Plan ahead for far-flung pleasures
Little beats the joy of booking a relaxing adventure somewhere enticing and hot, and all these delicious retreats are all open over the winter season. Take your pick of relaxing breaks in Bali, Sri Lanka and Thailand, or get yourself to India to rejuvenate in Goa, Kerala or Uttarakhand.
Unwind at Puri Ganesha in Bali
Stay for as long as you need in thatched villas set on the beach at this enchanting retreat. Come to relax and feast on indulgently healthy dishes from the retreat creator and chef Diana Von Cranach’s purely ‘living food’ menu of Southeast Asian cuisine. Open Jun-Aug and Nov-Mar. Explore.
Reflect at The Sanctuary on Koh Phanghan
Set on a tropical bay and backed by lush jungle, this retreat is a great place to escape life’s stresses with supportive detox retreats, yoga and Pilates holidays, wellness and creative workshops, top notch visiting healers and a hugely relaxing, low-key atmosphere. Open all year. Explore.
Stretch out at Ulpotha in Sri Lanka
A remote, enchanting eco village, Ulpotha is a fabulous retreat for engaged urbanites in need of tranquility. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the jungle and mix yoga, ayurveda treatments and swimming with a digital detox and organic meals. Stay for two weeks if you can. Explore.
Heal yourself at Yoga Magic in Goa
A naturally peaceful, sustainable retreat tucked away in North Goa. Stay in tented lodges or the Maharaja and Maharani suites surrounded by beautiful frangipani, papaya, palms and pineapple trees. Come for yoga, healing treatments, cleansing food and meditation. Explore.
Dive deep with PadmaKarma in Kerala
Join the talented Padma Nair and her team for yoga classes and ayurveda treatments. Surrounded by palm trees, you will be so close to the sea you’ll be able to hear the waves from the rooftop yoga shala. Open all year except May, June and July, stay for as long as you want in local hotels. Explore.
Calm your mind at Ananda in Uttarakhand
For some royal treatment visit Ananda, a hilltop spa retreat in the Himalayan foothills of India. You’ll receive fantastic attentive care on a range of wellness programmes that draw on ayurveda, yoga, meditation and vedanta to fulfill different goals. Leave transformed. Open all year. Explore.