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 |
Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat
based: Queensland, Australia
A dedicated health retreat close to Queensland's Gold Coast, with inclusive packages from 2 to 7 days, offering organic living, spas, movement, relaxation, delicious organic food and wellness seminars held in a low tech environment.
| retreats | Australia |
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: East Sussex/Kent, UK
Offering juice detox retreats in England (in East Sussex/Kent and Leicestershire) with yoga and healing. Weight loss and fitness, fertility, stop smoking and emotional healing retreats with 50+ holistic treatments. "One of the Best Retreats in the World" – Telegraph.
| yoga | retreats | detoxification | weight loss | fitness | stag/hen | self development | NLP | meditation | England |
Silver Spur Retreat
based: Texas, USA
All-inclusive immersion retreat packages in a Texas ranch, retreats include: accommodation, healthy meals, sessions, classes, workshops, handouts and all ranch amenities/activities including: horse riding, hayrides, campfires, walking/hiking trails and access to the adjacent Hill Country Natural State Park.
| retreats | USA |
Simple Peace Retreats
based: Assisi, Italia
Retreats and meditation in Assisi, Italy; bring together Western and Eastern styles including silent meditation retreats and meditation-in-motion practices with guided Tai Chi and sacred movement rituals. Retreats are led in English and no experience is necessary.
| retreats | meditation | tai ch i | Italy |
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
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 |
Trails and Vines
based: Norfolk, UK
Running holidays in the World's most beautiful wine regions, including Rioja (Spain) and Bordeaux (France) – perfect locations to improve your running and then reward yourself with delicious local wine and food. Offering a mix of leisurely runs and structured sessions, you'll go home feeling challenged, but also like you've had a holiday!
| running/athletics | wine | retreats | Spain | France | England |
A retreat may be described as an escape away from everyday distractions, a withdrawal from society to a tranquil setting to allow for a period of reflection or to focus entirely on a particular activity, but what makes it a 'retreat' rather than a 'holiday'?. This distinction is often not clear cut, the retreat companies in listed this Health Retreats section specifically identify themselves as 'retreats', but we suggest also looking at our related Health & Wellbeing 'holiday' pages» – there is often little difference between them. If you're looking for a creative retreat centred around the arts, painting, crafts or writing then see our dedicated Creative Retreats section here»
Compared to a 'holiday' an activity related retreat might be more focused, with fewer other distractions. It may offer seclusion, time and space to allow for independent study or creative thought. Sometimes the location plays a big part, with retreats often taking place in secluded settings or remote locations away from the hustle and bustle associated with a holiday – frequently beautiful settings within the natural environment. Often these places will be dedicated 'Retreat Centres'. On a contemplative retreat the distinction is clearer as the aim is simply for quiet, undisturbed time in a suitable location, sometimes with guidance, but often without.
This Health Retreats section lists retreats based around health, beauty and fitness, including retreats focused on yoga, pilates, meditation, weight loss and healing.