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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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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