Christmas is often characterised as the season of excess, when that second mince pie and extra glass of mulled wine are all the more tempting, especially when everyone else is getting into the spirit of things.
If you are worried about the festive season derailing your healthy habits, it might be a good time to treat yourself to a little health-focused rest and relaxation.
Here are the best detox retreats for those looking to start their New Year’s resolutions a little early.
Marbella Club (Spain)
Marbella may be better-known as a party destination, but the blue waters and surrounding hills make this the perfect outdoor playground for a fitness enthusiast.
Cleanse & Purify retreats are designed to gently detox guests, improve energy levels and leave them feeling happier, healthier and recharged for the year to come.
Probiotics are incorporated into the programme to help aid the body’s natural ability to detox, while nourishing plant-based cuisine keeps energy levels high.
Programmes include three meals a day, daily fitness classes and unlimited spa access.
To end each day, guests are treated to a glass of wine with dinner; proof that it is not all hard work.
Chiva-Som Health Resort (Thailand)
Nestled among seven acres of tropical gardens, this Hua Hin resort makes for the perfect detox destination.
The five-night Art of Detox programme begins with a private wellness consultation, with standard inclusions such as a daily spa treatments and up to eight daily fitness classes.
Bodies are nourished on a natural, cleansing diet, while lymphatic drainage massages and colonic hydrotherapy sessions aid the detoxifying process.
Kangaroo Island Health Retreat (Australia)
Kangaroo Island Health Retreat caters to guests aged between 18 and 59, offering gentle detox programmes.
Its five-day Dynamic Detox retreat includes three nights of cleansing, followed by two days of reintroducing nutritional, healthy meals.
It aims to lead retreat-goers into a lasting lifestyle change.
Retreats are inclusive of all meals and snacks, as well as cooking classes, yoga and Pilates sessions, and a series of nutritional lectures and nature walks to calm both body and mind.
V Integrated Wellness (Malaysia)
This five-star facility on the island of Langkawi in Malaysia won the prestigious Rainforest Spa of the Year award last year, and it is clear to see why.
Four-night detox programmes cater to guests’ every wellness wish, beginning with a consultation on how to live a more holistic lifestyle.
Retreats are inclusive of gemstone facials, detox hair treatments and private yoga and personal training.
Rates are also inclusive of lunch and dinner, as well as daily fitness and mindful sessions and a guided nature walk.
The Farm at San Benito (Philippines)
For a week of deep detoxification this Christmas, look no further than The Farm at San Benito.
This five-star luxury resort 90-minutes south of Manila offers a comprehensive seven-night Detox and Cleanse Programme, which gives guests a physical and mental cleanse.
The retreat includes five days of medically guided fasting, followed by two days of light meals from the Alive! restaurant menu.
Combining detox therapies like colon hydrotherapy, kidney cleansing and skin brushing, with holistic activities like yoga and meditation, you will be feeling squeaky clean inside and out by the end of the week.
Vana Retreat (India)
This eco-healing resort is the perfect alternative to your typical winter wonderland retreat.
The 14-night Retreat Detox programme includes a wellness consultation on arrival and departure, as well as nutritional wellness cuisine and healthy snacks.
Private wellness treatments and sessions will help you find your fitness feet before the end of the year.
In keeping with the concept of a cosy Christmas, plush pyjamas and winter accessories are on hand to give you that feeling of a home away from home.
REVĪVŌ Wellness Resort (Indonesia)
In the hills above Nusa Dua, surrounded by rainforest overlooking the ocean, Revīvō Wellness Resort offers guests some much-needed respite from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Three-day retreats are tailor-made for guests, who are required to fill in a comprehensive wellness questionnaire before their arrival.
Once at the resort, skin and blood tests as well as a body analysis help wellness practitioners identify how best to help.
Daily wellness treatments and up to three times a day fitness activities will help you pass the time, while a complimentary retreat journal makes for the perfect place to record your experience.
Kamalaya provides a calm, tranquil sanctuary on the eastern edge of the island of Koh Samui.
Seven-night Comprehensive Detox programmes are all-inclusive and begin with a wellness consultation and bio-impedance analysis.
Once settled in, your healthy holiday routine will include an essential oil massage, traditional massage, detoxifying remedies, and access to daily scheduled fitness sessions.
Three colon hydrotherapy treatments and lymphatic drainage therapies will further aid the detoxification process, and on departure, you will receive a wellness gift pack to take home.
For the ultimate fitness-focused festive retreat, head to Thanyapura.
This state-of-the-art health and wellness resort is spread across 23-hectares of land.
Five-day detox retreats are inclusive of health and dietary consultations, a body composition analysis, colon hydrotherapy sessions, and access to yoga, fitness and mindfulness sessions.
Guests have access to the resort’s health and wellness facilities at their leisure, while all meals are based around a nutritional, detoxifying plan.
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Set among 200 hectares of natural beauty in the Tallebudgera Valley in Queensland, this Australian oasis offers guests the ultimate detox experience.
The seven-night detox retreat includes accommodation and all meals and snacks are prepared by a team of nutritionally-conscious chefs who inspired the resort’s award-winning cookbook.
Guests can enjoy two classic massages and a facial, access to scheduled wellness seminars, a health and well-being analysis, and A$100 (US$73) worth of wellness credit.
This article originally appeared on Compare Retreats .