With clean, fresh air and beautiful natural surroundings, these six islands have a particularly fine reputation for detox breaks. What better way to kick of 2018 than by planning a trip?
No surprise this enchanting island, with its lush jungle and pristine beaches, makes for one of the best island retreats in the world. Check out Bali's Como Shambhala Estate Wellness, not far from Ubud, which focuses on natural detoxification with a team of experts who prescribe nutrient-rich meals, regular exercise and cleansing spa treatments. All programmes are personalised to suit your goals, whether they're fitness, weight loss or stress management.
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Quaint, cool, and endlessly tranquil, the English countryside is home to many a detoxing retreat. The south in particular has become a popular destination for tired bods to chill out and Platinum Healing Arundel in West Sussex is already a firm favourite. The 19th-century converted barn offers four- or five-night retreats with specially tailored programmes for each guest. Choose from yoga, meditation, life coaching and hypnotherapy, broken up by swims in the indoor pool and walks on the Downs.
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Koh Samui, Thailand
The most tranquil of Thailand's islands is another unmissable stop for wellness cravers. Far from the bustle of the mainland, it offers palm-fringed beaches to languish on and mountainous rainforests to get lost in. One of Koh Samui's finest resorts, the Kamalaya Koh Samui Wellness Sanctuary is all about curing stress and burnout with a healthy diet and plenty of yoga. Centered around a cave long used by Buddhist monks for meditation, the resort leaves plenty of time to allow guests to reconnect with themselves in luxury surroundings.
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One thing Sri Lanka does better than most is beaches; not towel-dotted, umbrella-skewered strips of sand, but miles of unbroken coastline fringed by palm trees and rainforests. At the Sen Wellness Sanctuary the beach is literally at your fingertips, and staff tailor programmes to everything from weight loss and poor digestion to hormonal imbalances and chronic pain. Prepare for Ayurveda treatments, yoga, osteopathy and acupuncture.
Lanzarote, Canary Islands
Overlooked for many years as too much of a cheap party destination, Lanzarote and its beautiful volcanic landscapes are finally coming to the forefront as a wonderful wellness destination. Consider coming here to see breath guru Alan Dolan, who organises retreats at his private villa on the island all year round. An average day on retreat includes group and private breathing sessions, holistic treatments, pool time and stargazing from the hot tub.
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