Queenly Christmas and New Year Retreats
Want to escape consumerism, stress, family angst and busyness this festive season? Give yourself the present of real time out on a retreat at Christmas or over New Year and start 2020 feeling sparklingly fresh. Escape the festivities entirely, or enjoy them somewhere different with a twist of wellbeing. Here’s just a few recommended retreats to choose from.
FESTIVE WELLBEING IN SURREY, ENGLAND
at Grayshott Medical Spa
Book a 3, 4 or 8 night wellbeing retreat at this civilised health retreat and enjoy films in the private cinema, carol singers, a healthy festive fayre for Christmas Day or a 5 course dinner for New Year’s Eve with musical entertainment. Treatments, guided walks over National Trust land and delicious food that won’t leave you bloated are a given. 24 Dec 2019 – 1 Jan and 31 Dec 2019 – 2 Jan 2020.
CLIFF WALKS WITH YOGA IN IRELAND
at Cliffs of Moher Retreat
Book a weekend or week long all-inclusive package at this boutique retreat venue in one of Ireland’s most stunning landscapes for long relaxing yoga classes, brisk walks by the ocean and reading a book by the fire – all while being nourished with decent meals cooked by private chefs. 27 – 29 Dec 2019, 29 Dec 2019 – 3 Jan 2020 or 3 – 5 Jan 2020.
HOLISTIC WELLBEING IN THE SPANISH SUNSHINE
Have a relaxing and fun time with a focus on yoga, cuisine, rural walks in the sun and laughter with new friends at this delightful retreat. There’s two daily yoga sessions and delicious healthy meals on both retreats, plus food workshops, hill walking, healing treatments and an infra-red sauna and outdoor pool for you to use. The yoga teaching is kind and exceptional. Ideal for solos. 22 – 28 Dec and 29 Dec 2019 – 4 Jan 2020.
PEACE & MEDITATION NEAR TOTNES, DEVON, ENGLAND
at Sharpham House
Rest and be supported over Christmas or New Year for 5 nights at this mansion, which is set in beautiful grounds in the South Hams. Gently guided by experts, take space and time for yourself with meditation, yoga sessions, delicious vegetarian food and plenty of free time to rest and connect with nature on the extensive estate, which has a river running through it. 22 – 28 Dec 2019 or 29 Dec – 3 Jan 2020.
RELAXATION & FOCUS ON FUERTEVENTURA
Enjoy a healthy twist to a traditional Spanish new year at this Canary Island retreat, with relaxation, sunshine and wellbeing. There’s yoga, Pilates, therapies, healthful meals and guided meditations to help you find focus and set intentions for the coming year. Staff are hand-picked, and the vibe is relaxed and vital. 28 Dec 2019 – 4 Jan 2020 or book a 7 night Surya Retreat arriving any Sat in Dec & Jan.
YOGA IN STYLE IN MOROCCO
with Yoga on a Shoestring
For an exotic yoga break at Christmas or New Year, stay in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains at Hotel Tigmi, close to the culture and bustle of Marrakesh, but set in a magical desert landscape for serenity and big skies. There are twice daily yoga sessions, hamams and poolside relaxation, special dinners and live entertainment. Christmas Yoga Retreat 21 – 26 Dec 2019 or New Year Yoga Retreat 27 Dec 2019 – 2 Jan 2020.
RELAXATION & LIFE MAKEOVERS IN ALICANTE, SPAIN
with La Crisalida Retreats
Christmas at La Crisalida will be a chilled-out week, with special activities on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, while New Year is a time to reflect and look ahead with life makeover workshops. Welcome in 2020 with a special fire puja, local musicians and a Spanish grape ceremony. There’s a superb plant-based menu, walks, yoga, exercise and swimming – do as much or as little as you choose. Arrive on any day you choose.
NEW YEAR DETOX ON DARTMOOR, DEVON, ENGLAND
with Aluna Healing
Cleanse and renew yourself in a magical ancient landscape, with a juice fast (or juice and salad cleanse), shamanic wisdom and practices for cultivating health, as well as time to connect with nature, yoga, meditation, breathwork and sound healing in calming, safe hands. This is a chance for those new to holistic healing practices to let go and learn new ways of being for 2020. 28 Dec 2019 – 3 Jan 2020.
MINDFUL CELEBRATION ON THE ISLE OF WIGHT
at The Grange by the Sea
Join friendly Skyros facilitators on a relaxing holistic Christmas or New Year break at this chilled out, wooden-floored B&B with views out to a distant sea. There’ll be coastal walking, yoga and tai chi, cosy fires, gentle meditation, and making ‘easy art’ with beautiful materials, but also great food, singing, music, games and dancing. Christmas Retreat 24 – 27 Dec 2019 or New Year Retreat 30 Dec 2019 – 2 Jan 2020.
INDULGENCE & MAGIC IN ITALY
at Adler Thermae Spa Resort
Warm yourself in the mild and sunny Tuscan climate at Christmas as you soak in therapeutic thermal waters and indulge in treatments at this lovely spa hotel, where the rooftop restaurant specialises in festive local produce such as white truffles freshly dug out the soil and porcini mushrooms draped with freshly pressed olive oil. Take time for local Christmas markets and folk displays too. Christmas packages 22 – 26 Dec 2019.
DEEP RELAXATION IN VIETNAM
at Fusion Maia
Stay at this glorious spa and health resort set on one of Vietnam’s finest beaches and receive two treatments every day as part of your room rate. Go for deep relaxation, indulgent pampering and clean Vietnamese food and enjoy immaculate villas with thoughtful touches and charming, gentle staff. There’s a gala dinner on 31st December 2019 if you want to be there for New Year. Open throughout the festive season.
REST & CLEANSE WITH MODERN MAYR MEDICINE IN AUSTRIA
at Park Igls
Come to rest after all the feasting and celebrating at this slick village retreat in the Tyrol, and treat yourself to a restorative detox programme based on Modern Mayr Medicine. On New Year’s Eve there’s a torchlight walk and fireworks, and your retreat can include dance workshops and soft winter activities to get your body and heart moving in all the right ways. Come for 10 nights, arriving on 26 December 2019.