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yoga in the caribbean

Posted in News on November 24th, 2014 by Simon – Comments Off

laluna yoga pavilion grenada 300x169 yoga in the caribbeanWe are very pleased to have recently added Laluna to our portfolio of recommended hotels in the Caribbean.  With just 16 cottages, this wonderful boutique hideaway is a tranquil bohemian haven that’s great for couples and yoga fans.  It’s also adult-centric with a minimum age of 12.  Sitting on a gorgeous private beach on the south coast of Grenada, Laluna has 3 resident yoga and pilates teachers and offers group classes every day in the delightful beachside yoga studio (pictured).  Classes are $9 per session and if you would like a private yoga or pilates class, it’s $100 per session (for 1 or 2 people).

If you prefer to be active and entertained in a different way, there’s a host of land and water sports available, such as snorkeling, sailing, kayaking, scuba diving, mountain biking, fishing, hiking and island tours. Tennis and golf are also available nearby.

One of the best points about this little gem, is the price.  We can offer a 7 night stay from £1,395 per person (low season) sharing a Cottage Suite to £1,705 (high season).  Price includes return flights from London and private airport transfers.  All cottages have their own plunge pool.

healthy holidays over new year

Posted in News on November 18th, 2014 by Simon – Comments Off

liz 2 290x300 healthy holidays over new yearAt this late stage, it’s tough finding flights and accommodation over New Year but we are pleased to still have availability for lots of different holiday options.  Here’s a few ideas:

Epic Sana Wellness Programmes, Algarve: dates to suit you

Epic Sana enjoys a beautiful cliff top location overlooking the spectacular Praia de Falésia beach and sits in 20 acres (8 hectares) of pine trees and green space, offering crisp, contemporary and very spacious accommodation – plus a wide choice of wellness programmes for guests to choose from.  At the resort, apart from the miles of sandy beach, there’s the fabulous 1,500 sq.m Sayanna Spa with a comprehensive selection of daily wellness classes in addition to numerous spa treatments, five outdoor swimming pools, an indoor swimming pool, fitness room, yoga studio and tennis courts.

Programmes include cleansing detox, bootcamp, ultimate body reshape and de-stress. 7 nights from £1,405 per person sharing or from £1,615 for single occupancy.  See all Epic Sana Wellness Programmes

destination yoga: Shanti Som, Spain: 28 December – 2 January 2014 with Liz Lark (pictured)

Shanti Som Wellbeing Retreat is an exceptional yoga retreat destination. Nestled in the midst of nature, surrounded by the Sierra de las Nieves Nature Park, it brings together elements of Balinese architecture and Oriental gardens creating a slice of luxurious eastern style. Tucked away in a shallow valley, surrounded by rolling hills and open countryside, Shanti Som lets you escape the hustle and bustle of modern life and immerse yourself in all things healthy and peaceful. The food is delicious, nutritious and healthy; the spa offers an excellent array of treatments and therapies; the yoga pavillion is a triumph; the hillside pool is a tranquil oasis and the bedrooms are supremely comfortable, and all with stunning en suite shower rooms.

5 nights in a Suite from £1,195 per person sharing or £1,795 single occupancy. More info

fitscape fitness holiday, Southern Spain: 28 December – 4 January 2014

This fitness holiday in beautiful rolling hills about 20 minutes from the coast. You will stay in a stunning private residence and all bedrooms are spacious, very comfortable, with ensuite bathrooms. The property is in a peaceful location surrounded by open countryside and is a wonderful destination for a fitscape fitness holiday.  Fitscape flies out a team of experienced, highly qualified experts from London to look after you for the week. This team comprises a host, a chef, personal trainers and a massage therapist to ensure maximum benefits for every guest, such as weight-loss, improved fitness, stress relief and a heightened sense of wellbeing.

Every fitscape fitness holiday is unique – the schedule is packed full of different options every day so that with the help of our expert trainers you can design your own personal schedule from the activities on offer, for optimum results. It’s up to you to tell us what you want to get out of your holiday – anything from a gentle, motivating kick start through to a serious competitive challenge. The activities may include hiking, strength circuits, running, core fitness, boxing or stretching – you and the trainers can decide how best to achieve your fitness goals.

7 nights from £1,495 per person sharing or £1,995 for single occupancy. More info

Call us on 020 8968 0501 and we’ll do what we can to find something perfect for you…

morocco fitness holidays

Posted in News on November 10th, 2014 by Simon – Comments Off

fitscape man on beach 300x200 morocco fitness holidaysSpecialist fitness holiday outfit – fitscape – has just announced a series of fitness weeks for 2015 at Paradis Plage on the wild Morocco coast, about 40 minutes north of Agadir.  Choose from 4 to 7 night breaks with prices ranging from £795 to £1,195.

Fitscape flies a couple of highly experienced personal trainers out from the UK for each trip and promises a maximum of 15 guests, giving a pretty good trainer to guest ratio, and thereby ensuring that all guests receive the individual care and attention they need to maximise the benefits of their fitscape holiday.

With both indoor and outdoor fitness training options, everyone enjoys a fun and varied exercise programme each day – for up to 5 hours. There’s a variety of core, cardio and strength classes as well as boxercise, runs and, of course, plenty of stretching. There will also be yoga, body boarding or surfing for those that want it. All classes and activities on fitscape fitness holidays are optional – you can do as much or as little as you like. But the more you do, the fitter you will get!

Paradis Plage has fabulous, generously sized bedroom suites and almost all have terraces and views over the ocean. The accommodation is smart and stylish, plus all rooms have their own kitchenette and sitting area.  And at the end of a physically tiring day, guests can retreat to the spa for a restorative massage or head down to the beach again and gaze at the stars from beside the beach fire.

Find out more: see fitscape at Paradis Plage

algarve wellness resorts

Posted in News on November 7th, 2014 by Simon – Comments Off

bootcamp 300x200 algarve wellness resortsThe Algarve is definitely beefing up its reputation as a destination for health, fitness and wellness holidays.  Now, in addition to enjoying year-round sunshine and a beautiful coastline, you can benefit from the expertise of the Longevity team at Vilalara Thalassa Resort (perfect for detox programmes, weight loss and fitness boosters) and also the new Sayanna wellness programmes at Epic Sana (great for intensive fitness bootcamps).  And both hotels are stylish and comfortable, on the beach and so easy to get to.  Just a short, cheap flight from the UK to Faro, and when you touch down both hotels are just a 30 to 40 minute drive from the airport.  We will book and organise everything for you.

The Healthy Holiday Company is always, as you would expect, on the look out for great new wellness programmes and we’re very happy to be adding these two hotels to our hand-picked portfolio of recommended destinations.  For more information about Vilalara Thalassa Resort or Epic Sana, or any of our other recommended wellness programmes in Europe or further afield, please contact our experts on 020 8968 0501 or send us an email

adults only holidays

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

ocean view 300x142 adults only holidaysWe are pleased to be able to add RedLevel in Tenerife to our collection of adult-only holiday destinations.  RedLevel is a luxury boutique adults-only hotel within the Hotel Gran Melia Palacio de Isora, and is the perfect getaway for adults looking for year-round sunshine.  When you can tear yourself away from the pool (pictured), you can stroll over to the main resort and take part in an excellent selection of daily wellness classes, such as: yoga, tai-chi, Pilates, Zumba Fitness, meditation and boxing classes. There are tennis courts too.

Even if you love children, sometimes you just want to ensure that your holiday isn’t disturbed by screaming youngsters, and that’s why we have put together our recommendations for adult only holidays.  For further details, please see adult only holidays or go direct to details about our latest addition: RedLevel at Gran Melia Palacio de Isora

beditation makes sense

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

beditation 300x178 beditation makes senseWe have got used to words being combined to describe a hot new trend – such as yoga and surfing holidays being called ‘yurfing’ or beach and yoga holidays being called ‘boga’.. however some of these fusions work better than others. We think ‘Beditation’ – the concept of meditation and yoga before bed in order to promote better sleep – is spot on. In fact the term has been given a more official status as it has been clinically proven with the NHS even including information on its website alongside a video to take part in – stating that it is the “ideal bedtime wind-down”.

If you are looking for a more glamorous location to practice, look no further than our wide choice of meditation and yoga holidays in Europe, India and Thailand.  If you would like advice on which would be the best option for you, please don’t hesitate to call our travel experts on 020 8968 0501 or just send us an email


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