Retreat and relax

Destination festivals usually aim to thrill music lovers and switch them on, but there is a new breed of global events designed to help you switch off.

We have just returned rejuvenated from Restival’s first UK retreat on Osea Island, a private coastal getaway in Essex. The concept is a three-day, luxury residential wellness-travel experience in 400 acres of idyllic countryside and private beaches. We disconnected from technology (although it was not compulsory) and participated in experiential, mind, body and soul workshops. The concept comes from Arizona, where it happens for two weeks in September, this year featuring an incredible set of native American experiences from Navajo peacemaking, to horse-whispering, storytelling and astronomy, all rooted in personal development.