20 March heralds the first day of spring in 2020, so why not dive into the new season feeling refreshed and revitalised with the help of a wellness break in Britain? Whether visitors relax through yoga, spa treatments or simply by taking time to get closer to nature, Britain has a wellness break for everyone.
A stay at Kudhva’s Danish Cabin in Cornwall makes getting back to nature more stylish than ever. Visitors looking to feel at one with the great outdoors will love this cabin’s foldable walls and windows, which allow guests to blur the lines between their living space and the surrounding forest. Designed to incorporate living trees and featuring a composting toilet, a warming fire pit and the chance to meet the resident goats, the cabin offers a luxurious retreat for environmentally-aware guests looking for luxury.
For a more traditional break incorporating nature’s healing powers, plan a stay at The Spread Eagle Hotel, one of England’s oldest coaching inns that is nestled in the South Downs National Park. Here, guests can enjoy open fires, cosy rooms, chilled-out courtyards and a modern spa, as well as the opportunity to try one of 2020’s most on-trend wellness activities – forest bathing. Originating in Japan and organised by the hotel in the surrounding West Sussex forest, the two-hour morning sessions are run by expert Helena Skoog, who invites guests to mindfully explore the natural world around them via the senses, helping everyday stresses to melt away.
Prices: Two nights in the Danish Cabin cost from £530 (for up to six sharing). A night in The Spread Eagle Hotel starts from £119 based on two sharing; forest bathing is an additional £25 per person including a two-course lunch, with monthly sessions running from March to July.
Guest looking for a wellness break in the heart of the city can kick back in style at The Varsity Hotel & Spa, Cambridge. Offering spa treatments galore, a pool with riverside views and comfortable double beds as standard, this hotel is a tranquil sanctuary in the middle of the world-renowned university city.
London-bound visitors can choose to relax at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park. In addition to a choice of opulent art deco-inspired rooms and suites, the hotel spa offers thirteen individual treatment rooms, an amethyst crystal steam room, a sauna and a vitality pool. Add to that a range of fine-dining restaurants, including the acclaimed Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, and guests can relax and clear their minds in the lap of five-star luxury.
Prices: A room at The Varsity Hotel & Spa starts from £127 a night. Please check the Mandarin Oriental website for the latest rates.
Visitors looking to refocus and reboot can book a short yoga-focused stay at Nova Milesko’s nurturing eco farm. Hidden in the heart of the New Forest, daily yoga is complemented by massages, meditation and countryside walks. Alternatively, those wanting to visit the beautiful Scottish Highlands can embark on a range of different yoga retreats at EcoYoga. Choose from practices including Ashtanga, Vinyasa and Iyengar in this carbon-neutral countryside centre surrounded by Scottish hills, impressive lochs and enchanting forests.
Prices: A two-day retreat at Nova Milesko’s eco farm starts from £320 per person for a dorm room. EcoYoga retreats cost from £595 per person, fully catered.
For a wellness break with a touch of adventure, why not explore some of Scotland’s most beautiful landscapes on a Wilderness Scotland walking holiday? With more than 100 departure dates throughout spring, summer and autumn 2020, visitors can explore scenic locations including Skye and The West Highland Way, with all routes, food, travel and accommodation planned to perfection as part of a range of ‘all inclusive’ breaks.
Prefer cycling to walking? Explore some of Britain’s most impressive landscapes on a therapeutic three-day cycling holiday in the Peak District this spring, with Saddle Skeddadle. Visitors can switch-off from life’s worries as they explore Derbyshire gems such as the famous Dovedale Stepping Stones, Manifold Valley and the historic Tissington Trail, a cycle path that started life as a train line. Alternatively, choose from the company’s wide range of leisure, mountain biking and family-friendly cycling holidays to picture-perfect destinations across Britain, including the Yorkshire Dales and Shropshire.
Prices: A six-night holiday with Wilderness Scotland to the Outer Hebrides and Skye costs from £1,625 per person. A three-day Peak District cycling holiday with Saddle Skedaddle costs £325 per person.