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Escape the chill and swap your woolly hat for a straw one with these sun-soaked wellness holidays, guaranteed to put a smile on your face. With the short winter days meaning the only chance for some sunshine is a chilly dash outside at lunchtime, many of us spend our time daydreaming of long white beaches and balmy evenings. The British summer may still seem a long way off but with our warming winter escapes tropical weather, exhilarating adventures and luxurious spa treatments are all just a plane journey away.
Feel the sand of the Maldives between your toes as you walk along its stunning beaches, zip-line through the lush rainforests of Costa Rica or indulge in holistic spa therapy in Oman. So, set sail and soak up the sunshine on a rejuvenating beach spa holiday in breath-taking destinations that will ensure you return home sun-kissed and revitalised.
Explore the island with kite-surfing at The Body Holiday
Set on the picturesque crescent shaped beach of Cariblue, on the Caribbean island of St Lucia, this luxurious wellness escape is every sun seeker’s dream. Offering every activity that you could wish for on a spa and sport holiday, ace your serve on the tennis courts, enjoy a round of golf on the championship 18-hole golf course, or explore the coastline with ocean kayaking. Soak up some much needed Vitamin D relaxing on the beach, then get to know fellow travellers on a singles holiday with a choice of social group fitness classes, from yoga and Pilates to spinning and Zumba.
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Soar among the clouds at Zighy Bay
Find your dose of winter sun and experience total rejuvenation in the palm-shaded tranquillity of the spectacular Oman coastline. Centre your mind on a winter sun beach yoga holiday as you soak up the rays during outdoor yoga sessions, set against a dramatic mountain backdrop. Get sand between your toes with a round of beach volleyball or view the coastline from the sky with the exhilarating experience of tandem paragliding. Nourish your body with nutritionally designed vegetarian and vegan menus, and restore your sense of well-being with a blend of eastern holistic spa treatments that will return you home re-energised.
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Set your heart racing in the rainforests of Costa Rica
Return to nature and discover the endless wonders of Costa Rica as you choose from a range of exciting excursions on an adventurous Discover Recover holiday that will make the winter cold a distant memory. Ride the rapids surrounding a volcano, observe crocodiles in their natural habitat or zip line through the lush rainforest for a trip you’ll never forget. For a winter escape that will send you home refreshed and exhilarated, recover after your adventures and top up your tan at a luxury wellness retreat, as you tackle stand-up paddle boarding or stretch out with a Pilates class.
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Relax by the pool at Kamalaya
Bathe in some much-missed sunshine and take in breath-taking views of Thailand’s iconic coastline at this luxury wellness retreat, nestled on the idyllic island of Koh Samui. Revitalise your well-being on a spa holiday in Thailand with holistic Ayurvedic spa treatments, supplemented by yoga and meditation to centre your mind. Buddhist monks once used the cave temple at Kamalaya's heart as a place of meditation and spiritual retreat, which gives the resort a particularly calming energy. Wandering past the lily ponds and tropical jungle foliage is guaranteed to soothe the mind.
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Soak up the sunshine at Maalifushi by COMO
Dive into the aquatic island paradise of the Maldives and escape the winter chills at this winter sun wellness retreat. Feel like you are floating on perfectly blue tropical waters as you relax on the sun terrace of your private villa, or dive under and swim with the whale sharks at one of the world’s top 10 diving destinations. Harmonise your breathing on a yoga and diving holiday as you connect with your inner self during classes in the open air yoga pavilion. Become one with the waves on an invigorating surf retreat or discover complete relaxation with daily treatments at the luxury spa.
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