The top nine health retreats around the world

Whether you’re looking to wind down, shape up or detox both your body and mind, health retreats are becoming increasingly popular among our health-conscious travellers.


We quizzed our friends at Health and Fitness Travel – experts in tailor-made healthy holidays, to unearth the cream of the crop of the world’s best health retreats. Here’s what they had to say…


1. Connect back with nature at Aro Hā Wellness Retreat
New Zealand

Set amongst a sub-alpine wonderland in New Zeland’s Southern Alps, Aro Ha is designed to encourage connectivity with the environment and those around you, making it especially popular for solo travellers.

Here you can challenge yourself everyday with sweat-inducing TRX strength sessions (that’s a type of training that uses gravity and your own body weight to build strength, power and flexibility), Vinyasa yoga sessions and with the rugged NZ landscape on your doorstep; Aro Hā offers a great base for a hiking holiday.

At the milder end of the spectrum, Aro Hā also uses holistic practices such as yoga and meditation classes to replenish your energy, as well as daily therapeutic massages, soothing steam rooms and saunas.

2. Master yoga on the beach at Phuket Cleanse & Detox

In seven days guests are guaranteed to master how to live a healthier lifestyle. You’ll be put through your paces with high intensity interval training classes, kayak in the ocean or wind down with a hot yoga session.

But it’s not just your muscles that will get a workout – this healthy retreat is combined with a detox of supplements and drinks that strengthen the liver and kidneys and help give your body hydrating electrolytes.

Coupled with raw cooking classes, ice baths and indulgent massages, Phuket Cleanse is a revitalising detox for the whole body.

3. Detox and de-stress at The Farm at San Benito

This is one luxury health retreat for those truly committed to a hardcore overhaul. It begins with an in-depth consultation with a medical doctor and a fitness trainer who will help tailor your stay to your own detox goals.

Drawing on techniques from around the world, guests can take part in a specialised juice diet that will cleanse your body, and even have colon hydrotherapy sessions before unwinding with a wealth of complimentary spa treatments.

Every day you will meet with the doctor who is on hand to make sure you are getting the best out of your stay.

4. Experience the magic of Ayurveda at Vana Malsi Estate

Nestled in the Himalayas of India, this retreat redefines the wellness holiday experience with a philosophy of creating an individual and outstanding treatment for every person.

Here you choose a variety of wellness objectives that shapes your program constructed by a specialist. For instance, a beauty therapy that will replenish and nourish your skin with Tibetan healing and Ayurveda therapies.

Alternatively you can choose to concentrate on fitness with a private training session in the state of the art fitness facility. From the food to the activities, everything is designed specifically to help each individual.

5. Get active at 38 Degrees North

For those looking to tone and shape up, Ibiza has more to offer than just nightlife. Located on the east coast of the island in Aguas de Ibiza, 38 Degrees North boasts an enormous spa and three restaurants, as well as specially trained health and fitness gurus (including an ex-British Gold Medallist) to help you get fit quick.

Here you can build your ideal health program and choose from their four “fusion elements” (cardio, strength and sport, mind and body and renewal), as part of their Fusion Fitness holidays.

And there’s no shortage of activities either from pilates and coastal runs to TRX and powerplate equipment, all with your own personal trainer to assist you along the way.

6. Get your heart pumping at Luxury Algarve Bootcamp

With a fun feel and diverse approach to fitness, each day at this boot camp begins with stretches and yoga to warm-up your body for the day ahead.

There’s two daily mandatory boot camp classes, as well as a range of optional activities from circuit training to beach boxing.

But it’s not all hard yakka – between classes there are various spa therapies to indulge in, as well as three solid meals, healthy post-workout snacks and juices at the bar or one of the three bespoke restaurants. All the necessities to help revitalise your body and get you fighting fit for the next day.

7. Master the art of a good night’s sleep at Lefay

Not having enough sleep is usually a sign that you need to take a break and step back from your daily routine. Here at Lefay, by Italy’s picturesque Lake Garda, traditional Chinese medicine is used to help stimulate energy, improve wellbeing as well as sleeping patterns.

The wellness program also has plenty of pampering treats on offer with energising facials, aromatherapy treatments and Tui na massages. With relaxing activities such as tai chi, yoga and qi gong, you’ll be nodding off in no time.

8. Sharpen your sports skills at Thanyapura

Somewhat of a fitness utopia, Thanyapura boasts some of the best sporting facilities around. Think Olympic-size swimming pools, state-of-the-art fitness centres and full-size football pitches.

Classes on offer range from boxing to Zumba and almost everything in between, as well as coaching sessions for children and adults alike. With tailored programs offering you the chance to de-stress and lose weight, as well as an award-winning spa, Thanyapura does fitness for the family.

9. Seriously step up your strength at Wildfitness

Tucked away on the north coast of Kenya near Watamu, is this fitness retreat overlooking white-sand beach.

After an initial assessment, guests can take part in a personalised wellness program that analyses your specific movements, patterns and running technique.

It’s a nine day schedule that is jam packed with workshops from nutrition to flexibility, movement classes and adventurous training, not to mention massages to help your body’s new fitness regime.

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Comments (2)
  • Rene says:

    These are some great places but you are missing some choices for those in the Americas. What about Rancho La Puerta in Mexico or Mountain Trek in Canada? They definitely should be on this list.

    • International Traveller Magazine says:

      Thanks for your feedback Rene, they are certainly beautiful properties you suggested.