Luxury wellness retreats for a restful and holistic holiday

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Holidays are lovely, but if you tend to return more exhausted than before you left, perhaps it’s time to consider a different type of getaway…

Wellness destinations and health-focussed holidays are having a moment, with everything from mental health and detox to fitness and anti-ageing retreats available to those willing to think outside the conventional holiday box.

To help, we’ve put together a few ideas to give you a flavour of what’s on offer. 

And if you’d like to know more, or find out about other wellness retreats available via our trusted partners, contact our concierge team via WhatsApp on +966 533 633 607 to find out more.

1. Palmaia, Mexico

Surrounded by lush jungle and the pristine beaches of Mexico’s Riviera Maya, sits Palmaïa, a luxury hotel with a dedication to wellness, sustainable practices, nature-inspired treatments and plant-based food. Expert-led classes include sound healing, tai chi, and yoga while private meditation suites and an exceptional kids’ club are also available to guests. 
Best for: all-inclusive wellness programme
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2. COMO Shambhala Estate, Bali

Located close to the jungle region of Ubud, Shambhala prides itself on its targeted, holistic approach to health and wellbeing. Resident experts, dieticians and therapists provide individual wellness programmes – Cleanse, Be Active, Ayurvedic and Bespoke – to help you change your life for the better through detoxification, health, fitness and nutritional advice. Don’t miss the natural spring water pools, with magnificent views over the jungle covered gorge and river.
Best for: health & wellness, natural spings
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3. Sugar Beach, St Lucia

Sugar Beach brings world-class luxury to the rugged, natural charm of St Lucia, while the luxurious treetop Rainforest Spa is undoubtedly the piece de resistance. One of the best gyms in the Caribbean is available on site, as well as tennis facilities and a variety of water sports. 
Best for: spa treatments, adventure activities
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4. Zulal Wellness Resort, Qatar

Delightfully tucked away on the Arabian Gulf, Zulal Resort weaves traditional Middle-Eastern wellness practices with more contemporary health and wellness rituals. The resort is split into two areas, with one catering to families, including activities such as kayaking and children’s Reiki treatments, and another adults only section featuring transformative treatments such as traditional Shirobhyanga, guided pranayama and advanced physiotherapy.
Best for: holistic wellbeing, traditional Arabic & Islamic medicine (TAIM)
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5. Kamalaya Koh Samui, Thailand

This multi-award-winning hotel and spa is nestled in the tropical landscape of Koh Samui, offering a sense of freedom and serenity. The emphasis here is on personal wellbeing and reconnecting with a healthy lifestyle through a range of holistic treatments and personal consultations. There’s even a centuries-old cave used by Buuddhist monks who were drawn to its healing energy. Perfect if you’re in need of detox, stress relief, emotional re-balance or just some old-fashioned R&R. 
Best for: wellness sanctuary and holistic spa
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