Top 10 healthy holidays
We recommend our top 10 healthy holidays from destination spas to active and adventure holidays.
These are some of our favourite destinations and properties for getting fit and healthy. Whether it be a week in a destination spa in Thailand, or an Italian break with long walks through the countryside, you can be sure you'll return refreshed and invigorated.
Ananda, set high in the majestic Himalayas in the grounds of a Maharaja’s Palace, is one of our favourite destination spas. Treatments use traditional Ayurvedic techniques to re-balance body and mind, there is also an array of activities to get you healthy and fit for the New Year, especially their 'Wellness Bliss' 'Detox' & 'Fitness' packages that include all your treatments and meals.
With just 16 intimate rooms, Bushmans Kloof, a few hours drive from Cape Town offers an array of activities for those looking for a more active holiday. Explore the stunning surroundings on foot to visit the local rock art, by bike or even canoe. And when you do want to relax there is a fabulous spa to wind down in.
Chiva Som is a luxury destination spa and health retreat on the shores of Hua Hin in the Gulf of Thailand. The ultra-modern spa has an impressive array of facilities and treatments including; 21 treatment rooms, face and body massages, scrubs, wraps, reflexology, aromatherapy, body reshaping and toning treatments. There is also a hydrotherapy suite with computerized spa massage baths, a unique floatation chamber for de-stressing, and colon hydrotherapy.
In a secluded spot with views over the Ayung River and within easy reach of Ubud, the cultural heart of Bali, the Como Shambhala Estate is the perfect place to escape the stresses of modern day life. Offering a range of wellness programmes including cleansing and rejunvenation, you can be sure to return refreshed and invigorated from your stay here.
With its own Spa Retreat, Conrad Rangali Island is ideal for those who want to combine a paradise beach break with some indulgent spa retreats and healthy activities. Enjoy a treatment at the over water spa, a yoga session on the stunning beach or for younger guests, the hotel even has its own Ice Cream Spa for little ones to enjoy a treat too.
Spend some time in the buzz of Buenos Aires before travelling to the stunning countryside near Cordobo. Here you can explore the vast gaucho lands on horseback, or even try your hand in a polo match before rewarding your hard work with a trip to the spa. This Estancia really gives you a true taste of Argentina.
Escape to Italy where you can enjoy all the luxuries that L’Albereta has to offer. With stunning views over the hills of Lombardy, you can explore the surrounding countryside and ancient villages with long walks or on bicycle. And after a day of exploring why not relax in the excellent spa before a gourmet dinner in the two Michelin starred restaurant.
A fabulous design hotel full of Asian influence, Parrot Cay in the Turks and Caicos has one of the best spas in the Caribbean. Crystal clear waters surround the resort, perfect for long swims and there are also tennis courts, a fully equipped gym and of course the famous Como Shambhala Spa.
With one of the most spacious spas in the Indian Ocean and breathtaking views over turquoise waters, Shanti Maurice is the perfect escape from the English Winter. The spa offers age-old Ayurvedic treatments as well as more modern indulgent treatments. As well as relaxing in the spa you can also try horse riding on the beach, nature walks and yoga enjoying the sunsets Mauritius is famed for.
For a healthy holiday closer to home and the chance to enjoy some winter sunshine, Vilalara on Portugal’s Algarve is the perfect choice. The hotel’s Thalassa Spa is ranked by Conde Nast as one of the worlds top five and when you want to explore outside there are tennis courts and a great golf course.