8 amazing wellness holidays
Wellness holidays are one of the best ways to start the new year on a positive note. Together with Cheapflights.com.au, we look at 8 amazing wellness holidays to help you restart, revive and revamp, both mentally and physically.
Mind, Body & Soul
St. Lucia, Caribbean
The Caribbean is synonymous with luxury relaxation, but the body holiday takes it to another level. The resort’s core goal is to help guests release their stress and completely relax and rejuvenate. thebodyholiday’s Wellness Centre provides a range of activities and other healthy delights to free the mind and strengthen the body and spirit, including Pilates, Tai Chi, archery and scuba diving.
Silver Island, Greece
The private island offers a 6-day yoga retreat to help guests find peace and connect with nature all while doing the Downward Dog. That being said, yoga isn’t the only thing on the menu – Silver Island’s guests are able to hike, draw, kayak or simply relax in the sun. Vegetarian meals inspired by a traditional Mediterranean diet are also provided daily.
South Island, New Zealand
A 40-minute drive from Queenstown is spiritual Aro Hā, a place designed for ultimate rejuvenation via a full menu of programmes and retreats for the mind, body and soul. For the spirit and mind, guests can try Vinyasa yoga, meditation and daily therapeutic massages, and for the body, sub-alpine hiking, steam rooms and saunas.
Hawkesbury Valley, Australia
A simple, one-hour drive from Sydney’s bustling CBD is the Hawkesbury Valley, the home to NuYu. This wellness retreat focuses on weight loss, getting fit and gaining a sense of total wellbeing. Wake up to a stunning rural setting, go for a 7am valley walk and take part in Tai Chi and Taoist breathing. This 4.5-star retreat is ideal for those who need to reset after Christmas.
Founded nearly a decade ago, Bikini Bootcamp was one of the first adventure-fitness-yoga programmes to emerge. Guests at the retreat start their days with a morning stretch session on the beach, followed by a power-walk and then a good dose of high-energy cardio, tone and strength classes, and yoga. There are also belly dance classes, meditation sessions, cooking demos, tours and a spa that offers indulgent Mayan clay treatments.
While many consider Ibiza to be pure party-central, it’s also home to No1 Boot Camp. This fitness retreat offers military-style fitness and yoga, with daily hikes to Goddess Island, core stability workouts, team activities, healthy meals and more. It can be quite intense, but the results speak for themselves.
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Absolute Bootcamp Fitness is a hardcore fitness programme that offers a Thai Army assault course, buffalo rice farming, Muay Thai and more. Absolute’s team prides itself on using their location to their advantage, as well as showing guests more of Chiang Mai than most tourists will ever experience.
Using the stunning local surrounds as a gym (think: surfing lessons, beach runs, rainforest hikes and kayaking), Pure Kauai‘s bespoke fitness retreats help to restart your body for the new year ahead. Guests score their own private cottage or villa and work with trainers, private chefs, personal assistants and wellness experts to achieve their personal goals. Little wonder it’s a celeb favourite.