Naughty and nice: Our fave detox and retox getaways
Ah… partying and pampering. They go together like tequila and salt.
If life’s all about balance, then it makes sense to match a chilled-out detox with some epic retoxing. All you need to do is answer the eternal question – detox then retox, or retox, detox, then retox again? 😜
Las Vegas, USA
Vegas makes no apologies for its hedonistic holiday approach, but don’t write it off as a place to chill as well.
Detox: Get off the strip to the Red Rock Casino, Resort and Spa. With a renowned day spa, nine outdoor swimming pools, and childcare available, it’s relaxation plus.
Retox: The Palazzo at the Venetian knows you’ve come to party, so they kick you off with a ‘beverage credit’ when you book. That’s what we’re talking about.
Dunk-where? Forget needing a big-city getaway. And wine lovers, listen up, cos this is your new favourite destination.
Detox: Embrace the simple life at Southern Grampian Cottages. Just a 10-minute stroll from the Dunkfeld Arboretum (perfect for healthy, wholesome hikes) and with private spa baths, it’s just the place to melt away your stress (and your bad habits).
Retox: Hold the phone… a wine cellar with 26,000 bottles? Sign us up! Hole up at the boutique Royal Mail Hotel and get up close and personal with the reds and whites at the Wickens at the Royal Mail restaurant. Retox, refresh and remind yourself why you needed that detox in the first place…
Going to Ibiza? (It’s okay, you don’t have to admit if you’re old enough to remember the song we’re referencing 😜) Pack for partying and the morning after.
Retox: There are plenty of nightclubs to keep you busy (try Ushuaia and Amnesia for a start), but foodie dreams come true at the Insotel Tarida Beach Sensatori Resort. Their all-inclusive rate means you can go hard at all seven of their on-site restaurants and countless bars without having to give a second thought to your tab.
Gold Coast, Queensland
When all the glitter of Cavill Avenue (GC party central) has you needing some TLC, it’s a quick trip to recharge the batteries in the Gold Coast Hinterland.
Detox: O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat is an institution for Queenslanders. Tucked in Springbrook National Park, you’ll feel a zillion miles away from GC excess as you hike, relax and get in touch with nature. And they have Segways. Enough said.
Retox: Nothing says “Bring on the retox!” like a casino. The Star Grand at The Star Gold Coast (formerly Jupiters Casino), features eight bars, five restaurants and all the casino fun you can handle. Bet you love it.
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Part of La Costa del Coco, or the Coconut Coast, Punta Cana is famous for its lavish, all-inclusive resorts.
Detox: Anyone for golf? If chasing a little white ball is your idea of relaxing, the Luxury Villas at Tortuga Bay are just the ticket. Work on your handicap, soak up the sun on the private beach, and enjoy the serenity.
Retox: Five minutes down the road from the golf course, the adults-only Punta Cana Princess All Suites has an exclusive celeb party vibe. Think no kids is the best part? Wait for it… 24hr beach bar. You’re welcome 🍹
What are your go-to detox and retox destinations?