6 healthy spots to start the new year

After the celebrations and revelry of Christmas and New Year, a retreat to reset your mind and body is a great start to the year ahead. Whether it’s meditating in Dorset countryside or working out in a 5-star mansion, here’s six healthy spots to kick off 2019.

1. EcoYoga, Argyll

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Located in the Scottish Highlands, this riverside yoga retreat oozes with serenity and relaxed vibes. Choose from the different types of yoga styles on offer including Ashtanga, Iyengar and Hatha, all taking place in their purpose built yoga studio. After your class, wash your stress away in the rain forest shower, hot tub, or outdoor bath tubs overlooking the gorge. EcoYoga is powered by hydro and solar power leaving you with a relaxed body, calm mind a clean conscience to start the year ahead.


2. The Sharpham Trust, Devon


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Start your wellbeing journey with a course at the Sharpham Trust. Set in 550 acres around the River Dart, this retreat specialises in mindfulness courses lasting from three days to eight weeks. The daily walks in the surrounding countryside, will help to clear your mind as the distractions of modern living slip away. There’s a homely feel at Sharpham, accentuated by the nourishing vegetarian and vegan meals made from produce mainly grown on the estate. If you wanted to get closer to nature, try one of their Woodland Retreats where you can bliss out in tents among the trees.

The Sharpham Trust

3. Neal’s Yard Holidays, various locations

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Recharge your batteries and get your energy flowing with a break at Neal’s Yard Holiday. Offering retreats and spa breaks in beautiful locations around the country, there are plenty of options for a healthy start to the new year. Head to North Yorkshire for a juice detox spa break or to the Isle of Wight for a yoga farm retreat. If you’re considering a plant-based diet for the new year, Neal’s Yard Holiday run vegan retreats in Mid Wales, Oxford and the Cotswolds.  

Neal’s Yard Holidays

4. Seren Retreat, Gower


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Set in 23 acres of ancient oak forest, the stunning location of Seren Retreat alone, will invigorate you for the year ahead. You’ll receive a personalised yoga and Ayurvedic-based treatments to help you balance your body’s energy (Seren specialises in polarity therapy) and you unwind. Continue your healthy start when you return home with the tips you’ll pick up at the Ayurvedic cooking demos. Seren offer retreats from three to 10 nights.

Seren Retreat

5. Stoke Park, Buckinghamshire

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If you prefer a more vigorous start to the new year, pack your trainers and head to Stoke Park. This five-star mansion retreat boasts a huge gym, personal training sessions, 40 exercise classes per week, a 27-hole Championship golf course and an indoor pool. And if that’s not enough, there’s also 13 tennis courts to practice your forehand!  After working up a sweat, reward yourself with a treatment at their award-winning spa and Scandinavian sauna.

Stoke Park

6. Gilpin Hotel and Spa, Lake District


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For a healthy and luxurious start to the new year check in to the Gilpin Hotel in the Lake District. Each bedroom has stunning lake views, the perfect inspiration as you make your resolutions for the year ahead.  If you want to splash the cash, book one of the spa lodges which come with their own hot tub, steam room and sauna. Finish off your stay here with a delectable meal at the Michelin-starred HRiSHi restaurant.

Gilpin Hotel and Spa
Carleen Shoy
27 Mar 2020(last updated)