From yoga in India to the best massage in the Caribbean, our line-up of fabulous wellbeing holidays takes some beating. Choose an elegant UK hotel that’s an easy journey for a well-earned break form the city, or go for something much more comprehensive… a week of yoga, pilates, treatments and pampering under a tropical sky. Whatever you might be looking for, we think our selection will do you proud!
1. Le Grand Bellevue, Switzerland
Re-launched in December 2013 under new ownership and a complete renovation, Gstaad’s Le Grand Bellevue combines the grandiose architecture of a Palace hotel with the stylish, contemporary interior design of a boutique hotel and spa. At 3,000sqm, its Le Grand Spa is one of the biggest in Europe and offers a vast sanctuary for world-class wellness. The 57-room hotel is home to an unparalleled array of facilities, which include a Finnish sauna, herbal steam bath, ice grotto, and detoxifying Laconium room, whilst those looking for a more active experience can make use of Le Grand Spa’s swimming pool, state of the art fitness room and daily pilates and yoga programmes.
Sample treatments incoude Bamford’s Jade hot and cold stone treatment (75 minutes, from £139) which makes use of organic oils combined with warmed and cooled stones to create a unique and profoundly relaxing experience. Or try the Cellcosmet Swiss intensive Elasto-collagen facial (80 minutes, from£157). A specialist and concentrated moisturising treatment that soothes and firms facial tissue, visibly improving the moisture content and skin’s elasticity.
Visit Le Grand Bellevue (www.bellevue-gstaad.ch / +41 33 748 00 00).
The 2016 Alpine Yoga Retreat will run from 30 September to 2 October 2016 and costs CHF 920 per person (around £700), based on a double occupancy basis. Return flights from London to Geneva start from £58.
2. Shreyas Yoga, India
Welcome to a secluded haven of well-being on the outskirts of Bangalore. Shreyas offers a tranquil yoga retreat in 25 acres of tranquil gardens. Discover the ancient spiritual traditions of yoga through a selection of private yoga, Pranayama and yoga nidra (deep relaxation) sessions. Continue your wellness journey with private meditation and trataka (candle meditation), alongside group chanting and sound meditation classes.
Heal your body, mind and soul with rejuvenating massages and a vegetarian cooking class, before immersing yourself in India’s local culture with visits to nearby schools and orphanages.
Treatments include the Balinese massage (60 min, £50), an oil-based massage that involves deep manipulation of the body’s soft tissue, concentrating primarily on the connective tissue of the muscles. Or how about the Aromatherapy massage (60 min, also £50). For this massage, based on your need, the therapist chooses a blend of essential oils either to stimulate or relax your body.
Book through Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com). A seven-night trip to Shreyas costs from £2,280pp or £3,055 for single occupancy. Price includes full board, a yoga programme, return flights and transfers.
3. Cotswold House Hotel and Spa
Cotswold House is the gateway to discovering everything that is glorious about the Cotswolds region of England with a wealth of historic houses and gardens, a superb choice of independent shops and many of England’s prettiest villages. If you’re looking for that extra special room the Hot Tub Cottage or Hot Tub Suite may be just the ticket. Both are unique rooms with their own private gardens and private hot tubs that can be used all year round. The Hot Tub Suite, the larger of the two rooms has its own lounge and open fire – perfect for those cold winter evenings.
The award-winning Spa is ideally located in a secluded spot at the top of the magical gardens. It is a short walk at the end of which you find a place of serene elegance and peaceful relaxation. Decleor’s Intensive Energising Body Treatment blitzes tension and re-charges the mind (Mon-Thus £70, Fri-Sun £80). Aromatherapy Warm Stone Massage uses heated stones to relax away muscle tension and strains (Mon-Thus £75, Fri-Sun £85)
Prices at Cotswold House Hotel & Spa start from approx. £100 per night but you can also take advantage of the Bespoke Spa Break; a relaxing one night getaway with full use of the spa facilities, plus 20% off any pre-booked spa treatments. From just £95.50 per person. This break includes a glass of sparkling wine on arrival in the spa, overnight accommodation in a double or twin room, a delicious dinner in the restaurant and full breakfast in the morning.
Trains to the Cotswolds start from around £30 return from London for an adult.
4. Sun Gardens, Dubrovnik
Sun Gardens is the Adriatic Coast’s five-star luxury resort, located just six miles from Dubrovnik. The resort boasts extensive world-class facilities including access to an idyllic beach, three pools, an award-winning spa by OCCO (the largest on the Dalmatia) and a variety of restaurants and bars, all overlooking the Elafiti Islands. Designed with families in mind, children at the Resort can enjoy exploring the grounds and their imagination in a safe environment with the Marco Polo Kids Club.
With specially trained staff on hand at all times, Sun Gardens has partnered with the renowned Worldwide Kids Company to create incredible new experiences under the warm Mediterranean sun.
Try the OCCO Holistic Massage, customised according to each guest’s needs and designed as a combination of the best massage techniques. The special ambience, music and expertise guarantee an unforgettable experience and each therapist combines 2 to 5 techniques which provide the best results with OCCO body massage oil. Priced at £63 for 55-minutes and £94 for 1hr 20 minutes
Rates at Sun Gardens start from £85 per night in a two-bedroom residence garden view. www.dubrovniksungardens.com
Flights start from £61 per person
5. Sheen Falls Lodge, County Kerry, Ireland
Constantly ranked as one of the top five hotels in Ireland, Sheen Falls Lodge is as luxurious as it is beautiful. There are 85 rooms, each designed with comfort and pleasure in mind. The Easanna Health Spa is equipped with an indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room and treatments rooms.
The hotel offers a number of alternative activities including tennis, clay pigeon shooting, kayaking, horse riding and falconry. Sample treatments include the Elemis Skin Specific Facial (60 minutes – £65) or the Elemis Freestyle Deep Tissue Massage (60 mins, £70)
A two-night Pamper Spabreak at Sheen Falls Lodge starts from £228 per person and includes 2 nights bed and full English breakfast in a classic room, bottle of Prosecco, dinner on one evening, any 60 minute facial or massage and full use of the spa and leisure facilities. Book with spabreaks.com
6. Cheval Blanc Randheli, Maldives
Set in the pristine Noonu Atoll, Cheval Blanc Randheli is an intimate and contemporary haven, a 40-minute journey north of Malé. The 45-villa Maison has been conceived in synergy with the island’s lush vegetation and lagoon views. French “Art de Recevoir” dispensed by a team of alchemists offers truly personal service to create tailor-made activities, unforgettable experiences and bespoke surprises for adults and children alike. Private butler snorkelling and diving, moon-lit yoga, family desert island adventures, in-villa spa treatments and sunset cruises, to name but a few.
With a menu of Guerlain treatments created exclusively for the Maison – including the Sun Ritual and the After-Diving Experience – the spa is the perfect complement for guests spending time in the sun and sea. Four single and two prestige treatment villas for two – the Orchidée Villas – offer a sanctuary for guests to discover Guerlain’s exceptional anti-ageing skincare products and a full range of Guerlain’s wellbeing treatments and the brand’s skincare, make-up and fragrance collections. To complete the wellbeing offer, the Hair Spa by Leonor Greyl offers exclusive, tailored natural hair treatments. The Cheval Blanc Spa also has separate male and female hammams – where all treatments begin with a protective Leonor Greyl serum application on the hair – Yoga, Pilates and relaxation pavilions. With its deliciously healthy Spa Bar, large swimming pool and beautiful beach, the Spa Island offers an ideal getaway for those seeking to indulge in a full day of pampering. Daily group yoga, meditation or Pilates classes are available, and the island’s yoga master can also be booked for private sessions on request.
A one bedroom Water Villa at Cheval Blanc Randheli starts from £1,400 per night, including service and sales tax. This is based on double occupancy and includes breakfast.
More details from www.chevalblanc.com.
Emirates flies to Malé from £609 return (www.emirates.com)
7. Ilsington Country House Hotel, Devon
Ilsington is an intimate spa in a stunning rural UK location that offers great value. Surrounded by rolling countryside in the heart of Dartmoor and close to Devon’s south coast, the family-run Ilsington Country House Hotel oozes charm and friendly service. It also features one of the most acclaimed restaurants in South Devon as well as the informal bistro-style Blue Tiger Inn. Both offer creative menus using high quality fresh, local produce and the property’s skilled chef even smokes his own fish and range of meats.
The Ilsington’s luxurious new spa facility features a hydrotherapy pool plus a sauna and steam room all bathed in mood lighting with relaxing music and aromas. Try the Signature Devon Mud Treatment (£90), a top-to-toe experience combining a warmed ‘Aroma Work’ essential oil blend of your choice applied through massage, to include a warmed detoxifying mud mask applied to the back during treatment, hot towels to create a cocooning effect with a mud facial mask, warmed oil facial and scalp massage to calm the mind and relax the body.
The Ilsington offers a two night “Relax and Recharge” package from £285 per person, based on two sharing a twin or double superior room with half board accommodation, use of robes, towels and slippers, a bottle of Prosecco on arrival, a two-course lunch on the Spa day plus a choice of a back, neck or shoulder or Indian Head massage.
More details from ilsington.co.uk, 01364 661452
8. Half Moon Hotel, Jamaica
The Fern Tree Spa at Half Moon Jamaica offers fabulous massages in the most wonderful environment. The Fern Tree is a 68,000 square foot sanctuary for the mind and body where you will find traditional Jamaican treatments together with a variety of wellness facilities. Here you will find many fruit trees such as Otaheiti Apple, June Plum, Sour Sop, Sweet Sop, Grapefruit and Naseberry.
Personalised therapeutic massage costs £125 for 60 minutes, the Coconut Milk and Avena Soothing Soak is £40 for 45 minutes. It’s a relaxing soak as your skin absorbs the natural nourishment of this soothing bath of coconut and oat milk, calendula and comfrey.
Staying at Half Moon is a wonderful experience. Situated on a beach in a shape of a half moon this hotel now spreads over 400 acres with 197 rooms and suites and 31 villas. The rooms and suites are based on along the beachfront and many benefit from the glorious ocean view. The hotel has its very own Dolphin lagoon – an opportunity to swim with dolphins within the hotel and without any other ‘public’ around – a very, very special lifetime experience. Also enjoy horse riding, golf, tennis coaching, yoga at dawn and fitness classes.
From £1440 per person based on two sharing a deluxe ocean view room on a HALF BOARD basis for seven nights.
More details from butlerandlloyd.com, 01252 411749.