Luxtripper Travel Editor
Here are our top 15 wellness retreats for 2021!
If you're looking to truly get away from it all, travelling (quite literally) to the other side of the world, then there is nowhere better to go than Bora Bora; think overwater villas, turquoise lagoons and white, sandy beaches. A destination surrounded by the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean, InterContinental Bora Bora embodies this natural environment with its Deep Ocean Spa, providing the first thalassotherapy (seawater therapy) centre in the South Pacific. With treatments combining nutrients extracted from deep-sea waters and ancient Polynesian healing rituals, your body and mind will feel fully revitalised as you watch marine life swimming beneath you in the spa's glass-bottomed treatment rooms.
There's no denying that The Maldives is one of the world's best destinations for relaxation, but the One&Only Reethi Rah goes that one bit further in providing an unforgettable wellness escape. Located in the North Male atoll, this luxury resort has a strong focus on holistic health and wellbeing, providing guests with a sanctuary-style spa, expert yoga sessions and tranquil meditation practices. As well as this, the resort's award-winning Watsu pool allows guests to experience the rewarding benefits of Watsu Pool Therapy; the firsts of its kind in the Maldives, you'll be lead into a deep meditative state whilst being moved into a series of shiatsu poses by the expert team.
Bali is the ultimate wellness destination, its beautiful landscapes and warm hospitality luring all wellness-seekers across the globe. In-amongst this lush wilderness is COMO Shambhala Estate, located just north of Ubud and surrounded by a tropical rainforest. With wellness at its core, the resort offers guests the opportunity to embark on a physical and mental journey through its variety of wellness programmes, retreats and massage therapies. Whether you're looking to improve your fitness, nutrition or mental wellbeing, you'll work alongside specialists who will personalise each programme to suit your own needs, ensuring that you can reconnect with yourself and discover a lifestyle that suits your individual needs.
Looking for a retreat in nature? Bensley Collection Shinta Mani Wild in Cambodia is as remote as it gets, nestled within a 350 hectare river valley and surrounded by a lush, tropical rainforest. With adventure at its core, guests to the resort can get outside and feel the rejuvenating effects of nature, from hiking and kayaking experiences to ziplining and wild swimming. A luxury tented camp, you can listen to the soothing trickle of the river from the privacy of your outdoor bathtub before indulging in soothing treatments at the camp's spa. With all spa treatments included throughout your stay, you can enjoy a variety of natural-inspired therapies on your wellness escape with the spa's signature Khmer Tonics, as well as a river-stone foot massage while soaking in a waterfall pool!
Searching for tropical paradise? Six Senses Zil Payson in the Seychelles will soothe your soul; the only resort on Félicité, this small granitic island is comprised of lush foliage, white-sandy beaches and turquoise waters. The resort's spa is centred on seclusion and sensory experiences, with five double treatment rooms inspired by the island's eco-system and colours. Under the heat of the equatorial sun, you can take a relaxing swim in the outdoor infinity pool, learn yoga on the meditation pavilion or feel rejuvenated with African-inspired treatments. For those looking for specialised wellness programmes, Six Senses Zil Payson offers 3, 5 or 7 night retreats for Sleep, Yoga or Detox, all under the expert guidance of an on-site specialist.
Seeking serenity? Aside from the fast-paced cities of Tokyo and Osaka, Japan is a nation of temples, bamboo forests and hot springs. A landscape exuding tranquility, you can experience an authentic Japanese hot spring at Kai Hakone, located in Japan's breathtaking Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. Offering both Western-style and Japanese-style rooms, you can listen to the tranquil burble of the Sukumo River from your outdoor bathtub or feel rejuvenated at the ryokan's hot spring with bath halls looking across Mount Yusaka. The ryokan also offers a selection of therapeutic massages and treatments that will relax your muscles and de-stress your mind.
Spa-inclusive resorts exist? You got that right. At Fusion Resort Phu Quoc in Vietnam, wellness is the number one priority, with the resort's Maia Spa providing a varied menu of rejuvenating experiences delivered by expert therapists. As well as a combination of body, mind and beauty therapies, guests can also experience holistically-focused wellness activities and programmes that will enrich and invigorate your mind, helping you to develop a healthy lifestyle, cleanse and detox or discover the benefits of yoga. Located just below Cambodia, this beachfront resort looks out towards the glistening Gulf of Thailand, with many of the suites and villas featuring spectacular ocean views.
Do you want to reconnect with nature? At The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat in Ipoh, Malaysia, guests have the unique opportunity to combine their wellness escape with the healing benefits of the natural environment. In a remote location surrounded by lush rainforest and cascading waterfalls, you can embark on a series of wellness programmes, from detoxification and rejuvenation to weight management and fitness, allowing you to unwind and find serenity whilst achieving your wellness goals. The retreat also boasts a wide range of spa facilities and treatments, such as a hydro bath, a Malay Flower Bath and signature massages.
For a soothing and rejuvenating spiritual retreat, Bhutan Spirit Sanctuary offers guests a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to connect with and learn about Bhutan's unique culture. The only well-being inclusive 5-star property in Bhutan, guests can experience classes in mindfulness, meditation and yoga, as well as traditional massages and hot oil compressions. A site of interaction, special guests such as writers and philosophers are regularly invited to the sanctuary so that you can enrich your mind and contemplate the world around you with a fresh perspective. The sanctuary also has two in-house Bhutanese traditional medicine doctors that can offer you dietary advice, traditional medicine and therapies on tailored well-being programmes.
Looking for a spa with a difference? The Tabacon Thermal Resort and Spa in Costa Rica prides itself on not being your 'typical hotel spa'; tucked away between the spectacular Arenal Volcano and the Arenal Volcano National Park, the resort is built around the naturally flowing thermal mineral springs that run through the rainforest reserve, allowing guests to experience the relaxation and energising benefits of natural hydrotherapy. As well as soaking in the cascading thermal waterfalls, guests can also enjoy a unique wellness experience at the resort, feeling rejuvenated with signature treatments, body massages and facials.
Whilst Sri Lanka is renowned for its safaris and cultural journeys, its lush landscapes and Theravada Buddhist culture means that it's an ideal destination for a secluded retreat. With a distinct minimalist luxury style, Santani Wellness Resort and Spa is a centre for wellness and health science, boasting extensive therapeutic amenities and holistic treatments. Offering the first-ever comprehensive hydrotherapy facilities in the country, you can experience the benefits of the resort's open-air thermal salt soak pool whilst embarking on a healthy living programme. The resort also offers guests yoga and Ayurveda-focused retreats, such as the 5-Day Kayakalp Yoga Retreat, a comprehensive mind-body programme.
Everything about Thailand is beautiful; its tropical climate, picturesque landscapes and welcoming culture make this the perfect destination for a revitalising wellness escape. At the award-winning The Racha situated on the secluded Koh Racha Yai off the coast of Phuket, you can indulge in signature natural treatments and therapeutic massages at the Anumba Spa, rejuvenating your body and mind. The resort also features a teak-floor studio with floor-to-ceiling windows that hosts daily yoga classes, pilates and other mindful movement forms, an ideal environment for healing and self-development.
No destination possesses the same level of allure as India; the name alone evokes notions of spirituality, healing and wonder. At Ananda in the Himalayas, guests can accomplish their wellness goals in a nurturing atmosphere under a team of expert ayurvedic doctors, skilled therapists, nutritionists, yogis and spa cuisine chefs. Whether you're looking to reduce stress, learn weight management or develop your yoga skills, Anada's signature all-inclusive packages will ensure that you can meet your goals for 2021. With spectacular Himalayan surrounding, guests to the resort can trek to Kunjapuri Temple on guided nature walks or swim in the infinity pool surrounded by trees.
For travellers seeking a quick wellness getaway without the long-haul travel, there is nowhere more beautiful than Lake Garda in Italy. At the tranquil Lefay Resort and Spa, guests can experience a personalised wellness approach combining Classical Chinese Medicine and Western scientific research that focuses on mental and physical wellbeing. With a regenerative spa, 11 hectares of natural park and spacious, minimalist suites, you can embark on a tailor-made health programme at the resort and feel truly revitalised and refreshed.
Switzerland is a breath of fresh air, its sublime alpine landscapes the perfect location for a wellness escape in Europe. Where to stay? The Burgenstock Hotel and Alpine Spa offers guests a selection of wellness programmes ideal for rejuvenation and regeneration; from weight management to body and mind balance journeys, you can detox under expert medical supervision with a personalised nutritional structure or find your inner balance with a personalised activity plan. The hotel's spa exudes exclusivity and tranquility, with facilities including an Infinity Edge Outdoor Pool overlooking Lake Lucerne and salt water baths. If you're looking for some extra privacy, the hotel also has three private spa rooms with a private sauna, steam room and treatment room.
If you're looking for a luxurious wellness this 2021, get in touch with one of our Luxury Travel Specialists today so that you can feel fully refreshed and rejuvenated...