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10 best short healthy breaks

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Zest Life healthy breaks

Don’t have much time but need a health fix? We hand pick some of our favourite short wellbeing breaks to help you get back your mojo – both in the UK and a short haul flight away. The last three of these run on specific dates – so check them out and book now to avoid disappointment.

The Arrigo Programme ExteriorThe Arrigo Programme, Somerset, UK
Available all year round; private retreat

For this gloriously private, totally bespoke healthy break you come to stay in your own individual cottage amongst rolling Somerset countryside and enjoy the attentions of highly experienced therapists. As well as providing a place to rest and be, the retreat is a serious programme to help you renew, grow deep awareness and find a way back to your self, so come prepared to shed emotional baggage. It’s ideal for anyone seeking new ways to navigate their lives – you’ll leave feeling lighter, with a deeper understanding of yourself and a greater capacity to cope with what life throws at you.

Details: From £1,280 per person per day full board in a private cottage including a housekeeper, individually designed full board meals and four treatments per day (from 90 mins to 2 hours per session). Nearest station: Castle Cary. Nearest airport: Bristol. Book: Read our independent review of The Arrigo Programme.

Casa Ana terrace credit Caroline Sylger JonesLife coaching retreat with Jessica, Spain
Available all year round; private retreat

‘Get Unstuck in Two Days’ is a special bespoke two day retreat at a beautiful boutique B&B in the mountains of Southern Spain offers you the chance of tailored bespoke life coaching with Jessica McGregor Johnson. You’ll enjoy a combination of fresh mountain air, a relaxing massage, great food, stunning countryside and bespoke coaching to help you totally recharge your batteries and get a new perspective on your life. Designed around your needs, it’s great for anyone needing ‘time out’ to get back in touch with themselves and feel good about their life. Leave the computer and mobile behind and focus on you.

Details: £2575 pp includes all local travel, accommodation, food, coaching, massage, in fact everything except your flights. Nearest airport: Malaga. Book: +44 (0) 203 239 6155, Read our independent review of Jessica McGregor Johnson.

Paradis Plage morcco healthy breaksYoga breaks at Paradis Plage, Morocco
Open all year round; yoga classes of 20 in a resort

This family-friendly Surf, Yoga & Spa Resort on the beach near Agadir makes a great place for a short healthy break – especially when it comes to yoga. The dedicated yoga shala has up to three daily classes, and you can also schedule private classes with Karim, the resident yogi. Each day from sunrise to sunset the yoga team welcomes you for dynamic or relaxing sessions – listen to the soothing sound of waves and enjoy a panoramic view of the Atlantic ocean as you move from asana to asana. There’s a spa, activities such as surfing or horseback riding and a kid’s club available too – you’ll leave rejuvenated.

Details: Prices vary according to season, but start from 105 euros per night for two including breakfast. Yoga classes cost from £11 for the first class and £9 for subsequent classes. Nearest airport: Agadir. Book: +212 (0) 5 28 20 03 82,, paradisplage.comRead our independent review of Paradis Plage.

Epic Sana healthy breaksDe-Stress programme at Epic Sana, Portugal
Available all year round except from 16 to 25 Dec; private retreat in a resort

On this 3 night holistic programme at a lovely beachside resort in Albufeira you can expect multi-colored cliffs, pine trees, the blue ocean and glorious sunsets. Unwind with a range of massages, learn to control your stress with a meditation class and enjoy a nature walk in the surrounding peaceful countryside.. You’ll have access to group classes such as Pilates, Aquafit, Step, Cycling and Circuits as well as the spa and indoor and outdoor pools,  and leave feeling more balanced, positive and packed with energy. It’s best for anyone between 35 to 55 who works in a stressful environment with a fast paced life. Come alone or with a friend.

Details: Prices vary according to season – in mid July and mid September it costs from 1.694 euros (£1.338) pp in a single room to 1.338 euros pp in a double room for 3 nights in a luxury deluxe room including full board, 2 healthy juices a day, access to group activities and the spa, 3 treatments, one meditation class, one nature walk, a 15% discount on further treatments and transfers to and from Faro Airport. Book: +351 289 104 399,, algarve.epic.sanahotels.comRead our independent review of Epic Sana.

orange treeThe Orange Tree weekend yoga, Yorkshire, UK
Open all year round: number of guests 14

Set in the heart of the North Yorkshire Moors with breathtaking views across beautiful Rosedale valley, these retreats offer yoga and meditation with experienced, inspiring teachers, gong baths, relaxation and delicious home made healthy food as well as a therapeutic treatment and time to soak up the peace and quiet of the Orange Tree and surrounding countryside. It’s for anyone over 18, at any level of yoga, and you can come with a friend, a small group or alone. You’ll leave feeling peaceful, inspired and with an intention to continue your yoga practice and to embrace the present moment in your daily lives.

Details: Weekend Yoga Retreats are £265 in a shared room – limited single rooms are available with a £65 supplement. Nearest station: Malton. Nearest airport: Leeds Bradford. Book: +44 (0) 1751417219,, theorangetree.comRead our independent review of The Orange Tree.

La Crisalida hill walkLa Crisalida Retreats, Spain
Open all year around except December; number of guests 27

This retreat to detox and rejuvenate body mind and spirit is set in the small seaside town of Albir and within walking distance of a beautiful blue-flag beach. Come for 3 nights or more to enjoy twice daily yoga, meditation, guided walks, rebounding (on mini trampolines), other exercise classes and life makeover workshops with plentiful super-tasty vegan food and freshly made juices. Come whenever you want, and opt in and out of activities as you so choose. For anyone over 18, especially people new to yoga, retreating or detoxing. You’ll leave with shining eyes, clearer skin and renewed energy for life.

Details: From €420 (£328) pp in medium season (April, May, June, October & November) in a shared room for three nights to €627 (£489) pp alone in a private studio apartment for 3 nights all including transfers, meals and group activities but excluding treatments and private coaching. Nearest airport: Alicante. Book: +34 966 865 242 (Spain) or 0870 626 2053 (UK), info@lacrisalidaretreats.comlacrisalidaretreats.comRead our independent review of La Crisalida.

Botelet deckchairsBotelet Farm, Cornwall, UK
Self catering all year round; meditation retreat 23-25 Sept; number of guests 14

A wonderfully tranquil setting for healthy breaks in a quiet corner of South East Cornwall, Botelet Farm offers self-catering and B&B with therapeutic massage and guided meditation sessions available on demand. The farm will also host a brand new mindfulness weekend retreat with Horizon Retreats from 23 to 25 September 2016. Stay in an historic cottage or farmhouse or sleep close to nature in a yurt and go walking across the fields to the iron age hill fort and back through the deciduous woodland. You’ll leave relaxed, refreshed and energised.

Details: From £90 per night for two people in a yurt self catering. Nearest station: Liskeard. Nearest airports: Newquay & Exeter. Book: +44 (0) 1503 220 225,, (for meditation weekend also see Read our independent review of Botelet Farm.

Raw Horizons yorkshireFind Your Passion at Raw Horizons, Yorkshire, UK
21-24 June, 9-12 August, 8-11 November 2016; number of guests 8

Raw Horizons provides a safe haven for change at their lovely country house in tranquil English countryside. Their 3-night pioneering Find Your Passion wellbeing retreat programme combines life coaching, yoga and gourmet raw food to give you the rest and guidance you need to uncover your real desires and live life more joyfully. For women only, Dr Claire Maguire’s carefully crafted retreat programme gives you simple but effective solutions to overcome negativity and create a compelling, achievable vision for your future. It’s ideal for women travelling solo of any age, but typically 35 – 55 years old. You’ll leave feeling positive, rejuvenated and ready to follow your dreams.

Details: £575 pp sharing,  £695 pp in a room alone, including 4 guided group life coaching workshops, all meals, morning yoga, evening meditation, use of the far-infrared sauna and outdoor hot tub and local station transfers. Nearest station: Northallerton. Nearest airport: Leeds Bradford. Book: +44 (0) 1845 597041,, our independent review of Raw Horizons.

Wild Pause healthy breaksThe Wild Pause, Cornwall, UK
22-24 July 2016; number of guests 15

The Wild Pause is a weekend adventure to help you find your freedom in the dramatic landscape of South West Cornwall. You will cook and sleep under the stars, roam on towering Cornish cliffs, discover yourself in secret coves and secluded beaches, and have time to reflect on your life. Led by the founder of the Pause Retreats Danielle Marchant and Polar Explorer Ian Prickett, the Wild Pause invites you to meet life beyond your comfort zone, and let nature hold and guide you to overcome your life’s challenges and constraints. It’s for anyone who feels trapped by life’s circumstances – you’ll need a degree of physical fitness and to be comfortable camping in nature.

Details: £389 pp flat fee including tents, meals, station pick up (at an agreed time), expedition leader, facilitator and water sports equipment. A kit list will be provided. Nearest station: Truro. Nearest airport: Newquay. Book: +44 (0) 7800812388,, lifebydanielle.comRead our independent review of The Pause.

Zest Life healthy breaksThe Zest Life, Wales, UK
9-12 and 23-25 September 2016; number of guests 15

The Zest Life run luxury yoga retreats in Wales that combine the thrill of wild swimming and being out in beautiful nature with the relaxation of yoga in a stunning location. They take place at Plas Cadnant, a stylish, secluded country house on the Isle of Anglesey. Enjoy being guided to some of Wales’ most scenic locations for wild swimming, then retreating back to your super accommodation for yoga, massage, and nourishing vegetarian meals. It’s suitable for all, from solo travellers to those with companions, and all ages of ability for both swimming and yoga. Leave revived, refreshed and inspired to continue living a healthy, positive life.

Details: From £355 pp in a twin room sharing to £495 in a double room alone. Nearest station: Bangor. Nearest airport: Manchester. Book: +44 (0) 7989 512859,, our independent review of The Zest Life.

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