Whether you’re Namaste in nature or ‘Nama-stay’ in bed, we’ve rounded up the best UK wellness retreats with a little something for everyone.
Breath work classes, pampering spa treatments, paddle boarding outings and even some expert weightlifting training – here’s where to enjoy a luxury UK wellbeing escape this spring
1 Best for something short & sweet: The Harmony Principle’s Root & Rise one-day retreat
The Harmony Principle’s series of seasonal events continues this spring with Root & Rise: a one-day seasonal retreat taking place in London focused on the holistic qualities of wood.
Ideal for anyone looking to reconnect with nature, The Root & Rise retreat will be hosted by Nina Carter (Breathwork With Nina) and Pilates teacher, Margarita Sanchez McAuliffe, to help take care of body, mind and spirit. This retreat is ideal for those interested in harnessing the power of nature’s creative cycle to invite positive change and growth in their lives.
Join them for a day of AromaPoint Therapy, Pilates, conscious connected breathwork, journaling and visioning, to root and rise with power and grace. Post-retreat, attendees will also take some a multitude of holistic goodies, including helpful guides and a collection of therapeutic-grade essential oils.
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Cost: Tickets cost £95 per person and include lunch and refreshments. For future information and booking visit www.theharmonyprinciple.com
When: 26 March 2022, 10am – 4pm
Where: The Pavilions at Horniman Museum & Gardens, London
2 Best for opulence lovers: Stay One Degree x Mandarin Oriental’s Cotswolds retreat
If your idea of wellness looks like a massage table and platefuls of delicious cuisine, you’re in luck. Stay One Degree, the like-minded community allowing luxury travellers to experience the finest one percent of homes, has announced a collaborative experience with Mandarin Oriental.
Guests can retreat to a beautiful Georgian-inspired 600 acre estate in the English countryside, complimented by Mandarin Oriental’s award-winning spa services (with up to 16 hours of total Mandarin Oriental Spa Treatment Time to enjoy).
Choose from two and three-night itineraries with a range of tailored wellness programmes focusing on mindfulness, relaxation, professional performance optimisation or spiritual healing, all using wellness experts from Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London.
A trained Mandarin Oriental private chef will provide daily nutritious and bespoke menus depending on guest preferences. Don’t forget the local activities – make the most of additional wild swimming, private cooking, local market tours and clay pigeon shooting.
3 Best for keeping active: The Swan at Streatley’s fitness packages, Berkshire
With many of us feeling the effects of lockdown weight gain (daily banana bread baking takes its toll, apparently) Coppa is delighted to be welcoming guests to The Swan at Streatley with new, energising fitness packages designed to inspire guests to feel at their best with different 90-minute classes taking place until the end of March.
Ideal for a fun way to manage weight or simply keep active, as part of The Swan at Streatley’s Fitness Staycation Packages, Coppa has launched a diverse selection of ‘mini-fitness retreats’ all offering riverside views and taking place either in the on-site gym or outside, in amongst nature.
Through Coppa’s ‘home-from-home’ ethos, everyone is welcome, whether they are a wellness guru, a fitness fanatic, trying to get back into exercise or have a go at something totally new. Available every weekend throughout February and March, a different 90-minute class will be on offer every Sunday with an expert instructor to guide guests through their individual fitness journey.
Fitness classes include ‘Aerial Yoga Workshops’ with Grace & Gravity Studio, tutoring yogis through soft, relaxing moves that are supported by gentle silks, a ‘Yoga, Breathwork & Cold Water Immersion’ experience with a Win Hof instructor and plenty more.
Every fitness class will be followed by a nutritious Coppa brunch to revitalise and restore energy levels – enabling guests to conclude their weekend with a well-balanced diet and peaceful mindset.
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When: Coppa’s Fitness Staycation Packages at The Swan at Streatley are available every Saturday to Sunday throughout February and March, starting from £180 and including a one night stay in a standard double room, a Sunday morning fitness class and a full Coppa brunch.
How: For more information, please visit: www.theswanatstreatley.com/offers/fitness-retreat/.
Where: Streatley – On – Thames Nr, Reading RG8 9HR
4 Best for something rugged: Pembrokeshire Coast’s extraordinary wellness and off-grid retreats
If you’re looking to break out of your normal comfort zone, the Pembrokeshire Coast is the perfect place to do so; it is the ultimate adventure and nature lover’s paradise, as well as home to the exhilarating sport of coasteering.
Don your best activewear and work out in the wilderness with Preseli Venture, embracing your ‘inner wild’ with a uniquely exuberant blend of activities centred around the idea of ‘nature as a playground’, including coasteering, surfing, woodland running and wild sea swimming.
Little Retreats glamping resort, overlooking the Cleddau Estuary, offers a three-night Feel Good Break, including a daily Pilates/yoga/stretch morning class, as well as guided wild swimming, paddle boarding, Welsh gin workshops and foraging sessions.
Learn to get closer to the wild on a purposeful, adrenaline-fuelled weekend with Wild at Heart from TYF, mastering key skills and connecting with inspiring, like-minded people – or why not sample the Wild Women Weekend, a relaxed weekend focused on rejuvenation and self-care, featuring yoga, meditation, stand up paddling boarding and cold-water swimming?
Where: Differing locations & dates, visit individual links for more.
5 Best for spa time: The Vale Spa: South Wales
The Vale Spa, located in the four-star Vale Resort, was named Wales’ Best Resort Spa for a couple of years in a row at the annual World Spa Awards and was also featured several times inside the Lonely Planet’s first Wellness Escapes guide, a global list of the best places to experience total wellbeing and relaxation.
Offering guests an impressive 19 treatment rooms and five bespoke relaxation zones, including a ‘chill-out’ zone with leather sofas and magazines, a ‘float’ zone, with waterbeds and water feature, and ‘slumber’ zone, with low lighting and quilts.
The resort’s spa and leisure facilities also include a 20-metre pool, whirlpool bath, steam room and sauna. Simply sit back and spa-lex.
Cost: Experiences start from £85 per person with overnight packages available.
How: visitthevale.com to find out more and make a booking.
Where: Hensol Rd, Hensol, Pontyclun CF72 8JY
6 Best for strength seekers: More Life Adventures’ weightlifting retreat, Devon
Ideal for anyone who doesn’t shy away from a challenge, from 1st – 4th April 2022, More Life Adventures is teaming up with ex-Olympic weightlifter Mike Cerbus for an active getaway like no other in Devon.
Experience four days of coaching and quality time on the Jurassic Coast, improve your weightlifting skills and spend time with a small friendly group exploring this beautiful UNESCO world heritage site.
The serenity of the beach, the group’s inclusive spirit and Mike’s world-class weightlifting background will help you recharge and return back home with new levels of confidence.
Mike Cerbus is a Weightlifting Coach at Power Monkey Fitness in the US and has years of expertise when it comes to running an immersive learning experience. Competitively, Mike is a former Team USA weightlifter competing at an elite level for 9 years where he medalled at three US National Championships and five American Open Championships and was selected for the US Pan American and Olympic Qualification Teams in 2012.
Mike has coached people of all ages and skill levels around the world, from beginners to competitors – with a depth of knowledge, patience and attentiveness, as he travels and teaches weightlifting technique methods at gyms around the world.
The experience will take place in the middle of the Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with some of the UK’s most beautiful coastline spots, ideal for hikes and wild swims.
With three nights’ accommodation at Watch Hill Manor, a beautiful Georgian Manor near the sea, there will also be plenty of time to relax in the hot tub or by the fire, laugh and share stories, or spend time in private without distractions when you need it.
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Cost: £1,200 per person (Early Bird offer until 31st January. £1,500 thereafter) Please note, travel to the retreat is not included. £200 deposit is required at the time of booking with 3 further installments to pay the balance.
How: Find out more and make a booking via morelifeadventures.com
When: 1st – 4th April 202