1. Healing in India
The Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu and the Duchess of Cornwall are among the visitors to Dr Issac Mathai’s holistic healing centre near Bengaluru, in the south Indian state of Karnataka. Rooms are homely and facilities limited – but Ayurveda and naturopathic treatments are the main draw. A Mind and Spirit Enhancement break includes guidance on diet, a yoga consultation, advice on relaxation and meditation techniques, cooking demonstrations and massage. Available year round. Soukya (soukya.com).
2. Breathe easy in Indonesia
Breathing to release mental stresses and tensions is the subject of workshops offered at Nihi Sumba resort, where techniques include abdominal, deep belly and yogic breathing (pranayama) with a focus on opening airways and maintaining healthy lungs. This tropical retreat on the island of Sumba has a long sandy beach and stylish villas overlooking the Indian Ocean. Horse riding enthusiasts too have lots to options to enjoy. Available until September.
3. Brain boost in Brazil
The Kurotel Longevity Medical Centre and Spa, near Gramado in southern Brazil, offers a mental stimulation programme developed by neuroscientists and health professionals. It includes a medical evaluation and consultations with experts and is aimed at aiding memory and improving sleep. Available year round.
4. Go holistic in the Caribbean
Ayurvedic expert Kyra Montagu offers daily meditation and yoga as an aid to mental relaxation on a Signature Wellbeing Experience at the Boca Chavon holistic retreat. Located on the south-east shores of the Dominican Republic, this three-room hideaway with additional glamping tents is set in 25
acres of tranquil gardens. Available November to September.
5. Silence in Italy
Mandali is set on a hilltop overlooking Lago d’Orta in northern Italy and activities are run on an optional, drop-in basis – so you be can flexible. The Mandali Experience is a three, five or eight-day programme that combines mindfulness, "self-compassion" and silence, plus meditation and sharing circle sessions. Accommodation is in stylish rooms or villas. Available year round. Mandali (mandali.org).
6. Get creative in Greece
Previous artistic experience isn’t essential on a summer course at the Skyros Centre on the Greek island of Skyros. The course is led by Ignacio Lalanne, a mindfulness teacher. Through painting and drawing, he encourages participants to relax the mind and to focus on the present. Daily yoga, music and singing sessions are also on offer. Starts Aug 18 2019. Skyros (skyros.com).
7. Meditate in Portugal
A 40-minute lesson in meditation techniques is part of a "detox" break at Six Senses Douro Valley. This five-star hotel is in a 19th-century, hilltop manor overlooking vineyards and the Douro river, with 10 treatment rooms and an indoor pool. Available year round.
8. Deep sleeps in Switzerland
Insomniacs with deep pockets might book a break at the five-star Grand Resort Bad Ragaz in Switzerland for a comprehensive treatment plan. The price includes a medical consultation, pulmonary tests, and analysis of sleep patterns. Available year round.
9. Mental rest in Menorca
Rest and mental recuperation through mindfulness, nutrition and therapy is the key focus on a retreat run by Silver Linings at five-star Cugo Gran Menorca, a tranquil 12-room hotel near the village of Sant Climent on the island’s south coast. Organic veggies, local seafood and vegan dishes are on the menu, plus daily sessions of yoga, pilates, massage and meditation.
The Sunday Telegraph