10 Best Retreats for a Wellness-Infused Christmas and New Year

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With the arrival of Autumn and the weather turning cooler, we’re already dreaming about a Christmas and New Year wellness retreat to set us up for a happier and healthier 2023. Whether it’s a luxury ski & spa break in the Italian Dolomites, surfing in Bali or a family wellness holiday in Vietnam, there is a healthy retreat experience to suit everyone. Health and Fitness Travel rounds up their top 10 experiences…

Winter Wonder Wellness: Ski & Spa at Lefay Resort & Spa Dolomiti, Italy

Enjoy a unique combination of skiing fun and relaxing spa treatments set in the peaceful Dolomite Mountain range on this rejuvenating and physically energising ski and spa wellness retreat. Look down on the tranquil alpine forestry as you descend the mountain slopes aboard your skis as you make your way towards Lefay Dolomite’s state-of-the-art wellness temple, where you can recover after your daily skiing sessions with relaxing spa massages, body scrubs, and hydro-aromatherapy treatments. Ski into the Christmas season at this luxurious Italian retreat and return feeling wholly reinvigorated.

6 nights at Lefay Resort & Spa Dolomiti from £1,950pp sharing or £2,965 for single occupancy. Price includes breakfast, optional return private transfers and a spa programme. Flights are available on request. 

Surfing Around the Christmas Tree: Surf at COMO Uma Canggu, Bali

Surround yourself with sunshine, sea and surf and give yourself a wellness break from those Winter woes at this luxury surfing retreat in Bali. Let your curiosity lead you as you explore the coastline of this Indonesian island through beginner level private surfing classes, after your body is done exploring let your mind wonder and relax with a COMO Shambala deep tissue massage. Let those Winter woes melt away from you in the idyllic Indonesian sun. Return still riding the wave of wellness, ready to face all that the New Year brings.

7 nights at COMO Uma Canggu from £1,635pp or £2,330 for single occupancy. Price includes full board, optional return private transfers and a surf programme. Flights are available on request.

O Come, All Ye Stressful: Rebalance & Stress Management at SHA Wellness Clinic, Spain

Don’t let that seasonal stress turn you into a grinch, leave those stresses in 2022 and become the best version of yourself on this relaxing and rebalancing festive stress management holiday. Let those pent-up feelings flow out of you through personalised massage sessions, wash away Christmas shopping trauma with an aquatic therapy session, and forget about the in-law drama with an energising cryotherapy treatment. Beat the stress of the Christmas period in the cool Mediterranean climate of Spain at SHA Wellness Clinic.

SHA Wellness Clinic from £4,960pp sharing or £5,655 for single occupancy. Price includes full board, optional return private transfers and a stress management programme. Flights are available on request.

All I Want for Christmas is Yoga & Wellness: Yogic Detox at Six Senses Zighy Bay, Oman

Detoxify your mind, body, and (Christmas) spirit on this luxury detox yoga holiday on the coast of Oman. Experience a renewed level of energy and a peace of mind through a series of hatha yoga, pranayama, meditation, and spa therapies where the ever-present warmth of the Arabian Peninsula is a much a feature of the treatments as anything else. Beat the Winter sniffles, detoxify and strengthen your natural immune system with the nutritious detox menu, detox body scrubs, and included massage therapies.

7 nights at Six Senses Zighy Bay from £5,420pp sharing or £8,690 for single occupancy. Price includes breakfast (other board options available), optional return private transfers and a yoga detox programme. Flights are available on request.

Seasonal Caribbean Spa Retreat: Spa at Carlisle Bay, Antigua & Barbuda

A magical Winter wellness spa experience set on the beaches of Antigua, this luxury spa holiday at Carlisle Bay offers a relaxing and soothing spa experience surrounded by white sandy beaches and the luscious Caribbean flora. Renew your freedom of movement with private relaxing yoga or Pilates classes. Sit back and indulge yourself, enjoy a deep tissue massage on the beach, cure what ails you with soothing reflexology treatments, or centre yourself with Reiki sessions at Carlisle Bay’s Cara Organic Beauty Spa.

7 nights at Carlisle Bay from £6,885pp sharing or £5,360 for single occupancy. Price includes breakfast (other board options available), optional return private transfers and a spa programme. Flights are available on request.

Walking in a Wellness Wonderland: Rejuvenation & Immunity Boost at Ananda in the Himalayas, India

Escape from the hecticness of the Christmas season and regain a sense of balance at this luxury spa and wellness retreat nestled in the Himalayas. Ananda individually tailors each of their wellness experience to your unique needs, kicking off your healthy holiday with a series of detailed questionnaires and consultations before the fun begins! You will be treated to multiple daily Ayurveda and cleansing therapies, as well as yoga, pranayama, and meditation sessions. Regain balance and become one with yourself mentally and physically with this rejuvenating and immunity boosting holiday.

7 nights at Ananda in the Himalayas from £5,420pp sharing or £6,835 for single occupancy. Price includes full board, return private transfers and an immune-boosting programme. Flights are available on request.

Festive Fitness: Basic Optimal Fitness at Kamalaya, Thailand

Face the New Year head on with healthier fitness habits and work towards your personal fitness goals on a festive fitness-boosting luxury retreat, whether that’s to improve your heart health or build your strength. Get ready to sweat in the Thai December heat, as you are pushed to your limits though a series of private personal training sessions, revival exercises, and stretching sessions. Indulge in delicious nutritious food and relax with Kamalaya’s range of holistic spa treatments including Thai massage and Ayurveda therapies.

7 nights at Kamalaya from £ 2,810pp sharing or £3,350 for single occupancy. Price includes full board, optional return private transfers and a fitness programme. Flights are available on request.

Festive Family Wellness: Family Holiday at TIA Wellness Resort, Vietnam

A holistic family wellness holiday to keep the whole family entertained, even the little elves in your life will be pampered with their very own ‘mini’ spa treatments. Treat the family to a variety of spa, meditations and Tai Chi sessions at the southeast Asian wellness paradise that is TIA Wellness Resort. Replenish your body with delectable healthy cuisine at one of several on-site eateries and venture out on local cultural excursions to expand your mind. Build long-lasting memories as you explore the local coastline through exciting water sports activities and snorkelling excursions to a nearby island. Return with a stronger family bond following this unique wellness family holiday experience.

7 nights at TIA Wellness Resort from £3,025 for 2 adults + 1 child or 2 adults + 2 children or £4,055 for 2 adults + 3 children. Price includes full board, optional return transfers and a family wellness programme. Flights are available on request.

Underneath the Mystras-Toe: Couples Escape at Euphoria Retreat, Greece

‘Tis the season to treat yourself and get some much-needed bonding time with that special someone at this luxury couple’s spa retreat programme set in the Greek town of Mystras in the foothills of Mount Taygetos. Your wellness escape begins with the refreshing and de-stressing Byzantine Hammam ritual before you indulge yourselves in relaxing massages and an exfoliating salt room treatment. Grow stronger as a couple and marvel at the wonders of your history-steeped surroundings on this short but sweet couple’s healthy break that will leave you feeling healthier and happier.

2 nights at Euphoria Retreat from £920pp sharing or £1,175 for single occupancy. Price includes breakfast, optional return private transfers and a couple’s wellness programme. Flights are available on request.

New Year, New Healthy You: Weight Loss at Conrad Algarve, Portugal

Work off those mince pies on this luxury wellness and weight loss holiday in the stunning Algarve. Conrad Algarve takes you on a three-pronged weight loss journey, treating you to nutritional coaching, a personalised workout plan, and specific body treatments designed to improve metabolic output. Shift your focus towards your mind and rebalance your outlook on the mind and body with relaxing spa treatments and comprehensive sports facilities. Stroll confidently into the New Year with a maintainable weight thanks to Conrad Algarve.

7 nights at Conrad Algarve from £4,245pp sharing or £5,330 for single occupancy. Price includes full board, optional return private transfers and a weight loss programme. Flights are available on request.

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