Best Wellness Holidays

Self-discovery, self-care and adventure rolled into one—from a ‘spa-fari’ in South Africa to a complete mind-body getaway in Thailand, we guarantee you, these destinations will have you daydreaming for a much-needed wellness escape.


African ‘Spa-fari’


Where: Karkloof Safari Spa, South Africa



Explore the beautiful 3,500-hectare nature reserve, home to diverse wildlife, vivid flora and awe-inspiring natural waterfalls. When you’re not out spotting rhinos, giraffes and buffalos, or afoot cascading waterfalls, spoil yourself with an unlimited selection of daily spa treatments including body scrubs, facials, herbal baths and massages. Because there are no schedules to contend with, you can enjoy every offering at your own pace, whether it be relaxing at the spa, savouring delectable food (just about anywhere at the resort), or satisfying your wilderness wanderlust on private safari tours.


Mindful Triathlon

Where: Thanyapura, Phuket, Thailand



A special triathlon, this holiday programme was designed with the active traveller in mind. Choose a range of personalised activities from a blend of three key elements: ‘Be Active’, ‘Be Mindful’ and ‘Be Balanced’. Hit your fitness goals with triathlon training or Muay Thai, partake in mindfulness activities such as meditation and mind training for athletes and last, achieve ‘balance’ with the Thanyapura signature massage and aqua therapy. The Mindful Triathlon programme at Thnyapura is a transformational experience that will leave your body and mind invigorated.


Embracing Change Retreat

Where: Kamalaya, Koh Samui, Thailand



Set on the peaceful Koh Samui Island, learn how to embrace change as Kamalaya’s in-house experts teach you the skills needed to develop inner emotional strength. This life-changing program is best for those seeking support for challenging situations, like anxiety or grief, with mentoring sessions working together with wellness activities, such as yoga and meditation. They design every activity to make sure you can sustain your personal practice of accepting the change to rebuild your life. Together with healing therapies, including traditional Chinese medicine and Reiki you can de-stress and improve your emotional balance.



Wellness Adventure

Where: Aro Ha, New Zealand





Enter a world of your own in the sub-alpine region of Glenorchy, New Zealand when you embark on a wellness adventure at Aro Ha. This awe-inspiring destination is the perfect venue for a healthy break that lets you focus on your physical and mental well-being. Have a yoga and meditation class in a studio that observes inspiring views of Lake Wakatipu or hike through the stunning Southern Alps together with an intimate group of like-minded individuals. Back at the retreat, share a tasty selection of wholesome plant-based cuisine that is both satisfying and nourishing.


Holistic Healing

Where: COMO Shambhala Estate




A luxury destination spa famed for its signature wellness therapies and back-to-nature approach, COMO Shambhala is a destination for anyone looking to relax and renew. Focused on a holistic, 360-degree approach, the retreat offers authentic Balinese healing therapies, a multitude of mindfulness activities and a choice of programme-based cuisine. A local spring, believed to have healing properties, provides water for the estate, the treatment centre and the vitality pool. Whatever your wellness goals are, COMO Shambhala will cater to your needs.



By Samantha Lippiatt 


About the Author:


Samantha is an entrepreneur, healthy lifestyle advocate and co-founder of Australia’s first specialty wellness travel company Health and Fitness Travel. Samantha has an unbridled enthusiasm for all things travel, health and fitness and is committed to providing healthy holidays options that not only enhance but change lives. Samantha’s goal is to bring wellness tourism into mainstream acceptance in Australia and showcase that taking care of yourself can be both a very enjoyable and rewarding experience.


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