The beginning of a new year is the perfect opportunity to rebalance and recharge. If you want to make 2022 the year you put your health and wellbeing front and centre, start things off right with a visit to a wellness retreat. We’ve rounded up some of the best in the world, from a Cotswolds sanctuary with a local ethos to a tropical escape in the Maldives. Some are focused on food and nutrition, others on fitness, others still on meditation and mindfulness. But all are designed to improve your health – mind, body and soul.
We’ve also included a collection of homes around the world with exceptional personal wellness facilities, from swimming pools to hammams to gyms, so you can carry on the healthy habits at home.
Bamford Haybarn Spa, Cotswolds, UK
You may know the Daylesford name through its London food stores, but this is the Cotswolds mothership, rooted on the farm where the Bamford family have been championing organic farming since the 1980s. It’s not so much a farm as a way of life, with the ethos of healthy soil, zero-mile ingredients and nutritious food permeating through the cottages, hotel and restaurant that followed in its wake, all scented by lemon thyme, lavender and chamomile. The spa, with its sculptural tree roots in the lobby, has a serene aura about it, inviting residential and day guests to make use of a recently opened herbal steam room, crystal sauna and wellness pool. There are all sorts of classes and workshops, from sound healing to breath work, with yoga curated by Vettri Selvan (an accomplished guru Carole Bamford met in India) while a Harley Street psychotherapist conducts anxiety-banishing sessions using crystal healing. Afterwards, there are healthy farm-to-fork plates such as buckwheat wraps with ewe’s curd and sweet potato, and invigorating walks around the market garden and fields. It’s all presented with enthusiasm and passion – little wonder that outposts continue to seed and sprout, from London’s Berkeley Hotel to onboard the Belmond Royal Scotsman, as well as in New York (a favourite with Claudia Schiffer). bamford.com
Treatment to book The jade hot- and cold-stone massage is Carole Bamford’s go-to therapy – a beguilingly subtle treatment that has a long-lasting effect.