What is Marbella Club and who’s it for?

Before I arrived, I knew Marbella Club was going to be special, it’s one of those places where reputation precedes; a genuine “hall of fame” with a focus on tailor-made wellness programmes and excellent facilities.

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Shining the spotlight on fitness training in nature Eric Walters director of Wildfitness, shares the benefits of adapting our fitness regime to utilise nature.

With an increasing number of experts advocating leading a healthy outdoor lifestyle, that incorporates spending more time in nature and less time under artificial light, we might ask what’s the reasoning? What’s the use in exposing ourselves to the wilds of nature and its elements? Is this a new fad or a counter-culture backlash against the big, loud gyms just for the sake of it? Here at Wildfitness, we would argue not.

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With so many of us leaping onto the fitness bandwagon, it can very easy to become hurt by pushing ourselves past our limits. Mike Snader, Body Aware Specialist, at The BodyHoliday, discusses the importance of training your body at your own pace and not trying to run, before you can walk.

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Start today instead of tomorrow and make the necessary changes in your life to improve your wellness. Begin your journey on one of our intensive weight loss holidays in Europe aimed at boosting your metabolism to result in lasting changes in your body. Learn how to fuel your body correctly on your European slimming and weight loss holiday with nutrition workshops and start to feel the changes both physically and mentally on your well-being journey. Target those problem areas with productive high intensity workouts and invest the time in sculpting the body of your dreams. Wake up glad you didn’t prolong your journey any longer and continue to enhance your appearance, health and self-esteem.

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As temperatures drop, many people tend to fall off the wellness track. Balanced meals are replaced with sweet Christmas treats and the daily jogs get cancelled due to the freezing weather. But winter doesn’t have to put a stop to your wellness journey. Chase the winter sun and jet off to our ultimate luxury spa retreats to enjoy a deluxe wellness experience. Sample a selection of indulgent spa treatments, from organic facials, deep tissue massages to detoxifying body scrubs before enjoying a healthy feast to satisfy your senses. Whether a fitness fanatic, a yogi or just someone who likes to pamper in the lap of luxury, each of these spa destinations offer something different to suit all goals and well-being needs.

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Located in the rolling green mountains of Sri Lanka, Santani Wellness Resort is an award-winning spa retreat, exuding a calming, peaceful atmosphere that is ideal for a spiritual and holistic holiday. From 13-20th January 2018, Santani will be hosting a special 7-night yoga and Ayurveda retreat, led by renowned Guru, Sushant Pandey.

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The cuisine at Marbella Club focuses on nutritious, healthy meals that are perfectly light for a warm summer’s day on Spain’s south coast. This delicious ‘pasta’ dish does not contain any gluten or refined grains, thanks to the ‘courgetti’, making it suitable for those with a gluten intolerance or following a low carb diet. This completely vegan dish is bursting with nutrients, thanks to the raw courgettes, nuts, and plant-based parmesan alternative. This recipe is perfect for a fresh summer lunch and offers a great alternative to traditional pasta dishes.

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Despite being the most wonderful time of year, the festive season can leave some of us feeling stressed and burnt out. Between last-minute present shopping and the pressure of entertaining, there is often little time for relaxing and self-care.

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Forecasting the next big trends in wellness travel for 2018, we round up the most significant trends set to shake up the world of wellness next year. From mindful movement holidays, to happiness retreats and architectural wellness, discover the hottest new trends that will influence the wellness world in 2018 and beyond.

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Everybody needs a break from time to time and a well-deserved spa holiday offers the perfect opportunity to relax and unwind. But have you ever tried a thalassotherapy spa holiday? From the Greek work ‘thalassa’ meaning sea, thalassotherapy brings the natural healing powers of sea water to the spa. It is said to eliminate toxins from the body, increase blood and lymph circulation as well as accelerate metabolism. It also aids in weight loss, relieving muscular pain and treating various skin conditions.

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Try this decadent Crispy Potato Napoleon from The Farm at San Benito, featuring crunchy, fresh vegetables and rich flavours. This healthy, nutrient-dense dish provides a combination of textures, thanks to the crispy potatoes and creamy, flavourful aubergine atop a bed of greens. All of this is topped with a fine pumpkin ginger sauce, beneficial in reducing inflammation in the body. A delicious vegan recipe, perfect for when you want to reward yourself with a warming, hearty meal full of nutrients.

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With Wimbledon fever set to strike, those inspired to dig out their dusty tennis rackets can now rediscover the racket wielding sport as we round up our top tennis holidays worthy of the pros. Gain the advantage whether training on a tennis holiday in Thailand at a specialist sports retreat frequented by sporting stars, or diversifying your racket skills with tennis, squash and padel in Portugal. After working up a sweat, ward off tennis elbow through the expertise of professional chiropractors and rejuvenating spa treatments on a spa and sport holiday that will leave your body ready to hit the courts again tomorrow. Game, set, match.

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Everyone needs a break every now and then, but the fly-and-flop holidays that involve nothing more than lazing around by the pool won’t provide you with the long-term benefits that your mind, body and soul really needs. You may have a relaxing break, putting the stress and strains of everyday life to one side, but as soon as you arrive back home you will soon feel these same stressors and tensions arise. Focusing on not only providing a relaxing holiday but the tools you need to lead a more balance lifestyle long-term, here we take a look at how a holistic holiday can offer healing benefits for both your physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well-being.

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‘The early bird catches the worm’, as the old adage goes. And it certainly rings true when it comes to booking holidays, with guaranteed availability and substantial savings to be made on both accommodation and flights when booking in advance. Forward planning is essential when it comes to securing the best offers and availability for your holiday. Not only will you save with early booking discount offers, but as every savvy holidaymaker knows, booking flights well in advance is a sure-fire way to save money.

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We’ve all been there. Whether you’re down in the dumps or feel like your life has become some-what dull, you’ll find yourself in need of someone to put the spring back in your step. No matter how you’re feeling, it’s hard to avoid the fact that life can be overwhelming. It’s okay to ask for help when you’re struggling to reach personal life goals because sometimes things are not as easy as “try getting up a bit earlier in the morning” or “be more organised.” On one of our life coaching retreats, you can learn to become more positive and manage the stresses of daily life without the fear of being judged or criticised. For some, asking for professional help can be tough decision to make, so to ease you into it, here are the top six reasons to get away from it all and go on a life coaching retreat.

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The chefs at Divani Apollon Palace & Thalasso spoil you with creative, delicious meals, all intended to make you feel satisfied and healthy on the inside. This dish makes for a fantastic high-protein breakfast, and combined with good, plant-based fat sources from the avocado, it will fuel your muscles and help maintain your energy levels throughout the day.  Interestingly, avocado has a high content of the essential nutrient potassium, helping to reduce blood pressure, and lowers the risk of heart disease and kidney failure. More importantly; it tastes delicious!

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Health and Fitness Travel attended the Conde Nast Traveller Annual Readers' Travel Awards 2011 last night in London. The excitement unfolded at The Royal Institution of Great Britain when The BodyHoliday, LeSport in St Lucia won a major award for Best Destination Spa 2011 in the world! The readers voted for this active and wellness destination as the place to go on holiday for a complete workout and it gained top marks for exercise programmes and facilities.

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Holidays are a great time to escape from the stresses and strains of every day life, and an occasion to indulge in the things you struggle to fit into your typical working week. The word alone invokes images of fine sandy beaches, turquoise waters, colourful cocktails and afternoon wake up calls. But if you want more from your holiday than just a suntan, combining exercise with your time off work could be just the thing you need to give your health and well-being a boost.

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With Valentine's Day approaching, it's not too late to book a break away for a truly romantic getaway. We share our top five very tempting romantic trips for couples. These healthy holidays are designed to ensure you board the plane home not only relaxed but rejuvenated too, and include all sorts of vitality-boosting activities, menus and treatments for the ultimate health and fitness romantic experience.

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The single travel bug is catching, with a new world of healthy holidaymakers realising the freedom this blissfully selfish form of travel affords. No longer the sole reserve of singletons, Health and Fitness Travel, have seen a rise in the diversity of travellers choosing to go it alone on a singles holiday, for the opportunity to focus on their individual wellness goals. Whether on a yoga retreat in Asia or fitness bootcamp in Europe, with solo travel having almost doubled amongst affluent and first-time travellers in 2015, more health retreats are banishing hefty single supplements to welcome this new wave of solo wellness warriors.

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