Stressful work, hectic family life and the sheer daily grind can all be forgotten on a well-earned stay at a luxury resort. Order that cocktail by the pool, take time out at the spa or simply reconnect with nature and a slower pace of life. Here are five of our top recommendations for getting back to a better you.
The island of Koh Samui offers a melting pot of cultures and tropical beach resorts. At the edge of the island, nestled around a cave that once served Buddhist monks as a place of spiritual retreat, you’ll find the wonderful Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary & Holistic Retreat. Boasting the title of Worldwide Health & Wellness Destination of the Year, they offer solutions for detox, stress, burnout and weight control, with delicious cuisine, yoga and fitness options.
Soneva Fushi, The Maldives
Soneva Fushi is the ultimate barefoot retreat offering luxury paired with Robinson Crusoe simplicity. The tropical paradise of the Maldives serves as the perfect base to unwind and relax on white sand beaches, snorkel with manta rays and cruise through the waters. Hidden amongst the lush jungle of the Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, the resort offers a host of body treatments, specialist traditions and wellness therapies, from Tibetan hot stones to soothing scrubs.
Amanwella, Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka’s sun-baked south coast is the setting of Amanwella, a paradise of swaying coconut palms, stunning Indian Ocean vistas, cultural and wildlife encounters, spa treatments and sumptuous cuisine. Go whale watching or snorkelling, explore grand temples and visit national parks in search of elephants and leopards. Contemporary suites feature floor-to-ceiling glass doors, leading to your private plunge pool, and your expansive terrace with views of the coconut grove, beach and ocean.
andBeyond Beguerra Island, Mozambique
Set on a deep lagoon surrounded by pristine coral reefs, andBeyond Benguerra Island is an exquisite slice of paradise off the coast of Mozambique. On this exclusive luxury getaway you can enjoy horse rides across the beach, snorkelling, diving, fly fishing, and take a traditional dhow cruise. Luxurious accommodation is offered in airy casinhas and cabanas, with rooms emerging out of a tropical forest, overlooking a beach of white sand.
Alto Atacama, Chile
Located in Chile’s Salt Mountain Range, the Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa is a tranquil haven surrounded by incredible landscapes. Get off the beaten track, interact with the local indigenous culture and explore the desert by foot or bike. Geysers, hot springs, volcano climbs, mountain biking through desert canyons, wandering Incan ruins and viewing ancient petroglyphs are just a few of their excursions, with spa options to balance out all that activity!
Sonora Resort, Canada
Sonora is a jewel amid the wild beauty and pristine waters of British Columbia’s west coast. Famed for skin and body treatments, their Island Currents Spa offers rejuvenating treatments and mineral pools. Sonora is also the perfect wilderness retreat with eco-adventure tours, grizzly bear viewing, river and helicopter fly fishing, ocean kayaking, whale watching, water sports and archery.
Words: Olivia Graves, World Journeys