Our top 3 wellness retreats for healing the mind, body & soul
Ananda in the Himalayas, India
Private jet to: Dehradun, India
Transfer time to resort: 40 minutes
This destination spa resort is situated in the tranquil Himalayan foothills, close to the ancient mythological cities of Haridwar and Rishikesh. The philosophy behind Ananda extends back to ancient India when people understood the balance of nature, ways of the universe and how the elements affected their mental and physical health. If harmony could be found within then they would be at peace with their surroundings. Ananda is a spiritual place that combines well-known traditional Indian wellness practices of Ayurveda, Yoga and Vedanta with contemporary international therapies.
The stillness of the mountains and natural flow of the rivers provide an enchanting backdrop for the process of harmonising mind, body and soul. Ananda understand that each guest is unique and so provide a personal consultation prior to beginning any programme. This retreat strives to achieve the ultimate harmony between the physical and mental realms of the individual – be prepared to redefine your lifestyle.
The Bodyholiday, St Lucia
Private jet to: Castries, St Lucia
Transfer time to resort: 15 minutes
“Give us your body for a week and we’ll give you back your mind” – this is the concept behind the Bodyholiday resort in the Caribbean. Located on the verdant island of St Lucia, the Bodyholiday is an all-inclusive resort providing luxurious accommodation, nutritious food, a wellness centre and an endless list of activities, a combination of which will leave you feeling alive. Guests are inspired to create their own personal experience, deciding what they want to do, when they want to do it.
The wellness centre offers a range of treatments intended to promote relaxation and restoration and guests can create their own programme from the inclusive treatments online before arriving. Furthermore, the wellness centre offers a series of programmes designed around specific areas of need along with signature treatments and specialised therapies. For the more active, you are simply spoilt for choice of things to do at the Bodyholiday. From the tropical rainforests nestled in the mountains to the sand and sea surrounding the island, St Lucia is a natural playground. Cycling, hiking, fitness classes, yoga, tennis, scuba diving, golf, sailing and other water sports are all on offer as well as more relaxed local day trips. From start to finish, this retreat is all about an authentic St Lucian experience.
COMO Shambhala Estate, Bali
Private jet to: Denpasar, Bali
Transfer time to resort: 90 minutes
This luxury resort and wellness retreat is found just a few miles from the cultural town of Ubud in the centre of Bali. Situated next to the River Ayung and boasting its own sacred spring known by locals for its healing properties, the estate enjoys a lush and secluded location on ‘The Island of the Gods’ – a name given to Bali because of the estimated 20,000 Hindu temples and shrines on the island. Every aspect of life on Bali is accompanied by a religious ritual and nature and wellbeing are also at the centre of Balinese culture – an idea at the core of this retreat.
Describing itself as a ‘Retreat for Change’, COMO Shambhala offers the services of resident experts including a dietician, yoga teacher and Ayurvedic doctor. The holistic, 360 degree approach offers a range of wellness programmes combining meals, therapies and activities all specially designed with different purposes to leave you feeling completely rejuvenated. Activity guides are on hand to help you explore the region’s mountains, volcanoes, rivers and valleys with a range of adventures on offer as well as less active cultural excursions. Whether you are looking to detox, de-stress, lose weight or up your fitness, COMO Shambhala is a health spa retreat that will leave you feeling encouraged to make real and lasting improvements on your lifestyle.