2020 has been a crazy year so it’s no surprise if it’s taken a toll on your wellbeing. Over the past few months, social distancing has given us the chance to spend more time alone than ever before. For some people, this has been an opportunity to disconnect and focus on self-care – but most can agree it’s not easy switching off in the middle of a global crisis.
With the constant stream of social media notifications and news alerts, what many of us need is the chance to fully unplug, recharge and restore some balance. And fortunately, a post-lockdown wellness escape can do exactly that. Here are some of our favourite places to book and look forward to visiting.
As the home of Ayurveda, India is an obvious choice for a rejuvenating post-lockdown wellness escape. In particular, South India’s Kerala delivers the perfect mix of adventure and relaxation. Known as ‘God’s Own Country’, Kerala is tucked away from the frenzy of the rest of the country and offers a laid-back option for those who are after something a little different.
Ayurveda is present in all areas of life in Kerala, so you’ll find a huge choice of retreats focusing on the holistic healing of mind, body and spirit. One of our top choices for a wellness escape here is the five-star Taj Bekal Resort and Spa. Set amongst 26 acres of landscaped gardens on a meandering backwater, this luxury resort promises a haven of calm. As well as all the amenities you’d expect from a first-class resort, you’ll also find an extensive choice of spa and wellness options – perfect for indulging in some authentic Ayurvedic treatments.
Uvita, Costa Rica
A picture of Costa Rica paints lush rainforests, abundant wildlife and dreamy coastlines – but there’s more to this fascinating country than its incredible scenery. Locals in Costa Rica live by the phrase Pura Vida, which simply means positivity, happiness and an appreciation for life.
With the perfect motto to live by, it’s hardly surprising this destination is firmly on the wellness break bucket list. Eco-friendly hideaways, yoga retreats and specialist wellness centres can be found everywhere here – and the best part is, these magical escapes let you fully connect with nature. For eco wellness at its best, Kura Costa Rica should definitely be on your radar. This intimate luxury resort is an exclusive destination in its own right and definitely delivers on serenity. Surrounded by nature and far from the distractions of modern life, you’ll find the perfect sanctuary to nourish the soul.
Not only is the sparkling coastline of Mexico a cultural gem, it’s a haven for wellness enthusiasts, too. South of Cancun, trendy Tulum is an eco-friendly, boho-chic paradise where you’ll find a whole host of yoga retreats, vegan cafes and bohemian boutiques. It’s known that the local Mayan culture focuses on the wellbeing of mind, body and soul, so Tulum makes a perfect choice for a modern-day wellness escape.
If you’re after somewhere to stay, consider Amansala. Amansala – which means peaceful waters in Sanskrit – is one of Tulum’s most iconic eco-chic hotels and offers a back-to-nature setting that’s perfect for rejuvenating body and soul. Specific wellness retreats are available throughout the year, covering everything from restorative yoga and meditation to bootcamps and fitness.
Forget the boozy clubs because there’s a side to Ibiza you may not know about. While famous for its night-long parties, this island oasis actually promises a paradise for wellness lovers, too.
As the home of some of the most luxurious spas in Europe, the White Isle is a must if you’re after some much-needed pampering. And if an active escape is more your thing, you’ll find plenty of yoga and fitness retreats here, too. We particularly love 7Pines Kempinski Ibiza for a healthy dose of wellness. Located on the picturesque west coast, 7Pines Kempinski Ibiza is a secluded retreat that fosters all-round physical, mental and emotional health through its four wellness programmes. Taking a holistic approach to wellbeing, this resort should be a top choice if you’re after a bespoke experience.
Bali has become one of the most desirable locations in the world. It’s an Instagram hotspot and a famous wellness destination thanks to Eat Pray Love – but it’s more than just social media hype. Head inland to Ubud and you’ll find a haven of tranquillity and a spiritual centre that has the power to convert even the most sceptic of visitors.
If you want to take your wellbeing to the next level, COMO Shambhala Estate in Ubud is the perfect place. This luxury resort is one of the best retreats in Bali and is the ultimate choice for travellers with a genuine interest in wellness. Renowned for its holistic approach to healing, this paradise jungle retreat has state-of-the-art wellness facilities and dedicated wellbeing programmes that are guaranteed to help you find your zen in an otherwise all too hectic world.