Through exclusive wellbeing retreats, Balance Holidays aims to provide their guests with a beautiful, eco-conscious and life-enhancing experience.
Self-care and vitality is key, and each programme is highly curated, aimed at inspiring individuals to continue living sustainably beyond each retreat.
Balance Holidays, a curator, designer and booking platform for high-quality wellbeing retreats in Europe, was founded by Livia Manca di Villahermosa. After enjoying a career in the digital luxury industry in New York she wanted to run a business with a purpose. She believes a different kind of restorative escape is needed now more than ever before; an eco-friendly, sustainable escape in an undiscovered, stunning setting where guests can reconnect to nature, experience adventures and learn new mechanisms to cope with the demands of the modern lifestyle.
Balance Holidays works with top practitioners and unique, quality-first, nature-based properties committed to eco-sustainability. As an organisation, they are committed to serving their guests and our planet. All of their retreats are designed as welcomed – and often needed – short-breaks from our daily lives, that have a lasting impact, arming individuals with tools for re-learning, self-care, mindfulness and healthier living.Each property either cultivates or sources fresh, organic ingredients locally so the food travels directly from field-to-fork as much as possible.
They constantly work towards eco-conscious goals, taking steps towards carbon neutrality and to minimise waste, energy usage and use of plastics. They also preserve and support the local culture, heritage and tradition of their surroundings. Balance Holidays’ programmes are designed to highlight their eco-conscious positioning, which is woven into their values. What’s more, they help their partners improve their efforts by sharing and exchanging best practices amongst the community. They hope each retreat becomes a source of inspiration for guests to adopt sustainable habits and behaviours at home.
Welcoming of everyone but noticing a real demand from those aged 35 to 65, BalanceHolidays offers intimate groups idyllic short breaks for those hungry to explore a stunning part of the world and themselves. Whether travelling solo, in a couple, with a group of friends or as a family, the retreats offer guests a much-needed break from the hectic day-to-day stresses.
They can withdraw from the demands and distractions through physical, mindful, creative and nature-based activities, and return home having acquired new skills and knowledge to continue healthier living. Each retreat is led by a learned expert deeply respected in their field. It doesn’t matter how fit or healthy guests currently are, because the retreats are open to people of all sensibilities looking to continue or kick-start their personal wellbeing, immersed in nature.
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Balance Holidays has been awarded the Butterfly Mark for their measurable impact and ACTION to sustainability.
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IMPACT AND COMMITMENt
CARBON NEUTRALITY, MINIMAL WASTE AND WATER USAGE
Balance Holidays is working towards complete carbon neutrality through minimising the use of transportation and encouraging employees to work remotely.
They are also taking measurable steps to reduce their energy usage and minimise the waste they produce. Through tracking and monitoring their water consumption, they are working towards reducing that consumption, too.
Beyond their own eco-conscious goals, Balance Holidays evaluates each of their partners via a sustainability questionnaire tracking things like energy efficiency, water usage, the use of chemical products and plastic, support for local biodiversity, culture, heritage and tradition.
LOCAL AND SEASONAL SOURCING
Balance Holidays works with resorts that produce on their domain with certified organic systems or source ingredients locally and in season. Food portion control systems and donating the excess to local organisations is also encouraged.
WELLBEING FOR ALL EMPLOYEES
Balance Holidays supports women from different countries and cultures, and encourages both physical and mental wellbeing. That means flexible working days and hours, generous vacation allowance and yoga, meditation and mindfulness included in their office routine.
Uplifting Swiss Alpine Retreat
Flanked by rows of towering Alpine trees, tucked away from the frenzied promenade. Grasp onto reality and shake off the residuals of city life at the doorway of Le Grand Bellevue. Pause and take a considerable moment to inhale a lungful of fresh air before turning the attention to the flower-strewn fields and gathering of wildlife. Let this and the blue-vault skies lure you onto a spontaneous stroll across the property’s pristine parkland, opening up the heart, body, mind and soul.