Return a sense of serenity to your life with these wellness retreats
By Philippa Thomas
In need of a break and a health boost? From a fitness weekend on the Jurassic Coast to a luxury nature-inspired break in the Cotswolds, here are 10 of the best wellness retreats the UK has to offer.
10 of the Best Wellness Retreats in the UK
Stede Court, Kent
Indulge yourself in a weekend of luxury with Stede Court private retreat. Run by celebrity trainer Kathryn Freeland and set in a beautiful grade II estate, this stay will create bespoke wellness retreats for you and your group. A wide range of activities is on offer including meditation, yoga, and HIIT workouts. Stede Court’s 7 secluded acres also offers guests a swimming pond, luxury outdoor sauna, and running track. In the evenings you can tuck into delicious meals made with home grown and locally-sourced produce.
Homefield Grange, Northamptonshire
Set in the Northamptonshire countryside, Homefield Grange is a residential retreat which focuses on kickstarting new beginnings for their guests. Packages range from Detox to Mind-Body Restorer. Their health kitchen helps clients feel lighter and brighter with a choice between a plant-based diet or a detox juice fast. Alcohol, wheat, dairy, meat, and sugar are strictly off menu. For a relaxing time, the in-house spa has a wealth of treatments and facilities including a salt steam room and Infinity hydropool.
Tilton House, East Sussex
For a quick escape out of the city, Tilton House is a wellness retreat just 90 minutes out of London. Its acres of unspoilt land and views across the South Downs make it the perfect place to destress and take a breath of fresh air. The house is steeped in history with a host of notable past guests such as Virginia Woolf and Maynard Keynes. Upcoming events include a four-day ‘Go Wild for Your Health’ yoga and kayaking retreat with Victoria Cooper and a ‘Restore and Rebalance’ weekend with Marie Gecks and Lucy Keaveney.
Heckfield Place, Hampshire
For a post-lockdown refresh, visit Heckfield Place hotel. This nature-based wellness retreat in the heart of the Hampshire countryside has created a Farm Fit training scheme to keep guests happy and healthy. There will be guided runs amongst the estate’s 438 acres, walks through wildflower meadows, tree bathing in ancient woodland, and cycling down hidden paths. Brave guests can also enjoy wild swimming in the lower lake or outdoor yin yoga classes led by experts from The Little Bothy Spa. On certain Saturdays guests can also treat themselves to local produce and handmade goods from Heckfield’s Market.
Sanctuary by the Sea, Cardiff
Escape the everyday with Sanctuary by the Sea. This wellness weekend is quite literally cut off from the rest of the world as the retreat takes place on a tiny island off the coast of Wales. Accessed by boat alone, Flat Holm Island offers guests the chance to connect back to nature. There is a choice between a shared dormitory or camping and all food and drink provided is either vegan or vegetarian. The stay includes relaxing yoga, Reiki, reflexology and mindfulness sessions.
Simply Healing, West Sussex
While there’s nothing inherently wrong with a bit of weight gain, for some of us it can start to affect our wellbeing. That is where a retreat like Simply Healing comes in handy. Their Inch & Weight Loss Juice Detox 5-day plan is designed to help guests review their eating habits, regain control, and manage their weight. It’s an easy way to get back on track and start to feel like you again.
Devonshire Retreat, North Devon
Located on the doorstep of the stunning Exmoor National Park and the world renowned South West Coastal Path, Devonshire Retreat is the perfect place for a refresh. Its health and wellbeing programme focuses on mind and body wellness, with relaxing and mindful activities including yoga, massage, and meditation. Walks along the dramatic Atlantic Coast and invigorating fitness sessions will help guests get the most out of their stay. A plant-based menu carefully created by a specialised dietitian features tasty and nutritious organic food.
Secret Warriors, Peak District
Secret Warriors is a women-only wellness reset retreat that offers carefully tailored workshops and well-being sessions. Their personalised weekend escapes are designed to help professional women feel stronger, happier, healthier, and more in control of life. Each retreat includes relaxing treatments, delicious home-cooked food, well-being sessions, and, most importantly, free-time. 10% of profits goes towards supporting the Born Free Foundation and Sheffield Children’s Hospital.
Dorset Fitness Retreat, West Dorset
For a fitness boost, visit Dorset Fitness Retreat. This 5-day escape in the heart of the Jurassic coast is run by an ex-military couple who are dedicated to helping their guests get the most out of life. Their unique array of activities include boxing, paddle boarding, and wild swimming. Throughout the retreat, homemade organic vegetarian and vegan meals are lovingly prepared and served by an in-house chef. All of the food is sourced locally and grown within 5 miles of the venue.
This three-day retreat in the Cotswolds is inspired by the rhythms of the seasons and the healing powers of nature. It has been created to nurture, nourish, and restore guests as they transition into autumn. The Wellness Weekend includes a series of healing treatments, relaxing cookery classes, and yoga workshops alongside an abundance of nourishing organic food carefully selected by a resident nutritionist. The peaceful serenity of Daylesford’s luxury farm cottages makes it a fully restorative stay.
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