While trading turkey dinners and Christmas hams for 6am cardio and a detox menu might not sound very jolly, there’s a lot to be said for retreating over the festive season. Starting the New Year on the right note is just one of the perks, while the long holiday period is often a great opportunity to travel to far-flung places on an adventure of restoration and self-care. We’ve put together a list of our favourite destinations to retreat to this Christmas, from warm winters to cosy cabins to (nearly) everything in between.
This beautiful resort on the Spanish island of Marbella boasts a relaxed atmosphere, luxurious accommodation and all manner of spa and fitness activities for those in search of a healthy holiday this festive season. The Marbella Club’s team of professionals can recommend a programme suited to your needs to help you make the most of your time away. A four-night signature Mediterranean Lifestyle retreat is inclusive of a 90-minute lifestyle and nutrition consultation, a personalised massage, facial, salt scrub and body wrap, among other relaxing spa treatments.
Prices start from US$1,845| Book now on Compare Retreats
REVĪVŌ Wellness Resort
In the Nusa Dua region of Bali, this new, boutique wellness resort has relaxation at its very core. While the resort offers plenty of focused detox, sleep, fitness and mindfulness programmes, guests looking for a luxurious Christmas with a health-conscious twist can enjoy a two-night getaway. As a special bonus for guests staying over the 24th or 25th of December, guests can enjoy a special Christmas Eve Dinner, Christmas Day Brunch, and roundtrip airport transfers, in addition to daily mindfulness activities. If a little R&R is what you’re after, look no further than a quick getaway at REVĪVŌ.
Prices start from US$470 per night for one, or US$560 per night for two | Book now on Compare Retreats
If you’d like to really earn that turkey dinner (and all the trimmings), head to Cal-a-Vie for a pre-Christmas fitness special. The seven-night Celebration Package runs from November 24th to December 22nd, and includes accommodation, three daily meals, unlimited fitness classes and full access to nutritional lectures and cooking demos. You’ll be given a full fitness evaluation on day one by one of Cal-a-Vie’s expert team, to help guide you on your weeklong journey to a faster, fitter you. Of course, it’s not all work(out) and no play—you’ll be able to enjoy 16 spa therapies, from almost-daily massages to seaweed wraps to hand and feet pampering.
Prices start from US$8,950 for the Celebration Package | Book now on Compare Retreats
The Farm at San Benito
If you’re looking to kick-start your ‘new year, new you’ goal early, a gentle Christmas detox may be the best way to get started. The Farm atSan Benito is a boutique wellness resort surrounded by lush vegetation in The Philippines. Its seven-night Detox and Cleanse retreats include a stay in your choice of nine different room and villa grades, a specially crafted nutritional menu or detox substitutes, access to scheduled yoga, meditation, aerobics, boot camp, callisthenics, cooking classes and more. Guests also benefit from relaxing massages, spa treatments and hydrotherapies during their stay.
Prices start from US$3,185 | Book now on Compare Retreats
This ultra-boutique Bill Bensley-designed resort is donating 1% of all revenue from bookings on its site for stays throughout December to eco-initiative Trash Hero Indonesia, to support its Trash Hero Kid programme and Learning Centre. As if the feel-good factor of this luxury tented retreat—which was sustainably built without felling a single tree—wasn’t enough, there are also bespoke treatments available at the Auriga Spa, movement classes like yoga, Pilates, TRX and barre, and exclusive jungle adventures like trekking and biking.
Rooms start from US$685 per night | capellahotels.com
If you’ve been feeling stressed at work and on the verge of burning out, there’s no better time to relax and renew your energy sources before the start of a new year. Kamalaya—a luxurious health-focused resort on the Thai island of Koh Samui—offers guests the chance to do just that with its five-night Relax and Revive retreat. Packages are inclusive of accommodation, three meals per day either a la carte or on the resort’s specially designed detoxifying menu, a wellness consultation on arrival and on completion of the retreat. It also includes an oil massage, hand and foot massage, Thai massage and a traditional Taoist abdominal massage.
Prices start from US$2,119 | Book now on Compare Retreats
Get off the beaten track to the island resort favoured by royals and celebs alike for its utter seclusion. Nestled between the azure coastline and tropical verdure of Moyo Island, Amanwana provides a nature immersion for those looking to snorkel among crystal-clear coral reefs and trek through undisturbed rainforests. The full-board four-night Nature Experience is inclusive of accommodation, all meals, non-motorised sports and daily wellness activities like spa treatments, guided tours and active excursions.
Prices start from US$2,723| Book now on Compare Retreats
This award-winning spa and health resort is a boutique haven for those in search of some much-needed R&R. With just 54 rooms each designed with traditional Thai architectural features include sea views or spacious outdoor terraces. Five-night Wellbeing Retreats are inclusive of accommodation, a personalised health and wellness consultation, complimentary body and skin analyses, p to eight daily fitness and leisure activities and a daily spa treatment during your stay.
Prices start from US$3,720 | Book now on Compare Retreats
The Byron at Byron Bay
If the idea of a winter wonderland retreat doesn’t quite tick your holiday boxes, then a southern hemisphere summer may be just what you need. The Byron at Byron—a luxury property overlooking the iconic Byron Bay area—offers guests the best the region has to offer, from local organic produce to time spent embracing the beauty of your surroundings. A four-night Relax and Retreat package includes accommodation, daily breakfast, a 90-minute massage, hour-long private meditation or yoga class, daily yoga and a $150 spa voucher to use at your leisure.
Prices start from US$1,712 | Book now on Compare Retreats
Ananda in the Himalayas
Nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, this award-winning health spa resort is set among a 100-acre Maharaja’s Palace Estate. Known for integrating yoga into its wider health philosophies, its seven-night Ayurvedic Rejuvenation retreat is inclusive of a staggering 19 spa inclusions—from personalised yoga sessions to detoxifying Ayurvedic experiences. It also includes an Ayurvedic consultation, fitness and body analyses, nutritious spa cuisine, daily scheduled yoga, meditation and fitness classes, guided treks and more.
Prices start from US$6,720 | Book now on Compare Retreats
Known for its proximity to stunning ski slopes, Alpina Gstaad is a luxury property in the Swiss Alps. Its on-site Six Senses spa offers guests numerous relaxing and rejuvenating treatments after a day well spent outdoors. Fusing Eastern and Western healing philosophies, the spa boasts a traditional Hammam, offers contemporary treatments including colour therapies and hydrotherapy treatments, and boasts an exclusive, intimate ‘Ladies Only’ area. There are also daily scheduled yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi classes open to guests.
Price available on request | thealpinagstaad.ch
This holistic health resort and spa is located in the historic Greek UNESCO heritage town of Mystras. Drawing upon ancient Greek and Chinese approaches to healing, its aim is to help guests unwind from the pressures of modern life and to reconnect with themselves and with nature, to reach a state of ‘Euphoria’. The five-night Spartan Spirit of Adventure Retreat includes a nutritional analysis, wellness consultation and a wide range of group classes including cycling, HIIT and hiking sessions. It also includes a Byzantine Hammam experience, deep tissue or cupping class, foot massage, group meditation and more.
Prices start from US$1,817 | euphoriaretreat.com