Have you ever returned from a holiday instantly feeling like you were in need of another? At iMBARC we love action-packed holidays but we know all too well how back-to-back adventures can sometimes leave you feeling a little drained. In today’s fast-paced world, there is no greater luxury than slowing things down and taking the time to focus on yourself in a luxury hotel or resort committed to putting you and your wellbeing first.
Whether you want to better yourself by breaking bad habits under the gentle instruction of medical professionals, or if you’re just after a week’s worth of therapeutic pampering, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favourite wellness retreats in Europe that will leave you feeling refreshed, revitalised and ready to tackle the real world when you depart.
Our Top 6 Wellness Hotels & Resorts in Europe
Buchinger Wilhelmi Clinic | Marbella
A week-long fast may not sound like your idea of a relaxing holiday but if you’re looking for a resort where you can have your hand held as you venture down the path of self betterment, this is the right place. With many past guests claiming that an experience here ‘changed their life’, a stay at Buchinger Wilhelmi Clinic in Marbella has the potential to be truly transformative. Part-resort-part-clinic, Buchinger Wilhelmi in Marbella is the younger sister of the original Buchinger Wilhelmi Clinic in Germany and is founded on the same principal of therapeutic fasting espoused by founder Dr.Otto Buchinger. You’ll be assigned a doctor and nutritionist during your stay, both of whom will tailor your programme and support you on your journey here. While it may sound intimidating, the team are committed to creating a safe and friendly environment for you to challenge yourself in. The resort offers a wide range of treatments, gentle exercises, fascinating lectures and activities to take your mind off any hunger pangs, and with a supporting sense of camaraderie among all guests, we promise you’ll be floating out of here not only relaxed, but with a rewarding sense of accomplishment.
L’Albereta | Italy
A luxury resort boasting state-of-the-art detox and wellness facilities, L’Albereta is housed in a glorious 19th century residence oozing history and charm. From the antique paintings that hang on the walls and the leather armchairs inviting you to sink in to the convivial lighting and overflowing bookshelves, everything here works together to create a warm and homely atmosphere. The jewel in L’Albereta’s crown is undoubtedly The Escpace Chenot Spa. Depending on your goals for your stay, you can choose from ad-hoc beauty and massage treatments or sign up for a bespoke detox programme combining fitness and nutrition tailored to your body type and lifestyle.
Villa Stephanie at Brenners | Germany
Part of the Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa property, the whimsical Villa Stephanie in Baden Württemberg is a world-class wellness resort that looks like its been plucked right out of a fairytale. Housed in a lavish mansion standing proudly within perfectly groomed grounds, it’s no surprise that this property was once a royal residence. Expect pristine decor and immaculate facilities – at Villa Stephanie, nothing is out of place. An immersive spa getaway here involves daily appointments at the villa’s spa facilities which include a 500 square-metre sauna space, Turkish-inspired hammam and thermal suite. With both sumptuous luxury treatments and expert medical care and detoxing programmes at your service, here you will be encouraged to find a balance between indulgence and self-discipline.
Hotel Post Bezau | Austria
It’s impossible to round up wellness resorts in Europe without including the celebrated Hotel Post Bezau in Austria. First founded almost 170 years ago, the luxury spa hotel located in the Bregenzerwald Valley has been run by the Kaufmann family for five generations with world-famous beauty guru Susanne Kaufmann now at its helm. Describing itself as a ‘healthy hideaway’ the elegant chalet-style hotel takes its inspiration from its serene natural setting.Today, the Susanne Kauffmann Spa is the heart of the hotel and the main draw for visitors coming from around the world. From skin-focused treatments to traditional Chinese therapies, it’s all about finding an inner harmony here through thoughtful and holistic approaches to health and beauty.
Preidlhof Luxury DolceVita Resort | Italy
Frequently topping ‘Best Spa Hotels in Italy’ lists, the Preidlhof Luxury DolceVita Resort nestled in the sun drenched hills of South Tyrol is world renowned for good reason. Looking out to humbling views of the Texel mountains surrounding you, it’s easy to let your troubles melt away during your stay at this award-winning spa resort. Owners Klaus and Monika lead a team of friendly staff who make you feel right at home from the moment you arrive. While the hotel sprawls across several buildings, swimming pools and gardens, there is a real sense of intimacy here usually reserved for small family-run establishments. At the core of the hotel is the notion of holistic wellbeing. With a dedicated six-floor spa tower including saunas, steam rooms, sun decks, relaxation rooms and swimming pools, the wellness services and treatments on offer are second to none and although there are no strict medical regimens to follow, you’ll have everything you need and more at your disposal for a rejuvenating getaway.
Atzaro Natural Luxury Hotel & Spa | Ibiza
An island famed for its high-end nightlife, Ibiza may not be the first destination that comes to mind when you think of peaceful destinations but the Spanish hotspot is in fact home to many impressively restored farmsteads (known as ‘fincas’) that specialise not only in wellness, but specifically Agroturismo. Combining rustic charm with sophisticated style, everything on the property feels in sync with the hotel’s countryside surroundings. Since opening in 2004, Atazaro’s authentic approach to wellness and farm-to-fork dining has won it much praise and a loyal following of returning visitors. At this finca you are invited to spend your days luxuriating in the natural spa’s top of the range facilities and wandering the stunning grounds of the estate before sitting down to sensational meals made purely from locally sourced ingredients.
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