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The best spa and wellbeing holidays

Any parent knows that true ‘me-time’ is something to be treasured. In fact, it’s something that I’m sure just about every adult knows. Inherent pressures regarding work, home, relationships and – in my case, parenthood – can easily build up, bringing with them a real need for some relaxation from time to time. Combining the luxury of a spa day with the rejuvenation promised by a far-out escape, here’s just a few of the best spa and wellbeing breaks to consider the next time you’re in need of some much-needed R&R. 

Partake in some much-needed mindfulness 

Mindfulness is the ultimate practice of zoning out from our surroundings and connecting fully with our inner-selves. Whether or not you fully subscribe to its powers, a mindfulness retreat is a great option for anyone seeking some quiet solace away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Located in the Devon countryside, Sharpham House is one such bolthole, where guests are free to get back in touch with nature while enjoying an indulgent stay in a Grade 1-listed mansion house. 

Step on board a cruise ship spa 

Modern cruise ships are renowned for packing in the luxury, with dedicated spa and wellness areas being a common feature onboard many of the larger ocean liners. Among the most extravagant is the Spa onboard Marella Explorer. With floor-to-ceiling windows and indulgent couples’ treatment areas, it has everything you’d expect from a spa on land and plenty more – allowing you to sail to the paradise islands of Barbados, St Kitts and Antigua while being pampered from head-to-toe. 

Strike a pose at a yoga retreat 

Yoga boasts a wealth of health benefits, both physical and psychological. Dedicated yoga retreats can be found the world over, from the Australian rainforest to the white coasts of Indonesia. From overnight stays to month-long retreats, there are options that cover just about every type of yoga imaginable, while itineraries range from relaxed beginner classes to full-throttle detoxes that g

ather intensity as your stay goes on. 

Immerse yourself in a destination spa break 

Spa days are always a fail-safe way to unwind, so dedicated spa holidays are naturally a popular choice for those in need of some in-depth pampering. A luxury spa holiday is all but guaranteed to relax the mind, body and soul, with most taking an all-encompassing approach to your health and wellbeing. There are countless spa resorts in the UK, while you may also choose to travel somewhere further afield. Among the most renowned is Italy’s Hotel Hohenwart – offering massages by moonlight and its very own rooftop saltwater pool. 

Take a breather on a stress management holiday 

Holidays are typically an opportunity for us to take some time out and recharge our batteries, yet stress management breaks are the ultimate choice for those who may otherwise find it difficult to relax. A combination of holistic therapies, life coaching and classes in meditation are all common features of these so-called ‘stress management resorts’, many of which promise life-changing results. 


Whether you’ve enjoyed a wellbeing holiday in the past or simply have some advice to help others unwind, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below. 

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