Regions of Europe

Europe has long been hailed as a premier destination for wellness seekers. With its diverse landscapes, rich history, and emphasis on holistic well-being, it comes as no surprise that Europe continues to captivate travellers in search of tranquility and rejuvenation.

Europe's popularity as a hub for wellness retreats stems from its unique combination of natural beauty, ancient traditions, and modern amenities. The continent is home to many wellness retreats that offer a holistic approach to well-being, and each region of Europe boasts its own distinctive charm, allowing you to tailor your retreat experience to your personal preferences. 

With the help of Healing Holidays, going on a relaxing retreat in Europe is easier than ever before. Additionally, there is no jet lag, a wide diversity of settings, and regular flights to get you there in a flash. Whether you seek solitude in a secluded mountain retreat or seek solace by the coastline, Europe presents a plethora of options. Here are 9 of the best regions for wellness retreats across Europe. read more...


When it comes to countries with serious spa credentials, Austria is always near the top of the list. It helps that it is blessed with the finest alpine air, huge forests, lush meadows, and lakes & mountains that instantly spread magical healing across our souls. This mesmerising country has always been synonymous with outdoor activities like skiing and hiking, but those in the know will appreciate that it is also one of Europe’s leading wellness destinations – after all, it is the birthplace of the famous gut-focussed Mayr method, a fast-track to an iron immune system that can be enjoyed at Park Igls, Lanserhof Lans and VIVAMAYR Maria Wörth. It’s also the place to go for great Ayurveda, at one of our most impressive finds - the Ayurveda Resort Mandira, a family-run jewel offering traditional Ayurveda with a brilliant, highly-trained team of specialists.  


Cyprus, the idyllic Mediterranean island, is an excellent destination for wellness retreats in Europe and provides an enchanting setting for relaxation and rejuvenation. Wellness retreats in Cyprus draw upon the island's heritage, including its connection to ancient Greek mythology and its history as a haven for healing. You can indulge in a range of wellness practices, such as spa treatments, yoga, and meditation. It’s also renowned for its mineral-rich thermal springs, known for their therapeutic properties, which are found in various locations across the island, offering opportunities for healing and relaxation. 


France is a captivating destination for wellness retreats in Europe, offering a delightful blend of luxurious settings, diverse landscapes, and a deep-rooted appreciation for wellness and self-care. Visitors can indulge in luxurious spa treatments, therapeutic massages, and holistic therapies that draw upon France's expertise in skincare, aromatherapy, and natural healing practices. France is also celebrated for its delectable cuisine, emphasising fresh, locally-sourced ingredients and culinary artistry. Wellness retreats in France often incorporate nutritious and flavorful meals that nourish the body and delight the senses. 


With its fresh alpine air, spectacular scenery and ancient spa towns, Germany has always been synonymous with better health and wellbeing, but perhaps only the spa aficionado will know that it also plays host to a wide variety of world-class wellness solutions. There's the elegant Villa Stephanie, which sits in the foothills of the Black Forest in the ancient spa town of Baden-Baden and houses a space-age medical clinic or Ayurveda Parkschlosschen, which offers Ayurvedic healing comparable to anything found in India or Sri Lanka. For lovers of detox there are the luxurious Lanserhof clinics Lanserhof Tegernsee and Lanserhof Sylt whose medically-supervised Mayr Cure programmes will energise and reset your body and mind, while for those who are travelling with their family we have Schloss Elmau, which offers spacious accommodation, two dedicated family spas, and a whole host of different activities for children of all ages.


Greece provides an ideal setting for those seeking relaxation, rejuvenation, and a holistic approach to well-being. One of Greece's most significant assets for wellness retreats is its thermal springs, known for their mineral-rich waters and therapeutic properties. These natural springs offer opportunities for healing, relaxation, and rejuvenation. The country's stunning coastline, pristine beaches, and picturesque islands also create a serene backdrop for wellness retreats. Furthermore, the association with well-being dates back to ancient times, with practices such as yoga, meditation, and holistic therapies deeply ingrained in its culture. 


Few places in the world can claim such beauty as Italy with its ancient craggy peaks, rich verdant countryside and deep azure waters with perfect sandy beaches. It’s also home to a wide variety of seriously good spas, offering something for everyone, and all served with that typically warm Italian flair. You can go for some deep healing at Preidlhofup your fitness levels at The Ranch Italy, lower your stress levels lakeside at Lefay Lago Di Garda, undergo a medically-supervised detox in style at Palace Merano, or have weight loss options at Palazzo Fiuggi or L’Albereta. You can also take the family too, with some great options at Forte Village and Borgo Egnazia.


Spain is much beloved by us here in the UK - it’s an easy, short journey to reach and it delivers endless sunny days, pretty much all year round. On the Spa side it doesn’t disappoint either as it’s home to one of Europe’s best Medi-Spas – SHA; a results- driven healthy haven which tackles everything from Weight Loss and Detox, to Fitness and Rehabilitation. Spain also caters in spades for the sybaritic and sensuous elements of wellness and wellbeing, with indulgent hangouts like the Marbella Club and Finca Cortesin, where luxury abounds alongside some knock out wellness programmes. There’s also Shanti-Somwhere you can ramp up your fitness or chill with Asian-inspired programmes 


Red cliff coastlines, idyllic whitewashed Moorish villages, captivating cities and golden beaches; Portugal can be many things to many people. For Healing Holidays, as well as being home to some of the friendliest people, it’s also the place to go for some stand-out spas and world class experts. A short hop from Lisbon, there is the much-lauded Palacio Estoril with their brilliant better-ageing and rehabilitation programmes, whilst there are detox, weight loss and fitness options on offer at our gorgeous properties in the Algarve - EPIC SANA, Longevity Alvor and Vilalara Longevity. Lastly we have the mighty Six Senses Douro Valley in the verdant landscape of Northern Portugal, offering the acclaimed Six Senses wellness formula with local Portuguese flair.


With fresh alpine air, spectacular scenery, and ancient thermal waters, Switzerland has always been synonymous with better health and wellbeing, and thoughtful living. It is also home to some of the world’s best medical spas. There’s something intrinsically reassuring and soothing about a Swiss spa - the brilliant efficiency, the state-of-the-art diagnostic testing, and the utterly brilliant, no nonsense expertise. The country has an almost unparalleled reputation for medical excellence, and we have some real Swiss powerhouses on offer for you.


Turkey is home to numerous thermal spas and wellness centres where visitors can indulge in rejuvenating treatments, thermal baths, and traditional therapies such as Turkish hammams. These experiences offer a chance to relax, detoxify, and restore balance. Combined with warm hospitality, delicious cuisine, and a rich cultural heritage, Turkey invites wellness seekers to embark on a transformative journey of self-care in a country that effortlessly blends ancient traditions with modern wellness practices. 


Montenegro is an exceptional destination for wellness retreats in Europe, offering a harmonious combination of serene surroundings and a sense of untouched beauty. At wellness retreats in Montenegro, you can immerse in yoga and meditation practices amidst mountain views, partake in rejuvenating spa treatments inspired by local traditions, and enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, kayaking, and exploring the national parks. 

Overall, the best wellness retreats across the regions of Europe offer a sanctuary for those seeking rejuvenation, self-care, and a holistic approach to well-being. From serene countryside retreats to coastal havens and historic spa towns, each destination presents a unique opportunity for a transformative journey. Reach out to us today at Healing Holidays to embrace the healing power of these retreats, immerse yourself in the beauty of Europe, and unlock a renewed sense of inner peace. 

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