4 Irish wellness retreats to beat the January blues

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Don’t let the post-Christmas slump get you down – relax the body and mind with a wellness retreat


We are constantly being hit by distractions on social media, and stress is inevitable. To manage this, many are opting to jet off on a wellness retreat to soothe the body and mind. With guided meditation, nutrient-packed meals, and refreshing country walks, one of these retreats may be just what you need if you are feeling overworked and tired. These four Irish locations are guaranteed to bring ultimate zen.

1. Creacon Wellness Retreat, New Ross, Co. Wexford


Nestled in the Irish countryside in a historic Irish inn, Creacon is a wellness retreat with a countryside feel. Creacon specialises in yoga and meditation which are perfect for relaxing the body and mind. They offer a variety of packages, from overnight escapes to intensive 3-day retreats. If you live in the area, their cafe is open daily to the public, so make sure to call in for a cold-pressed juice or healthy lunch.

2. The Burren Yoga Retreat, Co. Clare


There is no better cure than country air – which is why this retreat is perfect! The Burren Yoga provides yoga and meditation in the beautiful surroundings of Co. Clare. Their packages provide accommodation, an experienced guide, and outings to visit local attractions. A change of scenery and energising classes are guaranteed to leave you feeling refreshed and at peace.

3. Lake Isle Retreat, Co. Fermanagh


Lake Isle operates out of the serene Mandala House, where they host spiritual yoga, vegetarian cooking, and 6am morning chants and meditation. It sounds intense, but don’t be deterred – there is a reason why it has been a popular destination since 2005. Inspired by Hindu principles of peace and wellbeing, the retreat is designed to center you with nature and your mind.

4. Monart Spa, Co. Wexford


Monart is a destination spa with a serious reputation, and it is clear to see why. They have 15 treatment rooms with a wide array of treatments, as well as a sauna, steam room, outdoor Finnish Sauna, salt grotto, infra-red pro suite, caldarium, sanarium and hydrotherapy pool. Their Monart Life program is specially crafted for those struggling with stress, tiredness, or burnout. With zero alcohol and early starts, the program has high-intensity exercise classes and healthy meals. Don’t worry – you can relax and unwind in the spa later with a rejuvenating massage. The ultimate detox.