TRAVELING FOR WELLNESS
I was chatting to a friend a couple of days ago, who is off to what sounds like an incredible yoga retreat in Sri Lanka and it got me thinking - what other incredible havens are out there that take your broken down body and morph it into Elle McPherson?! Perhaps that was a step too far - they can perform miracles though or so I have been told! (That is also not entirely true but you catch my drift)
SONEVA KIRI - Thailand
Soneva Kiri is committed to the Soneva Group’s SLOW LIFE philosophy: Sustainable-Local-Organic-Wellness Learning-Inspiring-Fun-Experiences. Need I say more?? Ok, I totally will!
Soneva Kiri is located on Thailand’s fourth largest but least populated island, Koh Kood; just one hour by private plane from Bangkok. The resort comprises 36 vast pool villas, ranging in size from one to six bedrooms, all of which are nestled amidst lush jungle with spectacular ocean views. Soneva hosts a number of events with world class practitioners - not bad whilst springing yourself back into health!
AUDINE FARM - France
Now, this one, I won't lie. I am a little in love and dying to try this retreat. A yoga retreat and surfing, with wine tasting??? Sign me up!
Situated in the heart of the Adour basin, at the gateway of the Atlantic, ‘Audine’ is a traditional farm in ‘Les Landes’ a region in the south west of France. Transformed over the years by a passionate surfer, this unique farm has become a perfect place for anyone searching for serenity and a spirit of sharing a peaceful haven for practicing yoga.
VERDURA RESORT, THE JAMESON RETREAT - Sicily
Harry Jameson, one of London's top health and fitness experts is the founder of The Jameson Retreat. The skinny (see what I did there!) is that you get give a detailed lifestyle assessment that will then be used to create an personalised programme for the duration of your 7 days at the Verdura Resort in Sicily. Yep, Sicily.
Once you have spent the week getting specialised training (ahem, from one of the worlds leading experts) nutrition and treatments you then get given, again a custom designed 5 week programme.
SIX SENSES ZIGHY BAY - Oman
I have a particular love for the Middle East as I was lucky enough to spend much of my childhood here and have many incredible memories.
Here at the Six Senses you can immerse yourself into one of the programmes created by Dr. Govindasamy. Kick starting your stay with an in depth Ayurvedic consultation that will create a unique programme to get to learn how to balance your 'Doshas' - the key to body harmony. When you aren't transforming your into your new self then explore the beauty that is Oman.
PRINCESS RESORT SKIATHOS - Greece
Sarah Tiefenhaler (if you haven't heard of her, she is Lady Gaga's yoga instructor and perhaps one of the most sought after practitioners in Hollywood!) has teamed up with the Princess Resort in Skiathos.
Their unique Yogafest and Sarah's YOGAqua programme and the private sessions with Sarah herself all on the azure blue water, balancing carefully on a paddleboard is lustworthy for any yoga enthusiast. Get in quick, she will only be doing this until the end of Sept!
THE BODYHOLIDAY - St Lucia
Ah, to finish on a high. With this as their challenge - how could you not have your curiosity piqued!
“Give us your body for a week and we’ll give you back your mind”
The BodyHoliday is an amazing, award winning St Lucia resort experience. It is a unique combination of one of the world’s most beautiful islands, an all inclusive resort that provides a truly luxurious and personal service, a Wellness Centre that provides a range of treatments that will leave you feeling alive and a range of activities that could keep you busy from dawn until dusk.
Well, how can I argue with that!