When it comes to wellness, it’s time to head alfresco.
The Healing House at the Londolozi camp in South Africa’s Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve focuses on living in harmony with nature, which can mean anything from having a massage or Reiki session on your private deck to taking a yoga class on a platform suspended from a 500-year-old ebony tree – all while you watch the passing wildlife. ( Just don’t forget to book a safari.)
From 21,212 AED per person for four nights, Londolozi.com.
Among The Olive Groves
The Fùre programme from the Borgo Egnazia hotel’s Vair Spa uses the Puglian landscape and nearby Adriatic for its outdoor activities, including olive-tree climbing and runs along the coast. (NB: head to the spa to enjoy back-to-basics wellness treatments based on ancient Puglian rituals.)
From 7,480 AED per person for four nights, Borgoegnazia.com
Cross-country skiing has been proven to be a mood booster, improve sleep quality and, if practised regularly, help you live longer. The Rosa Alpina luxury hotel and spa in Italy now offers a version dubbed Mindful Skiing. It’s the perfect way to combine an upper body workout with all the peace and tranquility that the snowy peaks of the Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage site, have to offer.
From 12,245 AED for five nights, Rosalpina.it.
For something a little less energetic but equally beneficial, there is the Underwater Dream Massage at Huvafen Fushi’s unique underwater spa in the Maldives. Here, you can experience the serene world beneath the Indian Ocean without having to don diving gear.
From 4,780 AED per night, Huvafenfushi.com.
Into The Woods
With its luxury chalets and treehouses (each with a private sauna) set lakeside and within a forest, the Forest Therapy at San Luis in Italy’s Avelengo Plateau aims to restore balance to your mind and body. Take part in barefoot walking, lake swimming and peaceful hiking.
From 1,156 AED per person, per night, Sanluis-hotel.com.