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The best virtual spas to get your wellness fix

Coronavirus might have put a pin in your actual travel plans, but thanks to these virtual wellness retreats, you can score some R&R from your couch.

The COVID-19 lockdown might be tough, but Australians – and people around the world – are adapting. From learning how to tint your brows at home to finally having the time to learn ballet, the quarantine has given us all a chance to build new skills.

Since most businesses are now closed, COVID-19 has also inspired a new generation of at-home services. There are virtual tours (where you can visit famous landmarks and museums), online skin consultations and now, leading spas around the world are streaming their wellness services direct to your home.

Here’s our round-up of the best deals on offer.

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Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

Known for their collection of five-star resorts, Six Senses has been delivering state-of-the-art wellness treatments to guests for years, and now they’re bringing their tried-and-true practices to your living room.

As part of their At Home With Six Senses program, you’ll be able to nourish your body with yoga and Pilates videos, learn how to make soothing body scrubs and brush up on your aromatherapy skills. All sessions are live-streamed on their Facebook pages here and here, but if you miss them you can easily catch up.

Kamalaya Koh Sumui

Been wanting to visit this famous Thai retreat for years? Here’s your chance. To help you deal with the stress of quarantine and negative news headlines, Kamalaya Koh Sumui isoffering unprecedented access to its guided meditations, fitness sessions, nutritional seminars, cooking classes and holistic rituals with its online wellness series.

Join a live session on Facebook or Instagram and make your own immune-boosting turmeric shots or learn the key principles of Chinese medicine.

Escape Haven

The founders of Bali’s most popular women’s retreat have launched a six-week virtual getaway so you can work on cultivating a healthier mind and body from home.

Expect energising yoga classes, meditations, ayurvedic rituals, fitness workouts, mindset workshops and healthy recipe inspo plus access to the Escape Haven wellness library. Sign up for the full retreat for $379US or get a free taste with the five-day mini escape.

Chiva-Som

Need to rest and reset? Make the most of Chiva-Som’s new Online Wellness Services, launching on May 31st. In a bid to help you stay on top of your wellness during the COVID-19 pandemic, the prestigious Thai retreat will provide online video consultations with its advisors and experts.

As well as offering one-on-one appointments, the wellness centre will also share a virtual fitness program, healthy eating ideas and self-massage guides.

One&Only Resorts

The experts from One&Only are sharing their tips and tricks for staying well in isolation online. You’ll find videos and articles on how to make fresh, delicious meals, workouts from top fitness experts, tips on how to style your home for optimal energy and relaxing spa rituals from around the world.

Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat

Loved by celebrities and wellness lovers in Australia and beyond, the Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat has launched a Welness at Home program, where, for $89.95, you can access activity classes like Qi Gong, stretch and meditation lessons plus workshops and seminars from the retreat’s 18 wellness experts.

Designed to help boost your energy and mental health, the program can be accessed for six months once you sign up. If you’re not up for the full program, head to their online store so you can recreate the spa experience at home.