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Our top 6 wellness retreats from around the world

  • Wellness
  • By Lauren Godfrey
  • Published 04 January 2023
  • Revised 05 January 2023

Longing for some well earned me-time? Put down your phones, shut off the work emails and pack a bag, you're off on a wellness break like no other. Our exceptional list of spa escapes around the globe will give you the slice of luxury you deserve with tailored treatments that you need. Swap the blazer for a bathrobe, it's time to relax. 

The Retreat at Blue Lagoon

Grindavik, Iceland 
Best for: Natural Scenery 

A landmark of luxury within a landscape of wonder, The Retreat at Blue Lagoon is one of Iceland’s shining stars. With 62 suites and exceptional dining, the hotel is sat around a private bay that features the same healing waters as the iconic Blue Lagoon. But the wellness offering doesn’t stop there. Alongside unlimited use of the mineral-rich water, The Retreat Spa offers a holistic menu to transport your mind and body to a new dimension of rejuvenation. For the ultimate experience book Lava Cove. An ultra-private suite dubbed a spa within a spa, that's perfect for couples.

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SHA Wellness Clinic

Alicante, Spain
Best for: Health overhaul

Offering your body a full wellbeing MOT, SHA Wellness Clinic provides an integrative method to help guests achieve and maintain an optimal state of health. Comprising healthy nutrition, natural therapies, preventative medicine, advanced aesthetics, cognitive stimulation, and emotional health the clinic presents a wealth of programmes designed to rebalance, rejuvenate and detox. These health programmes range from four days to two weeks and will immerse you in discovering your mind, body and soul.

Golden Door

San Diego, California, USA
Best for: Digital detox

The legendary Californian wellness spa beloved by the great Barbara Streisand and Elizabeth Taylor, Golden Door is ultra-exclusive and offers a wealth of therapies. Enjoy nature hikes, yoga and shamanic healing as well as a closing ceremony where -dressed in kimonos - you let go of the past and invite your manifestations. Turn off your digital devices and be totally present. Each week-long stay includes daily in-room massages, five skincare or body treatments alongside a mani or pedi. Plus, you have full use of the spa facilities and its 600-acre estate.

Six Senses Douro Valley

Douro Valley, Portugal
Best for: Rural relaxation 

Six Senses Douro Valley is where Portuguese traditions meet the natural elements. Located in the stunning Douro Valley, expect exceptional rural views and lashings of natural light to aid your relaxation. Focusing on water, the indoor pool offers underwater sound therapy while the vitality pool provides a full restoration. The spa menu has all the classics alongside some innovative treatments including Cryotherapy, colour therapy, alchemy and forest bathing. And of course, the location, accommodation and gastronomy is out of this world.

Ananda in the Himalayas

Himalayas, India
Best for: Ayurveda and yoga

A destination spa in the Himalayas, Ananda offers multigenerational healing using a blend of acupuncture, oriental medicine, ayurveda, yoga and physiotherapy to restore your physical and emotional wellbeing. This award winning resort's location is another top drawer. Situated at the Himalayan foothills in northern India, this 100-acre Maharaja Palace is surrounded by forests overlooking the Ganges River valley. Focusing on healing from the inside out, the gastronomy is both delicious and nutritious offering a 360-degree approach to achieving optimal wellbeing.


Ise Shima, Japan
Best for: Restorative peace

Explore the beautiful coastline, walk ancient pilgrim trails and relax in mineral-rich hot springs… after a stay at Amanemu you’ll leave as if you’re walking on clouds. The suites and villas are miniature sanctuaries with every modern comfort you can imagine, while the diverse dining menu offers the best of the region. The 2,000 square metre spa embraces the restorative power of water. Plus it offers herbal healing and a personalised treatment plan alongside private wellness immersion sessions with specialist therapists and nutritionists.

And breathe... Are you feeling calmer? We know you're already reaching for your passport, so be sure to enquire with one of our personal travel managers to organise your luxury wellness escape today

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