We are right in the midst of that time of year when our New Year’s resolutions start to crash and burn. We all know how it feels when the resolutions we so boldly committed to two weeks ago start to lose their appeal. This year, we decided there must be a better way to achieve our resolutions. We wanted a way to get excited about making changes and setting new intentions for the year ahead. We decided that the key to achieving results is to add something we love, in this case travelling, to our resolutions. This could be the winning combination we have all been looking for. With this in mind, we set out to find the best resolution achieving retreats, adventures and courses from around the world. Here are our picks for the coolest and most unique ways to achieve your resolutions this year.
Resolution: I want to get fit
Get on your bike and visit three countries in one fitness-building holiday with this fabulous guided ride from Venice to Porec. You will cycle your way along the golden beaches of the Adriatic Coast, through Italy, Slovenia and Croatia staying in luxury accommodation with porters to transport your luggage each day of the six-day tour. Perfect for ticking off that resolution to improve your fitness while exploring one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world.
Resolution: I want to lose weight
Solution: Golden Door Luxury Weight Loss Retreat
Spend a weight-losing week at this purpose built 5-star Californian weight-loss retreat situated in 600 acres of native hills and citrus groves. Each day includes time with a personal trainer, a tailor-made menu of fresh organic food, in-room massages and unlimited pamper sessions. At this luxurious personal weight-loss retreat guests stay in lavish private rooms that open to a private Japanese garden. With a state-of-the-art gym, gorgeous swimming pools, Watsu water therapy pool and 25 miles of private trails there is plenty to do and no excuse not to work up a sweat as you focus on checking that weight loss goal off your to-do list this year.
Resolution: I want to be more adventurous
Solution: Get Lost Experience
A Get Lost Experience is the ultimate in an adventure holiday. A private transfer will take you to an unknown destination where you will be briefed and outfitted with the kit and equipment you need for the journey. Each day you will plot your way to check-points towards the final destination. Under the distant watch of the support team, you will learn how to find yourself using your inner adventurer as you chart your way home from an unknown destination. This ‘holiday’ is guaranteed to give you an adventure you will remember and will ensure you have plenty of stories to tell about how you achieved your resolution of being more adventurous this year.
Resolution: I want to learn a new language
Solution: Learn French in a French Chateau
Learn French in the beautiful chateau of St Pierre de Serjac in Beziers, Southern France. Staying in elegant private rooms, guests get to enjoy the luxury of a French Chateau and immerse themselves in the French language with on-site French lessons. Lessons are in the mornings with small groups of up to eight students. In the afternoon guests are free to choose an activity to enjoy from cycling, playing tennis, swimming, playing golf, horse riding or relaxing in the spa. What better way to learn a new language than by soaking it up on a luxuriously exotic French estate?
Resolution: I want to write a book
Solution: Himalayan Writing Retreat
As the saying goes ‘if the mountain will not come to Muhammad, then Muhammad must go to the mountain’. Let the Himalayan Mountains inspire your writing this year. Based in Satkhol Village high in the Indian Himalayas, this custom-built writers retreat offers views of the most spectacular Mountains in the world. Experienced mentors will work with you to nourish your writing and help you move past any challenges you struggle with. Spend a week in this remote and focused retreat, and you will come back with a lifetime of inspiration to fuel your book writing resolutions into reality.
Resolution: I want to be a better cook
Solution: Italian Cooking Course
This course takes you to Italy where you will enjoy a week of learning how to cook divine Italian dishes guided by top Italian chefs. The week is filled with cooking classes, tasting trips and plenty of time to eat, drink, relax and explore the beautiful Italian countryside. This cooking holiday includes six nights of luxury accommodation, classes with experienced local chefs, all food, wine and daily tours. This is a beautiful way to learn some incredible skills you can bring back home to share with your friends and family.
Resolution: I want to learn to take better photos
Solution: Lakeside Photography Retreat
Spend a few days in this quintessentially English lakeside retreat where you will learn expert tips and tricks that will take your photography to a new level. Staying in a luxury lodge in a private 100-acre lake area next to Cotswold Water Park, guests have access to an unspoiled lakeside location as their classroom. Each day learn expert photography techniques in hands-on lessons with plenty of time to hone your photography skills in this unreal location. Take a rowing boat to explore one of the 17 islands or wander along the edge of the lake in the misty morning to capture some of the abundant wildfowl, otters or dragonflies. Your Instagram followers will be green with envy at the photos you will be able to post.
Resolution: I want a digital detox
Solution: Remote Wellness Retreat
Based in a remote part of New Zealand, this wellness adventure is guaranteed to help you disconnect digitally and reconnect with nature. Staying in luxury eco-lodges, you will spend your mornings connecting with your body through daily yoga and meditation classes. Then connect with nature by joining guided hikes through some of the most beautiful World Heritage parks. Rejuvenate in the evening with massages and therapeutic spa treatments. A six-day retreat in this remote and beautiful part of the world will ensure you arrive back to home renewed, inspired and digitally detoxed.
Resolution: I want to make a difference
This unique travel service allows you to take part in the critically important mission of a Zimbabwean wildlife sanctuary. Participants volunteer each day to feed, clean and care for sick and injured wild animals. You may even get to enjoy the thrill of releasing healed animals back into the wild. This trip is one filled with unique experiences and a once in a lifetime chance to work with an amazing team dedicated to the task of protecting some of this planet’s most vulnerable and irreplaceable wildlife.
We hope our list of resolution achieving retreats and adventures will inspire you to find unique and enjoyable ways to reach your goals this year.
Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing
– A. Lincoln.