Lisa Rivera

For most of us, a holiday is a time for complete relaxation and the chance to recharge before returning to our normal lives. Rather than the standard beach vacation, why not instead try a healing holiday for the body, mind and soul?

The rise of wellness holidays continues to grow in popularity, in an age where more people are looking for a holiday that also serves them physically and spiritually. From medical spas and yoga retreats, to weight loss and emotional healing, the choice is vast.

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If you’re in need of a little soul searching, plus somewhere closer to nature, then one of these retreats may be perfect for you.

SHA Wellness Clinic, Spain

Everyday stress presents itself in many forms, i.e. work, family, and it’s only when we go on holiday that we begin to unwind. A visit to a medical spa ensures your health not only stays on track, but you’ll also enjoy the spa and pampering facilities along the way.

SHA Wellness Clinic

SHA Wellness Clinic is in the town of Altea, Alicante in southern Spain. With warm temperatures most of the year, the clinic overlooks the Mediterranean Sea, and sits next to nature with the Sierra Helada Natural Park nearby.

The clinic offers many programmes such as SHA Essence. It’s ideal for people who want to have a healthier lifestyle and don’t have a specific health objective. They recommend a minimum stay of 7 days, but it’s ideal to stay longer to see results.

Vana, India

Vana is a retreat in Dehradun, India, that specialised in wellness programmes relating to wellbeing, physical, mental, emotional and spiritual objectives. Set in 21-acres of green forest, Vana combines together therapies such as Ayurveda, yoga, fitness and aqua to help guests on their journey towards a healthier wellbeing.


Vana offers a range of ‘Retreat Objectives’ — programmes that are bespoke according to a guest’s needs. For example, its Detox programme is a combination of regulated diet, nutrition, herbs, rest and specific movement practices to stimulate and enhance the body’s process of purification. This particular offering is for a minimum of 14 nights to ensure the best results.

The Sanctuary, Thailand

The popularity of yoga retreat holidays continues to grow, and The Sanctuary in southern Thailand, is one such example. Located on the island of Koh Phangan, the retreat appeals to people of many ages, physical conditions, and at different levels of fitness.

The direct way to reach the island is from Bangkok to Koh Samui island by plane. Koh Phangan is also easily accessible by boat from many places in southern Thailand.

The Sanctuary

The Sanctuary yoga holidays are all inclusive, and includes 3 daily yoga classes in halls located around the jungle, bringing you even closer to nature.

It’s important to to note that The Sanctuary only accepts cash and no credit cards, and the nearest banks are in a town 10 minutes away by taxi boat.

Canyon Ranch, Tucson, United States

If you’re looking for a weight-loss and wellness resort that’s located on a ranch, say no more. Canyon Ranch in Tucson, Arizona is a former cattle ranch located on 150 acres in the Sonoran Desert.

Guests meet with the ranch’s wellness professionals to produce a personal plan in order to reach a healthy weight. A stay at the ranch also includes taking part in activities such as yoga and meditation, and nature trail hikes around the grounds.

Canyon Ranch

Along with talking to therapists at the ranch, guests can attend daily lectures — if they wish — on topics like their relationship with food and brain fitness.

Vilalara Longevity Thalassa & Medical Spa, Portugal

Vilalara Longevity Thalassa & Medical Spa is on the Algarve coastline of Portugal, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

The spa offer services that include a spa, Thalassa, preventative and integrative medicine, and nutrition. If anti-ageing treatments are of interest to you, you’re in luck as Vilalara specialises in this field.

Vilalara offers a choice of 3 transformative anti-ageing programmes. Each programme includes a personal health check-up, a biophysical examination and an anti-ageing consultation. The result: a more youthful appearance and radiant glow.

Rancho La Puerta, Mexico

You can find Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, which is in the state of Baja California in Mexico. It’s 3,000-acre grounds include 32 acres of gardens, hiking trails, an organic farm, pools, an extensive spa, and fitness facilities.

Its wellness programmes help to increase energy, improve fitness levels, address diet and nutrition, and reduce stress.

Rancho La Puerta

Fans of hiking will undoubtedly enjoy the hiking trails that stretch over more than 25 miles, leading into Mount Kuchumaa. Another plus of visiting the ranch is that it provides the opportunity for a digital detox.

Mobile phone use is prohibited in public areas, plus there’s only a few lounges where Wi-Fi is available. This way, you can switch off, and really reconnect with nature, and with each other.