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The Best Destinations for a Post-Christmas Detox
The Best Destinations for a Post-Christmas Detox

It is no secret that the Christmas period is filled with overindulgence. From the selection of rich foods to the frequent consumption of alcohol, combined with a lot of socialising with loved ones there is no denying that it is the season to enjoy the festivities in all manner of ways!

As much fun as Christmas can be, it can also be nice to have something to look forward to once all the celebrations end. Something to help cleanse both body and mind of all the overindulgences - and there is no better way to do just that than with a post-Christmas detox trip.

Here, we explore what we think are the best locations in the world to help you feel more ‘you’ once the festivities are over.

Berchtesgaden, Germany

Though the alpine lifestyle and Christmas do admittedly share many of the same qualities, there are few places more relaxing than Berchtesgaden in Germany. Located in the Bavarian Alps, it is home to some of the most scenic peaks in the world as well as stunning mountain lakes.

Escape the holiday fatigue with some invigorating outdoor activities such as hiking or mountain biking, then retire indoors and make the most of the facilities available at the Kempinski Hotel Berchtesgaden. From the luxury spa and its extensive treatment menu, to the elegant restaurants serving exquisite regional dishes, you will find everything you need for a detox in this European corner of the globe.

Maasai Mara, Kenya

Escape reality and immerse yourself in nature with a safari trip - this might just be the total opposite of Christmas! Pack your linens and sunglasses, and join us as we explore the Maasai Mara National Reserve, a preserved Kenyan savannah that runs along the Tanzanian border.

Although you might have to prepare for some short bursts of rainfall, the wet season does not typically start until spring, making this the ideal place for a post-Christmas detox. Travel across the savannah and witness untouched African wildlife with your own eyes, before retiring to Olare Mara Kempinski’s luxury tented accommodation in the wilderness after your day’s adventures.

Baie Lazare, Seychelles

The Seychelles is always a good idea - especially as a retreat after the festive season. Swap your Christmas tree for palm trees, and snow for white sands and azure waters with a detoxing trip to beautiful Baie Lazare on Mahé Island.

From surfing to scuba diving, and tennis to swimming, there is an activity for everyone to get you fit for the New Year. There is a great selection of delicious local food to dine on too - enjoy a whole range of fresh seafood dishes. To really detox in style, stay at  Kempinski Seychelles Resort Baie Lazare. Here you can treat your mind and body to a relaxing spa treatment, or try some wellness activities including yoga on the hill.

Yanqi Lake, Beijing

Yanqi Lake is known for its relaxing atmosphere and has been a retreat for many that live and work in nearby Beijing for generations. Although the weather will still be cold in the winter, the Yanqi Lake area is beautiful year-round.

Explore everything this stunning location has to offer by day, and embrace Chinese traditions by night, and take in all the wonderful food and cultural experiences this region has to offer. Yanqi Lake is also home to many Kempinski boutique hotels - the perfect retreat after a day of exploring.

Palm Jumeirah, Dubai

If sunshine and warm weather are what you are looking for, consider a post-Christmas break to Dubai. This city might not be the first place you think of when you are in need of a detoxing trip, but step away from the hustle and bustle of the city, and you will find a series of small islands sitting along the coast.

The spectacular man-made island of Palm Jumeirah is one of these, and can offer you all you could want from a relaxing, health-focused trip after Christmas. Enjoy a range of water-based activities in this incredible setting, and make the most of the exquisite facilities - including a luxury spa - available at our coastal Kempinski Hotel and Residences Palm Jumeirah.

For more inspiration, view our full list of destinations across the world here, and book your relaxing retreat this January with Kempinski.

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