Nature hideaways in New Zealand and Morocco

Reboot at new spas Aro Ha Wellness Retreat and La Sultana Oualidia




















Aro H Wellness Retreat, New Zealand
Aro H Wellness Retreat, New Zealand

Wilderness travel defines New Zealand, where spa culture goes back to nature at the new Aro H Wellness Retreat (www.aro-ha.com, first picture), near Queenstown. It subscribes to a less-is-more approach, focusing on simple rooms, vegetarian food, Vinyasa yoga, subalpine hiking, meditation and therapeutic massage. Accommodation is in 11 eco-friendly, modern wooden buildings overlooking Lake Wakatipu in the Southern Alps (from NZ$2,250, about £1,135 per person, for a three-day “Jump Start”, all inclusive). Alternatively, check out of the world by checking into a treehouse – the new headline suite in wood and honeyed stone at La Sultana Oualidia (www.lasultanahotels.com; treehouse from MAD6,150, about £455, second picture) on Morocco’s Atlantic coast. The suite looks towards the lagoon harbouring Morocco’s famous oyster beds and pink flamingos – a scene coloured with that same feeling of a forgotten world that infuses not only the novels of Paul Bowles but, for trailblazers such as Wateridge, the most compelling kind of travel.

The Treehouse Suite at La
Sultana Oualidia, Morocco
The Treehouse Suite at La Sultana Oualidia, Morocco
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