellness retreats to try for a spot of detoxing and de-stressing.

Best for… beach luxury: Amanpuri Awareness Immersion, Thailand


Amidst palm-fringed, white sand beaches, and architecture inspired by ancient Ayutthayan culture, Amanpuri exudes timeless luxury. The awareness immersion programme, guided by a former Buddhist monk, is a meditative experience encouraging the renewal of internal focus, synchronising the mind, body and soul.

Indulgent spa treatments such as cranial sacral therapy compliment the programme, along with unrivalled nutritional support. With spiritual guidance, a 5-star spa, and a private beach on your doorstep, Amanpuri is perfect for those looking for a luxury, yet authentic, beach and spa getaway.

Health and Fitness Travel offers 7 nights at Amanpuri from £6,210pp or £7,815 for single occupancy. Price includes full board with a choice of wellness programmes, return flights and transfers.

Best for… yoga: The Retreat Costa Rica Yoga, Costa Rica


The Retreat is a Costa Rican haven set amid Quartz mountains and lush vegetation. Master the asana’s and find inner peace with daily private and group yoga practices. For beginners and advanced yogi’s alike, a week of seclusion and serenity will be beneficial both physically and mentally, improving flexibility, strength, and balance, as well as emotional clarity and stress. This healthy yoga escape also includes a hike, wellness workshops, a healing massage and a trip to a local farmers market.

Health and Fitness Travel  (0203 397 8891) offers 7 nights at The Retreat Costa Rica from £2,960pp or £4,100 for single occupancy. Price includes full board with a yoga programme, return flights and transfers.

Best for… something sporty: Palacio Estoril Sports & Performance, Portugal


On the sunny coast of Cascais, luxury 5-star resort, Palacio Estoril, offers sports enthusiasts an opportunity to overcome physical and mental barricades, enhancing performance and refining skill. Utilising treatments such as physiotherapy and Chinese medicine, guests benefit from improved posture and well-being.

In addition to an array of fitness classes, the programme focusses on nutritional performance enhancement, providing all the tools necessary to achieve athletic goals.

Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891) offers 5 nights at Palacio Estoril from £1,495pp and £2,100 for single occupancy. Price includes breakfast, programme, return flights and transfers.

Best for… a Mediterranean escape: Ayii Anargyri Healing, Cyprus


A boutique hotel amid a valley of mature trees in the village of Miliou, Cyprus, Ayii Anargyri promotes an idyllic location for a healthy healing escape. Restore well-being as you harness the time-tested, natural healing powers of the areas mineral-rich waters.

Find profound calmness and tranquillity through hydrotherapy treatments such as underwater massage, and treat ailments in the phlebology, kinesiotherapy, and rheumatology pools. The healing waters are also utilised in spa therapies such as the indulgent mud therapy cocoons and massages.

Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891) offers 7 nights at Ayii Anargyri from £1,860pp or £1,580 for single occupancy. Price includes full board, a choice of healing programme, return flights and transfers.

Best for… French paradise: Puyssextut,  Southern France


Boasting far-reaching countryside views in rural Southern France is the charming medieval chateau of in:spa’s Puyssentut. in:spa guests will have sole use of the chateau, where they can participate in expert-led yoga and fitness classes in the spacious studio. Across the lawn from the house is the salt-water swimming pool, surrounded by lavender-lined gardens and plush sun-loungers.

Cookery classes will be held for guests to learn how to cook cleansing cuisine, meaning guests can continue their detox after the retreat is over. Free time is best spent exploring the countryside on guided hikes, relaxing with massages and indulging in healthy meals on cobbled patios. Spend evenings in one of 10 large en-suite rooms; individually styled with comfortable beds and views over the countryside.

A week-long retreat in 2018 is available from £1,795pp based on two sharing a Deluxe Room on an all-inclusive basis* excluding flights and transfers. Book via in:spa here. 

Best for… a digital detox: Pine Cliffs Digital Detox, Portugal


Ditch your phone and escape to Portugal instead. Set in the sunny Algarve, give your mind and body a well-deserved break from technology with a two-day digital detox at Pine Cliffs. Learn to switch off and take a break, with meditative breathing classes, relaxation massages, and an ‘energy break’ under the retreat’s signature pine trees.

Get active with personal training on the beach and paddle board sessions in the sea, and enjoy nutrient-dense meals and juices, leaving your mind cleared and body re-energised.

Health and Fitness Travel offers 7 nights at Pine Cliffs from £2,072pp or £3,062 for single occupancy. Price includes accommodation, full-board, return flights and transfers

Best for… a gluten-free getaway: Sianji Well-being Resort, Turkey


If you’re a ‘GF’ traveler, this Turkish resort makes the perfect easy escape. Sianji, a nutrition-friendly retreat in the stunning south-western Aegean coast of Turkey, offers expert consultations from a professional dietician and detox specialists, with  a fantastic tailor-made nutrition regimen with a choice from an alkaline diet, raw food detox and master detox.

Benefit from thrice-weekly healthy living seminars, whilst other activities like water sports, fitness classes, and yoga will keep you physically and mentally balanced.

Rates start from £364.19. See here to find out more.

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