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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.

Tummy rubs & candy pink toes on a babymoon spa break at Chewton Glen

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Chewton Glen spa hotel Hampshire

‘The highlight, and something I haven’t experienced elsewhere, was a massage bed with a deep dip to accommodate my bump – I wasn’t the first pregnant woman to want to take it home with her’ – Louisa Carter experiences Chewton Glen

Therapist watch: The Muscle Whisperer Sophia Kupse

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Sophia Kupse Muscle Whisperer

‘Whether I actually believe in the theory or not, I can’t deny it’s triggered some sort of emotional release’ – Jane Dunford visits Sophia Kupse, The Muscle Whisperer, in a London Harley Street clinic.

Queenly Nutrition: Chocolate

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Queenly nutrition chocolate energy balls

Nutritionist and retreat leader Rebecca Andrist tells us about dark chocolate and shares a tasty, easy recipe you can make at home.

Living la vida local in (a healthy) Barcelona

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Leave it to Barcelona bespoke wellbeing holiday retreat Spain

‘Everywhere we go, it feels like we’re on the guest list. We are getting in’ – Mimi Spencer experiences Leave it to Barcelona

Farmhouse Farmhouse: B&B with natural therapies in Dorset

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In Short: Farnham Farmhouse is a gorgeous, family-run, ivy-clad 19th century farmhouse B&B set in serene Thomas Hardy countryside. In the grounds you’ll find Sarpenela Natural Therapies Centre, built into the original stables, where a truly holistic range of treatments with expert therapists will help you find a new sense of equilibrium and set you back on track. From £80 per room per night based on 2 sharing, treatments from £30.

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From £80 per room per night based on 2 sharing, treatments from £30.

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Farnham Farmhouse is a family-run, ivy-clad 19th century farmhouse B&B set in serene Thomas Hardy countryside. In the grounds you’ll find Sarpenela Natural Therapies Centre built into the original stables, where a truly holistic range of treatments with expert therapists will help set you back on track.

Jnane Tamsna: arty wellbeing near Marrakech

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In Short: Jnane Tamsna is an art-filled, peaceful and spacious place in La Palmeraie, a  flat enclave filled with palm trees about a 15 minute drive from the centre of Marrakech. Though regular holiday makers come here, the owners can also organise personal trainers, yoga and pilates teachers and therapists for you, so you can create your own bespoke retreat alone or with a friend. A Moorish version of a Spanish hacienda tucked away along a rough track and set in nine acres of gardens, it’s an idyllic base for creating the exact healthy holiday you want, whether it’s a vegetarian yoga week with evening meditation or a guided hiking, biking, mountain climbing, camel riding family adventure. Either way you will have good food and drink and a wonderful, arty home from home. From €130 (£111) per room per night, bed & breakfast.

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Prices range from €130 (£111) per room per night for a small standard room up to €420 (£360) for a garden room in high season, which includes breakfast, soft drinks, laundry and ironing, WiFi and taxes. Yoga sessions cost E50 (£43) and Pilates sessions are E35 (£30). In room massages cost from E50 (£43). Cookery lessons cost E50 (£43) and result in a lunch that you have cooked.

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The outdoor sitting room is the perfect relaxation spot at Jnane Tamsna  © Caroline Sylger Jones

Jnane Tamsna is an art-filled, peaceful and spacious place in La Palmeraie, a peaceful flat enclave filled with palm trees about a 15 minute drive from the centre of Marrakech. Though regular holiday makers come here, the owners can also organise personal trainers, yoga and pilates teachers and therapists for you, so you can create your own bespoke retreat alone or with a friend.