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The Best Wellness Holidays

Wellness holidays are set to be a popular choice in 2024 are there are some great options and offers around if you do your research and book early (if you can!). 

Here’s our round-up of the Best Wellness Holidays for 2024 from luxury family resorts with serene spas, to stylish adult only hotels with palm-shaded pools and a resident DJ. 

IKOS, Greece and Spain

Luxury hotel brand IKOS is an uber-luxury player with wellness at its heart. With hotels sprinkled across the Mediterranean, the group has recently opened its latest addition, Porto Petro, on the southeast coast of Mallorca.

Epitomising the brand’s ‘Unconditional Luxury’ ethos, IKOS Porto Petro is all-inclusive and features an exclusive Anne Semonin spa with an impressive five indoor and outdoor pools. Not to mention a calming wellness space with a thermal suite and well-equipped gym. And the unlimited luxury proposition comes no pesky wristband to cramp your style.

IKOS’s trademark luxury accommodation includes its Deluxe collection where, as well as having access to your own beach area and pool, you get two complimentary massages per room.  Show-stopping ‘cliff-hanging’ suites with their own pools and sea views are due to open soon, promising to take the luxury to the next level – literally!

There are five à la carte restaurants within the resort that cater to pretty much every taste. The fact that everything in the spa and throughout the resort is brand new adds to the feeling of luxury, and the location is equally impressive, sitting between two sandy coves overlooking the Med.

If you’re more a Greek seeker than a Balearic beach hankerer, the equally shiny and new IKOS Odisia in Corfu has ten different pools, with a separate one for children, and it also has a sleek Anne Semonin spa.

Sani Resort, Greece

The Sani Resort in Halkidiki in mainland Greece offers stylish accommodation and top-notch wellness facilities across its five hotels along the Kassandra Peninsula: Sani Beach, Sani Club, Porto Sani, Sani Dunes and Sani Asterias.

The five hotels within the stylish resort have been designed to suit different audiences, from couples to families, beach lovers to pool fans. Each has a different vibe while offering a consistent level of luxury and plenty of wellbeing options.

There are various Packages available, from all inclusive to half board, and stays can be tailored to your group’s needs and budget. Rooms are sleek, restaurant cuisines varied, and the turquoise pools are as inviting as the crystal waters that lap the golden sands of the nearby beach.

We recommend wellness fans head to Porto Sani with its brand-new Spa Suite – especially if you’re holidaying with younger children. With a large indoor pool and thermal facilities that include a steam room, sauna, ice fountain and cosy couple’s cabin, there are plenty of relaxing places where you can escape the midday sun. Kick back on the recliners, enjoy the experience showers and chill out under the ice bucket shower.  The spa has six treatment rooms where you can enjoy a full range of luxury face and body treatments by top-end Parisian brand Ann Semonin. You’ll also have access to several indoor and outdoor gyms within the resort, plus yoga, and various fitness and personal training sessions.

Irrespective of your choice of Sani hotel, you’ll have access to the whole resort which only takes about ten minutes to cross (less if you jump in the free shuttle).

OKU, Ibiza and Kos

OKU Hotels is another contender if you’re looking to re-energise or recuperate.  Offering a stylish, young-at-heart holiday that combines pool cool with (at least the potential for!) a healthy holiday lifestyle, OKU specialises in offering wellness-focussed all inclusive holidays with a laidback luxury vibe.

We recently checked out OKU’s adult only Ibiza boho-chic outpost near Cala Gracio on the southwest coast of Ibiza, and loved relaxing by the supersized outdoor pool with a cocktail while the resident DJ bathed us in chill-out tunes.

Rooms, which include swim-up options, all exude laid-back minimalist cool.  While the spa isn’t huge, the serene wellness space offers a good range of treatments, including relaxing massages by OTO CBD. There’s a stylish well-equipped gym and personal training, and one-to-one yoga sessions are also available. Free morning yoga classes are included, followed by fresh DIY breakfast bowls to help set you up for the day in a deliciously healthy way before you head to the pool.

Or, you can venture a little further into the sun to OKU Kos, another adults-only boutique hotel in the Greek isles. With two pools – a palm-fringed outdoor one surrounded by day beds and parasols, and the peaceful indoor pool – the spa has a hammam and gym and offers spa treatments with a local flavour, using aromatic local herbs and olive oil. Rooms are simply furnished and calming, with warm wood, rattan and crisp cotton bedding. Sunsets are peachy and best viewed with one of OKU’s cracking cocktails in hand.

Mandarin Oriental, Costa Navarina, Greece

Mandarin Oriental’s first Greek property is a wellness seekers’ paradise set on the beachfront in the Navarino Bay resort on the southwest coast of Greece’s Peloponnese peninsula. Less than a hot hour from Kalamata Airport, the resort has an impressive 48 pool villas with sunny terraces and sea views which cascade down to the glistening waters of the Ionian Sea. Its endless sea views and rich sunsets make it a great choice for a summer wellness retreat.

There are bars and restaurants aplenty along with an extensive spa and fitness complex with a 25-metre indoor pool, heat experiences and treatment rooms offering Mandarin Oriental’s signature Wellness therapies. 

Botanic Health Spa, Antwerp

For something a little different, Antwerp’s Botanic Health Spa is a Destination Spa with a difference, housed in a 12th century Monastery.

Set over three floors the spa’s located in a botanical garden and has plant-based wellness at its core, with an emphasis on sustainability. Natural materials have been used throughout, and the whole place has an organic feel. Treatments include ‘monastic medicine’ and you can choose whether to stay at the hotel, visit as a day guest, or book on to one of the restorative retreats. 

There’s a serene 18m panoramic swimming pool with a glass roof, plenty of comfortable places to relax, a steam room, Finnish sauna with herbal infusions, ice fountain and a bistro serving healthy refreshments. There’s also a herb and vitamin bar, eight treatment rooms, including two doubles, and a well-equipped gym with hi tech wellness kit to complement the natural elements.

 

We’ve only just started to include overseas wellness and will be adding to this round-up over the coming weeks and months so please come back soon.

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