Wellness Retreats For Every Month of 2020

Mattie Lacey-Davidson


A 2019 report by travel association ABTA revealed that wellness tourism is growing more than twice as fast as general tourism (at an estimated value of $639/£491 billion globally). It isn’t just juice diets and weight loss people are packing their bags for, but antiaging, mindfulness and digital detoxes are all growing under the umbrella of personal wellness. With varied retreats all across the world it can be hard to know where to go, or when (because who wants to do a boot camp in 40° heat?). To help you follow the sun, sea, sand, and serenity, we’ve chosen a retreat for each month of the year.

January: Juice detox at Absolute Sanctuary, Thailand

Highest average January Temperature: 27°c - Start the New Year with a complete, full body detox in the sun. A programme of three, five or seven days will undo the indulgences of the festive period. You will be provided with daily detox drinks, “good green stuff shots”, coconut juice and detox meals. Each programme will start and end with a liver flushing drink. Throughout your stay you will be given a daily lymphatic drainage massage (this can be upgraded to a Colon Hydrotherapy session) and have the chance to take part in yoga, pilates, meditation, walks and wellness workshops.

February: Overall fitness at Club la Santa, Lanzarote

Highest average February temperature: 20°c - Club La Santa is the world’s largest active holiday resort, offering sport, exercise, wellness, health and plenty of social activities. Guests are given a weekly schedule with more than 80 activities to choose from including morning runs, volcano hikes, bouldering, CrossFit, diving and snorkelling, cycling and mountain biking, open water swimming and more. They also offer specific triathlon training and support.
Club la Santa

March: Mind, body and soul at Atmantan Ayurveda, India

Highest average March temperature: 3°c - Head to northern India for a transformational retreat to coincide with the beginning of spring across the world. This holistic break near Mumbai, nestled between the Sahyadri mountains and Mulshi Lake, boasts relaxation and self-discovery. A wealth of ancient Ayurvedic spa treatments await you, in addition to reflexology and a variety of yoga practices. Purify and heal your body with Ayurvedic approaches, to return home feeling rebalanced and cleansed.
Atmantan Ayurveda

April: Learn yoga and surfing at Paradis Plage Resort, Morocco

Highest average April temperature: 23°c - The first eco resort in Morocco, Paradis Plage is situated on 5km of white sand with a backdrop of the Atlas Mountains. It is just a 25 minutes minute transfer from Agadir and close to the surfer's village of Taghazou. You can choose from dedicated yoga or surf packages (or a combination of the two) that include wellness guidance such as fitness, weight loss and relaxation, with access to the spa and traditional Moroccan and French treatments.
Paradis Plage

May: Adventure activities with IN2U, Bali

Highest average May temperature: 28°c - This seven-day, luxury retreat covers all bases with fitness, health and wellness workshops designed to give you actionable tools to take home to transform your life. Choose from yoga, meditation, personal training, massage and an array of adventure activities such as hiking, waterfalls exploring and stand up paddleboarding. They also offer a women-only programme, Nourish and Renew, for busy women who need to escape, recharge and reset.

June: Weight loss at The Body Camp, Ibiza

Highest average June Temperature: 26°c - Skip the island’s famous parties (or add it onto one side of the trip) and head to Ibiza for a luxury boot camp regime. Enjoy a daily fitness schedule of circuits, aerobics, Swiss ball, boxing, running, swimming, deep stretching, body sculpting and rebounding. You’ll also have mindfulness sessions to soothe the mind, cookery workshops to feed it, and creative workshops to let it loose. All of this is interwoven with full-body massages and manicures to ensure you leave glowing from the inside out.

July: Overall wellness at the Lefay Resort and Spa, Italy

Highest average July temperature: 30°c - The ‘Lefay philosophy’ replaces luxury with wellness and includes eco-sustainability throughout your stay. Secluded in the mountains and overlooking Lake Garda, activities include bike riding, horse riding, sailing, scuba diving, water skiing and windsurfing. With the promise of low-calorie and detoxing, meals remain “food for the soul” focusing on a Mediterranean diet and authentic Italian with seasonal ingredients. The spa combines ancient classic Chinese medicine with western scientific research to offer a range of treatments from relaxation to medical, including reflexology, aromatic body wraps and acupuncture.

August: Recharge, renew and rejuvenate at Mii amo, Arizona

Highest average August temperature: 39°c - Set within the soaring red rock backdrop of Boynton Canyon, Mii amo is surrounded by natural beauty and promises spiritual healing in three, four or seven-night “journeys”. A guide will help create your itinerary; options including spa services and treatments, all-inclusive dining at Mii amo cafe and juice bar (alcohol excluded), access to all fitness facilities, hiking trails through the canyons, scheduled classes and various resort activities.
Mii Amo

September: Healthy approach to ageing at SHA Wellness Clinic, Spain

Highest average September temperature: 29°c - A seven-day programme specific to men or women aims to take away the fear of ageing while simultaneously slowing it down on the inside and out, promising that you will live longer and have greater vitality and quality of life after your stay. The programme measures the indicators of biological age, as well as factors likely to have a negative impact on their quality of life – e.g. lifestyle, nutrition and both environmental and genetic factors. They then use natural therapies (Chinese medicine, nutrition and the latest medical advances) in respect of both diagnosis and treatment, in order to reduce the effects and symptoms of ageing.

October: Spiritual enhancement at Seven Senses, Mexico

Highest average October temperature: 31°c - Taking place at the Pachamama Boutique Hotel in Todos Santos, it promises not to just be a retreat, but a “personal and collective journey - an awakening to the wholeness and power that resides within”. Expect a week that blends yoga, breath work, sound and personal and group exploration – all aiming towards awareness, deep acceptance and self-love.
Seven Senses

November: Farm-to spa wellness at The Retreat, Costa Rica

Highest average November temperature: 31°c - Set within the rainforest, The Retreat Costa Rica is the innovation of celebrity chef, best-selling author and health and wellness life-coach, Diana Stobo. You can choose from tailored wellness or spiritual programmes designed to ignite your life force energy, restore and rejuvenate your vitality, increase your immune system and overall health improvements. The menus are plant-based but can incorporate local, sustainably raised fish, fowl, beef and lamb. Food is organic and fresh, with most produce grown on the property.
The Retreat

December: A restorative break at the BodyHoliday, St. Lucia

Highest average December temperature: 31°c - Give them your body for a week and they’ll give you back your mind, that’s the promise - based on a philosophy of relaxation, restorative beauty, exercise and diet. The wellness menu includes restorative beauty, mindfulness, traditional Ayurvedic practice and spa soothing. Fitness options include yoga, sports, sailing, scuba and an adventure programme that takes you trekking through rivers, walking in the rainforest, hiking to view scenic island vistas and up mountains.

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