Five retreats for meditation, yoga and all-round wellbeing
Whether it's a special occasion or some hard-earned me-time, we all need to hit the refresh button from time to time. And these days, a stunning spa is only half the story. Many of our hotels offer wild and wonderful ways to break out of your routine, relax and rediscover yourself. Here are five of our favourites.
FOR AN EXOTIC ESCAPE AT VICEROY BALI, BALI
Perched in the foothills of the Ubud valley, overlooking untouched tropical forest, Viceroy Bali feels a million miles from the everyday. Watch playful macaques swing through the canopy and take a moment to marvel at the Balinese landscape. Then treat yourself to a few hours – or days – in the sublime Lembah Spa Ubud where you'll find a wish list of western and Balinese treatments. To really slow things down, book a private yoga lesson with the Viceroy Bali's private yoga master. Downward dog or cobra, you'll soon feel transformed.
FOR A FRESH PERSPECTIVE AT DOMAINE MISINCU, CORSICA
A beach, an olive grove, a river, gardens and patios... Corsica's Domaine Misincu is a coastal hideaway that's devoted to natural wellbeing. Step outside for yoga al fresco, Pilates, peaceful walks and wild swimming. Or cosset yourself away in Le Spa featuring four treatment rooms, a sauna, Turkish bath and earthy pink pool. Eco-chic doesn't come much more luxurious.
FOR WAVES OF RELAXATION AT OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT HOTEL, SRI LANKA
Fun, independent and unpretentious, the Owl and the Pussycat Hotel has an exuberant, irrepressible zest for life. Drift off to the sound of the waves with a massage in the open-air therapy hut. Sip a detox infusion while the hotel's therapist gives you 'the prettiest hands and feet in Sri Lanka'. Or for something both rejuvenating and oh-so-relaxing, book a yoga class on the edge-of-the-sea yoga platform. Morning or evening, this is a spot made for sun salutations.
FOR VIN AND VIGOUR AT SMITHS BEACH RESORT, AUSTRALIA
It may be set in the Margaret River wine region, but Smiths Beach Resort is ideal for an eco-friendly, find-yourself break. From yoga on the beach to horse riding through the surf, this is somewhere to slow down and discover a different pace of life. And, after all that pure, virtuous living, there's a treasure trove of fresh, organic local produce to explore. Remember, your body is a temple. And temples need wine.
FOR NATURE AND NURTURE AT CORRENTOSO LAKE & RIVER HOTEL, ARGENTINA
The air doesn't come fresher. The views don't get more epic. In a spectacular setting, on the edge of Lake Nahuel Huapi, Correntoso Lake & River Hotel channels all the beauty of the Patagonian Andes. After taking in the views, embark on a harmonious journey with the hotel's four-night 'Yoga and Relax' programme. With 90 minutes of daily yoga, meditation and access to the herbal hammam and spa, each sunset brings you a step closer to total harmony.
If this has whetted your appetite for a restorative escape, there are hundreds of gorgeous world-class spas to discover at SLH. From exhilarating snow-capped peaks to white sand beaches and Cotswold mansion houses, you're never too far from that special place.