By Laura Millar
From shaping up with celebrity trainers in the New Forest, to holistic healing in Italy, here’s our pick of more holidays that will have you feeling like a different person when you get back . . .
Treat your frazzled mind to the chance to let go of stress at a Champneys? two-night ?Stress Free Living? retreat. Champneys have engaged ?Mind Fitness? coach Steve Braithwaite ? who teaches mindful awareness and stress management courses around the country ? to run this two-day retreat which hopes to tackle the issues surrounding your feelings of stress. He helps you understand your ability to control your mind, and you?ll learn how to become calmer, remove long-standing worries and doubts, and improve your concentration levels.
There are three seminars, accompanied by some light walking in the surrounding area. All Champneys offer this, but W+H think Forest Mere, in Hampshire, has one of the most magnificent settings, by a calming and secluded lake. The price includes full access to the facilities, and if the sight of the bright, airy spa and pool isn?t enough to start you de-stressing, then we don?t know what is?.
HOW: From £399 per person, including two nights? accommodation and all meals. Visit champneys.com for more details.
Get fit in the New Forest
A new wellbeing and fitness retreat aims to reboot your mind, as well as your body. PUSH, based at Burgate Manor Farm in the picturesque woodlands of the New Forest, is a stylishly equipped exercise retreat offering high-intensity training to guarantee fast results in fitness, health and weight-loss. Forget the shouty, stressful, military bootcamp cliché; this is a far nicer, plush combination of exercise bootcamp, therapeutic retreat and spa. The luxe retreat improves fitness and wellbeing by focusing on both the mind and the body. The PUSH team comprises of a unique combination of experts in mind and body wellness, aiming to help attendees shed body fat, lead a better life and be the best version of themselves - not through a faddy quick fix, but by re-training the brain for long term effect. On the last night, you?re rewarded with an evening of pampering where you sample a range of treatments such as massages, spray tans, manicures and pedicures. The aim is to come away feeling world-conqueringly amazing, fitter, visibly glowing, looking slimmer, more defined and downright fabulous - leaving your friends reeling in jealousy! HOW: The 7-day retreat costs £1150 for a 2-bed shared room with private bathroom and £1500 for private room with private bathroom. Prices for a 3-day weekend retreat start at £600 for shared room and £850 for private accommodation. All prices are full board and include accommodation, all food and all training. For more info, visit pushmindandbody.com
Be in better shape with a celebrity trainer
Matt Roberts is the number celebs have on speed dial when they want to improve their fitness and get toned. He?s trained the likes of David Cameron, Naomi Campbell, Amanda Holden and Michael McIntyre, and now you can benefit from his exercise and nutritional expertise. Matt has four prestigious one-to-one training clubs in London and two fitness retreats, one of which is at the Lime Wood Hotel, Brockenhurst, near the New Forest. Set in stunning natural surroundings, and boasting five star facilities and award winning food, this a boutique country house is the perfect location to start your two day fitness experience. The retreat combines Matt Roberts? dedicated training programme with Lime Wood?s natural forest surroundings, beautifully appointed gym and the freshest local fare to help you kick start your journey to a healthier way of living. The Retreat is designed to encourage you to reconsider the way in which you approach exercise and also to inspire you to think differently about your lifestyle choices. Matt and his expert team will coach you through five hours of training each day. With a varied and intense programme, combining a range of exercise styles, including running, strength training, high intensity work, Yoga and Pilates, all of your training will be tailored according to your preferences and abilities. HOW: Book for Sunday 4th ? Monday 5th October 2015 from £750; the programme includes ten hours of personal training, daily massages and heat treatments, dinner at the Chef?s Table hosted by Luke Holder and Matt Roberts, interactive Q&A sessions with industry expertise, and use of the award winning Herb House Spa; too book, visit mattroberts.co.uk/retreats/lime-wood/
Beat burnout at Lucknam Park
Renowned coach and author Jayne Morris (jaynemorris.com) will host a specialist Corporate Burnout retreat helping guests to recognise and address the symptoms of ?burnout? in their lives, with a series of workshops and yoga sessions enabling participants to detox the mind, de-stress and renew their energy and vitality with valuable tips to eliminate anxiety and fatigue. Perfect for anyone who is overworked, this is the ideal retreat for individual guests looking to escape from the daily grind by spending time on self-reflection and learn important strategies to manage stress and avoiding burnout. Set in 500 acres of listed parkland, Lucknam Park, in Bath, is the ideal location for a wellness escape. With a world-class spa, well-being house, Michelin starred dining, equestrian centre and landscaped gardens, a visit to Lucknam Park allows guests to unwind in luxury. From 29th June ? 1st July 2015, Jayne will team up with holistic therapists and yoga instructors to help guests to recover energy and enthusiasm for life and to learn strategies to avoid burnout. HOW: Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa (www.lucknampark.co.uk, T. 01225 742 777) offers the 2 night Luxury Burnout Retreat from £745 single occupancy on a full board basis (excluding beverages), inclusive of the above activities. If, however, you just wish to visit for a more pampering stay, w&h is offering an exclusive one night spa break for woman & home readers ? saving £200 per stay. The Spa at Lucknam Park is located in a stunning walled garden and features a 20m indoor swimming pool, indoor-outdoor hydrotherapy pool, outdoor plunge pool and extensive thermal cabins including Japanese Salt, Amethyst Room, Aromatic Steam, Sauna and Tepidarium. There are also nine treatment rooms ? offering a fantastic array of treatments from Carita, Anne Semonin and Ila. You?ll get one night?s accommodation with breakfast, 3 course a la carte dinner in the brasserie (excluding drinks), 1 hour spa treatment per person, one yoga or Pilates class per person, a 40 minute Haslauer Reflective Sunlight Therapy session per person, full use of the Spa facilities, an xclusive spa gift, champagne and chocolates in room on arrival TO BOOK: Lucknam Park is offering woman & home readers this exclusive package from £280 per person based on two adults sharing a classic room inclusive of the above, valid for stays throughout the week, subject to availability and excluding bank holidays. Offer valid for stays completed by 30th November 2015. Please quote Woman & Home (May issue) when booking.
Stretch out in the Scilly Isles
Dust away the cobwebs and rejuvenate your body and soul with Lucy Aldridge?s yoga break on Tresco, in the Isles of Scilly, this autumn. The sound of the sea has long been associated with relaxation; couple this with stunning accommodation and the techniques of Lyengar Yoga and you can be sure to return back to the mainland feeling refreshed and invigorated. Tresco's resident Yoga instructor has been teaching Iyengar Yoga as an art for over 15 years, and is one of the youngest qualified Yoga teachers in the UK. Tresco is a small, picturesque and tranquil family owned island, just off the Cornish coast in the Isles of Scilly, boasting unspoilt sandy beaches, clear azure waters, exotic gardens and world class accommodation. You?ll spend five nights in a Flying Boat cottage, so called as they?re on the site of a former WWI flying boat station, and are contemporary, New England style beachfront cottages. You also get six 90 minute yoga classes, one ila Kundalimi back massage treatment at the Spa, and full access to spa and leisure facilities. HOW: The five night retreat costs £895 per person (based on 2 people sharing a cottage) from 2 ? 7 October 2015, including return flights from Land?s End with island transfers (upgrades to fly from Exeter and Newquay available at a supplement), breakfast and dinner. To book, visit tresco.co.uk/staying-on-tresco/offers-and-breaks/autumn-yoga-break/
Perfect your tennis and get fit with the pros
This year, Curtain Bluff, Antigua, will be hosting a series of tennis weeks featuring top international tennis players from the UK, Australia and the United States. Tennis enthusiasts and those keen to learn will have the opportunity to perfect their technique and improve their game with hands on coaching from the stars, instructional clinics, strategy workshops and pro-am matches. The Perfect Match: Tennis and Wellness week, which runs from 7 ? 15 November, will be hosted by former number one British player Annabel Croft and 70s tennis star Owen Davidson. The resort is also launching some specialist fitness weeks with celebrity trainers including Simone de la Rue ? whose clients include A list actresses Naomi Watts and Anne Hathaway - and Adam Rosante, founder of The People's Bootcamp and author of ?30-Second Body? as the host. Adam is an internationally renowned fitness and nutrition expert, US television personality, No. 1 best-selling author and celebrity trainer. The family-owned Curtain Bluff, Antigua, is the perfect escape for an active holiday with a relaxed atmosphere, two beautiful beaches, unrivalled water activities and some of the best value in the Caribbean? The all-inclusive nightly rate includes all meals, drinks including house wine & champagne, a wide range of inclusive water sports ? such as scuba diving (PADI required), twice daily snorkelling trips, water skiing with tuition, hobie-cat sailing lessons, banana boating and wind surfing- plus full use of the gym with classes. HOW: Curtain Bluff, Antigua offers a 7 night stay from £3,811 per person booked through Caribtours (020 7751 0660: www.caribtours.co.uk). Package is based on 2 adults sharing a Deluxe Room on an all-inclusive basis, with participation in The Perfect Match Tennis Week, return flights and airport transfers. Based on travel in November 2015.
Soothe body and soul in the Maldives
For many people, just being in the stunning surroundings of the Maldives would be soothing enough, but if you want to come back from an exotic luxury holiday leaner, fitter and healthier than when you arrived, there?s only one thing to do, and that?s sign up to celebrity trainer James Duigan?s globally popular Bodyism programme. James founded the Clean&Lean diet, which has reshaped the bodies of celebs and civilians the world over, and on a Bodyism programme you can learn these long lasting techniques for yourself ? in paradise surroudings! At One&Only Reethi Rah, you will have a personalised itinerary, starting with thorough consultations, fitness tests and realistic goals with achievable results for the end of your stay. The Bodyism technique is an all-encompassing health and body transformation system that results in clients reaching maximum individual genetic potential whilealso improving personal wellbeing. You?ll have full use of the resort?s state of the art Fitness Centre with world class equipment and Wi-Fi integrated machines by Technogym. Those who prefer an outdoor workout can benefit from the jogging trail around the island, tennis courts and complimentary bikes. Clean&Lean dishes, such Atlantic salmon cerviche, Vietnamese rice rolls and red snapper with Maldivian spices and Asian greens, are available on the menus of all of Reethi?s four restaurants, with Bodyism shakes, smoothies and supplements also available to guests. The Clean&Lean programme, which helps to accelerate fat loss, help lower stress levels, improve diet and sleep and detoxify the system, complements One&Only Reethi Rah?s already-existing healthy eating options. You?ll also undergo bespoke bodyism training, designed to strip fat, enhance health, improve posture and increase performance in shorter periods of time; yoga; better breathing techniques; boxing; meditation classes and dynamic pilates amongst other things. You can participate as much or as little as you like in James Duigan?s programme, whether you actively want to get fit and lose weight during your holiday or simply monitor your food intake and activity levels to avoid gaining those pesky holiday excess pounds. HOW: Destinology (www.destinology.co.uk) is offering seven nights at One&Only Reethi Rah from £2,529 per person ? saving over £2,200. Price includes accommodation in a Beach Villa on a half-board basis with return flights with Qatar Airways from London Heathrow and transfers. Offer is available from 1 June 2015 ? 17 July 2015 and must be booked by 12 June 2015.
Go holistic in Lake Garda
Lefay Resort & Spa on Lake Garda is an eco spa which has developed its own spa method; this combines the principles of Classical Chinese medicine with Western scientific research. Their programmes are very holistic and aim at completely rebalancing and rejuvenating the body, mind and spirit by reactivating the energy channels through stimulating the acupuncture points used in Chinese medicine. They have developed programmes to help guests overcome stress, tiredness, incorrect posture, excess weight, sleep disorders and premature ageing. Lefay is situated high above Lake Garda surrounded by acres of parkland, woods and olive trees and the resort?s restaurants serve delicious season Mediterranean cuisine and a light menu. Its five night rebalancing integral programme is aimed at those with a hectic and stressful lifestyle and designed to boost circulation, reduce stress and enhance self-esteem. The programme starts with a life coaching interview with the doctor to assess energy levels. They then tailor the tui na Chinese bodywork massages, reflexology and acupuncture treatments accordingly. Other treatments include traditional Chinese technique of moxibustion, which uses heat to treat the stressed inner-functions. The points to be stimulated are prescribed by the doctor. Guests are prescribed specific medicinal tea throughout their stay and can join classes in Tai Qi, Qi Gong and Stretching of the Meridians, as well as daily fitness and yoga classes. There is final health check with the doctor and a maintenance programme for you to carry on at home. HOW: The Healthy Holiday Company offer a 3 night break (from 6-9 June 2015) at Lefay Resort & Spa from £869pp based on two sharing a Prestige Junior Suite on B&B basis, including return flights with BA from Gatwick to Verona and private airport transfers. To book visit www.thehealthyholidaycompany.co.uk/trips/lefay-resort-and-spa or call 0208 968 0501.
Combine wellness and pampering in Germany
When it comes to the fine art of pampering, award-winning resort Schloss Elmau is second to none in delivering unique experiences of sheer indulgence. From yoga and pilates to mountain tours, you can enjoy a wide range of activities and treatments on offer to nurture body and soul. During your stay, you will enjoy access to four spas, each with its own take on pampered luxury. The first is reserved for adults and occupies three floors. It has a glorious rooftop terrace with a large year-round heated pool. An entire floor is dedicated to massages and beauty treatments from the cosmetic lines Niance, ananné Natural Cosmetics and The Schloss Elmau Experience Signature Skin Care. The spa has also a warm saltwater swimming pool surrounded by elegant gardens, a sauna and a Kneipp area. The second is their Oriental Hammam. This peaceful space comprises three large dome rooms with hot stones and water tabs, two treatment rooms, two steambaths, a relaxation area and tea lounge. A family-friendly spa is the third, offering a roomy indoor pool, Finnish sauna, bio sauna, steam bath, saltwater sauna and herbal bath. The fourth is a Nature Spa: perfect for embracing the spectacular natural setting, this spa occupies a 15 hectare site, offering an outdoor pool, log cabin sauna, tennis, boccia, volleyball, playground, barbeque, restaurant and a huge lawn with sun chairs. Some of Schloss Elmau?s must-try treatments include hot stones, full-body massage, Body scrubs, Craniosacral therapy, Physiotherapy, Lymph Drainage, Thai massage and Ayurveda. Schloss Elmau is diverse and whilst we suggest it to couples it is perfect for single travellers, groups of friends and families. HOW: A five night stay costs from £1,249 per person sharing and £1,999 for single travellers including flights, transfers, 5 nights accommodation, half board, use of the spa areas and access to a weekly Fit & Active programme. For more info and to book, visit healingholidays.co.uk/accommodation/germany/schloss-elmau
Get fit with the family in Turkey
Sometimes you don't want to go somewhere just to focus on fitness, but what if you could stay at a family friendly resort which offers the option to do as much, or as little, as you like. The ROBINSON Club Sarigerme Park by the Aegean sea on the west cost of Turkey offer a large variety of activities to sync body and mind with their Wellfit® concept, but you can dip in and out as you please. The resort has a spa with a hammam and a range of treatments and the gym offers classes like aerial fitness and yoga. You could also go sailing, windsurfing, play tennis, or cycle, as well as exploring the beautiful scenery along coast in small, exclusive groups, e.g. in a small fishing boat, in a gulet yacht or by minibus. And if you've had enough of being active, there's the beach, the resorts lovely gardens, or lounging in one of the four bars or restaurants. HOW: Seven nights all inclusive per person, based on two sharing, costs from £760 excluding flights, from mid July. To book, visit robinson.com.
Go ballroom dancing in Berkshire
Dancing isn't only good for your body but also your mind, as practising maximises cognitive function because you have to remember all the steps! And who better to teach you than your favourite dancers from BBC's Strictly Come Dancing? At the Beaumont Estate in Old Windsor, Berkshire, regular 'Dancing with the Stars' weekends are held, featuring Anton Du Beke, Kristina Rihanoff, Robin Windsor and Erin Boag. Over three days, you'll be treated to a variety of dance showcases, as the four stars show you their best moves, as well as ballroom and Latin dance classes with the experts (there are classes for beginners as well as more experienced dancers). There's a Black Tie Ball on the Saturday night, where you and your partner can try out some of the steps you've learned during the day. You can have up to seven hours of dance classes throughout the weekend, lasting an hour each. The Beaumont Estate Hotel offers a touch of country house chic, with a stunning setting in pristine gardens, and slick, modern decor inside. The Hanover Ballroom has a ceiling of twinkling lights, which makes it feel magical to dance in. HOW: The weekend costs from £439pp, including B&B, all classes and dinner. The next dates are Friday 10 - Sunday 12 July 2015; and Friday 15 - Sunday 17 April 2016. For more info and to book, visit donaheys.co.uk/events or call 0800 160 1770.
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