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Releasing the stress of work and school is what a holiday is all about. A European spa break is a great opportunity to rest and recuperate, to regather after a stressful term or a high-pressure month of work. A relaxing wellness getaway is no longer just for couples, family spa holidays in Europe are becoming more popular. They provide the relaxation of a spa retreat with the fun of a family holiday. These breaks are an opportunity for personal betterment and for a rare feeling of freshness. At Health and Fitness Travel, the wellness travel specialists, we have compiled a list of the best luxury family spa holidays in Europe. Our guide will help you to decide on a break that’s right for your family.

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Treat yourself to a rebalancing spa break amongst the tropical forests and exquisite coastlines of Indonesia with our best wellness spa retreats in Bali. Each wellness holiday offers a unique fusion of fitness, culture and wellbeing to give you a well-rounded experience where you can experience a variety of cultural activities, rediscover your Zen through yoga practice or get an adrenaline boost in an invigorating fitness class, all while indulging in relaxing spa therapies and treatments.

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There is an intangible poetry to sailing. Humankind has always had an unending romantic fascination with the sea and the feelings it conjures. Homer’s Odyssey beautifully captures the adventure of sailing the Mediterranean with the stars rising ‘bathed in the ocean stream to glitter in brilliance’. Experiencing the same natural beauty and the same thrill of adventure is now easier than ever. You don’t have to spend holidays stuck on crowded beaches anymore. You can set sail for unknown tropical lagoons or medieval cities etched into rugged cliff lines on some of the world’s best sailing tours.

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Explore the incredible blue waters and magnificent mountains of the Mediterranean with a wellness spa retreat in Cyprus. The year-long sunshine provides the perfect setting for a well-earned escape from anxieties and stress, giving you a chance to put your feet up and settle into a pampered paradise. With locally grown produce, traditional Mediterranean dishes and an array of exciting international cuisines you have plenty of culinary delights to choose from, and combined with the fantastic views and luxury treatments, you’re sure to have an unforgettable spa holiday. 

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The need for a healthy work-life balance is crucial after a challenging and disruptive year. Protecting yourself from burnout by taking regular wellness breaks just needs a little planning in advance. We have compiled a healthy holiday hack to help you double your annual leave in 2021.

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Whether you’re travelling for business or pleasure, there is a chance you may require a COVID-19 PCR test for entry to your destination. The Polymerase Chain Reaction Test may be a daunting term but it is simply the process used to detect whether the COVID-19 virus is present in your body. The tests look for the presence of the RNA of the antigen to determine whether or not you may be actively infected.

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Everyone gets excited at the thought of a holiday, be it a sunshine escape to Spain, a winter break in Italy or an indulgent retreat in the Maldives, nobody’s going to refuse a break from the UK weather, are they? Although you might not need persuading when it comes to booking a wellness retreat, we’re looking into the reasons as to why holidays are important for our mental and physical health, and how an escape from your usual routine could be a wellbeing boosting experience that will solve your problems.

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Gardens aren’t just for green fingered folk, whether you’re a flower fanatic or just looking for a place to relax and unwind, holidaying amongst idyllic gardens and spectacular groves can provide the ultimate mindfulness break. The great outdoors provides the perfect escape from everyday stress and surrounding yourself with the beauty of the natural world can be incredibly beneficial for you both mentally and emotionally. Even taking ten minutes outside in a natural environment, particularly an aesthetic one, can have lasting calming effects and has been shown to drastically improve a person’s mood and reduce stress-related depression. 

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Social distancing has thrown off a lot of team sports. Football is now behind closed doors with sanitised balls and no handshakes. Rugby has fared even worse with no topflight games and no opportunities to practice at club levels. Staying active with your team may be something for next year but socially distanced holidays are available now and fantastic for you.

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 From the sticky handrails of the conveyor belt to the departure gate and the recycled air of the pressurised cabin, travelling can present personal obstacles for the hygiene conscious. Common touch points, shared plane bathrooms and food prepared by others only contribute to the anxiety of travellers. You may even be thinking about postponing your holiday due to travel hygiene concerns.

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As the world becomes gradually more and more accessible after Covid-19, aspirations and life goals are moving from settling down and career pathways to travelling the world and experiencing everything it has to offer. Writer Paulo Coelho said that ‘if you think adventure is dangerous, try routine, it is lethal’. With these words fresh in the mind, our best solo active tours will open your mind to the beauty and possibilities our world has to offer, whilst providing the wellness aspects of a healthy holiday.

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The confining worlds of our lockdown living rooms are lifting, so many of us are ready for that feeling of freedom only the open road can offer. Whether you are after an excursion into the unknowns on your faithful Diamondback or ready to hit the highways as part of a gruelling Ironman, there are cycling holidays to fulfil all your two wheeled needs. We have picked out the best cycling trips to take post-lockdown for all styles of cyclist.

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With the importance of mental and physical health at an all-time high, and the uncertainty of travelling abroad, the recent rise of the wellness staycation comes as no surprise. The current pandemic has shown how important it is to give your mind and body time to rejuvenate and recharge, and booking yourself a wellness holiday on home turf is proving to be the ideal option. Providing you with the tools to eat well, drink well, exercise, and boost your immunity through therapies and treatments, you can take care of your body and get your holiday fix without the hassle of travelling overseas. 

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 Airport transfers, the flights themselves, the huge resort complexes sporting bright lights and cheap drinks, make holidaying a worrying increase on our carbon footprints. Even excluding carbon emissions, the construction of large hotels contributes to the despoiling of natural beauty and produces tonnes of waste. Travel though need not be as detrimental to the environment, there are now eco-friendly and sustainable wellness holidays to counter the more carbon heavy traditional holiday.

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It is believed that travel and a change of pace can impart a new vigour on the mind and as the world begins to reopen its borders and become more accessible, it’s the perfect opportunity to explore those breath-taking vistas and cultures that our planet has to offer. Now is the time to flick through the bucket list and pick out the destinations that have gone unchecked for too long, whether you want to practice yoga in the jungles of Bali, set foot along the path less travelled exploring the Himalayas of Bhutan, or adventure through Patagonia’s icy wonderland. 

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It is rare that any products or diet plans can offer the proven benefits of a supervised fasting retreats. Unlike the gimmicks that fill our bathroom cabinets, fasting offers an almost unrivalled variety of health and mind benefits without the hassle. Detox holidays offer fasting and juice cleanse programmes to fight off the easily accumulated toxins picked up in the world of takeaways and ready meals. Single holiday goers can fast and socialise with the friendly and open atmospheres of these retreats while fostering lasting health benefits. Couples can sustain mutual weight loss with each other’s support and as part of a larger group. Even entire friendship groups can book nutrition-friendly retreats to de-stress and bring back a collective Zen. The ancient spiritualistic practices of fasting are no longer the virtue of a handful of Buddhist monks, we can all experience the benefits.

 

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Looking for a getaway to break the half-term boredom but not break the bank? Luxury doesn’t have to be unaffordable with these week-long family holidays to some of the best resorts in Europe. With something for everyone, you won’t be disappointed with our affordable half-term holidays in Europe in 2020! There are resorts specialising in getting your kids active and learning skills. Others specialise in crafting a truly relaxing family holiday that will keep your kids entertained. Whichever resort you fancy, these family holidays will rid the winter blues and create precious memories.

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There is always another reason not to go travelling. We are always stuck in the fast lane of life, working frantically to the next ‘important’ goal or just holding on for dear life as to not be left behind... but we say forget it! Start putting your health and wellbeing first with our selection of the best wellness tours for when you’re single. Each wellness tour provides the perfect mix of a healthy holiday and adventure tour, whether it’s hiking through picturesque valleys to the sacred Machu Picchu or voyaging to the home of the Dalai Lama, they’re sure to enthuse a new energy into the mind, body and soul and give you a renewed positivity for life. A job may fill your pockets, but adventure fills your soul, so set out time to head off into the world and uncover its secrets on these fantastic solo adventures.

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Immerse yourself in the calming world of yoga and meditation with our top five affordable yoga retreats in Portugal that prove you don’t need to spend a fortune to be able to rediscover your inner self in this sunshine paradise. Our yoga retreats include one-to-one practice and group classes with like-minded yogi’s to give you an inclusive and relaxing experience, regardless of your ability. Combine this with a range of delicious culinary options, invigorating water or land activities, and indulgent spa treatments and you’ve got the ultimate meditation escape at a great pricepoint.

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There’s no doubt that travelling abroad will be a little different for the foreseeable future, but there’s no need for pre-holiday panic with our Covid-19 checklist to help prepare you for the ‘new travel normal’. With Government guidelines constantly changing it’s hard to know where’s safe to travel to and what’s the entry requirements and regulations are for each destination, so it’s a good idea to check the government travel advice website before you go anywhere. To make things easier, we have brought together everything you need to know about Covid-friendly travel, from borders, insurance, and visas, to airport regulations, accommodation, and masks. 

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