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villa holidays in italy

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

view of todi 300x189 villa holidays in italyWe have a hand-picked collection of fabulous villas available to rent in Italy, from one to 17 bedrooms – and all sizes in between.  Whether you want to be in the Dolomite Mountains in the north (perfect for winter skiing and summer adventures), the romantic coast of Amalfi or the quintessential countryside of either Tuscany or Umbria, we can probably organise exactly what you’re looking for.

Furthermore, at most of our villas, we can arrange chefs, massage therapists, hiking or biking guides, personal trainers, yoga teachers, baby sitters etc. and can tailor everything to your individual requirements.  Prices start from around £1,200 per week.  Whether it’s a family get-together, a romantic getaway or an active adventure for a group of friends, our travel experts will put everything together for you – including flights, airport transfers or car hire.  For a summary of our villas in Italy, please see Italian villa holidays.

We also have a wonderful selection of villas elsewhere in the world.  Such as Cape Town, Marrakech, Viz, Corfu, Andalusia, Ibiza, Sicily, the Côte d’Azur and the Alps.  Find out more about our luxury villa collection.

aman resorts – the epitomy of boutique hotel luxury

Posted in News on October 13th, 2014 by Simon – Comments Off

amangani in wyoming usa 300x202 aman resorts   the epitomy of boutique hotel luxuryAman Resorts, and its worldwide collection of luxury boutique hotels, are generally acknowledged as the global benchmark for quality, style, refinement and service.  And The Healthy Holiday Company is proud to be ‘A Trusted Aman Wellness Travel Partner’.  Amanpuri, the first Aman Resort, opened in 1988 in Thailand and there are now 27 dotted across the world. For Europeans, craving a luxurious short haul Aman ‘fix’, it’s an easy hop to Montenegro (Aman Sveti Stefan), Greece (Amanzoe), Turkey (Amanruya), and Morocco (Amanjena).  For those seeking a healthy holiday experience, in sublime luxury, Aman Resorts’ acclaimed spas are central to each property’s ethos and, when combined with superb Yoga and Pilates instruction, and beautiful peaceful environments (aman is the ancient sanskrit word for peace), guests can truly kick back and relax. Those who want to mix some activities and fitness training in to their holiday experience can workout in the fitness room, swim, jump on a mountain bike or head off in to the hills for a hike. Each resort tends to have one or more additional speciality activities too: such as horse riding, skiing, yachting and scuba diving.  They all offer local cultural excursions.  Just let us know what you’re interested in and we can advise the best destination for you.

As far as we are aware, Aman Resorts is the only global hotel brand that’s generated a monika for its band of ultra-loyal guests:  Amanjunkies. But it’s easy to understand why visitors become Amanjunkies as the collection’s low-volume boutique approach extends to each of its properties, and the relentlessly high standards, seemingly effortless service and exceptional attention to detail, prevail at all Aman properties – from Amangani in Wyoming (pictured) to Amanwella in Sri Lanka.

Where and when do you want to go? Call our travel experts on 020 8968 0501 and we will gladly prepare everything for you.  Find out more about Amanresorts

holidays to gozo

Posted in News on October 9th, 2014 by Simon – Comments Off

the nearby azure window 300x201 holidays to gozoThis tiny little Mediterranean island is enjoying a bit of a renaissance at the moment and we don’t think that there’s anything particularly surprising about that as it’s such a glorious year-round destination.  Sitting a few miles north west of Malta, Gozo offers beautiful countryside, a rugged coastline, pretty beaches and coves, charming hospitality and a couple of superb places to stay.  Once you’re at one of our recommended hotels you can choose to simply relax in the sunshine or be as active as you like – or a blend of both.

For those looking to be active, the walking / hiking is superb, as are the extensive trails for mountain biking – and then there’s the very highly rated scuba diving and snorkelling that’s made all the more pleasurable by the warm water and the incredible 30m of visibility.  For those looking to relax, both of our featured hotels have two or more swimming pools, lovely spas and easy access to the beach.  We’re recommending the Kempinski San Lawrenz (luxury hotel with superb spa facilities, wellness programmes, yoga, fitness and tennis), whilst nearby Ta Cenc is simpler and more rustic but utterly charming – and with spectacular coastal views from its quiet location in a nature reserve.  Best of all, they are both excellent value!

yoga and wellness in kerala

Posted in News on October 3rd, 2014 by Simon – Comments Off

swimming pool with beach beyond 300x225 yoga and wellness in keralaWe are very pleased to announce the addition of Neeleshwar Hermitage to our carefully selection portfolio of yoga and wellness retreat destinations in Kerala, on the south west coast of India.  Neeleshwar joins Surya Samudra and Kalari Kovilakom as our featured destinations to this gorgeous part of India, that’s best visited – from a weather perspective – from November to May when temperatures are between 28°C and 32°C.

There are 16 beach-side cottages at Neeleshwar Hermitage, all very private and comfortable, modeled on traditional Indian fishing huts – each with its own unique character and refinement.  The hotel has a superb spa offering Ayurvedic treatments, such as traditional massages, purification regimes, aromatherapy, facial and beauty treatments and rejuvenation therapy.  Neeleshwar is perfect for those wanting to relax, but for those wanting a little more to do you can visit the impressive fort at Bekal, take backwater cruises, go walking in the Western Ghats, explore untouched local villages or visit the many delightful local temples in the area.

We are offering 7 night stays at Neeleshwar Hermitage from £1,650 per person sharing, including return flights and private airport transfers.

For more information about all our recommended hotels and retreats in India, please see where to stay in India

the body holiday

Posted in News on September 19th, 2014 by Simon – Comments Off

Treehouse The BodyHoliday 300x190 the body holidayNow that the European summer is nearly over, many people’s thoughts are turning to ideas about healthy escapes to somewhere gorgeous and hot over the winter.  Combined that with the Bradley Wiggins effect and the ceaseless rise in cycling devotees, plus the explosion of spinning classes (both at regular health clubs and in one of the new breed of cycling studios such as Boom Cycle and Psycle), and the ever popular Body Holiday in St Lucia is picking up even more of our clients than before, courtesy of their spectacular new treehouse spinning studio.  As The Body Holiday is an all-inclusive resort, spinning classes (and everything else) is included within the cost of your stay.

For example, a 10 night stay in November for a solo traveller, flying with British Airways, costs a very reasonable £3,881 staying in a Single Garden View Room.  7 nights would be £3,004.  Price also includes private airport transfers.

new year retreats

Posted in News on September 4th, 2014 by Simon – Comments Off

stretching 300x242 new year retreatsOn the basis that it’s never too early to think about what you would like to do over New Year, we thought we should put together some ideas for three different kinds of healthy, rejuvenating holidays over the New Year break.  All are group holidays, so you would be joining a small group of like-minded adults who are all interested in either fitness, yoga or detoxing – or a blend of all three.

Choose from a 5 night destination yoga holiday to a luxurious boutique hotel in southern Spain (5 nights from £995) or a 7 night fitscape fitness holiday in Andalusia (from £1,495) or an in:spa health, fitness and detox retreat at a magnificent private villa in Marrakech (7 nights from £1,995). Whichever one you choose, you can be sure of returning home looking and feeling amazing and ready to face the start of 2015.

All of these annual retreats are always very popular and tend to get booked up a long way in advance. So, we would recommend booking sooner rather than later.  This also ensures that flight prices are kept to a minimum too.  For more info, please see New Year retreats

Please call one of our travel specialists on 020 8968 0501 for further information or simply send us an email

buccament bay resort

Posted in News on August 29th, 2014 by Simon – Comments Off

sunloungers on the beach 300x200 buccament bay resortWe are delighted to have recently added the exceptional all-inclusive Buccament Bay Resort on the Caribbean island of St Vincent to our portfolio of superb holiday options for both adults and families.  The 5 star resort offers an excellent selection of both land and water sports and with 7 nights from £1,525 on an all-inclusive basis, including flights and airport transfers – we think this Caribbean gem offers really good value.  Set on a stunning white sandy beach looking out to the azure Caribbean sea or nestled in gorgeous tropical flora amidst rainforest-cloaked mountains, Buccament Bay Resort’s beautifully appointed accommodation comprises one, two and four-bedroom villas, featuring a spacious living room characterised by a high vaulted ceilings, and shutters opening to a deck with a plunge pool.  The Little Harlequins Kids Club provides day care for young children with closely supervised, fun-filled activities, age appropriate toys, puzzles and games.  Your children will love the fact that scenes from two of The Pirates of the Caribbean films were shot on the beach of Wallilabou Bay, located a short catamaran ride away.  The temperature here is 25° to 29°C all year around.

october half term 2014

Posted in News on August 20th, 2014 by Simon – Comments Off

family 300x200 october half term 2014Even though the summer holidays are still in full swing, canny families are already thinking ahead to the October half term to secure the best opportunities.  We have therefore put together a handful of great recommendations to whet your appetite and to fire up your imagination – most great little beach hotels and resorts that are all perfect for family fun in the sunshine.  Prices start at under £400 per person for a family of 4, including flights and transfers.  Of course, we can propose a lot more than just a handful of ideas – our team of highly knowledgeable travel experts are available to put together the ideal half term getaway for you and your family.  Wherever you want to go and whatever you want to do.

Please call us on 020 8968 0501 or send us an email

See: October half term ideas

 

juice detox review

Posted in News on August 8th, 2014 by Simon – Comments Off

juice detox sianji 300x208 juice detox reviewWe recently invited a journalist to fly down to Turkey’s beautiful south coast to try out the Juice Detox programme at Sianji Wellbeing Resort.  She concluded her article by saying:

“Following such an extreme diet for a week had a dramatic effect. With the master detox, you’re not just cutting out toxins you’re flushing them out of your liver and kidney. This massive release of pollutants left me feeling exhausted. I was overwhelmed with tiredness on the first day and even fell asleep for a couple of hours in the afternoon, which is something I never normally do – even on holiday.  Anyone with a caffeinate addiction who’s tried to cut down on coffee knows how it feels to suddenly deprive your body of the stimulates it’s used to. The headaches were also really painful (in the forehead and behind the eyes) for the first couple of days.  But, I was thrilled with the results. My skin was glowing, I felt more energetic and the bloat I normally suffer with daily had vanished. There’s NO WAY I would have been able to complete this detox at home, but it really didn’t feel like a challenge at all at the resort.”

To read her full review, please see article

Find out more about the Juice Detox programme

familiarisation trips

Posted in News on August 6th, 2014 by Simon – Comments Off

the view from ekies beach 300x199 familiarisation tripsAs you might expect, we’re constantly jumping on planes to visit the hotels and resorts we feature.  This enables us to keep up to date with new developments and to be sure that the facilities and services on offer are as we remember them from our last visit.  Sometimes, thankfully very rarely, the hotel falls below our expected standards and we have to drop them from our portfolio (this has occurred on one occasion this year) but almost every time the hotel or resort has moved on and become even better.  They have to in this day and age!  And this is definitely the case for the properties our team have recently visited.

Over the past couple of weeks, Kathryn has stayed Ekies All Senses Resort in Halkidiki, Greece as well as visiting nearby Danai Beach Resort.  And Serena has jetted over to Sicily to stay at Sir Rocco Forte’s magnificent Verdura Golf & Spa Resort.  And, last weekend, Serena and Sophie spent a couple of nights at SHA Wellness Clinic in southern Spain. Please click on the links to read their reviews.

Sadly, there isn’t always time to write up a review of the places we visit, in which case we simply amend the website presentation of the property in question in order to keep it fully up to date.  Other very recent visits include several superb hotels in and around Marrakech, including The Selman (great for guests who love horses and riding), The Capaldi (a lovely oasis in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains: perfect for relaxation and wonderful hikes), Le Palais Paysan (brilliant for a weekend getaway overlooking the mountains) and The Fellah (wonderful family orientated all-villa hotel 20 minutes outside Marrakech).