The best wellness hotels
Lefay Resort & Spa, Dolomiti, Italy
This new hotel-residence hybrid where guests get access to a 5,000m2 spa is set to be one of the Alps’ largest when it opens in summer. Expect peak wow factor.
Bürgenstock Resort, Lucerne, Switzerland
The cliff-hugging, four-hotel super-resort on Bürgenstock Mountain includes the epic Alpine Spa with its amazing, Insta-banned infinity pool overlooking Lake Lucerne.
Six Senses, Bhutan
A new, seriously remote hideaway made up of five lodges in different locations across the Himalayan foothills. Hike between each one or just Zen out at the country’s largest and loveliest spa.
Alila Spa, Yangshuo, China
On the cover of Atlas this month, this riverside retreat reboots a former 1960s sugar mill and has a so-very-cool subterranean spa as well as access to the Guilin countryside. Good for outdoors-y types. alilahotels.com
Taj Rishikesh, India
A super-swank new resort complete with private white sand bank, 800m2 spa and expertise from the kind of bendy yoga master who once taught the Beatles’ John Lennon the lotus position. tajhotels.com
The best spas and treatments
Caviar therapy, The St Regis Vommuli, Maldives
Set in its lobster-shaped spa, the “caviar journey” is a three-and-a-half hour ceremony using fish-egg proteins to help anti-ageing that won Best Spa Treatment at 2018’s World Spa Awards. marriott.com
CBD oil massage, Ritz-Carlton Spa, LA
Even with the hoo-ha about whether CBD oil works or not, hemp-based massages and therapies are the hottest trend of the moment. No surprise, LA is at the fore of this zeitgeisty new trend. ritzcarlton.com
Rock concert soak, Peninsula Hot Springs, Victoria, Australia
Nothing could be more Australian than this: a bath house amphitheatre, allowing you to watch gigs while chilling in one of seven new mineral pools.
Bone setting, Hotel Café Royal, London
This splashy London hotel is one of the first in Europe to offer energy healing and bone manipulation, already popular in China, from resident tai chi masters.
Alpine eco-spa for kids, La Plagne, France
A vast 1,500m2 new wellness complex with three areas including a family spa with outdoor aquatic trail, waterfalls and geysers specially designed for the little ones.
The best activity breaks
Wild swimming, Oman
SwimTrek now offers dip-in, dip-out tours of the fjords of northern Oman’s spectacular Musandam Peninsula to help weight loss and mental tuning. Go on, drench yourself in happiness.
Arizona’s Rancho de la Osa yoga-horseback retreat promotes healing through horses while Vista Verde ranch in Colorado offers wild yoga with rides to aspen groves for aerobic classes.
Detox safari, South Africa
Forget the boozy, calorific sundowners: new for 2019 is the slimmed-down safari, focusing on mindfulness and meditation, at the Ant Collection, two luxury bush homes in the Waterberg.
Happiness hiking, Nepal
The new must-do is meditative base camp treks from Steppes Travel that combines high-altitude hiking with holistic coaching to jump-start a healthy lifestyle and calm the mind.
Transport yourself back in time for a luxe, one-of-a-kind workout at Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi with laps in the lagoon and barefoot runs along the sands.
The best workouts
Circus yoga, Spain
The Ritz-Carlton Abama, Tenerife has gone big with this trending, California-style “flying yoga” with specialist classes at its epic, outdoor spa with dazzling views of the Atlantic.
Spirit bathing, Bali
G Adventures’ wellness trip includes bathing at ancient sacred springs, including the Tirta Empul Hindu temple, followed by a boreh treatment, the centuries-old body scrub said to confer eternal youth.
Olympic training, Tokyo
Ahead of the 2020 Games, the Palace Hotel Tokyo has signed up a former Olympic swimmer to show you how to de-stress with proper pool time. Don’t fancy getting wet? The hotel’s also launching wellness tours… by kayak.
Aqua boarding, Mumbai
No, not paddle-boarding: aqua boards – like big gym mats on water – are the new go-to workouts at Atmantan Wellness Resort. Balance on one in the middle of a pool, then Zen.
DNA workout, Maldives
For the ultimate in tailored wellbeing, Velaa’s spa gurus use GenSmart to unlock your genetic profile, with DNA tests to assess metabolism quirks and muscle and joint history.