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Combining wellness with luxury travel: how to find the best places to stay

Yoga vacations, healing holidays, detox breaks… wellness tourism is here to stay. With such a plethora of options available, undoubtedly the hardest part about combining wellness with luxury travel is finding the right retreat. Yoga, health and wellness retreat specialist Yovada.com collaborates with the most trusted yoga and wellness retreats around the world. Whether your’re after a digital detox in Bali, beachside pampering in Thailand or a restful weekend closer to home, Yovada has come up with ten tips for finding the perfect break. Wellness concierge  Even if you’re a seasoned spa seeker and know where you’d like to go, booking via a personal concierge service can be a great choice. A good concierge can offer a much more tailored approach to your personal requirements for a more exclusive experience. Beautiful surroundings Whether it’s detox, yoga, meditation, Ayurveda or any other retreat, the idea of a wellness break is to appreciate the world’s beauty while honouring yourself. Whatever your escape, surround yourself with beauty. Yovada’s portfolio includes luxury properties that are as beautiful indoors as they are out, from a retreat embraced in the arms of a quartz mountain in Costa Rica, to a Balinese hideaway nestled within a private organic valley. Location, location, location While your concierge should be able to guide you, consider your destination carefully. With its energising rain forests, sweeping paddy fields and enchanting temples, Ubud in Bali has become a world renowned wellness hub. Meanwhile Puntarenas in Costa Rica is a great choice for holidaymakers looking to combine a health-focused break with some of the best surfing in the world. The world is your oyster. Trust in a name When booking, look for trusted names, qualified experts and be sure to check independent reviews. Yovada collaborates with the most trusted wellness retreats. Their luxury wellness centres include the iconic Ananda Spa in the Himalayas, as well as lesser known boutique retreats, all featuring qualified experts in often very specialised fields. Booking process Booking the perfect yoga or wellness retreat should be easy and stress-free. On Yovada you can easily search, browse, compare and book retreats worldwide instantly. Yovada guarantees that the price cannot be beaten and if you need to cancel they offer a free cancellation policy. Personal goals Determine your personal goals. Yovada likes to challenge clients to step out of their comfort zone. Whether it’s welcoming the sensational ease after a challenging yoga class, or appreciating the calm release following a peaceful meditation, theirr retreats stay with their clients long after the journey home. From a 60-day lifestyle change programme in Koh Samui, to weekend spa pampering in Europe, Yovada offers something for every goal. Experts at every level When booking a wellness break, look for experts at every layer of the organisation. It’s not just about the yoga teachers, but the whole staff network should be aligned in a holistic approach for your wellbeing. Yovada’s team has explored the world practicing yoga as students and teachers. Their individual skills and experience bring them unique qualities, and they are all truly passionate about the wellness sector. Especially for you The options for a wellness retreat have never been so great, so look for highly specialized retreats which will suit your personal needs. From Ayurveda panchakarma detox in India to healing spas in Bali, Yovada offers a huge portfolio of different breaks to cater to the most specific of requirements. Facilities As well as scenic beauty and ambience, consider the facilities. Cutting edge detox centres, ocean fronted yoga pavilions, martial arts training grounds, infinity relaxation pools… their luxury health retreats feature some of the most decadent, and well equipped spas in the world. Try something new While the benefits of yoga and personal wellness are timeless, the range of retreats worldwide has never been so great. It would be a shame not to take advantage. Why not experiment with some surf lessons alongside your usual spa holiday? Or try a raw food diet detox? Book a one-to-one specialist health consultation. Yovada features only trusted centres, so clients can try new properties and retreats safe in the knowledge that they’ll be in very safe hands. Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Yovada.com

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Daily Telegraph.

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  1. In our hectic modern lives, it is far too easy, to forget to look after ourselves. Not only are we busy but our long working hours and sedentary lifestyles create a lot of stresses and strains on the body. Combining Wellness and travel is definitely the way ahead, especially if you are staying in luxury.

    1. Very true, Lorraine… ever since I got a Fitbit, I realised just how sedentary you can be some days if your job involves working at a desk or a computer. It’s a good job we have a dog, as it at least gets me out and about a little bit each day!!

  2. A wellness concierge would be a great help. Someone to advise you about all the treatments on offer and what they actually are would be brilliant. Also as I found out last week it can be difficult keeping track of all your appointments.

    1. Yes, I think it is helpful just for the guidance and advice. There are so many different plans and treatments out there nowadays that can be a little bit of a minefield. And everyone has a different focus so it can be helpful to have some expert guidance that’s tailored specifically to you.

  3. My friends think that I am the most unlikely of converts to Wellness but when I had an assessment at a Wellness resort I got some nasty surprises. To be honest the 60 day Yovada lifestyle change programme was really what I needed as I required a complete change of attitude and approach just to make sure that I was looking at a future lifestyle at all.

    1. Yes, very easy to get stuck in the rut of our daily lives and forget about looking after ourselves. I know someone who worked in a very high-powered job who eventually just ended up taking time out to go on a wellness retreat as it was completely non-sustainable. Sometimes you really need to be able to take a step back.

  4. You are absolutely right about being moved out and beyond your comfort zone. I have often had doubts and reservations about some wellness treatments. I am always surprised at how many of them I really enjoy when I’ve tried something new and different.

  5. You write that it is experts at every level. In fact, it is more than that. One thing that I have often found at Wellness places is that the staff are often global. They’ve honed their skills by working all over the world perhaps a few years at a resort in the Indian Ocean, then perhaps Italy, then maybe Thailand etc etc.

    They’ve picked up valuable knowledge on their career path and if it’s not a treatment where silence is required then they are often fascinating people to talk to with many tales to tell.

  6. I’m definitely considering going on a yoga retreat. I feel like it’s so good to have a just a week or so off, including being off my phone etc. These days we’re so busy that we tend to forget to take time for ourselves. A retreat could really help with that I think.

  7. I have visited many hugely different Spa facilities throughout the world and I have learnt that standards vary hugely. I’ve had some very disappointing experiences, sometimes costing ridiculous sums of money but I have learnt from the bad ones. There is a real need for Yovada throughout the world. When you travel you need to be able to trust a brand name do that you know what you will be getting.

    1. Can you recommend a few quality retreats that you have visited and maybe mention the ones to veer away from. Thank you.

  8. From my experience in trying to make changes to my lifestyle I have decided that I have got more chance of success when I make those changes away from home and family. When you are at home diet, exercise and wellness routines are always going to slip to the bottom of the day’s agenda. I think that I have more chance of developing a wellness mindset when I am at a hotel where all of the staff are on my side and at a place where everything is designed to make a better self. Over a week or two you’ve got a chance of acquiring new good habits.

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