Just because summer is over, it doesn’t mean your chance to indulge is. Say hello to cosy fall retreats. Because let’s be real, as fun as summer is, it’s pretty exhausting. And a week of wellbeing is the ultimate antidote.
Rather than battling a morning hangover, picture yourself waking up in your very own luxury cabin overlooking lush green gardens before setting off for your first meditation session – or sipping on Moroccan mint tea before heading to the hammam. Tempting isn’t it?
To help you make it a reality, MILLE has rounded up five of the best holistic retreats to book this fall.
The Garden Spa at Babylonstoren, South Africa
South Africa might not be the first place to come to mind when it comes to wellness – but its stunning landscapes actually make it the perfect location for a relaxing trip surrounded by nature. And the Garden Spa at Babylonstoren is bound to be your new go-to. Sitting in the midst of a bamboo forest is the Cape-Dutch designed hotel, surrounded by a fruit and vegetable garden that dates back all the way to 1692. But it’s the hotel’s spa that’s the ultimate sell: a beautiful all-marble hammam where you can enjoy their water ritual with a traditional scrub or a hydrating body-wrap.
Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort, Oman
With a philosophy stemming from ancient Sanskrit origins. The hotel’s spa is known for its holistic treatments, but there’s nothing more magical than their Slumber Guru experience, an in-room ritual that starts off with a cleansing bath infused with essential oils followed by a relaxing massage, designed to enhance your sleep quality and make you wake up more invigorated than ever.
Kamalaya Koh Samui, Thailand
There’s nothing that will help you disconnect more than jetting off somewhere far away from home, and Thailand is always a good idea, especially with a stay at Kamalaya Koh Samui. Situated on Koh Samui’s serene south coast, Kamalaya comes with its own ancient meditation cave – and that’s just one reason why Buddhist monks have been going there for centuries. The resort is home to two swimming pools, swim cabins, yoga studios and mediation halls. They’ve even got their own team of Ayurvedic doctors, acupuncturists, and yoga gurus on hand.
Al Maha Luxury Desert Resort and Spa, UAE
Aside from being completely secluded in the Middle Eastern desert, Al Maha sets itself apart with its spa treatments that draw from cultures around the world. Here you can enjoy Asian aromatherapy practices, Middle Eastern beauty treatments, or hydrotherapy.
La Maison Arabe, Morocco
Just 10 minutes away from the bustling Djemaa El Fnaa, this little luxury resort is tucked away in the heart of the Medina and might be Marrakech’s best-kept secret. You’ll find yourself floating in its heated pool surrounded by lush gardens, or in the spa enjoying a three-hour-long hammam.