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yoga retreats

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

picture 41 300x200 yoga retreatsOur sister company, Destination Yoga, has a fabulous selection of yoga retreats on offer throughout the summer and autumn.  Summer destinations include a charming trulli in rural Puglia, a classic country farmhouse in Umbria near the wonderful medieval hilltop town of Orvieto, and Finca Paradiso – a gorgeous country retreat in southern Spain with fabulous sea and mountain views.  Prices for 7 nights start at £695 per person sharing.

For the autumn, Destination Yoga will be hosting two 7 night yoga holidays at Paradis Plage on the wild Morocco coast and, in November, there’s a magical 7 night retreat to Shillim Estate Retreat & Spa (flying in to Mumbai) which spans 320 acres in a serene and unspoiled setting amidst the spectacular landscape of the Sahyadri mountain range in the Western Ghats.  7 nights from £1,395.  To round off the year, there will be two 5 night retreats to Shanti Som in the peaceful rolling hills of Andalusia.  One in late November and another over New Year.

For further details and all retreat dates, please see destination yoga

conde nast traveller spa awards 2014

Posted in News on May 5th, 2014 by Simon – Comments Off

cnt kb with award e1399306975509 224x300 conde nast traveller spa awards 2014On 1 May, the prestigious 2014 Conde Nast Traveller Spa Awards were staged at London’s Four Seasons Hotel.  And, we are delighted to announce, in:spa retreats was judged to be winner of ‘The Most Consistent High Performer’ award for 2014.  The photo shows a very happy Kathryn Brierley, in:spa founder, holding the award.

in:spa retreats was established in 2003 and is owned and operated by The Healthy Holiday Company.  in:spa hosts its unique and highly successful retreats at three glamorous private residences in Marrakech, the South of France and Andalusia.

A 7 night in:spa retreat will transform your physical and mental wellbeing through its proven in:spa programme of a gourmet detox diet, exercise, yoga and relaxation. in:spa flies out experts from London for each retreat – a winning team combination of personal trainers, yoga teacher, nutritionist, specialist chef, massage therapist and retreat host – to motivate, educate and care for guests in a highly personalised way.

Each week delivers guests the benefits of weight loss (if wanted), improved fitness and flexibility and a natural energy high which makes it easy for everyone to continue the healthy programme when they get home.   An in:spa retreat will inspire you, energise your body, invigorate your senses, detoxify your system, normalise your body weight and calm your mind – in essence, revive and restore a sense of total physical and mental wellness.

All inclusive 7 night retreats cost from £1,895 per person.  For forthcoming retreats, please see dates & destinations

 

pilates holidays

Posted in News on May 2nd, 2014 by Simon – Comments Off

pilates ab san 300x225 pilates holidaysAs Joseph Pilates says: “In 10 sessions you will feel the difference, in 20 sessions you will see the difference, and in 30 sessions you will have a NEW body.”  Today, we are pleased to be able to add the wonderful new Pilates Reformer Bootcamp holiday at Absolute Sanctuary to our portfolio of destinations offering Pilates.

Located on the beautiful Thai island of Koh Samui, the Absolute Sanctuary Pilates Reformer Bootcamp holiday also includes signature spa treatments, healthy cuisine, postural analysis and complimentary access to a range of other daily classes and activities. A 7 night stay on a full board basis, with flights and airport transfers, is available from £1,965 per person.

The good news is that the Pilates reformer bootcamp holiday is ideal for both Pilates beginners or aficionados alike. And the even better news is that there aren’t many holidays available anywhere that promise to return you home long, lean and toned!  For further information about holidays to Absolute Sanctuary or any of our other destinations featuring Pilates, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Call our experts on 020 8968 0501 or simply send us an email.  We would be delighted to help!

holidays for single travellers

Posted in News on April 26th, 2014 by Simon – Comments Off

spa 300x166 holidays for single travellersWith so many people electing to go on holiday alone these days, either through choice or circumstance, we thought we should put together our pick of the best holiday options for solo travellers.  What we call ‘singles friendly’.  The great news is that in the ‘healthy holiday’ arena there are lots of fabulous holiday options for singles.  These fall in to two general categories: holidays where you join a group of other like-minded people and holidays where the resort or hotel is properly geared up for single travellers and have a significant percentage of single travellers in resort at any one time.  We’ve even identified several holiday destinations that are ‘adult only’ to ensure that solo travellers don’t run the risk of being swamped by hoards of children.  So, whether you want a relaxing spa break, a yoga, meditation, pilates or detox retreat, a fitness holiday, hiking, or a weight loss retreat, we’ve carefully selected all the best ideas – to suit all budgets.  Destinations include Morocco, Cyprus, Spain, Italy, India, France, Bali, Thailand and the Caribbean.  So, here are a selection of ideas to stimulate your imagination:

Spa holidays for singles

Fitness holidays for singles

Yoga holidays for singles

Detox retreats for singles

Weight loss holidays for singles

Small group holidays for singles

Please don’t hesitate to call us on 020 8968 0501 or send us an email and we will gladly put together some ideas that are perfect for you.

last minute easter holiday

Posted in News on April 16th, 2014 by Simon – Comments Off

yoga at zening 300x200 last minute easter holidayWith almost everywhere now fully booked, we’re pleased to let you know that Zening, Cyprus – Europe’s first adult only resort dedicated to yoga, meditation and wellbeing – still has some availability.  It only opened last summer and is not yet on everyone’s radar, hence the fact that we can still offer availability.  It’s an easy flight from London to Paphos, followed by a 45 minute transfer to this charming boutique resort.

When you get there you’ll discover the lovely views over the Mediterranean, the good but simple accommodation, and the daily programme of classes that include yoga, meditation, pilates, zumba and fitness.  You can grab a bicycle (also complimentary) and explore the adjacent Akamas National Park or stroll down to the beach or the local fishing village.

A 7 night stay is from £450 per person sharing a Yogi Studio or £650 for single occupancy.  Price includes full board, all daily classes and airport transfers.  Shorter or longer stays are available.  It’s up to you.

One of the great joys of Zening is that it’s ideal for single travellers.

For full details, please see Zening, Cyprus or just call us on 020 8968 0501 and we will gladly talk you through everything.

the romanos costa navarino

Posted in News on April 11th, 2014 by Simon – Comments Off

costa navarino 150x100 300x200 the romanos costa navarinoWe’re delighted to have recently added The Romanos Costa Navarino on the Peloponnese coast of mainland Greece.  It’s an exceptional 5 star luxury resort that’s ideal for both couples and families. We particularly like the beautiful setting and remarkable choice of land and water sports available.  There’s most definitely something for everyone here, whatever their age of preference.  Racquet sports include tennis, squash, padel and badminton.  Other land activities include hiking, mountain biking, fitness training, yoga and pilates.  For water sports enthusiasts, there’s surfing, kayaking, kite surfing, padel boarding, wind surfing, sailing, snorkeling and scuba diving. Of course, if you just want to switch off and relax you can do that too!  Put your feet up beside the pool or on the beach, or treat yourself to some indulgent pampering in the resort’s fabulous spa.  Parents can relax in the knowledge that their children are happy and entertained. The children’s club looks after the wee ones from the age of 4 months to 12 years old.  Best of all, there’s a fantastic aqua park for thrills and spills for all the family.

The resort is located on a wonderful stretch of coastline, surrounded by forests and in easy striking distance of a selection of gorgeous beaches.  For the quality of service, facilities and accommodation, we think this place is excellent value for money at the luxury end of the scale.  For example, a week in July for a family of 5 is from £7,340, including flights and transfers.

We have added The Romanos Costa Navarino to our pick of the best family resorts in Europe.

corfu villas

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

atolikos house corfu 300x160 corfu villasCorfu has long been a popular destination for a sunny, uncomplicated villa holiday with friends or family, and it’s easy to understand why.  With green hillsides, pretty beaches, clear blue seas and our fabulous selection of villas to suit every budget and size of party.  Our villas are all located in the north eastern corner of the island, sprinkled along the coast near Kassiopi, San Stefano and Avlaki beach, ranging from 2 bedrooms to 6 bedrooms.  All have swimming pools, comfortable accommodation (ranging from clean and simple to stylish and luxurious), outdoor dining terraces, sensational views and convenient access to nearby beaches, shops and tavernas.  And, if you wish, we can organise a cook, a boat, a visiting yoga teacher, personal trainer or massage therapist, or even a hiking or mountain biking guide to take you out to explore the island’s magnificent interior.  If you’re looking for a family holiday with teenagers in tow, we would recommend being near Kassiopi as this lovely little harbour town is the ‘most happening’ for evening entertainment.

Here’s some villa options to get you started:

We know the island well and have first hand knowledge of all the villas in our carefully handpicked portfolio, and we would be delighted to help you select the one that’s most appropriate for you.  If you are able to visit the island outside of July and August, prices halve – at least!  For a full list of our featured villas, please see where to stay in Corfu – but remember, we have many more villas on our books apart from the ones featured on our website.

shillim estate retreat & spa

Posted in News on February 25th, 2014 by Simon – Comments Off

meditation on shillim peak 920m 300x200 shillim estate retreat & spaWe are delighted to add the superb Shillim Estate Retreat & Spa to our portfolio of recommended destinations in India.  Opened in 2003, the estate spans 320 acres of pristine countryside (including lakes, rivers, waterfalls and mountains) about 2.5 hours drive south east of Mumbai.  Offering a sanctuary for the body, mind and spirit, the retreat features ecologically designed all-villa accommodation with butler service, extensive dining options, one of the largest wine cellars in India and among the largest and most comprehensive spa facilities in Asia that encompasses 70 acres and offers more than 150 treatments. The retreat is designed, built and operated with sustainability as its core commitment.  We love the stunning meditation cave and recommend this fabulous new resort for two key purposes.  First, if you are just looking to relax and rebalance, you can immerse yourself in the spa experience, meditate, practice yoga and sleep deeply in one of the beautiful villas.  Second, if you prefer to be active, there’s so much to do: horse riding, mountain biking, working out in the gym, hiking (try climbing Shillim’s 920m peak) and fishing.  So, for couples with differing agendas – the Shillim Estate Retreat & Spa should keep both halves more than happy!  Guests can enjoy fine dining whilst maintaining a regime of good nutrition and even customise their experience with ‘Dining by Design’, which allows you to choose the setting. Why not try lunch by the beside a waterfall or breakfast on a lush forest plateau?

easter holiday ideas

Posted in News on February 23rd, 2014 by Simon – Comments Off

fabulous surf ing and yoga at paradis plage 300x200 easter holiday ideasIf you’re looking for some inspiration about what to do and where to go for a holiday at Easter, you can either take advantage of our clever ideas by month widget which shows you, from a weather perspective, all the best places to travel to in April or, read on, and see some of our more specific holiday ideas (where the weather will also be warm and sunny too).

Ideas for families

Morocco:  Head to the Morocco coast and stay at Paradis Plage, set on an amazing beach.  It’s excellent value and perfect for body boarding and surfing (lessons available for 8 year olds upwards), yoga, spa, and star gazing beside the beach fire.

If you would like to combine it with a trip to Marrakech and / or a few nights in the Atlas Mountains, have a look at some of our Morocco itinerary ideas.

Turkey:  Also great value, and brilliant for families, Gardens of Babylon on the south coast of Turkey, near Bodrum, will keep everyone happy and entertained.  Water sports, kids club, yoga, pilates and tennis are all included.  Spa treatments, however, are not.  For a more sophisticated and luxurious holiday, and priced accordingly, we would highly recommend d-hotel near Marmaris.

Best family resorts: for more ideas and to view our top 10 recommendations, please see best family resorts

Ideas for adults

Fitness:  fly to sunny southern Spain for an energising week of fitness training with fitscape and be put though your paces by their excellent team of trainers.  Stay at the charming and very comfortable Monasterio for a week from 16-23 April.  Perfect for solo travellers who would like to join a group of like minded people.

Relaxation:  head to Aava Resort & Spa in Thailand for a relaxing week in the sunshine.  Set on an amazingly beautiful, deserted beach and offering a daily programme of wellness classes, this is pure bliss and remarkably good value.

Yoga: join a destination yoga retreat to Zening in Cyprus from 16-23 April.

Detox or weight loss:  hidden in the peaceful rolling hills about 30 minutes north of Marbella, Shanti Som is a gorgeous boutique hideaway offering excellent weight loss and detox programmes.

Hiking:  fly down to exotic Morocco for a few days hiking in the Atlas Mountains.  Combine with a couple of nights in Marrakech.  See a couple of Morocco itinerary ideas.

If in doubt….

Whether you’re looking for a family holiday or one just for yourself, our travel experts can help you decide on the best Easter holiday option for you.  Please just call us on 020 8968 0501 or simply send us an email with an outline of what you’d like to do and we will make some recommendations for you.

meditation retreats

Posted in meditation, News, yoga on February 13th, 2014 by Simon – Comments Off

YogaMeditation 1 300x202 meditation retreatsOver the past couple of years, we have noticed an increase in the number of people seeking a holiday that includes an element of meditation.  Thus far we have recommended joining a destination yoga holiday to Italy, Spain or India where the ‘restorative’ evening yoga classes tend to include a period of meditation.  Destination yoga offers 7 night retreats from an all inclusive price of £850 and has an extremely high percentage of repeat guests.

In summer 2013, a new resort in Cyprus – Zening – opened with the justifiable claim to being Europe’s first resort dedicated to yoga, meditation and wellbeing.  Yoga and meditation classes are available every day.  7 night all inclusive holidays to Zening are priced from £795.

More recently, one of our favourite luxury hideaways in India – Shreyas – has introduced a 7 night / 8 day meditation retreat.  We think it’s a perfect introduction to the essence of Shreyas.  The programme includes a well-balanced itinerary of yoga, meditation and pranayama sessions, rejuvenating massages, cooking classes, community exercises and nature farming.  The gurus at Shreyas offer those guests that are interested ‘guidance along your spiritual path.’  7 night / 8 day all inclusive meditation retreats at Shreyas are from £1,775.

Also in India, located in the foothills of the Himalayas, the recently opened Vana, offers a unique Tibetan Healing programme.  A retreat crafted around Vana’s unique tibetan healing offering can address almost any aspect of wellbeing from physical to spiritual. With doctors and therapists trained at the Men-Tsee-Khang, an institute of medicine and astrology set up by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Vana offer all aspects of this profound healing tradition including consultations, treatments, supplements and meditation.  Tibetan healing treatments include ku nye, dhugs, lum, hor kyi metsa and gom and are offered with complete authenticity.  7 night all inclusive programmes from £2,060.

We expect that holidays to re-balance the mind through meditation will become increasingly popular and look forward to further extending our portfolio of recommended destinations for this.