Follow your every wellness whim in 2019 with a year’s worth of inspiration and motivation to indulge in health-enhancing wellness experiences around the world. From January detox retreats in Switzerland to summer fitness breaks in Ibiza, we reveal our month-by-month guide of the best wellness holiday destinations for 2019, so you can make this the year to nourish your mind, body and soul. 

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A commentary by Dr. Clive Williams

Celebrating #Movember this year, we are putting the spotlight on men’s health to help raise awareness about some of the biggest well-being issues faced by men and address the internal stigmas associated to masculinity. Here, North Brisbane psychologist, Dr. Clive Williams answers the question, “Why should men care about self-care?” to start a conversation and redefine the true meaning of strength, allowing them to get the help and tools they need for a healthy and fulfilled life:

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Taking your significant other on a magnificent winter wellness escape can be a good way to rekindle your love, escape the stressful everyday-life and simply have some well-deserved time for two. Here at Health and Fitness Travel, we take into consideration the many interests, different types of couples have. There are couples who are into fitness, couples who long for adventure, or who simply want to have a quiet and peaceful time with each other. So here are some suggestions for winter wellness destinations for healthy couples of all kinds, from the sporty and adventurous couple to the luxury loving couple, we’ve got you covered:

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If the average candlelit dinner just won’t cut it, these eight extravagant dining experiences are sure to satisfy. From Bedouin style brunches to tree-top gourmet dining, you are bound for a unique gourmand adventure that will tickle your fancy. Backed by a nutrition-centric retreat, these experiences will not only give you a taste of luxury, but also the benefits of healthy living. After satisfying your belly, wind down and satiate your need for pampering at the spa with a wide menu of indulgent treatments.

Read on for some inspiration on your next foodie holiday. We won’t blame you if these extravagant dining experiences leave you drooling.

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Make the most of your time off and learn a new skill whilst you relax and unwind on one of our learning holidays.  Whether you’re a budding yogi, a keen swimmer, a hopeful diver or an aspiring surfer the following holidays are sure to provide you with the tools and guidance you need to kickstart, and maybe even master, your new skill. With excellent wellness facilities, stunning surroundings and a wide array of fitness and holistic activities to take part it, these resorts make sure there’s plenty for you to be getting on with when you’re not practicing your chosen skill. So, what are you waiting for? Here are our top 7 inspirational learning holidays.

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The global wellness industry is now worth $4.2 trillion with wellness tourism experiencing a 6.5% annual growth; more than double the growth rate for overall tourism. Forecasting the next big trends in wellness travel for 2019, we live up to our reputation as the wellness holiday specialists. From tough and transformative travel, to grief retreats and wellness mumcations, discover the hottest new trends that will influence the wellness travel world in 2019.

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What is Monchique Resort & Spa and who’s it for?

If you’re looking for an amazing and renewing spa retreat in marvellous surroundings, then a stay at Monchique Resort & Spa is just what is needed. The resorts setting is peaceful and serene with views that stretch all the way to the Atlantic coast but because it’s located in the mountains, there is a warm cool breeze.

Situated in an untouched mountain region of the Algarve, Monchique is far from the popular tourist areas, providing a peaceful and serene ambience. The picturesque backdrop sets the scene for forgetting about daily stresses, allowing you to truly focus on yourself and your wellness. Amid the dramatic landscapes with views out towards the coast, it is hard to think about anything else. It is the perfect destination for independent travellers, couples, friends and families looking for quality time together.

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Take some time out for yourself and venture to one of our blissful spa escapes for some luxury treatments that you’ll never forget. From a detox red ruby scrub in Thailand and master Reiki in Vietnam to Ayurveda treatments in St. Lucia and Roman bath sessions in Italy there is no shortage of options when it comes to giving your mind and body the pampering they deserve. After indulging in these daily spa treatments and relaxing with holistic activities including yoga, Pilates and meditation you are sure to return home feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and ready to continue your wellness journey.

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With so many retreats to choose from, it can be difficult to determine which retreats are truly authentic. Here at Health and Fitness Travel we have spent years trying, testing and researching all kinds of wellness escapes from Ayurvedic and mindfulness to yoga and digital detox to decipher which retreats are the most trustworthy. Thankfully, we can assure our clients that during any one of our healthy holidays, they will have the time to rest, focus on themselves and release any built-up stress causing mental exhaustion. Under the guidance of highly trained wellness experts, guests can feel assured that they will leave their holiday with the mental clarity and sense of purpose they’ve been searching for. So, without further ado, here are 6 authentic wellness retreats that are loved and trusted by us. 

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Taking your parents to a magnificent retreat to the most beautiful places our world has to offer, will strengthen the family-bond and can be a great way to thank them for all they may have done for you. Not all parents are the same, however there are ones who love nature and animals, there are sporty ones and there are ones who just want to have a relaxing time, not worrying about anything at all. So here are some suggestions for family retreats for every type of parents, from active and adventurous moms and dads to culture and luxury loving parents, we’ve got you covered:

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Take your passion for healthy eating a step further and indulge in one of our top nutrition holidays for healthy foodies. Learn more about how to better your insides with nutritional talks and consultations as you enjoy breath-taking surroundings and world-class treatments that will leave you with a spring in your step. Make the most of fresh detox smoothies, Asian cuisine, healthy twists on classic junk food staples and much more. There are also plenty of opportunities to work on your outsides too with complementary access to group classes such as yoga, Pilates, meditation and general fitness. These retreats truly are a healthy foodies’ heaven!

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Kick-start or continue your wellness journey on a group retreat in the comfort of other like-minded and wellness driven people. Experience a wide array of holistic activities such as yoga, meditation, Pilates and sunrise walks to allow you to relax and unwind in a calming and friendly environment. There is plenty of opportunity to pick up the pace too with everything from aerobics and dance classes to TRX training and beach runs. So, get ready to embark on a special journey and reconnect your mind and body with our top group retreats for social wellness.

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Your holiday is the perfect time to relax and enjoy yourself, as you escape the day to day grind. Whether you’re dreaming of lying on a beach, sightseeing in the city or practicing yoga by the pool, your trip should be fun and most importantly, stress free.

Preparing for a trip away can be hectic and time consuming, so to make it easier, Englana, the luxury lifestyle and fashion brand has provided a few useful tips to keep you stylish and stress free during the Autumn/Winter holiday season:

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Grab life by the horns and satiate your inner nomad as we help you to secure more time off work next year, so you can double your leave in 2019. Inspiring worker bees and wellness travellers around the world, these wellness holiday ideas are perfect for an extended healthy holiday. From fitness in the dramatic Swiss Alps and weight-loss amid the volcanic mountains and iconic rice paddies of Bali to active mindfulness in Spain, these destinations emanate the best of what wellness travel has to offer. With a little strategic planning around the 2019 bank holidays (and maybe an understanding boss), ditch the desk for longer and let your fit flag fly at one or more of these exciting destinations.

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Detox your brain as well as your body and escape to a luxury hideaway for a much-needed tech break. It is no secret that technology is having a negative impact on human interaction, not only affecting our relationships with others, but also, our relationships with ourselves as mental health studies continue to reveal worrying statistics. This negative psychological and social impact has meant there’s never been a better time to take some time out from digital world and learn the benefits of a digital detox retreat on your mind and body. So, swap the screen time for some me-time with these 5 luxury holidays that will allow you to disconnect and reconnect.

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Embarking on a singles holiday offers the perfect chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of modern life whilst meeting like-minded individuals. From Thailand and India to Croatia and Cyprus, there are a host of idyllic locations for you to spend your solo travels. Meet fellow travellers as you take part in a range fun-filled activities including hiking, water-sports and climbing to get those fitness levels soaring. Unwind at the end of the day with one of many luxurious spa treatments, from Ayurvedic therapy in Thailand to salt scrubs in Croatia. So, get ready for an adventure you’ll never forget as we share our top seven life-changing singles holidays.

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Lorna Jane Clarkson, the founder of women’s premium activewear brand Lorna Jane is no stranger to travelling. Based in Brisbane, Australia means travelling all over the world and frequent trips to her LA home and USA Support Office in Santa Monica. Lorna has tried and tested tips and routines that keep her fit, healthy and ready for anything when she’s constantly on the move and has given us her top tips for a fit and healthy holiday. 

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Reset and relax at one of these calming retreats for the ultimate de-stress holiday experience. Unwind and reboot in a luxurious spa where you can enjoy treatments ranging from hot stone massages and facial scrubs to detoxifying wraps and steam baths. These beautiful destinations offer the perfect setting for you to take some time out to focus on your connection with your inner self with activities like Pilates, yoga and meditation. With all these relaxing and rejuvenating activities at your disposal, you can rest assured that a moment of Zen will never be far away.

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Take your practice one step further with our top yoga holidays to add to your travel bucket list. These yogi escapes offer the perfect opportunity to lay the groundwork for a healthier and happier lifestyle. In combination with each of these stunning retreats is a range of luxury spa treatments to relax your muscles after a busy day of lotus positions and Kapotasana. Whether it be a body scrub in St Lucia or a Thai massage in Oman, we’ve got the run-down of the 8 best yoga retreats to check-off your list.

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Eating the right food is something that you have to do if you plan to lose weight, and you need to get your metabolism to rise as much as you can. You might find that you could get your metabolism to rise faster when you are eating the right foods, and you must focus on these foods because they change your perspective on a good diet. You can reduce fat and sugar all you want, but you need to have a much higher metabolism. There is a point at which your body will start to burn fat naturally because you have kept your metabolism so high, and you should plan to get these foods into all your meals. Using the right foods to change your metabolism helps you avoid going on fad diets that might not work.

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