Life can get stressful. In fact, it does get stressful and from time to time, we can find ourselves yelling a hearty “I need a break!” Well, I’m here to tell you that you do, and it’s a very well-deserved one at that! What I’m also here to tell you, however, is to consider setting aside the sunny beach holiday with all of its sandy towels and awkward sunburn, and swapping it in for a health retreat. A holiday focused on you, your well-being and your health is exactly what the body and mind need when the going gets tough. Wondering where to go? Check out my personal top five of the hundreds of locations you could choose from!
Istanbul , Turkey
While Istanbul is rife with spa resorts to enjoy, I actually suggest that you bypass the resorts completely and just enjoy Istanbul on your very own city break. Home to some of the world’s most hospitable people, you could find yourself completely refreshed just walking the streets enjoying some of the finest food and most exciting tourist destinations within the city. Of course, if you do want to opt for a spa resort or at least a luxurious hotel, you could try out the Titanic City Hotel, or maybe the luxurious Renaissance Polat Istanbul Hotel!
Chiva Som, Hua Hin, Thailand
This incredible resort could cost you a pretty penny, but it’s certainly worth it to find yourself relaxing among celebrities, Fortune 500 business owners and, believe it or not, royalty! Voted the world’s best wellness resort, this location is certainly the epitome of luxury, with countless wellnesss escapes to choose from. You’ll be living the life of a celebrity here for your stay, with amazing food that is not only good for you, but tastes great too. And despite its incredibly stunning interior design, all you have to do is look out of your window for a glance at the amazing Hua Hin surroundings.
Radiance Retreats, Byron, Bali and Europe
The best thing about Radiance Retreats is that they have locations across the world, including Byron Bay in Australia, Ubud, Bali, Spain and Tuscany. This is essentially a yoga retreat, but it comes with amazing food, a whole new approach to nature walks, and even nutritional information you can implement at home to keep your body in a healthy, relaxed state. And as a special treat, in among all the nature walks and juice cleanses, you’ll have access to massages too, so that you can truly detox and unwind with a Radiance Retreat.
Sun, Sea And Sweat, Almyra Resort, Cyprus
This health retreat is more a fitness program than a holiday, but believe me when I say you’ll love every moment – probably. Sun, Sea and Sweat is the perfect balance between the relaxing holiday you want and a fitness boot camp to keep you and your body in good shape. You’ll be hosted by sports and training professionals, including the likes of Seth McFarlane, Simon Brierley and Kypros Nicolaou. You’ll take part in open water swims, cycle routes and running sessions along coastal paths. And, of course, you’ll get to taste an amazing – but healthy! – Mediterranean menu. After a long day of training comes the opportunity to relax in the Almyra Resort spa with a sauna, steam room, yoga deck and water-based treatments to leave you feeling healthy and relaxed.
Kamalaya, Koh Samui
Kamalaya is the perfect wellness retreat for those looking for something a little extraordinary. You can try everything from their scheduled holistic activities to the incredible detox cuisine, and then take a walk up to the clifftop wellness centre for a range of different treatments. Try out acupuncture, Chinese medicine, a number of spa treatments or even naturopathy. Or if a wellness program sounds like more your style, Kamalaya offers fitness, sleep enhancement and detox retreats with visiting professionals.
Health retreats aren’t for everyone, but for anyone looking for something a little different to try, there’s nothing better than a wellness break that will leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed at the end of your trip, instead of ready for a vacation from your vacation! Why not take a look and book one today? After all, you deserve it!