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 |
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 |
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 |
Holistic Holiday at Sea™
based: Florida, USA
A 7-day holistic cruise in the Caribbean, aboard one of the world’s most luxurious liners. A body pampering, relaxing, and educational vacation, offering lectures, workshops and private consultations with leading authorities in alternative health and holistic healing.
| holistic/wellness/wellbeing | Caribbean |
Mairela Healing Retreat
based: Kuhmoinen, Finland
Holistic healing holidays at a lakeside cottage with traditional sauna set in the natural environment of the Finnish forest. Personal sessions with an experienced healer, workshops, meditation and reiki, or just peace and serenity. Guests gather tools to enhance their daily life on all levels, physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.
| holistic/wellness/wellbeing | detoxification | reiki | meditation | self development | retreats | Finland |
OnTrack Weight Loss & Fitness Retreat
based: Devon, UK
Specialist weight loss, fitness and lifestyle change health retreats in the heart of the Devon countryside. Retreats designed to help with fat loss, fitness, good eating and healthy living, created for all shapes, sizes and fitness levels – offering a daily program of fitness classes, mindset seminars and healthy nutrition.
| retreats | fitness | boot camps | weight loss | holistic/wellness/wellbeing | yoga | UK | England |
based: Greece & Isle of Wight, UK
An impressive range of active, creative and holistic holidays in Greece and Isle of Wight, UK. Art, dance, writing, music & singing holidays; Christmas & New Year retreats; comedy & theatre courses; health & wellbeing retreats; outdoor adventure, watersports & yoga holidays. Many breaks offering a host of activities in one package.
| holistic/wellness/wellbeing | retreats | yoga | painting/drawing | mosaic | dance (mixed) | writing | comedy | windsurfing | sea kayaking/canoeing | singles | Greece | UK |
Surya Lanka Ayurveda Beach Resort
based: Talalla, Sri Lanka
Surya Lanka Ayurveda Resort was one of the first Ayurveda Hotels in Sri Lanka to cater exclusively for Panchakarma Ayurveda guests. Surya Lanka specialises in Sri Lankan Ayurveda, Yoga and Meditation, all in one of the most beautiful locations in Sri Lanka. It also conducts regular Ayurveda retreats and Yoga retreats.
| ayurveda | retreats | holistic/wellness/wellbeing | yoga | meditation | massage | weight loss | detoxification | spas | Sri Lanka |
Tai Chi & Nutrition for Health & Wellness
based: Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Tai Chi and Qigong relaxation holidays and retreats. Includes a 7-day therapeutic and energising Qigong holiday on the magical island of La Gomera; a fantastic opportunity to relax, rejuvenate, meet like-minded people and explore this beautiful island. Suitable for absolute beginners as well as the more experienced.
| retreats | tai chi | qigong | chi kung | holistic/wellness/wellbeing | meditation | Canary Islands |
The Ultimate Retreat Company Featured Site
based: Alicante, Spain
Luxury all-inclusive health retreats for weight loss, fitness, detox, wellbeing and anti-ageing, set in a beautiful award winning venue and spa. Join their exceptional and professional retreat team which includes a doctor, nutritionist, yoga and pilates teachers, personal trainers and holistic therapists; who will offer inspirational and individual care and support.
| weight loss | detoxification | yoga | pilates | fitness | nutrition | holistic/wellness/wellbeing | retreats | singles | Spain |
Samadhi Wellness Spa & Health Retreat
based: Victoria, Australia
Spa and wellness retreat offering rejuvenating treatments and complimentary therapies to individuals, couples and small groups.
| holistic/wellness/wellbeing | Australia |
Womens Wellness Retreats
based: New South Wales, Australia
Wellbeing and wellness escapes for women to destinations around the world.
| holistic/wellness/wellbeing | Worldwide |
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.