Everyone needs to recharge, but the eye-watering price tag that accompanies a weekend spent guzzling herbal tea and swanning around in a white robe is enough to send you straight back into another nervous breakdown. While there are no 24-karat gold body wraps or blood-curdling vampire facials on the menu, these health-centric holidays provide an antidote to modern day stresses – and leave you with cash to spare to continue your good habits at home.

C Hotel & Spa Lake Como, Italy

Near the shores of tranquil Lake Como, the stone-clad boutique C-Hotel and Spa is a truly sensual awakening. Cementing itself as a euphoric retreat in the hills engulfing the lake, the state-of-the-art wellness centre consists of a Turkish bath, aero-massage indoor thermal pool and outdoor saltwater pool. Heightening the exclusivity of the space is the strict eight-guest limit. Rare materials such as teak and sea stone finish off its minimalistic, luxe appearance.

  • +39 039 955400
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  • Via N. Sauro
    Cassago Brianza LC

Furnas Boutique Hotel Azores, Portugal

The Azores, an archipelago of nine volcanic islands set in the of the Atlantic Ocean, remain an under-the-radar European destination. Located on the largest island of Sâo Miguel, the design-centric Furnas Boutique Hotel use huge glass panels to blend in with the serene natural surroundings. Striking, large-scale nature photographs feature heavily through the hideaway and a soothing palette of green, brown and white echo the volcanic tones of the neighbouring Azorean springs. Wallow in the geothermal waters in both an indoor and outdoor pool complete with thermal water circuit. Later, draw on the ancestral powers of the famous Furnas spring waters with a massage ritual which uses clay, volcanic rocks and precious stones to boost your energy.

  • +351 296 249 200
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  • Avenida Dr. Manuel de Arriaga
    São Miguel

Bellinter House Dublin, Ireland

In the heart of the Boyne Valley just 40 minutes from Dublin city centre is this magnificent 18th-century Georgian House, complete with all mod-cons, an elegant spa and emerald-green views. Specialising in signature seaweed baths to sooth muscular aches, relieve stress and banish fatigue, Ballinteer’s organic blends of hand-harvested Irish seaweed are grown on the family farm on the wild Atlantic Coast. Rooms are filled with modern artwork and roll-top bathtubs, some of which are big enough for two. Ask the butler run you a bath using Voya, the world’s first certified organic seaweed-based products, and savour a peaceful escape in the solitude of the countryside.

  • +353 46 903 0900
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  • Ballinter House
    Co. Meath

Aristi Mountain Resort Zagori, Greece

High up in the Pindus Mountains of northern Greece sits this rustic stone lodge. Offering a version of Greece that eludes most travellers, this fuss-free spa and wellness centre offers panoramic views across dense forestland. Pristine lakes replace the characteristic olive groves found in the south and the dramatic Vikos Gorge spreads across the sight lines of the hotel. With a heated indoor pool and hot tub, an array of yoga classes and multiple massage sessions, it couldn’t be further away from a Greek party island.

  • +30 2653 041330
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  • Aristi Zagoriou
    Aristi 440 04

Almyra Hotel Paphos, Cyprus

Alymra Spa is an adults-only utopia catering to holistic health. The minimalist pure-white structure is set on Paphos’ sea-facing promenade, where freshwater pools meld into the sea and sky. Family-run since its opening in 1974, visit during off-season where Paphos is at its most serene. Fitness fanatics are well catered for with its winter fitness programme consisting of cycle training camps, yoga and water aerobics. For those seeking more relaxed beauty rituals, the “Ila Chakra” treatment is a restorative ritual with chakra-balancing essential oils, massage, facial and body scrub.

Daylesford Gloucestershire, UK

Five quintessential golden-stone Cotswold cottages, an organic farm shop and a wellness retreat form this idyllic Gloucestershire haven. Each cottage has been lovingly restored to its former glory with exposed-brick walls, roaring fireplaces and wooden beams. A breakfast basket overflowing with farm produce is delivered straight to your door ensuring mornings are spent lazily in bed. When you eventually rise, stretch your limbs with a restorative yoga class that caters to all abilities. Each stay also comes with a complimentary one-hour treatment in the Bamford Haybarn Spa. The celebrity-favourite signature facial comes with glowing recommendations thanks to an unusual mixture of reflexology, massage and polarity therapy to rebalance your skin.


Göreme Anatolian Houses Cappadocia, Turkey

The apocalyptic terrain of Cappadocia is enough to transport your troubles away without indulging in lengthy treatments. Making the most of the area’s fairytale charms are the Göreme Anatolian Houses, which are built into the rock inside eight carved chimneys all linked by underground passages. A large wellness centre boasts a moat-style outdoor pool, indoor pool and steam and sauna facilities. The mosaic bath spa burrowed beneath the hotel offer anti-ageing, skin-nourishing traditional Turkish hammam rituals. But the best bit has got to be the complimentary, free-flowing wine tap in the garden, there to enjoy beneath a sunset sky filled with colourful hot-air balloons.

  • +90 384 271 24 63
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  • Cevizler Sk
    Göreme Belediyesi

K-West Hotel & Spa London

London has no shortage of urban spas offering lunchtime back massages and post-work or pre-weekend express facials, but for those seeking a slightly longer staycation you’ll need to head west. K-West Hotel & Spa introduces London’s first snow cave, chilled to an icy -15 degrees. Alternate between the steam, sauna and ice environments in this Scandi-inspired rejuvenating routine that’ll cleanse, tighten and refresh your pores. Playing on its musical heritage – the former BBC Kensington house has seen the likes of David Bowie, Amy Winehouse and Bob Marley perform – team your stay with their “glam rock” afternoon tea, an explosion of electric-blue and pink crockery, tea-infused cocktails and a scrumptious, freshly baked side of “rolling scones”.

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