Essential Ayurveda: pure privacy in Lincolnshire

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In short: This is a rare treat. A comfortable, 400-year old house in the Lincolnshire countryside where two expert ayurvedic practioners offer bespoke retreats lasting 3, 5 or 7 days. Andy and Laura Shakeshaft are genuine, normal and full of integrity, and have created a real haven of calm. Cleanse body and mind with daily oil massages and steam therapy, one to one yoga and qigong sessions, optional cranio-sacral sessions, personalised dietary advice, ayurvedic counselling, cooking demos, simple meals – and total peace. It costs from £825 per person for a 3 day retreat, which is fully inclusive of everything including lots of one to one attention, beautifully cooked ayurvedic food and bona fide ayurvedic treatments, so it’s pretty good value.

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Essential Ayurveda

This is a rare treat – a comfortable, 400-year old house in the Lincolnshire countryside where two expert ayurvedic practioners offer bespoke retreats lasting 3, 5 or 7 days.

Detox with The Body Retreat in Dorset

A detox always feels better in stylish surroundings

This four-night detox is run by The Body Retreat at a stylish house in Dorset.

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.

Song Saa: wellbeing retreats on a private island in Cambodia

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In Short: Created by Melita and Rory Hunter, personable Australian owners packed with integrity, Song Saa (Khmer for ‘sweethearts’) is a serene, eco-friendly private island in the Koh Rong Archipelago in the Gulf of Thailand that offers 5 and 7 day wellbeing retreats to its guests as well as a regular holiday space to relax. Come here to kick back and indulge in holistic rituals devised by British organic skincare brand Ila in an expansive villa or a wonderfully rustic outdoor shala surrounded by the endless sea. There are Buddhist blessings with the local monks, kayak trips through the mangroves, trips to beaches and delicious fusion food. Start your stay with the Bio-Rhythm Spa Ritual to get over the jet lag then sink into a stress-free rhythm. Children are welcome. Voted Most Soulful Spa of the Year at the 2014 Condé Nast Traveller Spa Awards. From £2,448 per person for 5 nights or £3,428 for 7 nights – see full details below.

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Song Saa wellbeing retreat Cambodia

Created by personable Australian owners packed with integrity, Melita and Rory Hunter, Song Saa (Khmer for ‘sweethearts’) is a serene, eco-friendly private island in the Koh Rong Archipelago in the Gulf of Thailand that offers 3, 5 and 7 day wellbeing retreats to its guests.

Re-finding a Buddhist rhythm at Song Saa in Cambodia

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Song Saa wellbeing retreat Cambodia

‘Nothing feels forced or over-polished – what I love about this place is that you’re subtly cared for whilst being left (deliciously) alone’ – Caroline Sylger Jones experiences Song Saa in Cambodia.

Healing our inner child in the Sussex countryside

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Platinum Healing therapy session

‘A mug of electrolyte broth tastes ridiculously good as a supper substitute as we settle down to watch the inspiring documentary Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead’ – Louisa Carter experiences an Inner Child Healing retreat with Platinum Healing in Sussex.

Platinum Healing: juice detox & other health retreats in Sussex & Portugal

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In Short: Platinum Healing is owned by talented Clinical Hypnotherapist, Yoga Teacher, NLP Practitioner and Life Coach Kate Tyler, who hand picks Naturopaths, Nutritionists and Medical Herbalists to run a range of retreats throughout the year. In Sussex your main base is three converted barns in the countryside near the old castle town of Arundel and a short drive from the beach. From late Summer 2014, Platinum Healing will also be running detox retreats at Moinhos Velhos in Portugal – we’ll be reviewing them soon.

Each retreat features a juice detox, and there are additional therapies and workshops according to the focus. As well as the standard Juice Detox and Yoga Retreat other retreats include a Weight Loss and Fitness Retreat, an Inner Child Healing Retreat, a Fertility Detox Retreat, a STOP Smoking Retreat and an alternative hen break for brides to be and their friends. Retreats are date-specific, so check ahead. From £599 per person for 4 nights sharing a room or £799 per person for 4 nights in a room alone in Sussex.

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Platinum Healing holistic detox retreats Sussex

Platinum Healing is owned by talented Clinical Hypnotherapist, Yoga Teacher, NLP Practitioner and Life Coach Kate Tyler, who hand picks Naturopaths, Nutritionists and Medical Herbalists to run a range of retreats throughout the year in Sussex and Portugal.

Fairfield House: vegetarian B&B and graceful retreats in Somerset

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In Short: Fairfield House is a quiet understated little gem owned by mindfulness teacher and healthy chef Shruti Whittington, who has created a serene retreat firmly rooted in her mindfulness practice. It’s a small place that’s packed with heart and integrity: the perfect place to go if you’re feeling a little out of sorts, a tad in need of gentle TLC or, indeed, if you just fancy a nurturing break near beautiful countryside with great vegetarian food. You can dip your toe into meditation here, learn how to cook healthily and mindfully, or try a very gentle detox in tune with the seasons. It’s also remarkably good value for money. From £59 per night bed and breakfast; from £195 for an all-inclusive weekend retreat. See below for full costs.

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Fairfield House vegetarian B&B mindfulness retreats Somerset

Fairfield House is a quiet understated little gem owned by mindfulness teacher and healthy chef Shruti Whittington, who has created a serene retreat firmly rooted in her mindfulness practice.

A cosseting pre-baby spa break at Les Fermes de Marie in the French Alps

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Les Fermes de Marie spa luxury Megeve France

‘We play chess on a giant antique chess board and, one afternoon, co-write a ghost story – it’s the kind of place that makes you do things like this!’ – Louisa Carter experiences Alpine bolthole Les Fermes de Marie in Megeve, France.

Getting put back together at Absolute Sanctuary in Thailand

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Absolute Sanctuary yoga detox health retreat Thailand

‘Not a day went by when I didn’t drift off into a deep and replenishing sleep, lulled there by the magic hands of the therapists, the soothing music and the gorgeous smells’ – Sasha Bates experiences Absolute Sanctuary in Thailand.

Absolute Sanctuary: health made easy on Koh Samui, Thailand

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In Short: Absolute Sanctuary on Koh Samui in Thailand specialises in yoga, relaxation and detox holidays. It’s well established, fun, down to earth and makes unwinding very easy. There are just 38 rooms and a good choice of well-thought-through programmes to follow – whether you prefer yoga, hard or soft-core detox options, relaxation, fitness, or more. The laid back yet professional staff make it easy to pick a version that works for your needs, so mix and matching is easy. The yoga is plentiful, varied and good quality, the food is healthy and tasty, and the massages are swoon-inducing. From £1,370 per person for a 7 day harmonizing package. Scroll down for full costs.

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Absolute Sanctuary yoga detox health retreat Thailand

Absolute Sanctuary on Koh Samui in Thailand specialises in yoga, relaxation and detox holidays. It’s well established, fun, down to earth and makes unwinding very easy.

Awed by the setting and stretched by Axis Yoga at Canal Om in Chile

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OM Chile yoga retreat

‘Pausing at a painted red bench, with stupendous sea views, I decided to finally start that novel’ Nicki Grihault experiences Canal Om in Chile.

The Sanctuary Somerset: boho chic detox retreat in a Georgian pile

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In Short: Little sister of The Sanctuary detox/retox resort in Thailand, The Sanctuary Somerset is a stylish yet super-soulful retreat that really hits the spot. Home is Sparkford Hall, a Georgian mini-pile with a baby-Babington vibe – a little Boho, a bit rock-chick, a tad spiritual gypsy. Groups are small and easy-going and the in-house support is warm and nourishing. They run five or seven day fasts using classic detox techniques. Results are great and side effects are few thanks to a well-planned programme of grounding yoga, qi gong and meditation. There’s plenty to do but you also get time to muse by the open fire, wander in the grounds or simply snooze in the quirky yet mega comfortable bedrooms. From £600 for a five-day detox. Scroll down for full costs.

Upcoming retreats: August 11 – 15, September 8 -12, October (fully booked), November 17 – 21, December 5 – 12

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The Santuary Somerset detox retreat

Little sister of the famed Thai detox/retox resort, The Sanctuary Somerset is a stylish yet super-soulful retreat that really hits the spot.

Es Cucons: arty rural hotel & spa on Ibiza

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In Short: Owned and run by the Rodriguez Castan family, this arty rural hotel near Santa Agnes in the north west of Ibiza is a wonderfully open place to relax. Looking over the Corona valley with its rustic almond groves, it has plenty of outdoor nooks and crannies to enjoy the peace and offers massage, facials and holistic treatments in a rustic spa. You can do private yoga, Pilates or meditation, go hiking on local routes or just hang out in the hot tub and by the serenely curved pool. There are three day ayurvedic rituals on offer throughout the season, while yoga retreats take place each April and October led by German hatha yoga teacher Annette Lengersdorf, to which English speakers are welcome. From €200 per person in a double room in low season to €520 per person in the honeymoon suite in high season based on two sharing. The hotel is closed between 1 November and 27 March. 

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This arty rural hotel near Santa Agnes is a wonderfully open place to relax and offers massage, facials and holistic treatments in a rustic spa.

Cas Gasi: boutique wellbeing in Ibiza

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In Short: People come back each year and stay for months at a time to this family-run, very private 12-roomed hotel, where owner Margaret is a gracious and easy going host. A large shuttered stone house with pretty, flower-filled gardens and terraces near Santa Gertrudis, it has a decent sized pool (plus a smaller one for kids) and a little Moroccan-themed spa, where 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 paint, read, 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. 

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People come back each year and stay for months at a time to this family-run, very private 12-roomed hotel near Santa Gertrudis, which has a little Moroccan-themed spa and offers treatments with spa concierge company Ibiza Balance

Silver Island: a private Greek island for yoga & downtime

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In Short: Silver Island in Greece is one of the most authentic, peaceful yoga retreats we’ve been to in a long long time. A 15 minute boat ride from the coast of Evia island, it offers week-long yoga holidays from April to October. There’s no internet connection and no mains power but that makes it even more of a ‘stop the world’ retreat.

The yoga comes courtesy of teachers from all over the world and with a maximum of ten guests, there’s plenty of individual attention. The ambiance is artistic and relaxed and during down time you can catch up on sleep, sunbathe, snorkel, kayak or just amble around the island. From £1100 per person for 6 nights all inclusive. 

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Silver Island in Greece is one of the most authentic, peaceful yoga retreats we’ve been to in a long long time. Opened in April, it’s a 15 minute boat ride from the coast of Evia island and offers week-long yoga holidays till October, then again from April next year.

Drew Perrott’s Fitness Renaissance: elegant breaks in Tuscany

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In Short: This fitness holiday led four times a year by talented personal trainer Drew Perrott combines exercise, nutrition, treatments and relaxation to help you get fit and de-stress. You’ll be based at the Villa de Geggiano, an elegant, cream-coloured 18th century summer villa in the foothills of Siena with astoundingly preserved interiors – not a bad setting for body and soul rejuvenation. Individually tailored to your fitness level and taking a maximum of 10 guests, the fitness break will encourage rather than force you to do anything, and makes exercising feel infinitely more do-able because of the glorious surroundings. From £1,900 – to £2800 per person per week including all meals, activities and two treatments.

Fitness holiday dates in Tuscany for 2014:

7 – 14 September

26 October – 2 November

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Drew Perrott fitness holiday Italy

This fitness holiday led four times a year by talented personal trainer Drew Perrott combines exercise, nutrition, treatments and relaxation to help you get fit and de-stress.

In safe hands on a juicing retreat with Vital Detox in Somerset

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Vital Detox juice fast retreat Somerset

‘The whole team are delightful – warm, kind, full of integrity and humour and totally real’ – Jane Alexander experiences Vital Detox.

Getting some R&R at the Kripalu Center in the USA

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Kripalu Center Yoga Health Massachusetts

‘I left feeling re-connected to my yoga practice and inspired by the life-affirming workshops’ – Sally Lovett experiences the Kripalu Center.

St Mawes Retreats: gorgeous self catering with treatments in Cornwall

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In Short: St Mawes Retreats is a collection of five delectable self-catering properties with drop dead gorgeous sea views in the romantic seaside village of St Mawes in Cornwall. They make wonderful places for Do It Yourself retreats alone or with friends - have treatments, book an art class, enjoy private yoga or fitness sessions, go hiking or SUP (Stand Up Paddle) boarding – practically anything you want can be arranged. Each property has dreamy, easy-to-be-in interiors featuring brightly coloured Designer Guild fabrics, Hypnos beds and decent toiletries. Hunker down off season to watch the weather from large windows with a cup of hot chocolate or enjoy walks and local beaches on glorious sunny days. From £399 for a 3 night weekend stay or 4 night midweek stay at Shellseekers (sleeps 4). Scroll down full costs.

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St Mawes moonrakers

St Mawes Retreats is a collection of five delectable self-catering properties with drop dead gorgeous sea views in the romantic seaside village of St Mawes in Cornwall. They make wonderful places for Do It Yourself retreats alone or with friends – have treatments, book an art class, enjoy private yoga or fitness sessions, go hiking or SUP (Stand Up Paddle) boarding – practically anything you want can be arranged. Each property has dreamy, easy-to-be-in interiors featuring brightly coloured Designer Guild fabrics, Hypnos beds and decent toiletries. Hunker down off season to watch the weather from large windows with a cup of hot chocolate or enjoy walks and local beaches on glorious sunny days.