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If your batteries are in dire need of a recharge, where better to indulge in some “me time” than in paradise? Rejuvenate your mind, body and spirit with a well-being holiday that boasts a whole host of health benefits, and you’ll leave feeling like the best possible version of yourself. Here we share our top picks of the most exotic locations to whet your holistic appetite.


Tibet: Meditation retreat

Whether you’re searching for a deeper meaning to your life or you just want a chance to get away from the daily grind, a meditation retreat could be your perfect journey to self-discipline and self-discovery. On the outskirts of Kathmandu, the Kopan Monastery offers courses that introduce you to Tibetan Buddhism and the practice of meditation. They’re led by western Sangha and are complemented by daily teachings from a Tibetan Lama — so if you want to deepen your awareness of yourself, of other people and of the world around you, this is the environment to do it in. So why not give yourself the space and concentration to clarify what is essential in your life with this challenging, life-changing experience?

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Brazil: Mountain spa

With Brazil playing host to the 2016 Olympics, an exclusive selection of luxury spas and hotels are catching on to the anticipation, and opening up in the tropics of the country. If you want to kick back in luxury surrounded by breath-taking nature, the crème de la crème is surely the Botanique Hotel & Spa. Quietly nestled in the mountains between Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paolo, the spa offers a selection of indigenous treatments for the ultimate revitalization experience. Here, you can embrace the Latin approach, local culture, cuisine and design, and pamper yourself in one of the 11 private villas and six suites for guaranteed exclusivity.

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Austria: Healing caves

Just outside Salzburg, a radon gas known locally as Tauern gold occurs deep in the caves of Gastein. Combined with the caves’ perfect humidity and 98.6°F to 106.7°F temperature, a visit there can seriously help your body’s health, restoring homeostasis in the body. Harnessing this scientifically proven phenomenon, the Gastein Healing Program treats rheumatic, respiratory and skin ailments, and claims to stimulate the body's cell repair mechanism. The gas, which is taken in through the skin and lungs, strengthens the immune system and endows the body with vitality and vigor. There are separate therapy stations with varying levels of humidity and temperature, meaning that treatments can be individually customized for whatever your needs.

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Dubai: Paddleboard yoga

The industrial glamour of Dubai might make you think that it’s a million miles from the exotic, but its crystal-clear and beautifully tranquil waters make it a popular place to give the practice of paddleboard yoga a try. The skill of keeping your balance on the board while carrying out your yoga moves means that the practice is intensified in every muscle — it will tone each and every part of your body and invigorate down to your very core. Don’t worry; you’ll be tied to the rest of your class, and once you finish, you can simply lie back on your board and bob peacefully without a care in the world.

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Thailand: Anti-stress & burnout packages

Offering everything from yoga schedules and weight management to the more alternative therapies of crystal reiki healing and palmistry, Thailand’s Absolute Sanctuary on the southern island of Koh Samui is a holistic dream. Immerse yourself in picture-perfect surroundings and enjoy a wide range of lifestyle, yoga and spa programs and dynamic therapies designed to send you on a journey back to balance, rejuvenation and wellness. What’s more, you can now bypass the strenuous journey from a chaotic and overwhelming Bangkok with direct flights to Koh Samui from Expedia.

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