The best healthy getaways to try in 2016

27 January 2016 by
First published: 26 December 2015

If you’re feeling a bit lacklustre take a peek at the best healthy getaways to try in 2016.

The nights are drawing in and temperatures are plunging, but it’s not all doom and gloom. Christmas is nearly upon us, and the coming of a new year is a great excuse to book your next wellness getaway. Here are a few suggestions that will help get you through the winter…

Kamalaya, Koh Samui, Thailand

The sun-drenched beaches of Koh Samui have been attracting travellers of all stripes since the earliest backpackers arrived on the back of a coconut boat in the early 1970s. Today, this oasis of natural beauty, all soft sand, vibrant coral, thick jungles and crystal-clear waterfalls, is the place to go for a wellness retreat in the Gulf of Thailand, and Kamalaya offers a range of programmes aimed at combating stress and burnout. Traditional Ayurvedic spa treatments, meditation and yoga practice are the cornerstones of this luxurious hideaway, which is built on the site of a former Buddhist monks’ retreat.

Prices start at £144 per night for a single room

Feel Fab Hot Yoga Retreat, Ibiza

A trip to the fabled Balearic Island doesn’t have to be spent dancing the night away in its world-famous nightspots, although that’s no doubt a great way to burn a few calories too. This Feel Fab retreat will see you breaking a sweat for different reasons, with a programme based around hot yoga sessions and full board healthy meals in a beautiful villa. The daily schedule includes early morning meditation, two yoga sessions (one hot, in a studio, one not, at the villa), and time in the middle of the day for swimming, sunbathing and spa treatments. Three superfood-packed meals a day are included, and you’ll be in the safe hands all week of Amy and Nina, two experienced yogis who will be there for you 24/7.

One week breaks start at £995 per person, full board.

Espace Henri Chenot, Italy

For those looking for a rejuvenating retreat with a more scientific focus, this luxurious resort in the foothills of the northern Italian Dolomites is just what the doctor ordered. Set in the opulent Palace Merano, the resort follows the Biontology philosophy of Henri Chenot, which combines Chinese and traditional Western medicine. Beginning with a thorough physical examination to help tailor your treatments, you’ll embark on a programme of acupressure massage, hydro-aromatherapy and mud treatments, accompanied by exquisite, artfully prepared food that’s designed with detoxification in mind. Personal attention is second to none here, with everything tailored to your own specific needs and situation – you even get three face-to-face sessions with a personal doctor.

From £5,249 for seven nights,