Health Travel Magazine - Digest 2024

The World’s Best Detox Retreats

Give your mind, body and soul a well deserved boost with a luxury detox programme from one of the world’s leading leading health and wellness hotels.

Imagine yourself at the end of a long day: perhaps you are feeling tired and decide to eat some fast food, or relax with a glass of wine. We all do it. We’re only human after all! But have you ever stopped to think what chemicals are really in that food? How many different chemical compounds is that burger or pizza made from? In fact, one popular global burger chain uses up to 78 different artificial additives in its food range.

Why am I writing this? It’s certainly not to deprive you of the joy of the occasional burger. It’s to point out that our modern lives and modern diets do contain a large range of non-essential additives. So surely the stresses and effects of this can build up in our systems over time. Add to that, the hectic nature of life today, which can cause the release of stress-related inflammatory chemicals in our bodies. This is where the concept of having a detox comes in. Research shows that our bodies do naturally safely dispose of many ‘toxins’ which we come across in our day to day lives. However, a detox programme is designed to give this process an extra short term boost in a range of ways, for example; healthy eating, hydration and exercises. They also provide lasting benefits through learning which you can take beyond the retreat.

Nowadays there’s a very large array of different detox diets and programmes, which could seem confusing. So if you want to detox, we think that a detox retreat is great way to do it. You will have personalised expert guidance, be in a luxury relaxed environment while taking a break from the stresses and strains of everyday life.

Here at Health Travel we aim to provide our clients with the ultimate luxury wellness travel experience. So in this blog we have curated a selection of the World’s best detox holidays.

Brenners Park Villa Stephanie, Baden-Baden, Germany

Detox your life in 7 days

At Brenners Park Villa Stephanie experience the inspiring blend of activities and relaxation, effectiveness and lifestyle during a stay of 7 nights. Their holistic programme is designed to help you detox and leave feeling healthier and invigorated.

This detox retreat can be adjusted to your personal needs but an example programme includes:

Medical services

  • 1x Medical examination – Comprehensive medical anamnesis
  • 1x Blood analysis in order to check your metabolism and important vital substances

Coaching & personal training 

  • Entrance consultation with your detox specialist including one body analysis
  • Elaboration of your personalised menu plan
  • 2x Personal Training (60 minutes)
  • Final body analysis and a review of the results


  • 2x Lymphatic drainage – Stimulating your lymphatic system for decongestion (60 minutes)
  • 3x Thermo-Algae Mud Wrap – The warmth will make your body sweat and accelerate your detox process (60 minutes)
  • 1x Foot reflexology massage – Increases circulation and boosts your immune system (60 minutes)
  • 1x Clay Body-Treatment – Let your skin feel fresh and smooth (30 minutes)
  • 1x Detoxifying Body & Face Treatment – Activates your blood circulation, warm compresses and the Chlorella-algae wrap enhance the detoxifying effect for a refreshing well-being (90 minutes)


  • Daily detoxifying tea, water and one freshly squeezed green smoothie in your room
  • Daily full board prepared in the Vitalizing Kitchen in accordance with your menu plan (Possible options: vegetarian, vegan, lactose or gluten free or low carb)
  • Your personal Detox host will be at your disposal during the whole stay
  • Receive one personalised menu plan including recipes and a detox information brochure to take home


  • Up to two fitness activities free of charge each day: Aquagymnastic, Yoga, Qi Gong, Power Workout, Nordic Walking and Hiking
  • House of Wellbeing Villa Stéphanie with Fitness Center, large indoor pool in Roman style, 500 square metres sauna, Plunge pool and Ladies sauna

Detox programme duration: 7 days

Get in touch with one of our personal wellness travel advisors if you would like to find out more and create your detox retreat package

SHA Wellness Clinic, Alicante, Spain

A deep body cleanse in elegant surroundings

Under the supervision and advice of SHA’s team of professionals, they detoxify the body through a range of techniques. They create a food plan and personalised health plan. You will experience natural therapies, medical treatments and adequate supplementation, all focused on the elimination of toxins and the reinforcement of natural purification mechanisms. you will receive lifestyle recommendations, with activities that enable learning new healthy habits.

This detox retreat can be adjusted to your personal needs but an example programme includes:

Medical services:

  • General health examination
  • Initial laboratory test
  • Ending laboratory test
  • Oxytest, oxidative stress test to determine the level of oxidation in the body
  • Metabolic testing
  • General medical consultation at the beginning and at the end of the programme
  • Consultation with an expert in anti-ageing and genetic medicine
  • Lung detox nebulization session
  • Intravenous liver detox session
  • Revitalising medicine consultation
  • Rectal ozone therapy session
  • Derma-aesthetic consultation, featuring the most advanced technology for non-invasive diagnosis
  • Dietary supplement SHA Detox

Healthy nutrition:

  • Consultation with an expert on nutrition and natural therapies
  • Nutrition plan adapted to your needs
  • Natural therapeutic drinks, based on prescription
  • Nutritional follow-up consultation during your stay
  • Personalized health plan
  • Healthy group cooking class at The Chef’s Studio
  • Complimentary recipe book “The SHA Recipes to Live Longer and Better” or tea box from our SHA Tea Collection

Natural Therapies:

  • Traditional Chinese Medicine consultation and treatment based on prescription: acupuncture, laser acupuncture or electromagnetic heat lamp
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine treatment session, based on prescription
  • Colon hydrotherapy session
  • Initial and final energy health assessment with bioenergetic mapping and evaluation Infrared heat and electromagnetic balance session
  • Ostheopathy session


  • SHA Detox massage
  • Hydroenergetic cure detox, consisting in hydroaromatherapy, fitomudtherapy and hidrojet
  • Pressotherapy session
  • Lymphatic drainage massage
  • Electro lymphatic drainage
  • SHA Thalasso body contour
  • Detox premium facial treatment –
  • Corporal drainage SHA
  • Detox Indiba
  • Access to the Hydrotherapy Circuit, based on prescription (sauna, Roman baths, Turkish baths, cold plunge pool, hydrotherapy pool, lap lane, foot baths, bithermal showers, ice fountain, therapeutic water jets)

Mind and body:

  • Pranayama breathing techniques to improve the oxygenation of the organs involved in the depurative process

Healthy living academy:

  • Complimentary access to group activities: talks, holistic classes, training, walks and healthy cooking classes, among others

Detox programme duration: 7, 14 or 21 days

Get in touch with one of our personal wellness travel advisors if you would like to find out more and create your detox retreat package

Vivamayr, Altaussee, Austria

Detox in style, surrounded by beautiful Austrian mountains

Located in the charming town of Altaussee, the Vivamayr health center features breath-taking views of the Austrian Alps and the pristine waters of lake Altaussee. Your journey to long-term wellbeing starts here, as their highly skilled team of medical professionals and therapists specialising in Modern Mayr Medicine accompanies you in every step of the way.

Vivamayr combines modern complementary medicine with traditional diagnostics and therapies according to F.X. Mayr. Once they have treated your condition, proper nutrition combined with exercise and improved mental awareness become the building blocks of your new life.

A detox retreat at Vivamayr is highly tailored to each individual. Programmes can include a range of treatments such as:

  • Water therapy
  • Movement therapy
  • Lab infusions
  • Oxygen therapy
  • Massage therapy
  • Nutritional consultation
  • Cryotherapy
  • Skin and beauty treatments

Detox programme duration: Programmes can be highly tailored. We recommend discussing your needs with one of our personal wellness travel advisors.

Get in touch with one of our personal wellness travel advisors if you would like to find out more and create your detox retreat package

Grand Resort Bad Ragaz, Bad Ragaz, Switzerland

Find inner balance and more harmony with the Body & Mind Detox programme

The Body & Mind Detox programme effectively combines traditional medicine with naturopathy. Under the guidance of the Grand Resort’s doctors and nutritionists, your stay is complemented by their full board with healthy cuisine. Their daily detox drinks, detox tea and a colon cleanse purify your body holistically, while personal training sessions, medical massages and relaxation massages help you to find inner balance.

This detox retreat can be adjusted to your personal needs but an example programme includes:

  • Initial & final consultation with a doctor
  • Nutritional consultation
  • Ultrasound and laboratory check-up
  • Measurement of body fat and muscle mass
  • Personal training
  • Medical massage
  • Salt water colon cleanse
  • Detox infusion
  • Lymphatic drainage
  • Detox and cellulite treatment
  • Therma body radiofrequency treatment
  • Chi Nei Tsang massage

Detox programme duration: 7 days with the option of an extension week

Get in touch with one of our personal wellness advisors if you would like to find out more and create your detox retreat package

Clinique la Prairie, Clarens, Switzerland

Harnesses the power of genetics, cellular and nutritional science

Clinique La Prairie starts from your genes and a screening of your physiological imbalances to build a bespoke cleansing programme just for you. This Master Detox combines cutting-edge medicine and research with unique wellness, nutrition and exercise plans by leading health experts you can trust. The 7-day programme is about identifying your deficiencies and rebalancing them with holistic and natural approaches, using the information taken from your genes and analysis to identify just what’s needed to reset your body and leave you with a lasting wellbeing

This detox retreat is adjusted to your personal needs and based on your individual genetics. Programmes are built around:

  • In-depth health screening
  • CLP cellular genomic detox
  • Exact DNA profiling
  • Healthy and inspiring diet
  • Transformative nutrition
  • Rejuvenating well-being and movement

Detox programme duration: 7 days (6 nights)

Get in touch with one of our personal wellness travel advisors if you would like to find out more and create your detox retreat package

Lefay Resort and Spa, Largo di Garda, Italy

A wellness programme to detoxify and purify the body

Set in a stunning location in the hills surrounding Lake Garda, Italy, Lefay Resort is an ideal location to reconnect with yourself and with nature. It has 11 hectares of natural park, surrounded by gentle hills and natural terraces rich in woods and olive groves overlooking a spectacular view of the lake. A detox retreat in the Lefay resort combines a luxurious stay with outstanding healthy gourmet food and world class wellness treatments in their extensive spa.

This detox retreat can be adjusted to your personal needs but an example programme includes:

  • Initial energy examination to determine energy levels
  • Intermediate medical interview
  • Food Intolerance checkup (optional)
  • Nutritional consultation and prescription of special diet
  • Personalised phytotherapy
  • 1 energy body scrub
  • 1 Unico Cielo facial cleansing ritual
  • 1 Lefay SPA energy specific foot reflexology treatment
  • 2 Lefay SPA pyhto – specific aromatic mud wraps
  • 1 specific tuina massage
  • 1 moxibustion treatment
  • 1 Lefay SPA detoxifying energy massage (with cupping) La Luce oltre la Nebbia
  • 1 Lefay SPA draining energy massage Rugiada del Mattino
  • 1 energy aroma-hydrotherapy session with essential oils
  • 1 session in the salt-water pool La Luna nel Lago
  • 1 guided walk in the energy and therapeutic garden
  • 2 activities for rebalancing physical energy (Stretching of the Meridians)
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the restaurants with personalized menu
  • Entrance to the Lefay SPA World of Water and Fire
  • Introduction to the programme
  • Final examination with targeted recommendations for maintenance.

Detox programme duration: Minimum 4 night stay, flexible duration dependent on your preference

Get in touch with one of our personal wellness travel advisors if you would like to find out more and create your detox retreat package

Ananda in the Himalayas, Narendra Nagar, India

A pilgrimage for your health

Ananda offers a range of programmes to detoxify the mind and body. Here we consider Ananda’s comprehensive Detox Programmes for 7, 14 & 21 nights, which rest the digestive system through controlled eating of whole organic foods, improves the circulation of the blood and lymphatic systems, filters toxins from the body and finally nourishes it with essential nutrients.

Although each retreat is unique, they all include some core elements:

  • Individual Wellness Consultation only for guests on comprehensive programme (7 nights and above) 
  • Group Wellbeing Orientation for guests on the Introductory Programmes (3/5 nights)
  • Personal Fitness Consultation, Fitness Test and Body composition analysis where required
  • Ongoing progress checks with Doctor and Spa consultants
  • Detailed debrief session and lifestyle consultation and counseling session
  • Ananda Rejuvenation Spa Cuisine meals (breakfast/ lunch/ dinner), per night per person
  • Morning Wake Up signature tea and fresh fruit bowl provided every day
  • Scheduled wellness activities: Yoga, Pranayama, Meditation, Vedanta talks, Fitness, Cooking demonstrations, and weekly trek
  • Daily use of the Hydrotherapy facilities: Steam, Sauna, Chill Plunge Pool, and Kneipp Hydrotherapy Foot Bath

Depending on your chosen retreat you will receive a range of treatments which include:

  • Ayurveda Therapy Sessions
  • International Therapy Sessions
  • Personal Yoga Sessions
  • Personal Pranayama Sessions
  • Personal Meditation Sessions
  • Cleansing Therapy
  • Personal Fitness Sessions

Holistic Detox programme duration: 7, 14 & 21 nights. 5 day starter programmes are also available, as well as alternative detox programmes such as a 7-21 night Yogic detox and a 14 to 21 night Ayurvedic Panchakarma detox. We recommend discussing your needs with one of our personal wellness travel advisors to find the right package for you.

Get in touch with one of our personal wellness travel advisors if you would like to find out more and create your detox retreat package.