From the reaction and feedback we received to our recent UK Wellness Breaks feature, we certainly hit the mark with you.
Therefore, we wanted to follow up with three of the best Wellness Breaks further afield. We know that travel restrictions are changing almost daily, but here’s some food for thought if you want guaranteed sun included in your trip.
FURNAS BOUTIQUE HOTEL, AZORES
Furnas Boutique Hotel is nestled in the landscape of the Azores, built on the rich terrain marked by the volcanic eruption of 1630.
Established in 1791, Furnas is one of the most beautiful places in the Azores archipelago with only 1,439 inhabitants, distinguishable for its vibrant landscape and its beach, Lagoa das Furnas is also known for its flowery green shores. The village is renowned for the diversity of minerals and the thermal waters of its springs.
Furnas Boutique Hotel exists in synchronicity with its surroundings, utilizing the medicinal properties believed to exist in its very foundations. The standout features of Furnas Boutique Hotel are its public and private thermal baths, used for their therapeutic function which was traditionally believed to be a cure of diseases.
The hotel’s exterior and interior pay homage to the nature of the Azores, radiating organic simplicity and a warm peacefulness.
Standout treatment: Furnas Power
Massage ritual with volcanic stones, precious stones and clay to boost your energy and mood.
90 minutes / €115 per person
HOW: Rates for 2 nights, based on 2 adults sharing start from €220
DOURO41 HOTEL & SPA
Douro41 Hotel & Spa is a contemporary, design-led property that blends into its surroundings and offers sweeping views across the Douro River.
Embedded within spectacular scenery from every angle, the spa hotel is flooded with natural light and offers an exemplary menu of treatments, meditation sessions, guided walks and immersive dining experiences for the perfect wellness breaks.
Boasting a new Michelin starred chef, the hotel is a must-visit for food and wine lovers when exploring the region. Douro41 Hotel & Spa is a unique retreat that feeds the soul, the spirit and the body. Reflecting this, the spa offers treatments by Moss of the Isles: a therapeutic line of rituals and products that celebrate the heritage of regional and earthy ingredients that share a commitment to direct connection with nature.
Moss of the Isles products focus on the well-being of the skin and mind and the revitalization of the soul. Formulas are inspired by the therapeutic ancestors that heal and nourish the mind and body, looking for local producers to obtain the best quality raw material.
Standout treatment: Sleep and Reset
A treatment with deeply relaxing massage movements and special emphasis also placed on the scalp, helping to relieve tension and calming your mind. At the close of the treatment, add a hydrotherapy bath of your choice: lavender bath or light bath.
90 minutes / €145 per person
HOW:Rates for 2 nights, based on 2 adults sharing start from €422
ÉVORA FARM HOTEL & SPA, PORTUGAL
Situated in the serene Alentejo region of southern Portugal, Évora Farm Hotel opened in August 2021 and offers a calming escape for those seeking a rural getaway.
The 11-hectare property houses two magnificent outdoor swimming pools and spa with an indoor pool. It is also home to an orchard, an organic vegetable garden and even a petting farm for parents and youngsters.
Total tranquillity awaits in this rare destination where people, plants and animals coexist in harmony. Stargazing, hot air balloon rides, nature walks, food and wine tastings, breakfast on the hotel’s meadows at dawn, and learning more about farm life are just a handful of wellness experiences on offer at Évora.
Standout treatment: Deep Tissue Massage
Muscle recovery is the focus for this massage. Rosemary is used to activate the microcirculation, to promote a greater cellular oxygenation, whilst geranium relaxes muscles, with eucalyptus acting as an anti-inflammatory. An ideal treatment to enjoy after a workout.
50 minutes / €85 per person
Teach them young! Even children can enjoy a 25 mins chamomile massage – 25 minutes / €30
HOW: Rates for 2 nights, based on 2 adults sharing start from €108