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Wellness Escapes. Blow Out vs Budget

Whether you’re looking to boost your fitness, cleanse your body or improve your sleep, a wellness escape is ideal for a mind-body-soul reboot. Self-care with the support of wellness experts is a guaranteed spirit enhancer, elevating both the psychological and physical condition.

Don’t despair if you’re seeking bliss on a budget, there are plenty of wellness escapes out there to meet your feel-good needs without feeling stretched financially. From the physically demanding to the spiritually enlightening and intellectually stimulating, do a bit of research to find a retreat that is tailored precisely to your goals, interests and of-course, bank balance.

For a little inspiration, check out these wellness escapes and destinations that will help you feel happier, lighter and a little bit spoilt.


38 Degrees North, Ibiza or Marbella

Squat, lunge, jump and thrust your way through one of these award-winning luxury fitness and wellbeing retreats. 38 Degrees North run a range of three to six night programmes in Ibiza and Marbella, with around five hours of training included per day. Hiking, kettlebells, boxing, TRX, circuit training, yoga, Pilates, paddle boarding and so much more is on offer here that you are guaranteed to get out of any workout rut. Their aim is to positively improve guests’ quality of life by creating long-term lifestyle changes, so also expect workshops on subjects like nutrition and motivational goal setting to really help build lasting results. Breakfast and lunch are provided, and the accommodation is sophisticated and chic with serene sea views. They claim it’s not unusual for their clients to lose 4-5% body fat over a 6-day retreat AND drop their metabolic age by 10 years! No further encouragement required. 

Retreats run from January to November and prices start at £1,199 per person for a three night programme.

Revivo Wellness Resort, Bali

This recently-opened resort is fast becoming a hot spot for head to toe healing. Surrounded by tropical teak forest in the Nusa Dua region of southern Bali, Revivo exudes a sense of peace from every corner. Designed around minimalist, elegant and breezy outdoor living, the boutique resort combines ancient Balinese traditions with state-of-the-art facilities. They offer bespoke health and fitness programmes to challenge the physical body and to train the mind. Depending on your goals, the tailor-made programmes cover detox and organic weight loss, anti-ageing plans, emotional balance programs and destressing techniques to promote better sleep. Activities cover a whole spectrum of options, including pranayama yoga, Tibetan meditation, tai chi, aqua sculpt, body pump and pole dancing. Everything here is designed to nurture the body through wellbeing and balance, and that includes the food. So expect colourful and inventive nutritious dishes that are healthy and taste sublime.

Prices start at $719 per night.

Kamalaya, Thailand

There aren’t many resorts that boast of their own ancient meditation cave, however Kamalaya has been a place of pilgrimage since a Buddhist monk first retreated here three centuries ago. Tucked away in the jungle-clad hillside on Koh Samui, this resort blends effortlessly into the unspoilt surroundings, reverberating with the sounds of nature. They offer an extensive and complementary approach to wellbeing, and every stay starts with a personalised consultation to ensure each guest’s physical, spiritual and emotional needs will be met. Utterly indulgent, the ambience is dedicated to healing and rejuvenation. Whether you come for a few nights or participate in one of their dedicated wellness programmes, there are daily fitness activities and luxurious spa treatments on offer to help you feel your very best.

Prices start at £185 per night, room only.


Soul & Surf, Kerala

Rich in ancient practices like Ayurveda and yoga, India is one of the most sought-after destinations for wellness and healing. Fortunately, it’s also a great choice if you’re on a shoestring budget. For a casual yet comfortable base to relax, practice yoga, surf, meditate and explore, head to Soul & Surf Kerala. Open from October to May, they offer rooftop yoga sessions overlooking the Arabian Sea and surf lessons for all levels. With its laid-back vibe, no-fuss approach and dreamy cliff-top setting, this is the perfect place to regain some perspective, enjoy life’s simple pleasures and rekindle your spirit.

Prices start at £46 per person per night.

Punta Vitality Absolute Fit, Croatia

Attack those healthier lifestyle goals with a holiday programme that combines energising sports activities with luxurious wellness treatments. Guests receive a health and fitness consultation, a massage and access to activities that include Nordic walking, Pilates and body weight training. Full use of the spa facilities and group exercise classes are also included. Located on the waterfront, Vitality Hotel Punta is a modern four-star resort and is open from April to September. Even the climate and vegetation here is said to be healing so you really are cocooned in restorative vibes.

From €214 per person for 4 nights

Mind & Body Balance Escape at Monchique Resort & Spa, Portugal

Located in a mountainous woodland haven, this yoga, Pilates and mediation retreat is aimed at helping you to find and restore balance. Daily classes, peaceful walks, healing water and healthy food combine to stimulate and purify guests’ energy with the goal of leaving you feeling deeply relaxed. The five-star resort focuses on 4 main pillars: wellness, nature, gastronomy and sports. It’s an idyllic and serene spot with glorious views of both the mountains and coast. Make sure you also experience the Sensorial Spa Thermal Circuit for its detoxifying and rejuvenating properties and let all the daily stresses of home life float up and away.

From €247 per person for 2 nights

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