Queenly Christmas & New Year retreats
Would you like to rebalance this festive season somewhere wonderful and away from home? Browse our pick of retreats for Christmas and New Year and escape the hustle and bustle.
The Sanctuary, Koh Phanghan, Thailand
Set on a tropical bay, this favourite haven is open throughout the season for superb yoga, Pilates, detoxing and nourishing treatments. Time your visit to take advantage of the School of Life programme, which offers an inventive range of classes and creative workshops from 28 Dec – 31 Jan 2018. Explore.
Ulpotha, Sri Lanka
Come to this admirably remote retreat for a two week Vinyasa Yoga holiday 24 Dec – 7 Jan 2018 with Chicago maestro Wade Gotwals and superb therapists Pi Jem and Alex Ivanov. A true antidote to modern living, the retreat also offers sumptuous veggie meals and ayurveda. Explore.
Satvada Retreats, Morocco
Relax and indulge in Marrakech culture with Satvada’s reliably good New Year Yoga Retreat in the city from 29 Dec – 3 Jan 2018. Or for adventure and a physical challenge, choose the New Year Yoga and Walking holiday in the Atlas Mountains 30 Dec – 4 Jan 2018. Explore.
La Crisalida, Spain
Spend the New Year enveloped in Spanish traditions at relaxed and unassuming La Crisalida from 28 Dec – 2 Jan 2018. Take your pick from a range of classes in yoga, life coaching, dance and creative pursuits, and go on guided walks to local sites (such as the lighthouse, above). Explore.
Perfect for families or friends looking to retreat, this gorgeous reserve is surrounded by acres of dramatic nature. Hire the lodge (which has a sauna and mini gym) or a cottage and combine hiking, biking and fishing with pre-booked treatments and cosy fireside times. Explore.
Mindfulness Journeys, Morocco
See in the New Year with a digital detox at the foot of the snowy Atlas mountains in the Moroccan countryside. Spend a week meditating and stretching in a gorgeous tented space, lounging by the pool and enjoying a steamy hammam scrub in the spa. Runs 28 Dec – 3 Jan 2018. Explore.
Kaliyoga is offering a festive retreat with a focus on yoga, inventive cuisine, holistic relaxation, walks in the beautiful Alpujarra hills and time out with new friends. Runs 22-28 December 2017, or book a New Year retreat 29 December – 4 January 2018. Explore.
The Grange by the Sea, Isle of Wight
Skyros’s UK base offers a wonderful four day Christmas celebration with creative activities including Mindfulness Meditation, Laughter Yoga, Joyful Choir and Mandala Painting as well as coastal walking, games and fabulous food. Runs 24-27 Dec 2017 or book for New Year 30 Dec-2 Jan 2018. Explore.
Bring 2017 to a positive close with a week of relaxation, rejuvenation and celebrations. In addition to yoga and Pilates, there’s a menu of healthy, delicious food, seasonally themed meditations and a range of fun activities to celebrate the holidays. Retreat runs 23 – 30 Dec 2017. Explore.
Absolute Sanctuary, Thailand
If you relish the thought of a Christmas unwinding with yoga, Pilates, healthy food and swoon-inducing massages, this is the retreat for you. A fun and down to earth retreat with an excellent choice of programmes and laid back yet professional staff. Open all year. Explore.