Holistic Holidays: The 6 Best Wellness Retreats In The World
2019 has officially begun and with a quarter of British adults in the UK cutting down on their vices this month, January is set to be somewhat lacklustre.
Rejuvenate your senses and discover our top six extraordinary wellness holiday destinations around the world to treat yourself to in 2019. Featuring world-class spas, medical programmes, relaxation centers and holistic activities to render even the busiest Londoner peaceful, these retreats are not to be missed.
Aro Hā is located in New Zealand’s ethereal Southern Alps, just a 40-minute drive from Queenstown Airport. The retreat is the first wellness centre of its kind, based on a template for optimal wellness and has been refined over the last 10 years to provide guests with a life-altering glow. The design, by Wellington architect Hugh Tennent, is refreshingly simple and unadorned: built of stone, wood and glass to blend into the landscape.
Parrot Cay’s earthy, whitewashed villas and colonial-style buildings have long been a welcome departure from the mega-resorts that line Grace Bay Beach. Rooms are adorned with four-poster beds dressed in Italian linens, breezy Indonesian-inspired furnishings, outdoor showers, and perks that include in-room yoga mats and jaunty bikes for leisurely rides around the island. Rich with marine life, vegetation and ample tranquility, the 1998-built property consists of guest rooms and beachside villas, a hilltop Como Shambala Retreat (whose name is Sanskrit for ‘center of peace and harmony’, two restaurants, white-sand beaches and natural landscapes.
Bio-Hotel Stanglwirt, an expansive, snow-capped chalet at the foot of the Wilder Kaiser mountain in Austria mirrors the postcard-pretty set of The Sound of Music. The Stanglwirt is both an organic farm and a five-star luxury and wellness resort. It has been welcoming guests for over 400 years with authentic Tyrolean hospitality and an outstanding array of top-quality facilities for leisure, sport and relaxation. To benefit as much as possible from the fresh mountain air, take a six-mile climb over to Schwarzsee Lake, one of the hottest in the Alps, where you can set up a picnic or take a plunge in the crystalline waters.
Tucked away in a peaceful corner of Cape Panwa on the southeastern tip of Phuket Island, Thailand, this fabulous luxury resort offers a selection of comprehensive wellness programmes. The Amatara Wellness Resort centres around an experience of total wellness ranging from its holistic programmes to its exclusive retreat packages – complete with a daily signature Royal Amatara massage. There is a 55m infinity pool that is great for swimming lengths or basking bedside. Three restaurants serving traditional Thai and international specialties make dining a delight, with an emphasis on healthy yet delicious cuisine.
The newest addition to the luxury wellness hotel sphere is the luxury Longevity Health & Wellness Hotel. Due to open in June this year in Alvor, Portugal, the 5-star wellness property will feature 70 bedrooms and suites, a highly-Instagrammable rooftop infinity pool and a world-class medical spa. The most compelling aspect of the wellness hotel is the state-of-the-art spa which will offer a wide range of holiday programmes such as Relax and Wellbeing, Stress Management, Mindfulness, Yoga, Fitness and Bootcamp, Rejuvenation and Anti-ageing, and Medical Check-ups.
In addition to the innovative wellness and medical spa offering, Longevity Health & Wellness Hotel will have two restaurants, Mediterrânico Restaurant by Longevity and the Chill Out and Relax Tea Lounge, including a rooftop Pure Cafe by Longevity with panoramic views over the stunning bay of Alvor. Staying true to the core of the Longevity brand the food will be fresh, delicious and colourful focusing on local and functional, alkaline and anti-inflammatory foods.
Set in the heart of the Cumbrian countryside, the Gilpin Hotel is just a stone’s throw away from Windermere village. Around a five-hour drive from London, it is easy enough to drive to after work on a Friday and once there, you can spend the rest of the weekend relaxing and unwinding. The welcoming atmosphere is notable and the attractive day rooms are perfect for relaxation. Eating in any of the quartet of dining rooms is a must, while Gilpin Spice restaurant is located within the grounds and well worth a visit. The Lake House, situated a mile from the main hotel, offers an additional six private suites, a sensational spa and stunning lakeside views.