We’re not promising fast fixes, but if you’re struggling to commit to that new diet or your latest New Year resolution, then a focused weight loss retreat might be the best way to make that new healthy lifestyle stick. These luxury weight loss retreats are results-orientated programmes which provide tangible results and the chance to reset some of the toxic habits that have made that weight so hard to shift in the first place.
The award-winning retreat in Vietnam‘s Nui Chua National Park offers one of Asia’s best weight loss programmes, employing Traditional Chinese Medicine therapies to help guests achieve their ideal weight through an immersive retreat experience. Through rectifying deficiencies in the body and rebalancing a persons ‘qi’ (or life-energy, through hormonal, lymphatic and metabolic systems), the programme at Amanoi guides guests on a wellness journey enable guests to meet their goals. The bespoke retreat includes a specialised menu and programme of spa therapies to boost metabolism and optimise the body’s ability to burn fat. Programmes are recommended for a minimum of seven nights but can be extended at the guests’ request.
At the luxury Kamalaya resort in Koh Samui, Thailand, weight loss retreats run for seven, nine or 14 nights, and focus on helping their guests achieve their ideal weight. With a wellness consultation at the beginning and end of the process, the weight loss programme starts with three personal training sessions each week, a lymphatic drainage treatment, as well as yoga and fitness sessions and complimentary access to the steam room. Alternative holistic therapies including an Asian foot massage and Chinese medicine treatment will aid the healing from within and help you feel rejuvenated.
The beautiful, sprawling estate in the Himalayas uses a unique combination of western wellness and Ayurvedic treatments to promote weight loss. Guests will benefit from consultations from both practitioners, allowing them to focus on gaining control over their daily lives, before learning to apply these skills to their weight management. These are longer retreats (running for a minimum of 14 nights, with the option to extend to 21), which focus on lifestyle counselling, while the fitness testing and ongoing body analyses monitor your results. The choice of daily yoga, pranayama, meditation, fitness classes, cooking demonstrations and guided walks round off this balanced retreat.
One of Europe’s leading medical wellness resorts, Lanserhof Lans in Austria is renowned for its effective detoxing and weight loss retreat programmes. The Lans Med Concept runs for a minimum of seven days, but it’s recommended for a minimum for 14 days to get the most from the experience. The bespoke programme includes private consults with the resort’s naturopathic and medical doctors to design a tailored diet and exercise plan to help you achieve the optimum results.
Detox from the inside out to shed those unwanted pounds at COMO Shambhala’s luxury Ubud estate. In the tranquillity of the Balinese jungle, indulge in a personalised programme designed by COMO’s experts to help you meet your detox goals and ideal weight. Through the nutritious cuisine at GLOW restaurant and a variety of Ayurvedic therapies to help rebalance your doshas, it’s impossible to leave this retreat feeling anything but lighter—both physically and emotionally.
It’s a favourite with Hollywood A-Listers and big-business CEOs alike, and with good reason: this results-orientated fitness retreat will get you fit, fast. It’s probably got a lot to do with their ‘no options’ philosophy, which means when you sign up you’re all-in. A mix of low-impact and HIIT fitness, daily yoga and hiking, a strict calorie-restricted meal plan, and a ban on sugar, alcohol and smoking is what helps guests lose on average 3-6% of their body weight in just one week. The programme can be extended for as long as guests like, so if you’re looking for a no-nonsense retreat to reset some of your unhealthy habits (which is said to take between 21 and 90 days), this is the place to go.
Helping guests overcome the physical and mental barriers to weight loss, The Retreat Palm Dubai offers a personalised programme in the lap of luxury. Located in Dubai’s exclusive The Palm Jumeirah resort area, the luxury hotel is home to the world’s first Rayya Wellness centre. The programme blends science-based tests, holistic spa treatments and daily fitness activities, as well as consultations with naturopathic doctors, nutritionists, wellness coaches, personal trainers and spa therapists to give guests the best all wellness practices to help them on their weight loss journey.
This medical retreat overlooking Italy’s stunning Lake Garda offers guests the chance to reset, detox and find better ways to manage their weight through a programme of detoxifying treatments and private expert consultations. Focused on fixing problematic lifestyle habits like drinking, smoking or poor diet that make weight management more difficult, the retreat can help reduce stress and improve sleep, as well as assisting lose unwanted weight. Hydrotherapy, facials, massages and aromatherapy sessions are all part of the retreat plan: dieting never felt so good.
On Sri Lanka’s south coast, Sen Wellness Sanctuary is nestled in a remote location between the turtle nests on Tangalle Beach and Rekawa Lagoon. This Ayurvedic retreat programme helps guests to achieve their wellness goals with a bespoke schedule of Ayurvedic therapies and twice-daily yoga. Through the clean, nutritious food programme—predominantly vegan, with some fish dishes—guests will find that weight loss and detoxification is a side-effect of most programmes here, even if its not the goal. The remote location means you’ll be free from temptation, but be warned: there’s limited WiFi, no swimming pool, and the beach’s water currents mean no swimming there, either. This is a retreat for introspection, early mornings and early nights, and ideal for anyone seeking silence and a chance to reset away from the rush of city life.
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Editor’s note: This article was first published in April 2019, and updated in January 2020.