We’ve hand-plucked a cornucopia of health retreats for you from the thousands of UK health and detox weekend retreats online, chosen because we think they’ve definitely got the muscle to get us all feeling physically, mentally and spiritually marvellous.
From surf and yoga retreats in Devon to forest bathing retreats in Cornwall, there’s plenty to choose from. So pack your wholemeal flip-flops, snap your chat to ‘laters’ and go nurture yourself – we’ll meet you by the yoga barn.
YOGA RETREATS UK
1. Yoga and Paddleboarding Weekends | Cornwall, Somerset & New Forest
COST: £485PP | VARIOUS DATES
Wild swimming in the New Forest, wilderness walks in Cornwall, SUP yoga in Somerset and mountain hikes in the Lake District – all balanced with daily yoga and meditation. Yes, The Wild Times is the place to go for if you want to restore and rewild yourself amongst all the elements.
The Wild Times yoga and paddleboarding retreats run over long weekends in the UK all year round, led by their brilliant adventurer and founder, Jenny, and her specially-selected Wild Times’ partners. Every retreat combines yoga, mediation and SUP boarding with a number of other activities, such as wild swimming or forest bathing – and even surprise guests!
You stay in carefully chosen accommodation and enjoy nutritious, plant-based meals throughout your stay. If you’d like to head further afield, The Wild Times also runs yoga and paddleboarding retreats in Morocco and The Alps.
Includes: The Wild Times detox weekends include a range of restorative activities including daily meditation, breathwork and yoga practice. You can also try your hand at paddleboarding and cold water swimming, and many of the retreats also include hiking in beautiful locations.
2. Summer Yoga Retreat, Suffolk
COST: £295PP | FRIDAY – SUNDAY | 11th – 13 AUGUST 2023
Tucked into nature (with cornfields, reed beds and marshes at the end of the road), Toad Hall Lodges is a quiet, intimate Suffolk glamping site where you can blow away the 9 – 5. And thanks to the on-site yoga studio and fitness space, retreating to detox your soul is entirely possible.
This summer, Toad Hall Lodges are running a fabulous yoga retreat called the Asana Sessions – a South Korean infused mix of Vinyasa flow, sunrise swimming and meditation, and a sauna and ice bath experience. Korean brunch hampers keep you fully charged throughout and you stay in a charming luxury mini lodges.
Included: 2 nights stay, all meals and drinks, Yin-Yan Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, and sauna and ice bath experience. Group discounts available. To find out more or book email firstname.lastname@example.org
What to pack:
Padded yoga mat – Get one here
Yoga socks – Get them here
Discover more: Toad Hall Lodges
3. Forest Yoga and Wellness Retreat, Cornwall
COST: £675PP | VARIOUS DATES
Magical is one word to describe Cabilla Retreats in Cornwall. Enchanting is another. Because this wellness retreat is set in a special place amongst privately-owned ancient woodland and beautiful wild spaces, close to Bodmin Moor in Cornwall.
Throughout the year, Cabilla run a variety of health retreats from their peaceful Cornwall base – including an Autumn Equinox and Summer Equinox retreats. Guests stay in one of the gorgeous Koyts, set in a peaceful glade near the wellness barns, and sleep soundly underneath one of the UK’s only dark sky environments. The facilities on site are contemporary and immaculate; a lot of thought and expense has gone into making your time here unforgettable.
Included: a range of restorative activities including daily meditation and yoga practice. Wild bathing in woodland pools. Forest bathing and sound healing. Wildlife walks through the owner’s temperate rainforest. And plant-based meals and homemade refreshments.
What to pack:
Stretchy yoga pants – Get them here
Yoga bra – Get one here
Discover more: Cabilla
SPA RETREATS UK
4. Luxury Spa Weekend, Cornwall
COST: From £910 (based on two adults sharing a sea-facing Just Right room) | 2 nights
The Scarlet Hotel in Cornwall takes luxury spa retreat to a whole new drool-fest level. Classing itself as an ‘environmentally sensitive’ hotel, it’s won many gongs for its sustainable luxury.
Very well-deserved they are, too. Five-stars doesn’t even cut it when you see the curved wooden walls and the floor-to-ceiling windows revealing gobsmacking views of the beach.
Inside, 37 rooms – all with sea-views – Michelin-starred food, and an Ayurvedic-inspired spa awaits.
Speaking of which: tented treatment rooms, cliff-top hot tub, retreat terrace, morning and evening yoga classes, indoor and outdoor pool, plus your own mysteriously-titled, totally bespoke ‘Scarlet Journey’ – it’s all yours to enjoy on a 3 or 4 night spa break.
Go on, blow the budget – The Scarlet is a detox retreat worth every penny.
Includes: B&B; Dinner on 2 nights; full use of spa; 4hr tailored Scarlet Journey programme; relaxation tips to take home.
What to bring:
Weekend holdall – Get one here
Bikini set – Get yours here
Discover more: Scarlet Hotel
5. Historical Spa Weekend, Bath
COST: From £184PP | 2 nights
Bath is one of the world’s greatest known spa cities and was voted as the world’s favourite British spa destination by TripAdvisor. So a detox retreat in Bath for a weekend is a must.
The Bath Thermae is a day Spa mixing beautiful new architecture with historic buildings. It is also the original and only natural thermal spa in Britain.
The Royal Hotel in Bath offers a couple of weekend wellness retreat packages in partnership with Bath Thermae, but the Classic spa retreat package is the most affordable in my view.
Includes Three-hour weekday session* or a two-hour weekend session, 2 night’s accommodation in a standard double or twin room, breakfast both mornings with a wide choice of healthy options, Champagne afternoon tea – scones, jam and clotted cream, tea with a refreshing glass of champagne after your visit to the Spa.
Don’t miss: When in the city, add a fabulous food tour of Bath with Savouring Bath to your must-do list
What to bring:
Cosy slippers – Get some here
Sarong – Get one here
Discover more: The Royal Hotel
6. Sunday Sleepover Weekend, Northampton
COST: From £350 | MON – FRID
Homefield Grange in Rushton Northampton is not your average kind of spa. It’s a 5-star experience designed so you can utterly retreat from the outside world and nurture yourself from the inside out.
We arrived late one Sunday afternoon after a long drive, but as we drove gently into the carpark, fields unrolling beside us and the beautiful honeyed walls of the converted farmhouse retreat just to our right, we instantly felt the stress of the motorway melting from our bodies.
Warmly welcomed, we were checked in to our twin room – elegant, luxurious, it was clear that not a penny had been spared with the decor or furnishings.
Our snow-white robe and towels were waiting, as was complimentary sleep mist by the side of our beds, individual schedules of events and treatments, and a map of the spa – with instructions on how to use all its facilities for maximum health benefits.
The spa itself was one of the best I’ve been to. Every inch has been designed to be of use to your body: magnetic loungers to ease muscles, deeply relaxing water beds to cocoon yourself in darkness and peace, infra-red benches to work goodness into your core, a herbal sauna for dry-heat bliss, a salt steam room, aroma showers, ice trough, infinity hydro pool.
It is a spa lover’s heaven, without doubt. And all of this is beautifully and ergonomically wrapped in a Scandinavian stone, slate and cedar-wood design
You will easily lose yourself to Cloud Nine in the spa, but if you can tear yourself away the treatments on offer at Homefield Grange are just as special.
We enjoyed the Top-to-Toe treatment, which is complimentary as part of the Sunday Sleepover Package, as we’ll as a Rasul Ritual with Full Body Massage for two. Both were excellent – the therapists were well-mannered, polite, and respectful and the treatment rooms were perfectly peaceful and private. You won’t hear a pin drop, but you will hear your soul breathe a very large sigh of relief.
That night, we dinned on freshly-made Miso soup (all the food, drinks and juices here are made in the Homefield Health Kitchen) and we slept like doormice.
We woke the next day desperate not to leave. But leave we had to, but only after we’d roused our bodies with yoga, collected our Homefield Grange Goody Bag, and given the owner a huge hug for creating a very special, warm, nourishing spa and wellness retreat.
Includes: All juices, foods, motivational health talks and movies, exercise classes, full use of the grounds and spa, Nordic Walking, Top-to-Toe Therapy, and one-nights’ accommodation.
What to pack:
Walking shoes – Get some here
Swimsuit – Get one here
7. Wild Swimming Weekend, Wales
COST: £588 (Twin room, shared) | Frid – Sun
Get set to make a big splash into healthy living with this incredible UK fitness retreat with The Zest Life Retreats. Your base? Plas Cadnant, a stylish, secluded country house on the Isle of Anglesey.
From here, you’ll head out to some of North Wales’ most beautiful wild swimming locations where you’ll dive into the crisp, clear waters under the expert supervision of experienced wild swimmers. All levels of ability are welcome and all equipment is provided.
Afterwards, warm up with a herbal tea and wholesome cake, whilst listening to waves lapping against the shore before heading back to the 21-acres of private parkland that you can call home for the weekend.
Alongside the swimming, there are a variety of yoga sessions, ranging from more challenging sessions in the morning to more relaxing, meditative sessions in the evening. And, of course, every day is filled with healthy, detoxing, delicious meals.
Includes: 2 nights’ luxury accommodation with shared bathroom; twice daily yoga and meditation instruction; 2 guided wild swims; wholesome breakfast, nutritious lunch and vegetarian dinner. Unlimited fruit, tea, coffee, and fruit water.
What to pack: Swimming cap – Get yours here | Wild swimming book – Get it here
8. Steve Cram Running Weekend, Nottinghamshire
COST: £560 (Standard room) | Frid – Sun
If up want to take your running to a whole new level – or you just want to get out there and run with the best – then Steve Cram’s Training Camps are for you. As one of the UK’s most well-known sporting individuals, with a glittering career in British middle distance running, Steve has a wealth of experience and knowledge to share with anyone interest in the sport.
He set up Stever Cram Training Camps to give all types of runner the chance to learn from his team’s experiences as runners, coaches and physios. The camps bring you together with like-minded people with a love for running. So whether you’re running a full marathon or a 10km, this fitness retreat can help.
The weekend camps take place in runner-friendly venues, giving you the chance to get away from your regular running routes and inject some new variety and enthusiasm into your training. There are also day tickets available if you don’t want to stay.
Includes: All meals, complimentary sports massage, Steve Cram Training Camp NIKE Kit Package (worth £200), accommodation, professional talks by nutritionists, strength coaches and physios, evening entertainment.
Healthy Retreats UK
9. Sugar Detox Retreat, Somerset
COST: From £2750 (Twin Room PP) | Frid – Frid
If you’re ready to say ‘goodbye’ to the white stuff forever, then this 5-day women-only UK detox retreat will hit your sweet spot. Your detox is held in Somerset in a beautiful wooden house, surrounded by 3 acres of farmland.
Each day comes with a carefully-structured programme of activities, including group behaviour, NLP workshops, hypnotherapy and cookery. There’s also a complimentary body treatment and plenty of time for R&R or swimming in the on-site pool.
Includes: pre- and post-detox support; between 4- 6 hours activities per day, group behaviour, hypnotherapy and cookery workshop, 1 complimentary body treatment; ensuite accommodation with power shower or bath, luxury bedding, bath robes and towels, all meals and snacks and drinks prepared to your dietary requirements.
What to pack:
Case Against Sugar Book – Get it here
Comfy Slipper Socks – Get them here
Discover more: The Body Retreat
10. Juice Fast Detox, Sussex
COST: £1199 (Twin Sharing Room PP) | Mon – Frid
This detox retreat pivots around the idea of rebooting your health and vitality with a juice programme. It takes place in the beautiful Sussex town of Arundel in a converted barn.
Run Platinum Healing, the retreat is said by the organisers to “awaken the body’s powerful cleansing and healing abilities, helping to cure and prevent disease, restore health, balance emotions and prolong life.”
As well as the juice programme, you can add additional therapies to your detox, including 2-4 yoga classes daily, meditation sessions, NLP, medicinal herbalism and acupuncture.
Includes: All juices, talks, therapies, classes, supplements, full use of the grounds and swimming pool, and accommodation.
What to pack:
Workout leggings – Get yours here
Book of Juices – Get it here
Discover more: Platinum Healing
General Wellness Retreats UK
12. Eco-treehouse, Wales
COST: £379 (for two people) | 2 nights
This slice of high-living heaven comes to you from Living-Room – a remote self-catering forested detox retreat where you take up a weekend’s residence in one of six state-of-the-art eco-pod style treehouses, 30 feet up in the tree canopy.
Each treehouse blends beautifully into the thick branches of the trees; as charming and quaint as a Hobbit’s home with a rope bridge, spiral wooden staircase and striped-branches balustrade to complete the picture.
Come here and forget the world you know: there’s no electricity so light is au natural – lanterns, tea lights, and lamps. As for comfort, be in no doubt, you won’t find finer: luxurious double beds, wood burners, and thick insulation mean escaping to Living-Room all year round is possible.
Who needs yoga classes when there are babbling streams nearby and whirling red kites overhead? Let nature be your teacher.
Includes: treehouse accommodation; fully-equipped kitchen; logs for wood burner; eco hair and body wash; all linen.
What to pack:
Living Naturally Shampoo Bar – Get one here
Eco-friendly toiletry bag – Get it here
Discover more: Living Room
13. Gypsy Caravan Weekend, Scottish Borders
COST: From £270 (2 people) | Fri – Sun
Recharge, rejuvenate, restore – for that, there’s this: Roulotte Retreat. It’s an über-romantic Scottish escape where home is a exquisite Romany caravan (known as a roulotte in France) and your neighbours are the sounds, smells and earthly pleasures of a 3-acre wild meadow near the Eildon Hills. Choose from six French roulottes and one Dutch roulotte, individually named with their own quirks and character and unique interiors.
In Rosa Bella you’re bedazzled by deep jewel colours reminiscent of the Orient Express. Step inside Karlotta and seduction comes with exotic Moroccan vibes.
Whilst Gitana enchants her guests with hidden fairies, butterflies and leaping hares – and if that’s not temptation enough, this saucy mistress also boasts a Japanese-style eco hot tub if you’d like to bubble cares away under the stars. There’s even the choice of adding yoga classes, massage and beauty treatments to your weekend break.
Includes: All roulottes come with kitchen with Baby Belling cooker, fridge, kettle, toaster and kitchen utensils; showers, toilets and washroom facilities; all bed linen and towels provided; wood burning stoves; electric sockets; outside garden furniture.
What to pack:
Joules Wellies – Get them here
Base layers – Get some here
Discover more: Roulotte Retreat
Surf Retreats UK
14. Surf & Food Weekend, Devon
COST: From £300pp | 2 – 3 nights
In the beautiful North Devon countryside, you’ll find the wonderful Swell Yoga – run by Elly, a yoga and meditation teacher, and Nikita, a chef who specialises in gluten free, plant-based, gut healing foods. Together, Nikita and Elly run a range of spring, summer and winter surf, food and yoga retreats over 2 or 3 days.
All weekends include delicious vegan food, and energising yoga and surf – all you need to bring is your sense of adventure. The accommodation options change depending on the retreats and the time of year, but all options are comfortable and cosy. During the summer, Swell Yoga run glamping weekend retreats where guests stay in bell tents. In the winter, Swell Yoga heads indoors to a special retreat centre in North Devon, based in a beautiful farmhouse surrounded by five acres of North Devon farmland.
Includes: daily yoga classes, surf lessons, guided coastal walks, healthy vegan food, accommodation.
15. Surf & Yoga Retreat Weekend, Cornwall
COST: £424 (shared twin/double room) | 2 nights
Founded by Surf Sistas, which runs women-only surf holidays in the UK and abroad, this ingenious weekend wellness retreat – called All The Good Things – mixes yoga and surf with wild swimming, foraging, Polaroid photography, hiking and wine tasting.
On arrival you’re loaned a Polaroid camera for the weekend and have to pick a word from a hat. Under the expert guidance of professional photographer, Kate Czuczman, you’re encouraged to capture each word you picked in a relevant shot. The hilarious, brilliant and inspired results are displayed in your base for the weekend: a beautiful contemporary two-storey eco-lodge at The Park in Mawgan Porth.
It’s here you bond with the rest of your soul-seeking companions and enjoy blissfully good food. On the Saturday night your dinner is made and delivered by local food and wine expert Debbie Warner, formerly a sommelier at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall.
Yoga comes in the mornings and early evenings, taught by the retreat’s co-host, Hayley Johns, and surf’s up on Saturday morning, followed by beach foraging in the afternoon. Sunday it’s back to the beach for swimming or more surfing before you head home laden with good things: new friends, inner calm, and a salt-kissed soul.
Includes: healthy wholesome breakfasts and evening meals; wine-tasting evening with a sommelier from Jamie Oliver’s local Fifteen restaurant; 4 or 5 yoga classes; surf lesson; foraging afternoon; Beach & Wild polaroid photography project; beach hikes and wild swims (wetsuits provided).
What to pack: Dry bag and waterproof phone case – Get it here | Wet suit boots – Get some here
Discover more: Surf Sistas
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Diana Beamish on 2019-07-30 15:18:41