WELCOME TO THE COLLECTIVE: 3 RETREATS REDEFINING RELAXATION IN 2018
A new year beckons, rebels – and with it a new opportunity to rediscover yourself, away from madding crowds and frenzied city living. Wellness clichés aside, discover the collective’s most recent additions who are redefining what true relaxation – and restoration of body and soul – mean in 2018. January blues, be gone.
LOCATION: South Male Atoll, Maldives
CAUSE: To find harmonious balance in the most ludicrously beautiful of settings.
At the Ananatara Naladhu, privacy is paramount. Okay, the nature of its location helps, enveloped as it is on all sides by azure seas and fronds of tropical foliage; but this adults-only resort’s dedication to creating intimacy goes deeper than that. As deep, in fact (or as shallow, if you’d rather spend your time in the infinity pool – no judgement here) as you like. Off-limits to those not staying on the island, from the moment you arrive – via speedboat, no less – the focus is firmly on establishing harmony from within, courtesy of their signature Balance Wellness concept. Holistic therapy sessions and culinary seminars sit happily alongside reiki and crystal healing workshops, while the resort’s impressive Coral Adoption programme justifies their Green Globe certification. And if a restorative, L’Occitane-fuelled soak in a sea-facing tub doesn’t fend off the January blues, well, we don’t know how to help you.
NAME: Beach Enclave
LOCATION: Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
CAUSE: Island living at its finest, with an eye trained firmly on bespoke experiences.
Contrary to popular belief, retreats are not only synonymous with inexertion. The proof lies in Beach Enclave’s dizzying array of extracurriculars, from snuba diving and parasailing to complimentary yoga, conch farm exploring and horse riding on impossibly pure white sands. Island insiders will tweak your itinerary to perfection, while a cadre of personal chefs prepare decadent, Carribean-fusion fare on demand. Hugging the shoreline of Providenciales island, choose from nine clifftop villas, bordered by the wildlife-abundant Princess Alexandra National Park. All this just 90 minutes from Miami, proving that a true weekend escape isn’t just a pipe dream for the time-poor. (That’d be all of us, then.)
NAME: Hotel Escondido
LOCATION: Puerto Escondido, Mexico
CAUSE: A haven of surf, seafood and minimal living in Mexico’s best-kept secret.
When the literal translation of a hotel’s name is ‘hidden place’, you can be assured of isolation and intimacy. Hotel Escondido is nestled on a pristine stretch of Oaxacan coastline, where the gardens are thick with plump, verdant cacti and some of the world’s finest surf spots are mere seconds away. Conceived by two citrus farmers-turned-boutique hoteliers – Carlos Couturier and Moises Micha, founders of the Habita chain – the Escondido boasts 16 palapa-roofed cabanas, each with their own sundeck, plunge pool and perfectly pitched modern-rustic interiors. If you’re seeking new year solace from snooze-inducing trends and Airbnb imitators, worry not: authenticity is woven into the fabric of Escondido. “Even if we’re successful at something, we don’t repeat it”, says Couturier. “We like (to preserve) a sense of passion and audacity.”
From the materials (stucco walls, hardwood floors, raffia loveseats) to the colour scheme (teal, white, and tomato red) each space is deliberately sparse, with just enough room for the bare essentials: a surfboard, a sunhat, and a pitcher of salty margaritas. See you at the bar.