We’re writers who test spas, retreats & healthy holidays

Caroline's yoga feet at Como © Caroline Sylger Jones:Queen of Retreats

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.

Mindfulness: technology

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Digital Detox Mindfulness

In her fifth column for us on mindfulness, writer & co-founder of Satvada Retreats Lucia Cockcroft explores how to keep sane in a non-stop digital world.

Wildfitness: fitness holidays all over the world

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In Short: Wildfitness offer highly inventive fitness holidays that use outdoor, natural surroundings to get you fit so you feel as far from an urban gym as you possibly can. They were created in 2001 by all-round athlete Tara Wood, who’s warm, funny and lovely to be with, and are run by a hand-picked team of trainers. There are 9 day fitness holidays at Chwaka Bay in Zanzibar and the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, 7 and 14 day breaks in Spain and short fitness and cooking breaks on the Isle of Wight. It’s not a problem if the last time you did anything like this was when you were five, as you’re encouraged to go at your own pace and rest when you need to. Your body is pretty much guaranteed to change shape for the better, and you’ll feel it. From £690 per person for 3 days on the Isle of Wight.

Note: Because of the political situation Wildfitness are not currently running fitness weeks where they first started in Kenya. 

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Wildfitness holidays cost from £690 per person for 3 days on the Isle of Wight, from £1970 per person for a week in Spain, from £2250 per person for a 9 day course in Kenya.

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Queen of Retreats Editor Caroline Sylger Jones & her fellow fitness fanatics/wrecks on a Wildfitness holiday in Kenya

Wildfitness offer highly inventive fitness holidays in beautiful locations that use outdoor, natural surroundings to get you fit so you feel as far from an urban gym as you possibly can.

Finding zen in the ripe gardens of Zening in Cyprus

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Zening Elia Villa Resort yoga health Cyprus

‘There is something pleasantly disorganized about Zening – the slight sand in the sun cream only serves to make guests more zen in the end’ – Connie Allfrey experiences Zening in Cyrpus

Retreats for You: a creative space for writers & artists in North Devon

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In Short: Held in the home of Deborah Dooley and her partner Bob Cooper in the picturesque North Devon village of Sheepwash, Retreats for You offers a relaxing, cosy, creative space for writers, both published and unpublished – other artists occasionally book in too. Why come? Because all your needs will be met, so that you can focus on putting pen to paper. And, if you choose to be sociable, you’ll benefit from the creative chats that arise when you are in a community of like-minded writers. You can also go to the local beach, bike, walk, have in-room treatments and even book a woodwork workshop with Bob, who’s an artisan carpenter. This is a great value retreat that’s open all year, though closed on the 23-30th December.

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Retreats for You creative space for writers artists North Devon

Held in the home of Deborah Dooley and her partner Bob Cooper in the picturesque North Devon village of Sheepwash, Retreats for You offers a relaxing, cosy, creative space for writers, both published and unpublished – other artists occasionally book in too.

Spa watch: Ushvani, Chelsea

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Ushvani is a drop-in London spa dedicated to holistic health and meticulously style luxury

‘This peaceful Malaysian drop-in spa indulged my love for order and beautiful spaces in one fell swoop’ – Olivia Mackinder visits Ushvani in Chelsea

Getting into the team spirit on an Apples & Pears fitness bootcamp in Devon

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Apples & Pears fitness boot camps Dubai Devon Somerset Scotland

‘I had never been enthusiastic about team sports – probably because I was so crap at them – but I actually enjoyed the relay races and other games’ – Ruth Rosselson experiences an Apples & Pears boot camp.