As most of us are probably still suffering from post-Christmas exhaustion, and everyone is rushing to join a gym this month, and, following on from my recent blog post about weight gain and personal goals for the year, I am writing about wellness today. Or, more specifically, about the top wellness destinations to visit in Europe.

 

‘Wellness – the state of being in good health, especially as an actively pursued goal.’

 

I like the sound of that, actively pursuing the state of being well, and it’s going to be one of my main focuses for 2018. Wholeheartedly becoming aware of, and making choices towards, a healthy and fulfilling life… at least that’s the aim. We all know how life has a habit of testing us, but I’m a big believer in having a positive mindset as much as I can, and everything else will fall into place.

 

Sometimes, however, a little assistance is required, and that’s where specific wellness-orientated retreats really come into their own. Where you can hop on private plane and escape the humdrum of everyday life to relax and feel restored. Some may see it as an indulgence, but it’s often a necessary safety valve considering the world we now live in. Just imagine, handing yourself over to a range of experts to be guided through a range of treatments and therapies all with the aim to soothe your mind, body and soul. Bliss.

 

Here are three European wellness destinations that are at the top of my list:

 

AdventureYogi – Santorini, Greece

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This caught my eye for a couple of reasons. Firstly, I’ve never been to Santorini and every time I see photos of the whitewashed buildings against the blue sea, I feel the need to drop everything, charter a private jet with Air Charter Service (ACS), and immerse myself in the beauty of the Mediterranean. Not to mention AdventureYogi proclaim not to take themselves too seriously and I want a wellness retreat to be fun, as well as relaxing. You also get to spend a day on a yacht, eating and drinking, so there is that.

 

Eff It Retreats – Italy

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I have to declare an interest here, BUT Eff It retreats in Italy are amazing – I should know, I went on one a couple of years ago! They usually offer 8 or so different types of retreats throughout the year, ranging from the deeper, more therapeutic, soul-searching retreats with native Italian, Gaia, to the lighter, sometimes business-focused, anti-stress type retreats with her husband John. Most teaching happens up until lunchtime and you have the afternoons and evenings to explore all the amazing food, drink and sunshine that Italy has to offer.

 

38 Degrees North – Marbella

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Fitness and nutrition are a big part of wellness and something I continue to work on. Some days are better than others, so I wanted to include a retreat where fitness is the main focus. I’m not sure I’m brave enough to try a retreat like this as an overweight, middle-aged woman, but it looks great. I particularly like the fact they work-out outside a lot, it’s not all in a gym, it’s making use of the beautiful surroundings. Their ethos is sustainability, i.e. giving you the tools to be able to carry on with your fitness journey at home.

 

I hope that gives you some (healthy) food for thought. If you are interested in attending a wellness retreat, do your research, think about what your main aim is (to lose weight/relax/de-stress/learn something new/get fit), and definitely read the testimonials from previous guests. Then you can fly private with Air Charter Service if your budget allows you to, and re-centre yourself. Trust me, you wont regret it.

 

kate sutton

 

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