Monday 23 September 2019

7 breaks to beat burnout: A transformational escape for every price point


Sunsets and serenity: Soak up the surrounds of the Pine Cliffs luxury retreat in the Algarve
Sunsets and serenity: Soak up the surrounds of the Pine Cliffs luxury retreat in the Algarve
Ard Nahoo retreat, Co. Leitrim
Pine Cliffs retreat, a Luxury Collection Resort, Algarve
Jonathan Clark
Wellness India with G Adventures retreat
Holy Hill retreat, Sligo

Nicola Brady

Nicola Brady picks a transformational break for every price point…

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1 Best for insomniacs

Grand Resort Bad Ragaz, Switzerland

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Whatever your health concerns, it's likely you can find the answer at Grand Resort Bad Ragaz. Though it is, first and foremost, a gorgeous hotel and thermal spa in the foothills of the Alps, the full medical centre can address almost any concern. Troubles with insomnia? Check in for a sleep diagnostics programme, with full diagnostics and a video-polysomnography (a study used to diagnose sleep disorders) carried out in your room.

Details: Rates start at €500.

2 Best for luxury

Pine Cliffs, a Luxury Collection Resort, Algarve, Portugal

Pine Cliffs retreat, a Luxury Collection Resort, Algarve

Whatever you want to address, chances are you can do it at this clifftop resort in the Algarve. There are five categories of wellness retreats you can sign up for - Detox, Weight Management, Yoga, Fitness Journey and Discover Serenity - each with holistic approaches incorporating nutrition, fitness and spa treatments. The location is an absolute stunner, too.

Details: Prices from €770 for a two-night retreat (ex. flights). See

3 Best for solitude

Holy Hill Hermitage, Skreen, Co Sligo

Holy Hill retreat, Sligo

If you're in desperate need of a spot of solitude and contemplation, a self-led retreat at Holy Hill is just the ticket. You're left to your own devices in this beautiful retreat, unless you would like spiritual direction. And while all people are welcome (regardless of their religious affiliation), Holy Hill is for people looking for spiritual experience. This is a place to enjoy the lack of TV and WiFi, cook up beautiful meals with the fresh produce provided, and take long walks in the foothills of the Ox Mountains.

Details: Single hermitage has a suggested donation of €75 per night, including food. See

4 Best for walkers

Camino de Santiago, Spain

Walk yourself to a better work/life balance? There's nothing like the Camino if you really want to clear the head. What was once a Catholic tradition now attracts pilgrims who want to spend their days with no distractions or demands, other than putting one foot in front of the other. You can chat with other walkers or make your own way, free of the stress of everything back at home.

Details: Walking packages with specialist operators like Camino Ways, Magic Hill Holidays or Follow the Camino start from around €450pp (ex. flights). See;;

5 Best for freedom

Ard Nahoo, Dromahair, Co Leitrim

Sometimes, all you really need is to escape into the countryside and spend a few nights in a cabin, with no TV, no WiFi, and no hassles. The Personal Retreat at Ard Nahoo, an eco and yoga retreat in Co Leitrim, allows you to do just that - vegetarian meals are delivered to your door, you can soak in the outdoor hot tub and book into a yoga class.

Details: Two-night personal retreats from €295 midweek. See

6 Best for menopause

&Breathe Menopause Retreat

The menopause is one of the biggest transformations in a woman's life, as well as one of the most challenging. This week-long retreat is led by two women, one of whom experienced early menopause, and is designed specifically to improve the health and fitness of menopausal women. The fact that it's held in a gorgeous French farmhouse (with wine at dinner) can't hurt, either.

Details: A seven-night menopause retreat costs from €1,160. See

7 Best for immersion

Wellness India with G Adventures

If you'd rather go away as part of a group, the new wellness focused trips from G Adventures are the perfect choice. This break incorporates stays in Indian ashrams, guided meditations and, of course, plenty of yoga, all as part of a small group (12 people on average).

Details: Wellness India starts from €1,899pp per person for 11 days (ex. flights). See

NB: All prices subject to availability/change.

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