Monday, 6 January 2014 11:45 AM
Feeling sluggish after an indulgent festive period? There’s no better way to start a new year than re-energising your mind and body on a healthy holiday. From getting into shape on an kickboxing break, to de-stressing on a wellness retreat, we’ve picked out five of the best healthy holiday ideas for 2014.
Enjoy a gluten-free getaway
The term ‘gluten-free’ is suddenly everywhere, with everyone from A-list celebrities to sports stars players praising the health benefits of avoiding gluten. Supermarkets and restaurants are even getting involved with ‘gluten free’ options. Now, it’s beginning to infiltrate the holiday industry too. The Healthy Holiday Company has recently seen an increase in the number of health conscious Brits seeking advice on where they can enjoy a ‘gluten free’ escape. The company launched its successful in:spa brand 10 years ago, ahead of the game, and offers holidaymakers a gluten free strict detox diet in a number of their retreats. In addition the company has now put together a new guide for ‘gluten-phobes’ recommending a selection of the best holidays to avoid gluten, from a Thai island yoga retreat, a wellness programme in Portugal. For more information on deals with The Healthy Holiday Company or to book click here.
Get fit in style in a Cornish eco retreat
Luxury eco hotel The Scarlet is teaming up with 38° North to offer Luxury Fitness Holidays in the New Year. 38° North is a team of qualified fitness experts offering personalised training tailored to individual abilities. The fitness breaks focus on re-awakening your passion for exercise concentrating on fun, enjoyable and varied activities. Think runs across the Atlantic coast paths, beach workouts, yoga in the Scarlet studio, mountain biking across Cornish moorland and surfing sessions on Mawgan Porth beach. Then you can take time to recuperate in the Scarlet spa in a cliff top hot tub and refuel with delicious locally sourced, healthy dishes from the Scarlet restaurant. Breaks run from January to April and start from £1,259 for three nights. For more information on deals or to book with with The Scarlet click here.
Yoga, meditation and wellness in India
Opening in early January, the Vana Malsi Estate has set itself the ambitious target of becoming the most iconic wellness resort in the world. Set amidst the Sal forest, the 21-acre site boasts mango and lychee orchards, as well as stunning views of the Himalayan foothills. Staff are on hand to deliver a bespoke wellness experience through expert classes, including ayurveda and yoga, and their extensive range of personalised wellness treatments. With daily guided meditation classes and an all-encompassing approach focusing on consultations, fitness activities and proper nutrition, Vana Malsi looks to provide the ultimate tailored wellness experience.
Health and Fitness Travel offers 7 nights at Vana Malsi Estate from £2,519 pp or £3,035 for single occupancy including full board, a wellness programme, return flights and transfers. For more information on deals or to book with with Health and Fitness Travel click here.
Kick yourself into shape in Spain
Why not spring into action on a kick fitness holiday and get into shape in the sunshine? Forget dull and dreary gym sessions at your local leisure centre and opt for a holiday with companies such as Kick Fitness, who offer holidaymakers a week-long exercise retreat in the sunny hills of Alicante, Spain. Kick Fitness focuses on martial arts fitness training, using techniques adopted by world champions translated into a fun and effective workout. Kick Fitness is running two Alicante-based boot camps – in April and in October, from £999 (earlybird bookings). For more information on deals or to book with with Kick Fitness click here.
Adventure in America at Red Mountain Resort
Indulge your adventurous side at the Red Mountain Resort in Utah. Nestled amongst rugged canyons and red rock cliffs, the resort is the ideal destination for anyone seeking an exciting healthy holiday. Make the most of the beautiful natural landscapes and go on a mountain hike to sample the breath-taking views from the summit, it’s worth the climb! The resort happily caters for all needs with dedicated programmes tailored towards weight loss, de-stressing or simply trying something new. Sample the fitness activities on offer including horse riding and kickboxing before unwinding in the luxurious spa for a truly unforgettable wellness experience. Health and Fitness Travel offers 7 nights at Red Mountain Resort from £2,350 pp or £2,211 for single occupancy including full board, a wellness programme, return flights and transfers. For more information on deals or to book with with Health and Fitness Travel click here.