After a hectic Christmas, it’s time to focus your energy on the year ahead. From specialist yoga schools to luxurious spa facilities, these retreats are perfect places to relax, reflect, recover and recharge.
Prepare for harmony to be restored as you browse our list of therapies and the best places to seek them out…
A cruise aboard this yacht moored off the Turkish coast is the perfect way to experience Vinyasa yoga. It’s a variation on traditional Hatha yoga and encourages the dynamic and flowing movement of the body.
It’s difficult to imagine a more relaxing sensation than drifting across the gently rippling waters of a sheltered Mediterranean bay. There are two Vinyasa yoga sessions on deck each day; one before breakfast and the second before dinner (freshly cooked, light meals complement your yoga practices perfectly).
In between your sessions, take advantage of the surrounding Turkish landscape by snorkelling, sunbathing, reading, and simply taking time to reflect on your path for 2016.
The idyllic Tuscan countryside is home to this rural refuge, where you can try a Shiatsu treatment. It’s the practice of applying healing pressure to the body using the hands.
Trouble sleeping? Here, you’ll encounter the kind of darkness only found in the middle of nowhere and wake to the gentle sound of birdsong. Homemade organic products are served up for breakfast and you can enjoy them in the peaceful garden with views out over the rolling vineyards.
Can you imagine a more perfect place to recover and find your perspective on life? No, we can’t either.
This stunning and affordable rental is located just 100m away from a dedicated Ashtanga yoga retreat. It’s the ideal place to develop or start your relationship with this form of yoga, which begins with a mantra in Sanskrit.
An outside shower, elegant daybed and spacious living areas are just some of the attractions indoors. Head outside and you can listen to the soothing sounds of the surrounding wildlife and revel in the slow pace of life.
When you’re taking a break from your asanas, walk around the village or head to the paddy fields for a glimpse of the real Bali. You’ll return feeling rejuvenated and ready for 2016.
Outdoor eating and relaxation areas get you close to nature; the guesthouse is home to resident horses and donkeys, so it’s just the place for animal lovers to relax. You can also explore the peaceful local vineyards or even take a horse-drawn carriage ride.
The zen atmosphere of the bedroom is a call to relaxation and encourages a restful soul. Why not visit and see for yourself?
Escape to this Sicilian Kundalina yoga oasis in the province of Catania and enjoy the intense relaxation and sense of harmony this form of yoga offers. Known as the “yoga of awareness”, it incorporates many different techniques from hatha to meditation and chanting.
The apartment rental is perfectly placed to give you a sense of Sicily’s historic charm and beauty. Walk a few hundred metres and you’ll discover an impressive cathedral and, a little further on, a Benedictine monastery. Wherever you wander, the magnificent Mount Etna dominates the skyline.
There are classes available for every level from beginner to advanced; so if yoga is your New Year’s resolution, this place is the perfect starting point.
This Southern Californian hideaway in the Topanga Canyon provides an elegant escape for anyone needing to get away and refocus.
Enjoy an organic breakfast before your private sessions: choose from Swedish deep-tissue massages to lava stone and many other forms of therapy. Then, wander the surrounding woodland to find your own meditation spots and take in the natural beauty.
The most special aspect of a stay here is the chef’s gourmet skills: enjoy a three-course dinner served on the bridge over a spring-fed creek. Bliss.
Meditation is just one of the activities available at the Tao Wellness Center on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Residents can also access Zumba and bootcamp-style exercise sessions, as well as ancient Mayan spa treatments.
The condo itself is spacious and contemporary with open plan living and dining areas. Its master bedroom features sliding glass doors which open out onto a private garden terrace; the perfect place to relax after each day’s activities. Being surrounded by quiet, lush gardens and the still, reflective waters of the swimming pool makes for one serene experience.
This Mexican rental retreat is sure to provide a soothing start to 2016.
If, for you, wellness means being pampered and having your every need catered for, the high-end Amanyara retreat is the perfect rental choice for you. The Turks & Caicos islands provide a calm Caribbean setting for the most revitalising of experiences.
Try yoga and pilates classes as you look out over the swimming pool at the centre of the four, purpose-built treatment pavilions. Sip a health drink in the lounge before retiring to your rental for a balance-restoring massage or holistic treatment by the resident expert practitioners. Then enjoy a dinner cooked for you by your personal chef. Luxury indeed.
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