Innovative wellness retreats around the world for the body and soul
From emotional healing and a Sleep Concierge, to Crete’s newest wellbeing escape, we have selected the best NEW innovative wellness retreats for a much-needed wellness escape. From a sleep retreat in one of London’s most iconic hotels and new design spa in Crete to emotional healing in the Maldives, there’s no shortage of new and innovative experiences to book.
1. The Sleep Concierge
The Cadogan, A Belmond Hotel, London
Recently reopened and ready to offer guests the best possible staycation, The Cadogan, A Belmond Hotel has joined forces with Harley Street-based esteemed Hypnotherapist and Sleep Expert, Malminder Gill to launch The Sleep Concierge. A brand-new service exclusive to guests at The Cadogan, it includes a sleep-inducing recording by Malminder, available in room via the hotel app, a pillow menu with a choice of luxurious pillows for every need (from anti-aging to pregnancy), the option of a weighted blanket, a bedtime relaxing chamomile infused tea, and a scented pillow mist to support the best possible night sleep. Malminder has also recorded an uplifting morning motivation audio to set guests up for the day ahead.
The Sleep Concierge is a complimentary experience for all guests of The Cadogan, but those willing to learn all the tricks to master the art of sleep can also book a bespoke individual session with Malminder Gill in person, complete with preliminary and follow-up call (£500).
Rooms start from £530 on a B&B basis (https://www.belmond.com/
2. COMO Shambhala Retreat
COMO Castello del Nero, Italy
Italy’s first Asian-inspired wellness experience landed in Tuscany in June 2021, within the walls of the impossibly beautiful COMO Castello del Nero, a striking twelfth-century castle set within a sprawling, 740-acre estate. Bringing COMO’s unique, 30-year mind-body wellness philosophy to Italy, the new COMO Shambhala Retreat will offer a host of holistic treatments – from signature massages to Guinot Facials – accompanied by beauty care and private sessions with world-class experts in yoga, Pilates, and fitness. Treatments are complimented by COMO Shambhala Cuisine; nutritious and balanced dishes curated to boost energy, aid concentration, and nourish the soul.
The new wellbeing sanctuary (1,000sqm) conceived by Milanese interior designer Paola Navone features seven luxurious treatment rooms, sun-drenched yoga and Pilates studios, invigorating thermal suites, a 25m heated outdoor swimming pool, two tennis courts, and an outdoor fitness area. For a top-to-toe wellbeing experience, COMO Shambhala Immersed includes COMO Shambhala Cuisine breakfast and lunch, a revitalising 30-
Rooms start from €340 (approx. £520) on a B&B basis (Comohotels.com/en/
3. Wellness Inspired by Ancient Beauty at New Design Spa
CAYO Exclusive Resort & Spa, Crete
CAYO Exclusive Resort & SPA, which opened for its first full season this week, is Crete’s most stylish new hotel. Perched on its own private swathe of seafront overlooking the charming Elounda Bay, CAYO offers unparalleled access to the island’s tapestry of beaches, historic treasures and hilltop villages – the very landscape that inspired the treatments offered at CAYO’s Armonia Spa. This state-of-the-art relaxation hub takes inspiration from the spiritual, cultural and natural Cretan environment, helping guests disconnect from everyday life and achieve balance between body, mind and spirit.
Ancient Greek women had Aphrodite as their beauty idol (the Goddess of love and beauty) and they cultivated an obsession with wellbeing. The most common products used as basis for their beauty treatments are still used today; salt is used as a natural exfoliant, honey as a healing agent and olive oil as a moisturizer. CAYO Armonia Spa takes these age-old ingredients and applies them using modern, innovative techniques, using them to new potentials. Signature treatments include the Full Body Salt and Olive Oil Scrub, hydrating Aloe Vera Body Mask and Luk Pra Kob, a herbal hot compress massage.
Rooms start from €340 (approx. £310) for a Superior Sea View Room (www.cayoresort.com)
4. NEW Emotional Wellness
Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi
This year, Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi invites wellness seekers to embark on an emotional wellbeing journey led by the gifted reiki master and intuitive energy healer, Shaylini (October 8-28, 2021). Designed for couples, solo travelers, as well as teenagers, Fairmont Maldives’ new wellness experiences focus on removing emotional blockages, rebalancing energy levels, release mental and physical pain, rebuilding connections, healing relationships, and appreciate the power of nature through different balancing, non-invasive techniques.
With guided meditation sessions hosted by Shaylini on the pristine Maldivian beach, to Intuitive Reiki Healing therapy – an alternative treatment that removes anxiety, migraines, digestive issues, and arthritis via body scanning techniques that identify imbalanced energy patterns – Deep Emotional Healing and Chakra Balancing – a practice that replenishes the body’s vitality at a cellular level while enabling the release of depleted energy – this autumn, guests can expect to be transformed and healed in the unique ambience of Fairmont Maldives.
Villas start from £660 on a B&B basis (www.fairmont.com/maldives)
5. Emerald Maldives Resort & SPA
With families accounting for over half of the resort’s total bookings, Emerald Maldives Resort & SPA is the children’s favourite Indian Ocean resort and one of the new Innovative Wellness Retreats. From this summer, little travellers will be as pampered as adults, thanks to the new bespoke menu of spa treatments tailored to younger skin. After a day of exploring the Maldives’ largest Kids’ Club, the new Treat The Little Feet ritual focuses on soothing tired toes, with a nourishing foot soak, scrub and mask, compete with a gentle massage. Tiny travellers with a sweet tooth can enjoy a chocolate clay body wrap, moisturizing sun-kissed skin, or a gentle full-body Mini Me Massage with essential oils.
With the belief that one is never too young to adopt mindfulness, build strength and reconnect with nature, Emerald also offers yoga classes for kids, as part of the Deluxe All-Inclusive offering. Once per week in the lush garden of the Dolphin Kids’ Club, young yogis are invited to have fun while increasing their flexibility, and coordination under the attentive guidance of experienced professionals. The resort’s teachers will design each session including age-appropriate games, animal sounds and creative names for poses.
Villas start from £700 on Deluxe All-Inclusive basis. For more information visit www.emerald-maldives.
6. The World’s Only Exclusive-Use Private Marine Reserve
The world’s only exclusive-use private marine reserve, Thanda Island in Tanzania is one of the ultimate Innovative Wellness Retreats, promising utter relaxation, serenity and fun. Floating carelessly in the Indian Ocean, this tiny ivory and emerald gem gives guests access to a personal marine biologist for ethical diving excursions in the Shungimbili reserve, and offers the most extended range of equipment for watersports: invigorating snorkelling, adrenaline-packed waterskiing, and calming paddle boarding are just some of the activities that the warm island staff can arrange.
On land, the sun-drenched Yoga pavillion awaits yogis of any age, while unlimited wellness treatments – from energetic massages to luxurious facials – can be arranged at any time in the comfort of the breezy villa’s patio. A not-to-be-missed experience is the traditional copper bath, arranged by the team at sunset in the most secluded corner of the island. Immerse yourself in the island copper tub full of lukewarm water scented with aromatic salts and oils, surrounded by flickering candles and with nothing to worry about but the ice-cold cocktail in your hand.
A stay at Thanda Island starts from $45,000 per night (approx £33,000) – www.thandaisland.com)