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Eight Wellness Wonders Worth Travelling For

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Laura Jones

Transform your luxury holiday into a journey of relaxation...

Reboot, refresh and reinvent yourself this year with a luxury wellness holiday. Whether it's yoga in the Caribbean, a traditional hammam in Turkey or ancient remedies from Asia, pick your perfect experience and ready yourself for relaxation...
Spa at Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai, Hoi An
Spa at Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai, Hoi An

Nam Hai Earth Song at Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai, Hoi An

A mesmerising, 150-minute ritual of pure tranquillity, this traditional treatment aligns with the great teachings of Vietnamese Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh. Believed to bring your inner rhythm in line with the 'song of the Earth', relish a deep detoxifying scrub, a sound and breath breathing ritual and a cooling bath laced with lotus petals and herbs from the resort's farm, followed by a deep pressure massage incorporating balancing gem-tipped tuning forks, before awakening from your state of relaxation to the gentle sound of crystal singing bowls. Spend your post-treatment time savouring the serene stillness of the resort's lotus pond from a plush daybed, before retiring in the sun by the boundless infinity pool or the sand-between-your-toes beach bar on Ha My Beach. If you're left feeling a deep and profound connection to the earth, reap freshly picked produce from Hoi An's market with the resort's resident chef and stir up a storm with a private cookery class, before sitting down to devour your fresh, three-course meal surrounded by Vietnam's naturally alluring scenery.

Wonders of Oman Ritual at Six Senses Zighy Bay

Follow the sandy paths weaving through date palm trees and you'll soon arrive in Six Senses' world of wellness, where your three-hour journey begins. This locally inspired cleansing experience begins with a warm sea-salt bath with fresh mint and a body scrub made from nourishing dates, honey and almond powder. Then, soak up the slimming and purifying properties of an Arabian Body Rasul to leave the skin revitalised, before your lymphatic drainage massage. This otherworldly setting is a natural playground for adventure as well as spa seekers, with so much to see and do. Try the thrilling experience of paragliding above the resort's rocky surroundings, hop in the saddle for a rugged mountain bike ride through the Al Hajar Mountains, or slow down the pace and sail the smooth waters aboard a traditional Omani dhow, accompanied by an onboard picnic and chance to snorkel in the Gulf's turquoise waters.
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Kayaking at Six Senses Zighy Bay
Paragliding at Six Senses Zigyhy Bay
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Ayurvedic Immersion at Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru

Although simply setting foot in the Maldives is enough to induce a state of total tranquillity, Four Seasons' Ayurvedic Immersions promise days-worth of uninterrupted, Indian Ocean bliss. Choose from the Explore, Absorb and Commit programmes, or a tailored wellness experience, and you'll be spoilt from dawn until dusk. Daily yoga classes and spa treatments are perfectly paired with herbal medicines and tonics, while you'll also meet regularly with ayurvedic physicians during your time on the atoll, guaranteeing all-round rejuvenation. Of course, this beautiful island in a natural UNESCO Biosphere Reserve wilderness has plenty more worth discovering, from four separate swimming pools and eight delectable dining venues, to the world's first DeepFlight Super Falcon three-person submarine. It'll be difficult to depart this sun-soaked paradise, even with your newly found inner peace.
Three Bedroom Landaa Estateat Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru
Three Bedroom Landaa Estate at Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru

Kaplankaya Signature Hammam at Six Senses Kapalankaya

When in Turkey, experiencing the centuries-old ritual of a Turkish Bath - otherwise known as a Hammam - is a must. Overseen by reputed experts and practitioners, this full body experience promises to soothe your skin, revitalise the body and calm your mind, utilising traditional techniques including a deep exfoliation and invigorating cleanse. Continue your detoxifying experience with an anti-aging, green clay body mask infused with rose essential oil, before a hydrating lotion or body oil. Ready to rehydrate? Head to the Alchemy Bar for a healthy smoothie or juice, or take a seat at the Chef's Table for a cooking class. Outside the serenity of the spa, Turkey awaits; spend your days exploring the tourist honeypot of Bodrum, visiting the country's ancient wonders and fascinating ruins, or sampling a tipple in the emerald green vineyards, before returning to Six Senses Kapalankaya for gastronomic delights with dreamy views across the Aegean Sea.
Turkish Hammam at Six Senses Kaplankaya
Turkish Hammam at Six Senses Kaplankaya

Four Seasons Ritual at Lefay Resort & SPA Lago Di Garda

Designed around the ancient Chinese belief that the four seasons live in the same way in humans and nature, this intensive ritual focuses upon organs responsible for bodily functions to help you reconnect with your inner self. After an initial examination to determine your energy levels, relish indulgent massages, facials and aromatherapy sessions, all performed to the sound of relaxation-inducing music therapy. You can further nourish yourself with breakfast, lunch and dinner from LeFay's SPA menu, serving light Mediterranean flavours overflowing with fresh, local ingredients. Pre- or post-treatment, why not try a Tai Chi class, swim your stresses away in the saltwater pool, or traverse one of the running trails through the eleven-hectare natural park of woodland and olive groves? With blissful views across Lake Garda from almost every spot in the resort, just a few days here will leave you feeling entirely renewed.
Peak Health Retreat at The Capra
Peak Health Retreat at The Capra
Spa at The Capra
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Peak Health Retreat at The Capra

An immersive, healthy holiday set in the stunning Swiss Alps, the Peak Health Retreat at The Capra takes you on a personalised wellness journey, helping to transform key areas of your life in a positive, holistic way. Guided by a team of leading wellbeing experts from across the world, you'll be indulged with unique experiences and inspiring workshops that will encourage you to alter your mindset. Meet with a nutritionist to learn the art of food preparation, unwind with tailored spa treatments to relieve aching muscles and soak up the scenery on picturesque hikes and treks with a local guide, traversing the 4,000-metre-high peaks of the 'Pearl of the Alps' - this mountain escapade has everything covered. In your downtime, wander into the traffic-free, alpine village of Saas-Fee, where you'll find boutiques, bistros and bars to explore, and a plethora of mountainside activities to keep you busy, no matter which season you visit.

Kora Healing at BodyHoliday

Led by Master Bhutanese practitioner Tendel Zangpo, Kora Healing merges the art of massage with Reiki for a deep level of relaxation and healing on a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual level. Encouraging the body to let go of tension and anxiety, feel your muscles ease as Tendel utilises eastern massage modalities to deliver a tailored treatment, followed by the subtle energy therapy of Reiki, to bring balance and inner peace. As the name suggests, BodyHoliday promises to revitalise your body and soul throughout your luxury holiday, and spa treatments are only the beginning; head to the Ayurvedic Temple to understand the needs of your body, mind and spirit, receive a biochemical analysis at the BodyScience Clinic, or take your pick from the seemingly endless list of sports classes, including windsurfing, archery, Zumba and tennis. Amongst your relaxing rendezvous, make time to indulge in some of the resort's luxurious offerings too, whether it's a private tasting in the Wine Salon or daily Afternoon Tea in the Clubhouse's pavilion.
Beach Yoga at BodyHoliday
Beach Yoga at BodyHoliday

Wellness Cruise with Seabourn

Boasting one of the most comprehensive wellness programmes in cruising, every voyage with Seabourn has opportunity for uninterrupted revitalisation, but their dedicated wellness cruises elevate the serenity of the sea to a whole new level. Join visionary pioneer in integrative medicine, Dr.Andrew Weil, onboard Seabourn Encore for an incredible journey, with daily morning meditation, yoga classes and stretching sessions, along with dozens of expert seminars, on how to manage stress and anxiety, diet and nutrition. This year's wellness voyage departs in February 2020, taking you to locations including Milford Sound, Phillip Island and Melbourne as you sail from Auckland to Sydney, but Seabourn's fleet-wide mindful living concept means you can travel wherever you desire and feel wholeheartedly relaxed. From skilful spa therapists who'll indulge you with massages and fitness directors to guide your workout regime, to ocean-view fitness centres and fully equipped motion studios, you'll discover everything required for the ultimate wellness experience on the water.

Laura Jones

Digital Content Executive

After graduating from university, I couldn't wait to start exploring (with a very full suitcase, of course!). From my home in picturesque North Wales, my travels have taken me from the idyllic Greek Islands to the bright lights of New York, and I've always got my eye on the next destination!

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