2020 is the year of wellness. When many say wellness, images of far flung and isolated beaches are conjured. Whilst many long-haul destinations provide excellent retreat it doesn’t mean we don’t have equally great ones right here on our European doorstep. Whether you’re looking to lessen your carbon footprint or simply short on time, we’ve compiled a list of some of the top wellness offerings in Europe for 2020:
F-Zeen’s simplicity and elegance makes for and incredibly welcoming place. This adult-only hideaway is perfect for those wishing to unwind and restore. With a wealth of facilities and activities on offer, you can amble along at a pace of your choosing. If you wish to fill your days with exercise and yoga classes there are plenty on offer. Equally, enjoy a wander to the beach a mere 100 yards from your doorstep. Sit back, relax and watch classic movies at the hotel’s own outdoor cinema.
SHA is ideal for those looking for a more medical approach to their wellness. Opening in 2018 as ‘Europe’s first luxury clinic dedicated to macrobiotics,’ which, in layman’s terms means, an approach to health focusing on re-balancing your system, primarily through nutrition. SHA makes a huge effort to ensure as much food as possible is locally sourced and menus are prepared according to the season. Expect a core daily diet of fibre-rich, organic whole grains, vegetables, legumes and pulses with the occasional piece of fish, and strictly no red meat or dairy. This is the perfect place to kick start those healthier habits.
Set in a 20 acre estate in Portugal’s Algarve, Epic Sana offers guests a wealth of services to choose from. An expansive spa, taking their inspiration from the Orient, offers an extensive treatment menu within the nine treatment rooms. If you’re looking for something a little more structured then choose from a range of five or seven night programmes. Epic Sana excels at detox, yoga and mindfulness programmes, all of which can be individually tailored to a guests requirements.
A slice of south-east Asia hidden in the Andalusian mountains. With only 14 rooms the vibe here is friendly and personal. Whether you’re looking for a few days of rest and recuperation or a full retreat, Shanti Som can provide whatever you need. Expert pilates and yoga instructors are waiting in the wings to help you achieve your goals and push your boundaries. Expect delicious, carefully meals throughout your stay, designed to compliment your exercise regime. The spa offering here is equally as impressive with a range of treatments from traditional to holistic.
Set within a UNESCO world heritage site Euphoria has it all. The spa here really is something else, one could even say unrivalled. Set across four floors, each dedicated to a different aspect of wellness. The extensive facilities and treatments available to guests are based on Euphoria’s belief in drawing on ancient Greek and Chinese medicines for a modern holistic experience. If you can bear to tear yourself away then why not try exploring the nearby Byzantine city of Mystras.