Frequently Asked Questions
You can expect to explore the most high-end retreats in memorable and tranquil places, which are all unique in terms of location, design & architecture and the wellbeing programmes designed for you. We work with all partners to create a unique and effective programme offering for guests. Savour delicious farm-to-table food daily, be with nature, explore the beautiful surroundings of the destinations we have chosen for you. Our retreats are not about deprivation. They offer a wide range of life-enhancing activities as we want to help our guests create and maintain a balanced and fulfilled lifestyle by providing the tools for re-learning, self-care, mindfulness and cleaner healthier living.
How do I pick which retreats to go on?
Explore by Retreat Type or Where to Go to see our current selection and trust your instincts. We travel to all corners of Europe and confining Countries to look for the ideal destinations easily reachable from London and other main European cities. The idea is that you do not need to travel to the other corner of the world to reconnect.
Please refer to the What’s Included section of each retreat programme for more details.The Overview of each programme is also very detailed.
Typically, we include:
- Stunning accommodations with options for single or double occupancy
- Delicious and healthy breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, all with an emphasis on ingredients local to the region
- Filtered water, coffee, tea and juices
- Daily fitness classes or activities such as biking, hiking, yoga, Pilates, body sculpting
- Daily guided meditation and restorative yoga
- Workshops on various life-enhancing topics
- Cultural and/or ecological excursions specific to the region such as exploring ancient ruins and visiting local gardens
- Spa treatments with selected programmes
- Entertainment such as participating in a cooking class
- Complimentary WiFi
- Some programmes will include airport pick-up/drop-off or airport shuttle. If not, in most of cases we can provide you with the contact details of a driver that at a preferred rate for Balance Holidays (excluded from the price of the programme) can drive you to the retreat location.
Absolutely! If you’re travelling alone, a retreat is the best way to meet new people with similar interests in a safe and healthy environment. At Balance Holidays we value the “tribe” factor because when an experience is shared collectively, we not only deepen connections within ourselves but we connect to those around us. When we are connected with ourselves and with others, our emotional, mental and physical health increases.
Balance Holidays prides itself on offering personalised care and attention to all who visit. Our group size depends on which trip you join. They reflect our desire to be small and intimate and to have a good teacher to student ratio while keeping in mind the joy and community that comes from a certain size group. The trips generally range from 8-12 guests.
Balance Holidays welcomes everyone, regardless of the level they’re starting at. Whether you are beginning your wellness journey or someone with a highly developed understanding of your own physical and emotional wellbeing, all of our programmes are customised to ensure they are accessible for all fitness levels, from beginners to advanced practitioners. You can choose the intensity of the fitness activity and yoga poses can be modified under the attentive eye of our teachers. Our retreats offer opportunities for growth and a new experience, no matter how much time you have spent on a bike or a mat. Regardless, we suggest keeping an open mind and trying out practices that might be new to you.
The yoga instructors hosting our retreats have the ability to engage everyone, from novice to advanced practitioner/teacher every level is catered to. Our instructors are experts at teaching multi-level classes where beginners are given the guidance they need to flourish and benefit from this ancient yet relevant practice. It, therefore, does not matter whether you have never sat down on a yoga mat before or not.
We are obsessed with delicious food, after all, our founder is Italian. We strive to include organic, fresh seasonal ingredients. Often, they are grown by the estate owners where the retreat is hosted. We offer full board on all our retreat programmes as outlined in the trip description and often recommend our partner to hire exceptional chefs that can teach our guests how to prepare a delicious balanced meal and take this experience back home.
Please let us know as soon as you sign up for the trip or before you sign up if you have any special dietary requirements; food allergies or intolerances.
Generally you should bring comfortable clothes and shoes, a bathing suit, sunglasses, a journal, reusable water bottle, and a big smile!
If applicable, The What to Pack section at the bottom of each programme page will list any additional items to bring.
Our retreats include a healthy balance between group activities and solo free time to relax, read a book, take a walk, etc. Days with outings planned will mean the intensity of other activities will be lighter. We encourage full participation in order to get the most out of our programmes but there is no obligation. Should you wish to take an afternoon off and simply enjoy some time relaxing by the pool, please be our guest!
Many guests come on a retreat with Balance Holidays to enjoy a digital detox. The majority of our retreats are located in the countryside therefore mobile phone coverage is limited. In most cases, there is Wi-Fi connection in the main house, the dining areas and the bedrooms, where you will be able to check emails or attend to any urgent matters. The usage of mobiles phones throughout each retreat is subject to personal preference however, we do recommend limiting the daily use to a handful of minutes in order to enhance the benefits of each experience, reconnecting with yourself and other likeminded individuals and the beautiful surroundings of the location during this short break.
You will need to purchase your flights in order to arrive/depart by the stated dates and time ranges of your specific trip. If you choose to arrive earlier or leave later than given day/time, you will be responsible for the cost of transportation needed to join with the group. We always encourage you to explore the area, if that option is available to you. At some locations, you will be able to arrive early or stay late at the venue, while at other locations you will need to find other forms of accommodation to facilitate an extended stay.
You are responsible for booking your own flights and the cost is not included in the programme.
Each trip will have suggested arrival and departure details.
When transportation is included, please let us know your expected arrival and departure dates with flight or train numbers.
- Alcohol/wine with dinner (although some retreats may provide a complimentary glass of wine)
- Additional treatments
- Optional gratuities for villa or hotel staff
Alcohol is not included in the retreat price, but at the same time not forbidden. We are about Balance and believe that a nice glass of red wine with your evening meal is one of the healthiest habits one should pick up to live long! (Livia’s great grandmother died at almost 100 years having one every single evening of her life J)
A lot of our retreats are in beautiful wine regions and cultivate grapes themselves. When this is the case, we make sure to include a wine tasting in the programme.
All of the activities highlighted on the programme page are included in the price. However, there will be the possibility to purchase some extras, be it that extra treatment you want to try or that optional horseback riding excursion. Any additional costs incurred from purchasing extra activities will be your sole responsibility. The accepted currency will be the local currency of the country you will be travelling to.
Absolutely. Please check our extensive Booking Terms and Conditions.
You are responsible for purchasing your own travel insurance, as explained in our Booking Terms and Conditions
Please press the Enquire button within the programme page, or simply email us at email@example.com and we will get in touch. You can also give us a call at the local number highlighted on the homepage.