A&E Guide To The Best Wellness Retreats

Lara Mansour   |   13 - 02 - 2018

Want to push your workout to the next level, combine weights with yoga, or generally improve your entire wellbeing? From California to Ibiza, these are the retreats that will deliver exactly that.

 

 

 

THE SHAPE DEFINER

CAPRI PALACE, ITALY

The world-renowned Capri Leg School’s patented treatments do work, and on a level more fundamental than just cosmetic. Hence why, along with A-listers Gwyneth Paltrow and Julia Roberts, sports stars like Roger Federer and Cristiano Ronaldo regularly visit. Developed 21 years ago by Professor Francesco Canonaco, the focus is on improving circulation, which he believes equals a good heart and good circulation. Leg school takes an hour a day and is ideally taken over a week, so we recommend maximising your body overhaul by booking in with Bodyism personal trainers and eating the Bodyism Clean & Lean menu.

 

 

 

THE BODY TRANSFORMER

THE BODY CAMP, IBIZA

While it is easy to be seduced by the island’s sand, sea, sun, and crystal blue Mediterranean waters, don’t let the idyllic backdrop fool you, the Body Camp program is not to be taken lightly. Inspired by LA’s burgeoning fitness scene, this luxury boot camp takes a holistic head-to-toe approach that incorporates mind, body, and spirit. All meals are 80% plant-based and supplemented with small amounts of dairy, organic lean meat and fresh fish, super-food shots, and plenty of water, all to accelerate weight loss. The challenging schedule is there to push you, and it gets results, you will leave feeling tighter and more streamlined.

 

 

 

THE KICK-STARTER

CAL-A-VIE, SAN DIEGO

The beauty of this 200-acre health and beauty spa retreat, apart from its location in the sun-baked hills of northern San Diego, is how generously it accommodates its guests. When it comes to reaching your fitness or weight goals, you can be as tough or easy on yourself as you like. Similarly, with the food, each meal can be calorie-counted by a nutritionist, or otherwise if you want more you can just ask. This guilt free approach is what no doubt helps with the program’s effectiveness. To complement your bespoke training schedule, the daily power hike from 6.15am takes you on a steep tour of the hilly surroundings. You will work up a sweat but it’s worth the exertion to catch the sun rising over the canyons.

 

 

 

THE SHAPE-SHIFTER

LA RÉSERVE RAMATUELLE, SAINT TROPEZ

The village-style setup of La Réserve encompasses a hotel with rooms and Provence-style villas, complete with panoramic views and butler service. The Nescens Boot Camp however is what is remarkable at this location, for its results and luxurious setting. Food is far from your typical boot-camp affair, expect three courses each mealtime of exquisite dishes, followed by plenty of Nordic walking and Pilates. After a strenuous day, the spa treatments, which are included in your program, are a welcome relief.

 

 

 

BAD-HABIT BREAKER

YOGA DETOX, SIX SENSES, VIETNAM

Combining barefoot luxury with a yoga detox program, Ninh Van Bay is a five-star education in wellness and mindfulness, providing a holistic approach that feels like it is setting you on the right path in the gentlest way. Ancient practices are married with high-tech equipment, and after just a few days you will have learned how to listen to your body’s real needs, as opposed to emotionally motivated food choices. A highlight of the program is the sleep hypnosis, where you are guided through a series of gentle meditative exercises combined with hypnosis, which provides a profound sense of relaxation that goes beyond a massage.

 

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