How To (Actually) Achieve Your New Year’s Resolutions in 2019

How To (Actually) Achieve Your New Year’s Resolutions in 2019

If you’re ending the year with the mindset that any long-held ambitions are better left to next year, you’re not alone—you join a legion of hopeful people setting big goals for the year ahead. But if you find yourself making the same resolutions year after year and yet you are still no closer to realising them, it might be time to rethink your approach. We’ve put together a list of the most popular wellness goals, and our dream destinations to go and see them through in, to start you on your merry way.

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Do a (Successful) Detox

With minced pies round every corner and a serious selection of sweets to be found at most Christmas parties, if you aren’t willing to start this in December, we can’t say we blame you. If you’re ready to commit wholeheartedly to dry January, a detoxifying retreat at the warm and welcoming Kamalaya resort in Koh Samui is the perfect place to reboot your body. Its seven-day Comprehensive Detox retreats are inclusive of an initial wellness consultation, two 90-minute massages, a range of herbal remedies and detoxifying supplements, a colonic hydrotherapy session, six infrared sauna sessions, and more, as well as access to the retreats scheduled fitness activities and classes.

Prices start from $4,721 | Book now on Compare Retreats

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Exercise More

New sign-ups and gym memberships tend to soar in January, with healthy hopefuls full of confidence that they’re going to be fighting fit in no time at all. Despite the best of intentions, queues for the treadmill can leave even the most optimistic of athletes feeling defeated. A healthy holiday, on the other hand, provides the perfect excuse to spend a week in paradise while you lengthen, strengthen and tone to your heart’s content. 38ºN hosts a four-night Jump:Start Bootcamp in Ibiza. Retreats are inclusive of breakfasts and lunches, an initial body composition analysis, all workouts and fitness sessions (from HIIT to yoga and Pilates), nutritional workshops and tips on how to take your new-found fitness focus back home and apply it to your daily life.

Prices start from $2,347 | Book now on Compare Retreats

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Lose Weight

Having only opened in March 2018, REVIVO Wellness Resort is still a relative newcomer to the circuit, but it has already developed a strong reputation for its calming ambience and immersive wellness experiences. The resort, based in Bali’s Nusa Dua region, offers a three-day Detox and Organic Weight Loss programme to help rid the body of existing toxins, promote circulation and reduce cellulite. Guests are asked to complete a questionnaire before arriving so that retreats can be tailored accordingly. Retreats are also inclusive of skin and blood tests, accommodation and detoxifying meals, a salt floating session, and up to three daily fitness activities, among others.

Prices start from $2,094 | Book now on Compare Retreats

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Learn a New Hobby

This resolution can—and will—take many forms, depending on your interests. But if you’re looking to learn a skill that helps you stay fit and enables you to travel the world using it, there’s no time like the present to learn to surf. Ocean Soul Retreat in the hipster-chic neighbourhood of Seminyak, offers a yoga-surf women’s retreat that offers five days of sand, sea and surf in a gorgeous luxury villa. With expert tuition, a 2:1 surf instructor to student ration and all your equipment provided, all you need to do is show up.

Prices start from US$3,095 | Book on Compare Retreats today

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Eat Healthier

Looking to curb the cravings for white carbs and simple sugars? A five-day Dynamic Detox Retreat at the Kangaroo Island Health Retreat in Australia’s Emu Bay offers the perfect place to do just that. Retreats begin with a three-day detox, after which nourishing, healthy cuisine is slowly reintroduced. Retreats are inclusive of accommodation in either a single or double room, yoga and Pilates sessions, guided nature walks, nutritional seminars and cooking classes, to help you integrate your learned lessons back into your daily life at home.

Prices start from $1,604 | Book now on Compare Retreats

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Work on Personal Growth

Self-care has been the buzzword of 2018, and rightfully so. Luckily, things don’t look to be changing, with mental health and wellbeing continuing to be integrated into the world of wellness. For those looking to set aside some much-needed (and well deserved) ‘me time’, Miamo Wellness—located north of Cairns—offers just that. The four-night Reconnect for Busy People retreat is structured around passive and active learning sessions and offers up to three months of online support once retreats are complete. Retreats are also inclusive of accommodation, all meals and snacks, and a classic, relaxing massage.

Prices start from $3,182 | Book now on Compare Retreats

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Quit Smoking

Situated on the Spanish coast just 80-minutes from the Valencia Airport, Sha Wellness Clinic is the go-to facility for those looking to put an end to bad habits, once and for all. One of the nastiest habits and one with a low success rate of quitting—smoking—is a focus here. Retreats run for seven days but the clinic recommends a stay of at least 14 days to well and truly quell the craving. Retreats are inclusive of a medical examination, an ‘anti-tobacco kit’, a physical analysis conducted by a personal trainer, two psychotherapy coaching sessions, a relaxing seaweed mud wrap, and more.

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Amanda Sheppard

The former Art & Culture editor at Time Out Hong Kong magazine, Amanda is a freelance lifestyle writer based in Asia's world city. Amanda grew up in Asia, loves hiking, stand up paddle boarding, and a day well spent outdoors. Her last holiday sunrise trekking along Indonesian volcanic landscapes gave her a taste of the healthy holiday bug, and she’s been on the lookout for her next great adventure ever since.

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