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In Short: The brain child of fit and friendly couple Kelly Morgan and James Davis, who originally hail from Devon, 38º North is a fiesty, talented company that runs effective and upbeat health and fitness retreats in Ibiza between April and October and at The Scarlet hotel in Cornwall between November and March. Keen and empathetic, Kelly and James are not only young and super fit themselves but also skilled at putting together teams who know how to properly take care of you.
Read about our experience with 38º North
Check out www.thirtyeightdegreesnorth.com. *Queen of Retreats readers get a free massage when they book – simply fill in our form or quote Queen of Retreats.
The brain child of fit and friendly couple Kelly Morgan and James Davis, who originally hail from Devon, 38º North is a fiesty, talented company that runs effective and upbeat health and fitness retreats in Ibiza between April and October and at The Scarlet hotel in Cornwall between November and March.
In Short: This is an intimate, nurturing weekend retreat for a small group of pregnant women to have the chance to escape, be looked after and connect with their unborn baby. It’s lovingly run by trained nurse, doula and natal hypnotherapist Heather Guerrini and her daughter-in-law, natal hypnotherapist Eliza Guerrini. Held in two comfy, cosy cottages in the peaceful Cotswolds countryside, the emphasis is on relaxation, practical and emotional support, encouragement and positive preparation for birth. The weekend includes plenty of delicious, freshly-prepared food, informative and inspiring workshops, taster sessions of natal hypnotherapy, a pregnancy yoga class and optional pregnancy-friendly treatments, as well as the chance to bond with other pregnant women. £500 per person including 2 nights accommodation, all meals, activities and transfers. Treatments are extra (around £65).
Retreats are help approximately every three months. The next available retreat dates are:
25 April – 27 April 2014
Read about our experience with Retreat Yourself
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In Short: This is a truly bespoke ayurvedic retreat set in a restored seventeenth century water mill near Cradley in the rolling hills of Malvern. As part of your personally-tailored programme you’ll enjoy daily yoga classes, authentic Ayurvedic treatments and vitalising home-cooked organic meals, all delivered by an attentive team of Ayurvedic experts. Later, rest your head or relax in your luxury eco-lodge, secluded by the surrounding Worcestershire woodland and kitted out with private decking, under-floor heating and stylish, contemporary features inside. From £499 per person for a two night weekend retreat including all meals, daily yoga classes and Ayurvedic treatments.
Read about our experience at The Clover Mill
Check out www.theclovermill.com. *Book direct with the owners using our form and you’ll receive a massage oil suitable for your ayurvedic dosha type.
This is a truly bespoke ayurvedic retreat set in a restored seventeenth century water mill near Cradley in the rolling hills of Malvern. As part of your personally-tailored programme you’ll enjoy daily yoga classes, authentic Ayurvedic treatments and vitalising home-cooked organic meals, all delivered by an attentive team of Ayurvedic experts.
In Short: London-based Laurent Roure teaches his own style of yoga – mindful yoga and yoga nidra - in London and runs yoga holidays in interesting locations – check out his retreats in Slovenia, Morocco and Spain. Originally a teacher from Marseille in France, he has a fun, playful approach, but his background in Scaravelli yoga means he also manages to work at quite a deep level and helps students to approach yoga in a meditative way.
Check out www.yogalaurent.com
In Short: This elegant, civilised and very private 12-roomed hotel in the countryside near Santa Gertrudis is the perfect place to hole up – people come back each year and stay for months at a time. A converted stone house with dark green shutters and vibrant coloured flowers growing up large sweeps of thick whitewashed walls, it’s family-owned, and Margaret and her husband are gracious and easy going hosts. There are mature gardens, a lovely pool and a Moroccan-feeling spa, and everything from a facial to a full blown private wellbeing escape can be arranged with spa concierge company Ibiza Balance. In April, May and September, you can also do a 5 night private detox. Come to finish your novel, get some head space or relax and do absolutely nothing. From €320 per double room B&B per night, treatments from €80.
Read about our experience at Cas Gasi
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