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Antonia Magor is a London-based nutritional therapist promoting health and wellbeing through nutritional science.
Whether it’s a medical spa, holistic retreat or wellness festival, a health-centric holiday can be the ultimate antidote to the stresses of modern life. While the idea might have once conjured up boot camp images of celery sticks and sprints in pursuit of ever-evasive self-improvement, these chic destinations are changing the game. From private islands to trailblazing treatments, we’ve rounded up the retreats that will leave you recharged and ready to go.
Around the world…
Sleek, minimal and and serene, SHA medi-spa is perched on the dramatic hills of Spain’s Costa Blanca coast. Therapists and practitioners peacefully glide around the complex in white tunics dishing out digestive tisanes, while the restaurant serves a wholesome macrobiotic menu. Offering a range of comprehensive programs, from weight loss and detoxing to anti-ageing, SHA can boast of impressive results thanks to a combination of ancient philosophies and cutting-edge technology.
Maria Wörth, Austria
VivaMayr’s distinctive clinical approach to wellness is not for the faint-hearted. The “Mayr Cure” was developed nearly 100 years ago by Dr Franz Xaver Mayr and focuses on resetting the digestive system through fasting, calorie restriction and applied kinesiology. Intensive detoxing in the first couple of days is emotionally and physically draining, but the euphoria and increased energy levels after day three more than make up for it – or so they say.
Hua Hin, Thailand
Chiva Som is a firm favourite among editors, celebrities and yogis alike. The Thai spa offers a range of programs with anything from a fitness to an anxiety focus. Packages include daily massages, physiotherapy and mind-body activities, and whichever plan you choose the aim is to teach you the techniques so you can continue your health journey at home.
The Aman collection has perfected the art of zen-like spas in stunning locations, and the Amanzoe does not disappoint. Nestled in rugged Grecian hillside, the spa blends ancient Greek rituals with the hotel group’s signature Asian philosophy. Treatments are infused with local ingredients such as eucalyptus, olive oil and clay, with a focus on mind and body restoration. Don’t miss the yoga pavilion for sunrise and sunset practices.
Obonjan Island, Croatia
This previously uninhabited Croatian island becomes an oasis of wellness in summer. Obonjan takes over the olive groves and sandy beaches with its chic bell tents, offering everything from sunrise yoga to wild fitness and holistic treatments, while nights are filled with live music, art workshops and astrology.
And if you’re in the UK…
Nestled within the picturesque Daylesford Cotswold flagship site, the Haybarn spa offers a range of botanical and holistic treatments alongside several restaurants, a florist and a farm shop. From yoga to massages, everything in this tranquil setting is geared towards harmony in mind, body and spirit. Complete with driftwood sculptures and white linen, it channels Daylesford’s signature brand of rustic chic and will leave you feeling soothed and pretty smug.
Cowdray House, West Sussex
The Bodhimaya philosophy aims to tackle modern-day burnout through intermittent fasting combined with meditation and yoga. Run by two brothers who work one-to-one with guests as well as hosting group talks and activities, it’s a super supportive environment which will leave you feeling good as new.
Grace is the ultimate destination when it comes to high-end wellness in London. This women-only club caters to your every need with its whole-body transformation programs, spa treatments, extensive medical centre and a restaurant serving angelic plates free from gluten, dairy and refined sugar.
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