Queen of Retreats suggests… 5 retreats for Autumn

Travel journalist and founder of Queen of Retreats, Caroline Sylger Jones, has been reviewing spas, retreats and healthy holidays for over 18 years. Here she picks out some intriguing new luxury retreats for Autumn.

Rebalance yourself in Thailand (September onwards)

My favourite destination spa, Kamalaya on Koh Samui, has introduced small group Life Enhancement Retreats if you’d like to delve a little deeper into your wellbeing with a maximum of 12 like-minded individuals. Choose from yoga immersions with renowned ‘Yin & Yang Yoga’ teacher Simon Low (starting 6 October), explorations of emotional wellbeing with Kamalaya’s down-to-earth ‘Life Enhancement Mentors’ (starting 10 November) and self-discovery retreats with Kamalaya’s gentle and knowing co-founder Karina Stewart (next one starts August 2017). From 82,580 Thai Baht pp for a 4 night yoga retreat sharing a room.

Know yourself in Germany (October)

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Running for one week only from 17-24 October 2016 at Lanserhof Tegernsee, a contemporary temple for wellbeing in the Bavarian hills, the intriguingly named ‘Aura Week’  led by medical consultant Martin Zoller and spiritual teacher Oazis Zoller will teach you how to better understand your own nature and use your creative potential to achieve your life goals. You can expect talks, workshops, private consultations and a simple programme of treatments (7 nights from £3,100pp sharing including meals).

Sort out your gut in Menorca  (next one – October)

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The Gut Retreat is a clever 5 night wellbeing break led by personable and knowledgeable London-based nutritionist Jeannette Hyde at the divine, high-end serviced villa Cugó Gran, which has just been named Menorca’s only 5 Star Agroturismo. Running 4 times a year in May, June, October and November, it’s designed to tease back into shape your gut’s microbiome – known as your ‘second brain’ – the 1.5 kilos of bacteria we carry around inside us that has been scientifically proven to affect our weight, physical health and emotional and mental wellbeing. There’s nutrition consultatations, Pilates, treatments, superb food and oodles of downtime to enjoy the property. From 2,500 euros for 5 nights double occupancy for all accommodation, food & drink, spa treatments, Pilates instruction, classes and consultations. +34 671 528 958; 2016 retreats run from 7th October and from 11th November. 

Do family friendly yoga in Portugal (runs 16-22 October) 

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Designed by the delightful yoga teacher Francesca Quaradeghini of Yogoloji, Fire and Flow Retreat is a week-long holiday with decent Jivamukti yoga classes with Ana Muriel and gentler yoga and mediation classes with Francesca. It’s ideal for parents who want to bring their children, for little ones have their very own programme of yoga, horse riding, nature walks and surfing to keep them occupied too. I’ve known Fran for years, she’s a super teacher and a woman full of integrity. The pared-back venue in the Algarve is set in its own forest, with views out to the distant Atlantic ocean and its own stables too. From £994 per person sharing a double room.

Beautify yourself in Venice (November)

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The gloriously elegant spa hotel Aman Venice will host a 4 night ‘Healing Art of Beauty’ retreat with holistic beauty and health pioneer Susan Ciminelli 27 November – 1 December 2016. Renowned for her holistic approach to skincare, Susan will share her beauty and nutrition secrets through private consultations, talks and treatments, and collaborate with the chefs at Aman Venice to create delicious bespoke meals for her guests. The retreat will also run 4 – 8 December 2016, 5 – 12 March 2017 and 12 – 16 March 2017 (from 1635 euros pp per night.

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Voted by The Sunday Telegraph’s Stella magazine as one of their ‘Top 10 Health and Wellbeing websites’, Queen of Retreats is the leading healthy travel website for honest, independent reviews of spas, retreats and healthy holidays of all kinds worldwide. Caroline also offers a Retreat Concierge service to help you find a retreat that suits you –  for details drop her a line here.

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