Healthy Holidays

Embark on a trip with a difference with Wellbeing Escapes 

Posted: 21.11.14

Want to get fit while having fun? Stella Photi introduces new trends in the health and wellbeing travel sector. 

More accessible, more affordable wellness
As people are more aware of preventative health they want new experiences that make them healthy and feel good. People are choosing to take more frequent short breaks to get an energising health kick. Our range of short Wellbeing Booster™ holidays are extremely popular. Getting away can bring a much needed change of scene, fresh air, healthy food, relaxation, fitness, and often the luxury of a few nights’ decent sleep! It’s also a more affordable and accessible wellness option for a lot of people to take shorter boosters over a long escape somewhere far flung. We love the thermal waters of Villa Padierna in Spain for a therapeutic soak, and the treatments in the gorgeous glassy and light seafront spa at Almyra in Cyprus.

Get Connected
We are social animals and connection with others is an integral part of wellbeing. With the rising technology overload, the increase of single households and long hours at work, people, particularly in urban areas, are feeling more disconnected and sometimes lonely. When it comes to their wellness break they want to travel independently, but also come together with like-minded people. We having been including more group activities like cooking classes, as well as shared dining tables to satisfy this growing need. Our social set date retreats are also ideal for meeting other travellers who share similar interests. But if you want more time to yourself but want to connect with others in the evening, sharing tables at places like Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary in Thailand, Vana Malsi Estate in India, and Ananda in The Himalayas, will bring you together or get group active with fun classes at Phuket Cleanse, Thailand. These all offer sharing without sacrificing your precious ‘me-time’!

Fitness Goes Outdoors and Experiential
There are so many ways to kick start fitness and discover the beauty of the local area that beat pounding the treadmill in the resort gym. Our Flexible Fitness™ packages pioneered this in our industry by giving guests a choice of daily fitness activities that gets them outdoors. Taking fitness holidays in the Alps is on the up. With magnificent mountains and big blue lakes, it’s a joy to be out there in the open air. A study by the London School of Economics also found that people's happiness is greater in natural environments. Plus the altitude is really effective for boosting workouts so you get more fit in less time! For an alpine endorphin hit try Schloss Pichlarn in Austria, or explore the pure and refreshing beauty of the Finnish countryside with our Summer Activity & Wilderness Group Tour.

The Art of Ayurveda
India’s ancient health care system is becoming big news in the wellness world. Ayurveda offers a holistic approach to wellbeing so it looks at mind, body and soul. It believes that no problem in the body exists in isolation; everything you interact with, your diet, family, work and relationships all have an effect on your health and wellbeing. It’s also a highly personalised approach. To become an Ayurvedic doctor requires many years of training, more so than conventional western medicine – so you can be sure the practitioners on our Ayurvedic spa holidays really know their stuff. Plus the warm oil massages are divine - once you have one you’re hooked! For Ayurveda closer to home we love Kempinski San Lawrenz in Malta and Schloss Pichlarn in Austria. Otherwise go for a really authentic experience in Kerala, the home of Ayurveda itself with a trip to Manaltheeram Ayurveda Beach Resort, or the super luxurious Carnoustie.

Bringing the Mind Onboard
From MPs doing it in parliament, high-powered executives citing it for their success in the City, and celebrities like High Jackman tweeting 'It changed my life' - there’s no denying it, meditation and mindfulness have hit the mainstream. Mindfulness is a fantastic tool that helps you get more out of your everyday life. From what you choose to eat, how you are at work, how you relax, more and more people are asking themselves if they are noticing what really fulfils them? More and more retreats are including meditation or mindfulness options from the simple to the down right spectuacular. Star gazing meditation at Spa Villa Tembok Bali is a real must, as are the sunrise meditation sessions overlooking the OM shaped beach at SwaSwara, southern India.

 To find out more and to book visit Wellbeing Escapes at www.wellbeingescapes.com

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