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December 11, 2023updated Feb 01, 2024

Winter Spa Retreats for New Year Wellness

These Spa retreats will make you enter the new year relaxed, healthy, and ready for what awaits you.

By Livia Giannotti

When the festive season comes to an end, getting ready for the new year can seem stressful and tiring. But it doesn’t have to be. The beginning of the new year can also be the ideal time to relax, focus on yourself and get physically and mentally ready for what is to come. And nothing better fills the need for relaxation and holistic wellness than a luxury Spa retreat.

Embrace the new year by setting out on a sublime relaxation haven promising greater wellness of both the body and mind.  Deep relaxation massages and ground-breaking therapies make these the retreats to head to in 2024.

Niyama Private Islands, Maldives

The highlight of Niyama Resort is the exceptional Ayurvedic treatment  /©Niyama Resort

At Niyama Resort’s Drift Spa, guests will find six treatment rooms looking out over the lagoon, two treatment villas tucked into private gardens, and a relaxation area encompassing a lime tree garden with sauna, steam baths, plunge pools, Jacuzzis and a Vitality juice bar. 

The Spa offers special individual, couple or family treatments, including its signature massage, created through a combination of typical Hawaiian, Japanese and Thai techniques. However, the highlight of Niyama Resort remains the exceptional Ayurvedic treatment, which mixes ancient holistic healing techniques with personalized therapies to restore balance to your life before the new year. For the more committed guests, the Spa offers Ayurvedic immersions of up to 7 days of yoga, meditation, wellness treatments and Ayurvedic lifestyle.

Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, Mexico

Sunset on the sea and the pool at the Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit resort.
Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit offers everything for a mental and physical reboot /©Grand Velas

Giving guests a way to relax and recharge in style, Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit offers everything that is needed for a mental and physical reboot. The all-inclusive package allows guests to focus on their needs and well-being, and forget about the stress and preoccupation of planning and schedules. 

From ocean-view luxury suites to high-end dining, the setting is perfect for enjoying the myriad services offered by the Spa. There are plenty of unique relaxation rituals to indulge in at the Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, all centered around the goals of revitalization and chakra rebalancing. There is also a Hydrotherapy Circuit – a therapeutic process using water for relaxation and inner healing. The Circuit includes a jacuzzi, a sauna, eucalyptus inhalation, steam with chromotherapy and a sensation shower. The feeling of relaxation is only enhanced by the Spa’s use of all-natural products, plant extracts and oils.

Amatara, Phuket, Thailand

People are meditating in a temple at Amatara Wellness Resort.
The Detox Retreats are the perfect combination of relaxation and getting back into shape /©Amatara Wellness Resort

In line with the ever-growing trend for elevating wellness through nutrition, Amatara Wellness Resort in Phuket offers three different Detox Retreats. The programs are designed to make guests feel re-energized by eliminating all the toxins accumulated during the past year, which are often the origin of feeling depressed, fatigued and unhealthy. To eliminate these toxins, the retreats include dietary plans, supportive detox treatments and massages.

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The Detox Retreats are the perfect combination of relaxation and getting back into shape for all that is to come in the new year. Plus, the resort is a luxurious and tranquil haven facing the Andaman Sea, with spacious and comfortable suites and private villas.

Ayurvedic treatments, yoga sessions and the Thai hammam enhance the relaxation experience.

The Alpina Gstaad, Switzerland

The blue salt grotto indoor pool at Alpina Gstaad.
The Spa reflects the hotel’s ‘come up, slow down’ philosophy /©Alpina Gstaad

The Alpina Gstaad hosts the first Six Senses Spa in Switzerland. The Spa offers a series of holistic wellness programs reflecting the hotel’s ‘come up, slow down’ philosophy. The programs last multiple days and allow guests to be immersed in tranquillity and focus on rebalancing. They include a Tai Chi Rebalancing Wellness retreat, a Tibetan Healing retreat and a seven-day Yoga Sleep retreat focusing on improving sleep and the ability to relax.

The spa itself is one of the hotel’s great draws, offering guests the use of a Himalaya salt grotto, Hammam steam room, and indoor and outdoor pools.

SHA Wellness Clinic, Spain

The view on the mountains from SHA Wellness Clinic.
The SHA Wellness Clinic combines holistic therapy, fitness and medical treatments /©SHA Wellness Clinic

Embark on a wellness regime combining holistic therapy, fitness and medical treatments while staying in the ultra-luxurious SHA Residences. Designed by Spanish architect Carlos Giraldi and renowned interior designer Elvira Blanco, these residences provide the ideal base for a transformative retreat. In addition to creating this exclusive accommodation, the clinic has planned several programs for 2024. Retreats include a Detox and Optimal Weight retreat, a Well-ageing and Prevention retreat and a Rebalance and Energize program.

The SHA Wellness Clinic’s philosophy revolves around its very own SHA method, which aims at improving and enhancing health through nutrition, medicine and wellbeing, including a particular focus on stress management and brain health. 

The clinic also launched new brain health treatments. Try the non-invasive cognitive stimulation therapy Brain Photobiomodulation, proven to improve energy, performance and a positive state of mind, or opt for the Transcranial Electrical Stimulation Treatment developed at Harvard University to analyze, diagnose and treat neurological disorders such as depression.

Lefay Resort & Spa Lago di Garda, Italy

A woman is looking at the mountain view from the pool at the Lefay Resort.
Lefay Spa has its own Antistress program /©Lefay Resort & Spa

To see in the new year, this eco-spa resort overlooking Lake Garda has its own Antistress program. The five-day retreat is designed to relieve the body and mind from the effects of tension, while also increasing energy levels. The program is adapted to each individual’s needs through consultation and examination, ensuring the 17 treatments and activities included leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated with greater peace of mind. Treatments include L’Essenza anti-stress massages, reflexology and the Chinese moxibustion therapeutic technique. This is paired with a session in the indoor saltwater thalassotherapy pool, a guided walk in the therapeutic garden and Qi Gong rebalancing sessions.

This unique program is hosted in the resort Spa, which includes an outdoor Infinity pool, seven different types of saunas and a large private park.

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