As Jingle Bells fades, bubbly runs dry and suddenly eating seven mince pies and a box of chocolates a day is no longer acceptable, Christmas puts itself back in the cupboard for 12 months and we prepare to 'de-sin' and carry out those New Year resolutions – cue Google frenzy for fitness retreats, cleansing juice, yoga sessions and wellness spas.
New walking holidays for 2017, The North Down Way
Self-guided walking experts, Load off Your Back have launched their latest choice of holidays for 2017. Appealing to all levels of fitness, rambling or ambling, clients can tailor make their own walking holidays to suit their specific needs, with luggage taken on to the next overnight stop ready for arrival. The 2017 programme includes The North Downs Way – A walk tailored to suit a range of walking abilities in some of the most beautiful views of the English countryside stretching from Farnham to Canterbury. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the path was opened in 1978 and runs along the ridge of the North Down Hills – partially following the Pilgrims Way where the faithful have followed since 1100AD. A five-day walk covering 60.5 miles costs from £495pp based on two sharing – the walk can be extended up to 123 miles over 11 days (additional costs apply).
Relax with a coastal retreat at the House of Liz Earle Beauty, The West Bay Club & Spa, Isle of Wight
On the island that’s home to the original Liz Earle store, have a fresh start at the House of Liz Earle, a coastal hideaway that became part of The West Bay Club & Spa in September 2016. The interiors have been curated by the Liz Earle Naturally Active team as a home-away-from-home, reflecting their commitment to wellbeing and a gentle and healthy lifestyle. The Island Wellness Spa is a short walk from the house through the gardens, so you can unwind, sleep and be pampered. With over 60 fitness and holistic classes a week, an indoor heated pool for your daily dip, private tennis coaching and 1-2-1 tuition in yoga and Pilates, you’ll enjoy every moment of getting fit. The Country Club also features a West Bay Kids programme and gives visitors a great base from which to explore the whole of the Island. A two-day retreat starts from £398.50 per person and includes a night’s stay in the House of Liz Earle Beauty and select treatments and sessions.
Raw Horizons, yoga, juice and healing break, North Yorkshire
Various 2017 dates including January
Shake off winter with a Raw Horizons Break in North Yorkshire. Combine a diet of gourmet raw food or cleansing juice with private 1:1 life coaching and yoga sessions. In between, soak in the hot tub, sweat in the sauna and relax with a spa treatment or a good book in the library at Split Farthing Hall. The 3-night retreat costs from £575 for a shared twin room including all freshly prepared juices; mid-morning yoga & meditation to harmonise body and mind; an afternoon energy workshop to help rebalance and calm you; use of the infra-red sauna and outdoor hot tub and pick-up & drop-off at the local train station (if required). Retreat dates are currently available in January and March.
Get fit with Fitfarm on a women only course, Dorset
Britain’s longest running fitness retreat takes a holistic approach to weight loss, with UK sites in Worcestershire, Dorset, Derbyshire and London. January dates are still available in Dorset, near Shaftesbury. The surrounding landscape makes for a wonderfully peaceful location set amongst 65 acres of privately owned land with guests staying in four-star accommodation in converted barns. The three-night women’s only retreat (longer dates are available) includes nutritional advice and an exercise plan taking advantage of the beautiful landscapes with outdoor and indoor activities, from salsa to resistance training in the woods and everything in between. Prices include all meals and activities and start from £599 per person for three nights based on one person shared occupancy in a twin en-suite on a course commencing 27 January.
Mindfulness for beginners retreat, Sharpham House, Devon
6 – 9 January 2017 (other dates available)
The Sharpham Trust’s retreats aim to help you to incorporate mindfulness into everyday life. The Mindfulness for Beginner’s Retreat teaches guests to appreciate and be mindful of the natural world in a setting of wild, beautiful countryside of south-west England. Other retreats include Creative Writing & Nature or even singing. The three-night beginners retreat costs from £315 pp including accommodation in a Grade II listed house set in a Capability Brown-designed landscape with stunning views over the steeply-wooded River Dart; full-board (healthy and vegetarian); three daily guided meditation sessions both indoors and outdoors, and optional yoga with periods of silence to help strengthen the practice. There will also be question-and-answer sessions and guidance in bringing mindfulness, compassion, joy and equanimity into daily life.
Detox and venture into the wild at Great Langdale Campsite, Cumbria
Open year-round hardy campers can start the New Year getting back to basics in the great outdoors. Complete with double glazing and sheep wool insulation in the walls, the cosy camping pods will keep you warm but are still rustic enough to feel like camping. The campsite nestles below the towering Langdale Pikes, in one of the best walking and climbing areas in the Lake District. There is lots to see and do in the valley, and should the weather turn nasty, you can retreat to the cosy warmth of their pub, Sticklebarn. Heating and lighting are provided in the pods – great for cold nights. A standard pod starts at £35 per night.
Four days New Year Meditation Yoga Retreat in working eco-community, Oxfordshire
Enjoy a deeply nourishing few days of yoga and wellbeing at this working eco-community with sheep, chickens, a walled vegetable garden and an ancient orchard. As well as traditional Hatha yoga sessions to nurture the mind, daily activities include peaceful nature walks and silent meditation. The winter months can be a treat at the manor house as you have the beauty of log fires to curl up with a book or have a chat over a cup of tea, as well as inspiring cinema and chanting in the evenings. Prices are from £395 per person, including three night’s accommodation and wholesome vegetarian meals.
Prices correct on publication.Last modified: June 10, 2021