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essaouira

Posted in News on March 3rd, 2015 by Simon – Comments Off

view of essaouira 300x190 essaouiraFrom 1 May, easyJet will commence direct flights to Essaouira – on the Morocco coast – from London Luton with departures on Fridays and Mondays.  Perfect for those just looking for a quick weekend in the sunshine; although 5 and 7 night options ate obviously possible too.  Essaouira is a delightful coastal town and, as the first Moroccan seaport, revolutionised trading with Europe. Today, it’s primarily a fishing village with a bustling medina. We are recommending three gorgeous little riad hotels in the heart of the old town, just yards from the sea and the souks.  All offer friendly hospitality, charming accommodation and wonderful views.  See all places to stay in Essaouira.  For those who want to discover the delights of other parts of Morocco (rather than just nipping down for the weekend) we have created a couple of sample itineraries, both incorporating a couple of nights in Essaouira. Try the 9 night Morocco adventure from £995 per person or the 6 night luxury Morocco holiday from £1,455. Both take you in to the Medina of Marrakech and high up in to the Atlas Mountains but, as you can tell from the price difference, offering rather different accommodation options.

 

ayurveda retreats

Posted in News on February 25th, 2015 by Simon – Comments Off

ayurveda retreat 300x168 ayurveda retreatsUntil recently, we would have recommended that any one interested in an Ayurvedic Retreat would have to fly to India and, indeed, for a truly authentic Ayurvedic experience that is still the case, but it’s now possible to enjoy an Ayurvedic Retreat in the Mediterranean on the tiny little island of Gozo.  The Kempinski San Lawrenz has invested in a new Ayurveda area within their impressive spa complex, managed by a charming Indian Ayurvedic physician, and now offer guests Ayurveda Retreats from 3 to 28 nights.  All come with 90 minutes of Ayurveda treatments each day, plus full board Ayurveda cuisine and daily yoga.  A 7 night retreat, including accommodation and airport transfers is available from £1,955 per person sharing or £2,310 for single occupancy.  There are daily flights to Malta from several airports in the UK and then it’s a short ferry ride across to Gozo.

During your stay at the hotel, you can enjoy a complimentary daily schedule of activities that include walks, runs, cycle rides and yoga. There’s also a complimentary shuttle service to some of the island’s most charming and picturesque villages.

For those who feel that the only way to enjoy a true Ayurvedic retreat experience is to travel to India, please see our Top 5 Ayurveda retreat destinations in India.

hiking in the atlas mountains

Posted in News on February 20th, 2015 by Simon – Comments Off

kasbah du toubkal set in the atlas mountains 300x214 hiking in the atlas mountainsMarrakech is an easy short haul flight from the UK and the drive in to the Atlas Mountains, depending on your choice of accommodation, is just 45 to 70 minutes from the airport.  In addition to Sir Richard Branson’s luxurious mountain hideaway – Kasbah Tamadot – and the rather more traditional La Roseraie hotel, we have recently added the extraordinary Kasbah du Toukbal (pictured) to our selection of superb bases for enthusiastic hikers and trekkers.  Kasbah du Toukbal sits at 1,800m at the foot of North Africa’s highest mountain and, whilst the accommodation is rustic and simple, it’s still blissfully comfortable after a good day’s hiking and the service is friendly and charming.  From the Kasbah, guests can enjoy hiking in every and any direction, included guided hikes to the base camp of Mount Toubkal or, for the fit, even hike up to the summit at 4,000m.

The Kasbah is reached by a short walk from the village of Imlil, while a mule will carry bags up the path to the property. On arrival, guests are greeted by the most charming locals who will encourage them to treat the place as their home and take pleasure in serving set menus of traditional local dishes and gallons of mint tea.   Kasbah Du Toubkal has two huge rooftop terraces with shaded areas perfect for relaxing and enjoying the panoramic mountain views. There is also a hammam and plunge pool, and a book and music library with board games.  The accommodation ranges from standard rooms through to expansive suites so there’s something to suit everyone’s budget and tastes.

If you would like our expert advice on what option(s) may be best for you, please don’t hesitate to call us on 020 8968 0501 or simply send us an email and we can advise you accordingly.  Why not mix a stay in the mountains with a few nights in Marrakech or on the coast?  Or both!

curing insomnia

Posted in News on February 20th, 2015 by Simon – Comments Off

spa relaxation areas 300x200 curing insomniaAccording to the NHS, a staggering one third of the UK population suffers from insomnia and other sleep related problems.  With this in mind, it’s therefore hardly surprising that we have noticed a growing number of people getting in touch with us seeking advice on programmes that can help them achieve the delight of a good night’s sleep.  Happily, there are now a few specialist wellness hotels and resorts that are offering varying forms of ‘sleep better’ programmes.  These range from 4 night residential programmes in the UK (that come with year-long support) through to 7 night ‘holiday’ programmmes in Ibiza, Thailand and Spain.  See all our recommended sleep better programmes and destinations.   However, from our experience operating in:spa retreats (unique 7 night health, fitness and detox retreats) some people don’t need to take part in a specific programme and can respond positively to a few simple diet and lifestyle changes. Please see some very helpful tips and advice from a few of our resident health and wellbeing experts.

If you would like our expert advice on what option(s) may be best for you, please don’t hesitate to call us on 020 8968 0501 or simply send us an email and we can advise you accordingly.

adult only holidays

Posted in News on February 19th, 2015 by Simon – Comments Off

relax on your private terrace 300x240 adult only holidaysEven if you love children, sometimes you want a holiday that guarantees that you will not – at any time – be disturbed by shrieking kids.  With this in mind, we have put together our top recommendations for adult only hotels and resorts where you can truly switch off and relax.  Choose from a luxury dude ranch in Montana, an island paradise in the Maldives, a thermal spa in Mallorca or a mountain hideaway in Andalusia – to name just a few!  Of course, adult only hotels are particularly important during half terms and school holidays. So, whether you’re looking for an active holiday or just somewhere to lie back and relax in the sunshine, we have a carefully selected portfolio of adult only hotels and resorts that may be perfect for you. This is true if you’re travelling solo or as a couple, or as a group of adults.

See all our recommended adult only destinations

Outside of school holidays, practically all our featured resorts around the world will be ‘child free’, but during the school holidays is when our adult only recommendations will come in particularly handy for you.

early booking discounts

Posted in News on January 9th, 2015 by Simon – Comments Off

 early booking discountsAlmost every hotel and resort offers early booking discounts for those who are able to plan ahead.  For example, if you book your holiday by 31 January you can save up to 35% on accommodation but, if you don’t quite manage to make the end of January deadline, a great many places will still be offering discounts of up to 20% on holidays booked more than 90 days in advance.  Of course, it’s not just great savings available on accommodation that count, the general rule is that the earlier you book your flights the cheaper they will be too.  This makes a very significant difference to holiday costs if you’re planning a trip over Easter or Christmas or the peak summer months of July and August.  Furthermore, depending on where and when you’re travelling, we often don’t need to take anything more than a 10% deposit to secure your booking, with the balance generally falling due 8 weeks prior to departure.

To get some inspiration and to see our recommendations of where to go in any particular month, please see our ideas by month.  To view our current top discount offers, please see special offers.  Where ever and whenever you wish to go on holiday our travel specialists can always advise on the best price options in any given month and in any geographical destination and, of course, secure you the best possible deal.  Please call 020 8968 0501 or send us an email outlining your requirements.

new year detox

Posted in News on December 31st, 2014 by Simon – Comments Off

stretching 300x242 new year detoxIf your New Year’s resolution is to get fitter or healthier or to treat your body to a cleansing detox, then The Healthy Holiday Company will have an option that suits you!  Whether you want a short haul flight down to sunny southern Spain for a 6 night detox at Shanti Som in the hills above Marbella or you would rather be on Portugal’s Algarve coast for a 7 night detox at Epic Sana, we can organise everything for you.  If you would prefer a more holistic approach, encompassing a gourmet cleansing diet with yoga, hiking and fitness training, we would recommend flying to Marrakech for an in:spa retreat in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains.  Maybe you would like some tropical heat mixed in to your detox diet with a detox programme in Thailand at Absolute Sanctuary on the beautiful island of Koh Samui.  Or, head to India – the home of yoga – for a cleansing vegetarian diet and twice daily yoga at Shreyas retreat for an 8 night yoga holiday with destination yoga.

If fitness is more your thing and you plan to make 2015 the year to get fitter, try a fitscape fitness week on the wild west coast of Morocco or an intensive 7 night bootcamp in Portugal.  If you want to focus on weight loss, there’s nowhere better than SHA Wellness Clinic in Spain.  Try their 7 night weight loss programme.

Where and whenever you want to change your life for the better, we can help you decide the best option for you.  Call our experts on 020 8968 0501 and make 2015 just what you want it to be!

special offers on holidays booked in january

Posted in News on December 22nd, 2014 by Simon – Comments Off

 special offers on holidays booked in januaryJanuary is the perfect time to book your 2015 holiday as almost every hotel and resort (and the airlines) have great discounts on offer of between 10% to 35%.  For example, if you book a week at The Body Holiday in St Lucia by 31 January you will benefit from a 35% early booking discount, saving up to £759 per person. Making a week at this superb adult-only resort from just £2,025 per person sharing a Luxury Room on an all-inclusive basis, including flights and transfers.

For something rather more romantic and exotic, the spectacular Four Seasons Kuda Huraa in the Maldives is offering a ‘stay 7 nights, pay for 5 – plus complimentary half board’ deal that can save you up to £1,565 per person. 7 nights now available from £2,749 per person sharing a Sunset Beach Pavilion with Pool on a half board basis including return flights and airport transfers.  Nearer to home, book the 5 star Amirandes in Crete by 31 January to receive 30% off the accommodation rate, saving up to £255 per person. 7 nights now from £749 per person sharing a Superior Seaview Room on a bed and breakfast basis, including flights and transfers.

If you’re interested in a New Year health, fitness and detox holiday, book a week in Marrakech with in:spa retreats from 28 January to 4 February and save £350 per person.  7 nights now from just £1,645 – a great way of getting yourself in to shape at the beginning of 2015.

These are just three examples of our excellent selection of special offers available.  For more ideas for your next holiday, please see all special offers

christmas and new year at pine cliffs in the algarve

Posted in News on November 28th, 2014 by Simon – Be the first to comment

falesia beach 300x182 christmas and new year at pine cliffs in the algarveAt this late stage it’s pretty tough finding availability over the Christmas and / or New Year holiday, but we are very pleased to be able to offer two great 5 night programmes (on dates to suit you) over this period at the 5 star Pine Cliffs Resort on Portugal’s beautiful Algarve coast.  The 5 night wellbeing break is from £750 per person sharing a suite (or £1,125 single occupancy) to include accommodation, programme, flights and airport transfers.  Alternatively, the 5 night fitness booster is from £695 and £975 respectively.

We think both options are exceptionally well priced and, whist it will not be tropical temperatures, you can at least be sure of relatively warm weather and some much needed winter sunshine.  And there’s nothing quite like a walk down the amazing beach (pictured) on a sunny afternoon…. Flights to Faro are daily, and it’s just a 25 minute transfer from the airport to Pine Cliffs.

If our Pine Cliffs offers don’t grab you, please see our alternative ideas for New Year / Xmas getaways.  As always, our friendly, knowledgeable travel experts are on hand to help you decide what suits you best and then organise everything for you.  Please just call 020 8968 0501 or send us an email.

 

world’s best new golf course

Posted in News on November 27th, 2014 by Simon – Comments Off

els club datai 300x200 worlds best new golf courseIt might have re-opened a year later than originally envisaged, but Ernie Els’s remodelled Club Teluk Datai is now open for play on the Malaysian island of Langkawi.  And it’s just been crowned the ‘World’s Best New Golf Course’ at the inaugural World Golf Awards, hosted in Portugal.

Just two weeks after its official grand opening, the four-time Major winner’s stunning Langkawi layout, which sits amidst a tropical rainforest stretching to the shores of the Andaman Sea, scooped the much-coveted accolade, voted upon by golf travel executives and members of the media.

In further recognition of Els’ remarkable design, which has already earned the admiration of the world’s golfing media, The Els Club Teluk Datai also collected the ‘Best New Golf Course in Asia’ award, rounding off an incredible evening at Quinta do Lago, Algarve.  So, golfers staying at the fabulous Datai, can now enjoy this superb course during their holiday.

Ernie pictured teeing off on The Els Club Teluk Datai.