3 of the best wellness destinations for flagging families
THE OUTDOORSY BUNCH: SAANENWALD, SWITZERLAND
Prefer skiing and beeches? Then Gstaad’s new forest bathing retreat is for you.
This lush Swiss getaway has nature at its core. You’re encouraged to leave electronic devices behind and enjoy guided walks through the forest (with different levels of intensity), while other nature-themed activities include swimming in mountain lakes, sleeping outside under the stars, hiking and much more. And just when you didn’t think this could get any more idyllic, there’s guided meditation available before breakfast, and evening yoga. Admit it: if your family isn’t the “outdoors type”, you’re now wondering if they should be. Right?
FAMILY VITALITY: LOSINJ VILLAS, CROATIA
Guests at some of the more desirable wellness getaways can often look at you as if you’ve just burgled their room when you bring your family on holiday. Not so at The Losinj Villas in Croatia, which are absolutely perfect for family stays. Tucked away in a secluded part of the awe-inspiring Adriatic, the wellness offerings (including treatments by renowned French podiatrist, Bastien Gonzalez) will rejuvenate the parents, while the activities for little ones include games, activities and excursions.
FRAZZLED: NEW PARK MANOR HOTEL, UK
Have young children? Got parent fatigue? Say hello to New Park Manor Hotel in the New Forest, a retreat to restore parents and cater to kids. The on-site crèche is worth the trip alone as you bid farewell to the children, before hot-footing it to the spa. There’s lots to do as a family too: the pool is a must, as is the playground and football pitch.
With proper rest, and family time, we felt like better parents and partners, which was a reminder as to the importance of pressing pause for a short while.