Give yourself a break from the hustle and bustle of daily life with a fitness holiday as the perfect way to get right on track for a stronger mind and body. Shape up with some boxing and water skiing in Zanzibar or take the plunge and have a go at aquafit, swimming and diving in Thailand. Whatever your fitness desires may be, these fantastic holidays offer a tailor-made fitness experience that is sure to leave you feel invigorated and yearning for more. Be sure to end each action-packed day with by relaxing with holistic activities like Pilates, yoga and meditation so you can work on your mind as well as your body for an all-rounded wellness holiday experience.

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With thousands of wellness escapes in Europe alone, you don’t have to travel far to get your healthy fix. Give yourself a well-deserved break and escape to wellness luxury with the best healthy breaks in Europe. Pamper your mind and body with Watsu, massages, acupuncture and cocoon wraps and improve your endurance with mountain biking, hiking, TRX suspension training and water sports. Transformative travel is a truly enriching experience which ensures that you return from your holiday feeling happier, healthier and more aware of how you treat your mind and your body. So, stay tuned as we reveal our top 8 European health retreats for wellness that are bound to change your life for the best.

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Tell us about the resort – what makes Santani special?

Santani is a relatively new architect-designed property built on 120 acres of former tea plantation and owned and run by Sri Lankans in central Sri Lanka, about five hours by car from Colombo (you can also take a seaplane to Kandy, which would be a great way to arrive). The last part of the drive, from Kandy, is on a climbing, winding mountain road. You can’t even see the resort until you’re there, that’s how tucked away it is.

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What makes Grayshott Health Spa special?

Grayshott Spa is a truly traditional English spa with a primary focus on well-being. Set in a rural location within 47 acres of National Trust land, its unique, peaceful, stress-free environment centred around therapeutic spa treatments, exercise and healthy cuisine is unlike any other spa in the UK. The caring, personal service and sincerity of the staff means it's a great place to unwind and recuperate.

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What is Shanti Som and who’s it for?

Shanti Som is a serene health retreat in Andalucía’s breath-taking Sierra de Las Nieves valley. Tucked away in the mountains, it’s ideal for anyone looking for peace and quiet, escaping the bustle of city life and hectic schedules. This boutique wellness retreat focuses on yoga, health, detox and weight-loss, offering time for total rejuvenation. 

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Take your passion for yoga across the globe with these 4 authentic yoga retreats in India. These stunning yoga breaks offer the perfect opportunity to relax and unwind from the stresses of every day life whilst being surrounded by beautiful surroundings and like-minded people. After a long day of yoga be sure to indulge in a range of spa treatments ranging from salt scrubs and massages to aromatherapy and reflexology. After a stint on one of these fantastic yoga retreats, you are sure to return home feeling happier and healthier with some new yoga moves under your belt.

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Unwind and recharge with our top twelve spa escapes which are perfect for Autumn and Winter 2018. Each spa boasts a long list of treatments from invigorating salt scrubs and cleansing body wraps to soothing aromatherapy massages and relaxing facials. In addition to these rejuvenating treatments, you can also participate in a range of fun-filled activities like sunrise stretching, belly dancing and aqua fit classes. Many of these resorts also offer unlimited access to the spa facilities, fitness centre, and more meaning a moment of wellness is never far away!

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Searching for a mindful makeover in a dream destination? Look no further as whatever your wellness whim, create some headspace and combine mindful living with a fitness practice for the ultimate mind and body experience. From oriental palm-fringed retreats in Thailand and secluded jungle stays in Sri Lanka to beachside tropical escapes in the Caribbean and luxury hotels fit-for-royalty in Spain, our new collection of Mindful Triathlon Holidays is available in 15 stunning locations around the world, offering an ideal wellness escape for the health-conscious traveller.

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Travel the world in style on one our savvy single short-haul breaks which prove that travelling solo is a rewarding and life-enhancing experience that everyone should embark on at some point in their life. With a range of different activities to take part in, including helicopter tours in Turkey and canyoning in Portugal these single-friendly breaks are a sure-fire way to meet new people whilst exploring lush surroundings. The fantastic wellness facilities are also not to be missed. With everything from massages and facials to reflexology and shiatsu, these luxury trips are guaranteed to have something for everyone. 

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Travel Specialist Samantha spent 72 hours at Phuket Cleanse and this is her snapshot review…

Less than an hour from Phuket airport is a health and fitness haven Phuket Cleanse, owned by husband and wife team Stanton and Melanie Proctor. The private retreat is situated on a private property with 18 rooms split across three blocks. Each room is air-conditioned and optimised for sleep and features either a king-sized or twin beds, bathroom, fan, towels, and organic toiletries.

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What is Absolute Sanctuary and who’s it for?

Celebrating 10 years in 2018, Absolute Sanctuary is a Moroccan inspired boutique retreat in Koh Samui. The hotel is also part of leading health & lifestyle brand, Absolute You, which includes a training academy and from which they draw their expertise in fitness and nutrition. Previously well-known for their detox and yoga programmes, they have successfully evolved their offerings and now also offer an excellent range of fitness, de-stress, weight loss (voted the best value by Conde Nast Spa Traveller UK) and the only dedicated Pilates Reformer bootcamp in Asia Pacific.

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What is Amatara and who’s it for?

Amatara is a place for anyone seeking to restore their inner balance. As a destination spa in Phuket, it offers luxe accommodation, and what the General Manager Eric refers to as a ‘middle way’ approach to wellness. For guests who love to indulge in 5 star resort facilities and enjoy fine dining, although would like to also immerse in a wellness program, Amatara is the place! The programs offer weight management, detox, relaxation, fitness, yoga or anti-ageing. Or you can simply enjoy the luxury resort setting, sit by the pool and chill out. There is no-one there to enforce guilt for not sticking to a program, digital detox or to refrain from drinking alcohol – the choice is yours to make. This approach works well, and I found the guests merged nicely particularly as there are areas focused on wellness if one would prefer to eat or relax there only. 

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Travel Specialist Samantha recently spent three nights at eco-luxe Soneva Kiri in Koh Kood, Thailand and this is her snapshot review…

Soneva Kiri is a luxe barefoot tropical island destination, catering best to families and groups of friends traveling together. A short 90-minute private 8-seater plane ride from Bangkok. The journey is smooth with an exciting landing on a short 850m strip on an adjacent island from which you will take a 5 minute speed boat ride to the jetty.

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As my internship draws to a close and I reflect on all I have learned, gained and accomplished over the past 9 weeks, I realise what an excellent experience this has been. Studying foreign languages at University, I’ve always had an interest in the travel industry and am so pleased to have had the opportunity to pursue this passion with Health and Fitness Travel.

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What is Six Senses Kaplankaya and who’s it for?

Nestled in a secluded bay along the magnificent southern Aegean coast, the luxurious Six Senses Kaplankaya offers the ultimate private retreat. If you’re looking for a high degree of personal comfort, exceptional service and the chance to indulge in a relaxing wellness break then Kaplankaya is the place for you. This Mediterranean gem opened in May 2018 and is the perfect healthy holiday destination for both adults and children looking to relax and rejuvenate in the Turkish sunshine.

 

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What is Forte Village and who’s it for?

Set in a 116-acre green park Forte Village is a rare place designed for both adults and children. The expansive resort stretches out across the white beaches of Sardinia’s south coast and is home to eight distinct hotels, an array of sports academies, shops, restaurants and entertainment facilities which are sure to keep the whole family entertained. This exquisite resort also offers the opportunity to discover nature’s most powerful detox at Acquaforte Thalasso and Spa where you can enjoy the ultimate spa holiday and wellness experience.

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Rejuvenate your system with the finest spa holidays for therapeutic re-balancing. Treat yourself to a range of treatments including body wraps in Indonesia and Reiki in Greece for a truly soothing experience. In addition to rejuvenating and nourishing your body, keep fit with a range of activities including yoga, core stability and hiking which will ensure that you develop greater physical well-being. Develop greater cultural awareness too with traditional dance classes and cooking classes for a well-rounded holiday experience.

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The latest developments at Chiva Som International Health Resort in Hua Hin, Thailand, are well underway with a complete overhaul to the Thai Pavilions, Emerald Room, Orchid Lounge, Library, Fitness Centre and Niranlada Medi-Spa.

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What is Vilalara Longevity Thalassa & Medical Spa and who’s it for?

Built over 20 years ago and famed for its thalassotherapy treatments, Vilalara Longevity Thalassa & Medical Spa is a wellness lover’s heaven. Not only does it boast 11 acres of tranquil lush greenery, but it also has a golden sandy beach right on its doorstep giving you the best of both worlds. So, if you’re looking for a no fuss holiday where you can gain expert advice on how to detox, lose weight, boost your fitness, practice mindfulness and much more, then Vilalara Longevity should be taking the number one spot on your bucket list.

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What is COMO Shambhala Estate and who’s it for?

COMO Shambhala Estate aims to improve physical, mental and spiritual well-being for every individual and the flagship retreat does exactly that. In a secluded setting within the breathtaking Balinese rainforest near Ubud, this wellness retreat is the perfect location for anyone looking to relax and rejuvenate.

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