Luxtripper Travel Editor
Here are our top wellness retreats for 2022.
Surrounded only by the dramatic landscapes of Oman’s Al Hajar Mountains, Alila Jabal Akhdar’s secluded location promises guests serene solitude, re-energising fresh air and breathtaking boundless vistas coupled with exceptional service within its fort style property. Reminiscent of ancient Oman, the resort’s seven treatment rooms each offer a unique restorative experience inspired by the historical and natural properties of the region, from the earthy aroma of Middle Eastern herbal concoctions in the steam room and balancing Tibetan sound baths to massages performed on a perch above a gaping canyon.
Bali is the ultimate wellness destination, its beautiful landscapes and warm hospitality luring all wellness-seekers across the globe. In-amongst this lush wilderness is COMO Shambhala Estate, located just north of Ubud and surrounded by a tropical rainforest. With wellness at its core, the resort offers guests the opportunity to embark on a physical and mental journey through its variety of wellness programmes, retreats and massage therapies. Whether you're looking to improve your fitness, nutrition or mental wellbeing, you'll work alongside specialists who will personalise each programme to suit your own needs, ensuring that you can reconnect with yourself and discover a lifestyle that suits your individual needs.
Set upon its own private emerald island, Soneva Fushi is tucked away amidst vibrant tropical forestry, ringed by beautiful white sand beaches that softly sink into turquoise lagoon seas. Its rustic yet opulent design merges effortlessly with the surroundings, providing a quiet hideaway affording respite in one of the world's most stunning locations, the Maldives. Treatments are experienced at the resort's wellness complex, an intricately designed space that isolates guests from disturbance. Begin with a personal Ayuverdic consultation before heading to a spa room for a revitalising scrub or calming massage, pausing only for hushed tranquillity in the meditation pod or aroma pod infused with a symphony of entrancing smells.
The distinctive and rich design of Baraza Resort and Spa transports guests to a bygone era, with magnificent interiors combining Arabic, Swahili, and Indian aesthetics, evoking a sense of the grandeur of Zanzibar's Sultanate era. The resort offers true exclusivity with only 30 villas, allowing guests to appreciate the beauty of the island without the rush and bustle. The resort's Frangipani Spa, which is reminiscent of a Sultan bathhouse, is an exotic paradise with gold-hued décor, fragrant spices, and calming candles leading to opulent Jacuzzis and quiet in-door pavilions where guests are treated to personalised care and world-class treatments.
Whilst Sri Lanka is renowned for its safaris and cultural journeys, its lush landscapes and Theravada Buddhist culture means that it's an ideal destination for a secluded retreat. With a distinct minimalist luxury style, Santani Wellness Resort and Spa is a centre for wellness and health science, boasting extensive therapeutic amenities and holistic treatments. Offering the first-ever comprehensive hydrotherapy facilities in the country, you can experience the benefits of the resort's open-air thermal salt soak pool whilst embarking on a healthy living programme. The resort also offers guests yoga and Ayurveda-focused retreats, such as the 5-Day Kayakalp Yoga Retreat, a comprehensive mind-body programme.
The crown jewel of French Polynesia, Bora Bora's remote location and picturesque landscapes of emerald mountains, perfect beaches and crystalline lagoons make it an excellent destination for those after a secluded getaway in the company of nothing but sensational views. It is here, at Conrad Bora Bora Nui, guests can enjoy everything from authentic French Polynesia body treatments to revitalising facials using award-winning Biologique Recherche products. Paddleboarding across awe-inspiring vistas of mountainous islands, kayaking over kaleidoscopic coral reefs, or simply soaking up the French Polynesian heat on an isolated beach are just a few of the outdoor activities that will rejuvenate your body and spirit.
Wellness at The Datai Langkawi is centred on the Ramuan, a Malay notion of herbally inspired healing and is treated as an extension of the surrounding forest, with its properties merging with ancient ritual practises to provide therapies that effectively promote wellbeing. The flourishing environment of Malaysia's Langkawi Island provides the ideal backdrop, with its all-encompassing verdant forests intermingled with relaxing streams and immaculate beaches shielded by the Machinchang mountain range overlooking the Andaman Ocean. Each day at the resort begins with a sensory journey through the rainforest, followed by gentle breathing and stretching exercises, and ends with a Mandi Maul Hayat ritual, an entrancing practice that takes place in the property's private jungle stream.
Enveloped by the idyllic sway of towering trees and the ancient temples of Angkor in Cambodia, Amansara resides far from the chaos of modern life; its refined and minimalistic design is reflective of its operating wellness ethos to utilise the rich serenity of the region. Each therapy at the resort integrates elements of Cambodian Buddhist practises and is performed under the shade of the forest canopies, providing the ideal setting for reaping the restorative benefits of nature. Spend your time here absorbed in nature's serenity with forest therapy and monk-led forest walking meditation while feeling anew after a Khmer Buddhist ritual water blessing and sound healing bath.
Few places in the world compare to the sheer beauty of Fiji, the ultimate South Pacific paradise. With spacious sundecks leading to lavish outdoor baths and vast swimming pools surrounded by swathes of gorgeous palm trees, COMO Laucala Island Resort's rustic yet magnificent design is precisely constructed to create a sense of indoor-outdoor living. The COMO Shambhala Retreat, the resort's spa, is located among floating lily ponds in a peaceful area of the island, allowing guests to focus solely on their relaxation. Rooted in the belief in nature's healing power, wellness at the resort is centred around the core philosophy of utilising the island's natural qualities and ingredients to create unique, holistic treatments that deliver effectively.
Six Senses Zil Payson is situated on the small granitic island of Félicité in the Seychelles, comprised of lush foliage, white-sandy beaches and turquoise waters. The resort's spa is centred on seclusion and sensory experiences, with five double treatment rooms inspired by the island's eco-system and colours. Under the heat of the equatorial sun, you can take a relaxing swim in the outdoor infinity pool, learn yoga on the meditation pavilion or feel rejuvenated with African-inspired treatments. For those looking for specialised wellness programmes, Six Senses Zil Payson offers 3, 5 or 7 night retreats for Sleep, Yoga or Detox, all under the expert guidance of an on-site specialist.
If you're looking for a luxurious wellness retreat in 2022, get in touch with one of our Luxury Travel Specialists today so that you can feel fully refreshed and rejuvenated...