If you’re looking for some real R&R this summer, privately owned tour operator The Discerning Collection has chosen a handful of stunning properties guaranteed to whisk you into a zen like state and offer a truly restful break with sumptuous Spa’s, indulgent treatments and all for under £1,000pp!
The company is also delighted to announce dates for their second yoga retreat later in the year following a hugely successful inaugural week that took place in May 2017. They’re also planning another six retreats in 2018 so watch this space!
Domes of Elounda, Crete
Stay: Located between the small fishing village of Plaka and Elounda, Domes of Elounda is a spectacular haven of serenity and tranquillity that sits at the entrance of the Mirabello Bay with fabulous views over the UNESCO protected islet of Spinalonga. Bougainvillea and Hibiscus fill the gardens and the property is home to a beautiful sandy beach. Suites boast private heated outdoor Jacuzzis or pools with spectacular sea views and mouth-watering seafood awaits at the hotel’s Topos 1910 waterfront restaurant.
Spa: Domes Spa is the true gem at this property and delivers a level of absolute tranquillity. Spa treatments and rituals combine ancient Greek methods with the latest wellness and healing techniques. Floor to ceiling windows allow light to flood the Spa whilst offering breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea. Boasting a black mosaic seawater pool and kitted out with fittings and furniture by Moroso, Serralunga & Bonaldo this Spa is truly luxurious.
The Soma Spa Signature Luxury Ritual comes highly recommended. Infused with the power of aromatics from the purest Botanical Extracts, this full body massage is enriched with Chamomile and Lavender to ease muscle aches. The treatment also includes a Radiance Facial infused with ‘Superfoods’ to give a truly healthy glow. To finish this 2hr treatment, you’ll be offered a revitalising tea of Cretan Herbs, all sourced locally from the purest fields.
The Damage: The Discerning Collection (www.discerningcollection.com; 01784 817 720) offer 7 nights at Domes of Elounda, Crete from £975pp including flights, accommodation in a Premium One Bedroom Suite with Garden View on a B&B basis and private transfers.
Stay: Surrounded by pine-covered mountains and featuring 103 elegantly furnished rooms and suites, D-Resort Göcek is located on its own private and stunning strip of sandy beach just moments from the harbour town of Göcek where a charming selection of restaurants, bars and boutiques can be found. The property boasts two superb restaurants where some of the best Turkish cuisine is prepared as well as a newly opened Teppanyaki station – the only Japanese restaurant in the region!
Spa: Spread over 3 floors and boasting a Turkish hamam, 2 abachi wood saunas and four treatment rooms (two of which have been specially designed for couples), D-Spa also provides peaceful rest areas, a vitality pool, steam rooms, ice stations, relaxation suites and mystic Turkish baths. Indulge in the 50min Hamam Ritual where a pink mud massage is performed providing deep cleansing and relaxation, foam massage and body mask, or you could opt for the Synchronised Four-Hand Massage (50/80mins) which is performed simultaneously by two therapists supported by hot stones and aromatic oils providing a feeling of happiness and relaxation across your entire body.
The Damage: The Discerning Collection (www.discerningcollection.com; 01784 817 720) offer 7 nights at D-Resort Goeck from £795pp including flights, accommodation in a Superior Room on a B&B basis and private transfers.