Wellness Locations you need on your radar

Written by: Eleanor Hoath


Healf Journal

When you think of a relaxing break that nourishes the mind, body & soul - what do you tend to think of? Is it an all inclusive trip to a beach destination with friends, exploring a new, upcoming city or hiking and exploring through the mountains? What if there was a way to combine all of those ideas whilst making a significant impact on your health and wellbeing?

Over the past four years, people have become more engaged in their own health as a result of the pandemic - with run clubs becoming the choice of socialising and sauna spots popping up on every corner in London, many are opting for a health and wellness retreat as their choice of travel.

Why do I need Wellness Locations on my radar?

Wellness retreats were previously seen to be for the pop star who needs luxury after their world tour or the mother and daughter duo who need some R&R. But, according to the Global Wellness Institute, wellness tourism is growing rapidly and continues to do so in the coming years as the overall tourism sector recovers from the pandemic. The industry is projected to grow by 16.6% annually, reaching $1.4 trillion by 2027.

Similarly, the awareness and understanding that ‘prevention is better than cure’ is in the forefront of the young generations mind, so it simply makes sense to combine the escapism and luxury of a destination with the science and technology of a health and medical professional. Enter the medical retreat. Toby Watfa, co-founder of Health Travel quotes “in a world where health is often taken for granted…there’s an emerging perspective that is gaining momentum - the idea of investing in one's health proactively rather than reactively is where medical spas come into play’. He adds ‘Many of us dream of indulgent getaways to luxury destinations like the maldives for a break from the daily grind. But how often do we consider combining this escapism with tangible, long-term benefits to our health?’’.

Whether you’re seeking support for burnout, need some time away from your everyday routine, or you want to focus more on a particular concern like hormonal imbalances or sleep, here are some of the best wellness retreats across the globe.

For Burnout, Rebalancing & Energising

Rebalance & Energise, SHA Wellness, Spain

The Rebalance & Energise programme at SHA Wellness Clinic is a sanctuary of wellness in the picturesque setting of Alicante, Spain. With personalised health plans that include a tailored diet, natural and technological therapies, and lifestyle recommendations to foster new, healthier habits once you return home, this retreat is designed for those seeking to restore their vitality and achieve a harmonious balance of mind and body. For those feeling drained of energy, wishing to reduce stress, or wanting to learn sustainable wellness practices, this retreat can be an investment in long-term success.

De-Stress & Unwind at Marbella Club 

With soothing treatments and expert lifestyle guidance, as well as the replenishing beachside spa of Marbella Club Hotel, this programme will nurture your body and soul as well as restore mental balance. Enjoy the soothing rush of waves on the shore or the soft, white sand between your toes. Whether it's a sleep ritual or a body wrap enhanced with vitamins and minerals, you'll leave feeling refreshed and revitalised, ready to continue healthy habits after your well-deserved break.

For Longevity

Hiking for Longevity at Palazzo Fiuggi

Known to be the Best Wellness Retreat of Oprah Winfrey's life - Palazzo Fiuggi, formerly the European location of the hip Malibu Ranch, offers a rejuvenating journey with their “Hiking for Longevity” programme. Designed to harness the benefits of outdoor exercise, mindfulness, and a profound connection with oneself and the world. At the beginning of the stay a medical assessment is done to evaluate your starting condition before delving into the picturesque Apennines, engaging in mindful hiking paths curated to reflect the power of mindful movement to enhance longevity. In addition to three-Michelin-star chef Heinz Beck's Mediterranean-inspired diet, Fiuggi water is featured in tailored medical treatments throughout the week. With Palazzo Fiuggi's expert medical and wellness team's guidance, you'll reactivate your metabolism, detoxify your body, and embrace a lifestyle of mindfulness and human connection.

Anti-Aging & Rejuvenation Programme at Zoya Health & Wellbeing Resort

Combining nutritional excellence with the latest medical techniques to enhance beauty and longevity. As a result of the resort's expert treatment and therapy team, guests can discover innovative treatments and therapies that will rejuvenate the body, revitalise the skin, and provide a youthful glow as a result of their stay at Zoya Health & Wellbeing Resort. As a guest, you will experience the exclusive Anti-Aging & Rejuvenation Programme, designed to enhance your natural beauty, restore your inner vitality, and improve your quality of life

For Fitness

Integrated Wellness Retreat at COMO Shambhala Estate 

When you think of 'wellness holiday' you often think of Bali. With its 360 approach to holistic health, the COMO Shambhala Estate is secluded among the quiet temples and cascading waterfalls of Ubud. Offering a 360 approach to holistic health shaped by a talented team of trainers, therapists, and nutrition experts, the uniquely powerful Integrated Wellness Programme is fully bespoke, harnessing the individuality that true health and wellness requires. Get your day started with energising Pilates or yoga sessions, followed by healing Ayurvedic treatments with water from one of Bali's sacred natural springs. Offering 3-21-nights, this truly is the start of a lifestyle journey. 

Health Enhancer Retreat at Grantley Hall

Located in the Yorkshire Dales, a tranquil, remote, and wildly picturesque location perfect for guests wanting a positive, all-round change. Being one of the leading luxury locations in the United Kingdom, this retreat focuses on weight management, fitness, and nutritional education with some of the most up to date fitness technology including cryotherapy chambers, altitude training rooms, underwater treadmills, and 3D body scanners. 

For Yoga & Mindfulness

Wellness Retreat at NOUS Santorini

Aimed at enhancing your physical and mental health, NOUS Santorini offers a refreshing start for guests seeking to rebalance their mind, body, and energy. Set against the stunning backdrop of Santorini & moving beyond conventional luxury definitions. Encompassing a holistic experience with local cuisine and sustainable practices, this retreat is designed to foster inner peace, eliminate stress, and release negative emotions. 

Solo Revitalise Retreat at JOALI Maldives

This resort, set amid breathtaking gardens and seaside vistas, is the first and only art-immersive resort in the Maldives. Meditation, private yoga classes, mindful massages, and Hammam-inspired rituals are all part of this luxury retreat tailored specifically to your unique self. With four restaurants featuring inventive tastes from far-reaching corners of the globe, experiential dining is a feast for the senses. Within the JOALI resort there is the opportunity for individual experiences for the ultimate self-care space as well as couples retreats offering a spectacular setting to refresh and reconnect.

Health Travel offers fully tailored retreats, perfectly designed around your unique self, under the guidance of trusted wellness hotel partners and their experts. Their expert Wellness Concierge arranges the finer details of your trip, from restaurant and spa bookings to pre-departure documentation. They are on hand before, during, and after your trip with guidance and advice. 


This article is for informational purposes only, even if and regardless of whether it features the advice of physicians and medical practitioners. This article is not, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment and should never be relied upon for specific medical advice. The views expressed in this article are the views of the expert and do not necessarily represent the views of Healf