Travel briefs: Four wellness retreats to try this summer
Most of us can do with a break from everyday life. If you want to focus on wellness while putting day-to-day stress behind you, we have four wellness holidays that are worth considering when that need for me-time strikes.
If you’re looking for a wellness programme tailored to you, Atmantan offers a variety of choices. Located about three hours from Mumbai and an hour and 15 minutes from Pune, the minimum stay here is three days. There are several retreats, from “spa life” and “journey through yoga”, holistic health, master cleanse, weight balance and Ayurveda Panchakarma. At the beginning of the stay, you’ll consult with a doctor and then move on to your chosen strand. The property has 106 rooms and villas with balconies and private gardens, in a mountain setting. Rates start from $1,440 (Dh5,288) for three nights. Go to www.atmantan.com.
Six Senses Kaplankaya, Bodrum
Home to the largest spa and wellness centre in Europe, this out-of-the-way property is on the south-west coast of Turkey and has 141 villas, suites and rooms (some with private pools). The centre, surrounded by bushland and offering views of the ocean, features plenty of tailored programmes, or you can just stay and play. Whether it’s a cleanse and detox programme you’re after, to lose weight, or to simply rest and relax, Six Senses is a great option. A three-night cleanse will cost you about 2,865 Turkish lira (Dh1,582) per person, including taxes. For more, go to www.sixsenses.com.
Shreyas Retreat, Bangalore
Yoga retreat, silent retreat or wellness for the soul – you’ll be well catered for here. Shreyas Retreat is all about promoting the authentic spiritual tradition of yoga in a holistic way. The practice is taught in traditional ashram style, in a luxurious setting. An hour’s drive from Bangalore International Airport, Shreyas is a sprawling oasis. There are 12 cottages dotted across the 25 acres. A three-night yoga retreat starts from $1,070 per person (Dh3,929). For more, go to www.shreyasretreat.com.
Velaa Private Island, Maldives
One of the most exclusive hideaways in the Maldives, this resort added a detox and energising spa retreats to its offerings in June. The summer programmes run for seven, 14 and 21 days and are tailored to the guests’ needs. Led by a professional team, you are given a full medical and body analysis and then you’ll follow a diet plan and undertake a series of sports, yoga, meditation and be treated in the spa. The Veela Energising Programme starts from $5,250 (Dh19,280) a week, excluding accommodation, which starts from $2,214 (Dh8,130) per night. For more, go to www.velaaprivateisland.com.
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