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Five of the Best Health and Fitness Retreats in the World

With the stresses and strains of modern life taking its toll on the majority of us, there’s no time like the present to escape to a health and fitness retreat to truly unwind and revitalise. Here are our top five retreats from around the world…

The Farm at San Benito

Women meditating at The Farm at San Benito.

The Farm at San Benito is a retreat like no other; a sanctuary in the Philippines to balance your mind, body and soul. Set in a beautiful green jungle in the province of Batangas, The Farm offers tailored wellness programs for each guest, using a holistic approach to revitalise the body and the mind. Focusing on healthy living, The Farm offers a body and mind detoxification program, with its menu being solely raw, organic and vegan. A range of healing spa treatments, as well yoga, meditation and fitness classes are on offer and three pools are at your disposal, allowing you to get the most out of your stay. With your own private suite or villa surrounded by jungle, The Farm at San Benito provides true elegance and comfort to complement your experience of rest, relaxation and rejuvenation.

For more information about The Farm at San Benito, visit their website.

Ayurveda Parkschlösschen

A woman getting a massage at Ayurveda Parkschlösschen.

Located in Traben-Trarbach, Germany, Ayurveda Parkschlösschen is Europe’s only 5-star medical retreat specialising in Ayurveda therapies. Everything at the health and spa hotel is based on the ancient principles of Ayurvedic healing and holistic art – from the treatments and therapies, to the food and décor. Each guest receives a tailored therapy programme, and with all the luxurious attributes of a 5-star hotel, this is the place to go for a full holistic retreat, without compromising on comfort or style.

For more information about Ayurveda Parkschlösschen, visit their website.

Yeotown, Devon

People out hiking on the cliffs near Yeotown, Devon.

An idyllic rural getaway in unspoiled North Devon, Yeotown is a healthy lifestyle retreat with an emphasis on health and wellbeing. Stylish yet comfortable, Yeotown is a ‘home away from home’ for visitors, providing a place to allow you to reconnect with nature and embrace a healthier lifestyle. Taking full advantage of the surrounding English countryside, Yeotown offers its own 5-day ‘Yeotox’ comprised of hiking, workouts, meditation, cooking lessons, yoga and massage, as well as all meals and accommodation.

Click here to find out more about Yeotown.

The BodyHoliday, St. Lucia

The BodyHoliday, St. Lucia.

A St. Lucia resort with a difference, the BodyHoliday is one of the top all-inclusive resorts in the world, with an emphasis on relaxation, restorative beauty, exercise and good diet. The luxurious and private retreat allows you to create your own experience; choose from an array of treatments, therapies and ‘wellness journeys’, activities such as scuba diving, Pilates and volleyball, or simply relax in this paradise-like setting. Surrounded by lush tropical gardens and sitting on a crescent beach, the BodyHoliday provides the perfect location to unwind, relax and rejuvenate.

Visit the BodyHoliday website to find out more.

Lefay Resort & Spa Lago di Garda

Lefay Resort & Spa Lago di Garda.

Set inside 11 hectares of natural park on the edge of Lake Garda, Italy, Lefay Resort & Spa Lago di Garda is one of the most prestigious healing hotels in the world. Luxury, peace, nature and wellbeing come together to create a retreat in a stunning location. With its own Lefay SPA Method which combines classical Chinese medicine with Western scientific research, this resort offers an innovative method to achieve health and wellness. As well as treatments and massage, swimming pools, saunas and small lakes are at your disposal along with a gym, and fitness and sporting activities. Special attention is also paid to food (it is in Italy, after all), offering a modern Mediterranean diet that uses only fresh and seasonal local produce.

To find out more about Lefay Resort & Spa Lago di Garda, click here.

Words by Angharad Jones. Images property of the resorts.



Angharad Jones

Angharad Jones

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