The 'zenventure' is the mindful trend combining wellness and travel we all need this summer

A 7-night all-inclusive stay at Club Med Seychelles (excluding flights), starts from £1,815 per person;

Sabi Sabi, South Africa

Whether you’re blissing out in your private pool or on the prowl for leopards, safaris don’t come chicer – or more mentally restorative – than Sabi Sabi’s luxurious Earth Lodge. Swathed in matumi and zebrawood, this architectural gem is carved deep into the verdant curves of Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve – a 65,000-hectare savanna fringing the world-famous Kruger National Park – and serves up two game drives per day for sightings of the Big Five, plus some seriously sumptuous spa treatments. The best bit? Dropping out of the everyday hustle entirely and reconnecting with nature under a South African sunset, regional rosé in hand. 

All-inclusive stays with Sabi Sabi, including two open-vehicle safaris per day, food, selected beverages and transfers from the private airstrip, start from £815 per night;

Soul & Surf, Sri Lanka

With its signature laid-back vibes, shared platters of super-healthy local fare, and pro-taught surfing and yoga schedules, Soul & Surf’s sun-soaked retreats in the lush jungle village of Ahangama are just the ticket for zenventurers hoping to master the board by day and enjoy balmy, meditative evenings by night. Its winning combination of guided saltwater adventures from Kabalana beach, restorative yin and vinyasa-flow classes on the terrace, and stylish, boutique setting ensure you’ll return fully charged – if not yet a Point Break-worthy boarder.

 A 3-night, mid-week escape starts at approx £195 per person, including surf and yoga tuition and most meals;

St Michaels Resort, Cornwall

Take the plunge with a Wild Swimming Retreat at St Michaels Resort in Falmouth. Run in conjunction with SwimLab’s expert coach Salim Ahmed, this three-day open-water getaway is suitable for anyone who can comfortably manage 400m, and combines technique-perfecting hacks with cold-water philosophy to not only improve your stroke, but also help you plug you into the mental, physical and emotional benefits of taking a dip in the big blue. Expect one-to-one tuition, group drills and structured swims, alongside pool instruction and complementary activities and excursions that deliver the full restorative experience – think yoga sessions to soothe aching shoulder muscles, hydrothermal treatments in the hotel spa (to soothe everything else), and coastal walks along the stunning Falmouth clifftops. 

Retreats in May, September and October are available from £595 per person;

BodyHoliday, St Lucia

Serving up whitewashed sands and a feel-good dose of tropical heat, BodyHoliday is the West Indies’ award-winning resort that delivers wellness, perfectly packaged. Perched on the northern tip of St Lucia’s emerald-coloured coves, this health-driven hideaway delivers everything from waterskiing lessons and reformer Pilates, to acupuncture and archery – as well as training sessions with the likes of Olympic swimmer Jazz Carlin (516 July); Welsh Olympic sprinter Jamie Baulch (1930 July), England Rugby League star Martin Offiah (213 August); and Olympic runner Donna Fraser (1627 August). 

All-inclusive rates start from £290 per person, per night;


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