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Wellness Wanderlust

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12-Dec-2022 Samantha Crosby

Wellness Wanderlust

The world's best wellness retreats in a range of zen-inducing locations...

Transformative therapies using flora from the rainforest? Yoga high in the Himalayas? Healing rituals on a desert island? We've shared some of the world's best wellness retreats in a range of zen-inducing locations.

In the Rainforest

Embrace the ancient wellbeing traditions of Mexico at One&Only Mandarina. This sustainable sanctuary blends beautifully into the undeveloped coastal rainforest of the Riviera Nayarit - a setting that inspires everything from the architectural style and the activities to the world-class wellness experiences.

Hidden under a canopy of Higuera trees, the One&Only Spa taps into the natural wonders of Mandarina. Choose from an impressive treatment menu that combines indigenous Mexican wellness customs with the latest in scientific innovation, or embrace healing journeys that can't be experienced anywhere else in the world. Enter a state of pure bliss with a massage using Mexican Amethyst, restore balance using local medicinal plants, or join an authentic Mayan purification ritual - all with soothing views of the coastal rainforest.
View of One&Only Mandarina swimming pool and coast
View of One&Only Mandarina

In the Mountains

Tucked away in the foothills close to the holy city of Rishikesh, Ananda in the Himalayas is the perfect setting if you're seeking peace, balance and a wellness escape quite unlike any other. Steeped in the principles of Ayurveda, yoga and meditation, the multi-award-winning retreat embraces the healing heritage of the Himalayas to offer an all-encompassing wellness experience.

Your specific wellness goals are identified to create custom-made programmes under the guidance of qualified nutritionists, physicians, spa therapists and fitness experts. You may wish to focus on stress management, chronic pain, improving sleep, weight loss, detoxing and much more, with all aspects of your stay tailored to this specific goal. Whichever you choose, get ready to feel calmer and more connected to both yourself and your surroundings.
Man practising yoga
Practising Yoga

In the Woodland

A place of transformation, healing and self-discovery, escape to Euphoria Retreat in the heart of Greece's mythical Peloponnese. As you might expect from a leading wellness retreat, the spa facilities here are in another class. Embrace four floors of well-appointed treatment rooms - offering a huge menu of locally infused therapies, transformative programmes and retreats - as well as a host of cutting-edge facilities, including a Kneipp therapy space and Watsu pool.

To the rear of the property, a private fir and pine forest blankets the slopes of Mount Taygetus - making it the ideal spot for wellness experiences in the great outdoors. Enjoy solitary or guided walks through the woodland, work up a sweat in the alfresco gym, cycle past meadows, or trek through the trees to the UNESCO World Heritage village of Mystras.
Person doing yoga outside
Practicing Yoga

On the Beach

Set on the secluded island of Bodufushi in the Maldives, JOALI BEING promises a first-of-its-kind wellbeing retreat. From the soothing ocean sounds to the grounding embrace of ivory sands, the location was chosen to help you experience the feeling of true 'weightlessness', where your worries are worlds away and the only thing that matters is the present.

The wellbeing offerings are woven around four pillars - mind, skin, microbiome and energy - featuring high-tech diagnostics and a blend of modern treatments and ancient practices. Set across the island, the collection of transformational spaces includes a sound therapy hall, hydrotherapy hall and a meditation deck suspended above the Indian Ocean. There's also the herbology centre, AKTAR, where the resident herbalist will suggest natural remedies using regional herbs, spices and essential oils.
Massage bed in hut
Thai Massage Hut

In the City

Complete with traditional Moroccan courtyards, winding alleyways and water fountains, Royal Mansour Marrakech has, quite literally, been built into the ancient city. But while Marrakech is known for its almost intoxicating energy, the Spa Royal Mansour offers a sanctuary of serenity at its heart.

Channelling the ornate detailing and Moorish design elements of the city, this temple of wellbeing instantly calms with its beautiful lace-like mashrabiya screens, white colour scheme and aromatic fragrances. A variety of treatments has been chosen to help you achieve serenity on a physical, mental and spiritual level, while always embracing the heritage of Marrakech. Of course, there's a hammam too, offering an immersive Moroccan experience through steam rituals, ceremonial massages, and floral water sprays.
Spa interior at Royal Mansour Marrakech
Spa at Royal Mansour Marrakech
Samantha  Crosby

Samantha Crosby

Marketing Executive

Holidays make me happy. Feeling the sun on my face on a beautiful beach, exploring city sights or taking in remote views, there's nothing I love more than getting out into the world. I've been lucky enough to spend much of my life visiting interesting places all across the globe and I hope it continues for many more years to come!