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Enjoy a Healthier Summer with SHA Wellness Monday, 14th July 2014

Are you looking to give your health a boost this summer? SHA Wellness is celebrating five years of delivering cutting edge wellness programmes from its state-of-the-art medi-spa in Spain. To mark the occasion, customers can enjoy one free night when they book a seven-night health programme of their choice on stays until 31st August 2014.A stay at SHA Wellness combines luxury accommodation with wellness programmes which use nutrition, health and sport to rebalance your body and mind.Terms and conditions apply. Speak to our Spa Experts on 020 7843 3597 or info@healingholidays.co.uk to book your stay.

Vana to close, but only briefly Wednesday, 2nd July 2014

It’s hard to believe Vana, Malsi Estate opened its doors for the first time on January 4th 2014. It has quickly become one of India’s premier retreat destinations and received the Condé Nast Traveller Spa Award for Best New Destination Spa 2014.As the monsoons will soon begin, Vana is taking the opportunity to close its doors for a brief period to undertake improvements and staff training, and bring their offering even closer to perfection. The retreat will be closed from Tuesday 22nd July to Tuesday 13th August.Before then, Vana are offering a complimentary upgrade for customers visiting between 1st and 21st of July. Book an Involved Retreat and you will be upgraded to an Immersed Retreat, allowing you to experience their full wellness offering. Speak to one of our Spa Experts to arrange a wellness escape to Vana on 020 7843 3597 or email info@healingholidays.co.uk 

Win a Thalgo Essential Travel Kit Monday, 30th June 2014

Healing Holidays have teamed up with the marine beauty experts, Thalgo, La Beauté Marine, to offer you the chance to win some of their fabulous beauty products. Their extensive skin care collection comes with almost 50 years heritage, and draws on the minerals, vitamins and healing powers of the sea to nourish your skin.Throughout the month of July, you could win one of five bespoke Travel Kit Essentials – the perfect accessory for your next wellbeing break. For your chance to win, simply join our mailing list before 31st July and you will be automatically entered into our prize draw.The prize contains a Relaxing Cream, Cleansing Water, Marine Shower Gel, Intensive Nutrition Cream and a handy little bag to pack them all away. The winner will be contacted through email and announced on our twitter page.Good luck! Note - this competition only applies to UK residents only.

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Chiva Som – Not Enough Hours in the Day Tuesday, 22nd July 2014

Healing Holidays Sales Director, Chris Wain, visits one of, if not the, best Spas in the world - Chiva Som. With an extensive list of activities, treatments, and three delicious meals a day, you can find your time quickly disappearing - as Chris found out...Beyond paying to have a massage or a treatment a couple of times a day, people often wonder what there actually is to do whilst staying at a Wellness Retreat or Spa. At most properties sunbathing, attending the occasional class, taking a leisurely dip in the pool or visiting the gym would be the answers, but not at Chiva Som, the original and, still the best, Health Resort.Chiva Som leads where others sometimes struggle to follow, and offers a comprehensive and exhausting (literally) programme of daily activities, the majority of which are free for guests to join. The day starts at 07h00 with a calming class of Tai Chi or an intensive Boot Camp work out before a more relaxing session of Meditation or Yoga (or breakfast) follows. The ever-popular daily Stretch Class at 09h00 is next, perfect for limbering up for the day ahead, and this is followed by an active hour, whether it be Fitball & Free Weight, Pilates or Balancing Ball.Aqua Aerobics, (with noodle or hand bouys), is always at 11h00 with Zumba, Cardio Kick, or Aerobics then squeezed in before lunch. "It is easy to lose weight at Chiva Som whilst still enjoying super delicious food" Downtime, if there is such a thing at Chiva Som, then lasts until 15h00 after which the afternoon classes come thick and fast – everything from Thai Boxing and Toning Ball to Gyrokinesis & Free-form Power Balance – before the last action of the day is normally another bout of Stretching or an Abs Express workout.Dinner is low key, with the day rounded off with an interesting talk, or the weekly movie night. In addition to this smorgasbord of free activities, Chiva Som also offer a number of classes at which they levy a small charge – examples being the Art of Detox cooking and Group Pilates on the Reformer.The only stressful part of a stay here is deciding which classes to attend, and how to plan your day so that you have time to take in your three delicious meals and any treatments which you may have booked. If the phrase, not enough hours in the day, was created for anywhere, it was created for Chiva Som. Finding the time to sunbathe or take a dip in the pool would be a luxury. However, it is worth stressing of course that nothing is compulsory, so should you be looking for a more relaxed and calming stay, with nothing more energetic than a programme of nurturing massages and treatments, then Chiva Som still remains one of the best in the business.A final shout should also go out to the incredible food on offer. It is easy to lose weight at Chiva Som whilst still enjoying super delicious food. A typical meal may consist of pomelo salad dressed with soy and lime juice with a scattering of toasted nuts to start, miso-crusted cod on a bed of vegetable spaghetti for main, and a desert of moorish coconut sorbet with pistachio sprinklings to finish. And of course, if you want wine, you can have a glass from the organic cellar.The Bottom Line: Shuttling around the resort between classes, treatments or meals, guests at Chiva Som have the feeling of belonging to an exclusive private members club, but this is one club where anyone is free to join.To find out more about this award-winning retreat, please speak to one of our Spa Experts on 020 7843 3597 or email us at info@healingholidays.co.uk. 

Review: The Mulia Monday, 14th July 2014

Prudence Patterson from the Healing Holidays marketing team travelled to Indonesia to experience the super-luxe The Mulia, Bali’s newest Resort Spa. The HotelThis swish resort has three distinct areas: The Mulia - a suite only hotel, The Mulia Villas - a collection of hill top villas with spectacular views over the ocean, and The Mulia Resort - which would be my home for the next four nights.I stayed in the Signature Ocean Court, a spacious 55sqm room complete with private balcony overlooking the resort and out to the ocean. The highlight had to be the bathroom – with little touches of luxury that included a huge bathtub with free-standing taps and a separate glass and marble shower, not to mention the technologically advanced toilet you would usually expect to find only in Japan.The hotel is vast, with every facility you could wish for, yet it still manages to get the personal touches right. You are greeted with a smile and a hello from each member of staff and service is of the highest standard. The open plan design of the resort makes the most of the sea breeze and there are several swimming pools to cool off in, including a beach front infinity pool which leads directly onto the sand.The SpaDuring my stay I enjoyed an afternoon of bliss at The Mulia Spa. A buggy collected me from the hotel and transported me through the beautifully manicured gardens to the open plan Spa, where I was greeted by the soothing aroma of ginger and lemon grass tea.There are a total of 20 treatment rooms and a Wellness Suite which houses a hammam, sauna, steam room (with an inbuilt computer to personalise your steam), as well as the first and only Ice Room in South East Asia. Even though the temperature becomes unbearable after three minutes, rubbing the crushed ice onto the skin was surprisingly soothing and the perfect natural exfoliate. The hydrotherapy area is split into two sides: one pool is set at a pleasant 17˚, while the second pool is like floating in a hot bath – with a water temperature of about 40˚.I opted to keep things traditional with a Balinese Massage. I took a seat in the large chair and placed my feet in a bowl filled with warm water and rose petals. My feet and calves were given a full scrubbing and I was gently put to ease before moving on to the table for a full head-to-toe massage. Every limb was taken care of by my therapist’s expert hands and all those irritating knots were pushed away.The FoodFoodies are spoilt for choice with several dining options. The Soleil Restaurant serves modern Italian cuisine – I opted for the signature five course dinner and was spoilt with delicacies that included yellow-bellied tuna with foie gras, 28 day matured beef and panna cotta.  The newly opened Table8 allows diners to sample the finest Chinese fare with some of the best dim-sum I’ve ever tasted. Then there’s the Japanese option – Edogin Restaurant. I sampled their seven course menu and despite being someone who has always sat on the fence when it comes to Japanese cuisine – I’m now a convert.The Bottom Line:My experience at the Mulia was five star from beginning to end. Its peaceful location in Nusa Dua gave me the sense of really getting away from it all. I would recommend the Mulia for those seeking a pampering Spa experience - their ultra-modern facilities with melt-your-body massages will keep you going back for more. Add to this the great food and vast choice of activities (morning yoga, aqua aerobics and a total body workout to name but a few) and you can choose to be as indulgent or active as you like. My top tip is to give the paddle boarding a try. I had a go one afternoon and it was a great work out, working every muscle in my body to balance and paddle. The most fun I’ve had exercising in a long time. If you would like to experience The Mulia then please contact on our of Spa Experts on 020 7843 3597 or email at info@healingholidays.co.uk 

Weight-loss: Which Method is Right for You? Monday, 30th June 2014

Weight-loss: Medical, Holistic or Bootcamp. Which is Right for You?“Eat very little and exercise all the time. For ages.” This, according to the Independent editor Amol Rajan in his recent Evening Standard article, is the secret to weight loss.There’s no denying that a lifestyle change is necessary to kick start your weight loss, but for you to able to sustain it, and still enjoy your life, you need to find the right approach for you. Taking a Spa Break to focus solely on that goal is a great place to start – in a nurturing and educational environment away from temptation.If the phrase ‘weight-loss retreat’ conjures up a fat-farm type scenario, of military style exercise and total starvation – think again. It won’t be a walk in the park by any means – (think of your sugar cravings) BUT you will get results - whichever approach you go for, the emphasis will be on changing your habits for the long-term. MedicalThe Lowdown: Spas using the medical-white coat approach will run a series of laboratory tests, check your BMI, weigh you, and design a programme to get rid of the fat for good.The Spa: One of the most trusted Medical Spas is Parkhotel Igls, in Austria. It is a multi-award -winning wellness centre - voted the World’s best destination spa in the 2013 Condé Nast Traveller Reader Travel Awards and  Best for Medical Marvels in  the 2014 Tatler Spa Awards. Treatments and philosophy adhere to the principles of FX Mayr – the pioneering 19th century doctor, whose findings centred on the health of the digestive system being pivotal to wellbeing. Mayr philosophy suggests that 80% of chronic disorders are caused by bad nutrition and lack of exercise. Parkhotel Igls focuses on preventative medicine fixing the problem rather than just the symptom – this is achieved through diet and exercise.The retreat: The Metabolism and Detox retreat will focus on stimulating your metabolism and fixing issues you may not have even know were affecting your wellbeing.What to expect:  Comprehensive medical tests (you can go as far as having a medical MOT here ) Epsom salts to clear the system Minimal food (depending on how much weight you have to lose)  -  spelt bread, crackers, sheep’s milk yogurt (depending on your programme, protein will be added around day three) Chewing your food properly (at least 40 times) Light exercise Drinking your body weight in water and herbal teasThis is for you if: You want to change your health for the long   You believe in the importance of medical testing You have symptoms and issues your GP cannot diagnose You are looking for a preventative health regime You would welcome the peace of mind of medical supervision You are generally unhealthy and over-weight from stress and bad habits. Holistic The Lowdown:  Spas using the holistic philosophy will approach all aspects of a person’s being, addressing the cause of the problem. Programmes focusing on weight loss will put a strong emphasis on the role the mind plays in weight gain. This in conjunction with  a tailor-made diet and exercise regime will give you the tools for continued weight-loss.The Spa: Chiva Som, Thailand – an award-winning legend in the spa world – has excellent facilities, practitioners, and an encyclopaedic treatment list and will tailor all programmes to your exact needs.The retreat:The Weight Management Programme aims to reduce weight through a balanced approach to nutrition and exercise. You will be given the education and tools to continue your weight-loss journey at home.What to expect: A programme to suit your objectives. Exercise may be low intensity or high intensity Food is fresh, tasty and plentiful but all low in fat with the calories stated next to each dish Personal training and nutritional counselling Daily massages More fitness activities than you can fit into your schedule Cooking classes and spiritual workshopsThis is for you if: You do not want a clinical feel to the hotel You want to lose weight in a nurturing environment You like alternative therapies such as acupuncture, reiki and reflexology You do not want to be on a bland or super restrictive diet You have emotional eating issues and would like help overcoming them You are interested in a mind, body and soul approach BootcampThe Premise: Put simply, bootcamps are based on burning more calories than you take in. That means healthy food combined with exercise, exercise and a bit more exercise.We recommend : 38˚ North – this friendly team of fitness and nutrition professionals run seasonal retreats from a luxurious hotel in Ibiza. Your intensive programme is complemented by slimming wraps and treatments.The retreat We would recommend the 38° North Optimal Weight Loss retreat, this aims through exercise and nutrition to help you lose weight and develop better habits. You will also have slimming  treatments to aid the weightloss.What to expect: 5 – 8 hours of fitness activities per day Group fitness for the majority of the activities Low carb healthy food Slimming treatments such as slimming wraps A supportive group atmosphereThis is for you if: You are not afraid of an intense fitness programme – they will make you work hard You believe in no pain no gain You are motivated by a team atmosphere You need to be immersed in a fitness environment to kick-start your efforts at home You want immediate resultsIf you would like help identifying which weight-loss retreat is right for you, speak to one of our Spa experts on 020 7843 3597 or email info@healingholidays.co.uk. 

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Susan d'Arcy Expert Advice - The Sunday Times

Susan d'Arcy shares her expert advice on a family spa holiday with something to suit everyone. Her choice - The seafront beauty spot of Almyra in Cyprus.

SHA Wellness takes on Indulgence

This May sees our perfect deal with Woman & Home and SHA Wellness Clinic. Escape to Spain for a two night retreat where you can embark on two treatments a day, as well as consultations and use of all facilities.

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