Wales is deep. There’s just something about it. We’d go so far as to say that if wellness had an ancestral homeland, it would be Wales. For soul-soothing, brain-arousing diversions, it can’t be beat. You’ll find yourself time and again saying, “Wales, I feel you.”
1. When you are defying gravity
Lazy Frog Flotation Centre (1 Uplands Terrace, Uplands, Swansea SA2 0GU)
What if we told you that there was a way to achieve complete and total mind-body relaxation and all you had to do was lay there? It’s called floating… and it’s brilliant. Simply lie in a specially designed “float room” filled with water (and nearly 1,000 pounds of Epsom salt!). Float effortlessly. Some people even fall asleep!
How it works: in a relaxed, noise-free environment, your body lowers its levels of cortisol (a.k.a. stress), and your brain releases good stuff like dopamine and endorphins. Research shows floating improves concentration, stimulates creativity—and can cure jet lag.
2. When you are sweating it out
Hotpod Yoga (Multiple Locations)
Nurse a hangover, or clear an over-stimulated mind at one of the hottest—literally—yoga classes in town. But don’t expect just any basic bar studio. Each 99° class is held inside an inflatable cocoon of sorts, designed to transport you into an otherworldly setting... until you emerge as a tranquil butterfly.
3. When you are dining under the stars
Off Grid Gourmet (Walkers Cottage, Parks Road (Locksters Lane), Clifford HR3 5HQ)
Off Grid Gourmet—a pop-up style solar, wood, and charcoal powered supper club in rural Wales—might be the best meal of your life. The produce is picked from a local garden, the meat is cooked in a wood and solar-powered oven (or over an open flame), and you eat in a twinkle-lit tent under the stars. Can you think of a more magical evening?!
4. When you are drawing a live wolf
Ever wanted to dance with wolves? How about sketch a few? Whether you’re an experienced artist or trying to channel your inner Banksy, there’s something therapeutic about sitting down with only a sketchpad and pencil and letting your creativity flow.
For a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will get your creative juices (and adrenaline) flowing, sign up for the Art Workshop at Wolf Watch UK, where you’ll have the opportunity to sketch living, breathing wolves. Led by author and illustrator Eva Dutton, the 5-hour class tackles basic canine anatomy, movement, textures, tones, and composition. The workshop also includes a tour of the Wolf Conservation Center, which serves as a sanctuary for displaced wolves.
5. When you are lost in storyland
Bill Clinton called this sleepy town “The Woodstock of the mind” when he visited in 2011 for the annual literary Hay Festival. Sometimes the best way to clear your mind is to transport yourself into a whole new world. Getting lost in a good book is a great alternative. Take it a step further by getting lost in a town literally full of books. Let us introduce, Hay-on-Wye. Overflowing with more than two dozen bookshops, most of which sell second-hand and specialty titles, this small market town in Wales is a haven for bibliophiles.
Consider spending the night at a quaint B&B like The Swan at Hay to re-charge your batteries. They even put freshly-baked cookies in your room every night! Grab a relaxed lunch at Eve’s, before unwinding with a pint and burger at the Blue Boar Pub. And if you have a sweet tooth, head to Shepherds for a dip of sheep’s milk ice cream.
Getting to this weird, wonderful country is easier than you think. It’s a 3-hour train from London. Learn more and start planning your perfect Welsh escape.
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