In the mood for a holiday, but one where you come back feeling refreshed and healthier, rather than bloated and gross? Try a fitness or wellness retreat abroad. No need to compromise on sunshine or luxury with these escapes…
Matt Roberts Retreat at The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort, 20-25 September
Join fitness pro Matt Roberts on a luxury wellness retreat at The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort, for daily personal training sessions, yoga, meditation and spa treatments. Plus, the health-conscious food is delicious, created by the resort’s team of international chefs.
Mountain Bootcamp at The Chedi Andermatt, Switzerland, 13 – 18 October
The Chedi Andermatt is teaming up with Top Hill Retreats on a bespoke five-day programme. The retreat is the perfect getaway to detox, strengthen and re-energise, with stunning Alpine surroundings. Enjoy body-transforming workout sessions, invigorating hikes and bike rides, and a cultural excursion to discover Andermatt’s military past. Fuel up with bespoke meals freshly prepared by the resort’s talented chefs and do make time for the spa.
The New Rock Om® Retreat at Hard Rock Hotel Davos, Switzerland, 20 – 22 September
This unusual three-day Rock Om® Retreat is a twist on the typical yoga retreat: think immersive programming and music-infused yoga practice. Experiences include a Rhythm and Motion® spa treatment (using amplified vibrations, pressures and patterns, as the foundation of its treatments), curated three-course healthy dinners and a Sunset Welcome Party featuring a live DJ and themed beverages. There are personal forest meditations and a Detox/Retox Yoga Session in the hotel’s chapel.
Mindfulness Retreat at Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai, Vietnam, 28 November – 2 December
The Mindfulness Retreat at Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai is a three-day program designed to help guests tune into the body and tune out the mind. Day 1 focuses on creativity, Day 2 on non-judgement and Day 3 stability. It’s bright and early: the program will start at 6.30am each day and will include a Sitting, Walking and Eating Meditation session; Dharma Talk and Sharing with metal singing bowls; plus a range of mindful practices. The Heart of Earth Spa is the only resort in Vietnam to have a full 8-octave singing bowl set.
Dolce Vitality at Le Sirenuse, Positano, Italy, 3-9 November
Le Sirenuse has recently launched the ultimate week-long fitness and detox retreat, Dolce Vitality. The retreat aims to transform body and mind. Hike the ancient footpaths of Positano, passing ancient chapels and shrines and climb winding stairways. There are morning and evening yoga classes and afternoons of stretching, resistance exercises, core work and gentle weight training. Intertwined with these are personalised massages. Michelin starred chef Gennaro Russo has as curated an organic vegan menu, incorporating plant-based elements of the Mediterranean diet.
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Charlotte is a London girl through and through. She sweats through spin and puffs through Pilates to justify trying the latest restaurants and devouring copious amounts of sweet potato fries, burrata and bread – preferably on holiday. Her favourite destinations include Italy, the Maldives and anywhere where the sun’s shining and there’s a strong breakfast buffet. She’s obsessed with walking, visiting farmers’ markets and reading. She’s also learning to cook. Wish her (and her husband) luck.