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Best Retreats for a Healthy Holiday Season

With Christmas and New Year celebrations on the horizon, the temptation to indulge and surrender in the battle of the bulge is ever-looming. For those exploring options of spending the festive season improving their personal well-being and getting away from the stress and exhaustion of the year that’s about to close, these healthy escapades are worth exploring.

Beginning in Europe, The Alpina Gstaad in Switzerland is the ideal place for a combination of spa and ski vacation. Spend the day skiing down snow-covered slopes, then visit the Six Senses Spa for a relaxing treatment or take part in complimentary Yoga or Pilates classes.

Prefer a seaside retreat as compared to the mountains? The Galo in Madeira, with its wide array of sporting activities, ensures a fun-filled family holiday. Relax and take a swim in the inviting blue sea or practice your swing at either of the two championship golf courses. Indulge in Ayurvedic therapies or personalised spa treatments to help you feel your absolute best.

Fancy a Moroccan vacation? Look no further than the ocean retreat of Paradis Plage. Revived with a traditional Hammam steam bath at the Paradise spa or enjoy surfing the waves in the Atlantic Ocean. Complimentary fitness classes such as Martial Arts or Aerial Yoga are also available to keep you active throughout the holidays.
For a Caribbean vacation, explore the healthy retreat of The BodyHoliday. With its many activities, it is ideal for those solo getaways. Go windsurfing or biking through the jungle and end you day with a luxurious massage and scrub at the spa.

The Florblanca in Costa Rica, a luxury wellness retreat in an unspoiled jungle, promises a range of activity in one of the most serene places on earth. Wake up to the sounds of nature and enjoy horse riding over the pure white beach, whizzing across the trees on a zip line or a yoga class to get your body moving. Wind down with a relaxing massage at the Bambu spa.

To take a break in Asia, you are spoilt for choice from the numerous, wonderful resorts available. In India, the Vana Malsi Estate, within the foothills of the Himalayas, offers a peaceful retreat. Offering customised programmes to tackle wellness objectives from pure relaxation to weight loss, you will experience the benefits of a healthy menu, meditation and Ayurvedic spa treatments.

Over in Thailand, the luxurious Point Yamu in Phuket is the ideal spot for exploring tropical rainforests and enjoying views of the Andaman Sea. Relax by the infinity pool or work up a sweat with rock climbing. End the day with ancient healing spa therapies to be rejuvenated.

The Fusion Maia in Da Nang, Vietnam offers a luxurious all-inclusive spa escape. Be surrounded by stunning sea views and white shores as you choose to indulge in a minimum of two daily treatments from massages, facials or any of their twenty natural scrubs. Tai Chi and Yoga group classes are complimentary to try. Experience Vietnamese culture by taking a trip to the heritage city of Hoi An on the daily shuttle.

In Malaysia, The Banjaran, a luxury spa retreat against the backdrop of tropical jungle and limestone hills, is a destination that will rouse your senses. Explore surrounding caves, trek through the jungle or dip in geothermal hot springs to restore tired muscles. The spa offers over forty Asian spa treatment, customised wellness programmes for its guests and healthy cuisine for complete wellness.

For an organic wellness experience, visit The Farm at San Benito in the sunny Philippines. Built around a 250 year old mango tree, it is an ideal place to escape the holiday doldrums while experiencing natural cleansing, detoxifying treatments and spa treatments in these tranquil grounds. Enjoy a stroll though idyllic gardens or take part in complimentary fitness classes to bring your health to a new level for the New Year ahead.

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