Taking time out of our busy schedules to relax and unwind is important for our general health and wellbeing.
While many trips abroad can revolve around partying and nightlife, it’s also possible to get away from it all with some delightful healthy breaks.
Whether you’re planning on travelling alone, with a friend or with your partner, read on to discover our top five wellbeing holidays.
1. Lanzarote, Canary Islands
Escape the British winter and head to Lanzarote in February to enjoy a retreat with ‘breath guru’ Alan Dolan.
You’ll discover the art of ‘conscious breathing’, helping you unlock the full potential of your lungs to reduce the effects of stress and anxiety.
The 5-star accommodation is mostly arranged around a sheltered private pool, while you can soak in the hot tub after your breath sessions and enjoy the stunning sunsets.
Check out the Rainbow Ryan Slot before your trip to boost your budget and explore the island on a half or full day tour.
2. Sierra Helada Mountains, Spain
The SHA Wellness Clinic is rated as one of the finest medical spas in Europe.
SHA offers a vast range of programmes, from detox and sleep recovery to fitness and weight loss. Each one is focused on improving your wellbeing through a series of natural therapies, healthy nutrition and creating a personalised fitness plan.
Once you’ve embarked on a life-changing retreat to correct your old bad habits, you will be able to bring these benefits into your everyday life.
3. Crete, Greece
Wildfitness is a philosophy, a community that challenges the normality of modern lifestyle.
The retreats are based around the principles of movement, playfulness and reconnection with nature and are designed to reprogramme bad habits, postures, and movement patterns.
The trip combines climbing, running and jumping sessions with interesting workshops on food – where it’s grown, how it should be cooked and the impact it has on our bodies.
4. Himalayas, India
Take advantage of an Ayurveda retreat during India’s magical monsoon season – the perfect time to have cleansing ‘Panchkarma’ therapies.
The cooler climate and moist air helps to loosen the skin and improves digestion and blood circulation.
The 100-acre destination spa perched above the Ganges river valley offers private yoga and meditation sessions, engaging talks on Vedic philosophy and meals designed specifically for your body shape.
5. Puyssentut, France
A renovated medieval chateau creates a delightful place to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life in the rolling countryside of Southern France.
The sweeping views make it an ideal place to escape, detox and re-energise.
Every retreat features a world-class personal trainer, yoga teacher, nutritionist, specialist chef and massage therapist, providing you with expert health advice throughout your stay.