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Body Revival Retreat – May 2017

I’m just back from a pre-season visit to the Luberon, the location for our next Zen Retreat. Body Revival will take place from Monday 8th to Saturday 13th May 2017 at the beautiful La Colline Fleurie.

Even in February the landscape was a bucolic paradise with hills undulating into the distance, punctuated only by picturesque hill villages and with snow-capped mountains in the far distance. I can only imagine how stunning the area will look in May.

The Leg School – Capri Palace Hotel and Spa

I can safely say that my first visit to Capri, in June 2016, fully lived up to my expectations of this enchanting isle. On sighting the busy port, awash with glistening speedboats, I was immediately transported to a bygone world of style and glamour and half expected David Niven to come water-skiing across the bay, accompanied by Diana Rigg, martinis in hand.

SHA Wellness, Alicante

I am at SHA Wellness, the renowned Spanish clinic just outside Alicante for a three-day immersion at this world-famous health retreat.

The first thing to strike me is the calm atmosphere, which is what you would expect at a top-notch health resort but, believe me, it’s not always achieved. The hotel is incredibly cleverly-designed with very few solid walls and masses of greenery so you feel you’re walking through a beautiful, many-tiered garden whether inside or out. The fact that this has been designed by a Feng Shui expert is evident.

Optimal Fitness at Kamalaya

Having spent the summer mainly on planes and in cars, travelling the world checking out some of the best health retreats out there I am, ironically, feeling the need to stretch my legs. My week-long stay at Kamalaya on Koh Samui presents the ideal opportunity for this, renowned as it is for its excellent facilities and treatments . I’ve been jogging and doing a bit of yoga at home but really want to kick start my fitness with an intensive week of personal training.

A retreat for the soul in the heart of Umbria

As I turn off Autostrada 1 I reach for the directions I’ve been sent by the owner of the remote, monastic health retreat for which I am destined. At first glance they seem somewhat overly-detailed but I soon see why. Eremito Hotelito del Alma (The Hermitage) is not a place that’s meant to be found at random. Like ‘The Beach’ you have to know that it’s there and trust your guides.

What Retreats Have Done For Me

Prior to experiencing my first ever retreat my holidays tended to consist of cultural touring, lots of physical activity (skiing, riding and hiking) or, occasionally, lying on the beach somewhere in the Indian Ocean. I would come back feeling somewhat refreshed by the break from work but often not very relaxed or feeling I had had any real time to myself.