The New Year means a fresh start; a chance to wipe the slate clean and start again by setting achievable resolutions for the year. Personal resolutions are great but what about couple goals? There are always ways of improving relationships and here at Hero & Leander we think that the New Year should provide you with the chance to reconnect in a way like never before. Whether you bond over a spot of Arctic yoga, hit the waves in Bali or even participate in a sleep retreat, we have you covered with a few of our favourite couples New Year wellness retreats to inspire you.
Spa treatments for couples at Adler Thermae
For couples who want to spend more time indulging themselves physically and spiritually so that they return home with a healthy glow, the award-winning Adler Thermae in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Val d’Orcia in southern Tuscany has created a number of new spa treatments specifically for two. Wellness retreats are often pure luxury and the Adler Luxury Aetos Ritual is a particularly dreamy experience – and it’s exclusive to Adler Thermae, making use of products that are produced by a wine-making sister company (also based in Tuscany) and the naturally thermal waters of the resort. A purifying peel precedes a relaxing massage using grape-seed oil, before a regenerating bath in a combination of Aetos wine and thermal waters. A glass of sparkling Aetos Rosé and a taste of Pecorino cheese, matured in Aetos, complete the treatment, which takes a total of 100 minutes and costs Euros 167 per person. Another fantastic treatment added to the menu is the Thai Sensation facial or the Aromatic Savonage. Additionally, the hotel has a wide range of treatments for two, including a Rasul Bath, a private Salt Grotto experience and a Water Zen experience incorporating Shiatsu in the hotel’s thermal waters, as well as an extensive menu of individual experiences for both men and women. The hotel’s healing thermal pools, fed directly from the historic baths of Bagno Vignoni, and the extensive sauna, steam and relaxation areas, only serve to heighten levels of relaxation.
For more information please visit www.adler-thermae.com/en/
Unite Body and Mind with an Arctic Yoga Retreat in Swedish Lapland
New for 2017 Active North are offering the chance for couples to immerse themselves in nature and focus on their wellbeing with outdoor yoga and meditation on the ice-covered sea of Arctic Sweden. Surrounded by beautiful silence, pine forests and clean Swedish Lapland air, this is perfect for those looking to disconnect from the day-to-day and immerse themselves into all things healthy. Surrounded by the beauty of the natural environment, couples can enjoy outdoor yoga and mediation sessions whilst learning how to fully unwind, find an inner peace, master your mind and focus on your inner self with reflective periods of silence. The lessons are available as one off 3-hour experiences or couples could take part in a longer 4 night retreat- staying at the Aurora Safari Camp for authentic Sami experiences with a touch of luxury, sleeping in cosy lavvu tents and enjoying extra activities such as ice sculpturing, saunas and peaceful snowshoe walks.
Alternatively there is also the option to book the Arctic Winter Yoga as a one-off, 3 hour experience between 1st January and 29th April 2017. Choose between a morning or afternoon session which includes outdoors yoga and meditation in the open Arctic air of Swedish Lapland, a warming cup of Chaga tea with home-made fika and a wood fired sauna session to finish off.
4 night Arctic Winter Yoga Retreat (either 23-26 Feb or 23-26 March 2017) is available from £1,324pp, based on two sharing on a full board basis including all yoga classes and mindfulness lectures. A one-off 3 hour session is available from £157pp. To book visit www.activenorth.se/
Romantic Wellness Escape At Forsthofalm, Austria
If a rugged mountain escape is on your wish list for the New Year then look no further than Forsthofalm, Austria. Their unique ‘Mountain Life Programme’ offers free daily activities from sunrise yoga to guided hikes available to guests every day. They also have a stunning Sky Spa with all treatments using hand-picked mountain herbs. Forsthofalm has a strong active offering year round to kick-start New Year exercise regimes – winter sports, hiking, cycling, and adrenaline activities all available on-site. Perfect for couples – the highlight of their romance offering includes a panoramic couples bath with views across the Alps.
For more information please visit http://www.forsthofalm.com/en
Hurawalhi Island Resort
If you are looking for a paradise New Year wellness escape then the new Maldivian island, Hurawalhi Island Resort and its jaw-dropping ‘Duniye Spa’ has to be on your bucket list. A perfect fusion of the natural and the decadent, the Duniye Spa exclusively uses chemical-free, organic, high-quality ingredients and locally-produced coconut oil whilst providing a service only capable of a luxury private island. All treatments are available for both solo and couple sessions and, along with the large selection of body and beauty treatments, makes Hurawalhi’s Duniye Spa perfect for a luxury getaway and most of all, a much-needed rest.
Hurawalhi itself is situated in the Lhaviyani Atoll, just a 40-minute seaplane flight from Male. An adults-only resort, Hurawalhi will offer 90 villas (60 Ocean Villas and 30 Beach Villas), along with three restaurants and bars including the world’s largest, all-glass undersea restaurant in the world, ‘5.8’. Water sports offered include PADI 5* diving, a water sports centre, diving sites, and snorkelling. The island is a nesting site for Green Turtles and the resort’s work with Manta Trust helps protect the species and educate the visitors to this unique environment.
For more information please visit www.hurawalhi.com/
Hammam Spa Break at Le Jardin des Douars in Essaouira
The laid-back vibe of Essaouira with year-round sunshine, means a holiday here will tick all the boxes particularly for couples who want to discover the real Morocco. Couples looking for a hammam spa break need look no further than Le Jardin des Douars which offers a varied hammam and spa treatment list not typical of most hotels, the Argan oil used is local and organic.
Why not broaden your horizons and find out about the origins of the Argan tree whilst exploring the Moroccan countryside? Either a full-day or half-day hike offers visitors to Essaouira an insight into the charms and slow-paced way of life of this corner of Morocco, a complete contrast to the busy medinas. Le Jardin des Douars partners with Ecotourisme et Randonnées, who guide guests around the countryside crossing through several douar (small traditional villages), before making their way into the forest to see Argan trees. Along the way guests visit a Berber home where they can enjoy traditional Moroccan mint tea whilst also enjoying an insight into how this part of the country runs day-to-day. The excursion ends with a visit to a cooperative for the production of Argan oil where visitors will see first-hand the meticulous work, mainly by women, who extract the precious oil.
Made up of a series of traditional terracotta Moroccan countryside buildings, Le Jardin des Douars offers a unique setting. There are just 28 bedrooms, suites and luxury villas; all with their own outdoor space, making it a truly relaxing retreat. The hotel’s three dining areas offer the absolute backdrop including outdoor dining for lunch and dinner and Le Jardin des Douars features a couples only restaurant.
B&B priced from around £120 per room, per night or £390 per villa, per night. For more information please visit www.jardindesdouars.com
Lime Wood & Matt Roberts Retreat
New Year’s is all about getting into shape and being healthy so what better way to kick start your 2017 than to bring your partner along to a luxury fitness retreat with one of the UK’s leading personal trainers, Matt Roberts. Lime Wood has joined forces with Matt Roberts to bring you the ultimate fitness getaway! The 2-day/3-day retreat is designed to encourage you to reconsider the way in which you approach exercise and also to inspire you to think differently about your lifestyle choices. The Matt Roberts Retreat at Lime Wood hopes to ignite or rekindle your love of fitness in the most luxurious way possible.
The retreat includes:
-Up to ten hours of personal training with Matt and the Lime Wood fitness team
-Restorative deep tissue massages
-A nutritional discussion & cooking demo in the HH&Co Cookery School kitchen, followed by dinner hosted by Matt
-Healthy breakfasts and lunches in Raw & Cured
-Two inspirational and informative mindfulness sessions
-Use of the award-winning Herb House Spa
-The ultimate in laid-back luxury accommodation.
2-day retreat: Sunday 14th May – Mon 15th May 2017
3-day retreat: Saturday 25th March – Monday 27th March 2017
2-day retreat in May from £1167.50pp full board
3-day retreat in March from £1835pp full board
For more information please visit www.limewoodhotel.co.uk/spa/matt-roberts-fitness
Mindfulness Journeys at Shakti Kumaon and Shakti 360 Leti
Reconnect the mind, body and spirit with nature through Shakti Himalaya’s ‘Head in the Clouds’ journeys, combining walking in the foothills of the Himalayas with an education in mindfulness. Shakti’s itineraries offer the unique experience of being accompanied on its signature village walks, through the little known Kumaon region, by a personal yoga and meditation teacher who will guide guests on an inner journey, to reach a state of calm against the backdrop of outward beauty and the awe inspiring snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas. Your guide will stop at strategically chosen spots to mediate or soak in the view, and lead you through your day which will finish with a private yoga practice.
For the more active guests, Shakti offers trekking and camping in remote but beautiful locations with the chance to spend the night in a tented camp set up exclusively to enjoy outstanding mountain views and some of the clearest night skies to be found in the world at altitudes of up to 6,000 – 14,000 ft.
Shakti Himalaya offers an eight-day ‘Head in the Cloud’ journey from $5,860 per person, including the Shakti Kumaon Village Walk combined with Shakti 360 Leti on a fully inclusive basis, all activities, accompanying English speaking guide, private chef, support guide and porters, car at disposal and taxes, as well as return transfers between Kathgodam station / Pantnagar airport, village houses and Leti. The cost of the private mediation and yoga teacher starts from $325 per night. Shakti uses yoga teachers from different backgrounds and schools, including the Bihar School of Yoga, Munger. International flights not included and subject to availability of a guru.
Paresa Resort Phuket
Translated as ‘Heaven of all Heavens’ in Sanskrit, Paresa Resort Phuket is surrounded by lush tropical virgin forest. Hidden by the canopy of exotic banyan trees couples can retreat to their beautifully appointed Ocean Pool Suite with its own private infinity plunge pool, indoor/outdoor showers and breath-taking 270-degree views over the Andaman Sea.
At Paresa couples can learn the art of Thai massage. For a serious spot of pampering The Spa at Paresa has double treatment rooms to allow couples to enjoy indulgent spa treatments together. From the 60-minute Dark Chocolate Champagne Body Wrap (£68), which uses warm organic chocolate to melt away tension, to an aromatic couples’ bath, the spa provides a wonderfully soothing environment, perfect for rekindling romance. Couples can even learn the art of massage together with a series of 45-minute lessons – whatever their interest, from key Thai massage stretches to relaxing oil-based foot massage, Paresa’s expert therapists will guide couples in discovering a range of sensual massage techniques. Each 45-minute lesson costs £64 per couple.
Scott Dunn offers seven nights at Paresa Resort, Phuket from £2,770 per person. This is based on a couple sharing an Ocean Pool Suite on a B&B basis and includes return flights and private airport transfers based on travel February 2017. For more information visit scottdunn.com or call 020 8682 5060.
Destinology has a seven night stay in a Cliff Pool Villa from £4,618 per couple (£2,309pp). Price includes a complimentary upgrade to a Cliff Pool Villa, and is based on two sharing on a b&b basis, including return Etihad flights from London Heathrow, valid for travel between 1 May – 31 August 2017, when booked by 31 Jan 2017. For more information please visit Destinology.co.uk
Shanti Maurice’s Newly Launched ‘Sleep Retreat’
Set between the turquoise hue of the Indian Ocean and the vivid green of the sugarcane fields, boutique Mauritian resort, Shanti Maurice, offers the idyllic setting to engender a sense of calm and wellbeing and the setting for their new Sleep Retreat package.
Ideal for all levels, Yoga Nidra (also known as yogic sleep) is an ancient practice intended to induce full body relaxation and a deep meditative state of consciousness, which will help you to improve your overall sleep pattern. Couples will also be instructed on Pranayama, the formal practice of controlling the breath, which is the source of our prana, or vital life force.
A combination of bespoke Ayuverdic spa treatments are also included in the programme, cultivating ancient techniques and therapies and encouraging restoration of physical, mental and emotional health.
For more information please visit shantimaurice.com/en