From Portugal to Phuket, these wellness focused retreats designed to relax and restore your mind and body are officially on our 2019 wishlist.
THE LIFE BALANCER
The exquisite Amatara Wellness Resort in Phuket specialises in tailored experiences to balance and restore body and mind. Its integrative Holistic Vitality programme is a collaboration with the renowned Vitallife Wellness Centre and the focus is on promoting health and longevity through luxury treatments, activities and nutrition. All Amatara programmes include the Thai Hammam experience: a Thai take on traditional Turkish and Moroccan bathing rituals. Health and Fitness Travel offers a seven-night stay from €2,800pp, including return flights and private transfers.
AMATARA WELLNESS RESORT, CAPE PANWA, PHUKET, THAILAND.
THE SENSORY EXPERIENCE
The luxurious Es Saadi Palace Spa is designed around a centuries-old eucalyptus tree and is the only spa of its kind in Morocco. Along with an impressive menu of treatments, it is home to the Oriental Thermae. With its illuminated pool and series of nine dry or wet heat sessions, colour, sound and scents combine to create a soothing oasis. From the humid bio herbal bath, which uses natural herbs to invigorate, to the circulation-boosting steam baths, it offers the perfect opportunity to relax and de-stress body and mind. Rates start from approx. €856 per person for the Detox and Vitality package.
ES SAADI PALACE SPA, MARRAKECH, MOROCCO.
THE ROUTINE RESET
For those seeking a workout along with their R&R, Oman’s Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar should fit the bill. As well as being a luxury retreat in a dramatic natural setting, set on the fabled Green Mountain, it offers an array of wellness programmes, taking full advantage of its location overlooking canyons and desert. The two-day Adventure and Fitness break combines exhilarating activities including a hike through mountain trails, and testing strength and agility on an activity wall, with holistic massages, spa and sauna time. Optional wellness-focused meals cap off what is a de-stressing, invigorating experience. Nightly rates at start from €228.
ANANTARA AL JABAL AL AKHDAR RESORT, AL JABAL AL AKHDAR, NIZWA, OMAN.
THE WINTER BLUES BEATER
As the temperatures drop and daylight hours decrease, it’s easy to let the
winter blues hold you in their icy grip, but guests at Kohler Waters Spa can bathe their seasonal affective disorder away with hydra-based treatments designed to increase mood and boost energy levels. In the spa, let warm, lavender-infused rain pour down from the Kohler Custom Vichy shower whilst enjoying a nourishing body scrub using fresh lavender, marine salt crystals and eucalyptus, or get your sea-air fix just meters away at West Sands Beach and its commanding views of the rugged
Scottish coastline. A winter spa package costs from €475 for two people sharing, on a B&B basis with one treatment each.
KOHLER WATERS SPA, OLD COURSE HOTEL, ST. ANDREWS, UK.
THE SLEEP DETOX
Always tired? Regain control of your sleep pattern on a sleep wellness retreat, situated inside an eleven-hectare national park overlooking Lake Garda. The Sweet Dreams package at Lefay Resort and Spa Lago di Garda combines Chinese medicine with Western practices, for a programme that encourages sleep via treatments to rebalance physical energy and stimulate acupuncture points. Nourished by locally grown, healthy cuisine, go on a journey to better health and a peaceful state of mind by Professor Corradin – the resident sleep-expert at Lefay – as he equips you with his fail-safe methods for quality rest and sleep.The five-day programme starts from €1,740, including treatments and consultations with a doctor and personal trainer.
LEFAY RESORT & SPA LAGO DI GARDA, GARGNANO BS, ITALY.
THE ALL-ROUND OASIS
The Real Spa is a space in one of the warmest corners of Europe dedicated to all-round wellness. Using innovative therapeutic techniques, your stay will be a lesson in the Portuguese relationship with time; slowing down, eating well, and taking care of yourself. From locally-sourced weaving algae to moisturise and replenish the skin’s water reserves to the age-old Lusitanian Ritual massage using Portuguese Calabashes and sunflower oil from the marshes of the Ribatejo for full-body relaxation, the spa menu is laden with native treatments that can be tailored to achieve specific benefits or objectives of each guest. A four-day Detox and Relaxation package starts from €850 per person and includes a range of treatments.
REAL SPA, GRANDE REAL SANTA EULALIA RESORT & HOTEL SPA, ALBUFEIRA, PORTUGAL.
This feature first appeared in the November issue of Irish Tatler.