Five Wellness Retreats For A Rejuvenating Eid al-Adha Break

Words by Kelly Baldwin

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Soul searching mini-breaks to add to your 2023 wellness bucket list

Soul Festival

Soneva Fushi, The Maldives

A life-enriching festival with a purpose, Soul offers guests a verdant space to move, eat, explore and be creative, while celebrating ancient healing traditions and modern innovations that benefit individuals, communities and the planet. The sun-enriched festival will include a diverse programme of panel discussions with globally-acclaimed health and wellness leaders, interspersed with group yoga and meditation classes, healing rituals and live music performances. Better yet, proceeds from the sale of Soul Festival tickets will go to the Soneva Foundation and Organic India Foundation to support the development of projects that have a positive environmental, social and economic impact. Soul Festival will run from 29 September to 8 October 2023 Learn more

Quest For Happiness

Amankora Bhutan

For a soul-searching break head to the Himalayas where the landscapes change, the skies are clear and the kingdom celebrates the coming of snowfall in the valleys. Designed around the Kingdom of Bhutan’s emphasis on happiness rather than economic prosperity and inspired by Aman’s commitment to supporting the communities that surround its sanctuaries, Amankora’s new Quest For Happiness offering invites guests to find their own pathway to contentment, through sustainable and responsible travel that uplifts local Bhutanese communities along the way. Turning the traditional ideals of wellness escapes on their head, this journey seeks inner peace through philanthropy rather than therapy. Book now

Activity Package

Adare Manor, Ireland

Recognised globally for its gothic splendour and lavish décor, the stately manor house is set on hundreds of acres of the Emerald Isle’s manicured lawns with impressive wellness facilities and activities. For something restorative, yoga, Pilates and barre all take place in a well-equipped studio with mesmerising views across the estate. To unwind, guests can escape to the enticing spa and pool with nearby treatment rooms offering a range of therapies including the ‘Rose Gold Renaissance’. But for something a little different MOJEH recommends the Activity Package which entails the likes of archery, fishing and clay pigeon shooting. Book now

Irene Forte

Verdura Rocco Forte, Sicily

For a romantic break that doubles as a restorative journey, look to Rocco Forte’s Verdura Resort nestled within the rolling hills, palms, orange groves and olive trees of Sicily, Italy. Fusing the regenerative powers of nature and science throughout the spa, the floral scent of orange blossom fills the air, and nourishing Sicilian botanicals — harvested from Verdura’s Organic Farm — enrich the famed Irene Forte skincare products. Get lost within the 4,000 square metre pavilioned spa set around an open-air courtyard replete with a couple’s treatment room, outdoor thalassotherapy pools and a nutritional food bar serving up the very best that Sicily has to offer. Book now

Reverse Ageing

Joali Being, The Maldives

If you prefer to start small and concentrated, then consider a skin transformation a hop and a skip away from the UAE. Guided by a potent combination of advanced science and ancient wisdom, the programme works to restore the natural youth of skin and hair and includes a series of proven time-reset treatments including a Medi-Luxe Facial that combines stem cell technology, hyaluronic acid, lifting massages and LED therapy for visibly firmer and more radiant skin, as well as a Comprehensive Skin Health Analysis, a facial evaluation that uses advanced algorithms to determine the current and future condition of your complexion. All within a blissful setting that spells ultimate relaxation. Book now

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