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Queen of Retreats features in-depth, honest reviews of spas, retreats and healthy holidays of all tastes and budgets written by professional journalists and other published writers to help you sift through the hype. We are not an online brochure, travel agent or listings site: everything on our site is editorially driven and independently written, and we are committed to being honest, so our readers can find the right retreat to suit their tastes, budget and life situation.

Yoo Retreats: restoration in the Cotswolds

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In Short: The Lakes by Yoo is a luxury gated eco-estate in the Cotwolds that offers gorgeous all-year-round self catering in a truly tranquil setting, regular boot camps led by fitness guru Matt Roberts, and holistic, soul-soothing retreats led by Denise Leicester, founder of wellbeing and ethical beauty brand ila. What are you waiting for? It’s divine here.

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Yoo Retreats lake house view

The Lakes by Yoo is a luxury gated eco-estate in the Cotwolds that offers gorgeous all-year-round self catering in a truly tranquil setting, regular boot camps led by fitness guru Matt Roberts, and holistic, soul-soothing retreats led by Denise Leicester, founder of wellbeing and ethical beauty brand ila. What are you waiting for? It’s divine here.

Hotel Fidazerhof: a charming ayurvedic bolthole in Switzerland

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In Short: Set high up on the pine-studded mountainside above the quiet Swiss village of Flims (about an hour south of Zurich), Hotel Fidazerhof is an intimate, family-run, 12 bedroomed hotel with a little ayurveda spa for consultations and treatments - read all about ayurveda here. Use Fidazerhof as a relaxing hotel, enjoying the clean air, mountain walks, good organic food and your own choice of Ayurveda treatments, or come for a specialist ayurveda retreat ranging from 2 to 12 days in length which run at certain times of the year. Children are welcome – there is even a gentle massage available specifically for them. From 85 CHF Swiss Francs (about £60) per person, per night, bed and breakfast for a double ‘comfort’ room – scroll down for all costs.

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Check out www.fidazerhof.ch

From 85 CHF Swiss Francs (about £60) per person, per night, bed and breakfast for a double ‘comfort’ room without balcony during the low summer season plus taxes of about 4 CHF per person up to 190 CHF (about £130) per person per night in a deluxe south-facing room in the high winter season. Add an extra 50 CHF (about £35) per person for full board. There is a single supplement of 50-100 CHF (£35 to £70 depending on the room).

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Fidazerhof, a rejuvenating health retreat in Switzerland

Set high up on the pine-studded mountainside above the quiet Swiss village of Flims, Hotel Fidazerhof is an intimate, family-run, 12 bedroomed hotel with a little ayurveda spa for consultations and treatments.

Getting in touch with our inner Inca in Peru’s Sacred Valley

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‘Whatever you believe in, the ceremony is moving and educational when conducted by a genuine shaman’ – Paula Dear experiences a HighLives Travel Wellness Holiday in Peru.

Casa Ana: boutique B&B and wellbeing retreats in Andalucia

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In Short: Casa Ana is a gorgeous, low-key guesthouse in the fantastically secluded village of Ferreirola, the last white-washed village on a long and winding road through the Alpujarra mountains in Andalucia. It’s a classic retreat spot run by a personable English woman Anne Hunt, who has lived here for years and who offers year-round B&B so you can come to just relax, eat healthily, go hiking locally and book treatments with an excellent local therapist. Various life coaching, cooking, creative writing and walking holidays take place here throughout the year, and the property is available to hire as a venue.

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Casa Ana boutique B&B and wellbeing retreats Andalucia

Casa Ana is a gorgeous, low-key guesthouse in the fantastically secluded village of Ferreirola, the last white-washed village on a long and winding road through the Alpujarra mountains in Andalucia. It’s a classic retreat spot run by a personable English woman Anne Hunt, who has lived here for years and who offers year-round B&B so you can come to just relax, eat healthily, go hiking locally and book treatments with an excellent local therapist.

A spot of city soothing at Espace Nomad eco spa in Montreal

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‘Therapist Sophie Gaspard has the indefinably soothing energy of a natural-born healer’ – Jini Reddy experiences Espace Nomad

Therapist watch: movement therapist Ivana Daniell on Wimpole Street

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Movement therapist Ivana Daniell

‘When I study your body I can read your life’ – Caroline Phillips experiences a Life in Movement session with movement therapist Ivana Daniell at her London studios.

SenSpa Himalayan Bath Salts

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Himalayan Bath Salts

Senspa’s Himalayan Bath Salts provide a good value and easily obtainable way to retreat at home.