Our Top 10 Wellbeing Escapes For 2022 Chosen By Our Experts03/11/2022, Healing Holidays
Loved by our loyal clients, lusted after by wellness-lovers in general, this bespoke collection of world-class properties are every bit the perfect mix of wellbeing and escapism – and here’s why.
SHA Wellness Clinic, Spain
‘SHA’ as we call it, is a true shining-star in our growing portfolio of Spanish properties. A wonderful medical spa with a great team of doctors and specialist’s, guests staying here can expect tailored programmes and a contemporary space to retreat to after days spent sun-soaking or receiving A-grade therapy. Here amongst Spain’s Sierra Helada Mountains, a stone’s throw away from Alicante, it’s widely felt that both peace and tranquillity are alive in abundance. The all-encompassing ‘SHA Method’ also draws people in as it does a sublime job of combining effective natural and Eastern therapies. Think therapeutic nutrition based on a varied, local and predominantly alkaline cuisine; preventative medicines to help with genetics or anti-aging and a plethora of wholesome weekly classes – including Nordic Walking, Aqua Gym or Yoga.
Lefay Lago Di Garda, Italy
Let’s face it, when it comes to the Italian Lakes, there’s definitely something alluring about the milder climes and epic views of bigger sister Lake Garda. Residing in this sunny location is one of our favourite wellbeing escapes Lefay Lago Di Garda – Lefay is real a soul-lifting wellness centre, where guests can get a taste of Chinese medicine and state-of-the-art spa facilities. This unique resort is a welcoming space for those seeking a comprehensive, effective approach towards general wellness. Famously, Lefay was awarded the Tatler SPA Awards in 2017 and it was ranked the “Best for East-West Fusion” – the being said, the food is certainly something to write home about. Expect healthy, hearty gourmet cuisine – Mediterranean of course – which has been lovingly prepared using only fresh and seasonal ingredients. In terms of further reasons to consider Lefay, if you enjoy epic nature and quiet surrounds whilst on retreat, you can find this property perfectly positioned atop a hill, overlooking the iconic Lake.
Ayurveda Resort Mandira, Austria
What could be better than casting open the doors of evolution and stepping into an enchanting 5,000-year-old system of traditional medicine, native to India? Or learning about Indian philosophy, to dig deeper on connecting mind, body and spirit? Whether you’ve got your heart set on a solid traditional Ayurvedic foundations or you want to try tailoring a programme to a more Western lifestyle, there are plenty of expert practitioners’ on-hand to create an escape personally suited to your needs. From massages, detox diets and herbal remedies to panchakarma and sweat treatments, Ayurveda Resort Mandira offers you the best holistic healing, not too far from home, in impressive Austria.
Park Igls, Austria
It’s long been embraced that the Mayr philosophy improves health and reduces illness, and with the conversation ever-shifting towards wellbeing and people wanting to prevent sickness, it’s Park Igls, medical clinic located in beautiful Austria, just a short distance from Innsbruck, that is paving the way. Adopting medicines and methods from Austrian pioneer and scientist Dr FX Mayr, this medical centre is firmly rooted in the belief that good health starts with a properly functioning digestive system. It is here that guests will be intrinsically connected to all things diet, exercise, reconditioning and optimum health. A stay here offers a major reboot to your system – with the usual massages, baths and soaks one could expect but also digestive herb wraps; colon hydrotherapy, liver cleanses and more.
Longevity Health & Wellness Hotel, Portugal
The Longevity properties are a beacon of vitality and wellbeing but it’s the Health & Wellness Clinic nestled in picturesque fishing village of Alvor, on Portugal's Western Algarve coast, that we want to showcase. For guests seeking a true insight into health, this is a state of the art medical spa combining modern integrative and regenerative medicine with the most advanced therapies and programmes. Set over two floors, the hotel's clinic features everything from diagnostic, consultation and treatment rooms to detoxifying pools, relaxation rooms and even a flotation room! As you may expect at such an establishment, there are is an array of tailored programmes, depending on whether you want a light introduction or an intensive deep dive into making serious long-term changes to overall health.
OCEANO Health Spa Hotel, Spain
Picture the scene, you’ve just finished a day of treatments – Starting with a Shiatsu massage and heart-warming seawater bath, ending with an indulging hydro massage – you come to relax on your balcony, rosy-cheeked, rested and in true bliss, only for the salty sea air and sounds of lapping waves to lull you into a deep, restorative sleep. Life feels good and both mind and soul; gut and body feel completely recharged. This is a snap-shot of what is available to you at OCEANO Hotel Health Spa: A perfect paradise which is hid away on a quiet, palm studded beach. This truly unspoilt corner of Tenerife is the perfect choice for those wanting either holistic or medical treatments, closer to home.
This here is the cream of the crop for luxury and wellness in Thailand – one of our favourites for its holistic spa and offerings of stress relief, detox, weight loss, fitness and yoga. For us and for our returning clients, Kamalaya is hypnotically-beautiful and the wellbeing experience is not one to be forgotten easily. What endears us the most is that its history is so rich and we’d go as far as saying that its overall energy, is as much electric as it is enigmatic. What most don’t realise upon booking an escape to Kamalaya is Buddhist monks used to descend on site to contemplate and reflect. It was around their former cave of worship that the resort was built and its tale is something that gives us spine-chills every time we recommend it. This place is geared up for total and complete transformation – it’s a top choice.
This place has a list of healing activities weaved into programmes that transcend the ordinary. From forest bathing and sound or water healing, to transformational dance and laughter yoga. Preidlhof truly is as luxurious as it is sophisticated – and in our humble opinion, its offering is far more than just a five-star experience in South Tyrol. We would say that the magic experienced by those who visit this multi-award-winning property, is widely felt. Whether you’re drawn in by the 5000m² of wellness space or you have a calling for some much-needed physical and emotional wellbeing, Preidlhof is a true leader in reconciling guest’s senses with their spirit: A true holistic haven.
Palacio Estoril, Portugal
With over 160 rooms, Palacio Estoril is one of the grandest destination spas to land on our laps. The entire property, which has been alive and kicking since the early 30s, has been expertly formed to host families, whilst taking extra care to offer soloists and other adult guests enough bliss, to find stress-release and revitalising transformation. The three storey Spa is a medically-minded, results-driven healthy haven where you can tackle all sorts of issues head-on – from weight loss & detoxing, to nutrition and fitness. Additionally, some programmes are put into place to help both women and men through their hormonal life cycle too.
COMO Shambhala Estate, Indonesia
Overexerted, overworked and stressed adults want sun-filled, soul-healing days and plenty of rest at night. Those with health issues may want more fitness and detoxifying, to feel on an even keel. This is a worthy compromise. A beautiful haven of calm on the island of Bali and place to truly escape the ordinary. Set amidst lush tropical surroundings, think swaying palm trees and a babbling river, sits COMO Shambhala Estate, one of the world’s best-loved destination spas. Here – no matter the wellness goal – guests will find a perfect blend of healthy-eating, exercise and soothing treatments, for an all-encompassing approach to wellness. The hot river stone massage is a must!
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