3 healthy holidays your body will thank you for

3 healthy holidays your body will thank you for

Want to start 2019 as you mean to go on? Giving yourself a well-deserved break and a chance to relax and restore your body is now a necessity, not a luxury, right? Whether you’re travelling solo or want to get away with a friend or partner, we’ve scoured our hotel search to find you the best wellbeing holidays with motivational benefits – sun, sea, scenery and amazing food. From the adventurous to the serene, here’s our top five at home and away.

1 . Portugal

If the idea of an activity holiday conjures images of rainy cross-country hikes in Ross-on-Wye, you clearly haven’t been to Hotel FeelViana in Portugal. Launched by a surf devotee, this new alpine-style sports and wellness hotel boasts an amazing setting on the northwest coast with its wild and windy beaches backed by dunes and pine trees. This is prime kite, and windsurfing territory – the area even hosted the Windsurf World Cup in June. But don’t worry if you’re far from a seasoned pro. The hotel’s sports centre offers watersports lessons, including stand-up paddle boarding and body boarding, so you can feel a bit braver when you hit the waves. But if you’d rather stay on dry land, you won’t miss out. There’s over 400km of tracks taking in mountains, rivers and beaches, to explore on foot ­– or join a guided bike tour, which range from gentle to high-intensity. Yoga, Pilates and stretching sessions will keep you limber for tackling new challenges, while the tranquil spa – complete with Turkish bath – will put you back together at the end of the day’s adventures.

2 . Sri Lanka

Set in a rural village among lush green surroundings, the focus at Srimal Plantation Villa is to reconnect with yourself by getting reacquainted with Mother Nature. That’s not difficult with 30 acres of forest, working plantations, vegetable, fruit, and herb gardens and rice paddy fields on the doorstep. The five-day Detox & Recharge package is ideal for strung-out city folk who want to swap pixel pushing at a desk for paddy harvesting or spice picking to the sounds of tropical birdsong. If slogging in the fields isn’t what you had in mind, don’t worry. Your personalised plan, based on your dosha – the three energies that define a person’s make-up – also includes blissful Ayurvedic treatments, such as warm herbal oil massages to dissolve knots and calm the soul. Yoga and meditation help rebalance your mind and body, while an organic, vegan menu using produce from the garden will help restore inner harmony. You’ll want to (Nama)stay forever.

3. Utah

Whether you’re hoping to shed a few pounds, indulge in a bit of chill time or simply get out into the great outdoors, the Red Mountain Resort in Utah has got all wellbeing bases covered. And if the team of wellness experts and huge roster of activities on offer aren’t enough motivation to get you moving your butt, the spectacular surroundings should do it. The resort blends into the majestic landscape, with dusty desert horizons and red cliffs forming an awe-inspiring backdrop. There are also three national parks to explore on foot, by bike or even on horseback. Adventure-seekers can scale the rocks or try canyoneering, while there’s tai chi in Snow Canyon State Park and yoga among the red cliffs for those taking a calmer approach. Your tailored fitness programme will also include studio-based workouts, with every class under the scorching sun on offer. And after all that, you’ll want to indulge in a spa treatment and gaze at the huge skies from the ‘Desert Breeze’ pool.

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