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The World's Best Luxury Wellness Retreats

Written by
Emily Opie, Angela Thomas, Jane Dumble & Melania Siriu

Sometimes, you just need to get away from it all. There's nothing better than a wellness retreat to refocus your energy, revive your mind and reinvigorate your body. Get your health and fitness fix at one of our expert's favourites.

These luxury wellness retreats make striving to become the best version of yourself not just easy, but indulgent.

Rainforest retreat
Como Shambhala
Island resort
Song Saa
Himalayan escape
Dwarika's
Kudus House, Como Shambhala, Ubud, Bali

1) Como Shambhala, Bali

Immerse yourself in a wellness program amongst rainforest and rice paddies. Situated in the rainforest surrounding Ubud, Como Shambhala health retreat is truly secluded with luxury suites looking out across the treetops, incorporating their own shaded pavilions and infinity pools, making the resort a sublime setting for complete rejuvenation.

Garden at Como Shambhala, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

The immersive wellbeing programs are tailored to suit each guest’s needs, with spa treatments, outdoor activities like hiking and COMO’s signature Shambhala cuisine, with the expertise of resident specialists such as an ayurvedic doctor, dietician and yoga teacher. Whether you’re low on energy, stressed out or just in need of a fitness regime, the program is sure to benefit you, inside and out.

Tejasuara, Como Shambhala retreat, Ubud Bali
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2) Song Saa Private Island, Cambodia

This stunning island resort encompasses 27 luxury thatched pool villas, either set in the rainforest or on stilts over water with the waves lapping below. The resort has created three wellness programs – Refresh focusing on mental clarity and de-stressing, Rejuvenate to cleanse and empower, and Revive for inner wellness.

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That all incorporate a consultation, yoga and meditation sessions, spa treatments and specially crafted wellness cuisine. In such a blissful location, embarking on a wellness program doesn’t seem such a chore.

Girl by the pool at Song Saa Private Island Resort, Cambodia
Beach with hammock, Florblanca, Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica

3) Florblanca, Costa Rica

On the Nicoya Peninsula, the open-sided villas of Flor Blanca are set into the rainforest that backs onto the beach, looking out over the Pacific Ocean. The hotel’s cuisine utilises fresh, locally grown produce and the spa offers an extensive range of treatments in a space that’s suspended above waterfall-filled pools.

Surfers at Florblanca, Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica

The resort focuses on wellbeing through active exploration of the pristine surroundings; the beach is a well known spot for surfers, but aside from riding the waves guests can venture out on horseback, hike and take part in yoga and pilates sessions or more intense fitness training.

Spa, Florblanca, Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica
Nizuc Resort & Spa, Playa del Carmen, Mexico

4) NIZUC Resort & Spa, Mexico

Tucked into a secluded area between Cancun and Playa del Carmen, Punta Nizuc is the setting for NIZUC Resort & Spa, with the open, airy interiors spilling out on to white-sand beach. Outdoor verandas have sweeping panoramic views over the ocean.

Nizuc Resort & Spa, Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Aiming to help purify both body and mind, the resort offers yoga, pilates and sound medication, a vast array of treatments at NIZUC ESPA Spa, and outdoor activities including snorkelling, kayaking and scuba diving.

Ocean Suite, Nizuc Resort & Spa, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Infinity pool, Dwarika's Resort, Dhulikhel, Nepal

5) Dwarika's Resort, Nepal

Connect with nature at this hillside resort high up in the Himalayas, where you can experience authentic Nepali traditions while reviving both body and mind. The resort draws on the country’s philosophy of connecting with mind, spirit and nature.

Chakra Sound Therapy Chamber, Dwarika's Resort, Nepal

Try chakra chambers for Buddhist meditation sessions, traditional Himalayan massage, nature walks, yoga sessions and cultural activities like pottery and mandala making. The resort has an infinity pool and plenty of outdoor space for taking in the mountain views.

Open air yoga session, Dwarika's Resort, Dhulikhel, Nepal
Exterior view, Shambala, Limpopo Province, South Africa

6) Shambala, South Africa

Combine safari with a wellness retreat at this zulu camp in the Waterberg wildlife concession of Shambala. The 12,000-hectare reserve is home to Africa’s big five and the setting for this African and provincial French-style luxury camp.

Zulu Camp, Shambala, Limpopo Province, South Africa

The camp has its own pool and an intimate riverside spa that uses natural products for a holistic approach. By night see constellations dusted across the skies as you take part in the camp’s stargazing experience.

Chairs and table, Zulu Camp, Shambala, Limpopo Province, South Africa

7) Chiva-Som, Thailand

Right in the heart of Hua Hin, this wellness retreat has made a name for itself as one of the world’s best, with a huge spa, a number of pools, physiotherapy and a kinesis studio, as well as a team of health and fitness experts on-hand to help you out each step of the way.

Morning beach run, Chiva Som, Thailand

Spend your days hopping between yoga, pilates and tai chi sessions and take a spa cuisine cookery class, or simply take the opportunity to explore southern Thailand from one of the world’s top health retreats.

Moving meditation, Chiva Som, Thailand
Pool and exterior, Fusion Maia, Hoi An, Vietnam

8) The Six Senses Con Dao, Vietnam

This chic eco-luxe property on Con Dao is a haven of natural beauty, and its private infinity plunge pools, panoramic ocean views and mile long sandy beach are nothing short of paradise.

Bedroom interior, Six Senses Con Dao

The spa spoils you with treatments from yoga to meditation, whilst fresh fish and vibrant Western and Vietnamese cooking ensure a healthy and invigorating diet.

Beautiful villa interior, Six Senses Con Dao, Thailand
Aerial view of the Shanti Maurice resort, Mauritius, Africa

9) The Shanti Maurice, Mauritius

This tropical island paradise can be found in the very southern corner of Mauritius, and boasts three restaurants serving up delicious cuisine based on ingredients from their organic kitchen gardens.

The pool and terrace of a two-bedroom villa at the Shanti Maurice, Mauritius, Africa

The spa is replete with Indian Ayurvedic treatments and an excellent team of therapists, plus a swimming pool and an absolutely sublime stretch of beach.

Presidential Villa pool and terrace, Shanti Maurice, Mauritius, Africa

Talk to one of our expert travel designers and start creating your once-in-a-lifetime wellness retreat.

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