Holidays That Heal

05/12/2014 15:19 | Updated 20 May 2015

Feeling a bit broken? These five healthy breaks are guaranteed to fix you.

Alder Balance

A ravishingly beautiful spa in a picturesque spot at the foothills of the Italian Dolomites, the venerable Adler Balance applies the detox principles of the Austrian physician FX Mayr to give worn out socialites, celebrities, sports stars and entrepreneurs full body MOTs. Don't be deceived by the sumptuous surroundings and the well-stocked wine cellar; the Adler Balance prides itself on being a scrupulously scientific medi-spa and this is a detox for people who demand serious results.

The weeklong Detox Package at Adler Balance costs £1,200 and includes all meals, treatments and a comprehensive health analysis.


This brilliantly enjoyable five-day programme is part yoga retreat (lessons by Mercedes Ngoh Sieff, one of the UK's leading Vinyassa Flow yoga instructors), part hiking adventure (two-three hours brisk coastal hiking a day), part bootcamp (add core work, tai chi, Pilates and strength training for a balanced workout) and part detox (with a carefully tailored but utterly delicious organic menu). Digs are stylish, in a beautifully converted farmhouse meticulously concocted by interior designer co-owner Simon. You leave clearheaded, fitter, lighter and glowing, but this is one of the few detoxes that also feels like a proper holiday.

The Yeotox by Yeotown costs £1,870 all inclusive.

juicy oasis portugal

The irrepressible and inspiring Jason Vale pioneered the first juice detoxes, and his residential retreats are still amongst the best. Past retreats were at a rotating series of pop-up venues, but Jason recently opened his first 19-room boutique retreat and spa, the Juicy Oasis, in the Portuguese forest. You live on juices and smoothies alone, but variety is endless and the many activities on offer (swimming, hiking, yoga, fitness sessions) keeps things fresh. You'll leave feeling like a whole new person - a thinner, fitter, nicer person, to be precise.

A seven-day package at the Juicy Oasis starts at £845 per person.


Wildfitness have made their name by offering transformative, original and intelligently conceived outdoor fitness holidays in inspirational, beautiful destinations, like Zanzibar, Crete and (yes) the Isle of Wight. Their brilliant three-day Energizer package at the rambling old manor of Northcourt offers outdoors skills workshops alongside a varied roster of training sessions to keep your mind and body engaged and challenged. You'll never look at a conventional bootcamp again.

The Wildfitness three-day Energizer starts at £725 per person, all inclusive.

The Body Holiday

If you want to get fit and healthy almost by accident, this pioneering luxury hotel is your best bet. With everything from archery to scuba diving to spinning and Pilates on offer you'll keep your body busy, and the amazing spa offers Reiki, sports massages and allergy testing to give your mind and spirit an overhaul. Throw in a healthy but delicious menu and glorious weather that ensure you want to be out stand-up paddle-boarding into the sunset, and you've got a fun winter sun destination that will sneakily make you healthy on the sly.

Stays at The Body Holiday start at £244 per person per night, inclusive. Kuoni currently offers seven nights all-inclusive including flights with Virgin Atlantic from Gatwick from £2,008 per person.

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