Parrot Cay by COMO, Turks & Caicos Parrot Cay by COMO, Turks & Caicos

5 of the best luxury retreats in the world

If you’re heading on the road to wellness for 2016, check into these luxury hotels and spas around the world for the ultimate in health, wellbeing and fitness

by 28 January 2016

Waking up to a 5am alarm for a pre-commute PT session might be a grueling task in the depth of winter, or polishing off that ‘green’ smoothie mid back-to back client meetings might not be your idea of the route to wellness. So instead, why not export yourself to sunny climes and a luxurious haven of holistic wellbeing, where getting fit and bettering your health is so much more attainable. If you can muster a week off work or even just a weekend away, here are some truly aspiring luxury wellbeing retreats around the world, which will have you, revitalised and reinvigorated in no time...

Put Your Chi In Check: Parrot Cay by COMO, Turks and Caicos, Caribbean

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Spa and yoga lovers this is one for you... the award-winning COMO Shambala Retreat spa at the sublime and sun-soaked Parrot Cay by COMO, Turks and Caicos in the Caribbean is nothing short of pure bliss. Even the most idle of health hitters should be inspired here, as a holistic approach to mental quietude, physical wellbeing and spiritual balance is the order of the day. For stressed out city folk, the Ayurvedic Wellness Consultant or Intuitive Counsellor offering semi-psychic guidance should be just what the doctor ordered, or for yoga buffs, check in for one of the resort’s five-day yoga retreats.

Related: What to pack for a spa weekend

Get Fit & Strong: Chewton Glen, Hampshire, UK

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A shoulder to lean on or an inspiring figure, are both useful wingmen when it comes to improving your health and fitness. So let Olympic athlete James Cracknell be your fitness guru for a two-night retreat ’Fitter, Stronger’ at Chewton Glen country house, in the Hampshire countryside (selected weekends in May, June, July and September). Retreaters will dine and chat with James, who overcame a devastating brain injury, before embarking on a fitness program involving hikes in the New Forest, cardio and core training sessions and Pilates classes. The award-winning spa here is also home to Europe’s largest hydrotherapy pool, as well as an aromatherapy sauna and crystal steam room.

Related: The wellness guide to London this winter

Optimise Your Potential: 38 Degrees North, Ibiza

38-Degrees-North-Ibiza38 Degrees North, Ibiza

Ibiza may be a party island to many, but to others it is the perfect detox destination in which to escape everyday life and commit to reconnecting with your body and mind. The team at 38 Degrees North believe in the power of physically removing yourself from your usual environment and training in nature, with their fitness, SUP pilates and yoga, cleanse and DNA fitness retreats offering just that. Each retreat offers an inside out, bespoke approach to wellness, with tailored programmes (they will even take your DNA ahead of arrival to develop the ideal programme just for you), treatments and therapies, as well as calming Feng Shui coastal view bedrooms.

Related: Spain's top ocean-front spas

Go Clinical & Clean: Espace Henri Chenot, Merano, Italy

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This is one for the more hardcore of health seekers who don’t mind kicking off the best part of a week’s detox programme with a 30 hour fast followed by chewing food an incalculable number of times, meeting with nutritionists and doctors and undergoing a hybrid of hydro-aromatherapy, phyto-mud and hydro jet sessions as well as pummelling deep tissue massages. The gruelling detox programme at the Espace Henri Chenot treatment centre is based on the principles of Biontology (the study of the essence of life and its evolution) and the Chinese belief that most health problems stem from poor digestion.

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Hone A Hedonistic Approach: Banana Island Resort, Doha, Qatar

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Sometimes all it takes to get motivated is a luxury paradise bursting with beauty and wellness wonders, and at the new Banana Island Resort by Anantara, on a 16-hectare island just 20 minutes from Qatar’s bustling capital, paradise awaits. This haven of haute-hedonism screams wellbeing, and as well checking in to the Middle East’s first and only wellness centre prescribing bespoke wellness programmes, join fellow wellness warriors for one of the resort’s Mind Body Movement Classes including Tai Chi, Muay Thai (Thailand’s traditional martial art), meditation and crystal art healing.

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1 Parrot Cay by COMO
2 Chewton Glen Hotel & Spa
3 38° North
4 Palace Merano Espace Henri Chenot
5 Banana Island