Dappled sun rays that make everything look better; free time to enjoy the company of loved ones; a break from day-to-day routine: it’s easy to see why everyone loves a vacation.
However, with holidays also signifying indulgence, we often find ourselves feeling even more sluggish on the plane back than on the way there, with too many gelatos and glasses of wine having a detrimental effect on our health. But what if there was a way to have all the fun of holiday without any of the weight gain or lethargy? Wellness yachting escapes have been popular among A-Listers for a while now, but they are now becoming more affordable thanks to the likes of shared yacht ownership schemes, where the cost of owning a luxury boat is split out between several co-owners. With that in mind, we’ve searched out the ultimate Amalfi Coast wellness holiday to enjoy by yacht, so that you can get a piece of the action.
Step aboard and experience your dream wellness holiday
Stop one: Le Sirenuse, Positano
Set against the backdrop of cliffside Positano, with its picturesque pink and terracotta houses and lush greenery, you’ll find luxury 5-Star hotel Le Sirenuse. Dock your yacht in Positano port and make this your first stop. Here, you can look forward to a chic swimming pool surrounded by lemon trees, offering a calming space where you can gently work on your fitness. A state-of-the-art gym complete with TechnoGym cardiovascular machines and weights as well as stretching and yoga mats, for when you want to raise your heart rate or work on your flexibility. And a modern spa, designed by the renowned Italian architect Gae Aulenti to be the ultimate space to unwind.
With a Sauna, a Bio-sauna and a granite Steam bath on offer, as well as a range of couples and individual treatments and massages, Le Sirenuse is the ultimate sensual experience. When you’ve worked up an appetite, why not treat yourself at the Michelin-starred restaurant La Sponda, where a candle-lit dinner will be a perfect end to a perfect day.
In line with its commitment to wellness, this stunning hotel also offers a twice-yearly Dolce Vitality retreat, where for a week you will be looked after by some of the continent’s best fitness, detox and weight-loss experts and learn to create healthier habits. #Mindbodysoul here you come!
Stop two: Monastero Santa Rosa, Conca dei Marini
Next up on your wellness holiday is Monastero Santa Rosa, a 17th-century monastery turned boutique hotel where features such as a heated infinity pool and an alfresco gym ensure you’ll never want to leave. Coming into the Conca dei Marini harbour, you’ll instantly be hit by the fragrance of rosemary and lemon. Then, as you enter the hotel, you’ll find one of the biggest spas on the Costiera, boasting yet another Michelin-starred eaterie at which to indulge in hard-earned nutritious food.
Sink into the pool that seems to flow straight into the turquoise Mediterranean Sea; explore the maze-like Thermal Suite, where each room presents a different experience; feel all your troubles melt away in the domed Aromatic Steam Room; get in touch with your inner self in the Emotion Showers. Feeling a desire to be closer to nature? Monastero Santa Rosa can also offer treatments outdoors, under the shade of a pergola and in the privacy of the Treatment Garden. You’ll be on cloud nine in no time.
Stop three: Grand Hotel Convento di Amalfi, Amalfi
No wellness holiday is complete without a lavish Turkish bath, and that’s what you’ll find in the Grand Hotel Convento di Amalfi. Find a berth at the nearby Amalfi Harbour Marina Coppola and drink in the sites of this cliffside hotel from below, before making your way up to let the relaxation continue. Buses run regularly between Amalfi town centre and this beautifully modernised 13th-century retreat, and it is only a 5-minute walk to the harbour.
The hotel spa is located on the 8th-floor, providing glorious views over the town and glittering sea. Alongside the extravagant range of treatments on offer there is also an infinity pool on the terrace, gardens that cascade elegantly down the hillside and a reading room for nourishing your mind. The onsite Dei Cappuccini restaurant uses fresh local produce to put together healthy but exquisite meals that will satisfy your cravings for delicious Italian cuisine.
This marks the last stop on your wellness holiday, so be sure to take your time here and really appreciate your blissful surroundings.
We guarantee you’ll be a wellness convert for life…