Healthy Holidays

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If you’re looking for healthy travel inspiration for this, or next year, here is our month-by-month guide of the best wellness holiday destinations for 2020/2021.  Whether you are into yoga, meditation, Ayurveda, Reiki, hydrotheraphy, stress management or a spiritual and holistic detox, these destinations will make this the year to nourish your mind, body and soul.

There are outstanding health and fitness retreats around the world waiting to help you reset and recharge your busy life while soothing your soul, enhancing your fitness, refreshing your mind and maintaining optimal health. Whether you are into yoga, meditation, Ayurveda, Reiki, hydrotherapy, stress management or a spiritual and holistic detox, Health and Fitness Travel, the wellness holiday specialists reveal their month-by-month guide of the hottest wellness holiday destinations for 2020/21, so you can make this the ideal time to nourish your mind, body and soul.

January | New Year, New You in Thailand:  New Year Cleanse at Mangosteen

For a wellness experience in tropical paradise, head to the lush gardens of a serene adult-only Thai boutique and escape amongst the sounds of nature. Blow away poor digestion, low energy and detox your system, while pampering yourself with Ayurvedic treatments. The holistic principles at the heart of this cleanse offer light fresh food and alkalising wheatgrass booster shots, to wake up your metabolism and restore your vitality. A New Year means a new you, so learn or cultivate your meditation practice with Vinyasa yoga, Nirvana yoga and breathing sessions.
Health and Fitness Travel offers 7 nights at Mangosteen from R11 000pp. Price includes full board, a wellness programme and return transfers. Excludes flights.  Visit:  healthandfitnesstravel.com

February | Balance and Snow in Italy:  Fitness & Ski at Lefay Dolomiti

Combine the feeling of flying down the slopes with the restorative and strengthening of yoga sessions amidst the breath-taking mountains of The Dolomites, which glow pink at twilight. Copy the rose glow and experience la dolce vita with treatments aimed to relax muscular tension, revitalise, tone and help correct postural alignment. After a day on the slopes, balance and wind-down in the sumptuous spa, restore and re-energise with nutrient-dense local food and majestic scenery where nature, luxury and unspoiled beauty harmoniously co-exist.
Health and  Fitness Travel offers 7 nights at Lefay Dolomiti from R35 000p.p. Price includes breakfast, a wellness programme and return transfer.  Flights excluded.  Visit:  healthandfitnesstravel.com

MARCH | Embrace your Longevity right here in South Africa: Healthy Ageing at Santé Wellness

If January is the month of making resolutions, then March is the month of celebrating them. Take a break from all your hard work but keep a similar time zone and discover South Africa. Explore the beauty and diversity of this culturally rich and vibrant country whilst reinvigorating skin, body and mind with treatments tailored to decrease the effects of ageing and to promote longevity. Have you tried vinotherapy? This super-charged anti-ageing treatment utilises blissful techniques and antioxidant properties of local grapes to combat free radical damage.
Santé Wellness Retreat, Franschhoek
For accommodation enquiriesreservations@santeretreat.co.za.For day spa enquiries email: spa@santeretreat.co.za

APRIL | Get Active and Keep Fit in Thailand: Training Paradise

With the Christmas festivities a distant memory and the warm glow of summer still a few months away, escape the April showers with an invigorating and healing trip to Thailand. Train with the experts who have dedicated their lives to helping restore confidence in fitness techniques and finally feel those goals are achievable. This comprehensive health and fitness retreat is designed to keep you active, re-energise the body and mind, unwind, and reset through fitness, meditation, yoga, delicious clean eating, island adventures, and massages.
Health and Fitness Travel offers 7 nights at Training Paradise from R26 000pp. Price includes full board, a wellness programme and return transfers. Excludes flights.  Visit:  (healthandfitnesstravel.com)

MAY | Fitness and Fun in Portugal: Fusion Fitness at Conrad Algarve

Wahoooo…Springtime in Europe has officially arrived so now’s the perfect time to get a fix of Vitamin D in sunny Portugal. Soak up some warmth on the Portuguese coastline famed for its cycling routes, sand dunes and nature reserves. From coastal walking, TRX, altitude training and HIIT to Yin yoga, and meditation enhance your well-being with a personalised wellness retreat focussed on your wellness goals. Try something new, increase your endurance and overall well-being in the sunny clime of The Algarve. Just do it!
Health and Fitness Travel offers 7 nights at Conrad from R25 000pp. Price includes breakfast, a wellness programme and return transfers. Excludes flights.  Visit:  healthandfitnesstravel.com

JUNE | Weight-Loss Boost: Weight Loss at Longevity Health and Wellness

If you’re sick of the South African winter and want to shed that extra weight that comes with the cold, all the answers await you in the tranquil hills of the Algarve coast. Know your body better than ever with a holistic health check, jump into action with personal training sessions and make the most of the 24-hour fitness centre and gym. All healthy retreats also require relaxation time. Kick back and enjoy panoramic views from the luxurious infinity pool and refuel your body with the Mediterranean inspired locally sourced cuisine.
Health and Fitness Travel offers 7 nights at Longevity Health and Wellness. The price might scare you so I’m not going to include it here. Ha ha. Rather go to their website and see for yourself!  Visit:  healthandfitnesstravel.comJULY | Island Healing in Cyprus: Healing at Ayii Anargyri

Surrounded by luscious citrus groves and almond trees, transcend the stresses of modern life and fall into the blissful peace of island life. Rebalance your mind and body at this serene spa getaway with yoga classes, reflexology sessions and an enlightening Le Sieste floating therapy. Immerse yourself in nature with a mud therapy cocoon and pool treatments fed by mineral rich, rejuvenating spring water to restore well-being and calm to your life.
Health and Fitness Travel offers 7 nights at Ayii Anargyri from around R19 000pp.  Price includes breakfast and a wellness programme. Excludes flights.  Visit:  healthandfitnesstravel.com

AUGUST | Surf and Turf in Portugal: Surf & Relax at Palacio Estoril Golf & Spa Hotel

Situated in one of Europe’s top surf spots, this adventure wellness holiday is perfect for those looking for a summer thrill. Venture out onto the waves and experience a surge of adrenaline and achievement as the ocean powers you towards the golden shores. Any active holiday must be combined with balance and calm. Nourish your soul and re-energise your body with blissful massages and yoga classes at the Banyan Tree Spa, inspired by an ancient Eastern symbol of healing and longevity.
Health and Fitness Travel offers 7 nights at Palacio Estoril from R17 000pp.  Price includes breakfast, a wellness programme and return transfers. Excludes flights.  Visit:  healthandfitnesstravel.com

SEPTEMBER | Get Fit on the Italian Riviera: Fusion FitnessTM at Almar Jesolo Resort & Spa

Summer’s not here yet so it’s time to chase the sun and escape to Italy! After a South African winter of red wine and comfort food, head to the beautiful resort of Almar Jesolo and dive headfirst back into health with Fusion Fitness. Personalize your holiday to hit your health goals, whether its running Jesolo’s golden beaches (watch out, they’re the longest in Italy!), rebalancing mind and body with Tai Chi and Hatha Yoga or tone your muscles with strength training.
Health and Fitness Travel offers 7 nights at Longevity Health and Wellness from R25 000pp. Price includes breakfast, a wellness programme and return transfers.  Excludes flights.  Visit:  healthandfitnesstravel.com

OCTOBER | Move Forward & Retreat in Portugal: Yoga & Wellness Retreat at Longevity Cegonha Country Club

A special 7-night wellness retreat led by yoga master Trevor Laurency 11-18th October 2020.  Head to the idyllic Portuguese Algarve and reinvest some time into your well-being. This yoga and wellness retreat is enough to help anyone unwind, refocus and connect with both mind and body.
Whether you’re a novice or experienced yogi, you will benefit from the 25+ years of holistic teachings. When you’re not engaging in ancient practices or de-stressing with relaxation therapies, enjoy some time away from the rush of real life. Kick back and read or simply enjoy the cool ocean water and warmth of the golden sands.
Health and Fitness Travel offers 7 nights at Longevity Cegonha Country Club for R35 000pp. Price includes full retreat programme, full board, return flights from London and airport transfers.  Visit:  healthandfitnesstravel.com

NOVEMBER | The Pre-Christmas Detox in Dubai: Detox at Retreat Palm Dubai

Looking for a luxury spot to hang out and wait for full summer? Situated by the Palm Islands of Dubai, this healthy holiday contrasts futuristic ideas and ancient traditions to aid your detox. Make use of high-tech oxygen therapy and cryotherapy, immerse yourself in aromatherapeutic salt bath rituals and Moroccan Hammam sessions and commit to the ancient practices of yoga and mindfulness. A week in the Dubai sun will leave you with a golden tan and a newly discovered connection to mind, body and soul.
Health and Fitness Travel offers 7 nights at The Retreat Palm Dubai, or contact your  local travel agent. Packages prices usually include breakfast, a wellness programme and return transfers.  Visit:  healthandfitnesstravel.com

DECEMBER | Merry Bali:  Sleep Well at REVIVO Wellness Resort

For a warm, relaxing holiday to re-energise, get lost on the mystical island of Bali. This luxurious destination is the perfect setting to travel down an ayurvedic path, healing with spa treatments, holistic classes and yoga. Re-centre the mind with nature, surrounded by dense, leafy forestry and the sparkling Balinese shores. And if this isn’t enough to send you home in a state of Zen, connect to your inner self with music therapy, Tai Chi and Tibetan Meditation.
Health and Fitness Travel offers 7 nights at Revivo Wellness Resort, or contact your travel agent. Package prices include full board and a wellness programme and return airport transfers.  Visit:   healthandfitnesstravel.com

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