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January 2019
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In a modern world saturated with smart phones and new technology, it can be difficult to switch off and take time away from our screens

We’ve rounded up the 5 best retreats which encourage you to step back, recharge and concentrate on your wellbeing.
UK: BHappy Project

UK: BHappy Project

What: This transformational and engaging two-day retreat will equip you with the tools you need to create powerful change in your life. In a small group of like-minded people, you’ll take part in a series of therapy sessions, workshops, and talks designed to engage and inspire. Hopefully you will finish by unlocking new possibilities and overcoming what has been holding you back from achieving what you want in life. After the practical sessions, you can enjoy a 45-minute ESPA treatment and the luxury facilities in order to reflect and process what you’ve learned so far. There are many reasons someone might choose to take part in the BHappy Project, among which are feeling anxious or stressed in your daily life, confidence issues, you want to become a better person, or you feel like you’re on the wrong career path. 

Where: Located in one of the North East’s leading locations for spa and wellbeing, Ramside Hall, you will spend two days in 250 acres of beautiful private gardens on a journey of self-discovery, reconnecting to nature.

How much: £380, which includes the workshop, accommodation, access to luxury facilities, a 45-minute spa treatment, breakfast on day one and lunch on day two, and a follow-up coaching session.

www.bhappyproject.co.uk

Switzerland: Detox retreat

Switzerland: Detox retreat

What: Rejuvenate and detox are the buzzwords for this retreat. Perfect for January’s New Year’s resolutions, this package includes a personalised diet plan which will help you achieve noticeable results, as well as digestive tract cleansing to rid your body of any toxins. Intensify the detoxification progress with full-body and lymph massages and professional care from doctors who will perform an analysis to get to know your current health condition and provide top-quality advice on maintaining your healthy lifestyle once you’re back home.

Where: What better backdrop for a rejuvenation retreat than the stunning mountain scenery of Switzerland? Nestled at the foot of the Alps, the Grand Resort Bad Ragaz draws on centuries’ of experience of bathing and spa traditions, offering everything you’d expect a five-star luxury resort to offer.
How much: Seven-day packages from £7,385 per person, which includes full board, accommodation, and everything that your detox requires.

www.resortragaz.ch

France: Wellness Retreat

France: Wellness Retreat

What: Exchange the run-of-the-mill holiday where all you do lie by the pool for this invigorating health and fitness retreat in south-eastern France. A fitness boost with a touch of luxury, this retreat will challenge you to reach your wellness goals amid snowy mountains, supplemented by nutritious meals and of course, some well-deserved rest and relaxation. Guided hikes and outdoor yoga are just some of the activities you can partake in to improve your health, and you can choose from light, intensive and restorative exercise options to suit your needs. Quintessence also offer ways for you to improve your mind, such contemplation by the fire or reading up on health and wellbeing practices from their vastly-stocked library. 

Where: The retreat is situated in the heart of the French Alps in one of the largest ski resorts of Courchevel. With an altitude of 1,300–1,850 metres, you can be sure of breathtaking vistas and a magical natural setting. Once arrived, guests are housed in the stylish luxurious chalets, surrounded by nature and enjoying uninterrupted mountain views.

How much: Price on application. 

www.quintessence-retreats.com

Greece: Euphoria Retreat

Greece: Euphoria Retreat

What: Blending Greek and Chinese healing traditions, this retreat will take you on a journey of wellness and restoration, allowing you to experience a true state of happiness and bliss. They have a wealth of retreats to choose from, so whether you want help losing weight, to improve your emotional and physical wellbeing, or simply relax and destress, there’s sure to be the package for you. Whatever your goal, you can achieve it in luxury, with their custom-designed menu, stylish suites, and stunning surroundings. 

Where: The lush forests of Mount Taygetus provides the glorious backdrop to the Euphoria Retreat, with the scents of the citrus groves and olive trees permeating the air. The town of Mystras is just two-and-a-half hours away from the bustling city of Athens, but there is an other-worldly calm about it as it is sheltered by the mountainside, making it the ideal place to reconnect with nature.

How much: Packages start from £725 per person 

www.euphoriaretreat.com

Portugal: Mindful Triathlon

Portugal: Mindful Triathlon

What: Take a deep breath and enjoy the serene woodland and mountain range surroundings as you embark on your journey to mindfulness. The Monchique Resort and Spa is dedicated to rebalancing your body with nature walks in nearby hills and valleys, high-intensity circuits and training, and Vinyasa yoga, as well as your mind with a Chakra meditation session in your tranquil surroundings. They’ll also introduce you to the mindful practice of Pranayama, which teaches you to control your breathing, and you’ll finish off with a restorative massage at their Sensorial Spa to leave you feeling utterly at peace.

Where: In an undiscovered area of Portugal lies the Monchique Resort & Spa in western Algarve, which combines modern design with unspoiled surroundings to provide the perfect place to relax and rejuvenate. With views of the mountains and the coast, you won’t find it difficult to disconnect from modern-day stresses and get back to nature. 

How much: Escape for a four-day break from £460 per person, including bed and breakfast, mindful triathlon consultation, four private activities (choose from among hikes, meditation and yoga), as well as access to the spa and gym facilities. 

www.monchiqueresort.com

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