They say you can’t have your cake and eat it too, but that’s not strictly true in the wellness world. While we all indulge from time to time, balance is the name of the game and these luxury wellness retreats around the globe make healthy eating a breeze. From plant-based to allergen-sensitive to detoxifying menus, optimising nutrition and food fulfilment is at the centre of these programmes with nutrition seminars and cooking workshops. Have we piqued your appetite? Take a look at this stellar selection of nutritional wellness retreats…
Cal a Vie
The quintessential Californian wellness retreat, the Cal a Vie Health Spa has developed a loyal legion of fans thanks to its intensive wellness programme. The seven-night package offers guests an intimate experience, with just five guests for every member of staff. Packages start from three nights and are inclusive of signature massages, unlimited fitness classes, daily meals, nutritional seminars and cooking demonstrations.
Prices start from US$4,400 | Book now on Compare Retreats
Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat
Gwinganna’s farm-to-table nutritional philosophy means a focus on fresh, organic wholefoods designed to balance blood sugar and aid your body’s ‘natural biochemistry’. Everything is gluten- and dairy-free while other allergies can be accommodated too. The Optimum Wellbeing retreat offers guests three daily meals, access to all scheduled wellness activities, and seminars with wellness experts that help aid a healthy lifestyle once you leave the retreat.
Prices start from US$2,400 | Book now on Compare Retreats
Mountain Trek Fitness Retreat
This all-inclusive hiking retreat in Canada’s famed mountainous terrain offers an escape from the pressures of urban life to those in need of a moment of quiet. Weeklong retreats are inclusive of daily trekking excursions and scheduled lifestyle seminars, including those focused on nutrition. The natural organic detoxifying cuisine helps to balance the body’s microbiome, while the retreat’s educational component is designed to help guests continue to make these positive lifestyle decisions at home.
Prices start from US$5,400 | Book now on Compare Retreats
Health-conscious foodies and those with dietary requirements from veganism to gluten-intolerances will love this luxury wellness resort which boasts one of the most allergen- and diet-friendly kitchens in Asia. The nutritional philosophy here is plant-based, raw vegan living foods, and while it’s available in all of Fivelements retreats, food fanatics should opt for the three-day ‘Cuisine For Life’ programme which includes two training workshops with Fivelements’ team of gourmet raw-food chefs.
Rancho la Puerta
Based in Baja, California, this quaint wellness retreat has been catering to health-focused clientele since opening its doors in the 1940s. Seven-night Natural Healing Process retreats are inclusive of accommodation, body wrap, your choice of facial, relaxing massage, hand and foot massage and more. Retreat cuisine is predominantly plant-based and low in fat, sodium and sugar without compromising on flavour. It also offers weekly seminars on nutrition led by leaders in their fields.
Prices start from US$5,289 | Book now on Compare Retreats
COMO Shambhala Estate
The phrase ‘detox retreat‘ might conjure images of unsatisfying juice cleanses and small, bland meals, but that couldn’t be further from the truth at COMO Shambhala Estate in Bali. The Cleanse Programme, which ranges from three to 14 nights, helps develop wellness from the inside out with a personalised menu designed by the resort’s chefs. Guests will dine on COMO Shambhala’s award-winning cuisine, which you can watch being made at Glow’s open kitchen. From raw salads to rich chocolate desserts, guests can try all these recipes at home with the COMO Shambhala Cuisine cookbook.
All-inclusive resort holidays don’t always have the best reputation, with the fear that quantity of inclusions can mean a compromise on quality; not so at BodyHoliday, an intimate retreat experience on the island of St Lucia. The luxurious, five-star facility offers eight-night, tailor-made retreats based out of Villa Firefly located next to the main hotel. As well as access to BodyHoliday’s scheduled activities and wealth of sporting and leisure facilities, packages are inclusive of accommodation, twice daily yoga sessions, daily yoga or nutritional seminar, a wide range of healthy cuisine to choose from and daily meditation classes. It also includes a personalised cooking class.
Prices start from US$4,830 | Book now on Compare Retreats
Ananda in the Himalayas
This award-winning destination retreat high in the Himalayas is set among a 100-acre estate near the holy town of Rishikesh. Its seven-night Renew retreat is inclusive of accommodation and a wide range of spa inclusions, from a jasmine salt scrub to honey and rose facial to a traditional Tibetan massage. Individual wellness and Ayurveda consultations, fitness testing and nourishing spa cuisine are among its other offerings, while lifestyle seminars and cooking demonstrations round out a week of wellness.
Prices start from US$6,720 | Book now on Compare Retreats