Give yourself a break in 2022 and concentrate on your well-being, fitness and “me time”.
You can revive your body and boost your mental health while staying in a sunshine hotel or a rural getaway, learning a new craft or water sport, walking and swimming wildly.
Trisha Harbord chooses ten breaks to enjoy while recharging your batteries.
Unico 20 ° 87 °, Mexico
RELAX IN LUXURY: This beats knocking on the treadmill in a gym. A stay at a luxury adults-only hotel on Mexico’s Riviera Maya on the Caribbean coast with all the fitness and health facilities you need.
Unico 20 ° 87 ° has a holistic fitness program with a variety of classes, including liquid yoga, hydro-pilates and meditation.
You can increase the pace by trying aqua spinning, pool volleyball and basketball. You can also go kayaking or paddleboarding.
Back on the dry land you can attend daily classes at the beach and cardio dancing as well as personal training sessions.
Treat yourself to treatments and beauty rituals in the wellness center and spa, which has a deep pool, hydrotherapy facilities, steam and sauna rooms.
Take time to relax and unwind by one of the three pools on a daybed or in a cottage, or take an art or cooking class.
GO: A seven-night all-inclusive at the five-star resort, including flights from Heathrow on selected dates in March, costs from £ 1,683 per person, based on two parts. See ba.com/unico.
Exmoor National Park
GO WITH FLOW: Get back to nature on a weekend getaway in Exmoor National Park. Sust Flow’s daily program includes a mix of yoga, resistance training, cold water therapy and meditation. There are guided walks in the park and plenty of downtime to enjoy a massage or relax in the hot tub, plus a nutrient-packed menu featuring local produce. You can also enjoy nutrition lectures, quizzes and demonstrations. The retreat at Devon’s Natsley Farm, which features a heated yoga studio, freshwater pool and wood-fired hot tub, is for adults of all fitness levels.
GO: Three nights all inclusive from 25 February, from £ 375pp, based on room sharing. See susthealthreats.com.
Juicy Oasis, Portugal
TAKE THE JUICE: If celebrities like Gary Barlow and Amanda Holden need a touch of R&R, they go to Portugal. And they lose a few pounds after living off of smoothies and soup at Juicy Oasis.
The purpose of owner Jason Vale, author of 7lbs In 7 Days, is to change the way guests feel mentally and physically in just one week. The program includes yoga, meditation, fitness and workshops.
Gary – above with Jason – said: “As I get older, it’s a passion to have a good time. The way I feel after a stay at Juicy Oasis is my benchmark. “
GO: Seven nights all inclusive costs from £ 975pp, based on two sharing an eco-pod. See juicemasterretreats.com. Ryanair and easyJet both fly to Lisbon with prices from £ 33 round trip.
Sun Siyam Olhuveli, Maldives
FLY DRAGEN: Learning water sports is good for body and soul. Put the Maldives into the mix and the feelgood factor goes to a new level.
Sun Siyam Olhuveli, a 45-minute speedboat ride from the capital Male, is located in a large lagoon where the water is perfect for kitesurfing.
Experts are also ready to instruct in parasailing, windsurfing and diving. The resort has two spa complexes with a range of therapies and yoga sessions. See sunsiyam.com.
GO: Seven nights all-inclusive, with Heathrow flights and speedboat transfers, between 1 March and 15 April, costing from £ 1,989pp, including a 15 per cent discount. Order by 31 January. See awayholidays.co.uk.
Blue Health Surf Breaks, Cornwall
RIDE ON THE WAVES: Get an adrenaline rush by riding the waves in Cornwall. Health experts say surfing is great for strength, balance and fitness.
Family Surf Co holds vacations for all ages, but has launched special weekends with a touch of luxury for women who want some “me-time” to boost their wellness.
Blue Health Surf Breaks include surfing instruction off beautiful Watergate Bay in North Cornwall, wild swimming, beach walks, spa treatments and yoga. And to relax, the Watergate Bay Hotel has five restaurants, an 80-foot indoor infinity pool, sauna and hot tub.
GO: Three nights B&B from 13 May or 24 June costs from £ 975. See familysurfco.com.
Brimstone Hotel, Lake District
FILLED WITH GOODS: Sometimes doing absolutely nothing is the best tonic. Retreat to the Brimstone Hotel in the Lake District and stay in a luxurious suite with wood burning stove, large bed and private patio. Relax in the reading room with free beer, wine and delicacies on tap 24/7. For a little pampering, Brimstone Spa, with an indoor-outdoor pool and gyms, offers thermal experiences and treatments. The hotel near Ambleside is surrounded by breathtaking scenery. You can swim wildly at Loughrigg Tarn or go for a walk in the Langdale Valley.
GO: Double rooms cost from £ 310 per person. night, including breakfast and use of spa facilities. Spa packages available. See brimstonehotel.co.uk.
Gartmore House, Scotland
ON YOUR HOBBY HORSE: Diver Tom Daley kept quiet between the events at the Olympics in Tokyo – by knitting. And he struck gold as research shows that people with hobbies are less likely to suffer from stress. So if you fancy trying out a new craft, the 18th century Scotland’s Gartmore House has 40 breaks with activities galore. Tom would go after knitting, but the list includes patchwork and quilting, painting and, new for 2022, candle making. Gartmore House is located in the stunning Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, perfect for photography, bird watching and hill walking.
GO: Five nights full board, four days tuition and transfers from Stirling train station cost from £ 849 per person. See gartmorehouse.com.
Lincolnshire Wolds Outdoor Festival
GET IN FIT TO A FESTIVAL: Lincolnshire is going all in on wellness this spring with the launch of its Wolds Outdoor Festival. The area of outstanding natural beauty has been a magnet for walkers and cyclists with its wealth of trails. The festival, from April 30 to June 5, will also feature activities from fishing to yoga and golf to water sports. For those looking for an adrenaline rush, you can glide 2,000 feet in the air and drive a race car. See woldsoutdoorfestival.com.
GO: Laurel Park, which has a yoga barn and hot tub, is one of the county’s most beautiful glamping spots. A campsite costs from £ 18 per person. night, while a safari tent with four beds costs from £ 60 per. night. See lpcampsite.co.uk.
Wicklow Way, Ireland
GO THIS WAY: Walking and wellness go hand in hand – especially if you are surrounded by stunning scenery.
A new self-guided break takes in the 81-mile Wicklow Way – one of Ireland’s most famous long-distance trails, which this year celebrates its 40th anniversary. Hikers will hike through the heart of the Wicklow Mountains National Park before descending into green valleys and farmland.
As you go, your luggage will be transferred to the B & Bs, and on the last night you will find yourself in a deluxe eco-lodge with a geothermal spa.
GO: Four nights B&B, luggage transport and transfer to and from Dublin, timetables and maps cost from £ 580. See wildernessireland.com.
Glass House Retreat, Essex
TIME FOR DETOX: Wild swimming is paramount, but you can avoid trudging through mud to a local river. The new natural pond at Glass House Retreat in Essex is much more comfortable.
You can step out of the heat of the spa and ease yourself down the stairs into the water. Glass House, near Upminster, serves only vegan food and is caffeine and alcohol free.
They have a package that includes a night in a superior room, facial or body scrub, vegan chef demo, workout classes and wellness sessions. It includes breakfast, dinner, gym and spa.
GO: The package price starts from £ 290 per person. See glasshouseretreat.co.uk
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