2023 is the year of great escapes. From yoga in sunny Spain to private jet tours across Asia, its time to book that trip of lifetime.
Planning that great escape holiday may not need to be as jam-packed as you think. Sometimes, the most memorable adventures are ones where we slow down and take the time to really appreciate what’s around us. If you’re over the busy tourist attractions and crowded resort pools, look no further than this list of six calming wellness retreats from across the world. For more great escape holiday destinations, see pages 112 and 113 in our January February issue out now.
A couples recharge in Opatija, Croatia
This luxury spot in the beautiful country of Croatia is popular amongst celebrities and aristocricy. Known as the best place in Europe to propose, Opatitja is a great location for a couples getaway. With a broad range of four and five star hotels to choose from and an even broader range of spas, a trip here is the perfect Valentines gift for your significant other. Visiting from March onwards is recommended to shake those winter blues.
A yoga retreat in Tenerife, Spain
It’s no secret that Tenerife is a summer paradise and a popular holiday making spot for the Irish. To experience something different in the Spanish city, a luxury yoga retreat, either by yourself or with friends is a great option. Bookyogaretreats.com have an amazing all-inclusive yoga retreat package deal for six days at €899. Included in this package is five nights accommodation in Villa Pranayama, two daily yoga classes at beginner to intermediate level, free daily excursions such as a visit to a secret beach and all meals covered.
A mountain spa resort in Colorado, United States
A trip to the States doesn’t always have to include an action-packed itineray. If your soul needs a recharge, the Madeline Hotel & Residences in Colorado is amongst one of the best wellness resorts in America. Tucked away in the mountains and surrounded by beautiful valleys, it is the perfect location for a peaceful escape from reality. Visiting from June to September means catching the state in its warmest months where exploring its wonderous landscapes is easiest. In December, it becomes a winter wonderland, perfect for a cosy getaway with loved ones.
A photography workshop in Tuscany, Italy
Deep dive into the rich Italian culture with a photography retreat to Tuscany, Italy. With private photography lessons by award-winning photographer Marco Bulgarelli, your individual needs will be catered for, no matter your skill level. As well as that, you will get to immerse yourself in the Tuscan nature and lifestyle, from history to art to food and wine. For more information, visit Tuscanyphototours.it.
A mindful and cultural journey through Asia
For the ultimate great escape, Aman properties have a mindful and cultural expedition through Asia taking place from 29 September to 13 October this year. Up to 18 people can go on this retreat that will travel across Nepal, Bhutan, India and Shri Lanka via private jet. You will get to explore magnificent Buddhist temples, try traditional Asian cuisine and take in the breath-taking views across all four countries. Experiencing the rich culture and lifestyle of these areas is a mind and soul recharge that will help you make memories to last a lifetime. For more information and to book, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
An innovative wellness retreat in Miami, United States
The Carillon Hotel in Miami is a wellness resort like other. Full of the latest cutting edge technology, its spa and wellness centre are the perfect visit for those who want to try something new. Their Quantiom Energy Science Platform combines wellness with modern science to deliver the best results they possibly can. They also provide traditional wellness treatments such as Traditional Chinese Holistic Medicine and energy healing Reiki. Prices start from €406 for two adults for two nights and can be booked at carillonhotel.com.