Overworked and overwhelmed: Two words that describe, well, just about all of us! While a holiday might not be on the cards for some time, all the more reason to start planning and saving in advance. And if uninterrupted R’n’R is on your agenda – then wellness retreats will be right up your alley.
Typically all-inclusive experiences, wellness retreats are perfect for those who want to recharge and unwind in one place. And whether that means sweating it out, peacing out or dining out, we’ve rounded up three top retreats (that are actually worth saving up for) to help you do just that:
For the yoga lover… Barre Body’s Luxury Wellness Retreat
Where: Kamalaya, Koh Samui, Thailand
Length: 6 days, 5 nights
When: 9 September – 14 September, dates vary year to year
Price: $3400 (single room), $2800 (twin share), includes accommodation, airport pick-up, all meals and non-alcoholic beverages, multiple spa treatments , daily barre and yoga sessions and more
This one is for all the yogis out there! Held at Kamalaya Koh Samui, Thailand’s award-winning Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa resort, this is one holiday that is perfect for shaking off the grind of daily life. Fitness wise, that means yoga and barre sessions with Barre Body founder, Emma Seibold and a scrumptious, specially designed menu to leave you feeling light, detoxified and balanced. As for when you’re not at the barre? Down-time indulgences include multiple spa treatments to renew you from the inside out. Think: lotus scrubs and wraps, infrared sauna treatments, Ayurvedic massage and more! Ahhh, pure bliss.
For the fitness fiend… HyperFit Travel Cambodia Fitness Holiday
Where: Siem Reap, Cambodia
Length: 7 days, 6 nights
When: 12 August – 18 August, multiple dates throughout the year
Price: $1870.00, prices vary throughout the year, includes accommodation, most meals, daily foot massages (yes!)
Ok, we’re not gonna lie to you, this holiday is also known as “Blood, sweat & temples”. If that didn’t scare you off, GOOD, this is the retreat for you! While there is plenty of under-the-palm-trees fun to be had along with busy markets and boutique shops to explore, you are definitely going to sweat. Suitable for all fitness levels, the vacation offers a variety of fitness activities such as HIIT, CrossFit and Cambodian kickboxing. That’s not to say it will be all fitness, all day long! Other highlights include experiencing the incredible Angkor Wat with a unique picnic lunch on the edge of an ancient moat, daily foot massages and exploring incredible temples.
For the luxury foodie… Exotic Yoga Retreats’ Umbria Wine, Dine & Gourmet Yoga!
Where: Umbria, Italy
Length: 5 days, 5 nights
When: 25 September – 30 September
Price: From $3299.00, includes accommodation, all meals, Umbrian wine served with dinner, wine-tasting, Italian cooking class, two daily yoga classes, mindfulness meditation sessions
Voted top wellness culinary retreat by Travel & Leisure, this Italian escape is for ideal those who want to add a truly unique experience to their European sojourn. A delightful melange of food, wine and yoga (need we say more?), you’ll stay in a stunning luxury 10-room villa set in the countryside and get to enjoy an old-world appreciation of Italian food and nature. Daily yoga sessions, wine tastings and authentic Italian food? Living La Dolce Vita? Um… Si!