All good: Top 10 UK spas for 2022 | Health and fitness holidays

Pottery and Yoga, East Sussex

Outside of Brighton, in the South Downs, Luna Wilds is a new wild, off-the-grid spa and retreat built with reclaimed materials by local yoga teacher Laura Brown and partner Mike Lord. In addition to the usual daily events with spa treatments and time in the wood-fired sauna and outdoor bathtubs, there are a range of weekend options. In the Wild Creativity Break, guests learn pottery, practice yoga and meditation. The food is vegan and plentiful, and there’s evening bonfires, spa time and guided walks of the South Downs. Book a basic pre-made tent with a blown mattress (£30) or bring your own.
Next Wild Creativity Break 13-15 May, £325 (£300 if booked before January 31), lunawilds.co.uk

Breathing and flexibility, Wiltshire

Launched several times a year at Sarah’s Georgian home in Wiltshire, Resilience Retreats was recently launched by ventilator practitioner Natalie Kenny and yoga teacher, sound therapist and breathing therapist Sarah Martin. By combining breathing, yoga, nature walks, sound baths, and kirtan (collective chants), the focus is on relieving stress, reconnecting, and learning resilience building techniques. The retreats operate year-round, with the option to stay off-site.
Next dip February 18-20, from £490And
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Women-only wild weekend, Lancashire and Kent

Women doing handstand in the river

Love Her Wild, a women-only online community, will run two Wild Weekends in 2022. Camping in beautiful locations, they provide a chance to de-stress with yoga and meditation, and learn new skills (workshops range from astronomy and jungle navigation). There are also inspirational speakers on topics from planning big adventures to saving. The venues are Waddow Hall, a landscaped property near Clitheroe, Lancashire, and an outdoor center near Tunbridge Wells in Kent.
Lancashire 1-3 AprilAnd Kent May 27-29, both £105, loveherwild.com

Holistic Wellness, Pembrokeshire

Lan old farm house
Old Lan Farm, near Narberth

Opened last June by coach Emma Hooper, the retreat is at Old Lane Farmhouse in the village of Logan, outside Narberth, overlooking the rolling hills of Pembrokeshire. Weekends take place throughout the year, from “Singing and Music for Health” to a men-only getaway, with a maximum of eight guests. The popular Holistic Wellness Retreat offers everything from movement classes to aromatherapy workshops, with a packaged itinerary adapted to suit the group. On-site chef Fern prepares the health holidays, and accommodation is available in rooms in the main farmhouse and its outbuildings, some with private hot tubs.
Next dip from January 21-23 starting at £550And OldlandFarmhouse.com

Slower, Cornwall

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Photography: Beth Dross

In Bodmin Moor, on a farm with 100 acres of magical temperate rainforest, Cabilla Cornwall Wild Calm Resort options include: the Power of Slowing Down, which runs several times a year. In addition to yoga and meditation, there’s a guided nature walk, a deep bath, a visit to an on-site beaver enclosure, snorkeling in woodland ponds and a plant-based cooking workshop. Chef Kate Munroe Pot offers colorful vegetarian meals and accommodations in new triangular log cabins with skylights (a chapel in a dark sky garden), mini wood burners and thoughtful touches, from sheepskin rugs to poetry books.
Next dip from 14-17 April, from £675, cabillacornwall.com

Hunting for food and yoga, Dartmoor

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Adventure Yogi offers a new yoga retreat for walking and foraging for four summer nights. Staying in a cozy cottage on the edge of Dartmoor, guests dive deep into nature with a guided picnic and foraging for a day learning about edible and medicinal plants. Yoga is a mixture of invigorating morning sessions and relaxing evening sessions, the meals are colourful, nutritious and plant focused. Other UK options include the Peak District and Norfolk.
15-19 August, from £645, Adventureyogi.com

Wild Yoga, Scottish Highlands

Wild Camps in the Scottish Highlands

Wild Roots Highland Guiding is a new company launched by mountain leader Anna Danby last year. Options include a three-day wilderness yoga trek with two-night wild camping. Yoga practice sessions and nature-based mindfulness meditation sessions are woven into the day, led by instructor Lindsey Wrack. The weather will determine the tracks, but guests will walk an average of six miles a day. All equipment is provided, as well as delicious food from local providers.
June 10-12, £395, wildrootsguiding.scotland

Yoga and swimming in the lake area

Lake swimming area

Yoga and swimming are a perfect match, offering plentiful physical and mental benefits, and a new two-night trip to the Lake District with Swim Trek combines them brilliantly. They include twice a day guided swims in scenic lagoons and tars – with tumble descents between sites. Swinging and swaying yoga classes each day, for filtering or relaxing, stay in the lovely Glenthorne Guest House in Grasmere. Swimmers do not need to experience open water, but they should be able to swim 1.5 kilometers.
Three dates June-September 27-29 June, from £510, swimtrek.com

The Spa Hotel, Richmond, London

spa treatment beds

Atop Richmond Hill, the 18th-century Richmond Harbor Hotel offers views of the Thames, a brand-new spa with hydrotherapy and plunge pool, gym, 13 treatment rooms, 20-meter pool, and juice bar. Classes range from Hiit (high intensity interval training) to yoga. A Zen garden and Scandinavian hot tubs add to the peaceful atmosphere, and The Gate Restaurant serves healthy dishes in elegant surroundings. Meditation or running tours take place in nearby Richmond Park.
Small doubles from £95, Half-day spa access with 30-minute treatment and £20 lunch credit from £95, harbourhotels.co.uk

Activity Retreat, Central Scotland

green turnip juice
Photography: Elena Shachkina / Alami

Based in the village of Drymen – near Loch Lomond and 14 miles from Glasgow – Retreat Scotland offers flexible accommodation and activities all year round. Filling their days with anything from yoga and fitness classes to mountain hiking and life coaching, guests can stay as long as they like and join in as much or as little as they like, adding in local excursions and additional treatments as they like. The food is a healthy detoxing mix of vegetable juices, soups, and stews (with a non-detox option at a continental breakfast). There is a choice of accommodations, from bunk rooms to a spa hotel.
Retreats £100 per day including activities and all food, with additional accommodations, from £30 per night in a shared bedroom, retreatscotlanduk.co.uk



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