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Kamalaya Superior Suites - Open for Bookings Monday, 8th December 2014

 It’s with great excitement we can announce the completion of the new Superior Suite building at Kamalaya,  as well as the new state-of-the-art fitness centre and 25m lap pool.All facilities will be up and running from early January and we are able to start taking reservation now for the Superior Suites – which will be available from stays of Thursday 15th January 2015 onwards.Watch this space for the new pictures, but to book your stay speak to one of our experts on 020 7843 3597 or email info@healingholidays.co.uk and be one of the first to stay at the highly anticipated new development. 

Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa New Launch Wednesday, 26th November 2014

Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa, Baden-Baden, one of Europe’s most impressive and innovative properties, will open its doors to a brand new spa in January 2015. The new spa, housed in the historic Villa Stéphanie adjacent to the existing hotel, will offer an integrated approach to health that reflects the hotel’s decades of experience and expertise in the spa and medical realm. Over the last two years, Brenners has embarked on a project to create one of Europe’s most refined spa concepts for the 21st century. Covering an area of 5000 square metres, an entire house has been dedicated to sprawling spa haven. Villa Stéphanie expands over five floors and will comprise a 500 sq metre sauna, plunge pool, private gym, hammam, and Ladies Sauna. There are also 15 inspiringly designed treatment rooms with private terraces overlooking the gardens and a salon. The twelve double rooms and three corner suites (including personalised set-ups) are designed for guests who wish to remain in this unique and timeless atmosphere for an even more intense spa experience. Villa Stéphanie also will be connected to ‘Haus Julius’, a 1700 sq metre property dedicated solely to Brenners Medical Care.If you want to experience Brenners’ brand new opening for yourself speak to one of our Spa Experts on 020 7843 3597 or email info@healingholidays.co.uk. 

Conde Nast Traveller Readers' Travel Awards Thursday, 4th September 2014

October’s edition of Condé Nast Traveller, sees the Readers’ Travel Awards unveiled. The readers have been voting in their thousands, and now we can share the results with all of you. We must say a huge congratulations to a Healing Holidays favourite, COMO Shambhala Estate, which took the top spot. However, a lot of other firm favourites have done extremely well too, here is a run down of the Top Ten: COMO Shambhala Estate, Bali Brenner;s Park-Hotel & Spa, Baden-Baden Parkhotel Igls, Austria Chiva-Som International Health Resort, Hua Hin, Thailand Banyan Tree Phuket, Thailand Lefay Resort & Spa, Lago di Garda, Italy The BodyHoliday LeSport, St Lucia Grayshott, Surrey Canyon Ranch in Lenox, Massachusetts, USA Ananda in the Himalayas, India If you would like to experience these award winners yourself, then speak to one of our Spa Experts on 020 7843 3597 or email info@healingholidays.co.uk.

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Ruby Wax Review: SHA Wellness Clinic Monday, 8th December 2014

Ruby Wax pays a visit to the newly expanded SHA Wellness Clinic. Read her experience, any why when even after she's left earth, she'll still try and return to the Spanish retreat.I’m sitting outside on the rooftop of the SHA Wellness Clinic and feel like I might have recently died and this is heaven; a snazzy white meringue with plants hanging over every balcony. Here on this elevation, I can see the Mediterranean Sea and olive-tree coated mountains. Because of the micro-climate I’m told the weather is fantastic all year round. I don’t want to sound insane but the air was the cleanest I’ve ever inhaled not to mention the taste of the water, something I have no interest in real life. You fly to Alicante airport and it’s only two hours away from London, easier and faster to get to than the o2 from West London. Everywhere you sit, lounge, lie (there are beds with linen curtains) is bright white so if this environment doesn’t cool down your engines, nothing will. I arrived with a mind that screamed voices in my head to answer emails, when I left I hadn’t answered one and didn’t care. It felt like I had had a brain enema. Everywhere else on this rooftop there were bubbling rivulets lining the walkways, green lawns, waterfalls, full bushes of hanging fuchsia, an iridescent blue sky and too many pools for me to count, not to mention the underground Roman Baths. At night they lit torches and the palms turned purple with the lights.The Proof Is In The Results...This is the only spa where when they say “wellness”, they mean it.  Everyone is put on a macrobiotic diet; I was terrified I’d have to go into the wild and forge for nuts but no, it’s delicious and varied; using naturally processed foods, including whole cereal grains, whole wheat grains, oats, fresh soups, vegetables, fish and desserts sweetened with something natural but it tasted like the greatest chocolate I’ve ever eaten but now with no guilt because it’s healthy. The reason for this diet is that 30 years ago the founder, Mr Bataller, found he had cancer. He endlessly tried to find a cure then a friend recommended he visit a Naturopath (now working at SHA) who recommended a macrobiotic diet. He recovered, completely amazing his doctors. I am a sceptic but I have to admit my insides felt healthier each day, I was never hungry and left looking like Kate Moss. My husband, who when he arrived looked like he was in his third month of pregnancy, left with a flat stomach (a miracle).On arrival you have a consultancy with a doctor who makes an appropriate health plan for you, depending on what you’re there for. You’re then given an iPad so you can check your daily schedule.Just a few of the treatments: Dental Aesthetics Sleep-Recovery Unit Anti-tobacco Unit Stress Unit Fertility Unit Psychiatry Unit Immunological study. Anti-ageing Unit which is run by a large number of doctors. Just to give you and idea, one is Dr. Sabater who is one of the most prestigious pharmacy doctors in the world, specialising in nutrigenetics, pharmacogenetics, psychogenetics and dermagenetics. (I have no idea what it means but the length of the list is impressive). Telmere length analysis SHA cell rejuvenation. (So you leave looking ten and will probably live forever).The list is endless, for every inch of you, there’s a treatment. They offer every massage you’ve ever heard of and ones you have never heard of and you can get private trainers who offer any exercise known to man; Eastern and Western.  I love the fact everywhere you go lights and air-conditioning turn on automatically.  The rooms are totally contemporary with natural woods and a Jacuzzi my whole family could swim in on the balcony among a forest of tropical plants.I had a Thai Massage by Joan Carlos, a man too good looking for the job but he knew exactly how to unfurl my clenched body, which usually feels like a humped –backed whale.  Now I felt I was six feet tall until I looked in the mirror but still felt tall inside, here, they can not only improve you physically, but mentally. To me the star of the show was a woman who taught meditation; she was not only the embodiment of mindfulness but could lead the class and explain the process with incredible clarity. I just received my masters in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy and I would say she’s the ‘real thing’ and there aren’t many. The Bottom Line: I will be coming back to this spa for the rest of my life and hopefully in my afterlife, which I’m sure they’ll be able to provide with treatments.  To follow in Ruby's footsteps, book your stay to the world famous and simply stunning SHA Wellness Clinic. Speak to one of our experts on 020 7843 3597 or email info@healingholidays.co.uk

Why You Should be Smiling Monday, 8th December 2014

Karina Stewart, the owner of Kamalaya, explains why smiling is so important to our every day life - and well-being.Smiling and laughing can have a positive effect on your well-being, but as you make the transition from child to adult, you often tend to lose the habit of indulging in these behaviours.A smile can go a long way, especially when it comes to your health. Not only can flashing a grin project positivity, but a growing body of research also reveals that it can deliver a host of physical benefits. Smiling is a very natural response that shares our happiness with others. Here are three more reasons why you should be smiling more often. 1. Lowering Pain and a Natural High The moment you smile, you're already providing your body with far reaching health benefits. Smiling releases endorphins, neurotransmitters that make you feel happy. 2. Living Longer While Looking Better Other apparent physical effects include a significant increase in longevity; there is evidence that people who smile more live longer—about seven years according to one study. This is likely due to the fact that smiling lowers your heart rate and blood pressure and relaxes the body. 3. Reduces Stress Smiling reduces stress that your body and mind feel, almost similar to getting good sleep. Smiling helps to generate more positive emotions within you. That’s why we often feel happier around children – they smile more. Latest studies show that smiling leads to decrease in the stress-induced hormones that negatively affect your physical and mental health.   Book your next well-being break to Kamalaya - speak to one of our Spa Experts on 020 7843 3597 or email info@healingholidays.co.uk. 

The Sleep Guru: Make an Appointment with Your Yoga Wednesday, 26th November 2014

­­­We are all aware of the importance of taking some time out for ourselves. However, sometimes we think skipping a bit of exercise is no harm done, when in actual fact it can spoil your routine. Yoga is a great work out as well as the added calming benefits and escapism from day-to-day life. The Sleep Guru explains why skipping a yoga session is as bad as missing a doctors appointment…When you have an appointment with the doctor or the dentist, you go, right? A doctor appointment relates to your health, and your dentist might charge you if you don’t show up. Either way, you don’t just cancel because you don’t have time, right?I believe we should put the same importance on our yoga practise. Yoga helps to keep us well - arguably more than a monthly doctor visit. Yoga has so many health benefits that have been well researched and proven - I don’t know why yoga classes are not available on prescription.Benefits of yoga include increased strength, weight-loss, flexibility, posture… and that’s just the physical. I have found yoga invaluable in helping with relaxation and stress relief. It brings an amazing inner peace that I have never found with anything else. When you are feeling more calm and peaceful, it affects all aspects of your life: relationships, mood, productivity, and yes – sleep.I know how it is: we start a new practise like yoga with all the good intentions in the world. We go to a class or two, and are filled with inspiration. We buy a spiffy new yoga mat, maybe some of those coloured foam blocks, a dvd, some special yoga clothes. For a week, maybe two, we practise. We feel great; we feel great about ourselves… and then, one day, we decide that instead of yoga, we’re going to give ourselves a break and just have the evening off. Maybe watch a little TV; chill out. We skip a couple of classes, figuring we’ll go back next week, the week after. Before we know, we’ve not done any practise for a month, and we know if we go back now we won’t be able to do that great pose we’d just managed to reach before we stopped.This is about putting yourself first on a regular basis. It’s easy to say “I’m too busy/tired/stressed/whatever” as an excuse, but you know that’s not really a valid excuse. If it’s really important to you, you will find the time. It’s a question of priority; not whether you’re tired. I know I sound harsh, but it’s true, isn’t it?Yoga has a cumulative effect; to feel that benefit, we have to do it in order for the effect to accumulate.Who can’t find one hour a day for themselves, in exchange for feeling well for the other 23 hours in the day? With all the benefits yoga can bring to your life, it seems to me that the choice is between being as well as you possibly can, and potentially getting ill, going to the doctor, getting all manner of invasive treatments and medications.I’m not saying that practising yoga will prevent you from ever getting ill, any more than giving up cake will automatically prevent you from putting on weight. But both can give you a jolly good head start. Yoga has so many benefits; wouldn’t you rather do that than spend your Winter in a doctor’s waiting room? Make an appointment with your yoga; write it in your diary, and treat it with as much importance as any other appointment.Love,Anandi If you would like to include yoga as part of your lifestyle why not embark on a yoga retreat? Speak to one of our experts on 020 7843 3597 or info@healingholidays.co.uk.

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Porter: SHA Wellness Clinic

By Kathleen Baird-Murray. Porter magazine (from the wonders at Net-A-Porter) are covering all things wellness in their Spa Special issue. Here they highlight SHA Wellness Clinic and their weight-loss programme - which can see you shed up to an impressive 6kg in two weeks. There's no better way to start to new year.

Mail on Sunday: Heston Blumenthal in Bali

Heston Blumenthal escapes his busy life for the sanctuary of COMO Shambhala. Read his experience and why the combination of meditation, juice drinks and pure relaxation is his ideal to winding down – and how he lost 8lbs in four days.

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