Quite honestly, if you don’t need a break after the build-up to Christmas through to the hedonistic hell that is New Year’s Eve then you’ve not been doing them right. Between the endless dinners and equally continuous fountains of champagne, your body will need a big old detox come January.
Of course, that doesn’t mean you can’t indulge while you detox. Just swap the lying around overly full for lying around under the hands of a skilled masseuse and you’re on the right track. If it takes you to one of the most stunning locations in the world, then all the better. So, here are the getaways that will make getting healthy feel amazing.
RAAS Devigarh, India
Forget the metropolitan hubs of Delhi and Mumbai and instead head for scenic Udaipur and the boutique wellness retreat of RAAS Devigarh. Between the minimal colonial décor, calm atmosphere and beautiful gardens, there’s a lot to love… just nothing quite so much as the Ila spa. The hotel’s wellbeing masters will curate an entire holistic stay, meaning that whether you stay a few days or a few weeks, it’ll be a transformative experience.
D-Resort Gocek, Turkey
Given that most visitors to this Mediterranean getaway are relative locals, it’s somewhat of a well-kept secret. D-Resort Gocek feels like its own village of calm and wellness, complete with an impressive spa and its own spectacular stretch of beach. It also has its own yacht if you fancy a little cruise over lunch.
Here though it’s less about the wellness and more about simply getting away from it all. A waterside restaurant for light bites, an impressive steakhouse and the mountaintop pan-Asian Q Lounge mean that good food is in ample supply and beats the hell out of kale.
Aro Ha Wellness Retreat, New Zealand
Yes, you’ll need to detox more than ever after a flight to New Zealand, but the upshot is Aro Ha Wellness Retreat. With a maximum of 32 guests at any one time, it’s a calm, intimate affair with plenty of one-on-one time with yoga and pilates instructors and treatment rooms. You’ll also find yourself eating well without realising it thanks to the resort’s renowned vegetarian cuisine with not a roast potato in sight.
You don’t need to head to distant spiritual capital just to feel better about yourself; the scenic shores of Lake Garda will do just as nicely. Granted it might be a little cooler there this time of year than usual, but Lefay is still well worth a visit. Combining ancient Chinese medicine with a more western, scientific approach to wellness, each visit is customised to the individual’s needs. The views are something to remember too.
Six Senses Zingy Bay, Oman
With Mountains to one side, a private bay to the other, the Musandam Peninsula seems almost too perfect – not a bad setting for one of the region’s best wellness retreats. Therapists at Six Senses Zingy Bay use only natural ingredients in their treatments and the traditional Arabian hammams are the ideal way to get over a few hours of intense training at the resort’s jungle gym.