At Luxury Retreats, we believe every vacation should be the experience of a lifetime. And while we won’t pass up an opportunity to sit poolside with a drink in hand, we’re still committed to our New Year’s resolutions. This year, how about a vacation dedicated to improving yourself? Mind, body, and soul – here are 5 wellness retreats that will leave you in better shape than you when you arrived.
Yoga at Cerulean Villa, Anguilla
Cerulean is a true luxury paradise, and there are few nicer places to get away from it all. Set on a secluded stretch of beach surrounded by picturesque landscaped gardens, we can’t think of a better backdrop for your morning, afternoon, or evening yoga routine. (Or all three?) Forget hardwood floors and dim lighting; here it’s powdery sand and intoxicating sunshine. The recorded sounds of nature are replaced by the actual sounds of nature.
This is yoga at its most intimate; your private on-site yoga instructor will lead just you and your guests in a class tailored to your level of experience. If you weren’t into yoga before, we have a sneaking suspicion the prospect of a light, fulfilling workout with a view of the ocean will get you unrolling your mat in a hurry. Yoga buffs, you’ll have a chance to be challenged in a setting like never before. The hardest part will be leaving the beachside yoga classes behind. Namaste right here.
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Thermal Volcanic Springs at Villa Manzu – Costa Rica
Villa Manzu has all the amenities of a resort, but boasts the privacy of a luxurious sanctuary. On staff, you have all the dedicated service you could need to create a truly all-inclusive experience, from a private chef and bartender, to a security guard and housekeeper. After a blissful night’s sleep surrounded by the forest canopy followed by a light breakfast of fresh fruit on the terrace with its panoramic views, you might wonder if the day could get any better. It will.
Your wellness agenda for the day? An eco-adventure in the rainforest. Our local adventure specialist will collect you from the villa and guide you to on a Buena Vista Volcano Tour for the ultimate day of intimate relaxation mixed with unique, Costa Rican exploration. Activities include a rainforest canopy walk and ziplining (for the adventurous), followed by a dip in a pristine waterfall and a long soak and mud bath in the thermal volcanic spa. You’ll head back to the villa refreshed and ready for another great night’s sleep.
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Ski & Spa at Sirocco – Swiss Alps
The minute you get to Sirocco chalet you’ll be benefitting from that fresh mountain air. Revitalize and rejuvenate your body with a combination of exercise and pampering at this perfect winter vacation villa. Named the World’s Best New Ski Chalet in 2015 by World Ski Awards, Sirocco offers majestic views of, and easy access to, state-of-the-art skiing.
Sirocco is in Verbier, one of the chicest resorts in the world, with incredible skiing suited for weekend warriors and beginners alike. For the latter, an instructor is on hand for anyone that needs an extra helping hand. After a long day of skiing – or instead of a long day of skiing – Sirocco’s ground floor has been transformed into a luxurious spa to pamper your body like never before. For a full-body exercise, swim laps in the private pool with waterfall. To soothe those aching muscles (especially for first-time skiers!), slide into the hot tub. The sauna is a great place to sweat it all out, and the hammam room offers a proper cleanse. Finally, work out all the kinks with a therapeutic massage at the in-chalet treatment room.
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World-Class Massages at Ani Villas – Thailand
What does true Zen look like? If you’ve never tried to conjure up an image of this phenomenon, you no longer have to. Ani Villas in Thailand is Zen, and everything about your experience here will follow. A dedicated therapist-staffed spa treats you to your choice of traditional Thai massages. Perfect for a couples’ retreat, six complimentary treatments per day are available in the villa’s Double Spa Room.
When (and if) you’re not on the massage table, you can tone your body at the property’s state of the art fitness center. The estate also allows for a strenuous bike ride, a challenging rock climb, or a Muay Thai class with a former world champion. Get those muscles working – it’ll make your evening treatment so much more satisfying! Then, of course, it’s back to your favorite full-body deep pressure massage before you slip into a bathrobe and slippers, sip on a hot cup of green tea, and start dreaming about tomorrow. When you wake up, you’ll realize it wasn’t a dream after all.
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Spiritual Contemplation at Mahatma House – Bali
Simplicity and spirituality: welcome to Mahatma House. While WiFi is available, we suggest a digital detox, a total disconnect – that is if you’re brave enough to unplug from your smartphone and tablet for the duration. For a true mental escape, avoid those screens we’re so used to spending much of our days looking at. You’ll come to appreciate the peace and quiet and be able to devote your attention to some of life’s hidden indulgences. A stay at Mahatma should be a real break from the routine. Don’t just get away from it all; get away from it all.
If you haven’t already read up on the great Indian leader, Mahatma Gandhi, do so before visiting this villa, appropriately named after him. Your ideal week should be rooted in some of his world-renowned values, like compassion, self-discipline, and self-purification. Your surroundings will feed that lifestyle – the tropical gardens that seem to blend into the property, the collection of Asian antiquities found in nearly every room, and the peaceful, private bedroom balcony all encourage thoughtful analysis and unbridled enjoyment.