Surviving on a diet of Christmas pudding and sherry is all very well, but at some point you're going to time to get off the sofa. Get your year off to a flying start with a holiday you'll never forget - from spas to bootcamps, yoga retreats to detox breaks, there's something here for everyone.
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For a relaxing New Year break, head to The Scarlet, an eco-hotel with an Ayurvedic spa where you can recharge your batteries with classes in everything from yoga and pilates to meditation and singing. Or just take time out to enjoy the stunning coastal walks or relax by the fire. For 2015, the Optimal Fitness holiday provides indoor activities, yoga and outdoor pursuits that will get you looking and feeling your very best, whether you choose to stay for three or five nights from 8 February. The luxury boot camp holiday includes beach workouts, strength and conditioning training, a scenic hike, a mountain bike ride and the option of surfing on the five-day break. The cuisine is healthy and hearty: think grilled fish, fresh salads, local produce and delicious flavours. From £1,200 per person for three nights, based on two sharing.
Take a trip to Bali to experience utter relaxation at restorative retreat COMO Shambhala Estate in Ubud. With the 'be active, cleanse, rejuvenation programme' you can participate in activities including yoga, pilates, Balinese craft making and jungle gym circuit training, as well as have the services of a personal assistant, use of the steam room, sauna and 25-metre lap pool. Bailey Robinson offers a six-night holiday from £2,975 per person, with international flights and transfers.
The Fusion Fitness holiday at Aguas de Ibiza lets you choose no less than four one-on-one activities and treatments with a personal trainer. You'll have the chance to take part in daily group activities, get unlimited use of the fitness centre, and take time out at the Revival Spa. By the end of the holiday you'll head home feeling fitter, rejuvenated and re-energised. From £1,570 per person.
Home to three of the finest championship golf courses in Europe and an award-winning spa, the Gleneagles Hotel was built in 1924 and is situated in 850 acres of Perthshire countryside, just an hour’s drive from Edinburgh and Glasgow. The hotel hosts an array of cobweb-busting activities from falconry to off-road Land Rover safaris. Their award winning ESPA spa hosts an expert team of complementary and alternative medicine practitioners and experienced spa therapists, the hotel also offers special residential and day packages to address the stresses and strains of modern life and leave you feeling revived and rejuvenated. The Sunday Night Special package includes overnight accommodation, breakfast and a choice of a round of golf on The King’s or Queen’s championship course or a 55 minute spa treatment from £305 per room per night.
The luxurious Mandara Spa at the Park Plaza Hotel brings a taste of Bali to Britain. With exotic treatments and a soothing design with a contemporary Balinese décor, the spa offers an exotic escape in the heart of the city. Located at the foot of Westminster Bridge, Park Plaza Westminster Bridge is within easy reach of London’s famous landmarks and the four-star deluxe hotel offers iconic views across the River Thames of Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament.
Head for the Philippines in 2015 on a life-changing holiday that will provide you with the knowledge you need to learn a healthier lifestyle. Nestled amidst a tranquil haven of tropical jungle, The Farm is a luxury retreat wellness retreat offering detoxifying treatments, raw nutrition, fitness activities and emotional guidance to provide you with the fresh start you need. Shape up with circuit training and aqua aerobics, before unwinding with yoga and an indulgent menu of detoxifying spa treatments. Be inspired on this healthy holiday with nutritious meals from the award-winning Alive! Restaurant and enhance your well-being with food preparation classes, where you’ll learn healthy eating habits you can continue at home. Health and Fitness Travel offers seven nights at The Farm from £2,240 per person or £2,590 for single occupancy, including full board, a choice of programmes, return flights and transfers.
In partnership with Dr Nijon Eccles (an integrated medicine physicians and founder of the Chiron Clinic in Harley Street), Verdura Resort offers VITA Health, a wellness centre with a range of specialised programmes focusing on stress management, weight loss, detox and ageing. Guests are offered a daily exercise programme, full access to the spa facilities, and consultation and future health planning with the doctor on departure. A specific menu of nutritionally balanced meals accompanies the treatments and exercise.
Blitz your mind and body on a yoga retreat near Biarritz organised by GoLearnTo.com. The focus is on nutrition, beauty and wellbeing, with lots of relaxing massage treatments, yoga classes, and wholesome, delicious raw food - all set in luxury accommodation with a swimming pool, and close to the Biarritz coastline. You'll stay at the Domaine de Bassilour, a luxuriously restored Basque estate in the picturesque coastal town of Bidart
Amazon Creek offers two Yoga & Ski weeks. Yoga sessions are held first thing in the morning and again in the evening after a hard a day on the slopes. Chalet Amazon Creek is a luxury chalet, sleeping up to 10 guests. There's a a cinema room and a spa with a hamman steam room, sauna, sunken jacuzzi and outdoor hot tub.
Lime Wood is a boutique country house hotel set in the heart of the New Forest National Park. At the Herb House, the on-site spa, you can take a yoga class on the roof, or admire the forest views from the comfort of the gigantic sauna. Facilities include the Caldarium, hydropool, The Mud House, the outdoor steaming hot pool, an indoor swimming pool opening onto the garden and sun terrace, and healthy and garden-grown food and juices.
Nestled deep within the natural landscape of Pennine Yorkshire sits Titanic Spa, a beautifully restored textile mill. Treat yourself and a friend to a little ‘me time’ with an indulgent spa package. From £119, you can stay in one of Titanic’s serviced eco apartments where you can enjoy a continental breakfast in the morning, healthy lunch and dinner in the spa’s bistro, with use of the spa's extensive range of facilities including a 15m salt regulated swimming pool, hydrozone, steam and sauna rooms and a fully equipped gym.
The Well is Cliff House Hotel’s intimate destination spa, offering a range of natural therapies that reflect the beautiful seaside location of this hotel. The healing power of the ocean lies at the heart of The Well’s spa experience, inspiring treatments such as seaweed facials or a specialist bath using Irish peat.
Pack your two-piece and head to Mexico for Bikini Bootcamp in Tulum. Eco-resort Amansala's Bikini Bootcamp Days are a combination of moving your body, healthy eating, relaxing and exploring. Each day begins with journal writing followed by a stretch on the beach and a one-hour power walk, and then varies to include a high energy cardio workout, a body sculpt or yoga session, as well as other activities including inspiring salsa dancing and meditation. The boot camp costs from £1,500 per person for six nights in a shared room, with four departure dates in January.
The Lodore Falls Hotel in Borrowdale is nestled in the perfect location for a detoxifying break in the New Year. It sits on the shores of Derwentwater and has its very own waterfall in the garden. Lake activities include canoeing and kayaking, and the hotel supplies mountain bikes free of charge. The more adventurous, there are the trails for fell running nearby, as well as the adrenaline rush of zip wires at Honister.
Great Hotels of the World recommends the Spa Thaermae del Forte at Forte Village, which offers thalassotherapy in six seawater pools (each with different temperatures with varying salt concentrations, since you ask). The spa also has a turkish bath, a sauna and a health bar, as well as an Ayurvedic medicine specialist on hand to help you restore your body’s ideal weight and energy levels. Exercises, relaxation techniques, yoga sessions and exclusive massages are all part of the experience.
Discover your inner self in Switzerland with Grand Hotel Kronenhof's Holistic Life Retreat which consists of moderate movement for complete rest and relaxation, while cleansing and strengthening the body and spirit. The seven-day holiday includes morning, aqua, evening and outdoor yoga, as well as five holistic massages, two foot reflexology massages and an energy massage. Along with spectacular mountain views, the Grand Hotel Kronenhof offers the ultimate in luxury in Pontresina. A week's Holistic Life Retreat in February or March costs £2,835 per person, based on two sharing.
An ancient 1000 acre estate on Cornwall's Helford River, Trelowarren offers a collection of high-spec eco-houses - think log-burners, fine art on the walls and masses of space inside and out. Tregenna, one of the bigger houses, sleeps 10 with free use of the outdoor pebble-lined ozone pool. The Walled Garden Organic Spa does a Detoxifying Cornish Seaweed Wrap for £65 and an Invigorating Cornish Sea Salt scrub (30 minutes for £30) using salt harvested just along the coast.
La Finca Paradiso in Spain comes highly recommended by Destination Yoga. It is located on the south-east corner of Spain, surrounded by Sierra Cabrera Mountains and the sparkling Mediterranean. This eco-retreat is just 10 minutes from the beach and offers four acres of fruitful Spanish gardens, a swimming pool and meals bursting with the fresh, local produce. Yoga classes are twice daily in the light, spacious and airy yoga studio. There are 12 dates available in 2015 from April through to September, each lasting seven nights. Prices start from £695 per person based on two sharing a Standard Room, including all meals, yoga classes and equipment (flights and airport transfers excluded).
Unwind at this luxury wellness retreat on the stunning Turkish coastline. Health and Fitness Travel recommends Sianji Well-Being Resort in Bodrum (seven nights from £1,280 per person) for its first-class holidays tailored towards specific goals, including detox and weight loss. Treat yourself to a revitalising spa treatment at the on-site Muu Spa, but be warned: with an extensive list of massages, facials and specialist treatments on offer, you might be spoilt for choice! With lavishly furnished theme suites and four top-class restaurants serving nutritious and delicious cuisine from all over the globe, this is THE destination for a rejuvenating detox holiday in the sunshine.
With its world-famous white, sugar sand and year round sunshine there is no better place to experience outdoor yoga than Siesta Beach in Sarasota, Florida. Classes run four times a week and you will rejuvenate as you breathe in fresh sea air and shift that stubborn post-Christmas weight. Fly from Gatwick to Tampa with British Airways and spend seven nights at the Sandcastle Resort, Sarasota from £1,005 per person with America As You Like It.
Lough Eske Castle mid-week two night Tranquillity package allows you to completely lose yourself in Irish charm and luxury. The mini-break was made to help you re-charge and relax and includes two nights' luxury accommodation, daily full Irish breakfast, sparkling wine on arrival, traditional afternoon tea, a four-course dinner for two, use of Spa Solís Thermal Suite and the heated indoor pool and fitness centre, as well as a 20 per cent discount on all spa treatments of 60 minutes or over, from €499 per couple.