With March 9th being National No Smoking Day, there couldn’t be a better time to ditch the cigarettes. However, if the thought of going cold turkey whilst dealing with work stress and daily temptation has you reaching for your lighter, why not combine your first steps towards going smoke free with a healthy holiday that will help you to de-stress, break triggers and build new healthier habits. With the luxury of time, expert medical consultations and specialist therapies, you’ll return home renewed and fully equipped with the long-term answer to continuing your smoke-free journey.

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Ayurveda; from the Sanskrit meaning "The knowledge for long life", is an ancient Hindu holistic approach to health that acts as an all-encompassing system of mental, physical and spiritual care. Based on the ‘Tri Dosha’ theory, the tradition teaches that each person is made up of five elements; fire, air, water, earth and space. According to the principles of Ayurveda, the elements of fire, air and water are associated with the doshas of Pitta, Vata and Kapha, while the elements of earth and space remain constant.

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With so many luxury yoga retreats to choose from world-wide, we have reduced the scope and compiled a succinct list of 4 of the best yoga retreats in India, the birthplace of yoga. Surrounded by sublime scenery from the Himalayan mountain ranges to the golden sandy shores of the East Coast, our luxury yoga retreats in India will leave you revitalised, with a new lease of life and appreciation of the world around you.

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The phrase ‘beauty is pain’ is one that is well known, yet inherently misleading. Beauty is relaxation, it is inner peace, it is health. Beauty is most certainly not meant to be painful, and if it is, then there’s a strong chance you're heading to the wrong places. So, to shepherd you in the right direction and save you from your beauty woes, we’ve put together a list of the best beauty spa holidays around the world. Whether you’re after traditional cosmetic treatments, chasing the latest and greatest in beauty technology, or fancy opting for something a little more holistic and spiritual to find your inner gorgeousness, we have the spa, and the destination, that’s right for you.

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Sometimes in life, it can all get just a little bit too much. You’re constantly trying to keep your head above water, battling with stressful situations, attempting to solve everyone else’s problems and all the while neglecting your own sanity. It’s time to stop. So relax, and take back time for yourself.

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With increasing measures in support of gay rights and anti-discrimination worldwide, there has never been a better time for members of the LGBT community to travel. Indeed, same-sex marriage is now legal in 24 countries, with more to follow, meaning that gay couples everywhere are tying the knot.

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When most people hear the words ‘spa holiday’, they automatically envisage women. However, men are becoming increasingly passionate about health and wellness, with more blokes taking well-deserved spa breaksthan ever before. With the pressures of the modern world weighing down our minds and our souls, it has never been more important to relax, unwind and rediscover the inner-strength needed to cope with life’s challenges.

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For nutritionist, author and wellness coach Jessica Sepel, destination spa COMO Shambhala Estate is "a health retreat like no other". Read on for her complete review:

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In a modern world filled to capacity with hectic schedules, emails and non-stop phone calls, it’s easy to overlook life’s wonders. Sometimes, we just need to pause, breathe and take a moment to restore our body’s natural state of balance. Providing the perfect remedy, our most beautiful spa destinations will set the tone for a much-needed break. From the pristine beaches of Thailand, to peaceful European retreats in the rolling hills of Portugal or the enchanting forests of France, each luxury spa holiday offers a unique experience. These tailor-made revitalising breaks will undoubtedly help in reaching individual wellness goals. Every location is simply divine, so enter into the powerful realm of natural beauty and allow yourself to de-stress, detox and dive into a pool of tranquillity.

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Are you looking for a luxury wellness holiday, dedicated to improving and deepening your Pilates practice? Then you won’t want to miss COMO Pilates Retreat, held at Como Shambhala Estate in Bali this October.

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It comes as no surprise to anyone that what you eat will largely impact your quality of life. Far too often, however, the emphasis is placed on the purported physical benefits of good nutrition; rarely is focus drawn to the effect of our feeding habits on our cognition and emotional health. Whilst not at the forefront of popular magazines or media outlets, behind-the-scenes science is developing rapidly, and studies have shown that specific foods can provide a plethora of psychological benefits, including developments in brain health, function and mental well-being. Here, we shed light on a few potential brain-boosting bites and revolutionary healthy recipe ideas that might just give you the mental makeover you require.

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The Summer may have drawn to a close, but that doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye to the sunshine. In fact, Autumn is one of the best times of year to travel, with Europe still experiencing glorious sunshine and warm sea temperatures, without the crowds and high prices you might experience during the Summer months. It’s also a wonderful time to go long-haul, with the Maldives, Mauritius and Thailand all boasting perfect climates, but with greater savings to be had on flights and accommodation. We round-up our top Autumn holiday picks, from stress-relieving retreats in Spain to back-to-nature luxury in Thailand, give your well-being a boost on a wellness holiday in some of the world’s most luxurious destinations this Autumn.

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Located in the untouched south of Mauritius, set in a tranquil bay on a curving lagoon of white sand Shanti Maurice is the ideal holiday destination to rejuvenate mind, body and soul. With a choice of many other luxury resorts in Mauritius, I considered myself lucky to have found this gem of a place.

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For many of us, today’s fast-paced, high-intensity lifestyle induces self-neglect and lethargy. We all desire an opportunity to heal; regaining both mental strength and rebooting physical health can be life-changing. A rise of meditation retreats offer the tools and expert guidance to cope with stress and put to use practical techniques for staying present, balanced and calm. 

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There’s never been a better time to catch the fitness bug, so why not get your fitness fix on a wellness holiday? Gone are the days of the mundane gym class; instead, increasingly alternative workouts are springing up worldwide to cater for fitness fans who demand more from their exercise. Fitness retreats worldwide are subsequently pushing the boundaries of what classifies as a workout; providing exciting new ways to exercise beyond the gym floor.

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Going on holiday alone can be a daunting prospect for many. With an increasing numbers of travellers deciding to go at it alone, singles holidays have become a staple in every globetrotter’s bucket list. Solo travel is a highly rewarding experience that allows you to focus wholly on your own well-being, leaving you feeling independent, confident and self-assured.

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What is Phuket Cleanse and who’s it for?

Phuket Cleanse is an all-encompassing active holiday that covers everything from fitness, nutrition to mindfulness, and mental wellness. It follows a dynamic cleanse and food-as-medicine philosophy, promoting the power of movement and clean eating as a means to detoxify the body. The retreat can be tailored for each individual’s goals and guests can choose to be as active and physical or as relaxed and meditative as they want. A wide range of activities are at your disposal, from hiking, Muay Thai, HIIT, strength training, to different yoga and meditation styles, stand up paddle boarding, cooking classes and more. Rest and recovery are also an integral part of the program, incorporating various practices such as hot and cold immersion therapy (alternating ice baths and sauna), breath work, and massage.

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The established benefits of Pilates are abundant. Not only is it good for improving flexibility, strength and muscle tone, its advantages extend to postural correction.  Profit from a straighter spine, taller gait, and the alleviation of stress physically and mentally. The Pilates reformer machine has revolutionised the Pilates experience and added more benefits to the workout. Added resistance, not only creates a more fun and challenging workout, it delivers results much faster. The machine also offers an aid for those who are unable to fully support themselves, expanding the reach for clientele. Whether you’re an expert on the machines, or just looking to get started, we have the best collection of Pilates retreats for a Pilates reformer spa holiday.

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GI Jane Bootcamp is the perfect destination for women looking to achieve their personal best when it comes to fitness. The military style exercise regime is incredibly rigorous, full of fun and the healthy meals are meticulously prepared and portioned to help your body to achieve its maximum performance.

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Everybody knows it’s important to stay healthy whilst pregnant, but have you ever considered how your health affects your chances of conceiving? Saying goodbye to a bad diet or simply taking time to relax and unwind could really help your family blossom. When it comes to enhancing fertility, Mother Nature should always be first in line. Just for now, forget man-made solutions and try making small changes to your own daily routine. Make more time for yourself, eat healthily and get more sleep. You will be surprised how much of a difference it can make.

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