Relax and recharge at one of these restorative wellness retreats, right here in the UK, says Sarah Dawson
1. The Little Retreat, Pembrokeshire
Nestled on the magical Pembrokeshire coast, The Little Retreat is one of the best wellness retreats for those who want to switch off from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Staying in a chic and cosy dome, you get to wake up every morning to unrivalled views of the Welsh countryside, as well as your own wood-fired hot tub or outdoor bath to relax in as the sun sets.
How you spend your days is up to you – with varied programmes including open water swimming, outdoor yoga, foraging and art classes, there’s certain to be something that takes your fancy.
Prices from £650pp for 2 nights
There’s no greater place to head out on a wild adventure than the Scottish Highlands, and this friendly wellness retreat gives you the chance to reconnect with nature alongside a group of like-minded women.
The week-long retreat offers the chance to hike to the summit of Cairn Gorm, enjoy morning yoga sessions and spend a day wild swimming at the UK’s highest beach, followed by loch-side post-swim cake and coffee to warm up.
It’s the perfect place to challenge yourself, learn new skills and make friends.
Prices from £1,735pp for 6 nights
3. Dorset Fitness Retreat, West Dorset
Get your endorphins flowing with a fitness retreat set in the heart of Dorset. Run by husband and wife team Lucy and Andrew, you’ll receive expert advice on exercise and nutrition, individually suited to your experience and goals.
With a real focus on getting outdoors, you’ll get to work up a sweat with bootcamps, HIIT classes, boxing and paddle boarding, all set against the stunning backdrop of the Jurassic Coast.
Luxurious accommodation and vegan fine dining up the indulgence factor.
Prices from £634-£1,570, depending on room type, for 4 nights
4. Our Retreat, Somerset
Keep burnout at bay, by booking onto the Yoga, Pilates, Meditation and Breathwork Retreat from Our Retreat.
Based in the heavenly Somerset countryside, during your stay you’ll be guided by experts in yoga, fitness and mindfulness to help you reset your mind and body and learn skills to make a positive difference to your everyday life.
You’ll stay in a stunning farmhouse, set in 42 acres of glorious countryside, and can expect healthy, nutritious homecooked meals and snacks throughout your time here. Think of it as a holiday for your soul.
Prices from £595pp for 2 nights
5. Ecoyoga, Scottish Highlands
Surrounded by magnificent Scottish hills, forests and lochs sits the tranquil EcoYoga wellness retreat.
Here, you’ll get to study and practise yoga every day, whether that’s in the glazed studio with breathtaking views out over the River Liever gorge, or in the open air.
The accommodation is purpose-built, managing to be both luxurious and totally off-grid – and when it comes to bathing, you are in for a treat. Inspired by the Japanese tradition of the ‘Sento’, or public bathing house, you can soak in the wooden hot tub in the dome or at one of the hideaway spots in the forest.
Prices from £320pp for 4 nights, self-catering
6. Thera-Sea, Cornwall
Sat on the banks of the river, tucked away in the secluded grounds of a 300 year-old stone cottage, the setting for Thera-Sea’s Cornish wellness retreat is that of wonderful isolation.
Accessible only by boat or a hike through the woodland, if you’re looking to get away from it all, this is it.
The retreat runs off-grid experiences, such as bushcraft skills, wild swimming, foraging and night-time forest strolls, as well as the chance to relax around the fire pit, stargaze and join in self-development workshops, run by the founder and former mental health nurse, Katy Griffin.
Prices from £315pp for 2 nights
7. Nature Escapes, Northumberland
Each of the Nature Escapes retreats are linked to the seasons and the elements, including ‘Fire in Winter’ and ‘Air in Spring’.
‘Water in Summer’ is a June retreat set in beautiful Northumberland, which focuses on the mindfulness that comes with being near water.
You’ll be taken on guided meditations, nature walks and contemplation around the spectacular local lakes and waterfalls.
Harnessing nature’s power to soothe and revive, you’ll also have the chance to experience forest bathing and downtime around the campfire, toasting marshmallows.
Prices from £300pp for 2 nights
8. Balance Holidays, Yorkshire
Luxury meets wellness at this unique retreat from Balance Holidays. Your home for the duration will be Broughton Hall Estate, an English Heritage property steeped in 900 years of history, privately reserved for you and the other retreat guests. Immerse yourself in nature with woodland walks, forest bathing and tree climbing, then focus on self-care with a Cacao Ceremony and meditation session, as well as breathwork workshops. There’s the opportunity to reflect and offer gratitude in a Fire Ceremony, and plenty of downtime to explore the grounds on your own.
Prices from £3,000pp for 4 nights
This article first appeared in issue 15 of Planet Mindful Magazine.