There’s no denying the value of a solo retreat. It’s important to take time out from your social relationships to focus on yourself, since it 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 luxury wellness retreats with your BFF…
This article was originally published on July 18, 2018, by Amanda Sheppard and was last updated on September 12, 2022.
In the bright and bustling Seminyak region of Bali, Ocean Soul Retreat offers a women-only programme. Retreat packages can include airport transfer, holistic therapies, 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.
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 Caribbean, The BodyHoliday is one such property. The five-star facility boasts 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. So it’s perfect for a retreat with your best friend.
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. Relaxing retreats seamlessly balance 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 can help you both to unwind.
Situated in the Maharashtra province in India, Atmantan is a wellness resort with a focus on restorative retreat experiences. Its spa programmes make 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.
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 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.