Wellness, meditation, yoga and detox retreats are officially mainstream, no longer regarded as intense and trippy affairs for hippies or madmen. From low-key, no-frills stints on farms to luxe adventures at mountain resorts, the retreat game is bigger and more accessible than ever. Turn your planned escape into something where you'll not only rejuvenate and recalibrate but also discover new pockets of the world and try revolutionary therapies. Think you've heard it all? You haven't. Till now.

Zen in the Alps

The Alpina Gstaad, Switzerland

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Brace yourself for snow hiking, tobogganing and air-boarding (i.e., not a ski in sight) in the snowy Swiss hills; do paddleboard yoga in the luxurious indoor pool; and relax in a brand-new spa at the revered Alpina. The resort offers themed weeks of meditative and spa practices, such as Tibetan Week and the Yogic Sleep Retreat. The setting for all this activity is truly eclectic: One minute you’re diving into sashimi at the Michelin-starred Japanese restaurant Megu and sinking into cozy armchairs in full libraries, and the next you’re undergoing a full medical detox checkup and easing your way into Buddhist healing techniques.

Alpinastraße 23, Gstaad, Switzerland. +41 33 888 98 88; Facebook


Wilderness Explorations

The Lodge at Feline Fields, Botswana

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If you’ve never been to Botswana  land of sun, safaris and savannahs  make it your mission to stay at The Lodge at Feline Fields. West of the Okavango Delta is an exquisitely designed six-suite complex with private pools and decks overlooking astounding African landscapes, making this wilderness retreat authentic and comfortable in equal measure. You can sand-bike or ride horses across the Kalahari Desert and learn from indigenous Bushmen about fly camping and cave exploring.

Kalahari, Botswana. +267 686 5756; Facebook


Tropicsurf Program

Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay, Bali

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Bali is where Julia Roberts’ character went in Eat Pray Love, and we all saw how chilled and satisfied she turned out in the end. Get to know yourself with a bamboo stretch class in paradise. Soon you’ll be as supple as the plant itself, especially if you’ve signed up for the all-encompassing Tropicsurf program on the resort-owned Coconut Grove Beach, which includes stand-up paddleboarding and surf tours. Also on offer are spa journeys of self-renewal rituals and sound immersion therapies by way of the on-site resort priest and therapists, respectively.

Jimbaran, Kuta Selatan, Bali, 80361, Indonesia. +62 (361) 701010; fourseasons.com


Dhyana Self-Realization

Ananda in the Himalayas, India

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Set in northern India's famous foothills, this is a much-celebrated spiritual and traditional retreat with progressive and intensive personal development programs. (Yes, it’s very close to where John, Paul, George and Ringo famously, transcendentally, found their other selves in the '60s.) The Dhyana is a new practice at the luxury retreat: seven nights of holistic physical and mental repair using guided meditative techniques such as Yoga Nidra, mantra chanting, inner silence and gazing on a candle flame in a tranquil space set alight by the power of the Ganges River and the sal forests.

The Palace Estate, Narendra Nagar Tehri, Garhwal, Uttarakhand, 249175, India. +91 124 4516650; Facebook


City Therapy

Grace Belgravia, London

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This all-in-one gym, spa and well-being clinic has been gaining notoriety for a while. Now new joiners can enjoy free lymphatic drainage treatments or aromatherapy massages after sweat-fest workouts, and then unwind further with nourishing prepared dishes over the course of two days. Whether you're a Londoner with a busy schedule or a visitor who wants to see the sights through clear eyes rather than on a pub crawl, you’ll love the runs in Hyde Park and the eclectic crowd these weekend boot camps draw.

11c W. Halkin St., London SW1X 8JL, United Kingdom. +44 (0)20 7235 8900; gracebelgravia.com


By Alexandra Pereira

Alexandra currently lives in Berlin and loves anything rhubarb-themed, the smell of old book pages and loud shoe gaze. She has written music, art, film and opinion stories for lots of magazines, and she keeps a story blog. She loves to travel alone or with easygoing companions.