There’s no denying the value of a solo retreat – taking time out from your social relationships to focus on yourself can help you re-evaluate priorities, reawaken old passions and revive the senses. But there are also times when you need your sidekick in tow. Your best friend is there to see you through thick and thin, but also to celebrate the great moments. So why not travel in style with your partner in crime? These are our top picks for retreat destinations with your BFF…
In the bright and bustling Seminyak region of Bali, Ocean Soul Retreat offers a women-only programme. The seven-day Wellness Retreat for Women retreat is inclusive of airport transfer, four holistic therapies, six yoga sessions and various wellness workshops and seminars throughout your stay. It also includes a nutritionally balanced wholefood menu. The best part? You and your best friend can relive the memories and cure the post-holiday blues by looking through photos – the retreat provides a digital archive of images taken throughout your stay as a keepsake.
From US$2,295 per person | Book Ocean Soul retreats on Compare Retreats today
If you and your friend are active adventurers, an all-inclusive resort retreat is more than likely to float your boat. On the island of St Lucia in the Carribean, The BodyHoliday is one such property. The five-star facility boasts, among other facilities, three freshwater pools, exclusive access to Cariblue Beach, a state of the art gym, and multiple tennis courts. It also offers guests hydrotherapy, golf, boxing, sailing and fencing sessions, as well as a seemingly endless range of spa treatments – perfect for a retreat with your best friend.
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If you and your best friend have a taste for the finer things in life, opt for a stay at the REVĪVŌ Wellness Resort in Nusa Dua, on the island of Bali. The ‘Destress & Relax’ retreat seamlessly balances stress relief and luxury. Offering retreats that vary between three and 14 nights in duration, guests can indulge in foot massages, meditation, yoga, tai chi and seaweed wraps, among other pampering sessions. A range of herbal and crystal therapies is offered to truly help unwind.
Prices for 3-night stays from US$2,094 | Find out more details about REVĪVŌ Wellness Resort retreats on Compare Retreats now
Situated in the Maharashtra province in India, Atmantan is a wellness resort with a focus on restorative retreat experiences. Its Spa Life programme, which runs for either three, five or seven nights, is the perfect retreat for friends. Daily inclusions include massages, nourishing spa cuisine, and your choice of fitness activities (including yoga, spinning and the aptly-named ‘laughter therapy’). With the aim of regenerating mind, body and soul, this is an experience best shared.
Prices for 5-night retreats begin from US$2,790 | Book a retreat at Atmantan today on Compare Retreats
If you and your best friend like a retreat experience in the great outdoors, Aro Ha’s Winter Wellness programmes will suit you to a tee. The six-day, five-night programmes take place at the luxurious eco-conscious wellness resort in Glenorchy, New Zealand. With scheduled hikes in world heritage parks, a range of functional training programmes, meditation sessions and restful spa treatments, you and your best friend would be hard-pressed not to enjoy yourselves and leave with clear heads and uplifted spirits.