Book a January detox so that you do not have to hold back this Christmas – here is our selection of healthy vacations and wellness retreats for the New Year.
Huvafen Fushi, Maldives
Just a short boat journey from Male stands Huvafen Fushi. It is the ultimate in sophisticated luxury, even more so after its recent refurbishment. With the world's first underwater spa, fibre-optic lit infinity pool, a yoga pavilion with floatation pool and over-water fully equipped gymnasium it is the perfect antidote to an over-indulgent Christmas.
Ananda set high in the majestic Himalayas in the grounds of a Maharaja’s Palace, is one of our favorite destination spas. Treatments use traditional Ayurvedic techniques to re-balance body and mind, there is also an array of activities to get you healthy and fit for the New Year, especially their 'Wellness Bliss' 'Detox' & 'Fitness' packages that include all your treatments and meals.
Conrad Rangali Island, Maldives
With its own Spa Retreat, Conrad Rangali Island is ideal for those who want to combine a paradise beach break with some indulgent spa retreats and healthy activities. Enjoy a treatment at the over water spa, a yoga session on the stunning beach or for younger guests, the hotel even has its own Ice Cream Spa for little ones to enjoy a treat too.
Shanti Maurice, Mauritius
With one of the most spacious spas in the Indian Ocean and breathtaking views over turquoise waters, Shanti Maurice is the perfect escape from the English Winter. The spa offers age-old Ayurvedic treatments as well as more modern indulgent treatments. As well as relaxing in the spa you can also try horse riding on the beach, nature walks and yoga enjoying the sunsets Mauritius is famed for.
Bushmans Kloof, South Africa
With just 16 intimate rooms, Bushmans Kloof, a few hours drive from Cape Town offers an array of activities for those looking for a more active vacation. Explore the stunning surroundings on foot to visit the local rock art, by bike or even canoe. And when you do want to relax there is a fabulous spa to wind down in.
Chiva Som, Hua Hin, Thailand
Chiva Som is a luxury destination spa and health retreat on the shores of Hua Hin in the Gulf of Thailand. The ultra-modern spa has an impressive array of facilities and treatments including; 21 treatment rooms, face and body massages, scrubs, wraps, reflexology, aromatherapy, body reshaping and toning treatments. There is also a hydrotherapy suite with computerized spa massage baths, a unique floatation chamber for de-stressing, and colon hydrotherapy.
Como Shambhala Estate, Bali
In a secluded spot with views over the Ayung River and within easy reach of Ubud, the cultural heart of Bali, the Como Shambhala Estate is the perfect place to escape the stresses of modern day life. Offering a range of wellness programs including cleansing and rejunvenation, you can be sure to return refreshed and invigorated from your stay here.
Estancia El Colibri, Argentina
Spend some time in the buzz of Buenos Aires before traveling to the stunning countryside near Cordobo. Here you can explore the vast gaucho lands on horseback, or even try your hand in a polo match before rewarding your hard work with a trip to the spa. This Estancia really gives you a true taste of Argentina.
Escape to Italy where you can enjoy all the luxuries that L’Albereta has to offer. With stunning views over the hills of Lombardy, you can explore the surrounding countryside and ancient villages with long walks or on bicycle. And after a day of exploring why not relax in the excellent spa before a gourmet dinner in the two Michelin starred restaurant.
Parrot Cay, Turks and Caicos
A fabulous design hotel full of Asian influence, Parrot Cay in the Turks and Caicos has one of the best spas in the Caribbean. Crystal clear waters surround the resort, perfect for long swims and there are also tennis courts, a fully equipped gym and of course the famous Como Shambhala Spa.
For a healthy vacation closer to home and the chance to enjoy some winter sunshine, Vilalara on Portugal’s Algarve is the perfect choice. The hotel’s Thalassa Spa is ranked by Conde Nast as one of the worlds top five and when you want to explore outside there are tennis courts and a great golf course.
Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita, Mexico
A luxury hotel set on a beautiful beach of Mexico’s Riviera Maya, Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita has one of the finest spas in all of Latin America. The 22,000 sq ft Thalasso center combines ancient tradition with modern health science to offer a fantastic range of beauty and wellness treatments and services, including massage, Mayan healing practices, physiotherapy, acupuncture and Chinese medicine plus aqua gym, yoga, Thai-Chi and meditation classes.