Many of us are looking for rejuvenating UK wellness retreats this summer. Whether it’s due to uncertainty over Brexit or for environmental reasons, there are many benefits to staying on home soil.
Choosing wellness retreats in the UK certainly fits in with the new Make Holidays Greener campaign from ABTA, the leading association of travel agents and tour operators. Aiming to encourage us to be more environmentally aware this summer, participants can select from 15 pledges, including carbon offsetting and eating and drinking locally, with the chance to win a GoPro camera. Here’s our pick of the best UK wellness retreats for summer 2017:
Four nights from £889pp twin share, £1139 single room including juice detox programme, all classes and workshops. 14-18 August and 18-24 September 2017.
Chillout Retreats at Champneys, Liphook, Hampshire
Set in a former hunting lodge surrounded by enchanting woodland and a peaceful lake, Chillout Retreats experts have teamed up with Champneys’ luxurious Hampshire retreat to offer yoga, Pilates, meditation, life coaching and workshops as part of an exclusive spa retreat package.
£425pp twin share with ensuite bathroom; £497pp single ensuite room full board including classes, workshops and use of spa and relaxation facilities. Excludes spa treatments. Available from 18-20 August and 8-10 December 2017.
Aluna Healing Retreats, Dartmoor, Devon
From the tranquility of a manor house surrounded by forest and ancient rocks and sacred sites, these highly spiritual retreats are centred around cleansing and transforming through yoga, meditation, detoxification and spiritual practice. Find renewed energy and strength also from reconnecting with nature.
£820pp twin share or double, £920 single, including juices, classes and activities. Excludes optional detox kits, massage and transfers. Available from 1-7 September 2017 or private booking for your own tailored solo-retreat.
Yoga and Raw Food in Yorkshire
Raw Horizons offer women-only retreats at Split Farthing Hall, an 18th-century refuge close to the Yorkshire Dales. Led by Dr Claire Maguire, PhD whose holistic approach combines wellbeing coaching, yoga, meditation and delicious raw food using recipes from her book ‘Fresh and Sophisticated – The Art of Radiant Eating’. Expect possible life changing results. Also enjoy the hot tub, views and walks.
Three nights cost £575pp twin share, £695 single, full board including yoga, energy rebalancing workshops and transfers. Come to Thirsk, near York, just over two hours by train from London, Manchester or Edinburgh. Juice Detox Retreats from 1-4 and 15-18 August, or Healthily Happy Retreats from 20-25 August and 17-22 September, or Yoga and Relaxation 22-24 September 2017.
Now you have all you need to book one of the best UK wellness retreats this summer that not only helps you but the environment too. Please read our Top Ten Green Travel Tips for more information.
Jo Fernandez is a leading UK travel journalist, with much of her career spent working for the London Evening Standard where she was Travel Editor until 2015.
Now a freelance travel journalist and copywriter, she lives in Essex and has one daughter. As a travel expert, she still enjoys jetting off to write travel pieces, with favourite destinations including Mexico, Croatia and, of course, Essex.
Lead photo courtesy of Raw Horizons in Yorkshire, UK.