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Give Your Body A New Year Break

outhern Ocean Lodge Kangaroo Island

The festivities are finally over and there is a high chance that your resolve to not overindulge last year may have once again crumbled in the midst of all the merrymaking. To make amends with your body, book yourself a spot in one of these luxury health retreats for a week or weekend of rest and recovery in January.


Southern Ocean Lodge 


Image credit: Southern Ocean Lodge


Where: Kangaroo Island, Australia (also known as Australia’s Galapagos)

For women who: Want to be surrounded by the raw beauty of Australia’s landscape

Why you should book a stay:

  1. Suites with floor to ceiling glass windows that offer a magnificent view of the wild Southern Ocean and lush wilderness
  2. A spa menu featuring a selection of traditional and modern treatments, and a locally made product range that includes Kangaroo Island harvested mineral salt
  3. A restaurant with an organic menu that evolves according to the changing surroundings and the availability of fresh produce and seafood
  4. A luxury signature itinerary of selected guided island excursions into the island natural settings


Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat 


Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat


Where: Queensland, Australia

For women who: Want to feel a million miles away from home in their own backyard

Why you should book a stay:

  1. Daily wellness seminars by qualified speakers
  2. Specialised complementary healthcare practitioners to guide you in designing a lifestyle plan
  3. Outdoor treatment rooms on an elevated deck that over looks the spa garden
  4. Restrictions on caffeinated drinks, alcohol and outside food
  5. Low-tech environment – Internet access is limited and the use of mobile phones is restricted to guest rooms


Como Shambala Estate 


Como Shambala Estate


Where: Bali, Indonesia

For women who: Want understated luxury

Why you should book a stay:

  1. Its location on the side of a mountain in a rainforest with a natural spring with healing properties
  2. Resident experts include a nutritionist, an Ayurvedic doctor and a yoga teacher
  3. It integrates adventure as part of its holistic and comprehensive wellness treatment plans
  4. Winner of the Conde Nast Traveller Readers’ Travel Awards for Best Destination Spa 2015


Harem Escape


Harem Escape Morocco
Image credit: Pierre Laurent Hahn and Daniel Cabezas



Where: Marrakech, Morocco

For women who: Want to indulge while giving back to the community

Why you should book a stay:

  1. An exclusive women-only retreat housed on a secluded, 24-acre estate of a famous artist
  2. 80% of all profits are funneled to a local charity that helps young girls with education and career building
  3. The chef uses local produce that is often harvested from the estate’s gardens to create light organic cuisine with Chinese food therapy and colour themes
  4. None of the spa treatments and classes are at an extra cost to guests
  5. Minimal packing as every guests is given kaftans and babouches to wear throughout your stay


Main image credit: Southern Ocean Lodge

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