Every now and then, your body is in need of a little good old-fashioned pampering. While there’s a time and a place for a fighting fit, rigorous boot camp, there’s also always room for a treat. And sometimes it’s even possible to have both. These luxury retreats in Europe offer five-star facilities, fitness programmes and relaxing spa treatments. So they leave guests feeling revived and ready to face whatever comes their way…
This article was originally published on July 5, 2018, by Amanda Sheppard and was last updated on September 16, 2022.
This exclusive wellness centre on the Spanish coast offers destress and detox spa retreat programmes. Guests’ stays are inclusive of personal guided yoga sessions, nutritional consultations both on arrival and departure, and a de-stressing ritual, among other relaxing wellness activities and treatments. So, this is one of the top luxury retreats in Europe that aims to reverse the damage caused by daily stress and emotional disruptors and pressures.
Lefay Resort & Spa
Since opening in 2009, Lefay Resort and Spa on Italy’s stunning Lake Garda has been revolutionising Europe’s luxury wellness scene. Voted in the top 10 spas in the world by the Traveller’s World Awards, and Condè Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards “Top 30 Resorts in Europe”, you can rest assured you’re getting excellent service in a world-class luxe environment. Meanwhile it offers holistic wellness programmes aimed to help you reset with spa therapies and the latest in wellness technology. So this is the perfect place for a solo trip to recentre yourself.
Situated in Malaga in the heart of Andalucian Spain, Shanti Som is a wellbeing retreat unlike any other. Those looking for luxury need look no further; Retreats are inclusive of nutritional weight loss cuisine, yoga classes, guided walks, fitness training sessions and Pilates, as well as body wraps and massages. In keeping with the air of exclusivity and the spirit of a retreat, guests are also encouraged to digitally detox, with WiFi only available in rooms.
Clinique La Prairie
One of the perils of city living is the havoc it can wreak on your sleeping habits. If you’re stretching the purse strings for a truly luxurious spa retreat, opt for one that settles you into a nice, long slumber. Enter Clinique La Prairie. The Swiss wellness centre opened its doors in 1931 and has integrated medical and holistic approaches to wellness to treat an array of sleep disorders and ailments. Its immersive sleep programmes include consultations with neurologists and ENTs as well as psychological evaluations, helping you understand how sleep can be affected by diet, exercise, and other aspects of your daily life.
Castel Monastero Resort & Spa
Nestled deep in the Tuscan hills, this wellness centre offers guests the chance to engage with nature. With daily walks and outdoor fitness sessions, plus scheduled therapeutic yoga classes, energising massages and a mud detox, among other treatments, this natural and gentle approach to weight loss is perfect for those looking to start their journey back to optimal health with a slow and steady approach (plus a few relaxing spa treatments thrown in, for good measure). It’s no wonder this is one of the top luxury wellness retreats in Europe.