The Purbeck Retreats Team provides a unique service to high end accommodation in Purbeck offering luxury spa treatments and bespoke retreats.

Dorset Living chats to the company's Charlotte Ford about the range of treatments on offer and why taking time to relax is so important.

Q: When was Purbeck Retreats started?

A: Purbeck Retreats started just over ten years ago which evolved from a personal interest with wellbeing.

Q: How did the idea for the company come about?

A: I have always been interested in all levels of wellbeing but I would say learning Thai and Ayurvedic massage really opened up my mind on the holistic approach. We connected yoga and spa treatments initially, then progressed to offering healthy food, different workshops.

Q: Did you have previous experience in the industry, or was it a career change for you?

A: I have been in the beauty, massage and spa industry for over 20 years, so I have learnt my craft working at luxury spas and working for myself along the way. I am always researching on how to go forward with offering a lovely experience for clients /guests.

Q: Can you outline exactly what it is you offer?

A: There are two sides to our company really. One is luxury spa treatments one to one or as a group. The other is our bespoke wellness retreats.

I think coming to your accommodation is a touch of luxury in itself and to just relax in the surroundings after is a real treat. After every treatment you are offered a speciality Pukka tea who are experts in blending Ayurvedic herbs. This encourages clients to take rest after their treatment and carries on the healing process.

Treatments range from organic luxury facial to ancient stone massage, Thai foot massage or indulgent face and body treatments.

Our products are luxurious, organic, natural and with influences of Ayurvedic blends. Specially selected for every treatment.

Our bespoke wellness retreats are offered at beautiful locations, with spa treatments, yoga, healthy food and wonderful variety of wellbeing inspired workshops.

We have clients come to us as a group already and are coming to the certain location on our list. We can offer a day retreat and a night's stay or longer if required.

Q: Do you offer specific packages, or is each retreat completely bespoke?

A: We offer a guide to certain packages to show you how a retreat can be put together, but they really are bespoke or tailored to the group.

Q: Where do you run the experiences from? Are they all in the Purbeck area, or do you go further afield?

A: All our locations are hand picked and we are always growing our portfolio, from boutique hotels, to luxury lodges to luxury cottages.

We are mainly located in the beautiful area of Purbeck, Dorset, as it feels like a wonderful place to be with nature, relax and unwind. As soon as you come over the ferry you feel like you are in a different world.

We are open to come to larger accommodation in Bournemouth areas and The New Forest if requested.

Q: What price range are the packages?

A: Prices for Retreats are from £100 pp minimum of six people but we can offer to couples as well. Prices depend on what you choose for your bespoke package and the accommodation.

One to one treatments are from £50 + travel fee depending on your location.

Q: How has what you offer grown/expanded since the company’s inception?

A: We have grown by more connections with companies and locations. With research and networking with the right people we have found the right connections. We are always progressing and evolving as new ideas and connections come in.

Q: What do you have coming up during the next few months?

A: As we normally tailor make for the clients we don't normally have specific events for people to come to. However this is in talks right now and we are hoping to have a day retreat with spa treatments and Ayurvedic healthy food workshop in March. We are also going to offer similar but with Nordic walking tours in the area. The best thing to do is keep an eye on our social media pages Facebook, Instragram and Twitter. We also have our Events page on our website which shows people what we have been doing recently or what is coming up.

Q: Why is it so important to take time out for ourselves with workshops such as these?

A: Its so important to take time out. I feel even the time spent on a retreat is giving back to ourselves and if we just learn one thing to put into our day to day lives that's a real positive change. We live in such busy and hectic times. Coming out to relax in nature and looking after our wellbeing is so essential. As they say, you can't pour from an empty cup! We intend to fill that cup up for you so you can face the world.

Purbeck Retreats

T: 07939 821901