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A week of magical thinking at Bliss Body Retreat near Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Zoe Ross reviews a wellbeing retreat at Bliss Body Retreat near Ubud in Bali in Indonesia and finds space to truly slow down and cleanse on all levels.

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Returning to my best self with Jiva Healing detox retreat in Turkey

Connie Allfrey reviews a Jiva Healing detox retreat at Yuva retreat centre on the Turkish coast and through juice fasting, yoga, treatments and expert support from wizard of nourishment Rebecca Andrist returns to her light-hearted, light-footed best self after too long a separation.

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Being present in the mountains on a Reclaim Your Self yoga retreat, Iceland

Kim Willis reviews this yoga adventure retreat in Iceland and finds stunning scenery, hygge and a new best friend

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Breathing trust and truth in the desert on a Sea Inside retreat with Discover Your Depths in Egypt

Niki Natarajan reviews Discover Your Depths’ Sea Inside retreat in Dahab, Egypt where with the discipline of learning to freedive and surrendering to Kundalini mantras at sunset with inspirational freediver and yoga teacher Sara Campbell she reconnects to her teacher within.

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Learning to write for me on an Arvon writing retreat at The Hurst in Shropshire

Annabel Herrick reviews an Arvon writing retreat at The Hurst in Shropshire, England and finds a rural haven, masterful tutors and a fabulous group dynamic that help her find the story she wants to tell.

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Cured by awe mid-pandemic on a silent retreat at Sharpham House

Caroline Sylger Jones finds deep respite and a sense of awe during the extraordinary year of 2020 on Find Your Peace, a 5-night silent meditation retreat at Sharpham House near Totnes in Devon

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Filling my cup with feel-good vibes at Vale de Moses yoga retreat in Portugal

Sarah Garbett enjoys decent yoga teaching, super vegan food, mindful local walks and a darn good rest at this wonderfully authentic yoga retreat in the Portuguese mountains

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Deep detoxing in a magical Portuguese valley at Moinhos Velhos

Jane Alexander reviews a juice fasting detox retreat in Portugal and happily finds herself spending less time doing what she thinks she ‘should’ and more just listening to her body

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Stepping into the sun on a Satvada Retreats yoga and walking holiday in Morocco

Caroline Philips and her daughter review this popular yoga and walking holiday in the Atlas Mountains and rejuvenate with calm yoga, brilliant walks and super food

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Shining out at full beam at The Sanctuary on Koh Phangan in Thailand

Anna Leach reviews this iconic beachside wellness retreat, where the magical atmosphere and fertile ground for personal growth has drawn her back over and over again.

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Defragging on a Reclaim Your Self digital detox & yoga weekend

Ruth Rosselson reviews this digital detox and yoga retreat and defrags with Jivamukti, tasty veggie food and the beautiful Bedfordshire countryside

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Getting energised and creative at La Crisalida wellness retreat in Spain

Ruth Rosselson reviews this affordable health and wellbeing retreat on the Costa Blanca and enjoys a friendly vibe and a pick-and-mix choice of healthy activities

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Profoundly unfurling on The Arrigo Programme wellness retreat in Somerset

Caroline Sylger Jones reviews a remarkably attentive, deeply healing retreat in the Somerset countryside devised by internationally acclaimed healer Fiona Arrigo

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Escaping the city on a remote jungle yoga holiday at Ulpotha in Sri Lanka

Isabel Choat reviews this enchanting eco village on a yoga holiday with Gingi Lee and finds balance with organic food, ayurveda massage, wild nature and oodles of sleep

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Working out which way we go next on a Personal Strategy Retreat in France

Caroline Sylger Jones reviews a personal strategy retreat with Julie Hosler of The Strategic Space and enjoys an elegant chateau in Burgundy whilst getting crystal clear direction for her year ahead

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Rebalancing my second brain on The Gut Makeover Retreat at Cugó Gran on Menorca

Caroline Sylger Jones reviews this wellness retreat for the gut on Menorca and happily enjoys abundant meals, a glorious day bed and intelligent advice from nutritionist Jeanette Hyde

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Tea, tiffin and transforming ayurveda at Ananda in the Himalayas, India

Rosie Walford reviews this cosseting destination spa retreat in India and surrenders to hot herbal oils, brilliant ayurvedic massages and healthy gastronomy

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Getting put back together at Absolute Sanctuary on Koh Samui in Thailand

Sasha Bates reviews a popular wellness retreat with her husband and relishes the laid back atmosphere and good quality treatments

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Dancing, dozing and dreaming at Silver Island Yoga retreat in Greece

Pat McNulty reviews a beautifully hosted yoga holiday with flow teacher Evi Bouzaki on this blissfuly private Greek island

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Getting back into our novel at Retreats for You writing retreat in Devon

Ella Franklin reviews this peaceful, nurturing writer’s retreat in Sheepwash and revels in the uncluttered time and space

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Getting clarity in the Spanish mountains with mentor Jessica McGregor Johnson

Caroline Sylger Jones reviews a powerful and super-private three night life coaching retreat at a gorgeous guesthouse in the Alpujarras of Spain

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A yoga retreat with ashtanga classes and wild riverside bathing at ecoYoga in Scotland

Hannah MacInnes reviews this fabulous retreat in Scotland on a yoga weekend with ashtanga teacher Scott Johnson and discovers hands-on teaching, wild riverside bathing and hearty vegetarian feasts

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Seduced by the sea with Yoga on a Shoestring on Kefalonia

Sasha Bates reviews this uplifting yoga holiday on Kefalonia with yoga teacher Dory Walker and is seduced by the beauty of the sea and contact with the locals

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Recharging with the family at Witherdens Hall in rural Kent

Cherry Casey reviews this exceptional retreat in rural Kent six months after giving birth and finds life-changing therapists and a genuinely peaceful vibe

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Chilling out and eating consciously with Jiva Healing in Wiltshire

Ruth Rosselson reviews a creative cooking, conscious eating and yoga retreat weekend at Littleton Mill in Wiltshire and finds a stylish house, nourishing yoga and fact-packed healthy cooking demos

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Being in the moment with The Zest Life retreats on Anglesey

Carla Mckay reviews this yoga and wild swimming weekend on a stunning Anglesey estate and finds exceptional teaching, experienced guides and scrummy tea and cake

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Enchanted by mother nature at Yobaba Lounge wellness retreat in France

Hannah Macinnes reviews this splendid wellness retreat at an eccentric bohemian chateau in Chalabre and discovers healing raw cuisine, a wondrous yogic practice and a delightful owner

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Hanging out and honing in at Kamalaya on Koh Samui

Caroline Sylger Jones and her husband Tom review this exceptional holistic spa in Thailand and find themselves reenergised with bonkers yoga, dawn walks and backgammon

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Getting longer and stronger on an Azulfit yoga and Pilates holiday on Fuerteventura

Ruth Rosselson reviews this friendly, fitness-focused escape in the Canary Islands and finds the light-hearted, relaxing retreat is just what she needs

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Soothing our soul on a Serenity Retreat meditation holiday on Lefkada

Jane Alexander reviews this superbly simple meditation and relaxation holiday in a friendly Greek village on the island of Lefkada and is charmed by the location and its teachers

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Learning to live an unhurried life at the delightful Yoga Rosa Retreat on Ibiza

Carla McKay reviews an authentic yoga and meditation healing retreat in rural Ibiza and is charmed by its creator Rosa Klein

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Peeling away our layers on a 10 day course of Chavutti at PadmaKarma in Kerala

Rosie Walford reviews PadmaKarma yoga and ayurveda retreat in Kerala and finds an exceptional 10 day course of Chavutti – the ancient art of Indian foot massage – transforms her body image for the better

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Cleansing & relaxing at The Raw Retreat in rural Cornwall

Caroline Sylger Jones reviews a bespoke health retreat in the rural village of Polyphant and feels deeply cared for by trusted clinical nutritionist Beverley Bird

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Writing and reconnecting on a Skyros holistic holiday in Greece

Olivia Mackinder reviews a two week creative writing and personal development holiday on this special Greek island and finds talented teachers and a sociable vibe

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Diary of a juice fasting week with Jiva Healing in France

Jiva Healing run juice fasting holidays at changing locations around the world – Caroline Sylger Jones reviews one in rural France and finds tip-top nutritional advice and a squidgy-free, lucid self at the end of it

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Letting it all go at Penninghame therapy retreat in Scotland

Jane Alexander reviews an immersive week of psychotherapy in the Scottish lowlands and feels safe and held enough to face her issues head-on

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Finding softness and kindness with Mindfulness Journeys

A committed carnivore and watersports fanatic who is new to meditation, Julian Calder reviews this Mindfulness Journeys meditation and yoga holiday on Lefkadas and finds kindness, softness, exceptional yoga and expert meditation tuition

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Reconnecting in a hot tub at Green Farm rural retreat in Kent

Charlotte Metcalf and her daughter enjoy the good life with home cooked food, ESPA treatments and good conversation on this delightful working farm in rural England

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Finding peace inside and out at Little French Retreat in France

Danielle Hipkins reviews this nourishing wellness retreat in France and untangles her nerves with Sivananda yoga, silent walks, sharing and laughter

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Kicking back by the beach at Puri Ganesha retreat in Bali

Rose Rouse reviews this delightful beachside retreat in North West Bali and finds vibrant and delicious raw and vegetarian Asian meals, discreet staff and deep relaxation

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Feeling safe and nurtured on a luxury Soulshine Retreat on Ibiza

Ruth Rosselson reviews this delightful luxury yoga retreat on Ibiza run by Soulla Demetriou and feels nurtured and regrounded after a terrorist attack in her home city

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Going with the flow on a Yoga Explorers holiday at Hotel Tigmi near Marrakech

Sarah Garbett reviews this relaxing Yoga Explorers holiday at Hotel Tigmi near Marrakech and finds it refreshing to spend her birthday with strangers in a foreign land

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On a powerful emotional detox with The Bridge therapy retreat in the UK

Sharon Walker reviews therapy retreat The Bridge and finds that, in terms of therapy or healing work, it was the single most effective thing she’s ever done

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Rebalancing with treatments, yoga and vitalising meals at The Clover Mill ayurveda retreat in Herefo...

Sally Lovett reviews this gorgeous ayurveda retreat in Herefordshire and finds a sensitively restored mill, healing treatments and exceptional food by owner-come-chef Julie Dent

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Working out and lolling about with a Wildfitness fitness retreat on Crete

Caroline Sylger Jones reviews this fitness holiday in the Cretan mountains and discovers a cure for her allergy to working out

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Whetting our appetite for life at Rancho La Puerta fitness retreat in Mexico

Sharon Walker reviews this brilliant fitness retreat in Mexico and discovers insanely good classes, a joyous vibe and a group of exceptional new friends

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Returning to our warrior state at Yeotown health retreat in North Devon

Tom Sylger Jones reviews a Yeotox health retreat at Yeotown in North Devon and revels in perfectly designed spaces, moorish food and the chance to shake off his competitive streak

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Finding our smile again with transformational yoga and treatments at Kaliyoga in Spain

Sally Kirby reviews this authentic yoga retreat in Andalusia and finds the nurturing atmosphere, gentle yoga and transformational treatments she needs to help her shift her long-held grief over her mother’s death

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Getting ready to receive on The Sacred Pause life coaching retreat in Bali

A year after having her first baby, Rebecca Walker reviews this spiritual life coaching retreat with UK life coach Danielle Marchant in Bali and finds herself simultaneously purged and replenished

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Learning to live smart and clean at Middle Piccadilly health retreat in Dorset, England

Sally Kirby reviews this affordable health retreat in rural Dorset and finds the healing she needs to move forward with her life

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Flowery toes and a fresher head with AdventureYogi in France

Sarah Garbett reviews this AdventureYogi holiday in the French Alps and finds magical moments both alone and with new-found friends

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Sweetening life at Essential Ayurveda in Lincolnshire, England

Mimi Spencer reviews this wondrous ayurvedic retreat in deepest Lincolnshire and finds the effect of just a few days here to be unexpected, rich and life-affirming

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Dancing, laughing and yoga-ing with AdventureYogi on Santorini

Sharon Walker goes on her first ever yoga holiday – with AdventureYogi on Santorini – and finds relaxation, dancing and a whole heap of fun

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Healing and relaxing on an AdventureYogi midweek yoga retreat in rural Sussex

Julian Calder reviews this midweek yoga and wellbeing retreat in Sussex after sustaining a foot injury and finds professional staff, authentic yoga and cleansing meals cooked by a pro

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Mixing fitness and festival vibes with Wildfitness on Obonjan Island, Croatia

Rosie Walford reviews a Wildfitness experience during a festival on Obonjan Island in Croatia, where she finds that a ‘No’ is something to work through, not surrender to.

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Learning together on an ila family wellness workshop in the Cotswolds

Caroline Sylger Jones reviews a bespoke family wellness workshop with organic skincare company ila at their barns in the Cotswolds and immensely enjoys the down time with her husband and seven year old daughter

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Beginning anew on a Mindfulness Journey mindfulness and yoga retreat in Morocco

Hannah MacInnes reviews this mindfulness and yoga retreat in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains in Morocco at New Year and finds it a splendid, replenishing way to begin anew

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Detoxing our life on a Platinum Healing retreat in Sussex, England

Antje Derks reviews a Platinum Healing self-healing retreat in Sussex and picks up the juicing habit, loses seven pounds and gains two cracking friends

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Loosening up on a commune with Yoga on a Shoestring on La Gomera, The Canary Islands

Sharon Walker reviews this enriching yoga holiday at Finca Argayall on La Gomera in The Canary Islands and finds an experimental community, a chef to fall in love with and wondrous yoga with the sparkly Lisa Powell

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Creative comraderie on a Bloomsbury Retreat at Tilton House, England

Caroline Sylger Jones reviews a Bloomsbury Retreat run by The Department of Wellbeing at Tilton House in Sussex, the only Bloomsbury house where you can stay overnight, and finds an inspirational mix of things to feed both body and mind.

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Free of self-judgement with Artful Retreats in Crete

Caroline Sylger Jones reviews this art therapy retreat on Crete and discovers that ‘mark making’ is a refreshingly different, creative way to be mindful and reconnect with what’s important in your life.

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Loving the ease on a Zest Life yoga and relaxation weekend in The Lake District

Zoe Ross reviews a yoga and relaxation weekend retreat in Cumbria with The Zest Life and finds inspiring natural surroundings, nourishing yoga and vibrant vegetarian food

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Embracing our freedom at Yogamagic eco retreat in Goa

Hannah MacInnes reviews this marvellous eco retreat in Goa and finds it the perfect place to make a big decision

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Reviewing our soul at Svarga Loka

Rosie Walford reviews this healing retreat a short walk and world apart from Ubud in Bali and finds transformative coaching, marvellous massages, fiercely strong and fragrant juices and a genuine, spiritual intent

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Glowing on a Mountain Beach Fitness Retreat in Switzerland

Hannah MacInnes reviews this intensive fitness retreat in the Swiss Alps and finds great core workouts, gorgeous hikes, wild lake swimming and happiness

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On the ghee at Kalari Kovilakom

Lucy Gillmore reviews a two week ayurveda programme at this authentic ayurveda retreat in Kerala and finds strict rules, gruelling procedures, a doctor she trusts and total health rejuvenation

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Learning to be still on a mindfulness retreat at Sharpham House, Devon

Carla McKay reviews a 3 day secular mindfulness retreat for beginners in a Palladian mansion above the River Dart and discovers beauty, stillness and a delightfully moreish orange cake

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Ethical, ayurvedic rejuvenation at SwaSwara ayurveda retreat in India

Rosie Walford reviews this enchanting ayurveda retreat in Karnataka, India and discovers authentic ayurveda and yoga in a gorgeous 5-star setting

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Stretched and strong on a Yoga on a Shoestring weekend at Poundon House in Oxfordshire

Jane Dunford reviews a Yoga on a Shoestring weekend at a gorgeous manor house in the Oxfordshire countryside and finds all she needs to return to her life calm, clear and strong

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Lighter but richer on a juice fast detox retreat in Glastonbury

Sarah Garbett reviews this popular detox retreat in Somerset, UK and finds a highly informative, relaxing, effective and entertaining programme led by facilitators she instantly liked and trusted

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Reconnecting by the sea on a Sen Wellness pop up retreat in Cornwall

Kate Auld reviews a Sen Wellness pop up retreat in the picturesque village of St Mawes in Cornwall led by osteopath Sam Kankanamge and reluctantly realises it’s possible to energise by slowing down rather than speeding up

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Feeling all powerful on an indulgent La Vita in Equilibrio wellness retreat in Tuscany

Connie Allfrey reviews a wonderfully indulgent La Vita in Equilibrio wellness retreat at Borgo Pignano country estate in Tuscany and finds authentic yoga, fine wines, great company and a delicious sense of personal freedom

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True time out by a wild Atlantic coast at the Cliffs of Moher yoga retreat in Ireland

Catherine O’Rawe reviews a Residential Yoga Weekend at the Cliffs of Moher Retreat on the wild Atlantic coast of Ireland and finds an inspiring mix of yoga, meditation, relaxation, good company, surfing and rugged coastal walks.

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In the care of true experts at Park Igls health retreat in Austria

Kathryn Ludlow reviews Park Igls medical health retreat in the Tyrolean Alps of Austria and finds an expert, sincere team of doctors and therapists with a genuine concern for those in their care.

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Making the right choices at Ayurveda Resort Sonnhof wellbeing retreat in Austria

Kathryn Ludlow attends a short wellbeing break at Ayurveda Resort Sonnhof in Austria and finds stylish design, a nurturing atmosphere and sublime food

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Connie Allfrey reviews a luxury wellness break with My Island Retreats on Ibiza

Connie Allfrey reviews a luxury wellness break with My Island Retreats on Ibiza and finds the love, laughter and intuition she needed to accept every part of herself.

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Easing tightness on a Restore & Reform retreat at Anantara Vilamoura spa hotel in Portugal

Caroline Sylger Jones reviews a clever week for physical rehab and health devised by Restore & Reform at a spa hotel in Portugal and enjoys excellent physio, soft tissue therapy, Reformer Pilates sessions and oodles of healing sunshine.

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Letting go and reaffirming life at Green Farm rural retreat in Kent, England

Sally Kirby reviews this lovely rural retreat in Kent and deeply relaxes with ESPA treatments, woodland walks, yoga, good food and a unique Singing with Nightingales experience

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Enjoying family wellbeing at ADLER Spa Resort THERMAE in Tuscany, Italy

Caroline Sylger Jones reviews this delightful spa retreat in Tuscany in Italy and bonds with her family in privacy and comfort

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A much-needed break from normality at Sen Wellness Sanctuary wellness retreat in Sri Lanka

Elizabeth Bennett reviews a Spring Awakening Retreat at this rejuvenating wellness retreat on the south coast of Sri Lanka and finds authentic (and sometimes challenging) ayurveda treatments, top-notch classes with Dutch yogi Pleunie Van Hulten and the camaraderie of a friendly, open group

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Finding our tribe on a Wildfitness fitness retreat on Menorca

Emma Douglas reviews this fabulous fitness retreat on a UNESCO-protected reserve on Menorca and finds her tribe

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Mixing Pilates with food & culture on a Costa Calida Spanish Holiday

Emma Douglas reviews this relaxed holiday in the sun-soaked Murcia region and enjoys the mix of Pilates and yoga with Spanish lessons, cultural sight seeing and leisurely regional meals

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At home just being me at Ashiyana yoga retreat in North Goa

Frances Trussell reviews this hidden gem of a yoga retreat near Mandrem Beach in North Goa and finds loyal staff, well taught yoga and life transforming holistic treatments

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Raising our energy on a plant-based wellbeing retreat at Fusion Maia

Stella Photi reviews this marvellous spa retreat in Vietnam with her husband and delights in the twice-daily treatments, exquisite attention to detail and mindful calm of the staff

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Working through our grief on The Bridge retreat in Somerset

Sasha Bates goes on The Bridge retreat at 42 Acres in Somerset to explore her feelings after the unexpected death of her husband and finds an amazingly well-held space in which to switch off from the outside and world and reconnect with herself, her body and humanity.

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A satisfying challenge at Azulfit retreat on Fuerteventura, Canary Islands

Imogen O’Rorke reviews a week-long retreat at Azulfit on Fuerteventura and finds dynamic yoga, well taught Stott Pilates, super food and quite the best Swedish massage she’s had in years.

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At ease in a timeless setting at Akasha Wellness Retreat, Romania

Zoe Ross reviews this wellbeing retreat in Transylvania and finds a timeless place full of dramatic vistas and birdsong for wellbeing, yoga and friendship

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Sated and contented at Lefay Spa Resort, Lake Garda, Italy

Imogen O Rorke reviews a two-day Discovery programme at this wondrous spa resort near Lake Garda in Italy and finds Italian style, gorgeous gourmet meals and superlative holistic treatments.

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Learning how to sleep on a Slumber and Restore retreat at Vale de Moses retreat in Portugal

Jane Alexander reviews a Slumber and Restore retreat at Vale de Moses retreat in Portugal and finds beautiful yoga, sensible sleep advice, thoughtful food and a big-hearted team.

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Emma Douglas reviews an easy going weekend detox in Suffolk

Emma Douglas reviews a long weekend detox in Suffolk at an elegantly converted barn and finds inspirational hosts, excellent company and a plant-based health regime to love.

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Finding the magic together at Chateau de Mouillac

Couple Gina and Ben Hayes review an exquisite retreat in the south of France and find exceptional gourmet raw vegan food, life-changing therapies, inspirational hosts and a magical setting.

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Harmonising in nature with Wild Voice Adventures in Gloucestershire, England

Nicki Grihault reviews a singing retreat led by talented performer and choir leader Jess Hunting at an impressive 26-acre country estate and enjoys her journey to harmony.

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Popping up and plugging in at Paradis Plage

Sally Kirby reviews a family-friendly surf & spa resort on one of Morocco’s best surfing beaches at Taghazout, near Agadir in Morocco and finds the teaching and vibe she needs to shake off her fear, play and reconnect

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Finding your voice with Chaya Yoga Retreats in Goa

Jane Dunford reviews a Finding Your Voice yoga retreat with Chaya Yoga Retreats in Goa and finds a lush eco-hotel, remarkable therapists and yoga, scrummy food and lessons with an opera singer

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Palpable passion at Santhosh Dance Retreat, Ibiza

Selda Goodwin reviews an energising and luxurious dance retreat with Santhosh on Ibiza and finds joy, fantastic food, expert teachers and the true beauty of dance.

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Finding calm and flow at Dolphin’s Leap, Greece

Emma Douglas reviews an enlivening Wellness Retreat at Dolphin’s Leap in Greece and finds delightful company, generous hospitality and brilliant instruction and therapy.

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Tibetan healing yoga in the lap of luxury at Malabar Hall Harare, Zimbabwe

Zoe Ross reviews an exceptional week of Tibetan healing yoga and treatments at a glorious private residence near Harare in Zimbabwe and finds jaw-droppingly lavish surroundings, deep knowledge and warm-hearted friendship.

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A week in the wild with Mountain Beach Fitness Retreats, Sardinia

Elizabeth Bennett reviews an intensive fitness break with Mountain Beach Fitness Retreats on Sardinia and finds the power of embracing new things

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Massaged and marinated at Barberyn Reef Ayurveda Resort, Sri Lanka

Sasha Bates reviews this long time ayurveda resort in Sri Lanka and finds a beautiful, Sari-clad doctor, expert treatments, and a cure for her insomnia.

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Balancing our elements at Euphoria Retreat, Greece

Caroline Sylger Jones reviews a week long Physical and Emotional Transformation Retreat at this luxury holistic retreat on the Peloponnese and finds intelligence, beauty and a magnificently feminine spa.

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Supported and unjudged with Mellulah Retreats in Dorset

Sally Kirby reviews a 3-night Deep Transformational Healing Retreat with Mellulah Retreats at Middle Piccadilly in Dorset and finds the support and non-judgemental ear she needs to help her through a period of big change.

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Serenity for an urban dweller at Absolute Sanctuary, Thailand

Rosanna Covacich reviews this spa retreat on Koh Samui in Thailand and finds fresh and colourful food, gracious Thai hospitality and a welcome dose of peace

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Beachside, heart-opening yoga with Yoga Explorers in Sri Lanka

Pat McNulty reviews a wonderful yoga holiday with Yoga Explorers at Talalla retreat in Sri Lanka and finds magical gardens, a lush closeness to the ocean and exceptional heart-opening yoga teaching with Jim Tarran and Khadine Morcom of Vajrasati Yoga.

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Wellbeing with a view at Atmantan Wellness Resort, India

Lauren Cooney reviews Atmantan Wellness Resort in Pune, India, and finds gorgeous wellness programmes, addictive buddha bowls and a view to die for.

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Re-Imagining Self with Advivum Journeys in Hawaii

On the friendly Hawai’ian isle of Molokai, Niki Natarajan reviews Advivum Journeys’ transformational retreat where through hula, candid portraits and life coaching, her Re-Imagined Self is ready to rock the second act.

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Cossetted and cared for in the countryside with Value Your Mind retreat, Dorset

Hannah Macinnes reviews a nourishing 3 day Value Your Mind retreat in Dorset and finds a winning mix of yoga, mindfulness, journalling, roaring fires, good company and nourishing food overseen all overseen by a brilliant host Nathalie Kealy

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Enchanted by tumbling beauty at Trasierra, Spain

Connie Allfrey reviews a yoga and walking retreat with Amber Scott at Trasierra in Spain and finds bright, kind and precise yoga teaching and creative Bohemian surroundings that inspire her next move.

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A head full of ideas at Villa Maecenas, Ibiza

Selda Goodwin reviews a writing retreat at a delectable wellbeing retreat on Ibiza with yoga, writing workshops, massage, walks and gourmet meals and leaves encouraged and motivated to grow, expand and develop.

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Recovering well with Restore & Reform post-surgery retreat in Portugal

After undergoing spinal fusion surgery which went wrong, Carla McKay reviews an amazing Restore & Reform post-surgery retreat at Anantara Vilamoura spa hotel in Portugal and finds an exceptional team who give her the strength and hope that she will walk properly again.

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Getting back on track with The Balanced Life wellbeing retreat in Mallorca

Emma Douglas reviews a sporty wellbeing retreat in Mallorca and finds balance in the stunning foothills of Mallorca’s Tramuntana mountains through the magic of mindset, movement, and natural nutrition.

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Slowing down in the Black Mountains at The Coach House, Wales

Elle Franklin reviews a stylish private wellbeing retreat in Wales and finds space to write, sensitive yoga and meditation teaching, gorgeous mountain walks and moreish artisan bread.

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Finding the magic we need with The Soul Maven, Somerset

Anabel Cutler reviews an intriguing wellbeing week near Glastonbury in Somerset that mixes nurturing energy work, autumnal walks, spiritual tourism and a spot of light shopping.

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Transformed by the spirit of generosity at Malabar Hall Chirundu, Zimbabwe

Zoe Ross reviews an exceptional retreat in the heart of the African bush at Malabar Hall Chirundu in Zimbabwe and finds invigorating river safaris, transformational massages, sunrise meditation and an infectious joie de vivre.

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Getting my back sorted with Restore and Reform at Fair Oak Farm in Sussex, England

Carla MacKay reviews a rehabilitation holiday with Restore and Reform at Fair Oak Farm in Sussex and finds a gorgeous shepherds hut, excellent therapy, like-minded company and a huge boost for her morale.

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Deep rest on a cancer retreat at Puyssentut, France

Liz Veats reviews a Restore and Revitalise week at Puyssentut, a remarkable haven for people with, or recovering from, cancer in the glorious rural Gascony countryside of South West France. She goes with her mother as a companion, and finds passionate and compassionate hosts, a gorgeous space for deep rest, nourishing meals and a truly welcome break from the ‘machine’ that is cancer treatment.

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Flourishing on a Resurface Positive Psychology therapy and surf retreat in Morocco

Nirpal Dhaliwal reviews a Positive Psychology retreat with Resurface Surf Retreats near Agadir in Morocco and discovers an intensive week of surfing and group therapy that helps him hugely with his depression.

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Finding a lovely corner away from the treadmill of life with Yoga on a Shoestring at The Banyan Tree...

Sharon Walker reviews a magical week with Yoga on a Shoestring at The Banyan Tree eco-retreat in Goa and finds brilliant teachings with UK yoga teacher Jess Horn, oodles of moreish veggie food, affordable local shopping and her grin.

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Relighting our inner-fire with a Wim Hof Method retreat at Alladale Wilderness Reserve, Scotland.

Emma Douglas experiences an extraordinary Wim Hof Method retreat with instructor Allan Brownlie at Alladale Wilderness Reserve in Scotland. Through vigorous breathing workshops, cold dips in local rivers, highland hikes and camaraderie she learns how to control her physiology to reverse the effects that central heating, stressful living and a disconnect with nature can have on us all.

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Vibrating at our highest frequency on a Soul Adventures retreat on Ibiza

Selda Goodwin reviews a healing yoga retreat on Ibiza run by kundalini maestro and shamanic practitioner Trish Whelan and finds hope and inspiration for her year ahead.

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From uptight to uplifted on a Harmonise wellbeing retreat with Ibiza Retreats

Sally Brown reviews a week long Harmonise yoga and wellbeing retreat with longstanding Ibiza Retreats on Ibiza and finds a gorgeous boho villa, exceptional teaching, and the safe, professional hands of experts.

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Waking up to the miracles of life at Zen Rocks Mani, Greece

Queen of Retreats reviewer, Yoga School Dropout author and YogaClicks Founder Lucy Edge visits Zen Rocks Mani yoga retreat in the Greek Peloponnese and rediscovers, amidst the blossoming olive groves, her love of life.

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Giving in to a facial at Lefay Resort & SPA, Lake Garda, Italy

Tom Sylger Jones visits a cosseting spa resort overlooking Lake Garda in Italy with his wife Caroline and discovers the pleasures of being still and having facials.

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Switching off meditation, qigong and silent time at Mandali wellbeing retreat in Italy

Imogen O’Rorke reviews the 5 day ‘Mandali Experience’ at a wellbeing retreat in Northern Italy and finds unplugging, rebalancing and ‘getting a perspective’ comes naturally on a mountainside.

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Finding the space to write with The Writing Room creative writing residency on Lesbos in Greece

Caroline Sylger Jones is charmed by a 10 day creative writing residency with The Writing Room in the coastal village of Skala Eressos on Lesbos.

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Polishing our silver with Advivum Journeys life coaching retreat in Kent, UK

Caroline Sylger Jones reviews a Radical Sabbatical life coaching retreat at Goodnestone Manor in Kent led by executive coach Tania Carriere and learns to trust her instincts again through rituals, workshops and walks.

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Feeling held on a Restore and Revitalise retreat at Puyssentut in France

Mother of two, artist and teacher and most recently a cancer patient, Tara Sampy reviewed a Restore and Revitalise retreat at Puyssentut in Southern France and found it a joyful, transformative experience.

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Finding a less jagged version of myself on an Aluna Healing retreat in Scotland

Frances Trussell reviews a spiritual retreat in the Scottish Highlands and finds beautiful walks, a gentle guide, non judgmental yoga and a less jaded self.

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Calming our ego at AyurYoga Eco-Ashram in India

Selda Goodwin reviews AyurYoga Eco-Ashram, an ayurveda and yoga retreat on the banks of River Kabini in the peaceful district of Mysore in Karnataka and finds an authentic, peaceful, community-led Ayurveda retreat run from the heart.

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Learning to think differently at Being at the Cottage, Wales

Antonia Windsor reviews a private, empowering solo retreat in Wales for business leaders and finds a new way forward in her role as the artistic director of a theatre company.

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Finding ourselves again at The Place Retreat in Seminyak, Bali

Nilufer Atik reviews a transformational retreat in Seminyak, Bali led by psycotherapist Jean-Claude Chalmet and finds true psychological as well as physical healing.

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Smiling from ear to ear on a HolyMama retreat on Ibiza

Caroline Sylger Jones and her nearly nine-year-old daughter Annoushka review a Holy Mama retreat on Ibiza and enjoy good yoga, cosseting childcare, wild nature, gorgeous dresses and lots of hugs.

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Delving deep at A Place to Heal holistic clinic in London

Rosie Walford reviews Fiona Arrigo’s A Place To Heal holistic clinic in Notting Hill and finds the archetypal ancient spirit of sisterhood well and truly alive and well in a west London salon.

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Facing my midlife obesity at Homefield Grange

Nirpal Dhaliwal reviews a 3 day Weekend Reboot at Homefield Grange health retreat in Kettering, Northamptonshire and gets the much-needed and highly effective kick up the backside he needs to face his weight issues head on.

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Learning which chances to take with Tuscan Getaway

Nicki Grihault reviews an exceptional Mind & Body Week at a splendid villa in Tuscany led by charismatic retreat leader and TV host Debbie Travis, where she finds the respite and inspiration she needs to take her next step.

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Scheduling in Nothing with Wholehearted Retreats

Megan Lambert reviews an intimate, rural yoga retreat in the rolling farmland of Aveyron in the South of France and blissfully learns to do absolutely nothing.

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Helping our backs get better with Restore and Reform

After a botched spinal fusion and decompression operation which left her with severely damaged nerves in both her legs, Carla McKay went on her second recovery holiday with Restore & Reform, this time at La Maison Du Chateau in Burgundy with her husband, and found physio, Pilates, massage and good French wine just the ticket for her continued recovery.

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A deeply calming coastal mini break with Bespoke Retreats

Sasha Bates reviews a two day, private tailored retreat led by healer Lynn Jackson at a gorgeous beach house at West Wittering in Sussex and finds an astonishing amount of deep rest in a very short time.

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Gut rest and regeneration at Grayshott

Niki Natarajan reviews the renowned 7 Day Gut Health Regime at Grayshott Medical Spa in Surrey and loses 7lbs in seven days as myths about diets and food fads are busted.

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Enchanted and energised at Samsara

Imogen O’Rorke spends an enchanting wellbeing weekend at a rural cottage in Kent with husband and wife team Dipu and Lori and finds her bliss with excellent ashtanga-based yoga and pranayama, holistic massage, gong baths, delicious food and a superbly comfy home from home environment.

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On a three generational wellbeing break at Borgo Egnazia

Caroline Sylger Jones reviews a Happiness wellbeing break at Borgo Egnazia spa hotel in Puglia with her mother and daughter and finds heady scents, exceptional staff and wondrous treatments.

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Finding absolute comfort at Four Seasons Landaa Giravaaru

Rosie Walford reviews this upscale wellbeing resort set on its own white coral atoll in the Maldives and finds her peace for the longterm with serious spa treatments, yoga therapy, delightful wellbeing rituals, an ayurvedic doctor who answers every skeptical question she brings him comprehensively and insanely beautiful surroundings

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Reaping the benefits of a slow and sensory life at Paraiso Escondido

Anna Chapman reviews an exquisite wellbeing retreat in the Alentejo hills of Portugal and finds her sunny place with yoga, art, massage, exceptional plant-based food and supportive hosts

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Treated on all levels at Amatara Wellness Resort

Frances Trussell reviews a stress and burnout recovery programme at Amatara Wellness Resort on Phuket in Thailand with her husband and finds glorious surroundings, attentive staff, deeply soothing treatments and every reason to celebrate

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Resetting body and mind in a bubble at Revivo Wellness Resort in Bali

Jeya Lorenz checked into this exquisite wellness hotel just before the full outbreak of COVID-19 rocked the world

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Giving it our all with Barcelona Bootcamp

Megan Lambert reviews Barcelona Bootcamp, a hugely effective fitness retreat in Spain, and despite missing her carbs, finds herself far more capable both mentally and physically than she’d given herself credit for

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Turning back time at Preidlhof

Anna Pasternak reviews a five-night Integrated Healing retreat at this family-run hotel in the cocoon of South Tyrol in Italy and finds exceptional healers, memorable forest bathing and a cure for her menopausal hot flushes.

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Feeling light and free with The Zest Life

Yoga teacher Gina Hayes and her husband Ben cleanse and nourish on a Spring Detox Retreat with The Zest Life at their sensational 21-acre estate on Anglesey in Wales

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Getting ready to face life’s storms at the Masqi The Energy House

Elizabeth Bennett reviews this boutique-style wellness hotel in Spain and finds a civilised and elegant environment, transformative treatments with dedicated founder Sonia and the time and space to simply be

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Clearing our mental fog at Shanti Som

Charlotte North reviews this magical wellbeing retreat near Marbella in Spain for a rejuvenation Pilates programme and finds the calm, space and attention she needs to regroup

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