10 of the Best: Winter Wellness Retreats for Christmas and New YearBy Gemma Perlin
If the thought of darker days and cold temperatures is spinning you into a winter slump, fear not, Health and Fitness Travel, the wellness holiday specialists has just the solution. From adventurous fitness in Oman and mountain trekking in India to holistic healing experiences in Thailand and pampering in Italy, discover where to head this winter for a wellness retreat during the Christmas and New Year period.
The Run-Down: This festive season take time out from the traditional and head to the home of Ayurveda, yoga and meditation. Ananda, set in the Himalayan foothills, is the epitome of wellness destination travel, evoking spirituality and calm in all that visit. Embrace the powerful ambience of nature and release endorphins as you discover your surroundings with nature walks, trekking and water-rafting or make the most of calming holistic activities like Hatha yoga, morning stretches and meditation.
Price: 7 nights at Ananda from £4,940pp or £5,315 for single occupancy. Price includes full board, a wellness programme and return private transfers.
The Run-Down: Santa Claus is comin’ to town and he’s ditched the sleigh and reindeers after a stint in the Canaries at Baobab Suites on the swimming or running programme. Refine your technique and efficiency in one or both distinct sporting disciplines with customised personal training under the warm Tenerife sun, gaining strength, stamina and skill. A fusion of luxury and minimalism, Baobab Suites boasts elegant apartments with floor-to-ceiling windows and efficient facilities perfect for all your wellness pursuits.
Price: 5 nights at Baobab Suites from £720pp or £1,205 for single occupancy. Price includes breakfast, a wellness programme and return private transfers.
The Run-Down: For a truly magical festive experience, look no further than this life-changing mediation and mindfulness retreat on Phuket’s secluded west coast. An experience designed to restore inner balance and awareness, embark upon an immersive journey into your subconscious under the practiced guidance of a Buddhist monk. As your mind, body and soul connects in perfect harmony, notice how stresses dissipate, leaving you with clarity, direction and inner peace.
Price: 7 nights at Amanpuri from £5,520pp or £7,900 for single occupancy. Price includes full board, a wellness programme and return private transfers.
The Run-Down: A million miles away from the classic white (or let’s be honest with ourselves, grey) Christmas in the UK, Six Senses Zighy Bay in Oman offers warmer weather, sandy beaches and spectacular mountain views. With customised training, the functional fitness programme focuses and delivers on personal goals whether it be toning, fitness, strength or flexibility. Enjoy an array of exhilarating experiences as you swap the daytime TV for trekking and tandem paragliding, then bring the New Year in style with a chartered yacht or sunset cruise for the winter holiday of your dreams.
Price: 7 nights at Zighy Bay from £3,970pp or £5,420 for single occupancy. Price includes breakfast, a wellness programme and return private transfers.
The Run-Down: Re-discover the joy in life and restore your body’s balance and well-being on the Kamalaya Embracing Change wellness programme to experience self-discovery and growth. During the festive period, difficulties you are facing such as relationship or work problems, addiction, anxiety or grief, can be exacerbated by pressures to be social. Learn the skills you need to develop your emotional strength and positive outlook to conquer any challenging situations you may be facing.
Price: 7 nights at Kamalaya from £2,890pp or £3,300 for single occupancy. Pricing is full board, with a wellness programme and return private transfers.
The Run-Down: Are you on the lookout for a solo adventure this Christmas that rivals young Kevin McCallister in Home Alone (only without the snow, stress and mishaps?). If so, BodyHoliday is the perfect winter escape, with a range of action-packed activities that can keep you busy from dawn ‘til dusk. This exquisite Caribbean wellness destination, surrounded by jungle covered piques and crystal-clear waters, offers a wide range of action-packed activities including scuba-diving, extreme mountain biking, tennis and windsurfing.
Price: 7 nights at BodyHoliday from £1,845pp or £1,940 for single occupancy. Pricing is all inclusive, with a wellness programme and return private transfers.
The Run-Down: Treat yourself this winter with a well-rounded wellness retreat in Costa Rica. This beautiful retreat offers plenty of opportunity to refresh and restore your mind and body as you bask in the Costa Rican sunshine. Learn something new with a raw food cooking class or be at one with nature and try birdwatching or stargazing. The Cristal Lotus spa provides the perfect chance to transform your well-being and address any health problems through natural approaches, so you can start 2019 as the best and most mindful version of yourself.
Price: 6 nights at The Retreat Costa Rica from £1,600pp. Price includes full board, a wellness programme and return private transfers.
The Run-Down: As the self-proclaimed belle of the ball this Christmas, you deserve a little pampering and what’s more, you deserve Borgo Egnazia. A castle-like haven set in an untouched and authentic region of Puglia, Italy, Borgo is an idyllic winter escape for spa-seekers and beauty-enthusiasts alike. By day, relax with Roman bath rituals, psycho-aromatherapy and essential oil massages and by night, enjoy top notch dining at a range of sophisticated gourmet restaurants.
Price: 4 nights at Borgo Egnazia from £1,175pp or £1,625 for single occupancy. Pricing includes breakfast, a wellness programme and return private transfers.
The Run-Down: Do you want to build a snowman? No… we don’t either. Ditch the Christmas jumpers and opinionated in-laws this December and head East for a winter escape to the stunning Indonesian island of Bali, known colloquially as ‘Island of the Gods’. Put yourself first this festive season as you detox on a wellness trip that doesn’t skimp on the cultural experiences. Discover the mental and physical benefits of Qigong, Tai Chi, Muay Thai and Tibetan meditation or try yoga, Pilates, TRX training and boxing.
Price: 7 nights at Revivo Wellness Resort from £3,355pp or £5,235 for single occupancy. Price includes full board, a wellness programme and return private transfers.
The Run-Down: Give yourself the gift of self-improvement this Christmas as you embrace the full potential programme at Six Senses Kaplankaya in Turkey. Set in a secluded bay of the Milas province with panoramic views of the Aegean, this is an idyllic winter getaway to work on your New Year’s resolutions. Learn how to stay healthy over the festive period as you discover more about the inner workings of your body with metabolic tests, then relax with an expansive range of spa treatments.
Price: 7 nights at Six Senses Kaplankaya from £2,485pp or £3,530 for single occupancy. Price includes breakfast, a wellness programme and return private transfers.