Taking your boisterous brood along to a yoga retreat may sound like a nightmare, but an increasing number are welcoming kids. These places are pros in creating a state of calm, encouraging frazzled mums to find a state of Zen, and giving the little ones a run-around in beautiful, outdoorsy surroundings. You don’t have to be a hippie at heart or a bohemian in disguise… just a mum who’s in need of a bit of R&R. Here are our top 5 picks of Europe’s best.
By Helen Warwick
Escaping to the French countryside is always going to be a good thing, especially when you’re bedding down for the week in a gorgeous country pile with acres of serene farmland to pad about in. The folks behind it &Breathe Postnatal Flow, Bryn and Clio, have perfected the art of dealing with knackered and sleep-deprived parents… and their babas. As well as daily postnatal yoga classes to help rehabilitate and strengthen the core, there are baby massage and baby yoga sessions, plus English-speaking babysitters to book. When it comes to paraphernalia, they’ve thought of everything, too, with monitors, highchairs and cots all on tap. Plus the dreamy pool is fenced off and stair gates are fitted to take any worry out of roving toddlers. For new parents or those with very young kids in need of some ‘me-time’, you’ve definitely come to the right place. From £2,100 per family, excluding flights.