Stressful work, hectic family life and the sheer daily grind can all be forgotten on a well-earned stay at a luxury resort, or on a wellness journey.
Order that cocktail by the pool, take time out at the spa or simply reconnect with nature and a slower pace of life. Here are five of our top recommendations for getting back to a better you.
The island of Koh Samui in Thailand offers a melting pot of cultures, tropical beaches and luxury resorts. At the edge of the island, nestled around a cave that once served Buddhist monks as a place of spiritual retreat, you’ll find the world famous Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary & Holistic Retreat. Boasting the title of Worldwide Health & Wellness Destination of the Year, they offer solutions for detox, yoga, stress, burnout, fitness and weight control. Or why not consult their team of international naturopaths for a tailor-made health program just for you!
Soneva Fushi is the ultimate barefoot retreat offering luxury paired with Robinson Crusoe simplicity. The tropical paradise of The Maldives serves as the perfect base to unwind and relax on white-sandy beaches, snorkel with manta rays and cruise through the waters at sunset. Hidden amongst the lush jungle of the Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, the resort offers a host of body treatments, specialist traditions and wellness therapies, from Tibetan hot stones to soothing scrubs.
Sri Lanka’s sun-baked south coast is the setting of Amanwella, a paradise of swaying coconut palms, stunning views of the Indian Ocean, cultural and wildlife encounters, spa treatments and sumptuous cuisine. Go whale watching or snorkelling, explore grand temples and visit national parks in search of elephants and leopards. The contemporary suites feature floor-to-ceiling glass doors, one with access to your own private plunge pool, the other leading to an expansive terrace with sun loungers and views of the coconut grove, beach and ocean.
Set on a deep lagoon surrounded by pristine coral reefs, andBeyond Benguerra Island is an exquisite slice of paradise off the coast of Mozambique. This exclusive resort is an ideal luxury getaway where guests can enjoy horse rides across the beach, snorkelling, diving, fly-fishing and traditional dhow cruises. Luxurious accommodation is offered in airy casinhas and cabanas, with rooms emerging out of a tropical forest, overlooking a white-sandy beach.
Located in the lush Catarpe Valley of Chile’s Salt Mountain Range, the Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa is a tranquil haven in an incredible landscape. Get off the beaten track, interact with the local indigenous culture and explore the desert’s varied and eerily beautiful landscapes by foot or bike. Geysers, hot springs, volcano climbs, mountain biking through desert canyons, wandering Incan ruins and viewing ancient petroglyphs are just a few of the adventurous excursions offered.
Sonora Resort is a jewel amid the wild beauty and pristine waters of British Columbia’s west coast in Canada. Famed for skin and body treatments, their Island Currents Spa offers a rejuvenating European Hydrotherapy bath, massages, facial treatments, and mineral pools. Sonora is also the perfect wilderness retreat with eco-adventure tours, Grizzly bear viewing, river and helicopter fly fishing, ocean kayaking, whale watching, water sports and archery.