We take a look at the World’s Best Luxury Health Retreats from all across the globe designed to balance mind, body and spirit from ancient Oriental disciplines in Thailand to scientific Western techniques in Germany.
Como Shambhala Estate Bali
Como Shambhala draws inspiration from ancient Buddhist texts, where ‘Shambhala’ refers to a sacred place of bliss. This luxury health resort suggests that tranquillity and personal wellbeing is found by exploring the body, mind and spirit within oneself. The estate is located in Ubud, Bali, and has resident experts on hand including a yoga teacher, Ayurvedic doctor and dietician. Signature massage therapies and beauty treatments are designed to ease away tension while nutritionally balanced meals are prepared to keep you satisfied and feeling healthy.
“Give us your body for a week and we’ll give you back your mind.” That’s the invitation from The BodyHoliday, a luxury health resort located on the paradise island of St. Lucia. Here you can relax your mind, rejuvenate your body and engage in the endless list of sports and activities on offer. The BodyHoliday has undergone a $20 million refurbishment and is perfectly suited for solo travellers, as 30% of the guests are their on their own. Guests can enjoy the use of fitness classes, an award-winning spa, 3 swimming pools, an 18-hole golf course, tennis courts and a variety of water sports.
Set on the stunning island of Koh Samui, Kamalaya is Thailand’s award-winning holistic spa and an environment encouraging personal growth and healthy transformation. The resorts distinctive calming qualities are said to derive from Buddhists monks, who often meditated in the the cave temple at the heart of the resort. There are over 70 wellness treatments and services on offer including detox and weight loss plans, fitness and yoga programmes, or you can create your own tailored experience during a consultation with one of the resorts experts.
Regarded as one of the best spa retreats in the world, the multi-award winning Chiva Som is a healthy, stimulating environment in Hua Hin, Thailand. Guests firstly have an initial consultation to assess their health and wellness before choosing from a range of treatments designed for your specific needs and goals. The resort has a reputation of providing highly professional services and often has international visiting consultants to lend their expertise. Whatever your goals, Chiva Som can help, whether you are looking to de-stress, lose weight or even struggle with sleep.
SHA Wellness Clinic
Located near the picturesque town of Altea in Alicante, SHA Wellness Clinic is an award winning medical hotel where guests bring their body and soul into balance through a combination of ancient Oriental disciplines and revolutionary Western techniques. Some of the therapies the SHA Wellness Clinic specialises in are acupuncture, shiatsu, yoga, chi-kung, tai-chi, watsu, laughter therapy, reflexology, and reiki. The area has been declared ‘one of the places with the best weather in the world’ by the World Health Organization, which is also important for living a healthy lifestyle and enjoying your health retreat holiday.
Vana Wellness Retreat
Located in the majestic foothills of the Himalayas, surrounded by forests and mountains, Vana Wellness Retreat is a new destination for bespoke wellness programmes in India. The resort specialises in 7 modalities: Ayurveda, Tibetan healing, Yoga, Natural healing, Spa, Fitness and Aqua. The luxury retreat aims to build a relationship before and after your visit to establish your goals and ensure the very best for your health and wellbeing. With more than 50 treatment and consultation rooms, an indoor and outdoor pool and four yoga studios, Vana Wellness Retreat has your requirements covered, and the dedicated team are focused on delivering results that are tangible and measureable.
Six Senses Zighy Bay Oman
Set among the dramatic mountains and blue waters of the northern Musandam Peninsula in Oman, Six Senses Zighy Bay is like nowhere else on earth. Guests can choose to arrive at the resort either by speedboat, 4×4 or paraglider and begin the experience of a lifetime. Six Senses Zighy Bay is laid out like a traditional Omani village with individual stone-walled dwellings and standalone villas and suites overlooking the beautiful bay. The Six Senses Spa at Zighy Bay is a refuge for mind and body and combine modern and ancient holistic treatments delivered by expert wellness consultants. Whether you are new to yoga, or a seasoned practitioner, there is no better place in Oman to start or continue your yoga journey.
Verdura Golf & Spa Resort
Perfect for both adults and families, Verdura Golf & Spa Resort is one of Europe’s most well-known resorts, located in a seaside town in Sicily. The Verdura Spa was voted Europe’s Best Hotel Spa in 2012 by Condé Nast Traveller readers and has 11 treatment rooms and tailormade well-being programmes. For those looking to take their health and well being to the next level, Verdura’s medically controlled wellness programmes provide an excellent approach to intelligent, healthy living. The spa has an extensive menu with a range of treatments and therapies designed to harmonise mind, body and spirit. Golfers have a choice of two championship 18-hole golf courses designed by leading architect Kyle Phillips.
Yeotown have years of experience in helping guests achieve their goals in improving body and mind wellbeing. Based in North Devon, the resort offers an award-winning week long healthy lifestyle programme consisting of coastal hikes, fitness regimes, meditation sessions, cookery lessons, yoga and massages. The resort has treated everyone from celebrities to Olympians and has a proven record on delivering results. This peaceful resort is ideally suited for those looking to expand their awareness, finding your inner balance and increasing your levels of health, vitality and spirituality.
Eucrasia At Porto Elounda Golf & Spa Resort
Eucrasia refers to the state of total mind-body balance as defined by the father of modern medicine, Hippocrates. This luxury retreat in Crete specialises in a scientific approach to nutrition and exercise to help achieve physical and emotional wellbeing. Their innovative IMMOT programme includes clinical tests, bespoke Mediterranean nutrition, respiratory exercises, skin rejuvenation techniques and psychosomatic awareness. Additionally, Eucrasia aims to realign poor body posture and inefficient breathing style to balance the body and bring it to a state of natural harmony. This resort is specifically tailored for those seeking for personal improvement on a physical, mental and spiritual level.
The Vines Resort & Spa
The Vines Resort & Spa featured in Condé Nast’s Hot List 2014, Robb Report’s Best of the Best 2014, and Elite Traveler’s Top 101 Hotel Suites. The elevated fitness center and yoga studio look out to the stunning Andes mountain range and guests are invited to enjoy the health treatments at the spa, explore the area by horseback or partake in some fly fishing. The extraordinary resort has a rooted history in the making, drinking and sharing of wine, grown from the vineyards in the 1500 acre estate. This is the ultimate resort that blends the indoors with the natural environment and is surrounded by breathtaking scenery.
Amidst the wonderful natural environment of Lanserhof, Germany, experience the revitalising power of the innovative programmes at Lanserhof Tegernsee. The award winning resort has over 30 years experience in holistic treatments designed to discover how much more active, happier and efficient your life can be. On site doctors and specialists tailor every detail specifically to your individual requirements via medical examinations, urine analysis and bio-impedance analysis. The resort is perfect for those looking to bring their body into optimum health using trusted scientific methods.