The world’s best retreats to help beat anxiety and depression

It can be hard to clear your head at home, even when you take time out from work. Sometimes you need to get away from reality for a few days to completely escape your worries, and embarking on a luxurious retreat is a great way to alleviate stress.

Here you can discover our pick of the world’s best retreats to beat anxiety and depression. Take a break at one of the following relaxing retreats, in truly luxurious locations, and help improve your health and wellbeing.

A personalised programme in India

The infamous Vana Malsi Estate in India is the perfect place to improve your health and wellbeing. Design a personalised programme to suit your individual needs, following a detailed consultation with one of the resident doctors, and begin your healing process.

Your retreat at Vana will include wellbeing activities, such as meditation and yoga, as well as prescribed treatments that draw on Ayurvedic, Tibetan and Chinese medicine, making it the ultimate escape for those seeking a life-changing wellness retreat.

An anti-stress programme in Spain

Head to Spain’s SHA Wellness clinic for an experience that aims to help you enjoy a better quality of life going forward.

The clinic offers an Anti-Stress programme that delves into health issues, providing a general medical examination upon arrival followed by consultations from a wealth of experts. A personalised plan will be implemented, focusing on diet and exercise, promoting a healthy lifestyle for a healthier mind.

Set in an environment that concentrates on creating and maintaining healthy habits, this programme works wonders for improving wellbeing and helping to combat anxiety and depression.

A tension release programme in Thailand

Thailand’s Chiva Som, a lavish five-star wellness resort, is the place to go if you’re looking for a programme that focuses on a holistic approach to wellness. The Tension Release programme offered here aims to help you escape tension-causing routines and discover inner peace.

Begin your stay with a consultation that indicates the cause of your tension build up, as well as uncover ways to potentially resolve it. The programme also offers a nutritional consultation, so you can learn how your diet might be affecting your health.

Featuring holistic treatments to help reduce tension, as well as activities that will boost your energy and diminish fatigue, the Tension Release programme at Chiva-Som enables you to get on track to long-term tension release.

A relax and renew programme in Thailand

Another Thai gem that focuses on wellness is the Relax and Renew programme at Kamalaya, an award-winning sanctuary in Koh Samui.

The programme aims to relax people and renew their energy, providing holistic treatments and alternative medicine, as well as a range of activities that can help clear the mind. For a relaxing holiday that’s personalised to your needs, look no further than the Relax and Renew programme at Kamalaya, the one-stop place to de-stress.

An Ayurveda relax & feel good retreat in Austria

In the heart of the Austrian Alps, you’ll find Ayurveda Resort Sonnhof, a retreat you won’t be able to resist if you’re looking to completely unwind and revitalise. From Ayurvedic massages and scrubs to yoga and meditation activities, you’ll leave this resort feeling pampered and relaxed; with the clear mind you need to deal with daily stresses.

A getaway to the Ayurveda Resort Sonnhof is just what you need to feel completely revitalised.

Frances Geoghegan is CEO at Healing Holidays. Healing Holidays is an award-winning tour operator, specialising in spa and wellness escapes.

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