Which are the best wellness resorts in Europe? Well, that depends on what it is you’re looking for. But whatever the kind of relaxing holiday you want – from yoga retreat and Ayurveda to detox or a chilled wellness break – Europe can offer it. What’s more, the sun will always be shining somewhere, even in winter. Here, we cover a selection of special European wellness hotels for you:
1. Recharge with yoga and meditation at MasQi - The energy house in Spain
Looking for a unique and relaxing yoga and meditation holiday in Europe? MasQi - the energy house provides all the peace and quiet you need to reconnect with yourself. MasQi sits in the heart of a stunning nature reserve, far removed from the busyness and fast pace of the every-day. At this luxurious yet small and intimate resort (just 8 rooms!), there’s plenty of that peace and quiet to go around. Daily yoga and meditation classes that take place in a spectacular transparent yoga dome, macrobiotic gastronomy and abundant personal attention from owner, Sonia and her team make this a top yoga resort and healing hotel in Europa.
2. Breath-taking design in Euphoria Retreat, Mytras Greece
Euphoria Retreat is simply jaw dropping. The photos tell only half the story; this is definitely one for the bucket list. East meets West and Old meets New at this breathtakingly beautiful resort with giant, gleaming wellness centre. The wellness programme features a combination of Greek medicine and philosophy, traditional Chinese medicine and modern innovations. Arches, vaulted ceilings, mosaics and lots of gold take you back in time to the Byzantine Empire. Here, you’re guaranteed to feel nothing less than euphoric!
3. Spa awards and Michelin-star chef at Borgo Egnazia, Brindisi, Italy
In this part of Italy, the weather remains good until November, making it an ideal destination for an autumn break. And stunning design hotel, Borgo Egnazia is a top wellness destination for a short break. Built in the form of a picturesque Italian village, it barely even resembles a hotel. The Vair Spa has the feel of classical Roman baths, with stone walls and flickering candles. Treatments here are of the highest quality, and the spa has been on the receiving end of various prestigious awards. Good food and Italy go hand-in-hand. You’ll find Italian gastronomy at its best here, where a Michelin-star chef presides over five outstanding restaurants.
4. Wellness in the Swiss Alps, Tschuggen Grand Hotel, Switzerland
Its clean mountain air, overwhelmingly beautiful nature and oceans of open space make Switzerland the perfect wellness destination. And, once you get past the unpronounceable name, the Tschuggen Grand Hotel in the Alps is a 5* beauty bursting with superlatives: you’d struggle to match the beauty of the mountain landscape, unique architecture and design, 5,000m2-design spa built into the hollow of a cave (and designed by leading architect, Mario Botta) and the presentation of the dishes that leave Michelin-star restaurant kitchen. Relaxing has been elevated to an art form here. In winter, come to langlauf or ski the 225 kilometres of pistes. In spring and summer, come and practise your swing at Europe’s highest golf course.
5. Winter sun and adults-only at Melia Hacienda del Conde, Tenerife, Canary Islands
No children to be seen or heard, fresh ocean air, nature and a wellness centre with views over an 18-hole golf course… Meliá Hacienda del Conde exudes luxury and relaxation. The standard rooms are large enough to perform a waltz (or happy dance) in. The resort’s setting is wonderful; far away from the masses, at the foot of a mountain overlooking the sea. And, if you stay out of the wind, you can wear a bikini here even in winter! Daily yoga classes will relieve any tension and clear your mind. At the spa, a hydro jet circuit and skilled therapists will massage your muscles. The ultimate winter break!