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Five luxury wellness experiences for 2021, from Scotland to Sri Lanka

Health has come into focus in new and profound ways over the past year, and is something many travellers are now prioritising.

Published 4 Feb 2021, 12:45 GMT, Updated 1 Mar 2021, 10:10 GMT
Stunning vista across Jatiluwih Rice Terrace, Bali.

Stunning vista across Jatiluwih Rice Terrace, Bali.

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1. Unwind on a wellness tour in Bali

To combat the sense of confinement that months of lockdown have brought to many of us, Health and Fitness Travel has released 2021-2022 dates for a wellness tour across Bali that aims to be a transformative trip centred around reconnection. There will be three stop-off accommodation points in Ubud, Pemuteran and Sanur, all locally owned with a swimming pool and spa available. The programme includes morning yoga classes, a waterfall hike, snorkelling, temple visits, an organic cooking class, healing ceremony, anti-gravity yoga and Balinese healing yoga class.  
How to do it: Various dates throughout 2021 and 2022. Nine days from £1,435 per person including accommodation, breakfasts, some lunches and arrival transfer.

2. Try traditional wellness techniques in Qatar 

Zulal Wellness Resort will become Qatar’s largest wellness destination when it opens in February 2021. It becomes the Middle East’s first dedicated wellbeing resort and the world’s first centre for Traditional Arabic Islamic Medicine (TAIM) — all neatly wrapped up across 12 acres on a stretch of secluded coast in Khasooma on the country’s northern tip. The resort will focus on the wellness practices of TAIM while incorporating contemporary techniques using local ingredients. Treatments are divided into different kinds of holistic therapy, with chef masterclasses and aquatic therapy on the menu. 
How to do it: From £516 per day per person. Minimum stay of three nights.

Mukul Resort in Nicaragua offers thrilling surf breaks amidst beautiful tropical scenery.

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3. Take up surfing in Nicaragua 

A solo sport with inherent social distancing, surfing in Nicaragua comes with the added incentive of big breaks. Gentler waves can be found between September and May, and water temperatures range between 25-20C annually, making surfing year-round a possibility here. Mukul Resort offers luxury award-winning accommodation in a boutique hotel with surf experiences for groups of up to five at nearby breaks. There are sessions for beginners as well as guided half-day boat trips. 
How to do it: A private beach residence with an outdoor living area costs from $1,000 (£3,078) per night. A beginner surf lesson from specialized surf instructors Tropicsurf is $95 (£71) for 90 minutes. In-water coaching is $75 (£56) per person for an hour.

4. Improve your sleep in Sri Lanka

With world stresses and lockdown anxiety high, Santani Wellness Resort & Spa has created a sleep programme designed specifically to enhance attendees’ quality of sleep and reintroduce lost sleep patterns. There will be relaxation therapies, meditation and hatha yoga guided by in-house experts with a personalised programme created by wellness consultations. 
How to do it: Various dates throughout 2021. Seven days from £1,755 per person including accommodation, full board and private transfers.

Wilderness Scotland offers a female-only wilderness retreat in the Cairngorms, Scotland.

Photograph by Anna Deacon

5. Wilderness retreat In Scotland 

New for 2021, Wilderness Scotland has launched a programme solely for people who identify as female. The goal of the retreat is not to exclude anyone, but rather to encourage all women to enjoy spending time in the outdoors from a wellness perspective, in small groups of up to eight. Based in the Cairngorms National Park, the seven-day invigorating retreat will include climbing, yoga, navigation workshops and wild swimming, followed by loch-side cakes and coffee. 
How to do it: Departure dates on 24 April, 21 August and 16 October 2021. From £1,735 per person including six nights accommodation.  

As featured in the 2021 edition of National Geographic Traveller The Luxury Collection.

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