With warmer weather on the horizon and fewer barriers to international travel then there have been in the last two years, Google searches for 2022 summer holidays* are the highest they’ve been all year.
Offering something for all; from solos to couples and even family travelers in a range of both popular and overlooked destinations across the globe, these retreats allow people to focus on reaching their wellbeing goals be they fitness, mindfulness or preventing burnout from stress.
Eco-Friendly Flexibility in Portugal: Yoga & Sea at Alamos Retreat
We’ve all been missing sandy beaches and warm blue oceans, there’s no question about that. This retreat is perfect for travellers looking for a holiday that blends relaxation and fun. Alamos Retreat’s unique water sports and yoga combination holiday allows travellers to have fun and relax. The eco-chic vibe of the hotel radiates a nurturing, organic feel. Located just a few minutes from the shores of Albufeira, challenge your active side by learning poses and techniques in yoga as well as skills in either surfing, kayaking, or paddleboarding. With daily classes, switch it up and try all three water sports in the crystalline water that Portugal is world-famous for. With intimate class sizes, improve rapidly and keep your newfound skills for years to come!
Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 3 or 7 nights at Alamos Retreat from £495pp for sharing and £605 for singles. Price includes half board, optional return private transfers and a wellness programme.
Kickstart Your Summer of Wellness in Ibiza: Fitness at Six Senses Ibiza
Some of us are guilty of letting our fitness habits slip during summer, especially whilst on holiday. However, Six Senses Ibiza can provide the perfect kickstart to summer wellness. Engage your mind and body by focusing on movement, low and high intensity training as well as recovery treatments, meditation and sleep. Six Senses take a personalized approach towards full body wellness so you can really gauge how to make the most of your break. Help yourself improve muscle tone and strength, flexibility, agility and help reduce the risk of weight gain and chronic disease. Being an extremely tailored experience, this retreat can be done at your own pace and at your own ability level, so you can feel fully confident and happy with your own progress and achievements.
Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 3, 5 or 7 nights at Six Senses Ibiza from £1,535pp for sharing and £2,345 for singles. Price includes breakfast, optional return private transfers and a wellness programme.
Feel Amazing Together in Italy: Wellness for 2 at Preidlhof
Summer retreats can be the perfect chance to treat you and your significant other to the break you both deserve amidst the pleasant season’s climate. Wellness for 2 at Preidlhof is a versatile and engaging retreat that promotes new ways of being connected through a variety of sensory and interactive spa rituals. Relax, release and regenerate with your partner in the beautiful rural setting of South Tyrol. The hotel lies between the Stelvio National Park - the oldest natural park in Italy, with its mountain landscape and wild nature - and the Texel Group Nature Park. Share your journey to wellbeing and learn more about each other in the process. Spend precious time together on the ultimate couple's wellness retreat and leave with a stronger bond and happy memories to look back on!
Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 4 or 6 nights at Preidlhof from £1,845pp. Price includes half board, optional return private transfers and a wellness programme.
Learn How to Drift Off in Greece: Sleep at Porto Elounda
Sleep at Porto Elounda Golf & Spa Resort is perfect for those looking to improve their sleep pattern, de-stress and restore energy levels during the day. Offering unique wellness approaches such as Yoga Nidra, meditation, low intensity training, relaxing treatments and amenities will help you feel better equipped to face all your daily challenges. An effective combination of these resources and helpful advice from Porto Elounda’s Sleep Doctor will help pave the way to a happier, healthier life. Introductory and closing screenings alongside sleep tracking reviews will help you gauge how you sleep and thus how you can improve it, allowing you to feel well rested and refreshed for years to come.
Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 3, 5 or 7 nights at Porto Elounda from £1,125pp for sharing and £1,355 for singles. Price includes half board, optional return private transfers and a wellness programme.
Boost Your Immunity in Austria: Immune System Booster at Park Igls
Summer months can provide the perfect motivation to pursue new healthy diets, practices and routines. The Immune System Booster programme at Park Igls is specially designed to strengthen your immune system and make you much more resilient to illnesses. Exclusive access to lab tests which determine the current state of your immune system allows you to gain a helpful insight in how to enhance it further. Challenge yourself to embark on the Mayr diet. Predominantly a fasting diet style, this is a great unique approach for full body detoxification, instigating healthier habits and cleaner living!
Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 7 nights at Park Igls from £3,380pp for sharing and £3,410 for singles. Price includes full board, optional return private transfers and a wellness programme.
Restore Your Equilibrium in Thailand: Comprehensive Balance & Revitalize at Kamalaya
Taking the time to recover and re-charge during the summer months is essential for keeping stress levels low and overall wellness high! Comprehensive Balance and Revitalize at Kamalaya is a restorative and healing retreat, carefully designed to deal with the symptoms and underlying causes of adrenal burnout. It is to assist with stress prevention and recovery from a mind, body and spirit perspective. It encourages and teaches to make the best of future challenges and opportunities by helping to maintain the balance during stress and change. Not only combining restorative therapies and nutrition with personal consultations in Naturopathic Lifestyle, Nutrition and Stress Management, the programme also includes nutritional and herbal supplements and remedies to support recovery.
Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 7 or 14 nights at Kamalaya from £3,240 pp for sharing and £3,615 for singles. Price includes full board, optional return private transfers and a wellness programme.
Make Family Memories in Morocco: Family TimeTogether™ at Paradis Plage
Taking the time to relax, get fit or even learn something new with your family can be the perfect opportunity for to experience beautiful settings and healthy activities together. The first of its kind in Morocco, this Eco-Retreat resides on the Agadir coastline, with its own private beach overlooking the sapphire Atlantic. The perfect destination for a family holiday as rests away from your regular tourist spots with extensive facilities and activities for all the family to enjoy! Catch a wave surfing or kayaking, try a mindful group Yoga session indulge in tailored spa treatments for all ages 4+. Not to forget that guests will enjoy the swimming pool and the calm-inducing zen garden.
Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 5, 10 or 14 days at Paradis Plage from £660 per family. Price includes breakfast, optional return private transfers and a wellness programme.
Become an Active Explorer in The Galapagos: Active Tours - Galapagos
There’s a lot of excitement revolving around exploration and new adventure following the pandemic, and with restrictions easing, summer 2022 is the perfect time to embark on an active tour of the mythical islands of Galapagos. Walking in the footsteps of Charles Darwin, embark on an electrifying discovery of unusual animals on land and underwater including, from inquisitive manta rays and docile Galapagos tortoise to the playful sea lions, roaming freely around the island. Putting on your explorer hat, hike high over the island to the peak of Sierra Negra Volcano, cycle around the island and snorkel the glistening waters of the archipelago to feed the endlessly inquisitive nature of our being and get fit whilst doing so.
Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers a 10-day tour at Active Tours - Galapagos from £2,475pp. Price includes breakfast (5 lunches & 2 dinners), an optional arrival transfer and an active tour.
Tucked away behind peaceful pine groves, the Marbella Club, is a perfect haven for relaxation. The resort has has enhanced the wellness experience for guests now offering private groups of four to ten the chance to create their very own bespoke wellness retreats, perfect for families or groups of friends looking to reconnect with their inner selves and each other, while embracing Marbella’s magical outdoor way of life. With a commitment to preventative health and long-term healing, the Marbella Club’s bespoke group retreats are designed to equip guests with the knowledge and tools required to continue their wellness journeys long beyond the retreat itself. Please click here to learn more about the Marbella Club’s bespoke group retreats.
Across the street at Puente Romano Beach Resort, guests can get the ultimate rest and relaxation experience through the resort’s partnership with the pioneers of the perfect sleep, HOGO offering sleep coach services, a first for the Mediterranean. Puente Romano’s luxurious residence, Villa La Pereza, has been transformed into a haven of relaxation, inviting guests to experience a personalized experience on one of the world’s most unique resting systems with bases that can be adjusted according to the ergonomics of a person’s back. Guests can enjoy a sophisticated sleep along with a consultation from a professional HOGO sleep coach, an in-room sleep series as well as a Six Senses massage, yoga, meditation, and energy boosting meals.
Curtain Bluff | Antigua
In celebration of Antigua’s most iconic resort’s 60th anniversary this year, Curtain Bluff has extended their season and launched two new guest offerings taking place in June and July - Health & Wellness Weeks program. Taking place over the dates of June 4-11 and July 23-30, during the Health & Wellness Weeks, guests will have the opportunity to enjoy daily intimate group classes such as Vinyasa Flow yoga practice, pilates, tennis lessons with in-house pros catered to all levels, and daily spa treatments from an exclusive Health & Wellness Week menu. Once weekly offerings will also be available, including aqua aerobics, a sunset meditation, fitness walk through Old Road Village and a hike to Boggy Peak (Mount Obama), Wallings Dam Nature Reserve, and Tobacco Bay led by in-house practitioners. Full details may be found here
A Sweet Solo Experience at Jade Mountain
For those craving some ‘me’ time in one of the world’s most incredible natural environments, there’s no better place to spend it than inside one of the stunning sanctuaries at Jade Mountain, St. Lucia. The five-star resort is best known for its iconic guest rooms, which come equipped with en-suite infinity pools, sweeping views of the twin Pitons and Caribbean Sea and private butlers who’ll do everything from pop your Champagne to scale the 2,619-ft Gros Piton mountain with you. Book the resort’s Singlemoon package and pamper yourself to the fullest with a mix of culinary, wellness and adventure activities. Prior to your arrival, the resort chef will determine a meal plan tailored to your specific wellness needs. The stay kicks off with private airport transfers and Champagne in your sanctuary. Later, the property’s dedicated Wellness Guru will provide Ayurvedic wellness counseling, customized yoga classes, and meditation sessions. A full spa day round’s out the wellness offerings. Designed to help travelers build confidence with the thrill of learning a new skill on vacation, the package also includes the chance to learn to scuba dive, mountain biking or kayak, make chocolate and more.
A Private Escape at Quintessence Hotel
Known for its 33 pristine beaches, luxe dining and laidback local culture, Anguilla is an idyllic destination for those looking to relax and reset. Perched above the turquoise waters of Long Bay Beach where travelers are likely not to spot a single footprint, Quintessence features nine unique suites, each distinctly decorated, plus a spa, tennis courts, French-Caribbean fine dining, a museum-quality art collection, and dreamy Hästens mattresses that cost more than a new Toyota Camry and help guests get some of the best sleep of their life. Affectionately nicknamed The Tropical Grand Mansion, the property feels more like a private villa with all the bells & whistles of a full-service resort, including butler service and a 4:1 staff to guest ratio that allows for a bespoke experience where guests truly feel pampered.
Relax and Rejuvenate at Caerula Mar Club
Aptly nicknamed “The Sleeping Giant,” the island of South Andros is the perfect destination for pure relaxation with just over 2,000 residents. This uncrowded paradise is the ideal getaway for those looking to unplug and recharge letting all responsibilities melt away. The island’s only resort, Caerula Mar Club, is situated along 10 acres of gorgeous turquoise beach. Caerula is a luxury boutique hotel helmed by a famous HGTV couple who turned it into one of the Caribbean’s chicest properties. From the moment guests step foot in Caerula Mar Club, its warm aesthetic and crisp design will invite a sense of escape and immediate tranquility. Home to six private villas and 18 gorgeous suites, guests are immersed in nature, and the toughest decision of their day is whether to opt for lounging by the pool or by the crystalline beach, where not a single footprint is spotted among the white sands. With no TV’s on property, all are encouraged to enjoy their stay with a clear mind, with options to rejuvenate at the oceanfront spa and enjoy the Bahamian breeze — all from the comfort of this hideaway nestled between the mangroves.
A Tranquil Retreat at Southernmost Beach Resort
Situated along the quieter southern limit of the famed Duval Street, the newly renovated Southernmost Beach Resort features a modern sleek design with classic coastal charm, while ocean views abound. Enjoy an intimate island experience, with the resort spanning six acres of this stunning locale, transporting you to your own secluded paradise. Boasting three palm-fringed pools with private cabanas, a secluded tanning pier, signature restaurant, and a full-service spa offering exclusive oceanfront treatments – this idyllic oasis sets the tone for a tranquil stay in Key West’s Historic District. Reconnect with your inner self at brand-new morning beach yoga sessions and sunrise meditations, or let it all fade away from the comfort of your luxe guestroom. Discover Key West’s natural wonders by land or sea, just steps away from the property, allowing you to disconnect from all of the noise of your everyday life and enjoy one of the nation’s best-kept island secrets.
Unplug with Magnificent Views at Casa Palopó
Perched on the shore of Lake Atitlán, Casa Palopó is a beautiful private home turned luxury boutique hotel that offers breathtaking views of the lake and its three magnificent volcanoes making for a serene backdrop for those needing a high-end stress-free getaway. With only 15 guest rooms available at the property, visitors can avoid the usual overcrowded hotel hallways and enjoy bliss at all times — as views of nature surround every corner of the charming hotel. Casa Palopo offers plenty of options to nourish the mind, body and soul. From yoga and meditation sessions overlooking volcanoes, to a traditional Mayan Shaman blessing for a life cleansing experience, and massages in your own guest room terrace or in the boutique spa, this adults-only hotel is frequented by curious travelers who are looking for a reset.
Peaceful Palapa at Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino
Located on the pristine shores of Palm Beach, the Aruba Marriott Resort is helping guests kick the day off on a peaceful and mindful start with its new Peaceful Palapa experience. Guests booking the experience receive an oceanfront palapa to enjoy for a full day, and from 8 AM - 10 AM on the top of each hour, a beach attended will deliver a selection of wellness- and mindfulness-focused delights. At 8 AM, the attendant delivers a refreshing fruit tray for a light and refreshing breakfast, bottled water, and QR code to an audio meditation, specially curated by a local Aruban. At 9 AM, a flavorful and nutritious bowl of overnight oats from Gelato & Co. is delivered, along with a variety of essential Aruba Aloe products to keep the body protected from the sun, and a prompted mindfulness journal and pen for self reflection and positive affirmations. At 10 AM, a reusable Aruba Marriott Resort water bottle is delivered to help stay hydrated throughout the day, a $50 gift card to use at the on-site Mandara Spa for continued self care, as well as a list of additional wellness options available at the resort, such as fitness class schedules and details on the stand up paddleboard yoga with Vela Aruba, for continued wellness during their stay. Advance reservations required.
Stay active, then Spa at The Santa Maria Panama
Looking for a place to recharge? The Santa Maria, a Luxury Collection Hotel, is a sprawling oasis in the heart of pulsing Panama City that caters to travelers seeking a stylish and stress-free escape. Located inside The Santa Maria Country Club, the resort offers plenty of space to play with amenities that include a Jack Nicklaus-designed, 72-par, 18-hole signature golf course, tennis courts, baseball fields, and soccer fields. After a day of channeling their energy to explore Panama’s historic sights and experience its rich local culture, guests can unwind at the resort’s sprawling outdoor swimming pool and locally-inspired spa, with treatments designed to help them find their zen, like The Rosemary Muscle Recovery therapeutic massage and a Serenity Facial designed to calm stressed skin. With international fine dining and beautiful, spacious rooms and suites, The Santa Maria is a beautiful place to nourish the body, mind, and soul.
De-stress at Puerto Vallarta’s largest spa and infinity pool at Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa
Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa offers the perfect place to relax and forget all your worries. Featuring the destination’s largest infinity pool and activities centered around water like the hotel’s snorkeling, swimming and kayaking excursions nearby, seasonal whale watching and a sea turtle release program, your mind will be calmed by your surroundings. The ocean's sounds offer complete serenity, and overall significantly heightens positive vibes. And for the ultimate healing by water, guests of the resort can experience water-focused treatments inspired by ancient traditions of the Huichol culture at Ohtli Spa, also the biggest spa in the area. Treatments like the “Rebirth” Therapy session are performed in a pool of warm water, and is focused on meditation and relaxation. Your therapist will guide you through a series of rhythmic water movements (swaying you from side to side in the water) that relax your mind, muscle tissue and joints, allowing you to gradually drift into a meditative state. All treatments at the spa end in the hotel’s hot and cold plunges, said to help stimulate and invigorate the sense. After you’ve relaxed in the pool and at the spa all day, you could treat yourself to a relaxing tequila tasting with the resident sommelier. Visit Marriott Puerto Vallarta for more information.
Recharge in Paradise at Resorts World Bimini
Located on the seven-mile island of Bimini, surrounded by the bright blue waters of the Caribbean Sea is Resorts World Bimini, a 750-acre luxurious beachfront complex. Guests looking for a stress-free escape can hop on a seaplane from Fort Lauderdale and enjoy a quick 25 minute ride to Bimini surrounded by stunning views. The tropical oasis has endless options of ways to unwind including relaxing with a drink in hand at the ground-floor lagoon pool or rooftop infinity pool, both of which have poolside bars with specialty cocktails and local bites. Resorts World Bimini Beach, which is a laid back luxury, 4.5-acre private beach is another spot to bask under the sun with chic, private cabanas providing the most ideal lounge-like setting and vibes similar to those of Tulum. Guests can also opt to spend the day being pampered at Serenity Spa which sits on the top floor of the resort with floor-to-ceiling windows that boast panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea. The treatment menu includes a variety of massage and facial services performed with high-quality ingredients sourced from all corners of the world. Guests are sure to feel at ease while staying at Resorts World Bimini being surrounded by the calm waters and warmth of the sun.
Experience the Ultimate Relaxation with Thompson Zihuatanejo’s ‘Redemption’ Pkg
Make up for two years of lost travel with the ultimate getaway in Mexico’s beautiful beach hideaway of Zihuatanejo. Made famous in the movie The Shawshank Redemption, Zihutanejo came to symbolize the place of redemption where the prison friends would reunite post lockdown. What better way to celebrate than to take an epic trip with friends and loved ones to this same beautiful location? With the “Redemption Package”, guests of this gorgeous boutique hotel nestled right outside the relaxing fishing village, can eat and drink like kings and queens and "get busy living" in a big way. You’ll be greeted with tequila and pozole (a weekly culinary tradition in Zihua) upon arrival. The experience also includes a cooking class with Chef Javier Cerrillo, a master of smoke and fire, right on La Playa Ropa beach, a private yacht trip to the iconic La Saladita beach for an optional surfing lesson with the local pros, as well as an aprės-surf recovery session at the resort's spa for two. Guests will have access to a personal activities concierge to wait on them hand and foot and will find a daily lux array of wellness treasures awaiting them in their suite, complete with a private plunge pool where a bucket of fittingly named Dufresne beers will be delivered to them daily at Happy Hour. Redemption travelers can relax on their private terrace, cold one in hand with the "sun on their shoulders" and feel free or "normal again, at least for a short while". For more information, visit Thompson Zihuatanejo.
Cal-a-Vie Health Spa (Vista, California) produces Vinotherapie, a product line formulated with extracts from the spa's harvest of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot grapes. The product line and signature treatments utilize antioxidant-rich derivatives of the wine-making process which include grape skins, seeds and pulp all of which contain numerous skin and health-enhancing components, such as vitamin C and E to strengthen collagen and increase elasticity and firmness.
Kasiiya Papagayo (Guanacaste, Costa Rica) treatments take place in a spa cabin suspended in the jungle canopy, connecting guests to the environment through immersion in nature and incorporating local volcanic stones, medicinal plants and herbs, oils, and mud. Kasiiya's on-site healer, Yamuna, is world renowned for his healing therapies focusing on opening of chakra points to rebalance energy, aura cleansing, and reiki to heal and revitalize both body and soul. The wellness program is inspired by Costa Rica’s natural antidotes, ingredients and the active lifestyle celebrated in the nearby Nicoya Blue Zone.
Silversands Grenada (St Georges, Grenada), located on The Spice Island, just launched their own line of locally inspired remedies – exceptional oils infused with Grenadian spices, traditional, and locally sourced ingredients that are rich in minerals and elements that nourish the mind and body for uttmost healing and relaxation. It is the only resort in the Caribbean to feature the Gharieni Quartz Sand Beds for Hot Sand Therapy, also known as Psamotherapy. Photos courtesy of Silversands Grenada.
Chablé Maroma (Riviera Maya, Mexico) boasts on-site Mayan gardens called Ka'anche's which provide herbs, aromatics and other natural elements used in resort’s spa treatments. The Ya’axChe Forest Awakening Ritual uses essential oils from Balsam Fir, Juniper and Cypress trees to cleanse the lymphatic system, expand the breath and clarify the mind, while the Nature’s Wisdom Ritual uses a specialized skin enhancement from a mix of clay, coffee and tobacco to exfoliate and nourish the skin.
Coquillade Provence Resort & Spa (Provence, France) offers signature treatments incorporating lavender oil sourced from the lavender fields that carpet the 100-acre hilltop estate in the heart of Provence. The spa uses the Parisian ‘brand du jour’ Biologique Recherche known for its astounding effectiveness using intentionally pure, raw active ingredients.
Intercontinental Resorts French Polynesia (Bora Bora, French Polynesia) is home to the South Pacific’s very first thalassotherapy center, which draws seawater rich with marine nutrients from more than 900 meters below the ocean’s surface to provide exceptional healing treatments. The deep-sea water organically restores the skin’s natural balance by countering ion, mineral, and micronutrient deficiencies in skin cells. The spa’s Algotherm products utilize seaweed extracts and other marine ingredients to help revitalize and nourish the skin.
Mara Bushtops (Masai Mara, Kenya) Amani Spa overlooks the largest natural salt lick in the Masai Mara, providing spa-goers with up-front views of animals. The Spa’s Terres D’Afrique organic products capture the unique power of rare African botanicals that are expertly and honorably harvested from across Africa. The signature Jewel of Africa Massage uses ancient African warrior sticks to deliver long deep pressure stokes that reduce pain and improve blood circulation.