Best Wellness Villa Retreats from Oliver’s Travels
By Richard Jones
To some, the term ‘wellness’ means making sure the different dimensions of your life in harmony, while others think it’s more about practicing healthy habits on a daily basis.
But whatever your own personal definition, most agree that it is about getting away from from the stresses of modern life.
The people at villa-rental firm Oliver’s Travels have curated a collection of quirky, lavish, one-of-a-kind properties in the UK, Europe and worldwide, aimed at travellers who want to indulge in some R&R.
Founded by Oliver Bell and Ravi Sabharwal in 2003, Oliver’s Travels specialises in personalised service and local knowledge, and its portfolio includes everything from villas, châteaux, beach huts and castles, to stately homes, hobbit holes, ski chalets and cottages.
A concierge team is on hand to cater to all guests’ needs, including chef services, food delivery, fridge stocking, childcare, spa treatments, airport transfers, maid service, local excursions and much more.
The company has launched its Wellness Villa Collection for 2022, some of which include private yoga studios and spa facilities along with state-of- the-art gyms, which have the power to refresh and rejuvenate burnt-out guests.
So, whether you’re seeking some Mexican me-time, a Greek getaway, a Spanish sanctuary, an Italian idyll or just want to do nothing in the Dordogne, here are six suggestions.
Once In a Lifetime Mexican Wellness Retreat
Villa Koko, Mexico – Sleeps 18 to 22 in nine bedrooms
Situated in the exclusive residential community of Punta Mita in Mexico, the incredible nine-suite private ocean-front Villa Koko emits calm with its 90ft infinity pool, and breathtaking views of the Marietas Islands, mountains and golf courses. The villa comes complete with staff to tend to guests’ every whim, including a chef, waiter and bartender. There is a state-of-the-art fitness room, as well as spectacular spa complete with a steam room, cold shower, and outdoor stone bathtub. Villa Koko features several incredible outside areas, including an alfresco dining area situated under the hay roofing. The sand terrace fire pit is perfect for cosy evenings with a sundowner with the sand between your toes.
Rates start from £66,761 for a seven-night stay.
Grecian Oasis of Calm
Villa Michaela, Santorini – sleeps eight to 10 guests in seven bedrooms
A short car journey from the Santorini capital of Fira, Villa Michaela offers guests the ultimate zen oasis surrounded by impressive views of the volcano and caldera, while the old Castle of Akrotiri can be seen from the outdoor dining area. Secluded in the basement is an indulgent spa, complete with an indoor heated jacuzzi for those seeking solace to soak weary limbs after energetic days out exploring. Outside, guests are met with equally serene scenes with a large private pool – a perfect spot for families and friends to take in tranquil views day and night.
Rates start from £7,552 for a seven-night stay.
Idyllic Italian Retreat
Palazzo Novara, Italian Lakes – Sleeps four to eight guests in four bedrooms
On the shores of Lake Orta, Palazzo Novara is a 17th-century mansion enclosed in high walls ensuring total privacy. Travellers looking for the ultimate spa experience need look no further – the indoor area features a pool, waterfall chromotherapy and Turkish bath that leads directly out to the peaceful courtyard and columned garden. The incredible mansion is also filled with original architecture to explore, a spanning large fireplace, sumptuous furniture, a library and a music room. For a breath of fresh air and vista views, guests can overlook Lake Orta, the Island of San Giulio and the Monte Rosa from the top floor.
Rates start from £5,163 for a seven-night stay.
Intimate Italian Escape
La Casa Nel Bosco, Umbria, Italy – sleeps two to four in two bedrooms
In a prime position alongside a picturesque stream within a sprawling private estate, La Casa Nel Bosco is home to luxury wellness facilities and its proximity to hillside towns and scenic countryside make it the ultimate Umbrian retreat. Formerly a 13th-century mill, the property has an ancient underground vault which now provides a unique location for a lavish jacuzzi. The pampering continues outside the grassy lawns, with a trickling stream offering a space for serenity and total relaxation. To discover the outstanding natural beauty of Umbria, wellness lovers can explore the surrounding estate with its woods, olive groves, valleys and rivers.
Rates start from £10,269 for a seven-night stay.
French Hideaway for Yogi’s and Nature Lovers
Chateau Gastebois, Dordogne, France – sleeps 14 in seven bedrooms
Perched above the Dropt River, Chateau Gastebois ticks all the boxes when it comes to wellness, boasting a private swimming pool, tennis court and yoga facilities. The estate is a designated nature reserve ideal for bird watching and, as the sun sets, guests will enjoy to beautiful views over 100 acres of gardens and woodlands. After restful days, you can unwind by taking part in a personal wine tasting every Monday night. With a plethora of zen activities at the chateau, the area surrounding the house is also ideal for active pursuits, including horseback riding, canoeing, fishing and boat rides on the Dordogne River.
Rates start from £7,391 for a seven-night stay.
Secluded Spanish Spa Sanctuary
Villa Serradal, Catalonia, Spain – sleeps 14 in six bedrooms
Just over an hour from Barcelona airport sits the little town of Seva – and this tranquil holiday home. Boasting its own pool, gym and spa, complete with steam room and sauna, Villa Serradal allows travellers to truly forget their troubles in the most picturesque of rural settings. For more energetic ways to take a break post pamper, guests can head to the tennis court for a few rallies, while those looking to unwind further can take time out in the private cinema with their favourite movie. Outside, there are several areas to lounge in, including a fire to cosy up to and swap stories around the flickering flames.
Rates start from £7,884 for a seven-night stay.
To book any of these villas or for more information on Oliver’s Travels properties visit oliverstravels.com or call 0333 888 0205