We Londoners work hard and play hard — often leaving little time to dedicate to our minds and bodies.
Here, we round up the most luxurious retreats to help you reset, whether it’s toning up in Ibiza, learning to surf in the Maldives or meditating in the Dolomites...
The Body Camp Ibiza, Spain
The White Isle is shrugging off its party reputation to become a magnet for fitness fiends. And the ultimate retreat for the Pilates and spin crew is The Body Camp. You’ll mix sunrise walks with circuit training, runs on the beach with boxing, all while getting to grips with nutrition and time by the pool. After a day at ‘bootcamp’ you’ll unwind at Can Almaria, a beautiful villa set amid orchards and lemon groves.
From £1,450 per week until 4 November, including meals, accommodation and one massage (thebodycamp.com)
Surfing at Six Senses Laamu, Maldives
The Maldives tops most Instagram travel bucket lists, but did you know it’s also a surfer’s paradise? At the private island resort of Six Senses Laamu — imagine Robinson Crusoe on a luxury budget — you can sign up for one- and two-hour lessons with resident surf guru James Taylor and tackle the Ying Yang wave, which breaks a few minutes offshore from the resort. The swell really gets going from May, but even at its height it’s still manageable for beginners. The hotel also offers top-to-toe wellness screenings, so you can give your body a much-needed MOT.
Turquoise Holidays offers seven nights at Six Senses Laamu from £2,365 per person (turquoiseholidays.co.uk)
Sleep Retreat at Shanti Maurice, Mauritius
Contrary to what the name implies, this isn’t about napping for the duration of your holiday. The sleep package at five-star Shanti Maurice forces you to unwind through a series of stress-busting, wellness-boosting activities — think reiki, Tibetan sound massage and magnesium sleep therapy combined with yoga. At night you’ll drift off to sleep in your private villa to the sound of the Indian Ocean. Bliss.
Five nights from £2,750; seven nights from £3,660 (shantimaurice.com)
Yoga and meditation at Rosa Alpina, Italy
Mountains in summer are just the thing for relaxation — all that fresh air to gulp in and space to think. The luxurious Rosa Alpina Hotel & Spa in the Dolomites is flying in Ayurvedic expert Dr Suraj Dubey to host sunrise and moonlight yoga, mind-stretching meditation, reflexology and massages. But it’s not all holistic; nature will be your gym with hiking and swimming in alpine lakes on the agenda. Want to go the full digital-free monty? Spend a night above 6,000 feet at the hotel’s mountain cabin, where there’s no mobile signal.
Five nights from £2,250, 6 Aug to 10 Sept (rosalpina.it)