Hand Picked Hotels launches bespoke luxury wellness retreats

The series of holistic day-long wellness retreats will run in eight Hand Picked Hotels this autumn


By Wendy Golledge

13 September 2023

Hand Picked Hotels has announced it is launching a series of holistic day-long wellness retreats across its hotels during autumn.

Each retreat has been carefully curated to work with the individual hotel’s surrounding environment.

There are options for everyone from fitness novices to those seeking something more challenging, giving guests the opportunity to choose a retreat that suits their individual wellness goals.

Unique retreats for each venue

The retreats include Mindfulness at Rookery Hall in Cheshire, including a mindfulness breathing workshop, energising yogalates class and Qigong session.

At L’horizon in St Brelade’s Bay, Jersey, guests can choose an Exploration Retreat including a ‘wild fitness’ guided workout and a cliff trek.

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Each retreat has been curated to work with the hotel’s surrounding environment

Eight bespoke wellness retreats

At Norton House in Edinburgh there will be a Soulful Movement Retreat, all about reconnecting and rebalancing through movement and sound. It includes guided outdoor Pilates on the lawns and sound bowl therapy.

Each retreat is supported with an accompanying menu of healthy, colourful, nutritious food. Guests can use the spa for down time at the end of the day.

“We’ve been exploring this for a while, but it takes time to do retreats properly. We really didn’t want them all to be the same and we wanted them to be based outside as much as possible, to utilise the natural environment, away from phones and screens.”

Lesley Bacon

Group health club and spa manager, Hand Picked Hotels

“What we’re introducing is very different from a spa day, it’s more wellness than pure relaxation,” says Lesley Bacon, group health club and spa manager, Hand Picked Hotels.

“Depending on guests’ interests we have something across the portfolio, from silent discos and yoga to gong baths.

“The focus is on wellbeing, on learning something new in a safe, supportive environment.”

Small, individualised wellness retreats

The retreats are small – a maximum of 12 per group – and intended to be very social, so guests feel comfortable attending alone.

Hand Picked Hotels is starting with day retreats only this year, with the option to add an overnight stay at the hotel.

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Retreats include gong bathing sessions

Hand Picked Hotels has sourced experts in mindfulness, wellbeing and physical health from inside the collection as well as utilising local specialists.

“The plan for next year is to grow our new retreat offering into residential retreats with, for example wild swimming and paddleboarding in the Channel Isles, and walks and forest bathing in our country retreats,” says Bacon.

“We’re tapping into local wellness gurus and will gather feedback to inform our retreat developments for next year.”

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