Do some soul searching at a rustic retreat with daily acupuncture in the Portuguese mountains. Indulge the senses at a 5* resort with underwater yoga in the Indian ocean, and feel revitalised by nature at a yoga and hiking retreat in Ireland. Here are some of the best yoga/fitness retreats this Autumn…
CLIFFS OF MOHER RETREAT: CONNECT TO NATURE ‘YOGA AND HIKING WEEKEND’
9th – 11th November 2018 (See more dates)
Experience a weekend packed with thrilling hikes along the Cliffs of Moher, deeply nourishing vinyasa yoga and mindfulness meditation. Take in the breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean in a glass-fronted studio as you enjoy a restorative yoga class. Unwind in a wood-burning hot tub as you soak up the surrounding scenery. Indulge in a massage before curling up beside a roaring turf fire. Nourish your body over and over with delicious and organic produce. This is your chance to embrace the outdoors and to blow away the cobwebs while stretching your body, calming your mind and soothing your soul.
HURAWALHI ISLAND RESORT ‘OCEAN HEALING PROGRAMME’, THE MALDIVES
Launching this Autumn
Burnt out, stressed out and in need of a reset? Escape to the 5* Hurawalhi Island Resort in the Maldives to experience their Ocean Healing Programme. Sound baths, wave meditation and underwater yoga are all part of the resort’s new wellness offering. Set in the Lhaviyani Atoll, one of the Maldives’ most bio-diverse areas, Hurawalhi’s Ocean Healing Programme includes a series of mindful practices, movements and therapies which incorporate the healing power of the ocean. With its underwater yoga classes, wave meditation, ocean facing sound healing and the most therapeutic blue landscapes in the world, this beautiful collection of unique experiences, together, will truly transform the mind and soul.
FONTE DA TELHA RETREAT with Jo Vávra and Jamie Yike
11th – 17th November 2018
Join Bodyism’s Pilates guru Jamie Yike and Jo Vávra at Andre Saraiva’s charming seaside home, MiraMar, in Fonte da Telha, Portugal, for an intimate six-day retreat. Take this opportunity to find some time for yourself before the busy holiday season kicks off. Enjoy daily meditation, Pilates, and surfing lessons along with ceramic classes with local artisans and private cooking classes with Jo. This is a welcome break in a relaxed environment that will benefit anyone, whether you’re young or old, flexible or inflexible, healthy or unhealthy. The main goal is for you to walk away from this retreat feeling happy, peaceful, restored, and empowered – with a perkier bum and flatter abs.
VALE DE MOSES RETREAT
21st – 27th October 2018 (See more dates)
Escape to a magical remote valley farm nestled in the stunning foothills of the Serra de Estrela mountains. Experience daily yoga in a wooden and glass shala floating above herb gardens. Walk miles of endless paths in the surrounding pine forests. Swim and mud bathe in rivers and breath pure mountain air. Eat deliciously fresh veggie meals, have a healing treatment or two. Star gaze and then sleep deeply each night in a comfy rustic stone cottage or Soulpad belle tent. This is the ultimate retreat into nature. Soulfully reconnect with our planet and with your own body. This warm invitation to deepen your love affair with yoga, is open for everyone, travelling alone or with friends, new to yoga or practicing for decades. (Read the full review)
ST MICHAEL’S HOTEL, FALMOUTH
If you’d prefer to build your own retreat and go at your own pace, plan a trip to St Michaels in Falmouth. The recently revamped hotel features a new destination spa with a Cornish sea salt steam room, hydrotherapy pool, glass-fronted Finnish herbal sauna, Moroccan Rhassoul with a mud-steam experience and three experience showers, including an ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’. Book yourself in to back to back classes in the sprawling health club with dedicated studios for spin and rowing. Or venture outside for a morning beach workout, sunrise yoga or WeSup fitness on a paddle board. Reward efforts with a muscle repair massage and mud treatment, a yoga facial and a stone-baked pizza overlooking Gyllyngvase beach.