Five Winter Wellness Escapes for Engaged Couples

24 Nov 2015

Bride and grooms can feel under immense pressure during the run-up to their big day. De-stress, rejuvenate and chill before wedding planning becomes too hectic with these top five winter wellness retreats from Health and Fitness Travel 

Sometimes it can feel like planning a wedding is taking over your life. From table planning (do you invite embarrassing great uncle Arthur?...or invite your future husband’s annoying second cousin instead?), to scouring Pinterest boards late at night and visiting umpteen venues only to find they’re way out of your price range. It can all take its toll, so it’s important to take time out to ensure the wedding celebrations are a joy and not a stressful event-planning mission that’s out of control.

Here, Health and Fitness Travel, worldwide wellness holiday experts, shares its top winter retreats. Offering healthy holidays around the world, from yuletide yoga, to seasonal stress relief and festive escapes, it might be an idea to make a break with tradition and embrace the gift of winter wellness with your partner.

Whether you’re having trouble sleeping, need to dump all the mind clutter during meditation sessions, or want to revamp your nutrition and slim down, you’ll be left feeling revived before the big day after one of these retreats.

1. Merry Mindfulness: Bali Maya Ubud Spiritual Journey


Explore the realms of mindfulness, as you reconnect with yourself and the world around you on a spiritual journey in Bali. Wake up beneath the rainforest canopy and rouse senses with morning yoga and meditation sessions. Down by the river, relax to the sound of flowing water during a therapeutic massage or flower bath at the award-winning spa. Discover more of the natural beauty of Bali on excursions to a local village, temple and orphanage, and open your mind to the positivity of the upcoming year.


Seven nights at Maya Ubud from £2,075pp or £2,800 for single occupancy. Price includes breakfast, a wellness programme, return flights and transfers.


2.  Deep Sleep Digital Detox: Italy Ti Sana Insomnia


Set in the Italian province of Lombardy, get the tools you need to start your New Year re-energised at Ti Sana in Italy. Discover a good night’s sleep in a digital detox suite, and tailor your stay from a choice of slimming, relaxing or energising insomnia programmes. Through healthy nutrition, medical spa treatments and calming yoga classes, recover your sleep-wake rhythms and rebalance the stress hormone cortisol.


Seven nights at Ti Sana from £2,635pp or £2,870 for single occupancy. Price includes full board, an insomnia programme, return flights and transfers.


3. New You Nutrition: Philippines The Farm


This New Year’s ditch the post-party hangover and embrace a nutritious new you on a healthy holiday in the Philippines. Specialists in raw vegan cuisine, discover just how tasty healthy eating can be at the award-winning Alive! restaurant. Combine this nutritious cuisine with a choice of healthy holiday programmes, including fitness, yoga, detox, stress management, weight loss and healthy ageing. Discover The Farm’s back to nature approach, with natural and organically sourced holistic spa treatments, to revive the mind and body.


Seven nights at The Farm from £2,240pp or £2,590 for single occupancy. Price includes full board, a choice of programmes, return flights and transfers.


4. Seasonal Stress Relief: Thailand Absolute Sanctuary De-Stress


Break the cycle of stress and exhaustion this Christmas and begin the New Year with a healthy dose of seasonal stress relief in Thailand. With a holistic approach to the renewal of mind, body and spirit, release anxieties through a series of relaxing spa therapies and stress management sessions. Detach yourself from the stress of everyday life during calming sunrise walks to the nearby beach, together with daily yoga classes and group meditation sessions.


Eight nights at Absolute Sanctuary from £1,920pp or £2,195 for single occupancy. Price includes full board, a stress management programme, return flights and transfers.


5. Winter Wonderland Wellness: Switzerland The Alpina Gstaad Ski & Spa


Guarantee yourself the white Christmas you’ve been dreaming of at the Alpina Gstaad in the Swiss Alps. Escape to this winter wonderland and perfect those parallel turns as you enjoy skiing across five nearby ski areas in the Gstaad Region. Off the slopes, keep active with ice skating before rejuvenating with a selection of holistic treatments at the luxury Six Senses Spa. In the evening, venture into the wine cellar and enjoy cuisine with stunning views of the glacier. 


Seven nights at The Alpina Gstaad from £2,435pp or £3,425 for single occupancy. Price includes breakfast, a ski & spa programme and return flights.

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