based: East Sussex, UK
Offering yoga retreats and holidays in the UK and overseas, AdventureYogi specialises in holidays that combine yoga with adventure activities like surfing, hiking, mountain biking, climbing, snowboarding and skiing; or in retreats to simply relax and restore. Stay somewhere special, feel energised by yoga, relaxed by massage and invigorated by delicious vitality foods.
| retreats | yoga | holistic/wellness/wellbeing | massage | detoxification | diving/snorkelling | surfing | walk/trek/hike | ski/snowboard | mountain biking | UK | Worldwide |
based: Alicante, Spain
Awaken Holidays offer a collection of specialist holidays from expert providers; holidays for improving wellbeing, relaxing the mind and exciting the soul. Highlighting the best of yoga retreats, fitness holidays, bootcamps, detox breaks and spa retreats; as well as showcasing a great selection of walking, cycling and activity holidays Worldwide.
| fitness | boot camps | yoga | pilates | cycle touring | spas | walk/trek/hike | weight loss | holistic/wellness/wellbeing | Worldwide | Western Europe |
Holistic healing with authentic Balinese traditional healers and well as a host of other treatments and therapies including: Reiki, yoga, kinesiology, meditation, Hindu cleansing, one-to-one holistic life coaching sessions, pampering and exotic body treatments.
| holistic/wellness/wellbeing | Bali |
based: Alicante, Spain
Rejuvenating, yoga inspired wellbeing holidays and health retreats near the sea in sunny Spain. Featured in the 'Top 10 Yoga Retreats of the World 2012'. The holidays offer inspiring yoga, pilates, fitness, delicious ayurvedic inspired vegetarian meals, hikes, meditation, biking, educational health workshops and holistic therapies. Carefully selected small, beautiful hotels in special locations.
| yoga | pilates | meditation | fitness | retreats | detoxification | weight loss | nutrition | holistic/wellness/wellbeing | vegetarian/vegan | walk/trek/hike | Spain |
Cala d'Or Yoga
based: Cala d'Or, Majorca, Spain
Practice yoga by the beach on the stunning East coast of Majorca, in luxury 4-star accommodation. Arrive any day you like for a short break, week or longer stay. Dynamic hatha classes. Beginners welcome. Lots of other activities available, relaxed social vibe.
| yoga | retreats | holistic/wellness/wellbeing | multi activity | spa | massage | Spain |
Caribbean Wellness Retreat
based: British Colombia, Canada
Wellness healing vacations in the Dominican Republic, in the Caribbean.Three-day small group retreats using hypnosis, NLP, reiki, subconscious communication and future pacing; with down-time for relaxation and enjoying this fabulous destination.
| holistic/wellness/wellbeing | Dominican Republic | Caribbean |
based: Mlini, nr Dubrovnik, Croatia
Practice yoga by the beach on the fascinating coast of Croatia near Dubrovnik, in luxury 4-star accommodation. Arrive any day you like for a short break, week or longer stay. Dynamic hatha classes. Beginners welcome. Lots of other activities available, relaxed social vibe.
| yoga | retreats | holistic/wellness/wellbeing | multi activity | spa | massage | Croatia |
Fire & Rain Soul Spas
based: Scotland, UK
Fire & Rain offers Soul Spa breaks in stunning locations in Scotland for people who have lost their life partner. With nature and feel-good surroundings acting as therapists, these re-treat holidays remind you that you deserve only the best. And that life is worth living to the full, even after a great loss.
| for the bereaved | retreats | holistic/wellness/wellbeing | Scotland | UK |
Himalayan Yoga Institute
based: London, UK
Yoga retreat holidays in two locations; in the Indian Himalayas and on the Isle of Losinj in Croatia. Offering intensive practice of yoga and meditation in beautiful locations, a vegetarian diet and a wide range of activities: twice daily yoga classes, meditation, chanting, hiking, swimming, nutritional advice and life-coaching.
| yoga | retreats | meditation | holistic/wellness/wellbeing | vegetarian/vegan | India | Croatia |
A luxurious 7-day holistic cruise in the eastern Caribbean to enrich for your mind, body and spirit. Cruise on one of the world's premier Italian luxury liners, visiting exciting ports of call (such as Charlotte Amalie, San Juan, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas) while you learn from some of the world's leading experts in natural health and holistic living. This is a body pampering, relaxing, and educational vacation, offering lectures, workshops and private consultations.
Luxury wellbeing retreats for women held in North Yorkshire, West Sussex or Dorset. 'Balance Your Life' is a retreat created to manage stress and maintain energy levels using exercise, food and holistic techniques. The retreat uses stress management techniques, lifestyle and wellbeing coaching, powerful workshops, healthy activities, yoga, meditation and energy work. It aims to provide guests with strategies to cope with demanding situations and to create harmony in their life, leaving them refreshed and energised.
And what's the difference between this category and our general retreats sections? A good question! Take a look at our general health, beauty and fitness retreats section and you'll find many companies listed in both.
For us, the difference is in the addition of 'holistic', in an approach that looks a persons all-round condition and in retreats that concern themselves with mind, body and spirt in combination.
A definition of wellness?
There is no universally accepted definition of wellness and retreat centres, practitioners and holiday providers often use the term to mean slightly different things. The Travel-Quest wellbeing section lists providers who specifically define themselves as offering wellness, wellbeing or holistic retreats.
Here are the definitions we are working with:
Wellness – positive health, the state of being in good all-round physical, mental and emotional health, particularly when maintained by good diet, appropriate exercise and other modifications to lifestyle (such as non-smoking, appropriate weight, positive thinking etc.).
Wellbeing (or well-being) – the condition of being healthy, happy and living a balanced lifestyle.
Holistic – dealing with the whole person, caring for their mind, body, spirt and emotions together, guided by the idea the parts are all interconnected and all govern the condition of the whole.
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