The health and wellbeing of business owners works hand in hand with the success of their business. These top retreats will benefit any business owner looking to strike the right balance between work and life.
A few years ago, Tourism NT had a TV commercial designed to reacquaint jaded viewers with the idea of a holiday. It featured popular travel presenter Ernie Dingo relaxing in an expanse of water, declaring: “This is called doing nothing.”
Business owners would be forgiven for forgetting what ‘doing nothing’ is like, particularly when most believe they don’t even have enough hours in the day to run their business. But business owners shouldn’t forget that there are many ways in which taking time out can assist with working on the business, not in it.
Just like a computer drifting in sleep mode rather than shutting down, the weekend is not long enough for business owners to truly recharge. For that you need at least a week, preferably more. The best way to turn yourself off is to give yourself over to someone else to look after. That’s right, they take care of everything.
Health retreats offer services that cater for all aspects of health and wellbeing from what you eat and how you exercise to reminding you how to relax. Some health retreats offer stays that focus on a particular aspect of your wellbeing, for example, they may offer a detox program that targets your physical health, or a meditation program to attend to your mental health. Most retreats, however, allow guests to tailor programs to their individual needs.
In Australia: Living Valley Springs (Kin Kin QLD), Kangaroo Island Health Retreat (Kangaroo Island SA), The Golden Door (Hunter Valley NSW, Gold Coast QLD)
International: Chiva Som (Hua Hin, Thailand), Hippocrates Health Institute (Florida, USA)
Spa holidays are a popular option for vacationers who want to be spoilt rotten when they leave work. There’s more pampering involved in a spa holiday than a health retreat: think massages and facials, body wraps and hot stone therapy. Unlike a health retreat where you might do all this with celery and ginger juice in one hand, spa holidays are more indulgent, so if you’re not in a darkened room being manipulated into relaxing, you’re probably stretched out by a lagoon with a cocktail in one hand and a book in the other.
Andrew Griffiths, author of 101 Ways to Have a Business and a Life, writes: “Pampering means different things to everyone, but at its simplest it’s something that makes us feel good. Figure out how you really like to be pampered. Be selfish, be honest, be decadent-it doesn’t matter. It is all about you.”
In Australia: Palazzo Versace (Gold Coast QLD), Sofitel Mansion & Spa Hotel (Werribee Park VIC), Cradle Mountain Lodge (Cradle Mountain TAS)
International: La Manga Club Resort (La Manga, Spain), Bora Bora Nui (Bora Bora, Tahiti), One&Only Royal Mirage (Dubai, UAE)
From a retirement treat to a schoolies beat, cruising now rests somewhere in the middle, catering for more discerning passengers. Cruise liners vary from party ships to floating paradise: you’ll want the latter in order to turn off and relax. The perfect thing about cruise ships is that there’s everything and nothing to do. They take care of food, beverages and entertainment while you can choose to engage in activities such as sport, games and onshore excursions-or not.
From Australia: Cunard QM2 (Sydney to New York), Sun Princess (Ex Melbourne, around Australia), Seven Seas Voyager (Sydney to Shanghai via Fremantle)
International: Abercrombie & Kent (The River Nile, Egypt), Coral Princess (Anchorage to Vancouver), MS Amalegro (Paris to Istanbul)