From sustainable mountain escapes and detox-led programmes to gentle yoga practice by the ocean, we’ve rounded up the best wellness retreats taking place across Europe and beyond this summer
1 Best for tennis fans: Pine Cliffs Resort’s Tennis & Yoga Retreat with Annabel Croft and Daughter Amber
21st– 24th April 2022
Emma Raducanu, eat your heart out. One for the tennis fans, Pine Cliffs Resort, a Luxury Collection Resort in the Algarve is inviting guests to a new Tennis & Yoga retreat. Taking place from the 21st-24th April 2022, visit the beautiful Portugal escape for a special retreat hosted by British tennis player Annabel Croft and her daughter Amber Coleman.
This unique retreat held at the 5-star luxury resort, will involve a total of six hours of hosted tennis lessons and drills across three days (all levels welcomed) run by Annabel and her team of coaches. Guests can learn how to perfect their serve, whilst soaking up some Algarve sunshine and the extensive facilities of this family-friendly luxury resort.
Amber will help guests unwind with twice daily yoga sessions in one of the many scenic locations around the resort including a cliff top deck. As a yoga instructor specialising in Yin yoga and Vinyasa Flow –Amber adopts a slow-paced style of yoga, incorporating power-style moves. Starting each day with morning meditation and a juice, this part of the course will provide guests with ultimate relaxation and tranquillity.
Guests will also be given access to Pine Cliffs’ award-winning Serenity SPA and Thermal Oasis. Here they can indulge in a variety of optional treatments such as a revitalising body scrub and wrap and massages (not included in the package). This rewarding retreat concludes with a Champagne reception for the perfect ‘serve’. Dates for further trips will also be announced shortly.
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Cost: Prices for this 4-day retreat start from £855 per person for double room occupancy and £1,170 for a single room. (Pricing excludes flights and transfers.)
How: To book, visit Annabel Croft Tennis & Yoga Retreat at Pine Cliffs Resort or call +351 289 500 100.
2 Best for detoxing: The OCÉANO Detox & Yoga Retreat, Tenerife
14th – 21st May 2022
Sunshine and serenity, what could be dreamer. The OCÉANO Health Spa Hotel is located directly on the Atlantic Ocean on a small headland in the north-east of Tenerife. With its exclusive position by the sea, the seawater pool and the health spa and sauna landscape, its an ideal refuge for a getaway far from mass tourism.
However, the OCÉANO is not only a place of relaxation and well-being, but also an experienced provider of health programmes & therapies. The broad spectrum of options available at OCÉANO MED includes osteopathy, acupuncture, autohaemotherapy, acidosis treatment and shiatsu. Holistic preventive and regenerative medicine with the power of nature, individually tailored and medically supervised.
For those who want to deepen their knowledge in yoga and meditation practices, recharge their batteries and experience yoga with like-minded people in a magical atmosphere, the hotel is hosting the OCÉANO Detox & Yoga Retreat from 14th – 21st May this year. Designed for detoxifying the body, guests can head here for a total recharge.
The 5-day programme includes daily Vinyasa and Hatha yoga sessions, as well as an Ayurveda workshop, two Ayurvedic treatments and a nutritional consultation. Rounding out the offer is the Detox Full Board which includes fresh ingredients and products from the island and free use of the hotel facilities such as gym, sauna and pools.
It is also possible to book personal training sessions to burn extra calories and remove toxins from the body. An Ayurvedic full body massage as well as a detoxifying Ayurvedic Kapa Podi treatment ensures the right balance. The programme is suitable for both yoga beginners and yoga practitioners.
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What’s included: 10 yoga sessions across 5 days, 1 x nutritional consultation, 1 x Ayurveda workshop, 1 x Abhyanga, 1 x Kapa Podi, free use of tea station, and free use of hotel facilities such as sauna, fitness studio, sun terrace, pools are all included.
How: Find out more and make a booking via greenpearls.com
Cost: 7 nights in double or single superior room incl. full board from 1.325 € p.p.
3 Best for sustainability: FORESTIS, South Tyrolean Alps
Although not a designated group retreat, this slice of paradise is the epitome of a wellness break. As the world starts to open up again, we are more eager to travel than ever before, though conscious of travelling responsibly. FORESTIS, a 5* luxury mountain retreat with 62 suites located in the South Tyrolean Alps, invites guests to reconnect with nature, with sustainability and wellbeing at its heart. From the architecture and interior to the cuisine and spa, guests are reassured of their limited carbon footprint while staying at the retreat, with no compromise on style or comfort.
Located on the southern slope of the Plose mountain at 1800 metres above sea level, FORESTIS is the idyllic mountaintop hideaway to reconnect with body and soul and embrace nature, while surrounded by the four elements of; pure spring water, pristine mountain air, countless hours of sunshine and a mild climate. Guests also benefit from the healing nature of the Plose Mountain and surrounding forest air, which contains high oxygen levels.
The CO2 neutral FORESTIS building uses 100% renewable energy, produced by the retreat’s own plant and wood heating system, while the exteriors and interiors are created using local South Tyrolean suppliers and eco-friendly materials. Surrounding the retreat are the felled trees which are used as fences, with two new plantings made for each tree used. What’s more, guests are actively encouraged to reduce their impact on the environment by limiting their housekeeping requirements. Every day a guest chooses not to use these services, saving excess water and energy, FORESTIS plants a tree to say thank you.
FORESTIS Head Chef Roland Lamprecht, a native of South Tyrol, takes inspiration from his natural surroundings by sourcing only local produce from nearby suppliers and the FORESTIS garden. Roland’s unique ‘Forest Cuisine’ dining experience uses foraged ingredients in the most creative and delicious way, from the spruce sprouts with their subtle citrus notes to the wide variety of local mushrooms and aromatic wild herbs. FORESTIS also maintains a zero plastic, no-waste policy throughout the retreat.
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Cost: Suites at FORESTIS start from 660 euros per night (approx. £551).
How: For more information or to book, visit https://www.forestis.it/en.
4 Best for spirituality: Halekulani Okinawa Escapes’ programme by Halekulani Okinawa, Japan
With its unique combination of Japanese culture, subtropical temperatures and stunning natural scenery, and as a designated ‘blue zone’ for life expectancy, Okinawa promises travellers a unique wellness retreat in 2022.
Just three hours south of Tokyo, the ‘Halekulani Okinawa Escapes’ programme by Halekulani Okinawa is perfect for those looking for a luxurious wellness retreat. Exclusive to guests at the hotel, the programme is run under the supervision of the acclaimed professor Arakawa, who specialises in studying how Okinawa’s distinctive lifestyle enhances wellness and longevity.
The programme includes three experiences: ‘Discover the Island’s Mabui (soul)’, focusing on Goju-ryu, a traditional Okinawan style of karate; ‘Discover the Island’s Umui (spirit)’, which explores areas and sites of spiritual significance and Okinawa’s wellness philosophies; and ‘Discover the Island’s Glow’, designed to discover the area’s stunning natural beauty. There are 2-night and 3-night packages available starting at ¥258,000 per person (approx. £1,670), inclusive of breakfast, lunch, dinner and a spa treatment.
Additionally, the elegant hotel offers a ‘Wellness Retreat’ programme, combining signature spa treatments and therapies with Reash 4 Stance Theory. This is a curated method of training which involves conditioning exercises that allow the body to move in harmony with its natural centre of gravity and central axis – the programme is available as a half-day, one day or two-day experience starting from ¥54,600 per person (approx. £354).
How: Find out more and make a booking via okinawa.halekulani.com
5 Best for yoga lovers: COMO Parrot Cay’s yoga retreat with the Curry Sisters, Turks & Caicos Islands
May 8th – 14th 2022
This May, join internationally renowned yoga teachers, the Curry Sisters, on a six-night yoga retreat at COMO Parrot Cay. Inspiring self-care and teaching techniques to practice yoga long after leaving the retreat, the Curry Sisters’ daily classes pull on principles of Vinyasa and Hatha, as well as Pranayama breathing and meditation.
The sisters will impart 20 years of experience on the retreat through a combination of four and a half hours of daily yoga and time spent unwinding – whether enjoying a signature COMO Shambhala ritual at the whitewashed COMO Shambhala Retreat, kayaking through the mangrove forests, or finding a moment of peace in a hammock between swaying palms.
Nutritious meals are served from the bespoke COMO Shambhala Cuisine menu, as well as nourishing daily treats including the Ginger Tea and COMO Shambhala Juice of the Day.
Cost: The six-night retreat starts from US$6,982.50
How: To find out more and make a booking, visit comohotels.com