Exotic Wellness Getaways

Are you looking to get the new year off to a healthy start? These five properties offer attractive packages and out-of-this-world experiences
Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel & Spa
Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel & Spa
January 22, 2020

Set in a converted 17th-century monastery, this dramatic property has an award-winning spa, an outdoor gym, a Michelin-star restaurant and unforgettable landscaped gardens. Guests can avail themselves of the ‘Health & Hike’ experience; the idea is to combine a day’s guided hiking along lesser-known areas of the spectacular Amalfi coastline with tailored treatments. After a day spent walking, guests can unwind in the spa. It has two individual treatment rooms, a spa suite, a treatment garden, a domed herbal steam room, an ice fountain to boost circulation, a natural rock sauna and a hydrotherapy pool.

A transformative island getaway awaits those looking for inner peace and enhancing their physical well-being. Bawah Reserve is an off-the-grid resort only accessible via private seaplane from Singapore. It offers two programmes – the ‘Journey to Calm’ and the ‘Journey to Vitality’. Guests have to book for a minimum of three nights and can look forward to organic meals and spa treatments, beside having access to lush forests, beaches and lagoons. The former aims to lower participants’ stress levels by offering a life coaching session with a tailored movement session focusing on breathing and mindfulness. The latter is focused on enhancing guests’ physical health with one-on-one sessions with experts.

This remote Icelandic lodge on the Troll Peninsula offers a programme for those willing to push boundaries. Aimed at discerning travellers, this four-day programme known as ‘Eleven Life’ combines thrilling outdoor adventures in some of the purest air and water in the world, alongside key lifestyle practices. Each guest receives a pre-trip consultation and a personalised plan. Wind down with soothing evening gong and breathing technique sessions to aid sleep.

The historic spa town of Baden Baden is home to Villa Stéphanie, one of Europe’s most innovative medical spas. The seven-night detox or ‘Medical Mot’ begins with an entrance interview with a Detox Specialist including a full-body analysis followed by a personalised nutrition programme. Treatments are curated to suit each person’s specific needs. All bedrooms here have a special solution painted on the walls to prevent the penetration of electric smog to aid in a digital detox; and a button in each room which disconnects the entire space from Wi-Fi.

Fans of Ayurvedic and Oriental spa treatments should visit this sprawling space set by the Alboran Sea in the Finca Cortesin resort. It features thermal baths, a Turkish bath, an indoor heated 25m saltwater pool and Spain’s first ‘Snow Cave’. The resort also offers the Arani Yoga & Meditation Centre comprising two studios and a private garden for outdoor classes. Guests can practise traditional Hatha yoga, Vinyasa, Ashtanga and Kundalini, besides meditation and mat Pilates. Meditation methods include guided meditation, sound bath healing, Yoga Nidra and Pranayama.