Places to Be: a compendium of tranformational holidays, and places to just be
Welcome to the definitive guide! For fifteen years, Places to Be has been helping people to find retreats, workshop centres and alternative holidays as well as venues in which they can run their own events. To the right, you will see a selection of places from the site. To find others, you might like to choose a category from the tabs along the top and then further refine your search in the area below that. We hope you will find the perfect place to be, and also of course that when you book with them, you mention our site. It will help maintain this service for you, and for all the places you are seeing. Good luck with your search, and may you have a happy, meaningful and inspiring stay.
Using the Retreat Seeker Many traditional establishments cater for retreats but there are also a growing number of smaller venues. Check whether retreats are for individuals or groups and if guidance is available.
Using the Workshop Seeker Search on subject speciality headings. These categories can only be a very crude guide. Often the text on the venue’s page is more specific, and do contact them for detailed information.
Using the Venue Seeker If you’re looking for a place to run your own event then you’ll probably want to search on size and features such as catering options. More detail is given on venues’ own pages, but do check info has not changed.
Using the B&B Seeker Many places listed are representative of a new breed of B&B which offer something more. Perhaps it’s catering for special diets, perhaps an educational service or healing therapy.
Using the Health Spa Seeker These are retreats that focus on relaxation and on healing the body, mind and spirit. Check for more details on the health spa’s own page, and with the establishment itself.
Using the Holiday Seeker Search on broad holiday types. Some operators may use only one venue, some several, while other organise tours. Often the text on the operator’s page is more specific, and do contact them for detailed information.
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 ✓ Holistic Holidays
Multiple locationsHOLIDAYS to encounter wild dolphins and whales. Stunning, unspoilt natural locations world wide. Our swimming with dolphins encounter programs are run with a high level of sensitivity ...
 ✓ Retreats
 ✓ Holistic Holidays
 ✓ Alternative Camp
 ✓ Self-Catering Space
 ✓ Venue for Hire
Powys, WalesDeep in the heart of one of the largest forests in the UK lies a beautiful valley, the home of Eco Retreats. Here you’ll find a space to get away from it all and reconnect to nature ...
 ✓ Bed & Breakfast
 ✓ Retreats
 ✓ Workshops
Outer Hebrides, ScotlandRavenstar is situated in the township of Vatisker just 7 miles north of Stornoway on the east coast of the Isle of Lewis. We overlook Broad Bay and The Minch, with views to the Sutherland ...
 ✓ Retreats
 ✓ Bed & Breakfast
 ✓ Venue for Hire
 ✓ Workshops
 ✓ Self-Catering Space
Somerset, EnglandAmmerdown is a retreat and conference centre located in beautiful, tranquil Somerset countryside. It has an excellent reputation for good food and a friendly atmosphere that sets the ...
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 ✓ Holistic Holidays
 ✓ Workshops
Salir de Matos, PortugalA Colina Atlântica is a nice and quiet place to be, in the green hills of the Estremadura. Situated 100km above Lisbon and 8km from the Atlantic Ocean, it is close to Caldas da Rainha ...
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 ✓ Bed & Breakfast
Cumbria, Englandvegetarian
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 ✓ Retreats
Denbighshire, WalesVajraloka is a men’s Buddhist meditation centre and is open to men who have attended a basic meditation course at one of our Friends of the Western Buddhist Order / Buddhayana public ...
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 ✓ Bed & Breakfast
North Yorkshire, EnglandAs the oldest living convent in England we are proud of our history of over 300 years of hospitality. We offer superb facilities for a wide range of conferences and events in the beautiful ...

What’s special about these organisations? This is a selection from the the wonderful places and organisations that we have to offer throughout our site. Refresh in your browser and you’ll see a different choice. How do I get more information about a place listed on this page? Click on the name or picture to see any particular entry. The full text will not appear, as unfortunately none of the above has a full page entry on this site, but you will be able to see their address details.