We’ve picked out a few of our favourite detox (and retox!) getaways to help you shake off those post-summer blues …
Rainforest Retreat – COMO Shambhalah Estate, Bali, Indonesia
Deep within the rainforest overlooking the stunning River Ayung, COMO Shambhala is Bali’s most luxurious health retreat, set in 9 acres of stunning tropical grounds, riverside forest and plunging hill terraces.
Spa treatments are a big part of the experience and this is where people come to detox, de-stress and revitalise their lives for good. Listen to birds, insects and the pounding River Ayung as you enjoy exotic body treatments and flower-filled plunge baths. Get pummelled by natural spring water in the Water Gardens and blitz cellulite with a Balinese warm muscle wrap, which mixes local spices with hand-crushed rice… bliss!
i-escape gift : a free room upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
The Hipsters Hideaway – Choupana Hills Resort and Spa, Madeira, Portugal
Stunning architecture, stylish rooms and seriously good food…., Choupana is where hip young locals, well-heeled couples and the occasional rock star hangout.
The award-winning spa features steam rooms, saunas and hydrotherapy pools, an indoor and outdoor pool, and a range of rejuvenating treatments, all within the cloud-level surroundings of a World Heritage laurisilva forest.
Check out the i-escape guest offers, including 4 nights for 3
The Secluded Sanctuary – Kamalaya, Koh Samui, Thailand
This beautifully secluded ‘wellness sanctuary’ offers a holistic haven a world apart from its many competitors. Specifically created as a space for healing and rejuvenation, the ambiance at Kamalaya is a luxurious blend of ethereal bohemia and clean-lined Asian aesthetics.
Combining stunning design with the natural environment, this spa has it all. First up is a “wellness consultation” to determine the perfect package for renewing your energy. Treatments start with some hands-on healing on the massage bed and a trip to the steam room, followed by a little passive meditation in the rock pools. Should you need a quiet moment alone head to the sacred monk’s cave where Kamalaya has its origins.
i-escape gift: 1 hour Thai massage
The Glamtox – Adriana Marina Hotel & Spa, Hvar, Croatia
Floor-to-ceiling windows abound in this sophisticated design hotel and spa. Set in a prime location right on the waterfront of Croatia’s most glamorous island, views don’t come much better than this.
The Sensori Spa, decorated in soothing cream and beige with wooden floors and exposed stonework, offers indoor and outdoor facilities on four levels. Treatments include seven types of massage, facials (using Carita products from France), aromatherapy, yoga, meditation and pilates. There’s also a whirlpool, a steam room and outdoor massage cabanas.
i-escape gift: A room upgrade subject to availability
The Eco Spa – The Elia Hotel & Spa, Ano Vouves, near Chania, Crete
This rustic retreat nestled in the olive groves near Chania is right next to some of Crete’s best beaches. Tranquil views of Kolimbari bay provide the perfect setting to chill out.
Prepare for a warm welcome from the owner and his staff before getting ready to unwind. Beat stress in the Turkish bath, steam in the sauna and then lazily make your way to the spa for a seaweed wrap, mud bath or hydromassage with rose petals and jasmine oil.
i-escape gift: a bottle of wine, and a room upgrade subject to availability on arrival
The Healing Oasis – Soukya, near Bangalore, India
This serious health sanctuary – one of the best Ayurvedic and holistic centres in Asia – is located in over 30 acres of lush organic grounds and was created by guru doctor Issac Mathai. Its distinguished guest list includes Prince Charles, Sting and Desmond Tutu.
Soukya fuses ancient medical traditions with herbal remedies and oils grown in its Ayurvedic garden. A team of practitioners will nurture your mind, body and soul with rejuvenating treatments such as acupuncture, reflexology, homeopathy and hydrotherapy. If that’s not enough, they also provide Hungarian mud wraps, and herbal packs to help you revitalise.
i-escape gift: a complimentary reflexology treatment
The Safari Spa – Karkloof Spa, near Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
This award-winning spa has over 3,500 hectares of private grounds teaming with wildlife and cinematic views. Make no mistake: Karkloof is one of Africa’s finest spas.
This magical wildlife retreat has 17 treatment rooms, saunas, steam rooms, indoor and outdoor Jacuzzis and Roman baths. Built high up on the bushy slopes, it affords sweeping views of the valley below, and utilising natural thatch and flat grassy rooftops, it even fools the animals who often wander on top of it, blissfully unaware of the human pampering taking place below. The fragrance of heated oils, fresh flowers, fruit-infused waters, honey teas, warm towels, softer-than-soft gowns and hip Havaiana flip-flops all go hand-in-hand in sending you off to pampered Nirvanaland.
i-escape gift: a free picnic