The festive period is one of the best times of the year but can also be one of the most stressful times as well. If you’re looking for a way to de-stress and reset as we start the New Year, why not think about getting away to a beautiful destination for some much-needed wellness. Whether through yoga retreats or holistic healing there’s something and somewhere for everyone.

Ireland – The Cliffs of Moher Retreat

The Cliffs of Moher Retreat is Ireland’s leading yoga retreat destination and offers a variety of retreats in January and February.

Connect to Nature Yoga and Hiking Weekend

  • February 1st-3rd
  • This weekend is ideal for those who like both challenges and to chill out.
  • The weekend features a 14km hike (split over 2 days) along the Cliffs of Moher, as well as deeply nourishing vinyasa yoga and mindfulness meditation.
  • The location has a glass-fronted studio, wood burning hot tubs and organic produce.
  • Prices are all inclusive and include all classes, meals, beverages, accommodation, walks, hot tub & sauna.
    From €390 per person.

Rest, Recover, Reflect

  • January 25th-27thand February 8th-10th
  • This deeply healing weekend is an opportunity to completely let go of stress.
  • The weekend features quiet contemplation, restorative candlelit yoga practices, silent walks, open fires, hot tubs and saunas.
  • Prices are all inclusive and include all classes, meals, beverages, accommodation, walks, hot tub & sauna.

From €380 per person.

Sri Lanka – Barberyn Ayurveda Resorts

Experience authentic Ayurveda in Sri Lanka, Ayurveda is a traditional 5000-year-old medicinal healing system, which tackles the stresses and ailments of modern life in a natural and holistic way.

  • Choose between 3 different resorts, each with a different character, but the same common goal: improving your health through authentic Ayurveda while on a Sri Lanka beach holiday.
  • The getaway will feature full Ayurvedic programs complete with personal consultations, a tailor-made diet, Ayurvedic spa treatments and supplements, daily yoga & meditation and excursions to discover local Sri Lankan culture and heritage sites.
  • Locations are:
    Barberyn Sands Ayurveda Resort – From €175 per night
    Barberyn Beach Ayurveda Resort, Weligama – From €235 per night

Barberyn Reef Ayurveda Resort, Beruwala – From €175 per night.

Germany – Hotel Lindenwirt

Set in the Bavarian forest this hotel helps guest to unwind and find inner balance through a holistic approach.

Guests can not only expect massages, facials, nutritional advice and Ayurveda but also:

  • Cleansing which occurs during the Russian bathing ritual of Banja which relaxes the muscles and strengthens the immune system.
  • Special detoxification programmes. Including magnetic field therapy or Silver Quartz body scrub.

Prices start from €98.

Austria – Naturhotel Outside

This eco-friendly hotel is set amongst the East Tyrolean mountains.

They offer many relaxing treatments including:

  • “Outsider massage” for drained muscles
  • Classic massages, Reflexology and Lymphatic drainage.
  • Hawaiian Lomi Lomi Nui massage which activates self-healing powers.

Further, for a holistic short holiday, guests can also base fast here:

  • Base fasting helps to eliminate polluting acids and toxic substances which supports your body’s self-regeneration.
  • Unlike classical fasting, base fasting doesn’t need medical attention.

Prices start from €87.

Costa Rica – Green Lagoon Wellbeing Resort

Based near La Fortuna, Alajuela this wellbeing resort is set in the lush biological corridor of central Costa Rica. The serene resort provides guests with the opportunity to unwind, release, and de-stress. Featuring panoramic views over the northern plains and the magnificent Arenal and Cherro Chato volcanoes this is a truly unique place.

The resort offers a range of wellbeing features including daily yoga & meditation, immersion in nature, holistic wellness meals, nature activities, as well as an on-site spa.

Choose from 3 different wellness breaks:

  • 3 Day Green Lagoon Active Detox – From £345 pp
  • 4 Day DeLuxe Wellbeing & Active Retreat – From £1393pp
  • 4 Day Superior Wellbeing Detox Retreat – From £682


Wellness and relaxation is so important, especially at this time of year and these retreats would certainly help in making sure you enter the new year in the right head space. If you’re looking for more inspiration have a read of our top ways to relax.

What are you doing to relax this New Year? Are you considering any of these retreats?
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