Relax, rebalance and revitalise body and soul..
THE CREATIVE BOOST: ALILA, YANGSHUO, GUANGXI, CHINA
Alila resort is a former sugar mill which has been transformed into a luxury resort that boasts a backdrop of ridged mountains and panoramic views of the Li river. With five themes that celebrate the local area’s rich history, including conscious living and culinary arts, you can experience everything from oil painting to sugar making and even rock climbing during your stay.
START THE DAY with a rejuvenating Balinese massage using local black sugar.
THE MEDITERRANEAN DETOX: SIANJI WELL-BEING RESORT, TURKEY
This award-winning family-run resort is just the place for an energising getaway. Close to historic Bodrum, Sianji has beautiful surroundings: there is a private beach, picture-perfect bougainvillea growing all around and fishing boats dotted along the coast. The resort offers options intended to detox the body from the inside out: you can tone up with a yoga or Pilates class, or enjoy a relaxing Turkish bath, followed by a raw food ‘cooking’ class to give your immune system a boost.
END THE DAY with a belly-dancing class.
THE SANCTUARY: THE SCARLET HOTEL, CORNWALL, UK
Relax, rebalance and revitalise body and soul against a backdrop of breath-taking English coastlines and clifftops at the Scarlet Hotel. Wellness lovers can enjoy an array of meditation and mindfulness classes inspired by Ayurvedic principles. Book one of the hotel’s cosy rooms for a babymoon break or a soothing spa weekend and indulge in detoxifying facials and therapeutic treatments.
END THE DAY with a private mediation class.
THE ECO HIDEAWAY: TWINKLE VALLEY, SICHUAN REGION, CHINA
Taking its cue from its idyllic Sichuan province forest location, this luxury lodge features 16 eco-friendly treehouses (some equipped with private balconies and separate living areas) as well as a villa that blends seamlessly into its surroundings. Take in the sights and enjoy kayaking, zip lining, or even try your hand at lure fishing. You’ll also be able to indulge in dishes made with ingredients sourced from local farmers or visit the ‘green school’, where you can brush up on your eco-education. All lodge staff are trained in water and energy conservation techniques so you may be able to take home some helpful tips. The resort is the perfect getaway for culture seekers who are committed to sustainability.
START THE DAY with alfresco tai chi.
THE RESTORATIVE RETREAT: ASHFORD CASTLE, IRELAND, UK
Once home to the Guinness family, the majestic five-star Ashford Castle boasts botanical gardens, acres of woodland, a cigar terrace and a George V dining room where you can sample a luxury tasting menu. Whether you try the hot-stone massage in the castle’s state-of-the-art spa or sign up for horseback riding, you’ll leave feeling relaxed and refreshed.
END THE DAY with a private wine tasting in one of the castle’s secret passageways.