The five-star Ashford Castle in Ireland’s Mayo County is simply inspiring—the idyllic destination for guests to stretch their bodies and minds during a quietly historic yoga retreat.
Making such a retreat possible at Ashford Castle is the property’s newest R&R Yoga package, offering two nights of deluxe accommodations, a healthy breakfast each morning, outdoor morning yoga in the garden, a bike tour through castle grounds and the surrounding village of Cong, afternoon yoga in the garden, a 1-hour full body massage per guest and one dinner for two.
Ashford Castle has seen a long line of “masters of the house” since it was built in the 13th century, many of which worked hard to expand, improve and restore the castle and its grounds. Amenities at the castle are many and modern, including Internet access and plasma-screen TVs; two restaurants, drawing room and bar; spa with full treatment menu and a wide selection of outdoor sports and activities.
R&R Yoga package rates start at $743 pp, available through Sept. 30. For more information, call (800) 346-7007 or visit ashford.ie.
Equally historic with an emphasis on romance, Tuscany’s Orcia Valley is home to ADLER THERMAE Spa & Relax Resort, a five-star luxury wellness resort that has recently debuted a new package that will take your clients on a Journey to Wellness.
The 90-room property boasts its own Sauna World complex, comprised of an herbal caladrium, a salt water steam room, a Finnish sauna, a Turkish bath and cave, and a selection of relaxation rooms and sunbathing lawns, plus a relaxation garden and ADLER FIT Fitness World, featuring top-of-the-line equipment, supervised programs, private coaching and mental training.
The Journey to Wellness packages, bookable for 4-, 5-, 6- and 7-night stays, include the guest’s choice of one 75-minute spa treatment and three 50-minute spa treatments, plus unlimited use of thermal pools, whirlpool and waterfall, Sauna World and relaxation areas, and ADLER FIT Fitness World. Breakfast buffet, an afternoon snack buffet and a 4- or 5-course a la carte gourmet dinner are also included.
Journey to Wellness package rates range from $1,281 to $2,386 pp, depending on length of stay. For more information, visit adler-thermae.com.
Nestled deep in the birthplace of Ayurveda, yoga and aromatheraphy, Ananda – In The Himalayas awaits, a luxury destination spa specializing in the three aforementioned wellness concepts. The resort offers a selection of eight Ananda Wellness Experiences—guided by Ayurvedic doctors, therapists, nutritionists, yogis and spa cuisine chefs—that allow guests to reach individual goals in a healthy and luxurious setting.
Packages available cover a wide range of wellness options, ranging from weight and stress management to detox, yogic detox and active experiences. All wellness experiences include three Rejuvenation Spa Cuisine meals per day; use of hydrotheraphy facilities and daily scheduled yoga, meditation, fitness and cooking classes with individual fitness and wellness consultations, testing, analysis and counseling also available.
Amenities at Ananda – In The Himalayas include six restaurants, 75 guestrooms and suites, three villas, outdoor pool and a 21,000-sq.-ft. spa featuring 21 treatment rooms, Beauty Institute, sauna, steam rooms and yoga pavilions.
Nightly rates average about $790 pp dbl based on a 7-night stay, with slight variations depending on the package; spa treatments extra. For more information, visit anandaspa.com.
French West Indies
The 39-room St. Barth Isle de France offers five-star luxury in an idealistic French West Indies location. And with its summer and fall Ultimate Spa Special, guests are getting great deals on Caribbean rejuvenation, too.
The Ultimate Spa Special comes in 5- and 7-night packages, inclusive of accommodations, roundtrip airport transfers, daily continental breakfast, one lunch, one dinner, one poolside cocktail each evening, a welcome gift of canapes and soft drinks, a welcome gift from the spa, a rental car and access to all hotel facilities. In addition, guests will enjoy one treatment per day. Guests staying five nights can choose from a 1-hour full body massage, 1-hour facial of their choice, a Turkish bath with black soap or a manicure.
Meanwhile, those opting for the 7-night package will enjoy all of the same inclusions plus expanded daily treatment options to include a 1-hour full body exfoliation or a pedicure with polish application. They’ll also enjoy a complimentary 2-hour sunset cruise with champagne.
Rates for the Ultimate Spa Special, based on Garden Room accommodations, start at $3,200 dbl for five nights or $4,216 dbl for seven nights. The Ultimate Spa Special is available through Aug. 31 and from Oct. 15-31. For more information, visit isle-de-france.com.