Yoga, spas, meditation and more: 10 of the best UK retreats for 2023 – The Guardian
Hotel getaways, various locations
Seven of Warner’s country house hotels offer wellness breaks once or twice a year, with sunrise and sunset yoga, meditation and mindfulness, qigong and pilates, sound baths and health seminars. The retreats include access to the spa, pool and gym and have nightly live music. Locations are the newly renovated Heythrop Park in Oxfordshire, Bodelwyddan Castle in Denbighshire, Nidd Hall in North Yorkshire, Thoresby Hall in Nottinghamshire, Cricket St Thomas in Somerset, Littlecote House in Berkshire and Studley Castle in Warwickshire (pictured).
From £404.25 for three nights, next retreat 10 February (Studley Castle), warnerleisurehotels.co.uk
Guests hand in their phones on arrival at the Digital Detox retreat held in a beautiful manor house near Penrith, just outside the Lake District national park, and don’t get them back until they leave. (Don’t worry, there’s a landline for emergencies.) The property, which dates back to the 14th century, is the ideal place to switch off from the modern world, without forgoing comforts such as four-poster beds, roll-top baths and log fires. The food is plant-based and there are five yoga classes, suitable for everyone, and lots of time in nature, from garden strolls to fell walks in the Lakes.
From £495 for three nights, 10-13 November, reclaimyourself.co.uk
Outdoor adventure, Monmouthshire
Guests get back to nature on this Wild Wellness retreat, staying in Persian alachigh tents (similar to yurts) in three acres of semi-ancient woodland in Llanvair-Discoed, near Chepstow. Days are filled with outdoor yoga, paddleboarding on the Wye (even yoga on paddleboards, pictured) and foraging walks. Nights are spent around the campfire: cooking, toasting marshmallows, listening to Welsh storytellers and stargazing. No experience of the activities is needed and, like on most retreats, solo travellers are very welcome. The only prerequisite is that participants are happy to spend most of their time outdoors.
From £630 for three nights, adventuretoursuk.com
Beach break, Cornwall
Cold-water therapies are all the rage, thanks to the popularity of “the Iceman” Wim Hof. His disciples – and the cold-curious – can take the plunge on a three-day retreat at Three Mile Beach in Gwithian Towans, St Ives Bay. The Wim Hof Method workshop involves alternating between an ice-filled oak barrel and a cedar-wood sauna, followed by a sound bath on the beach and a yin yoga class. The break also features a two-hour surfing lesson and a three-hour coasteering session. Accommodation is a beach house with a chill-banishing log burner, hot tub and barbecue.