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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.

Feeling free at LUX Maldives in the South Ari Atoll

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LUX Maldives island family spa resort

‘Unlike many Maldivian islands, this one’s so huge you can actually work up a sweat going round it’ – Caroline Sylger Jones experiences LUX Maldives

Ockenden Manor: gourmet food & a thoroughly modern spa in Sussex

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In Short: Great for a cosseting pamper break, Ockenden Manor is a country house hotel with a Michelin starred restaurant and a stunning modern spa set in the little village of Cuckfield with views over the tranquil Sussex countryside. Part of the Historic Sussex Hotels group, the rather fabulous spa has an indoor/outdoor pool with sauna, steam room and rainforest walk through shower shower next to a suite of eight calm treatment rooms. There’s an extensive menu of  treatments, and yoga weekends sometimes run here. The food is generally sublime. From £197.50 per night (single occupancy) for dinner, bed and breakfast, including full use of the spa. Yoga Retreat from £1,884 per person based on two people sharing including accommodation, meals, yoga and 8 treatments. See below for full costs.

Yoga retreat breaks for 2014:

15-17 July

16-18 September

18-20 November

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Ockenden Manor Spa hotel & yoga retreats

Part of the Historic Sussex Hotels group, Ockenden Manor comprises a stunning modern spa attached to a charming old country house hotel with a Michelin starred restaurant in tranquil Sussex countryside.

Hotel Tresanton: a haven at St Mawes, Cornwall

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In Short: This delightful seaside hotel in the peaceful village of St Mawes is a calm and understatedly stylish place to stay thanks to its owner Olga Polizzi. In one small and unassuming treatment room you can have an impressively wide range of treatments with local therapists, which include massage using organic Spiezia products and brilliant facial reflexology with Graham Sluter. From £245 per night based on two sharing with breakfast included.

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Double rooms cost from £245 per night based on two sharing with breakfast included. Facial reflexology costs £70, deep tissue massage £75 and shiatsu £90, with each example lasting one hour. Nearest station is St Austell.

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This delightful seaside hotel in the peaceful village of St Mawes is a calm and understatedly stylish place to stay thanks to its owner Olga Polizzi. In one small and unassuming treatment room you can have an impressively wide range of treatments with local therapists, who include brilliant facial reflexologist Graham Sluter.

A word from the king on Ku Retreats on Ibiza

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Ku Retreats macrobiotic fitness holistic health Ibiza

‘Miguel struck me as a slender version of Arnold Schwarzenegger – he’s in phenomenal shape, with a warm deep voice and a broad smile that frequently lights up his teaching’ – Matt Mellen experiences Ku Retreats, Ibiza.

What’s so good about Epsom salt baths?

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Epsom Salts

Reclaim Your Self’s Jools Sampson explains Espom Salts.

Kick starting The Fast Diet in Mauritius

The Fast Diet Mimi Spencer Mauritius

Caroline Sylger Jones tries out Mimi Spencer’s ‘Kickstart the Fast Diet’ package for guests at Constance Le Prince Maurice in Mauritius.

Yeotown’s yoga & surf retreat in Bali

A viewpoint at Gajah Mina Beach

Warriors, Waves & Wellbeing is a seven night retreat, 23-30 August 2014, led by Yeotown founder and yoga teacher Mercedes Ngoh at Gajah Mina Beach in Bali.

The Island Experience in Brazil

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In Short: The Island Experience is a week-long healthy holiday set amidst the stunning rainforest and pristine beaches of Ilha Grande off the coast of Rio de Janeiro. You stay in a stylish, rustic lodge overlooking a lagoon and have on offer twice-daily yoga, daily hikes or kayaks, three massages during the week and healthy meals in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. The holiday runs on specific weeks from March till the end of November, and only takes a maximum of 12 guests at a time. Each healthy week starts on a Sunday evening, and you are welcome to do two weeks back-to-back when they are running. From $2300 (about £1370) per person in a shared room for 6 nights, including all activites, food and transfers.

Upcoming dates in 2014:

2-8 November

9-15 November

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The Island Experience health fitness yoga retreat Brazil

The Island Experience is a week-long healthy holiday set amidst the stunning rainforest and pristine beaches of Ilha Grande off the coast of Rio de Janeiro. You stay in a stylish, rustic lodge overlooking a lagoon and have on offer twice-daily yoga, daily hikes or kayaks, three massages during the week and healthy meals in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.