Devon, with its picturesque landscapes, charming coastal towns, and serene countryside, is a region that beckons holidaymakers seeking solace and mindfulness amidst the chaos of modern life. If you're looking to escape the hustle and bustle and embark on a journey of self-discovery and relaxation, a ‘Mindfulness’ stay at one of our hotels may be just what you need.
In this blog post, we'll explore the concept of mindfulness and how Devon and its hotels, with their unique offerings, serves as the perfect backdrop for an immersive mindfulness experience.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the practice of being fully present and engaged in the moment, without judgment. It involves paying attention to your thoughts, feelings, and sensations in a non-reactive way. This practice has gained immense popularity in recent years as people seek ways to reduce stress, improve mental well-being, and enhance the overall quality of their lives.
Devon: A Mindful Haven
Devon, often referred to as the "Green and Pleasant Land," is a haven for mindfulness seekers. The county's diverse natural beauty, including rolling hills, lush forests, and stunning coastline, provides an ideal environment for those looking to connect with nature and find inner peace.
What’s more, the diverse geography of Devon invites visitors to engage in outdoor activities that promote mindfulness. Whether it's hiking along coastal paths, strolling through ancient woodlands, or practicing yoga on the beach, there are ample opportunities to immerse yourself in the natural world and be fully present.
The Cary Arms and Spa Hotel in Babbacombe is a peaceful getaway destination for those seeking a serene and rejuvenating experience. Situated on the stunning South Devon coastline, overlooking the picturesque Babbacombe Bay. This breathtaking natural setting provides an ideal backdrop for mindfulness, allowing guests to connect with the beauty of the sea, cliffs, and beach.
The hotel offers a range of accommodations, including luxurious sea-facing rooms and beach huts. Many of these accommodations are designed to provide comfort and privacy, ensuring guests have a peaceful retreat to return to after exploring the surroundings. Additionally, as part of your stay, the hotel encourages guests to disconnect from digital devices during their break away. This digital detox approach allows guests to fully engage with their surroundings and promotes mindfulness by reducing distractions.
What’s more, the spa at the Cary Arms offers a variety of treatments and therapies designed to promote relaxation and well-being. From massages to facials, guests can indulge in self-care and rejuvenation in a tranquil setting. The hotel also often hosts yoga and meditation sessions on the beach or in the garden. These practices are ideal for promoting mindfulness and stress reduction.
The Mole Resort is the ultimate destination for pure relaxation set amidst the breathtaking countryside of North Devon. Unwind and reconnect with nature as you soak in the stunning vistas from one of their hot tubs or opt for one of over 40 activities available – the whole ethos at The Mole Resort is to do as little or as much as you like!
Nestled within the rolling hills of Devon, guests here are invited to tour the resort at their leisure, exploring the great outdoors, truly reconnecting with nature. The friendly team are dedicated to offering expertly curated itineraries, allowing you to do as little or as much as you like with zero pressure to fill your timetable. If you’d prefer to switch off from the hustle and bustle of daily life, the team can help you to make that happen too!
Local food, exhilarating activities and exceptional facilities allow you to be your best self. What's more, The Mole Resort’s wellness offering allows you to treat yourself to a pampering treatment, rest and recharge in their delightful sauna and steam or simply take time to wallow in their heated indoor pool.
Bovey Castle Hotel and Spa, located in North Bovey, is a luxurious and historic hotel set amidst stunning countryside. With a whole host of amenities and the most picturesque surroundings, the hotel is the perfect spot for a sumptuous wellbeing boost.
Bovey Castle's location within Dartmoor National Park provides a serene and natural backdrop, ideal for mindfulness. The peaceful surroundings, including the park's woodlands and river, can help guests relax and connect with nature. What’s more, the hotel is more than happy to point guests towards local services and/or walking groups, such as Dartmoor’s Daughter, who offer mindfulness sessions and experiences on Dartmoor.
Bovey Castle is also home to The Elan Spa, a sanctuary tucked away from the bustle of modern life that is designed to echo the tranquillity and therapeutic flow of the River Bovey. Their fabulously bespoke spa experiences and treatments using TEMPLESPA products have been created to relax, revive and restore the body and spirit
For those looking to take part in a mindfulness activity at the hotel, Bovey Castle also run live Yoga classes with a trained instructor in their studio every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Beginners and advanced yogis alike are more than welcome to join in during their stay, the hotel simply asks that you book your class in advance.
Boringdon Hall Hotel is set in a historic manor house with beautiful grounds and gardens, creating a peaceful and serene environment that is perfect for those seeking a mindful break away.
Creating spaces where you find yourself naturally relaxed, the facilities and therapies here will provide the opportunity to nourish mind, body and spirit, resulting in a balance between the individual and the wider world we live in.
Specialising in exquisite spa breaks, Boringdon Hall Hotel also offers a wide range of packages for guests to choose from, with everything from a ‘Yoga & Pilates Break’ to a carefully curated ‘Hypnos Spa Break.’ The Hypnos Spa Break in particular, includes a stay in one of the hotel’s dedicated ‘Wellness Rooms’ - fully equipped with all the accessories for a stay focused on natural wellness with the closest access to the Spa.
For those seeking a revitalising retreat with a focus on calming the mind and relaxing the body in comfortable luxury, a stay at Boringdon Hall Hotel is an absolute must!
Tucked away in the serene countryside of East Devon, The Pig at Combe Hotel offers an idyllic escape for those seeking a mindful and rejuvenating retreat. However, it's not just the picturesque setting and delectable food that make The Pig at Combe an ideal destination for mindfulness—it's the holistic approach to well-being and spa treatments that truly set it apart.
The hotel boasts stunning gardens and landscaped grounds, which invite guests to take leisurely strolls, meditative walks, or simply sit in quiet contemplation amidst the beauty of nature. Scattered throughout the property are secluded and thoughtfully designed seating areas where guests can unwind, read, or simply enjoy the peaceful ambiance. What’s more, for those looking to venture further into the countryside, the hotel also offers guided nature walks, allowing guests to connect with the natural surroundings.
The Pig at Combe's spa treatments go beyond the ordinary, emphasising organic well-being and mindfulness. Treatments at the on-site Potting Shed Treatment rooms incorporate local and natural ingredients, enhancing the sense of connection with the environment and promoting mindfulness through sensory experiences. Additionally, The Pig offers personalised wellness consultations to tailor treatments to guests’ individual needs and preferences.
To top it all off, The Pig at Combe Hotel also encourages guests to unplug and embrace the present moment by offering a digital detox experience, including at mealtimes. The hotel's restaurant, known for its farm-to-table philosophy, provides mindful dining opportunities through fresh, locally sourced, and seasonally inspired cuisine.
Whether you're strolling through the gardens, indulging in spa treatments, or savouring locally sourced dishes, every aspect of your stay here is designed to encourage mindfulness, relaxation, and a deeper connection with yourself and the natural world.
Perched on the picturesque South Devon coastline, the Salcombe Harbour Hotel and Spa beckons visitors to discover the art of mindfulness against a backdrop of breathtaking sea views and serene landscapes.
Enjoy the soothing sound of lapping waves and the mesmerising views of the sea at this hotel’s serene setting. The South West Coast Path, which passes close to the hotel, offers miles of scenic walking trails along the coastline. Guests can explore these paths, practicing mindfulness as they absorb the sights, sounds, and scents of the sea.
The Salcombe Harbour Hotel also boasts a comprehensive spa and wellness centre that includes treatment rooms, a hydrotherapy pool, a sauna, and a relaxation lounge. The spa menu includes a variety of treatments that prioritise mindfulness and relaxation. Skilled therapists employ mindful touch techniques and incorporate natural, locally sourced ingredients to create a deep sense of inner peace and relaxation.
Additionally, the Salcombe Harbour Hotel and Spa regularly hosts yoga and wellness classes that encourage guests to centre themselves, practice mindfulness, and nurture their physical and mental well-being. There’s also an indoor relaxation area and a private outdoor sun terrace for post-treatment or after class chilling.
Whether you're admiring the sea views, indulging in spa treatments, or savouring local cuisine, every aspect of your stay at this luxurious hotel encourages you to be present, unwind, and reconnect with your inner self.
In our fast-paced, technology-driven world, it's easy to become disconnected from ourselves and the beauty of the world around us. Devon's natural beauty, tranquil settings, outdoor activities, wellness offerings, and the opportunity to disconnect from the modern world make it an exceptional mindfulness holiday location. Whether you're a seasoned mindfulness practitioner or a beginner looking to explore this path, Devon's natural beauty and the hospitality of its hotels make it an ideal destination for your mindfulness journey.