Would you like to lose a few kilos, increase your fitness, give your liver a break, de-stress or simply have some "me" time? Find out what we consider the best detox retreats around the world that pride themselves on amazing food, great results and personalized care. Why not make your next holiday a healthy one!
Which health retreat is right for you?
Before you consider a detox holiday, think about what you want to achieve. Would you like to lose a few kilos, increase your fitness, give your liver a break, de-stress or simply have some "me" time?
Destination spas are divided into group or individual retreats. On a group retreat all the guests arrive and depart on the same day and you may have to share a room or apartment unless you pay a single supplement. Guests dine on the same food together and do most activities together, except spa treatments which are yours alone to enjoy. These retreats are a great option if you're traveling alone and want some social interaction.
Individual retreats are a more personalized approach to detoxing. You arrive on whatever day of the week suits you, dine at a time convenient to you with à la carte menus spa cuisine room service and do activities when you feel like it. A program is chosen for you by a wellness consultant who spends time assessing your personal needs and goals for your holiday. These retreats are ideal for those seeking serious solo time or traveling with their partner.
Prepare yourself for your holiday
Whichever you choose, do try to reduce your intake of caffeine and processed sugar a couple of weeks beforehand. The sudden removal of both can cause headaches that will send you horizontal and searching for pain killers while on holidays.
If you can, then leave your laptop at home, if not then hand it over at reception, along with your mobile phone. Constant communication with the outside world can send stress levels sky high and by day two you won't even notice you don't have it. Many retreats ban the use of laptops and mobile phones from public areas to ensure little disturbance.
Pack lightly and leave the fancy dress at home. The more civilized or expensive retreats provide guests with complimentary leisurewear such as yoga pants and tops in neutral colors or white cotton kurta pajamas. Don't be surprised to see fellow guests wandering the grounds in fluffy robes smelling of aromatherapy oil either. It may feel as though you're in a mental hospital to start but, trust us, you'll be doing the same for comfort by day two.
What to expect
It can take a few days to truly relax and most people make the fatal error of filling their days at a retreat with a thousand activities as if they are back home in the office. Try to take things slowly and give yourself permission to just stop and do nothing.
Cleansing programs provide you with the tools to live a healthy lifestyle with balanced nutrition, while detoxifying the body and cleaning the colon and the liver. After a process of detoxification, the blood system gets purer and every cell in the body is nourished. A seven-day retreat is ideal, a 10-day one even more beneficial and if you can afford a fortnight in time and money then book right in. If travelling overseas for a detox then give yourself 48 hours in a nearby city stopover to conquer the jet lag before throwing yourself into the retreat vortex.
But be warned, day three can be uncomfortable, especially if you choose a detox retreat, as the toxins release themselves from the body you may feel lethargic and irritable. By day four or five you will notice a distinct increase in energy and day seven you won't know or recognize yourself....
The benefits of a detox retreat
Detox can bring many and varied benefits, often beyond all expectations.
Here are just a few of them:
- Greater vitality and more consistent energy
- Improved digestion and absorption of nutrients
- Better elimination and bowel health
- Improvement in fertility (men and women)
- Relief from chronic skin problems, like eczema, psoriasis and acne
- Hormonal balance – to help alleviate PMS, blood sugar imbalances and mood swings
- Weight loss and enhanced metabolic function
- Heightened immune system
- Greater emotional / mental well-being and happiness
- A sense of spiritual unfoldment
- Experience a life free from pain and ill-health
EUROPETurkey & Portugal
Juice Master Retreats These unique retreats are based on the No. 1 Best-selling book '7 lbs in 7 days'. These retreats are an amazing opportunity to shed some unwanted lbs and experience a total mind and body detox in sun drenched southern Turkey. All our retreats are run by the Juice Master team who are experienced in making your week so much more than a weight loss bootcamp. www.juicemaster.com/au/retreats
Harem Escape - Marrakesh
Harem is a luxurious getaway for women longing to reinvigorate the body, mind and soul. Our guests are invited to escape into an oriental paradise where they leave behind the stresses of the world and let themselves be pampered with massages, facials, footbaths, hammams, body masks, yoga, meditation and deliciously healthy meals. The concept of a harem, which in Arabic means forbidden, or kept safe, has been turned on its head to create a unique experience that is both fun and fulfilling. www.harem-escape.com
Spain & Portugal
At our retreats we place great importance on creating a supportive and healing atmosphere where you can feel safe to detox on all levels. We are on hand to guide and support you throughout your detox journey with the aim of not only bringing about transformation on the physical level, but also on the emotional, mental and spiritual levels. During the detox retreat we provide information, inspiration and ideas to help you better understand yourself and your health. We believe that optimum health is about ‘listening’ to your body, your mind and your heart and ‘recognising’ your needs - ultimately, taking charge of your own health and wellbeing.
USA & CENTRAL AMERICAHippocrates Health Institute - Florida
Deemed the world's number one teaching institute in 2000 by Spa Management Group, this historic and thriving center was founded by visionary and humanitarian Ann Wigmore and is currently under the leadership of Brian and Anna Maria Clement, PhDs. For a half of a century, the Institute has helped hundreds of thousands of guests realize that good health is every person’s birthright, and that a life free of disease and pain is our human legacy. The Hippocrates Health Institute provides a tranquil haven for peace and health restoration. Guests are treated with enzyme-rich vegan food, educational classes and exercise facilities. www.hippocratesinst.org
The Body Cleanse is a powerful 100% organic detox process that combines natural juice fasting, colonic hydrotherapy, yoga, acupuncture, medicinal herbs and nutritional consultation to clean the body from toxins and parasites that built up in the colon and digestive system over years of living in toxic environments, poor nutrition and stressful living. All ingredients are sourced locally, mostly PachaMama home-grown or from local growers. www.pachamama.com
AUSTRALIA AND ASIABali
Natural Instinct Healing
“Anyone desiring a retreat to renew should consider Natural Instinct Healing in beautiful Bali. The surroundings are lush and peaceful, and Kate and Becky provide the right amount of support to help individuals achieve their goals. This retreat is perfect for those who desire a practical approach to incorporating health and wholeness in daily life. I felt comfortable sharing my daily challenges and came to appropriate solutions that will allow me to stay true to my healthy path, while existing in the ‘real world’.” www.naturalinstincthealing.com
Vitality Detox Retreats offer you space to breathe, relax, revive, nourish and the opportunity to re-enegise. Retreats & events allow us to share our knowledge of Ashtanga yoga, surfing, health, nutrition & sustainable living to inspire our guests to incorporate positive changes in their lives, communities & the world as a whole. www.samudra.com.au
The Farm is a lush eco-friendly resort, with medical doctors that tailor individual detoxification and healing programs. Guests are luxuriously pampered during their program. Our Wellness program, offers an introduction to our holistic approach to health with relaxation and rejuvenation through our Healing Sanctuary treatments and Integrated Medical Services. Vital to the program is the live cuisine; rich in fiber and live enzymes. Rounding out the program are fitness & leisure activities to enhance your physical and spiritual well being. www.thefarm.com.ph