Shake off the New Year hangover at the world’s best wellness retreats
A NEW year has arrived! After you’ve cleared away the party decorations, cleaned up the empty champagne bottles and sent the straggling family members and party guests on their way home, most of us start to think of repairing some of the damage we’ve done to our body over the festive period.
As the time for over-indulgence has passed, a healthy January to set you up for a happy and successful 2018 is just what’s needed. And there’s no better way to kick this off than at a world-class wellness and fitness retreat.
Conde Nast recently released their Gold List recognizing the world’s best in the travel industry, and these are their go-to favorite wellness retreats for getting a bit of R & R in the new year:
Kamalaya Koh Samui Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa, Koh Samui, Thailand
This award-winning retreat is centred around a cave that once served Buddhist monks as a place of meditation and spiritual retreat.
They offer a range of wellness programs to cover everything you need to recover from the excesses of New Year’s. These include solutions for detox, stress and burnout, healthy lifestyle and yoga.
If you’re in need of a little more personal attention, they have a team of international naturopaths that will work with you to create a health program tailored to your specific needs.
Kalari Kovilakom Kerala, India
Soak up the tranquillity of nature in this 200-year-old palace surrounded by the majestic Western Ghat mountain range.
Days here might consist of massages, hot oil treatments, gentle yoga, and eating restorative vegan meals. It helps that the health center feels like a five-star resort with exposed wood beams, mosaic tile floors, and comfy four-poster beds. Expect to shed a few excess pounds and maybe gain a refreshed mental clarity.
COMO Shambhala Estate, Bali, Indonesia
It isn’t all meditation and yoga at COMO Shambhala Estate. While these are of course on offer, here you become one with nature by getting out in nature.
The standard list of spa treatments and Pilates is paired with guides for mountain biking, hiking, climbing, whitewater rafting and outdoor circuit training.
The retreat is also getting a name for itself for its heavenly food. As Conde Nast former editor-at-large Hanya Yanagihara says, “Many places make good, even excellent, low-cal all-organic macrobiotic fare, but no one does it with as much style and subtlety of flavor as this retreat.”
The idea is to help guests make informed life changes around food and fitness that will last well beyond their stay.
Amanemu, Ise-Shima, Japan
Historically known as a place for pilgrimage and purification, the hot springs of the Amanemu region make for the perfect setting for your individually tailored wellness immersion program. These range from three to 14 nights and address digestive health, stress relief and anti-ageing.
The green hills of Ise-Shima National Park are peppered with pilgrimage trails and ancient shrines. And once you’re done with the outdoors, every room has its very own onsen soaking tub to ease the aching muscles.