By February, we're well and truly back into the swing of things. But sometimes it can feel as if your body and state of mind is not at the same pace. To feel reinvigorated, a trip to a detox destination could do just the trick.
You’ve survived the silly season intact, almost. Your liver feels like it’s been soaked in poison, your energy levels have flat-lined and your body is screaming for some clean living! The answer: a solo quick break, to a detox destination that will change your life, purifying your mind, body and soul, ready to start the year fresh and reinvigorated!
Here are the world’s top 10 detox destinations, to suit every liver, budget and ailment.
1. Kalon Surf Resort - Costa Rica
First thing’s first, you do not need to be a surfer to reap the rewards of this destination. Rather, it’s the healing powers of the salt water, the exercise, the greeting of the sun and the culture of Costa Rica that will realign your senses.
Winning feature: Located in a hidden, tourist-free pocket of Costa Rica, where the jungle meets the ocean, it will give you the best of both worlds.
2. Ananda Spa - Himalayas, India
Let’s face it, anything in India comes with a centuries old reputation for being the best in the world at meditation and enlightenment. Ananda is no exception. Oprah herself claims Ananda is the best for detox and weight loss management. It takes a holistic approach.
Winning feature: A palace based in the Himalayas. If you can't find stillness here, then there is no stillness in the world!
3. The Farm - San Benito, Philippines
Their ethos is that a stay at The Farm will make you feel 10 years younger. I’ll buy that! It offers a life changing holiday experience with guaranteed weight loss. Based on raw farm cuisine and a healing sanctuary, including a medical centre, this is one detox destination that doesn’t mess around!
Winning feature: The resort also has a kid’s centre and a golf retreat – meaning you don’t have to feel guilty about leaving the family behind on your detox vacation!
4. Rancho La Puerta - California, USA
Set in the mystical mountains of Baja California, this wellness ranch has been winning awards for eons. Boasting an emphasis on integrative wellness, energetic exercise and organic cuisine, it caters for every age group, male and female.
Winning feature: Rancho La Puerta aims to be at the cutting edge of wellness retreats, and claims to have started the modern fitness revolution. Come prepared to whip yourself back into health and happiness!
5. Thanda Private Game Reserve - South Africa
Thanda is a wellness retreat set amidst the magnificence of Zulu, South Africa. As such, it is proudly conservationist, combining the luxuries of one of the leading lodges of the globe, with the serenity and sincerity of the South African Wildlife Experience.
Winning feature: The spa uses a combination of western techniques and traditional ancient Zulu holistic practices. An experience you won’t find anywhere else in the world!
6. Spa Eastman - Quebec, Canada
Spa Eastman describes itself not as a hotel with a spa, but as a spa, with a hotel. They aim to be a destination that customises your stay to your needs. And to be honest, there’s something seriously invigorating about being immersed in a hot spa environment with snow falling around you outside.
Winning feature: There’s nothing you’ll be missing after a visit to the thermotherapy zone. Every imaginable tub, spa, pond, pool, bath, sauna and hammam exists here.
7. The Island Experience - Ilha Grande, Brazil
This one really speaks for itself. And what an island, off the pristine coastline of Brazil! This is a seven day detox program designed specifically to de-stress your body and mind, using the combination of yoga, adventure (rainforest hiking and sea kayaking), fitness and spa treatments.
Winning feature: The retreat was established by a small group of Brazilian friends who discovered paradise. The retreat aims to continue that theme throughout your stay – as indeed, the warmth and beauty of the Brazilian spirit will find its way into your mind and body and you will leave feeling transformed.
8. Como Shambhala Estate - Ubud, Bali
In ancient Buddhist texts, Shambhala refers to a sacred place of bliss. And that’s what this is. Although, Como Shambhala humbly believes that given the right tools, one does not find that bliss in this sacred valley of Ubud, in Bali’s mountains, but rather, within oneself. Como Shambhala specializes in hands-on-healing, while fitness based wellness activities are also a strong element.
Winning feature: Making the most of this unique location (think eat, pray, love) Como Shambhala offers the opportunity to partake in ancient rituals or visit insightful healers during your stay. Now that’s unique!
9. Chiva Som - Thailand
Chiva Som is designed to be a ‘haven of life’ in the Gulf of Thailand. Enjoy the tropical warmth of this part of the world, while Chiva Som encourages you to slow down and enjoy the stillness around you, creating a healthier, happier you. Set within seven acres of lush tropical gardens and upon a pristine coastline, Chiva Som provides tranquility and an array of treatments to stimulate the senses. You will be left wanting nothing.
Winning feature: There is absolutely no detail missed at Chiva Som. This is also the ideal destination for a couples detox. Being Thailand, you may also choose to partake in a little facial rejuvenation, with Doctors and Plastic Surgeons on staff for your every need!
10. Golden Door Elysia - Hunter Valley, Australia
For an option close to home, on Aussie shores then The Golden Door is your go to destination to unwind, detox and kick start some clean living habits for the year ahead. Set in the rolling countryside of The Hunter Valley (ignore the many amazing wineries en route to your fresh start!), Golden Door will provide a sanctuary just right for your individual needs.
Winning feature: An A-list team of specialists are on hand to bring about the changes you will realistically stick to for the future. The aim is to arm you with the education that will set about real change, not just one week of pampering that leaves you when you walk out the ‘Door’.
Rose is the Lifestyle Channel’s Travel Expert. You can also check out her blog with advice for parents travelling with kids poopypropeller.blogspot.com.au and follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.