Follow the sun, sea and a sense of wellness in 2018 with a year’s worth of inspiration in health-enhancing wellness experiences around the world. Health and Fitness Travel, the wellness holiday specialists, reveal their month-by-month guide of the best wellness holiday destinations for 2018, so you can make this the year to nourish your mind, body and soul.
January: New Year Cleanse in Thailand: The Barai Vital Body Cleanse
Welcome in the New Year with a full body detox surrounded by the exotic flora and palm-fringed beaches of Hua Hin, Thailand. The Barai is a luxurious hideaway for spa-seekers in need of a cleansing break to revitalise from the indulgences of the festive period. Detoxifying treatments including abdominal massages and moor mud wraps, combined with a healthy detox menu to leave you feeling thoroughly cleansed. Relaxing wellness activities coupled with energising fitness classes will ensure you return home feeling healthier.
Average January Temperature: 30C (85F)
February: Holistic Weight Loss in Sri Lanka: Santani Weight Loss
Find yourself amongst the lush greenery of Sri Lanka as you shed the last of the Winter weight and centre in on the new you. Work up a sweat with energetic group fitness classes and outdoor activities, and decrease your stress-levels with daily meditation and yoga sessions. A personalised diet plan coupled with raw cooking and lifestyle classes will help you to make long-term changes, making 2018 your healthiest year yet.
Average February Temperature: 20C (68F)
March: Digital Detox in Portugal: Pine Cliffs Digital Detox
Set in the sunny Algarve, give your mind and body a well-deserved break from technology with a two-day digital detox at Pine Cliffs. Learn to switch off, with meditative breathing classes, relaxation massages, and an ‘energy break’ under the retreat’s signature pine trees. Get active with personal training on the beach and paddle board sessions in the sea, and enjoy nutrient-dense meals and juices, leaving your mind cleared and body re-energised.
Average March Temperature: 21C (70F)
April: Spring Surf & Yoga in Morocco: Paradis Plage Surfing
Take a welcome break from the relentless April showers and catch an early Summer in Morocco. With private and group surfing classes suitable for surfers of all levels, there’s no better place to enjoy a spot of springtime surfing in the warm African sun. Stretch out any post-surfing tightness with daily yoga classes and experience other active adventures, from mountain hikes to cultural excursions. No matter what happens out on the waves, this healthy holiday won’t leave you feeling wiped out, as you emerge rejuvenated from your refreshing spring renewal.
Average April Temperature: 25C (78F)
May: Get Mindful in Marbella: Marbella Club Mindful Triathlon
Enjoy a healthy escape in the Mediterranean sunshine for a complete mind and body makeover. Combining your favourite fitness activities with mindful and balancing practices, you’ll experience a greater sense of harmony between your mind and body. Work up a sweat with beach circuits and personal training, then find balance with a variety of yoga styles, guided meditations and Tibetan bowl vibrational massages. With an emphasis on learning how to live a mindful life, return home with an increased sense of well-being.
Average May Temperature: 23C (73F)
June: Summer Shape Up in Ibiza: The Body Camp
Slimming is synonymous with summer, so head over to Ibiza for a luxury boot camp style fitness regime to get you looking and feeling great. Enjoy a daily fitness schedule of circuits, aerobics, Swiss ball, boxing, running, swimming, deep stretching, body sculpting and, of course, rebounding. You’ll also have mindfulness sessions to soothe the mind, cookery workshops to feed it, and creative workshops to let it lose. All of this is interwoven with a full body massage and manicure to ensure you leave glowing with well-being.
Average June Temperature: 26C (79F)
July: Get Active in Sardinia: Forte Village Fusion Fitness
Delve into an active Summer as you get fit by the beach on the Mediterranean island of Sardinia. Boasting magnificent sea views and excellent wellness facilities, Forte Village is a revitalising fitness and sports holiday for solos, couple and families. Adults can enjoy a bespoke Fusion Fitness programme offering a personalised workout plan, and a range of energising activities and treatments with a series of six thalassic pools. With its vast range of eight hotels, 21 restaurants and amenities; this healthy holiday offers something for everyone.
Average July Temperature: 29C (84F)
August: Soothing Summer Spa in Italy: Lefay Spa
Nestled in the alpine mountains surrounding Lake Garda, this wellness retreat is a hive for like-minded people looking to indulge in well-being. The resort’s signature spa, ‘World of Water and Fire’ features a private saline pool with a suspended moon above it to create a truly calming atmosphere to relax and unwind. Spa treatments are holistic in nature and range from East to West in origin to allow guests to benefit from a wide-ranging cannon of knowledge and return home rejuvenated.
Average August Temperature: 28C (82F)
September: Mental Makeover in Portugal: The Mind Coaching Retreat at Macdonald Monchique
With summer drawing to a close, there is no better time to go on a mind coaching retreat. Lack of sleep combined with too much stress can cause serious health issues, both physical and mental. Set in the picturesque Algarve, let expert mind coach, Steve McKeown, take you through a psychological programme using state-of-the-art techniques to build mental strength. With lifestyle tips and group sessions, return home rejuvenated and more in touch with your inner-self, as a healthy mind means a healthy lifestyle.
Average Temperature September: 29C (84F)
October: Autumn Ayurveda in India: Atmantan Ayurveda
If you don’t want to wave goodbye to summer just yet, venture to the North of India for a holistic break that boasts ultimate relaxation and self-discovery. Nestled between the Sahyadri mountains and Mulshi Lake, this spiritual hideaway provides a platform for total rejuvenation in soothing tranquillity. A wealth of ancient Ayurvedic spa treatments await you, in addition to reflexology and a variety of yoga practices. Purify and heal your body with Ayurvedic approaches, to return home feeling rebalanced and cleansed.
Average Temperature October: 33C (91F)
November: Farm-to Spa Wellness in Costa Rica: The Retreat
Beat the winter blues by venturing to Costa Rica, a tropical paradise famed for its bio-diversity and pleasing temperatures during the crisp winter months. The Retreat provides a luxurious yet secluded wellness experience, with only eleven rooms that all boast unparalleled views over the ocean. Delight yourself with organic spa treatments at the Cristal Lotus Spa, whether a contouring body scrub or a mint-chocolate treatment for glowing skin. With activities such as cooking and gardening, this back-to-nature wellness holiday will help you acquire a new-found sense of well-being.
Average Temperature November: 31C (88F)
December: Pre-Christmas Restorative Break in St. Lucia: BodyHoliday
Typically, a time of year for over-indulgence, break the mould and venture to this leading St Lucian wellness resort for a healthy start to the holiday season. Prepare your body and mind for the festive season with a special pre-Christmas wellness programme, designed by leading health and well-being experts. Hosted by Olympic legends, Colin Jackson and Leon Taylor, enjoy a wellness experience like no other, that will prepare you not only for Christmas, but for the rest of your life.
Average December temperature: 30C (86F)
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