The moment January rolls around, men and women across the country are still suffering from the side effects of one too many holiday season indulgences.
But instead of signing up to a gym or purchasing one of the many inevitable detox programs, perhaps a luxury celebrity-style wellness getaway could be the key to kicking the year off right.
Here, FEMAIL rounds up the most desirable wellness holidays on offer for 2018 and the best places to go at each time of the year – from a Thai New Year‘s cleanse in January to a mid-year mindful escape in the Mediterranean.
Upscale your downtime: A luxury retreat that caters to all your health ne can restore and revive even the most flagging spirits
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JANUARY – NEW YEAR CLEANSE, THAILAND
Starting the New Year with a thorough detox is the perfect way to hit the ground running, refreshed and ready to go.
If rejuvenating on a palm-fringed beach sounds like the perfect way to help you cleanse from the indulgences of the festive period, you might want to consider a stay at The Barai in Thailand.
As well as a top of the line spa programme, The Barai Vital Body Cleanse offers a range of detox treatments including abdominal massages and moor mud wraps, a specially-designed detox menu.
Seven nights at The Barai is priced at AUD $6,270 pp or $9,523 single occupancy (£3,538pp or £5,373).
Take time out in Thailand: The Barai Vital Body Cleanse offers a range of detox treatments and holistic approaches to wellness to set you on the path this new year
FEBRUARY – HOLISTIC WEIGHT LOSS, SRI LANKA
Make the next 12 months your healthiest yet with a holistic weight loss programme set in the lush green surrounds of The Santani, Sri Lanka.
This health retreat, with a fitness focus, will get you shape with a range of energetic group classes and outdoor activities.
The spa’s holistic approach, centred on a body and mind fusion, also offers yoga and daily meditation sessions.
To make sure your ‘new you’ stays looking great, the retreat instills healthy eating habits through a personalised diet plan, coupled with raw cooking and lifestyle classes to ensure the changes are sustainable.
Seven nights at The Santani is priced at AUD $5,459pp or $6,779 single occupancy (£3,080pp or £3,825).
The Santani brings body and mind together through a focus on yoga and daily meditation sessions
MARCH – DIGITAL DETOX, PORTUGAL
If you’re looking for a way to take time out from technology, a two-day ‘e-tox’ (digital detox) Portugal is the perfect way to help you let go of your digital dependence.
Pine Cliffs, set in coastal Algarve, offers a programme that includes meditative breathing techniques, relaxation massages and an ‘energy break’, under the retreat‘s signature pine trees.
Getting physical is encouraged, so be prepared to head to the beach for a spot of personal training or paddle-boarding.
The retreat also focuses on health and well-being though juice cleansing and nutrient-rich food.
Seven nights at Pine Cliffs is priced at AUD $3,672pp or $5,427 single occupancy (£2,072pp or £3,062)
If you’re looking for a way to take time out from technology, a two-day ‘e-tox’ (digital detox) Portugal is the perfect way to help you let go of your digital dependence
E-tox (digital detox) in style: Pine Cliffs, set in coastal Algarve, offers a a programme that includes meditative breathing techniques, relaxation massages and an ‘energy break
APRIL – SURF AND YOGA SESSIONS, MOROCCO
This spa-cation offers the best of both worlds – an active break in sun-drenched Morocco coupled with yoga sessions that will leave you fit, lean and oh-so relaxed.
The Paradis Plage Surfing is the perfect place to do a spot of surfing – and if you’re a beginner, you can learn one-on-one.
The retreat also offers mountain hikes, or cultural expeditions.
There are also pampering power treatments available such beach-side massages and bespoke spa treatments.
Seven nights at Paradis Plage Surfing is priced at AUD $1,453 pp or $2,197 single occupancy (£820pp or £1,240).
An active break in sun-drenched Morocco coupled with yoga sessions that will leave you fit, lean and oh-so relaxed.
The wellness retreat also offers pampering power treatments available such beach-side massages and bespoke spa treatments
MAY – MINDFULNESS RETREAT, MARBELLA
As it gets closer to the middle of the year, a much-needed mindfulness break could be exactly what you need to help you stay feeling refreshed and recharged.
If mind-body is your spa-cation focus, a break at the Marbella Club Mindful Triathlon offers the perfect blend of both.
While fitness activities are part of the Marbella’s programme, it also encourages mindfulness through a range of yoga styles, guided meditations and Tibetan bowl vibrational massages.
Seven nights at Marabella Club Mindful Triathlon is priced at AUD $4,507pp or $7,531 single occupancy (£2,543pp or £4,249).
If mind-body is your spa-cation focus, a break at the Marbella Club Mindful Triathlon offers the perfect blend of both
JUNE – SHAPE UP, IBIZA
If getting, or staying, in shape is a priority, then a health retreat in Ibiza that offers a health programme will set you on the right track for looking, and feeling, great.
The Body Camp retreat is designed for those wanting an active schedule so expect daily sessions of circuits, aerobics, Swiss ball, boxing, running, swimming, deep stretching, body sculpting and rebounding.
Though the focus is on physical health, the mind is also given a much needed break with daily meditation sessions, cookery classes and creativity workshops.
Seven nights at The Body Camp is priced at AUD $3,216pp (£1,815).
The Body Camp offers a retreat in Ibiza with a fitness will set you on the right track for looking and feeling great
The Body Camp: Though the focus is on physical health, the mind is also given a much needed break with daily meditation sessions
JULY – ENJOY FUSION FITNESS, SARDINIA
Accelerating fitness goals is entirely possible through a wellness retreat, especially one such as Fort Village Fusion Fitness which offers a luxury boot camp regime.
Rather than grinding away in a gym, you’ll be taking in the glorious sights of Sardinia as you enjoy a bespoke fitness programme, personalised to your ne.
Though exercise is the resort’s main focus, it also offers a range of energising activities such Ayurveda yoga and specialised Thalasso therapy treatments.
The sprawling retreat is spread over eight hotels and 21 restaurants so it’s guaranteed to offer something for everyone.
Seven nights at Forte Village Fusion Fitness is priced at AUD $4,347 or $6,655 single occupancy (£2,453pp or £3,755)
Rather than grinding away in a gym, take in the glorious sights of Sardinia as you enjoy your bespoke fitness programme
AUGUST – SOOTHING SPA, ITALY
If soothing your way to well-being is your idea of the perfect retreat, then Lefay Spa, set among the alpine mountains in Italy, is your perfect wellness get-away.
The retreat attracts like-minded souls from all corners of the globe looking to indulge in it’s wellness programme, so expect the latest in health and wellness practices.
The resort’s signature spa, ‘World of Water and Fire’ features a private saline pool with a suspended moon above it to create a truly calming atmosphere to relax and unwind.
The Lefey attracts like-minded souls from all corners of the globe looking to indulge in it’s wellness programme, so expect the latest in health and wellness practices
Lefay Spa set among the alpine mountains in Italy is your perfect wellness get-away
‘The Lefay SPA Scientific Committee has created a wellness approach born from the union between Classical Chinese Medicine and Western scientific research,’ the spa’s website states.
‘This union is the basis of the Health Programmes Lefay SPA Method, personalised according to individual ne, to achieve a complete mental and physical well-being and to pursue different objectives.’
Seven nights at Lefay Spa is priced at AUD $3,899pp or $4,776 single occupancy (£2,200pp or £2,695).
‘The Lefay SPA Scientific Committee has created a wellness approach born from the union between Classical Chinese Medicine and Western scientific research’
SEPTEMBER – MENTAL MAKEOVER, PORTUGAL
While stress a daily basis is a given, too much can lead to myriad health issues – both physical and mental.
This rejuvenating retreat offers a total mind reset though a specially designed coaching programme using state-of-the-art techniques to build mental fortitude.
The Mind Coaching Retreat at Macdonald Monchique works with expert mind coach Steve McKeown to help strengthen psychological resolve.
With lifestyle tips and group sessions, the centre promises to rejuvenate and restore a positive and healthy mindset.
This rejuvenating retreat offers a total mind reset though a specially designed psychological coaching programme
OCTOBER – AYURVEDA BREAK, INDIA
If cleansing and re-balancing speaks to your idea of a wellness retreat, then this holistic programme boasts the best in relaxation and self-discovery.
The Atmantan Ayurveda retreat, in the north of India, offers the perfect spot to rejuvenate and revive even the most tired and flagging spirits.
Nestled between the Sahyadri mountains and the Mulshi Lake, the Atmantan is a relaxing hideaway with a focus on holistic well-being.
It’s wellness programme includes reflexology, a variety of yoga practices and Ayurvedic approaches to healing.
Seven nights at the Atmantan is priced at AUD $5,928pp or $7,772 single occupancy (£3,345pp or £4,385).
The Atmantan Ayurveda retreat, in the north of India, offers the perfect spot to rejuvenate even the most tired and flagging spirits
NOVEMBER – FARM-TO-WELLNESS, COSTA RICA
With the pace of urban living sure to strip even the most serene, a return to the land can provide restoration.
The Retreat in Costa Rica offers a luxury wellness experience, set in secluded grounds with sweeping views of the sea.
The spa offers a carefully curated return to the land experience, with limited guest numbers.
Though there is a back-to-nature focus that includes cooking and gardening, other treatments also ensure you return to city life feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
Seven nights at The Retreat is priced at AUD $5,260pp or $7,851 single occupancy (£2,968pp or £4,430).
The luxe retreat in Costa Rica offers a carefully curated return to the land experience to help restore and revitalise tired and stressed city dwellers
DECEMBER – PRE-CHRISTMAS RESTORATIVE BREAK, ST LUCIA
This wellness break would not only see you through a frantic festive season, it’s as likely to set you on the path to healthy living for the coming year.
BodyHoliday in St Lucia offers a programme designed with luxury well being in mind, with the sanctuary providing every imaginable way to relax, unwind and recharge.
‘From time-honoured massages and therapies for ultimate relaxation to state-of-the-art programmes for restoring optimal health, there is an endless list of luxuries to indulge in,’ BodyHoliday’s website states.
Personal training sessions on offer at BodyHoliday St Lucia ensure you are restore to optimal health
The ultimate wellness experience will not only prepare you for Christmas, but possibly for the rest of your life
Hosted by Olympic legends, Colin Jackson and Leon Taylor, the experience is second to none, and will not only prepare you for Christmas, but possibly for the rest of your life.
Seven nights at The Retreat is priced at AUD $5,260pp or $7,851 single occupancy (£2,968pp or £4,430).
For advice, guidance and booking visit Health and Fitness Travel or call 0203 397 8891
Includes accommodation, full board, detox program, return flights and transfers.
Does not include travel from Australia
Includes accommodation, full board, return flights and transfers. Does not include travel from Australia