Last Updated on October 21, 2019 by Editor
Whether your concept of wellness involves a beachfront spa or a private chalet in the Alps, or you prefer the sunshine or the snow, cozy accommodation or a luxury resort with ocean views, we’ve chosen these incredible retreats to help you decide where you would like to head next.
Here’s our guide to Incredible Winter Wellbeing Retreats to escape to.
Winter Wellbeing Retreats in the UK
Dates: 15 – 17 November (2019), 21 – 23 February, 13 – 15 March (2020)
On our Bicester yoga and wellness retreat in Bicester, be prepared to switch off, let go and give permission to yourself to totally relax. Retreat to the Oxfordshire countryside and escape for the weekend. Our Bicester wellness yoga retreat venue is well loved by our guests for it’s grand, yet incredibly homely feel.
Surrounded by Oxfordshire countryside with sweeping views all around, in warmer weather relax in the peaceful grounds or in colder times curl up with a good book by the open fire.
We have been running our retreats at this venue for 8 years and it is a home from home for us and our return guests. Enjoy first class yoga teaching from teachers, meditation to calm your active mind, incredible meals lovingly prepared by our talented chefs and served as a community, optional holistic treatments to soothe your body and guided walks of the local countryside; you are guaranteed to leave feeling energised, a little lighter, and grateful to yourself for taking some time away
Dates: 28 December – 1 January / 1 – 4 January (stay for 3, 4 or 7 nights)
Spend your New Year relaxing, reflecting and restoring on our new year yoga retreat in Cornwall. Feel the need to get away for the New Year? Want to completely unwind, immerse yourself in your yoga practice and soak up some tranquility? Join us at our stunning and cosy retreat in Cornwall. Kick back, relax, stretch out the Christmas excesses and enjoy the company of new friends.
On our new year yoga retreat Cornwall you will welcome the new year in with lots of yoga, pampering treatments, walks, fabulous healthy food and workshops you will be actively relaxing the whole time. There’s a special evening schedule to bring the New Year in with setting of intentions, meditation, a delicious vegetarian feast, and dancing.
Our retreats are wonderful in winter with their open fires, story telling, cooking workshops, yoga workshops and invigorating walks. With a daily schedule of yoga in the morning and evening, tasty vegetarian meals, massages and free time to explore or relax. Join us for just a couple of days or a week this New Year.
These retreats are perfect for those who want to get away from the usual New Year celebrations, feel healthy, alive and set positive intentions for the year ahead.
Dates: 28 December – 1 January, 1 – 4 January
Retreat to the Oxfordshire countryside and escape the normal hectic New Year’s celebrations. Our Bicester venue is well loved by our guests for its grand, yet incredibly homely feel and love our New Years Eve retreat because it is a chance to pause, reset, be thankful for the year behind us and set intentions for the year ahead!
This year, alongside guided walks, twice daily yoga, and our intentions workshops, we have added a cookery workshop so you can take a little piece of the retreat home with you. Start 2020 feeling like your true self: rested, rejuvenated and ready to take on the year with a renewed sense of purpose.
This retreat is suitable for anyone who’d like a New Year away with wellness, healthy food and Yoga. Beginners are welcome as well as all ages.
On our new year yoga retreats the classes are suitable for all abilities, from beginners to intermediate and advanced levels. Everyone is welcome. We have a range of inspiring and experienced teachers who are well practised at adapting the class for everyone’s level.
Winter Wellbeing Retreats in France
Dates: 18 – 25 January, 25 January – 1 February
Do you dream of combining the passion of skiing and snowboarding with the restorative balm of yoga and meditation? Rockin’ the slopes and carving some inspirational yoga into your holiday?
Outside there is ice, snow, powder and breathtaking mountains. Inside the beautiful stone and wooden chalet there are log fires, bespoke rooms and congenial communal spaces lit by candles, warm smiles and tall tales of mountain adventures.
Delicious vegetarian meals, home made breads, juices and house wines are served daily as the sun rises and sets over the mountains of the Oisans ranges. Pumping pistes and the life affirming backdrop of the alpine scenery make this a retreat that offers both peace and passion for the ultimate ski-yoga getaway.
The yoga space looks over the mountains, with eyes drawn towards the rising sun or moon, high above the valley floor. This environment is perfect to breathe deeply of life, to restore and revitalise as the practice soothes tired muscles, calms the mind and prepares the body lovingly for the skiing in your day ahead.
The company is warm, like minded and welcoming, with participants returning annually to experience the dream fusion of a holiday that facilitates skiing in one of the world’s top resorts and the yoga instruction of a senior inspirational teacher.
Winter Wellbeing Retreats in Bali
Dates: 8th – 15th February
This Women’s Yoga Retreat in Ubud, Bali, is all about celebrating You. We invite you for a week of sweet surrender to the bliss and beauty that you already are. Rediscover your Divine essence and get in touch with the wisdom and power of the feminine on mystical Bali.
With great care we have designed a program for you to empower yourself, rediscover your authenticity and feel radiantly alive! We invite you on a unique journey to the Island of the Gods. Lush tropical rainforests, fresh green rice fields, swaying palm trees and flowers in all shapes and sizes, filling the air with the sweetest aromas. This is the backdrop scenery of our intimate Bali Bliss Women’s Yoga Retreat.
Expect to take care of yourself in the best possible way and surrender to being taken care of by Laura and the sweetest Balinese people.
Relaxing massages, nourishing healthy food, heart opening yoga sessions, morning dance meditation, authentic connection with women, being in nature, purification rituals, a full day of pampering at a Balinese spa, lots of love & laughter and much more deliciousness that makes you glow inside and out. It is time to meet our own needs, taking time for ourselves, nourish ourselves and above all: Be ourselves.
Dates: 2nd – 8th February
This pilates and yoga retreat at Desa Seni is one of our most popular, even amongst our teachers! Every two years we return to the island of gods for our Bali fix.
For the fourth time, our beautiful teacher of teachers, Tash Barnard, will be leading us through her innovative and knowledgable Pilates classes and inspire you to do more than you thought you were capable of.
Tracy Sue de Plassis, classical Pilates and Iyengar Yoga teacher will join us and add that second layer of teaching with her patience, knowledge and wisdom.
Exercise besides, of course there will be plenty of time to explore the natural and cultural wonders of Bali itself, be it the beaches, the temples, an evening walk through the rice fields or the creative bustle of Ubud’s shop-lined alleys.
Surrounded by paddy fields and an organic garden, our home for the week will be the much sought after Desa Seni Village Resort in Changgu. Created by two Australian friends, the eco-resort is a labour of love and a hand-picked collection of beautiful antique wooden homes and traditional furnishings, representing different cultures and traditions of Indonesian lifestyle.
Dates: Open all year
Following the Balinese principal of Sekala-Niskala, which holds that we all live equally in two worlds; the seen or conscious world Sekala, and the unseen or psychic world Niskala, the Balinese healers engage the help of the divine source during each healing session.
This signature retreat at Fivelements is a healing journey for detoxification and transformation. At Fivelements, they recognise that optimal wellness comes from learning to love and respect the body, mind, and spirit, where health and well-being are a reflection of inner harmony.
The retreats are inspired by the ancient Balinese philosophy that promotes living with purity of thought, speech, and action. It encourages us to align our heartfelt goodwill and thinking with consistent speech and action.
They embrace holistic Balinese-inspired therapies administered by traditional Balinese healers using ancient wisdoms passed down through direct lineage. The healing therapies are aimed to detoxify and purify the physical body, sekala, and the non-physical mind and soul, niskala, unifying the body and mind towards a natural harmonious state of being, and allowing an organic healing process to unfold.
Winter Wellbeing Retreats in the Caribbean
Dates: open all year round
We are directly on the seaside; Long Bay beach, one of the most beautiful virgin beaches, with kilometers of fine white sand, is just a three minutes walk away. The parish of Portland, on Jamaica’s East Coast is one of the most beautiful places on the island. With its stunning and warm blue waters, romantic coves, virgin beaches, breathtaking panoramic views and waterfalls, it is not a tourist area and you will be far away from the rush, stress, and hustle of the city.
You will have a chance to meet locals, walk around and enjoy amazing wild nature and the pulsing culture of sweet Jamaica. It is time to slow down and get back into balance.
Enjoy an oasis of tranquility and relaxation through yoga, mind and body awareness, healthy food, fresh spring water and herbal medicine. More than just a holiday, we are here for you to experience a transformational journey within yourself. Go Natural retreats are all about slowing down and getting back into balance.
We are here to support you in your wellbeing journey, making you feel at ease from the moment you arrive. Everyone has different needs, goals and passions, that’s why we have many different programs to fit your needs.
Winter Wellbeing Retreats in Africa
Dates: 15th – 21st March
We are so excited about this special collaboration and enhancement to our Marrakech retreat in 2020 featuring Julian Hyzler from EASEL&LENS to combine a look at creative focus with travel-journal creation classes throughout the week.
Yoga and meditation classes will be held daily to prepare our bodies and minds to find the ‘calm in the chaos’ of the sensory-overload that is Morocco – and then these art projects will help us find news ways of seeing – both yoga and art working together to find FOCUS in the many layers of smells, sites, and sounds that abound in exotic Marrakech.
All levels are welcome, and participation is voluntary. Projects and classes will be offered as a completely exploratory, unintimidating and personal experience.
This retreat is part of our GIVE BACK initiative, where EPM will donate at least 10% of profits to a humanitarian partner in the community where each retreat is held. Our partner in Marrakech is Project Sora who works with underprivileged communities and young women to empower with design, clean-up projects, and creative ventures.
Dates: 3rd – 9th February
Journey with us on our first class mindful retreat in Botswana along the untouched Okavango Delta. The Retreat takes place at two luxurious lodges, Mopiri and Nokanyana offering you the best of both worlds in the Delta – an incredible opportunity to connect deeply with the elements and energy of nature as we move from the wetland to the drylands. Not only will you experience the remoteness from land, but also from above with 3 scenic flights.
Morning yoga flows at sunrise will be whispering rejuvenation into your soul as the world awakes along the Delta and Khai. The picture-perfect settings will give you the feeling as though time is standing still and you will certainly be renewed after each session.
The remainder of the day will be spent on unique activities specific to the area, relaxation and self-reflection. The teams at Mopiri and Nokanyana will discuss all the activities on offer and you can do as little or as much as you would like to.
As the days draw to a close, you will find yourself back in nature for an afternoon yoga practice before sunset. An incredible way to end the day and quiet your mind before dinner under the starlit skies.
Winter Wellbeing Retreats in Sri Lanka
Dates: open all year
Spend a few days in a magical countryside of Sri Lanka, surrounded by lush green natural landscape. Relax amongst nature. Explore your inner self whilst detoxing your body and mind. Deepen and renew your yoga and meditation.
Discover the benefits of Ayurveda which is an ancient art of healing through nutrition, relaxation, and herbal treatments. Their Ayurvedic doctors and senior therapists have over 15 years of experience.
During the retreat the Ayurvedic doctor will develop your treatment plan to focus on your wellness goals and to address any existing ailments you may be suffering from.
Plantation Villa has won many international awards including Best Spa Hotel, Sri Lanka 2015, 2016 & 2017 by World Luxury Hotel Awards; Best Holistic Wellness Retreat, 2017 by World Luxury Hotel Awards; and Best Wellness Retreat in Sri Lanka by World Spa Awards – based on the hotel facilities, service, their social service concept.
The retreat funds and maintains the Metta Trust charity to do community development, wildlife conservation and forest preservation activities in the village and surrounding villages.
Over 90% of the staff team are local villagers from underprivileged backgrounds who have been trained and offered employment along with mentoring to improve their lives and the lives of their children.
Dates: open all year
The Sen Wellness Sanctuary is a small, peaceful and modest retreat in a nature reserve set between a lagoon and the ocean in the south of Sri Lanka.
It is the perfect place to immerse yourself in natural beauty and relax and rejuvenate your body and mind. The Sanctuary offers Yoga and Ayurveda retreats all year round and hosts detox retreats and special Signature retreats a few times a year.
They teach Kundalini Yoga and other yoga styles in twice daily classes that mark sunrise and sunset. The gentle rhythm of the sanctuary and the pared back approach and architecture of the place allow for a genuine retreat.
The focus at Sen Wellness Retreat is on rest and connection with nature and oneself. The eclectic and fascinating selection of books available are perfect to fill your time between yoga, treatments and walks on the beach. You’ll be encouraged to put away your devices as much as possible and allow for a digital detox too.
The team of world-class osteopaths and yoga teachers as well as local therapists, skilful chefs and knowledgeable Ayurvedic doctor’s wellness philosophy is to support all aspects of our guests, reminding the physical/mental/emotional/spiritual body to live in harmony as a whole.
The Sanctuary programs are an integrative system of healing that blends advanced scientific principles of the west and ancient wisdom of the east. By treating each individual as a whole, the necessary changes can be made and long lasting results can be created.
Winter Wellbeing Retreats in Spain
Fuerteventura: Rejuvenating Yoga and Pilates in Fuerteventura
Dates: open all year round
Join this retreat anytime, all year round on the sun-blessed island of Fuerteventura, with epic sand dunes rolling down into the turquoise ocean, breathtaking white-sand beaches and dramatic volcanic sunsets.
Relax and revitalise at one of Europe’s leading yoga and pilates retreats in the Canary Islands. Stretch and strengthen your body and mind and bring yourself back into balance with a unique blend of yoga, pilates and meditation. Enjoy mouthwatering vegetarian meals, holistic massages and stunning sunsets over the volcanoes.
These seven night yoga and Pilates retreats run every week from Saturday to Saturday and are designed to help reduce stress, improve fitness and vitality and most importantly take time for you.
Perfect for all levels from beginner to advanced practitioners, at the heart of the retreat programme is exceptional yoga and Pilates instruction by a team of international instructors who have a heartfelt and down-to-earth approach to wellbeing.
The diverse and full weekly schedule (over 21 classroom hours) is delivered at a pace that allows you to do it all and still have ample time for additional therapies and exploration, or be more selective and just relax, you decide.
Winter Wellbeing Retreats in Thailand
Dates: open all year round
Add not just years to your life, but life to your years! This all-inclusive detox retreat program will help you to rediscover your vibrant health and well-being.
Where necessary, these programs can also help target areas of imbalance in your life. From their range of detox and cleansing programs, to more focused weight loss and de-stress programs, the specially designed blend of treatments, nutrition and support ensure you meet your health goals.
With years of experience in taking care of the body and mind and working with detox approaches, Samahita retreat offers both the environment and holistic program to give you the best value in a holistic detox experience.
From supplements, to targeted bodywork, to leading-edge infrared sauna technology, to colon hydrotherapy and regular meetings with our health coach, you will come to know a new dimension of wellness possible within.
You will also receive information and guidance about how to keep newfound habits alive and work the wisdom from this experience into your lifestyle.
Winter Wellbeing Retreats in Cyprus
Dates: open all year
Want to prevent burnout, evade stress or master your fears? Would you like to regain your inner strength and balance? Then head to Cyprus for a winter wellbeing retreat.
Treat yourself to an uplifting holiday, experience traditional living in the countryside of a centuries old village, set far away from tourist areas amidst the vineyard and tempting orange and olive plantations.
Start your day with the sun salutations, slow down to strengthen your body and quieten your mind. Apart from the yoga sessions you can relax at the pool, venture on your own, take a walk through the village, a trip to the sea, hike or rent a bike. In addition you have the chance to let yourself be pampered at the spa or take pilates and relaxation classes.
Relax and unwind in the comfort of one of the tastefully restored traditional village houses far away from mass tourism. The houses and apartments are located in and around the village of Tochni.
You will participate in the authentic village life with mediterranean flair. What’s more, Cypriots are famous for their hospitality and the catchphrase “kopiaste”, meaning: come, join us! Leave feeling renewed with a greatly enhanced sense of wellbeing and positivity.
Winter Wellbeing Retreats in Cambodia
Dates: open all year round
Navutu Dreams has a core team of seasoned wellness practitioners who have crafted programs designed to detox the body, the mind or both. Yoga classes are available three time a day, every day of the week.
Private bodywork, breath-work, yoga, meditation and Traditional Chinese medicine can also be arranged. Traditional Chinese Plus a menu of holistic treatments and alternative therapies is available including acupuncture, shiatsu, cupping and auriculotherapy, reiki, crystal healing, Tibetan Bowl Sound Bath and the resort’s signature BreathLightBliss which is a combination of these.
Destination-inspired activities are offered such as forest bathing or the practice of ‘’Shinrin-yoku’’ in a selected path at the Angkor Archaeological Park, and a sunrise meditation within the grounds of 9th century temple over looking the Tonle Sap Lake.
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