Europe’s Best Autumn Retreats

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It’s time to get cosy…

La Roca Village

The days are getting crisper and the trees have donned their red and gold leaves. There’s no better time to escape to a cosy corner of Europe for an indulgent autumnal retreat. But with so many to choose from where do you even begin? We’ve rounded up a selection of luxury getaways from across Europe that are sure to leave you feeling refreshed and pampered. Right this way…

Golfing and spa-ing in Germany

Completed in 1893, the spectacular five-star Schlosshotel Kronberg is a luxurious castle hotel set in the historic Kronberg park, a short distance from Frankfurt. Here you can treat yourself to 18 holes of golf on one of Germany’s most beautiful courses in the morning and indulge in a relaxing massage and facial in the afternoon at the hotel spa. If that doesn’t sound like a day of bliss, then we don’t know what does.

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A healthy ‘Hygge Weekend’ in Ireland: Wild Atlantic Way

There’s no denying that the idea of a cosy weekend nestled along Ireland’s spectacular Wild Atlantic Way sounds incredibly attractive. Good food, good company and restorative vinyasa flow yoga, all in a traditional Irish farmhouse boasting a roaring fire and country-style kitchen? Sign us up.

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A fitness focus in Spain: Thirty Eight Degrees North

Nothing is quite so good for the soul as fresh air, sea views and a break from the rat race. Soak up the last rays of sun and get in shape for the new season at 38 Degrees North’s Body:Fit luxury fitness retreat in Ibiza. A week of intensive training and cardio, nutritional education, goal-setting and sunrise hikes and you’ll feel refreshed and rejuvenated for every sparkling event autumn and winter holds.

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A personal strategy retreat in France: The Strategic Space

Coinciding with the kick-off of a new academic year, autumn is a celebration of new starts and beginnings. So why not spend a few days at a personal strategy retreat in a beautiful French chateau in Burgundy? These workshops will have you plotting out a path for the next year and see you heading back to everyday life equipped to take on the challenges and trials of a new year.

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A Belgian spa escape: Manoir de Lébioles

Sometimes (all right, most of the time) you just need a day of five-star, luxury pampering. Set within the legendary forest of Ardennes in Belgium, the grand Manoir de Lébioles, hosts an ‘Autumn Well-being’ day complete with citrus body mask, relaxing back treatment, access to the sauna, Hamman and Vitapool and an exquisite two-course meal. Perfect for a romantic weekend away, the castle-style hotel boasts warm, luxurious bedrooms and gastronomic options that will leave you feeling rested and refreshed.

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Art and yoga in Italy: Eat Pray Move

Your destination for Eat Pray Move’s week of art and yoga? The magical city of Venice. Daily yoga and meditation sessions aimed at all levels of experience are complemented by sketching and ‘ifonography’ classes, designed to focus your mind and soul on the history and ethereal beauty of Venezia. When you’re not practising your breathing or gliding your pencil across a sketchpad, explore the fairy-tale streets with a walking tour and a visit to the famed glass-blowing island of Murano. Do you need another reason?

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Yoga and a digital detox in the English countryside: Reclaim Yourself

Spend your weekend cocooned in a seventeenth-century manor house in rural England. You’ll be encouraged to switch off your smartphones, laptops and tablets at the start of the retreat, giving you freedom from the demands of the outside world. The weekend consists of Jivamukti yoga classes, meditation and a Kirtan session alongside digital detox sessions. It’s three days of utter peace and quiet in the beautiful, and fabled English countryside.

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