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 Destination Health

From Japan to Costa Rica, we’ve compiled a list of the hottest

and healthiest holiday destinations of the year.


Napa Valley, USA

Take a short 1.5 hour drive from San Francisco and you’ll arrive in Bardessono, a super luxe-y, fully-sustainable hotel that offers serious stress remedies like in-room spa treatments, fresh food sourced from their on-site farm and yoga. Being in the heart of US wine country, you can also expect plenty of vino offerings as well, making it less about a detox and more about relaxation. Cheers to that!


Takinoya Ryokan

Hokkaido, Japan

For the uninitiated, a Japanese onsen ryokan is a hot spring hotel that carries on the traditions of Japanese culture. Think: hot spring tubs, traditional Japanese fare and access to nature in order to cleanse the body and mind. Of all the ryokans in Japan, Takinoya boasts access to the best hot springs in country, helping heal skin ailments and remineralise the body. Built 150 years ago, the hotel has undergone significant remodelling, fusing traditional Japanese architecture with all the mod-cons. 


Grand Resort Bad Ragaz

St. Gallen, Switzerland

Switzerland has long been the go-to destination for Europeans looking for a serious dose of health and wellness. Known for its luxury medi-resorts with unique offerings you can’t get anywhere else in the world, word is fast catching that if you want a healthy holiday, this is the place to come. Grand Resort Bad Ragaz in the jewel in the crown - a five-star luxury resort that boasts thermal springs, treatments to help with everything from insomnia to stress and unparalleled access to nature (hello, Swiss alps!).


Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort


La Fortuna, Costa Rica

Considered ground zero for eco-travel, Costa Rica’s picturesque settings make it the perfect place for a wellness holiday. If a spa treatment is your bliss, look no further than Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort, which offers the must-try Temazcal — a traditional sweat bath designed to purify and detoxify. But it doesn’t end there; the treatment is also guided by a resident shaman, surrounded by the rainforest and thermal river pools.


Bush Creek Buddha

Taggerty, Australia

For something a little closer to home, Bush Creek Buddha is gaining popularity thanks to its simple philosophy of weekend yoga retreats. Located just over 100 kilometres from Melbourne, this quaint property caters to those wanting a relaxing weekend of Iyengar yoga with its “Yoga Weekends” retreats, where daily yoga is combined with modern accommodation and delicious food in a stunning setting. What more could you want?


Yoga For Bad People Cuba Retreat

Cuba, April 16-22

If it’s adventure you seek this all-encompassing tour of Cuba will no doubt tick your boxes. Hosted by YFBP’s Heather Lilleston & Samantha Moriarty, you can expect a spicy mix of guided tours, good food, beach days and of course daily yoga and meditation. The girls host retreats all over the world year-round, so if you can’t make this one, be sure to check out what else they have on offer.



Words by Yasemin Trollope, image under license of