My holiday traditions are a wonderful balance of festive and indulgent and healthy and active. On Christmas day my family has a tradition of going skiing and snowboarding in the mountains in Colorado. It’s been a refreshing way to spend time with family and enjoy the wilderness while having an absolute blast. Let’s just say there’s no space for thoughts or talk of politics and finances when I’m gliding through fresh powder. An active holiday isn’t for everyone, but luxury spa resorts around the world have created some incredibly enticing offerings to get even the biggest couch potato up and out. Here are the top 10 winter wellness retreats from leading specialists in wellness holidays around the world.
Merry Mindfulness: Bali Maya Ubud Spiritual Journey Spa-goers reconnect with themselves and the world around them on a spiritual journey in Bali. Wake up beneath the rainforest canopy and rouse your senses with morning yoga and meditation sessions. Down by the river, relax to the sound of flowing water during a therapeutic massage or flower bath at the award-winning spa. Discover more of the natural beauty of Bali on excursions to a local village, temple and orphanage, and open your mind to the positivity of the upcoming year.
Deep Sleep Digital Detox: Italy Ti Sana Insomnia Set within the Italian province of Lombardy, Ti Sana provides the tools needed to re-energize for the New Year. Discover a good night’s sleep in a digital detox suite, and tailor stays include a choice of slimming, relaxing or energizing insomnia programs. Through healthy nutrition, medical spa treatments and calming yoga classes, recover your sleep-wake rhythms and rebalance the stress hormone cortisol.
New You Nutrition: Philippines The Farm at San Benito Ditch the post party hangover and embrace a nutritious new you on a healthy holiday in the Philippines. Specialists in raw vegan cuisine, discover just how tasty healthy eating can be at the award-winning Alive! restaurant. Combine this delicious and nutritious cuisine with a choice of healthy holiday programs, including fitness, yoga, detox, stress management, weight loss and healthy ageing. Discover The Farm’s back to nature approach, with natural and organically sourced holistic spa treatments, to revive your mind and body.
Yuletide Yoga: Thailand Kamalaya Koh Samui Yoga Synergy The gift of winter wellness comes in the form of yuletide yoga at Kamalaya in Thailand. With one-to-one yoga sessions tailored to suit individual goals and skills, this specialist yoga retreat is suitable for both beginners and experienced yogis alike. Including instruction in asana (physical posture), pranayama (breathing), and meditation, start the New Year feeling physically renewed and mentally inspired. Nurturing therapies are also available at Ayurveda with experienced Indian therapists.
Cleansing Christmas Detox: Thailand Phuket Cleanse Detox & Fitness Give the body the Christmas gift of replenishment with a cleansing winter detox in Thailand. Combining invigorating detox cuisine with fitness activities, boost the cleanse with TRX training, beach bootcamp sessions, and yoga. The healthy detox includes raw and vegan cuisine, paired with cleansing detox juices. Wellness workshops and healthy food preparation classes offer skills to keep up the good work.
Festive Fitness: Portugal Epic Sana Bootcamp A bloat busting bootcamp at Epic Sana is set in the stunning Portuguese Algarve to get a headstart on New Year’s resolutions with a tailored diet plan and excellent fitness coaching, combining workouts of interval, cardiovascular, and strength training. Options include bootcamp workouts and complimentary group fitness classes, including cardio box, military workouts, yoga and aquafit. In between classes there are plenty of other low-key activities—exploring the local area by bike, reviving with indulgent spa treatments, or relaxing on one of the nearby beaches.
Seasonal Stress Relief: Thailand Absolute Sanctuary De-Stress Break the cycle of stress and exhaustion this Christmas and begin the New Year with a healthy dose of seasonal stress relief in Thailand. This holistic approach to the renewal of mind, body, and spirit, releases anxieties through a series of relaxing spa therapies and stress management sessions. Calming sunrise walks to the nearby beach, together with daily yoga classes and group meditation sessions, provide the break spa-goers deserve.
Winter Wonderland Wellness: Switzerland The Alpina Gstaad Ski & Spa A white Christmas is guaranteed at the stunning Alpina Gstaad in the Swiss Alps. Escape to this winter wonderland and enjoy skiing across five nearby ski areas in the Gstaad Region. Off the slopes, keep active with ice-skating before rejuvenating with a selection of holistic treatments at the luxury Six Senses Spa. In the evening, venture into the wine cellar and enjoy delicious cuisine with stunning views of the glacier.
Holistic Holiday Season: India Ananda Spa Rejuvenation Set in the secluded serenity of the Himalayas, reduce stress with Ananda’s ancient Indian Ayurveda therapies and regain the balance of a healthier lifestyle with tailored Ayurvedic cuisine. Begin Christmas Day with a personal yoga session and mountain trek, before swapping the traditional turkey for a cooking lesson. Enjoy a healthier, more relaxing winter holiday, where comfort is the focus and wellbeing the philosophy.
Seasonal Solos: St Lucia The BodyHoliday Escape the winter cold and soak up the sunshine during the festive season on a solo friendly holiday in St Lucia. With a hosted singles table every evening and an array of group fitness classes; this all-inclusive wellness retreat is ideal for solo travellers looking to escape the family drama this Christmas. Start the New Year getting back on the fitness ladder with sports and activities, including personal training sessions, tennis, scuba diving and yoga. Unwind in the award-winning spa and welcome the New Year feeling rejuvenated.