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Best health and wellness retreats in Europe in 2024

Simon Calder’s Travel

The reasons to take a breather from day-to-day life and hit a wellness retreat are manifold. Perhaps you feel a little tired all the time. Maybe you find you don’t feel as inspired, as vital as once you were. Possibly you need some time alone to find a new direction or to make a big decision.

And, sure, a holiday in the traditional sense might offer opportunities to explore, reset and contemplate, but a wellness retreat, where you turn over your routine or diet or preconceptions (and sometimes all of the above) to another to organise, is designed to do so thoroughly.

The idea of these retreats is to make a shift, whether physical or mental, to return to your daily life post-trip with the motivation to make permanent changes.

They do this in various ways, depending on where you go, and through different disciplines and philosophies. This may be doctor-led retreats in Austria, regeneration in a Italian farmhouse, or a diet overhaul at an English countryside escape.

There are plenty of hotels, spas and retreats across Europe that claim to offer you the best in relaxation and restortation, but the thing that the ones below have in common is that they deliver, every time.

Mayrlife, Austria

The resort is located directly on Lake Altaussee


The focus here is to holistically return you to feeling your best through a range of methods. It’s doctor-led, so expect to have a daily check-in to ascertain that the diet, treatments and early bedtimes are doing what they ought to do to your body. The doctors here espouse the virtues of nature, too, so you’ll be encouraged to go for daily walks around picturesque Lake Altaussee.

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Goodwood, England

A quintessentially English countryside escape


Spearheaded by Dr Stephanie Moore, who has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the workings of the body and how best to encourage greater health by installing salubrious habits, these retreats involve being treated to healthy meals, educational sessions, and plenty of treatments.

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Shine Regeneration Retreat, Italy

Combine the romance of the Tuscan hills with a healthy diet

(Shine holistic)

The setting for this retreat? A Tuscan farmhouse in the rolling Italian countryside of your dreams. During the seven days of this Regeneration Retreat you’ll be welcomed into a familial atmosphere, sharing the nutritionist-overseen meals…

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