Safe Summer retreats to help you start over
Our retreats make caring for you their number one priority, and this has never been more true than now. Whether you’ve been ill, overworking, looking after for others or sitting out the lockdown on your sofa, these retreats can help you rest, re-energise and work out where you want to be next. You can be confident that, like all the retreats in our collection, they work hard to look after your safety mid pandemic – please contact them directly for the most up-to-date advice and read the WHO guidelines.
- For mental clarity – Shanti Som, Spain
Now open: Clear the mental fog of lockdown at this south east Asian-inspired venue, set in a stunning valley near Marbella, and next to Sierra de la Nieves National Park. The retreats on offer at this sanctuary in the sun include Bliss of Being, Reboot Your Body and Soul, and Detox and Weight Loss. To protect guests, social distancing is observed, along with regular cleaning, a la carte meals and limits on people in the sauna, steam room, training rooms and yoga studio.
- For private time out – The Coach House Retreat, Wales
Now up and running: Escape to the wild Welsh hills, and choose from private yoga or meditation sessions, forest bathing, wild swimming, riding, kayaking and canoeing, or just rest, relax and recuperate away from the bustle post-lockdown. Yoga and mindfulness meditation teacher Olivia Clarke will help guests design a personal programme just right for them right now. With social distancing and the highest cleaning standards in place, you can feel safe in this Monmouthshire haven and return home, good as new.
- For a life makeover – La Crisalida, Spain
Now open: Re-connect, re-balance and re-energise on the stunning Costa Blanca where the programmes on offer at this reliably well-run retreat include life makeovers, yoga and detox and weight loss, and relaxation. Bookings are flexible – you can arrive and depart any day, and stay as long as you like. With guest health and hygiene a priority, numbers are restricted in the activity studio and on the yoga terrace, sanitising gel is available throughout the retreat, and there’s an enhanced cleaning programme to keep you safe.
- For natural wellness – Lefay Resort & SPA Lago di Garda, Italy
Now open: Classical Chinese medicine meets modern science at this Lake Garda retreat, where guests are encouraged to purify their mind and body after the stress of lockdown. On the new Natural Wellness programme, therapists will guide you along the path to wellness, with rebalancing activities and a personalised energy massage. High hygiene standards are being met with strict sanitisation of equipment and vehicles, and a booking system for saunas and steam rooms. Guests’ temperatures are taken on arrival.
- For deep healing – The Arrigo programme, Somerset, UK
Opening from 15 July: Bespoke one-to-one retreats are starting up again and offer guests the chance to change, transform and detox, using the programme developed by intuitive healer, mentor and psychotherapist Fiona Arrigo more than 40 years ago. You’ll stay in private cottages, and, guided by members of a hand-picked team, you’ll rebalance your lifestyle and rethink your life in a safe environment.
- For ocean view yoga – Azulfit, Fuerteventura
Opening from 18 July: This seven-night retreat in the Canary Islands runs from Saturday to Saturday and offers safe and clean facilities, where you can enjoy yoga and Pilates with ocean views and relax and recharge with confidence. Set in its own centre, with stringent cleaning and health checks, there will be a reduced number of guests to ensure social distancing can be maintained.
- For a new vision – Borgo Egnazia, Italy
Now open: The Borgo Egnazia spa hotel in Puglia has already re-opened its doors to offer guests a friendly Apulian welcome, and post-lockdown safety is its number one priority. Offering highly curated retreats, the spacious and elegant Borgo aims to help you find your joy in life with workshops, consultations and treatments, while offering masks and gloves, air conditioning sanitation and social distancing in common areas and the restaurant.
- For inner strength – Yoga Explorers, Toulouse, France
Running 19 – 26 August: Join senior Jivamukti yoga teacher Luis Valentine and Yoga Explorers’ founder Jo in south-west France to replenish your inner strength post-lockdown. Individual mats and props will be given at the start of the week, and hand sanitiser is available. At mealtimes, seating will be in line with Government recommendations, or guests can dine alone if they wish.
- For peace and quiet – Reclaim Your Self glamping weekend, Somerset, England
Running 21-24 August: Get back to nature with a safe and relaxing glamping weekend from the Reclaim Your Self team. This three-night retreat with yoga teacher Adam Husler is set in an off-grid eco-friendly woodland camp near Bath. On offer are workshops, wild swimming, campfire meals country walks – and paddle-boarding on the River Avon for the adventurous. You’ll sleep in super comfy yurts and cosy cabins. To keep guests safe, numbers are limited to 12 people for the retreat and six per class.
- For countryside calm – AdventureYogi, Oxfordshire, Norfolk and Cornwall, UK
Running August/September: Enjoy a wellness yoga retreat in Oxfordshire from 14-17 August, or a Bank Holiday break with yoga, meditation and pranayama with AdventureYogi in Norfolk, where you’ll stay in courtyard barn rooms from 28 – 31 August. If surf and cream teas are more your thing, head to a delicious base in Cornwall for yoga and coastal walks – choose 29 August – 1 September or 1-5 September.