Places to be

Sometimes we don’t have a specific agenda for our retreat. We just know we want to get away, but we don’t know what we want until we get there. The retreats we recommend in this section allow you to go with the flow, mix and match your activities, and be in charge of your own daily programme, with no strict timetable to follow. Most are open all year and many are small retreats – laid-back, light-hearted havens with access to a sauna, steam room and hot tub, where you can take each day as it comes. Some are fully-fledged destination spas, where you can live in a fluffy robe as long as you like and just chill, emerging from your room only for a massage or some rejuvenating yoga. Others are happy for you to take your family along, even if just one of you is doing the retreat activities. Set in stunning locations, they range from a Puglian farmhouse in Italy to a stylish retreat in the Tyrolean Alps. You might book a retreat on a working farm in the UK, or opt for a stay in the Swiss Alps, where you can go for leisurely walks and soak up nature. Take it easy and chill.

Malabar Retreats

Tibetan healing yoga retreats in the lap of luxury

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Yoga Explorers

Boutique yoga holidays in beautiful locations

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The Arrigo Programmes

The Arrigo Programme international retreats held in spellbinding locations around the world.

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Chateau de Mouillac, France

5 8 votes

Exquisitely catered raw vegan cleanse with life-changing therapies in a magical setting

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Shanti Som, Spain

Magical rural retreat with rejuvenating yoga, Pilates and wellness programmes

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Middle Piccadilly, England

Wellness retreat with vegetarian food and sublime therapists in rural Dorset

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The Grange By the Sea, England

Delightful house for relaxing B&B and inspirational retreats on the Isle of Wight

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Kaliyoga, Spain

5 4 votes

Relaxing, transformative yoga retreats with hill walking and detoxing in Andalusia

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ila wellness workshops, England

Uplifting wellness experiences for children, teens, families and women in the Cotswolds

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Yoga Explorers, Italy

Country house retreat with yoga, gourmet food and Moorish spa in unspoilt Umbria

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Yoga Explorers, Morocco

Laid-back and light-hearted group yoga holidays in a Berber village

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The Sanctuary, Thailand

Laid-back beach retreat for detoxing and healing therapies on Koh Phanghan

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Reclaim Your Self, Iceland

5 4 votes

Vinyasa yoga and untamed nature in the Troll Peninsula

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The Clover Mill, England

Graceful ayurveda retreat at a converted mill in Worcestershire

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Mountain Beach Fitness Retreats, Switzerland

Intensive high altitude fitness retreats in the Swiss Alps

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Platinum Healing, England

5 3 votes

Mental reboot and juice fast retreats in East Sussex

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Kaliyoga, Italy

Rejuvenating yoga retreat in an immaculate Puglian farmhouse

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Green Farm Spa & Retreats, Kent, England

A delightful country retreat on a working farm with an extensive ESPA spa in Kent

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Ayurveda Resort Sonnhof, Austria

A stylish, nurturing wellbeing retreat in the Tyrolean Alps

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Azulfit, Fuerteventura

Stress-free Pilates and yoga holidays in the sun

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Cliffs of Moher Retreat, Ireland

Inspiring retreat on the wild Atlantic coast mixing yoga, meditation and rugged walks

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Homefield Grange, England

Reliable health retreat in the Northamptonshire countryside

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Wholehearted Retreats, France

Intimate, immersive yoga, food and nature retreats in a rural haven

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Mindfulness Journeys, Morocco

5 4 votes

Relaxed mindfulness meditation and yoga holidays at the foothills of the Atlas Mountains

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Mandali, Italy

Meditation, yoga and personal growth in a sensitively curated environment with a view to die for.

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Vale de Moses, Portugal

Warm inclusive yoga retreat set in a stunning Portuguese mountain valley

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AdventureYogi, France

Alpine activities week with daily yoga in the vast and inspiring French Alps

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Mellulah Retreat at Middle Piccadilly, UK

Intimate yoga retreat with intuitive therapists in rural quiet

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