Luxury Mindfulness Retreats in 2020

Lauren Hill

Senior Contributor

In a world driven by the pursuit of high performance, mindfulness is now seen as an essential part of overall wellness. With this in mind, the promise of increased energy levels, improved concentration, a clearer mind and greater sense of balance is seeing the rise of mindfulness retreats, from experiential journeys and luxury cruises to both urban and remote hideaways.

Amatara Wellness Resort, Thailand

Sitting serenely on the shores of Cape Panwa in Phuket, Amatara provides just the right setting for a healthy retreat. The programmes here come with plush accommodation, organic whole food cuisine, personalised spa treatments and activities such as scuba diving and yacht excursions. The goal of the retreats here is to support your long-term wellbeing through mindful practice and a sustainable wellness approach.

In 2020, the resort’s focus on mindful practise will be at the heart of a new Mindfulness Silent Retreat created in collaboration with a wellness coach and the founder of Six Spac, Danica Toh. The five-night retreat will aim to give you the skills you need to apply mindfulness to daily life through meditation and yoga techniques, and just like the resort’s other wellness retreats, the programme will be complemented by Amatara’s tranquil natural setting and nourishing cuisine.


Cookson Adventures

The luxury travel specialist Cookson Adventures is reinterpreting the idea of a wellness retreat with personalised trips that help you reconnect with your body and mind in spectacular natural settings. The new programme, Breathe, encompasses Breathe Zen, which focuses on the restorative processes of nature; Breathe Deep, which introduces you to the liberating freedom of freediving; and Breathe Ice, which draws on the regenerative powers of embracing the cold.

Each concept is based on achieving mindfulness through escaping and disconnecting from the modern world, leaving you feeling healthier, more mindful and more connected to the natural world. Each person’s trip is entirely bespoke, but the first itineraries to have been developed include forest bathing and mastering the hara breathing technique in Yakushima, Japan; free diving from a private island; and one-to-one instruction with a Wim Hof method instructor in the breath-taking landscape of Norway.

Cookson Adventures

Seabourn Cruises

Since launching its fleet-wide mindful living programme Spa & Wellness by Dr. Andrew Weil in 2016, Seabourn has gradually enhanced this wellness offering. The spa programme has now been developed further with the introduction of new treatments for 2020.

Now, as well as offering unique treatments such as acupuncture and a crystal sound bath, the holistic spa and wellness experience will include the spa’s latest treatments: the Earth Grounding Massage combining specialised grounding technology with the benefits of touch to reduce stress and aid sleep, and the Restorative Salt Stone Massage using Himalayan salt stones to diffuse negative energy.

This follows on from the recently introduced Mindful Living Massage. Each of these wellness programmes is led by a mindful living coach, with mindful meditation and yoga integrated into the experience and Mind & Body seminars providing further insight into the cruise line’s wellness approach.


Inhabit, London

Take a wellness break in the city with a stay at recently opened urban wellness hotel, Inhabit. Tucked into a leafy corner of Paddington, this property aims to provide a restorative stay that leaves you feeling rested and more nourished than when you arrived.

Mindfulness is at the heart of this concept with meditation pods for moments of calm and guided meditation sessions that have been created for the hotel by the positive psychology coach and founder of Yeotown, Mercedes Sieff.

You can combine these meditation sessions with guided running, peloton indoor cycling and a yoga programme, as well as detoxifying visits to the infrared sauna and the nourishing food of the hotel’s dining space, the Kitchen. You can unwind and feel inspired in the hotel library and pick up some artisanal wellness products in the boutique.


Credit: Tim Evan Cook

Amanoi, Vietnam

A visit to this resort on Vinh Hy Bay often comes hand in hand with a tailored wellness journey. The resort’s three immersive retreats are designed to steer you on a new path of health and wellbeing with a focus on Detox & Cleansing, Weight Management & Transformation, or Mindfulness & Stress Management.

This last immersion combines practices and therapies that reduce external stimuli to ultimately renew your internal focus. This can be achieved through meditation, Tai Chi, Qi Gong and yoga, along with therapies such as Reiki, Craniosacral therapy and massage.

The best way to experience these immersive retreats is to stay in one of the resort’s spa houses. Thuy Lien Spa House overlooks a lotus-covered lake and An Son Spa House comes with views of the national park. Both spa houses include wellness facilities such as a 15-metre pool, Jacuzzi, plunge pool, steam room, ice fountain, a relaxation deck and an outdoor dining area.


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