Where to Go on a Wellness Retreat This Christmas and New Year
As the weather turns cooler we're sure we're not the only ones whose thoughts are turning to where to go on a wellness retreat this Christmas and New Year to improve our health, wellness and boost immunity over the winter. From luxury ski and spa breaks in the Italian Dolomites to family wellness holidays in balmy Vietnam, there is a healthy retreat to suit all types of travellers whether you're travelling solo, as a couple or group or with family.
Each retreat offers much-needed respite from the hectic modern world and will serve to propel you into 2024 happier, healthier and ready to welcome whatever the new year brings.
Without further ado, let's take of a look at the top 10 wellness retreats to go on during the Christmas and New Year period in 2023/24:
10 Best Retreats for a Wellness-Infused Christmas and New Year
- Ski & Spa at Lefay Resort & Spa Dolomiti, Italy
- Weight Loss at Conrad Algarve, Portugal
- Rebalance & Stress Management at SHA Wellness Clinic, Spain
- Yogic Detox at Six Senses Zighy Bay, Oman
- Spa at Carlisle Bay, Antigua
- Rejuvenation & Immunity Boost at Ananda in the Himalayas, India
- Basic Optimal Fitness at Kamalaya, Thailand
- Family Holiday at TIA Wellness Resort, Vietnam
- Surf at COMO Uma Canggu, Bali
- Couples Escape at Euphoria Retreat, Greece
Winter Wonder Wellness: Ski & Spa at Lefay Resort & Spa Dolomiti, Italy
What could be more festive than a ski and spa retreat? Situated in Italy's peaceful Dolomite Mountain range, this luxurious experience will leave you feeling physically energised and mentally rejuvenated. Just imagine looking down at the tranquil alpine forestry as you descend the mountain slopes aboard your skis and make your way towards Lefay's state-of-the-art wellness temple where you can recover with a range of spa treatments including; massages, body scrubs and hydro-aromatherapy. If you're looking to combine your love of skiing with a spot of luxurious pampering, this is definitely the retreat for you!
Information and Booking: Lefay Resort & Spa Dolomiti
New Year, New Healthy You: Weight Loss at Conrad Algarve, Portugal
If getting leaner and fitter is a top goal of yours for 2024, then a luxury wellness and weight loss holiday in the stunning Algarve region of Portugal is the perfect starting point. Conrad Algarve's methodology is a three-pronged approach that comprises nutritional coaching, a personalised workout plan and targeted body treatments designed to improve your metabolic output. When you're not working out or learning more about nutrition, relax in the wellness centre with spa treatments or take part in a range of enriching activities such as winemaking, olive oil tasting or clam and oyster picking to name a few. Enter the new year feeling lighter and brighter with all the tools you need to maintain a healthy weight.
Information and Booking: Conrad Algarve
O Come, All Ye Stressful: Rebalance & Stress Management at SHA Wellness Clinic, Spain
Whether it's been a stressful year or the Christmas period in particular leaves you feeling somewhat grinchy, a relaxing and rebalancing retreat at Spain's top medical and holistic resort is the perfect antidote. Any pent-up feelings will flow right out of you with personalised massage sessions, aquatic therapy and cryotherapy that will leave you feeling suitably energised to take on the new year that lies ahead. With plenty of medical and wellness consultations with established experts, you'll leave SHA equipped with the knowledge to combat stress long-term, sleep better and lead a healthier lifestyle.
Information and Booking: SHA Wellness Clinic
All I Want for Christmas is Yoga and Wellness: Yogic Detox at Six Senses Zighy Bay, Oman
Further afield, the luxurious Six Senses Zighy Bay in Oman offers unrivalled opportunity to detoxify your body and mind on this yoga and detox holiday. You'll experience renewed levels of energy and a sense of inner peace through a series of hatha yoga, pranayama, meditation and spa sessions. Feel the warm kiss of the Arabian peninsula's sun as you strengthen your body's natural immune system with a nutritious detox menu, body scrubs, massages and Moroccan Hammam treatments. When you're not in yoga class or the spa, indulge in a range of enriching activities such as sunset and Dhow cruises, diving, hiking or even paragliding! Return feeling peaceful having stretched both body and mind, ready to embrace all that the new year has to offer!
Information and Booking: Six Senses Zighy Bay
Seasonal Spa Retreat: Spa at Carlisle Bay, Antigua
Looking for the ultimate relaxing and soothing spa experience somewhere warm over the festive period? Look no further than Carlisle Bay in Antigua. Surrounded by white sandy beaches and luscious palm trees, breathe new life into your body with yoga and Pilates classes. Lie back and enjoy deep tissue massages right on the beach and cure what ails you with soothing reflexology treatments, Reiki sessions and more when you're not taking part in water sports or dining at one of the varied and delicious on-site eateries. Book with Health and Fitness Travel and you'll receive a $100 spa credit (minimum 7 night stay) to ensure you get the most out of the fantastic menu at the Cara Organic Beauty Spa.
Information and Booking: Carlisle Bay
Walking in a Wellness Wonderland: Rejuvenation & Immunity Boost at Ananda in the Himalayas, India
Regain a sense of balance at this luxury immunity-boosting retreat nestled in the Himalayas tailored entirely to you. Kick off your healthy holiday with a series of detailed questionnaires and wellness consultations that will match you to the best treatments for your health goals. Experience daily Ayurveda and cleansing therapies alongside yoga, pranayama and meditation sessions to gain both outer and inner equilibrium. You'll also have access to daily use of the hydrotherapy facilities, so make the most of it with steams, saunas and laps of the heated pool. Additional activities on offer here at Ananda in the Himalayas include cooking classes, nature walks and treks, golf and water rafting.
Information and Booking: Ananda in the Himalayas
Festive Fitness: Basic Optimal Fitness at Kamalaya, Thailand
Work towards your personal fitness goals on this luxury festive fitness-boosting retreat at the award-winning Kamalaya Resort on the South Coast of Koh Samui, Thailand. Push your body to new limits with private personal training sessions, revival exercises and group classes. Indulge in delicious and nutritious vegetarian food that will fuel your exercise regimen and leave you feeling fully satisfied. Give your body what it needs with bio-analysed therapies and traditional Thai spa treatments that will leave you glowing with wellness from the inside out. With lots of local attractions to visit, you'll also enrich your mind whilst away at Kamalaya and meet like-minded people through group classes and excursions. Return with a renewed commitment to your body and mind, feeling strong and committed to living a balanced lifestyle.
Information and Booking: Kamalaya
Festive Family Wellness: Family Holiday at TIA Wellness Resort, Vietnam
If you'd like to reset and bond as a family this Christmas and New Year then this high-end resort in Vietnam could tick all your boxes! Pamper your little elves with their own mini spa treatments when you're not making lifelong memories exploring Hoi An, embarking on jeep tours or just sunning yourselves at the beach on your doorstep. Adults are treated to 2 nightly customised spa treatments too, so you'll always have more to look forward to after a fulfilling day of snorkelling, Tai Chi and whatever else your heart desires. Make time for each other again on the ultimate family retreat that will leave you with a stronger bond and plenty of stories to tell upon your arrival home!
Information and Booking: TIA Wellness Resort
Surfing Around the Christmas Tree: Surf at COMO Uma Canggu, Bali
Swap winter woes for sandy toes, sunshine, sea and surf on this luxury surfing retreat in Bali. Let your curiosity take control as you ride the waves and explore the coastline of this incredible Indonesian island. Take advantage of the 2 private surf classes on offer to get the inside track on the area and to hone your technique. When you're not out on the ocean, relax with multiple massages to soothe tired muscles and take in the perfect surf-beach-bar vibes with fresh juices and woodfire-grilled seafood. This is the perfect winter retreat for anyone looking to indulge their love of surfing and the sea, returning feeling fulfilled in all aspects ahead of the new year.
Information and Booking: COMO Uma Canggu
Underneath the Mystras-Toe: Couples Escape at Euphoria Retreat, Greece
'Tis the season to treat yourself (and your loved one!) with some much needed bonding time on a couples holiday in the foothills of Mount Taygetos, Greece. At Euphoria Retreat, your wellness escape begins with a refreshing and de-stressing Byzantine Hammam ritual before you jump into massage and salt room treatments. Surrounded by history, you'll grow stronger as a couple, delighted that you have taken this time out together. This short break, which also offers complimentary access to group classes like yoga, Pilates and TRX will see you return a happier and healthier couple. It makes the perfect Christmas present too, especially for the person who already has everything!
Information and Booking: Euphoria Retreat
And there you have it, if you were wondering where to go on a wellness retreat this Christmas and New Year - we certainly hope you aren't now! Whatever your wellness goals are - whether you're hoping to just relax after a challenging year, work on your fitness or bond as a couple or family - we have you covered.