Breathe Deep: The most luxurious wellness retreats to try in 2018

As Nicola Moulton writes in British Vogue, “wellness retreats are the new holiday choice for overworked, overachieving urbanities.” Fine by us. For the perpetually busy, taking time out to reflect and rejuvenate—physically and mentally—can feel like another annoying to-do. But a new slew of luxury reprieves from modern life do the chef-cooked meals and scheduling for you. All you have to do is show up with an open mind.

Vana Malsi, India

Surrounded by the Shivalik foothills, this 21-acre destination retreat is part contemporary ashram, part holistic forest escape. Its fluid program—which requires a minimum seven-night stay—moves between ayurveda, sowa rigpa, yoga, natural therapies, spa, fitness and aqua. (The road to wellbeing forks off in many directions, after all.)


Kamalaya, Thailand 

This luxury Koh Samui retreat—rising out of the sands on a remote, postcard-perfect beach—brings together western and oriental healing practices as a tonic for stress, burnout and lack of sleep. Get ready to rediscover your inner self again.

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Aro Ha, New Zealand

Reenergising escapes don’t get much better than Aro Ha—the sprawling property overlooking Lake Wakatipu near Queenstown. Here, you’ll push the reset button on life by cutting the stimulants, physically reconnecting with nature (mountain hikes, high-intensity interval training), absorbing wholesome food (vegan, dairy, gluten and refined-sugar free, much of it grown in Aro Ha’s greenhouses and gardens), and spending genuine time with other people.

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The Retreatment, Dominican Republic

New Yorker Tayryn Toomey’s travelling cleanse arrives at the Playa Grande Beach Club this winter: a Dominican Republic resort nestled between virgin beach and mountain forests. Against this paradisiacal setting, you’ll experience daily restorative yoga sessions and Toomey’s famed body-strengthening, endorphin-pumping ‘The Class.’

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Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa, Germany

Historic springs and thermal baths. An adjoining medicinal spa with aesthetic dentistry and dermatology services. A two-Michelin starred restaurant. This charming Black Forest Mountains haunt feels like a grand manor. You can even take your facial on the balcony, above the river Oos.