If you’re dreaming of your next vacation, why not make it the ultimate wellness experience and get ready for the last few months of 2017?
We’ve done some digging and have found eight of the world’s best health retreats, offering everything from trekking in the mountains of British Colombia, to a private island paradise.
These resorts take wellness seriously, with nutritional programmes, yoga classes, world-renowned chefs, consultations with personal trainers and medical professionals and even packages that include aquatic therapy sessions. With a line-up like this, it’s no wonder Hollywood celebrities spend their downtime here.
Here are eight of the top wellness retreats and spas in the world. Warning: Serious wanderlust is about to ensue.
1. SHA Wellness Clinic
What: A medical hotel looking out to the Mediterranean Sea.
Why: The resort focuses on rebalancing the body through nutrition and uniquely tailored programs.
2. BodyHoliday Resort
Where: St. Lucia
What: An all-inclusive luxury resort.
Why: The resort is known for being one of the best wellness retreats in the world, with a wide range of specialised treatments.
3. Chiva-Som International Health Resort
What: A Thai style luxury health resort.
Why: The resort offers a holistic approach to wellness, with yoga and weight management programs available.
4. Canyon Ranch Wellness Resort
What: A wellness and luxury spa resort.
Why: Canyon Ranch applies an integrated approach to wellness to their programs, including mind, body and spirit.
5. Necker Island
Where: British Virgin Islands.
What: One of the world’s most exclusive island retreats.
Why: Owned by Sir Richard Branson, Necker Island is the ultimate private getaway.
6. Mountain Trek Fitness Retreat and Wellness Spa
Where: British Colombia, Canada.
What: A fitness-hiking retreat.
Why: Mountain Trek offers a unique Nordic Fitness Trekking bootcamp style program and support both during and after your stay.
7. Sanctuary Camelback Mountain
Where: Arizona, USA.
What: An award-winning resort and spa.
Why: Offering 53 acres of privacy, the resort offers unparalleled views of Paradise Valley. Jay Z and Beyoncé honeymooned here — need we say more?
8. The Ranch at Live Oak
Where: Malibu, USA.
What: A spa boot camp in California.
Why: A celebrity favourite, The Ranch offers an acclaimed wellness, weight loss and nutritional program and bootcamp.
Source: Harpers Bazaar