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Wellness Resort in the Canyons of Laguna Beach, California

Wellness Resort in the Canyons of Laguna Beach, California

I am alone on a secluded trail, high in the hills above Laguna Beach, California when it occurs to me I may be lost. It had been a while since I saw the red flags that marked the trail I should be on. I had just snail paced my way up the gruelingly steep and technical Rattlesnake Trail (rocky terrain with a 23% grade at its steepest) and was so in my own head, that maybe I missed a turn. The trail, I now notice, is getting narrower and I am still ascending. Where the hell am I? When was the last time I saw those damn red flags?

I hear a scuttling noise and look over my left shoulder but don’t see anything except for the mounds of thick sagebrush covering the ground. The thought of a stalking mountain lion spurs an immediate rush of adrenaline through my body. I hear the noise again and this time spot a group of little birds. OK, I tell myself. Chill out. I have plenty of water. I am fine.

I have been hiking these steep trails for 5 days now, 3-4 hours a day, and my legs feel strong. My pace picks up as a cool breeze blows across my hot, sweaty face. I turn my music off. To have this time alone with just the sound of the wind and the birds and the crunch of my feet on the dirt path is a revelation. I move from panic to elation. I am ecstatic! I look up at the perfect blue sky, take in a deep breathe of fresh air and then just as suddenly I am crying. Sobbing in fact. Why? I have no idea. Holy crap, I think, I am having a profound personal moment.

Welcome to an afternoon at The Pearl Laguna, where morning yoga and intense afternoon hikes are the cornerstones of this weeklong cleansing retreat. Nestled in the canyons 2 miles north of the quintessential California coastal town of Laguna Beach, the resort itself is housed in a large, sprawling mansion. Set on multiple levels, the house features 12 private bedrooms and baths, a large yoga room, a “poolcuzzi” (a small pool heated to 104 degrees), a weight room, infrared sauna and quiet outdoor sitting areas.



I found The Pearl Laguna via a Google search for “restorative spas in Southern California.” I had a week off in between jobs as a busy Hollywood reality TV editor and desperately needed some kind of reset. I was particularly motivated after I found myself one afternoon on the floor of a co-worker’s office complaining of mild chest pain. “Oh don’t mind me. I’m just going to lie on your dirty floor for a while.” After 20 years of long hours in a dark edit bay, relentless deadlines and commuting in LA traffic, stress was actually manifesting itself physically for the first time in my life. (I did go to the doctor to have my heart checked out. It was perfectly healthy.)

After a lot of internet digging, searching for the ultimate, I didn’t know what, I came upon a series of YouTube videos about The Pearl Laguna made by a high spirited Australian woman, Megan Castran (aka Jewelchic on Instagram and Facebook). I watched her videos, I will admit, somewhat obsessively. It seemed to me the type of mind/body restructuring I was seeking. I booked my week.

Geo Takoma and his wife Katresha founded The Pearl Laguna in 2010 after years of hosting popular health retreats around the world. Together with a top-notch team of fitness instructors, house staff and an incredibly gifted head chef, they’ve created a unique and intimate wellness experience.

Upon check-in on a Sunday afternoon in February, I am shown to my private room and then measured and weighed. I am assigned the Emerald Bay room, located in the front of the house with large windows and pleasant views of the property’s oak trees and sycamores. It is simply furnished with a comfortable bed, organic bedding and a massive bathroom and shower. Rooms vary in terms of size and layout, so call ahead if you want to discuss options.

My group of 11 guests is comprised of three men and eight women of varying degrees of fitness levels and ages. Four of the guests are return visitors who all make a pilgrimage at least once a year to this hiking, yoga and detox mecca. Among the returnees is my YouTube starlet, Megan Castran and her husband Paul who travelled from Melbourne for a month long stay. What a crazy coincidence and I am beyond thrilled to be a part of the video blog that had inspired my own visit (you can glimpse me in her week one postings from February 2018). And, yes, she is just as lovely and energetic in person.

Life at The Pearl Laguna is a thoughtfully planned schedule of food and physical activity intended to cleanse the body while building strength, muscle, and flexibility. There are also daily afternoon massages included in the weekly rate. For some guests the goal is fitness. For many, it is weight loss. You’ll most likely experience both.

The menu is primarily vegan, exceptionally executed, with the occasional egg or goat cheese making an appearance, much to the delight of all guests. There’s no meat, no caffeine or refined sugar, and an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables, organic of course. There’s no calorie counting and portions are plentiful, but not large. Early on, I worried that there would not be enough protein or carbohydrates to sustain our high intensity hikes, but I was wrong. I never felt weak or depleted.

A typical day starts with a 6:30am knock on my door after which I amble, pajama clad, into the kitchen for a glass of self serve lemon water. The lemon, I am told, aids in digestion, detoxification and helps to boost your body’s alkaline levels. I’m not entirely clear on the alkaline bit, but know that a lot of celebrities with hot bodies tout its benefits and that’s good enough for me. I dutifully drink my lemon water. I thought for certain I’d be craving my coveted morning espresso, but by Day 2, I don’t even miss it – in part because I wake up feeling so great. By Day 3, I am actually taking morning selfies in my bathroom mirror and texting them to my husband, shocked at the rapid transformation my body is undergoing. My stomach is actually FLAT.

At 7am sharp, we all head to the yoga room for Geo’s Signature Power Yoga class, taught most mornings by Geo himself. Geo is a 40 plus year veteran of yoga and a pioneer of the style we now know today as power yoga. His stern and passionate guidance push us through the early morning’s poses, push-ups, yogi-centric squats and eagle abdominal crunches. I had stopped doing yoga a few years ago after injuring my back numerous times, but Geo tells me not to worry. He is the first instructor to show me how to properly rise from a standing forward bend without straining my back (bend your knees and keep your back flat). He also doesn’t try to adjust my very stiff and awkward triangle poses telling me: “The position finds you, you don’t find the position.” What a relief since my flexibility left the building a decade ago.

Morning yoga is followed by breakfast at the communal dining table. The primary conversation is always the day’s hike. Would it be easier or more difficult than yesterday? How may hills? How many miles? We always got answers either from our über fit hiking guides or from the resort’s veterans, but in truth, all the hikes were hard.

Referencing the Orange County Parks’ trail map guide which classify trails as “easy, moderate, difficult and strenuous” – our hikes were always a good portion on the designated strenuous trails. Elevation gains would range from 600 to over 1000 feet and the hill grades averaged around 10%, frequently reaching 15% and steeper.

The key to surviving the hikes is pacing. The super fit guests charge up the hills, the slower guests, like myself, crawl up the hills. There is always a guide at the front of the group, at the back and in the middle. Red flags are posted at every turn on the trail, but you have to stay alert because in truth you are suffering, head down, pushing forward. There is plenty of flat terrain along the way and absolutely stunning views of the land and the ocean, but the trail is unforgiving. When you think you are done climbing, you are not. It is hills, hills and, damn, more hills. It is endurance. It is strength building for both body and mind.

Every guest, at every level of fitness, completes the hikes. Some take longer than others, some opt for slightly shorter routes. We are a team and if you pass or are passed by a guest, it is always with a word of encouragement. Our guides are pros – part forest rangers and part caretakers. They give directions, point out local flora and fauna and dispense electrolytes if needed for dehydration. I only need electrolytes once, but besides that, my provisioned snack pack of apple and pear slices and a small tangerine are enough to sustain me.

Upon returning from our afternoon hike, we all gather back at the resort’s large outdoor deck, red faced and exhausted, in anticipation of the day’s post hike juice. There is a different juice every day and a choir of “oohs and ahhs” is heard as the tray of beverages is presented. My favorites are the raw coconut water sipped straight from the shell and a freshly pressed dragonfruit, strawberry and banana smoothie – the color of rubies, ice cold and frothy on top.

Following our juice break, we continue our fitness regime with a short pool or weight session and then lunch. Like all the meals served at The Pearl Laguna, the food is beautifully presented and absolutely delicious. I swoon over the vegan sushi: thinly sliced vegetables and forbidden rice wrapped in nori, accompanied by homemade pickled ginger, tamari dipping sauce and a squeeze of organic hot wasabi. I am told that the wasabi is sold downstairs at the gift shop and I promptly purchase a bottle after lunch.

Lunch also marks the beginning of our 3 hours of “restorative time” which includes a daily 60 minute massage. We are encouraged during this downtime to hang out in our Pearl Laguna robes and do as we please. I often shower and read by the pool until my appointed massage time. There’s also a freshly made, organic face mask each afternoon presented in little ceramic dishes in the kitchen. One day, the avocado mask resembles a little blob of guacamole. “Yum,” I say as I pick it up. “You can put it on your face, but don’t eat it,” I am told by the chef. Good to know, it looks delicious!

My first day at the resort, those 3 hours of restorative time seemed to go on forever. I was restless, not sure what to do with myself (so used to going, going, going). I kept checking the time on my iPhone waiting for it to end. But by the end of the week, as I learned to embrace this quiet time, those 3 hours were not long enough. I stopped looking at my phone, checking the time, reading emails. I was learning to relax and actually enjoying my own company. What a concept.

At 5pm a bell announces the serving of our healing broth which has been simmering on the stovetop since the afternoon. Its savory aroma of vegetables and herbs fills the whole house. We gather by the fireplace in our robes and pajamas to sip and chat. The broth is surprisingly rich and satisfying and the conversation, free and light. We talk dreamily about lattes and glasses of rosé, about our lives and our families. By the time we change for our evening class (restorative yoga, meditation, tai chi, and other surprises), we are giddy and silly, the atmosphere very much adult summer camp.

Following our evening’s class, we head down to the dining table in our workout gear for dinner. Dinner is a formal affair, Pearl Laguna style. Service begins when everyone is seated and the table is beautifully decorated each night to a different theme. On Valentine’s Day, the table is dressed in red and our veggie patties and broccoli are formed in the shape of a heart. At each person’s setting there is a small heart shaped stone, all different, a gift from Katresha. It’s these little details sprinkled throughout your stay at The Pearl Laguna, in the form of small touches or big surprises, that make this resort so special. On this night, we are joined by both Geo and Katresha. It doesn’t feel like they’ve been sharing meals with guests every week for 8 years. They are attentive and engaging. Our conversation runs the gamut from the history of the resort to which word is more offensive “sweat” or “perspiration”. Perspiration won. Tea, served in a quirky array of elegant china teacups follows dinner, and one by one, we excuse ourselves to our rooms, our little Pearl Laguna cocoons, tired and ready for some well earned rest.

On our final day at The Pearl Laguna, we revisit an old friend, one of the most challenging of the week’s hills, for a short morning hike. I am undaunted. I charge up the hill, head down, walking sticks in hand, amazed at the improved level of fitness I am able to achieve in one short week. It’s such a simple premise: diet and exercise. Duh. But who has the time to make poached pears for breakfast, vegan sushi for lunch, and workout 5 hours a day? At The Pearl Laguna, you are given the gift of time, of structure. Yes, you pay for it, but it works. At least it did for me.

Before departure, we are once again measured and weighed. I lost 4 pounds and 12 inches all around while other guests lost between 6 and 12 pounds and many, many inches. We say our goodbyes. There are hugs and a few tears.

As for my holy crap moment earlier in the week, my sobbing breakdown on the trail – it ended just as abruptly as it started. It felt very deep, both joyful and heartbreakingly sad. And then, it was over. I blew my nose one last time and marched on. At some point along the top of the trail I ran into a photographer and asked him if he had seen any other hikers. “An Australian couple had passed by not too long ago,” he replied. Yes, I thought, they are part of my group. I am on the right path.

Things to pack:

A great playlist (to listen to on hikes)
A couple good books
Workout gear (daily laundry service is provided so no need to pack more than two or three outfits)
Bathing suit
Shorts or pants for hikes
Jacket
Pajamas
Sandals
Sneakers or hiking boots
(I opted for a good pair of sneakers which were fine)
Journal

Visit:

Instagram @thepearllaguna
Rate: $5,500 per week all inclusive
(Tips for masseuses and house staff not included)

You can view Megan Castran’s videos on YouTube or visit her at www.facebook.com/JewelchicPage

Guest post by Tori Rodmann (seen above – first day back home with her prized Chef’n Lemon Citrus Juicer!)
Photos courtesy of Tori Rodman, Megan Castran and The Pearl Laguna

Redefine Luxury With These Spa and Wellness Retreats

Let’s take a journey through these sinful venues of creature comforts. Predictably, the road begins in Kerala..

Indulge in reviving spa sessions in God’s own country

1.The Zuri Kumarakom, Kerala Resort & Spa: Maya Spa

The intensive spa therapies will transport you to a blissed-out space and it is bound to slow you down. It is untouched, unspoilt and magnificent. Revive and rejuvenate in this five–star spa and wellness retreat in Kumarakom, set in the heart of the beautiful Southern state of Kerala. Picturesquely located on an island at the centre of the lagoon, the resort is a perfect place for self-indulgence and contemplation.

Spa Features: Body Temple and Meditation Island | Steam Room | Sauna | Whirlpool | Deck Area | Swimming Pool | Relaxation Lounge

Spa Services: Ayurveda | Hydrotherapy | Solar Therapies | Swedish & Thai Massages | Sabai Stone Therapy | Maya Fusion Therapies | Oriental Treatment

Getting there

Flights to Kerala are available from all the major cities, both domestic and international. From the airport, luxury cabs can be booked to the resort.

The resort also has a tour assistance desk which can arrange for your airport transfer and sight-seeing.

Places You Can Visit Around the Resort

Apart from indulging in the wellness programmes at The Zuri Kumarakom, Kerala offers you a plethora of choices. You can visit the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, right off the island. Visit the Vembanad Lake and the Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls. Throw in a cruise ride in the palm-fringed backwaters, a laid back evening watching sunset by the beach and you have all the makings of a perfect retreat.

What to Eat

The South-Indian and international delicacies at Lime Tree, the all-day dining restaurant at the Zuri Resort are a must. The fine dining restaurant Laguna Bass serves speciality seafood.

A long, refreshing retreat to God’s Own Country tops my list of luxury experiences. What are you waiting for?

2. Kamalaya Koh Samui Wellness Sanctuary & Holistic Spa Resort, Thailand

Begin your rejuvenation at Kamalaya Koh Samui, Thailand

Come to Thailand, the new locus for luxury seekers. Pampering, luxury and relaxation – Thailand offers it all. Kamalaya Koh Samui, Thailand’s award-winning Spa and Wellness retreat, infused with eucalyptus and gushing with aromatic candles is the perfect place to spoil yourself. And someone you love.

Spa Features: Steam Room | Sauna | Whirlpool | Deck Area | Swimming Pool | Relaxation Lounge

Spa Services: Thai Massage | Detox | Stress & Burnout | Yoga | Tailor-made programs

Stimulate your senses, relax and rejuvenate at Kamalaya Koh Samui, Thailand.

Flights to Thailand are available from all the major cities, both domestic and international. You can book luxury cabs at the airport that will take you to the resort.

You can choose from visiting the exotic Buddhist temples, exploring awe-inspiring caves, epic cityscapes by the evening and the beautiful National Parks during the day. The options are manifold but the result remains the same – a feeling of awe.

Mouth-watering Thai delicacies are available at the resort. Try out the perfectly-seasoned and smoked chicken skewers, hot talumein soup.

So waste no time and board the flight of fantasy!

Break out of your unhealthy routine and change your life—that’s the concept behind these 10 fitness retreats that promise to transform you.

The Ranch, Malibu, California

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The Ranch is one of the most famous fitness retreats in the world—it’s known as being the place where wealthy A-listers go to get in shape. Choose from the Ranch (a seven-day stay), the Ranch 4.0 (a four-day weekend), or the Ranch 10.0 (an intense 10-day program). Unlike other fitness retreats, The Ranch bills itself as being “decision free,” which means instead of choosing from a wide variety of activities, you have a fixed schedule throughout your stay. A typical day includes long hikes, strength training, and yoga, accompanied by a 1,400 calorie-a-day organic plant-based meal program.

Fitness Adventure Travel, Various Locations

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Fitness Adventure Travel trips are like vacations where you just happen to get fit. The tours are focused on exciting adventures in exotic destinations, and fitness and travel professionals are your guides. On a trip to Marrakech, for example, you can go quad biking in the sand dunes, take optional “explosive power workouts,” and embark on a cross-country biking tour.

Run Wild Retreats and Wellness, Various Locations

Run Wild Retreats

If your daily jogs have become a slog, it’s time for a fitness makeover with Run Wild Retreats and Wellness. These retreats are designed to help women create a sustainable running practice that supports not only physical health but also mental wellbeing. The trips take place all over the world, in beautiful spots like the Italian Dolomites and Utah’s Moab, and are focused on using mindful running to improve lives. Participants should be able to run at least four to five miles at a time (for Level I Retreats) or up to 11 miles (for Level III retreats).

Pritikin Longevity Center, Miami, Florida

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Pritikin Longevity Center is like an adult fitness camp, except it’s a luxury resort located on 650 acres of lush tropical beauty in Miami. This all-inclusive resort aims to give clients tools to live a healthy lifestyle after they leave. You’ll get consultations with physicians, a custom exercise program to follow when you get home, and an education in smart eating.

New Life Hiking Spa & Wellness Retreats, Vermont

New Life Hiking Spa

Use the great outdoors instead of a gym to get healthy—that’s the premise behind New Life Hiking Spa, an all-inclusive fitness retreat located in the Green Mountains of Vermont. The affordable rates include accommodations, three healthy meals a day, guided hikes, all fitness and yoga classes, wellness lectures, and one massage (per three-night stay). There are hikes for every level, including ones along the Appalachian Trail, and each hike has a 6:1 guide-to-hiker ratio to keep everyone on track.

Fitpacking, Various Locations

Take one or two weeks off to jumpstart your fitness with a Fitpacking vacation. These weight-loss backpacking trips take participants on one- or two-week backpacking trips, in which participants burn calories through vigorous hiking and carrying all their own food and equipment. It’s tough to cheat on your diet when you’re on top of a mountain. The program is also a digital detox, as most destinations don’t have cell signals or Wi-Fi.

Canyon Ranch, Lenox, Massachusetts

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Canyon Ranch encourages guests to set an intention for each stay, so that guests can tailor the visit to achieve their goals, whether it’s to revamp their fitness program or have a nutrition makeover. There are over 40 classes and activities to choose from, including everything from forest bathing to snowshoe yoga. After classes, guests can enjoy Canyon Ranch’s 100,000 square foot spa and fitness facility, which has indoor and outdoor pools, saunas, steam rooms, an indoor running track, cycling studio, and more.

Extreme Fitness Camps, Dominican Republic

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If you’re going to spend a week getting kicked into shape, you might as well do it in nice surroundings, like at Extreme Fitness Camps. Held at the Extreme Hotel in the Dominican Republic, these fitness retreats are an intense week of personal training, twice-daily small group workouts, and yoga. You’ll subsist off a daily protein smoothie, organic breakfast, and dinner at the hotel’s farm-to-table restaurant. An onsite nutritionist will help you figure out how to continue your healthy eating once you’re at home.

ARO HA, Queenstown, New Zealand

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Aro Ha’s tagline is “adventures in wellbeing,” and each retreat aims to achieve that by focusing on the BREATH acronym: Being, Relating, Eating, Activity, Toxicity, and Healing. The all-inclusive program serves up vegetarian, paleo-friendly, gluten-free, and dairy-free cuisine to help reset your eating habits; and fitness classes, spa therapy, and mindfulness practices take care of the rest of the body and mind.

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Downtime is decidedly upscale at these top health retreats.

Best for meditation: Samadhi Health and Wellness Retreat & Spa

Serene gardens designed for contemplation, artfully healthy meals delivered to the upmarket suites and a smorgasbord of bespoke treatments targeting body and mind means Samadhi has Zen on speed dial. An Eastmeets-West sanctuary on the outskirts of pretty Glenlyon, this multi-award-winning, ultra-boutique retreat is all about helping you find the antidote to the stresses of city living. Mindfulness is at the core of one-on-one sessions covering life shaping, meditation, qi gong and yoga, while the spa is all about pure indulgence. Sign up for a retreat package or design your own with the expertise of hosts Wayne and Annah Mirananda – either way, this unique retreat delivers results designed to echo in real life. – Larissa Dubecki
Glenlyon, Victoria

Best for digital detox: Eden Health Retreat

The loss of phone service as you wend along Currumbin Creek Road towards the gates to Eden Health Retreat is a good indication of what lies ahead. There are no TVs, computers, wi-fi or mobile reception at this lush Hamptons-country-clubstyle estate. Stress and cravings are soothed by the blanket of green outside your room and a daily timetable of activities (revealed only the night before) and spa treatments. For some, morning qi gong then a day spent reading by the saltwater pool will suffice. Others will opt in to everything from boxing to life-skills training after slathering themselves in therapeutic New Zealand mud. Meals are gluten-free and satisfying if a little on the light side. – Celeste Mitchell
Currumbin Valley, Queensland

Best for emotional wellbeing: Living Valley Health Retreat

The first thing you realise on checking in at this 29-year-old retreat is that your health – physical and mental – is the top priority. It’s also why some are back for their 10th, 15th, even 20th stay. After a consultation with a naturopath to set your personal road map, you have permission to put yourself first. While guidelines frame everything (for instance, you’ll be advised when to drink water before and after meals) and twice-daily steam baths are prescribed to sweat out toxins, it’s your choice whether you subsist on juice and broth for a three-day cleanse or opt to enjoy the onsite walking trails, pool and massages. The focus is on education with cooking demonstrations and nightly lectures ranging from nutrition to alkalising. The food is a highlight – makrut-lime panna cotta with grass-fed gelatin is just one of the options. – Celeste Mitchell
Noosa hinterland, Queensland

Best for stress management: Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat

In 2005, the team at Gwinganna (many of whom are still there) created a highly successful formula: encourage guests to exercise in the morning, whether that’s a guided bushwalk on one of the property’s 16 tracks, a boxing class, Pilates or deepwater running then give them the afternoon off to “restore”. That could mean having a nap in your suite, swimming in one of two infinity pools or visiting the largest spa in the Southern Hemisphere, which offers a dizzying array of stress-relief treatments. By all means, do all three – and be sure to work up an appetite for the organic, locally produced food, which leaves traditional spa cuisine for dead. You’ll leave feeling more balanced and, thanks to the inspiring information sessions, ready to make major lifestyle changes. – Kirsten Galliott
Tallebudgera Valley, Queensland

SEE ALSO: Amazing Wellness Retreats in Asia You Need to Know About

Best for mineral springs: Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa

The wellness seekers of 1895 flocked to Hepburn Bathhouse when it first opened and the mineral-rich waters of central Victoria continue to exert a magnetic pull. The retreat now boasts the accoutrements of the modern age with a raft of spa treatment options (rose quartz facial, anyone?) but the two-hour Sanctuary bathing experience remains the core proposition. Laze your way through the warm waters, from the soothing saltwater pool to the invigorating jets of the spa lounge pool, before a visit to the steamy Turkishstyle hammam. Staying for the night? The 10 villas are each equipped with a giant marble bathtub and mineral bathing salts to continue the aquatic vibes, along with a gas log fire and sumptuous faux fur throws. – Larissa Dubecki
Hepburn Springs, Victoria

Best for yoga: Billabong Retreat

It’s hard to imagine a more ideal setting than the yoga studio at Billabong Retreat for winding down and connecting with nature. This spacious bamboo-floored building has a soaring vaulted ceiling and one entire side is sliding glass doors showcasing a glorious bush panorama. Relaxation is guaranteed as you cycle through your asanas or learn the calming techniques of pranayama breathing to a soundtrack of wind in the trees and the melodic trill of an estimated 40 species of native birds. Prime your body for the next session with a visit to the onsite spa or by relaxing in the soothing magnesium pool. – Sandra Bridekirk
Maraylya, NSW

Best for massages: Gaia Retreat & Spa

Spread over 10 lush hectares in the subtropical Byron Bay hinterland, Gaia Retreat & Spa attracts international celebrities while remaining unpretentious and chilled. “Barefoot meets Armani”, in the words of its founder, Olivia Newton-John. You can do your morning yoga on scenic Samira Lookout, take clay-modelling workshops, train at the gym, do organic food cooking classes with the resort’s award-winning chefs or simply bliss-out at the day spa with its fabulous array of pampering and massage treatments. Try the divine Royal Kahuna, a Hawaiian healing ritual involving breath work and a rhythmic deeptissue massage. Or go for the Crystal Journey – it is Byron Bay, after all. – Linda Javin
Brooklet, NSW

Best for couples: Injidup Spa Retreat

Set against the sparkling Indian Ocean in the middle of Margaret River wine country, a stay in one of the beachfront villas at Injidup Spa Retreat is all about enjoying the great outdoors in luxury. Each of the 10 adults-only villas comes with a private plunge pool and is mere steps from the secluded Injidup Beach, which means watching the sunset, drink in hand, each evening. The on-site day spa, offers an extensive repertoire of massages and treatments, including a 90-minute Spa Journey for couples featuring a hydrotherapy spa, relaxation massage and champagne, fruit and chocolates.
Yallingup, WA

Best for body detox: Kangaroo Island Health Retreat

Sue McCarthy’s program has been honed over some 40 years and she’s an intrinsic part of its continued success. Her practical, no-nonsense manner means there’s no freewheeling – but she’s encouraging and warm. Days start with a series of cleansing rituals followed by yoga, body brushing and sweating in the infrared sauna. There’s also walking – lots of it. You’ll trek up to 20 kilometres a day on the stunning coastal trails and beaches of Kangaroo Island. Meals are minimal but nourishing. Don’t expect any luxuries or glamorous distractions but be prepared for serious results – weight loss, of course, but also a deeper sense of wellbeing. This retreat is designed to thoroughly detox body and mind, schooling you in mindful eating, sensible exercise and steady thought patterns. – Jo McKay
Emu Bay, Kangaroo Island, South Australia

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This article was originally published in 2018 and has been updated.

Zen Out At Australia’s Best Wellness Retreats

There are times in life when you just need to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and treat your mind and body to a little TLC. Sure, you could head to some far fung, exotic destination, but why would you when Australia has so many beautiful places you can check out and restore your soul?

Here is where to find the best wellness retreats in Australia.

Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa | New South Wales

Settled amid the dusky seclusion of the Blue Mountains, the Wolgan Valley Spa is a tranquil forest gem. Overlooking majestic valley views, guests can enjoy their chosen pamper in one of six double-treatment rooms, complete with its own Japanese-style soaking tub, and then retreat to the cosy fireplaces and private pools of one of Wolgan’s freestanding suites.

Kangaroo Island Health Retreat | South Australia

A pioneer in the space, the 35+ year expertise of owner Sue McCarthy allows you to sift through unnecessary glitz and glamour and bring you what you really need to reunite with your soul. Kangaroo Island Health Retreat features unspoiled wilderness, secluded beaches and simplistic and six-people only eco-friendly dwellings. There’s also organic cuisine, 20km walks through rustic bushland and mindful eating. The seven-day ‘dynamic detox’ is geared towards those ready to disconnect from unhealthy habits, adopt new ones and prepared to do ‘the work’. Mind you, that’s between daily saunas, massages and yoga sessions.

Gaia Retreat & Day Spa | New South Wales

Surrender yourself to the beauty and healing cultures of internationally renowned Gaia Retreat & Day Spa. Nestled on 25 acres in the breathtaking Byron Bay hinterland, this all-inclusive resort is full of well-tended gardens, forest and orchards. Each day you have the choice to rediscover peace of mind with restorative morning yoga along with two or more daily activities on offer. From fitness and boxing, to meditation and clay sculpture, there is sure to be something perfect for you.

Gwinganna Health Retreat | Queensland

Dubbed the Rolls Royce of health retreats, boost your energy levels with a seven-day detox at Gwinganna Health Retreat. Perched on the side of the mountain at Tallebudgera, Gwinganna features organic cuisine, two infinity-edge swimming pools, luxury villas and the largest and best spa in the Southern Hemisphere. The best news? Absolutely no televisions or computers, so it’s the perfect place to switch off, literally! Plus, Hugh Jackman is one of the owners so there’s a chance you’ll spot Wolverine working out in the gym.

Southern Ocean Lodge | South Australia

They say the longer the driveway, the more spectacular the house…well that’s certainly the case when it comes to Kangaroo Island’s Southern Ocean Lodge. Floating atop a secluded cliff on a rugged stretch of coast, the lodge boasts 21 luxurious suites with panoramic views of boundless coastal wilderness and the great Southern Ocean. Each suite features lavish sleeping areas, sunken lounge and glass-surround ensuite. The Southern Spa features signature treatments with Kangaroo Island botanicals designed to relax and rejuvenate.

Harmony Hill Health Retreat | Tasmania

Developed by Japanese energy healer Ami Nakamura, if you’re seeking holistic healing, Ayurvedic therapies, organic amenities and two daily signature spa therapies, Harmony’s five-day retreat is for you. Surrounded by the picturesque Tasma-nian countryside, unwind from daily stresses with yoga, meditation, infrared sau-nas, reflexology and spiritual healing practices. And if that’s not enough, knowing after a long day of treatments that your spa is awaiting you in your private cottage is the icing on the detox cake.

Golden Door | New South Wales

If the views of Hunter Valley vineyards, Brokenback mountain range and crisp country air didn’t get you, maybe the sunrise Tai Chi Qi Gong will. Ideal for those seeking a healthier lifestyle, daily activities at Golden Door range from personal training sessions, expert lead wellness seminars and of course, a daily treatment in their Spa Elysia. Be sure to experience their signature Watsu treatment, a therapist guided session of stretching in a private pool, enabling movements not otherwise feasible. And the food? Believing that ‘food is one of life’s greatest pleasures’, trust that your taste-buds will be tantalised by nutrient-rich whole foods, free from red meat and sugar.

Saffire Freycinet | Tasmania

A coastal sanctuary on the east coast of Tasmania, everything at Saffire Freycinet, is aimed at improving your wellbeing. Just two and a half hours’ scenic drive from Hobart, the spa is discreetly positioned overlooking the Hazards Mountains, Freycinet Peninsula and the pristine waters of Great Oyster Bay. Saffire Freycinet celebrates wellbeing, internal and external, with 20 luxurious suites, an exclusive day spa, restaurant, lounge and bar. Soothe your mind and refresh your soul with a luxurious treatment in one of Spa Saffire’s three retreat rooms overlooking the inspiring landscape and reflective pools.

Injidup Spa Retreat | Western Australia

The vision of the sparkling Indian Ocean, your private plunge pool or the fact that you can sip a local Margaret River vino whilst watching the dreamy sunset from the edge of your secluded villa—any single one of these factors is restorative, let alone all three. Perfect for those needing a weekend of pampering, enjoy Injidup’s welcome breakfast hamper and Bodhi J’s enlivening spa treatments, such as the ‘retreat’: a hydrotherapy spa bath with champagne, fruit, chocolate and a relaxing massage.

Samadhi | Victoria

Segregating you from modern-day stresses and encouraging you to find peace within, Samadhi’s oriental styling, Feng Shui design and Buddha statues (taken from the Forbidden City in China, no less) will transport you to another dimension. A testament to its Eastern philosophy roots, Samadhi champions mindfulness and meditation as the path forward, presented in a range of formats unknown to the modern-day city slicker: such as reiki, sound healing, art therapy and guided visualisations. Here you can focus on overcoming burnout, chronic fatigue, detoxification, reconnecting with your inner essence and even healing intimate relation-ships—retreats are completely tailored to you. The best part? As it caters to single groups at a time, the attention you need (and deserve) is saved for you and you only.

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Australia boasts endless opportunities for luxury wellness escapes, with the added advantage of opposing seasons (winter wonderland escapes when you’re struggling in the stifling heat, and sunny summer getaways to beat the dreary cold). If you’re planning a trip down under, you’ll want to do your research, taking in the very best that Australian healthy holiday hospitality has to offer. These are just some of our favourite luxury wellness retreats in Australia…

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Qualia

If your perfect wellness escape takes place with endless white sandy beaches in sight, you’ll find your haven in the Whitsunday Islands. A seven-night retreat Qualia seamlessly balances a focus on health and wellness with the little luxuries that make this a true holiday (think a bottle of champagne on arrival, chauffeur service around the island, and dinner by candlelight). Access to the resort’s gym, spa, tennis court and sauna at your leisure throughout your stay will keep your wellness goals on track, as will the nutritional, seasonal cuisine on offer.

Signature experiences start from $5,500 | Book now with Compare Retreats

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Kangaroo Island Health Retreat

For a more individualised approach to wellness, opt for a stay on Kangaroo Island. The tailored Dynamic Detox programmes run for seven days, and consist of an intensive, four-night detox followed by three days of whole food nutrition and cooking lessons. The programmes are designed to help combat a variety of health issues, ranging from stress and depression to high blood pressure and hormonal imbalances. Dynamic Detox retreats are suitable for those aged between 18 and 59.

Dynamic Detoxes start from US$1,604 | Book now on Compare Retreats

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Golden Door Health Retreat

Situated in Hunter Valley, New South Wales, the Golden Door Health Retreat property offers a whole host of daily health workshops and seminars to keep guests focused on their wellness goals. Optimal Wellness programmes, which run for five nights, are inclusive of luxury accommodation, all meals and snacks, and two spa treatments. Those looking to treat themselves just that little bit more can indulge and choose additional services from the aptly-named wellness menu.

5-Night Optimal Wellness retreats start from US$2,717 | Book now on Compare Retreats

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Samadhi Health & Wellness Retreat

In search of your own private sanctuary? Access to a luxurious spa through your own private courtyard leads you down the rabbit hole and into your very own Garden of Eden at Samadhi Health & Wellness Retreat. Self-Discovery Retreats, which run for between three and five days, include guided meditation sessions, daily mental wellness coaching, a de-stressing massage and hydrotherapy treatment, plus the option to take part in yoga and guided nature walks in the areas surrounding the property.

Prices start from US$1,260 | Book now on Compare Retreats

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Living Valley

Reawaken your senses and inner fitness enthusiast at the Living Valley Health Retreat. On the Sunshine Coast, the retreat facility offers seven day Healthy Holiday programmes which are inclusive of accommodation, massages and facials, Pilates, morning stretches, group fitness exercises and the choice of a guided hike or bush walk, to name just a few. It also includes cooking demonstrations, to help you continue your journey back to optimal health going once your retreat is complete.

Prices start from US$1,200 | Book now on Compare Retreats

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The Byron at Byron

Nestled on a quiet corner of one of Australia’s most pristine landscapes, The Byron at Byron makes for the ultimate long weekend wellness getaway. Its Relax & Retreat package offers guests the chance to do just that – with four nights accommodation in a luxurious Deluxe Spa Suite, daily breakfast and yoga practice. The resort’s gentle approach to wellness is also inclusive of a private meditation session and 90-minute massage, as well as a $150 spa voucher, to use at your leisure. Packages are priced per pair, so if you’re looking to treat someone you love, look no further.

Prices for a one-night retreats start from US$316 | Book now on Compare Retreats

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Byron Bay Detox Retreats

Solo travel brings with it obvious benefits, and one of those is the chance to meet and connect with our like-minded people. Group retreats at Byron Bay Detox are based from the Tallow Beachfront Retreat property, and the dynamic retreats support just that. Retreats are inclusive of six nights accommodation, daily yoga and infrared sauna sessions, and detoxifying juices, broths and teas. Programmes start and end with a consultation with a naturopath, and include two colonic hydrotherapy treatments.

Prices start from US$2,200 | Book now on Compare Retreats

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Miamo Wellness Retreat

There seems to be a growing appreciation for self-care in today’s world, though many people still confine this to a Sunday morning activity. Taking it seriously can often mean taking time out of your daily life to focus on yourself. The De-Stress Retreat at Miamo Wellness allows guests to relax, recharge and reflect on both past and present. Four-night retreats are inclusive of all meals and accommodation, as well as access to workshops and seminars throughout your stay and up to three months online support once your retreat is complete.

Prices start from US$3,182 | Book now on Compare Retreats

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Gwinganna

Gwinganna is a luxury lifestyle retreat that focuses on providing its guests with all the creature comforts they could envisage while taking the time to focus on health, wellness and general wellbeing. The five-night, Optimal Wellbeing retreat is inclusive of accommodation, a massage, facial and $100 spa credit, for those looking for an air of added luxury. Packages also include the provision of healthy meals and snacks, a complimentary cooking class and wellness consultation, and access to seminars and workshops taking place during your stay.

Prices start from US$1,255 | Book now on Compare Retreats

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Gaia Retreat & Spa

In the quiet reaches of the Byron Bay area, Gaia Retreat & Spa offers its guests the opportunity to retreat in style. Its Refresh retreat package includes a five-night stay in luxury accommodation, plus the provision of nutritionally balanced meals and snacks throughout your residence. The focus on rest and relaxation is palpable here – a complimentary massage and body polish are among the inclusions, as are daily yoga sessions, a wellness consultation and the choice of either a naturopath or Traditional Chinese Medicine consultation.

Prices start from US$916 | Book now on Compare Retreats

Amanda Sheppard

The former Art & Culture editor at Time Out Hong Kong magazine, Amanda is a freelance lifestyle writer based in Asia’s world city. Amanda grew up in Asia, loves hiking, stand up paddle boarding, and a day well spent outdoors. Her last holiday sunrise trekking along Indonesian volcanic landscapes gave her a taste of the healthy holiday bug, and she’s been on the lookout for her next great adventure ever since.

When the time comes to begin a new chapter in your personal health, booking a retreat for rest and relaxation is just what the body needs. Every year guests rejuvenate their mind, body and soul while receiving expert care at luxury spa retreats across the country. Dive into the amenities that each has to offer and choose these wellness spa retreats that are the best fit for your needs.

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Amangiri – Canyon Point, Utah

The Amangiri Resort is an oasis among nature surrounded by Utah’s beautiful red rock terrain. Its luxurious treatments utilize the landscape and culture with traditional Navajo healing techniques and Sedona clay to revitalize your body.

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Mii Amo Spa – Sedona, Arizona

Simplicity is key at the Mii Amo Spa located in the spiritual city of Sedona. A clay wrap will draw out all your toxins while psychic massages and even hypnosis tap into the subconscious of open-minded guests.

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We Care Spa – Desert Hot Springs, California

Spend as many as eight days at this desert oasis where lymphatic massages, an infrared sauna and specialized beverages are made to help you sustain your serenity. Mud wraps complement your liquid diet along with yoga, dance classes and meditation to round out your stay.

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Red Mountain Resort – Ivans, Utah

A more adventurous cleanse at Red Mountain might be for you if activities like hiking and kayaking sound like a peaceful escape. Their trained outdoor guides will deliver their expertise in nature while the resort itself is a picture of Southwestern beauty.

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The Ranch – Malibu, California

Well-known for its celebrity clientele, The Ranch is the perfect place to detox and clear your mind of bad habits during an up to ten-day stay. Fitness classes and hikes keep you active while a specialized meal plan and medical testing ensure that the rejuvenation process is unfolding.

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Lake Austin Spa Resort – Austin, Texas

This intimate retreat boasts a lakefront locale with lavish spa treatments to set your mind free. Their dining options are both healthy and delicious, with cooking classes available to teach you how to live and eat holistically.

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Golden Door – San Marcos, California

Mostly a women’s-only destination, this luxurious Southern California retreat takes its inspiration from Japan with serene gardens and wooden accents throughout the space. Detoxing is key with hikes, fitness classes and fresh, local cuisine to help you de-stress.

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Cal-a-Vie Health Spa – Vista, California

You’ll get a customized wellness program from a nutritionist if you decide to visit this elegant spa destination North of San Diego. After just one week, you’ll undergo a number of spa treatments to help you relax you as you enjoy the well-kept European-style hideaway.

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Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa – Catalina, Arizona

Escape to the foothills of the Catalina mountains with your own adobe-style casita at Miraval Arizona. With hot stone massages, horseback riding and botany tours, there’s something for everyone whether you’re exploring alone or with a group.

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Canyon Ranch – Lenox, Massachusetts & Tucson, Arizona

The Canyon Ranch experience uses cutting edge medical wellness programs to transform your mind, body and spirit. You’ll have exercise therapists, energy healers, and spiritual counselors all at your fingertips to help you unearth your inner peace.

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13 of the best UK wellness retreats for some well-earned R&R

Guests can choose from a long weekend cleanse to a five, seven or ten day plan.

Date: various throughout 2020

Price: from £1,625

simplyhealingcentre.com

Thera-Sea, South Cornwall

Thera-Sea

Thera-Sea offers a retreat set in rural south Cornwall within the grounds of a 300-year-old cottage perched on the banks of the River Fal. The retreat focuses on the six pillars of lifestyle medicine – physical activity, relaxation, purpose, sleep hygiene, nutrition, and healthy relationships – while also incorporating activities such as wild swimming, yoga, foraging and kayaking.

Each retreat also offers three therapy workshops led by mental health clinician and founder Katy Griffin which involves practical tasks, all designed to help with stress management.

Dates: ​27-29 March , 9-11 June, 8-10 September , 9-11 October 2020

Price: £575

thera-sea.co.uk​​

Results Retreats, Essex

Results Retreat with host Lucy Mecklenburgh

Lucy Mecklenburgh will host more fitness retreats next year at the Lifehouse Spa in Essex, around 90 minutes from London. The retreat includes daily workouts including a dance fitness session and weightlifting, motivational seminars and Q&A with a nutritionist, finished off with a “Dinner with the Girls” at a restaurant on the last night.

She will also host a retreat at Champneys, Leicestershire, in February.

Dates: January 10-12, February 7-9, April and July 2020 TBC

From: £499

resultswithlucy.com

Our Retreat, Somerset

Our Retreat Somerset

Set in a stunning secluded 11-bedroom farmhouse in the Somerset countryside, Our Retreat offers mindful morning yoga classes, guided meditation, Pilates and evening restorative yin yoga, alongside wellness workshops and guided walks through the local woodland. Meanwhile private chefs prepare plant-based, balanced meals for retreaters. Make the most of the chilled vibe, take some downtime to relax by the fire or read a book in the gardens before joining classes when it suits you.

Date: 27-30 March, 21-24 February, 10-13 July, 2020

Price: from £550 per person

ourretreat.co.uk

Women and Water retreat, Cornwall

(Wild and Free Adventures)

Woman and water by Wild and Free Adventures offers yoga and surfing in the gorgeous Cornish waters. The four-day retreats are located in Yurt Village at The Park, Mawgan Porth, surrounded by lush greenery and just a short walk to the golden beaches of Cornwall.

A private chef will cook your meals during your stay and you’ll start each morning with guided meditation, followed by a vinyasa flow yoga class and then a surf lesson . It doesn’t matter if you have never done yoga or surfed before, this retreat is perfect for beginners and the days end with a restorative yoga class before bed.

During your free time you can also enjoy swims in the indoor or outdoor pools, warm up in the sauna and steam room or enjoy a glass of wine in your private Jacuzzi. There’s also plenty of Cornish coast to see with a bike ride or walk along the beach. But you’d better act fast –these retreats get snapped up.

Date: June 5-9, 12-15 and September 18-22, 2020

Price: from £480

wildandfreeadventures.co.uk

Healthy Gut Retreat, Worcestershire

(The Clover Mill)

This gut-focused escape by The Clover Mill in Malvern, Worcestershire, is for anyone with gluten-intolerance, stress, anxiety, depression, stiff aching joints, digestive issues, chronic tiredness, skin conditions, sugar cravings or wanting to lose weight.

The retreat aims to reset your gut bacteria and tackles this with yoga classes, meditation, massages and meals made with seasonal ingredients and probiotics.

Dates: March 26-31, May 14-19, July 23-28 and October 22-27, 2020

Price: from £1,795

theclovermill.com/microbiome

Writers Retreat by Arvon, Shropshire

(Arvon)

For all of you aspiring writers out there, this is the perfect opportunity to shut out the noise and focus on writing for your choice of four to six days. Located in the Shropshire Hills, you will get your own apartment with all meals provided.

Spend your days writing, taking in the 26 acres of woodland and sharing your triumphs with other writers over dinner.

Date: various retreats held throughout 2020

Price: from £480

arvon.org/writers-retreats

Walking retreats, Devon

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Staying at Sharpham House on the banks of the River Dart, this retreat marries mindfulness with activity as you’ll be walking up to seven or eight miles per day along the gorgeous Devon countryside.

A typical day at this retreat begins with morning meditation followed by breakfast before setting off on your walk. You’ll also enjoy a guided meditation after dinner. Delightful.

Dates: June 8-12, July 27-31 and September 8 – 12, 2020

Price: from £390

sharphamtrust.org/retreat

Tresco Yoga Retreats, Tresco Island, Cornwall

(Tresco Island)

Located in the Isles of Scilly off the coast of Cornwall, Tresco Yoga Retreats is hosting five nights wellbeing activities on the island of the same name. The retreat includes five nights of luxury accommodation with breakfast meals, six yoga classes with Lucy Aldridge, inter-island transfers between St. Mary’s airport and the New Inn on Tresco, a 60-minute massage, full access to spa facilities and a bike to use during your stay. Sounds idyllic.

Date: ​May 8-13, 2020 (the autumnal retreat in September has already sold out)

Price: £820 per person

tresco.co.uk/staying-on-tresco

Mindfulness for Women, Devon

(The Sharpham Trust)

If you are looking for some peace and quiet away from the world, Mindfulness for Women by The Sharpham Trust is the retreat for you. Set in the Grade 1-listed Sharpham House in Devon, this Georgian mansion acts as the perfect base for your five day retreat.

During the retreat your days will consist of guided meditation and yoga sessions in the morning, free time after lunch where you can go for long walks through the country before more meditation in the evenings. All meals are provided.

Date: September 29 – October 3, 2020

Price: £390

sharphamtrust.org/calendar/retreat

Daylesford three day Autumn Wellness Retreat

Prepare for the changing seasons with our very first three day autumn wellness retreat from Friday 4th to Monday 7th October 2019. Set in the tranquil surroundings of our Cotswolds farm, we have curated this bespoke experience to nurture, nourish and restore you from the inside out.

With tips and guidance from our in-house team of experts, including our resident yoga teacher, nutritionist and cookery school tutors, you’ll learn how to prepare for a smooth transition from the busyness of summer to the slower pace of autumn, strengthening your body and mind as the cooler weather approaches.

Traditionally thought of as the most active season, summer, with its longer daylight hours and warmer weather, can have us running on full capacity as our schedules become busy with endless opportunities to be doing something. However, as the seasons change and temperatures cool, we don’t always take the time to reduce our pace, ignoring nature as it slows down, preparing for hibernation in the winter.

With that in mind, our three day wellness retreat is designed to encourage you to press pause, reflecting on the summer season that has just passed, taking a mindful look inwards and restoring your wellbeing in the beautiful setting of our Cotswolds farm. In collaboration with Bamford WELLNESS SPA, you’ll enjoy a series of wellness and healing workshops as well as a bespoke facial and de-stress massage, helping you get into a relaxed frame of mind.

Then, as the weekend rolls on you’ll enjoy nourishing organic food throughout, including an experience at our restaurant The Trough as well as an intimate supper at our sister inn, The Wild Rabbit, just two miles away from our farm. Learning about the journey of our organic produce from field to fork, you’ll also gather your own seasonal vegetables from our organic 28 acre Market Garden before heading to The Cookery School for a class on how to rustle up a delicious meal that’s bursting with autumnal flavour and nourishment.

At Daylesford, we work in tandem with nature and farm only according to nature’s rhythms as we feel this is beneficial for our planet and our wellbeing – with sustainability as a top priority too. Our cookery tutors will be on hand to introduce you to the best of autumn’s seasonal produce; delicious wet walnuts, wild mushrooms, potatoes and figs grown on our farm, and you’ll leave armed with replenishing recipe suggestions to see you through the cooler months. Our resident nutritionist and wellness expert Rhaya Jordan will also show you the wonderful world of ferments and their benefits – from making the most of surplus veggies to packing a probiotic punch.

With a focus on the interconnectedness of mind, body and spirit through how we eat, think and function, we hope to take you on a journey of discovery in this special three day experience. During breaks and at the end of each day, you’ll get to retreat back to our Daylesford Cottages, a haven in the heart of our farm, kitted out with cosy essentials such as cashmere blankets, log fires and botanical bath products – the ideal place to unwind and take time to reflect. Or if an outdoor walk appeals to you, nature is on your doorstep so you can explore the sights and sounds of our farm and the wildlife living there.

Join us for this unique wellness weekend on our Cotswolds farm and take a break from the busy modern lifestyle. You’ll leave us having connected with nature through body, mind and food, feeling replenished from the inside out and looking forward to the slower pace of autumn rather than resisting it.

The full retreat is £1,800 for 3 days and 3 nights, including all food, accomodation, classes and treatments. Places are limited. For full details, please visit our Daylesford wellness retreat page or contact Michole Jeynes on 01608 731 700 / email [email protected]

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