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 email@example.com.
As summer gradually begins to draw to a close, schools restart, and the inevitable tinsel scatters our shops - the winter-gloom can begin to build up unwanted stress.The perfect remedy for this is to escape to Mustique Island. ila-spa founder Denise Leicester and Mustique Island have teamed up together to bring you a one-off, luxury spa retreat this November. You’ll be surrounded by tropical waters, soft sandy beaches, and resting easy in the height of exclusivity. Wake up to a morning of yoga, followed by island inspired healing treatments - Ananda Facial Therapy, Balancing Massage and Chakra Wellbeing Ritual. While your body will thank you with a special organic and vegan menu designed by Retreat Chef Amy Oliver.To make sure you have secured a place (only 16 can attend), book your place with one of our Spa Experts on 020 7843 3597 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org*EXCLUSIVE OFFER* When you book with Healing Holidays you will receive a complimentary goodie bag to get you Spa-ready before your visit. Just quote 'ila' at the time of booking.
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 email@example.com to book your stay.
As we finally say goodbye to the remnants of summer, it’s time to fully embrace our new, colder climate, and with that - winter food. It can be a bit of a struggle to remain healthy when it’s freezing outside, not to mention going to and from work in the dark. Parkhotel Igls show you how easy it is to eat well in the winter with a selection of their Mayr recipes… Corn Bread with Goat’s Cheese and SavoryIngredients 400g fine polenta 250ml mineral water 40ml sunflower oil 1 handful sunflower seeds 150g sheep’s milk yoghurt 1 tbsp dried savory 1 pinch rock salt 150g floury potatoes, boiled Chucks of goat’s cheese to taste 2 egg whitesMethodMix together the polenta, mineral water, sunflower oil, sunflower seeds and sheep’s milk yoghurt as well as the savory and rock salt. Add the boiled potatoes and combine well, then add goat’s cheese t taste. Leave the dough to rest briefly, add the egg whites, knead and place the dough in a non-stick loaf tin. Bake in a preheated oven at 200˚C for 15-20 minutes. Spelt Risotto with Celery(Serves 4)Ingredients 450g spelt 500ml base broth 30g butter Pepper Freshly ground coriander seeds 350g celery including leaves 1 small potato 100ml soya cream Salt Parmesan or pecorino cheeseMethodPlace the spelt into a flameproof casserole with the broth, butter, pepper and coriander; cover with aluminium foil. Then pierce the aluminium foil with a fork, place the casserole in an oven preheated to 150˚C and cook for about 35 minutes.Meanwhile, boil the washed and diced celery (reserve the leaves), drain and rinse with cold water. Place the casserole with slightly grainy spelt on the hob and continue cooking over medium heat. Grate the raw potato into the spelt and stir in the soya cream, salt and celery.Before serving, stir in the grated pecorino or Parmesan cheese and garnish with celery leaves. To kick start your winter diet, speak to one of our Spa Experts about arranging a trip to Parkhotel Igls. Call them on 020 7843 3597 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Smokers often fear stopping smoking, because of rumours they have heard about gaining weight once they do. I don't like to admit it, but there is actually some science to back this up. Smoking can actually speed up your metabolism, which can increase the calories you may burn at rest. So when you stop, this could have a knock on effect to your over all weight.This being true, and whilst we are on the subject of metabolic rates, I can think of approximately 1,000 better ways to improve your metabolic rate than smoking. Better still, none of the ways I am thinking of damage your health.Eating more good proteins, healthy fats, cutting out refined sugars and following a varied exercise plan every week; will do far more for your metabolic rate than smoking ever will. Another reason why people can gain weight after stopping smoking is down to the habitual impulse which regular smoking commands. Some people use smoking as a coping mechanism to deal with stress, so the thought of stopping it, causes more stress – it can quickly become a vicious circle.Stopping smoking, or any bad habit for that matter, comes down to your own personal mind-set. You need to choose to stop for your own reasons and adjust your beliefs on why you feel you need to smoke. The habitual trait you have displayed by committing to smoking means that you have the ability to commit to something more positive or pro-active. Many people find that going to the gym or taking up a new sport or activity satisfies that urge to perform regular actions. If you would like some help to quit smoking then speak to one of our Spa Experts about a Stop-Smoking Retreat on 020 7843 3597 or email email@example.com
Smoking can be a huge dominating factor in your life. Its addictive power can ultimately control you and your habits. Sofitel Quiberon Diététique are the specialists in the field, and with a dedicated programme they share their expert advice from how it starts, to how to overcome it. WHERE DOES THIS DEPENDENCE COME FROM?The nicotine in cigarettes determines your life, your schedule, your mood.Indeed, people smoke to relax, de-stresses and for fun. It has become a habit, when you’re with friends, for a drink, drinking coffee, when you’re upset or under stress - you light up a cigarette.There are different types of dependencies: Cigarettes “fun”: During your smoking cessation, you’ll replace these cigarettes by new contentment like having fun with new foods or having fun doing Sport. Cigarettes “stress”: Risk to gain weight. You must avoid stressful situation by food. Cigarettes “habits”: Risk for your silhouette. This automatic gesture is usually replaced by snacking.Certainly, the nicotine in cigarettes is an appetite-suppressant, reduces appetite, slows down the stocking of fats and helps to burn significantly more energy.However, smoking increases the risk of developing heart diseases, lung cancer and life expectancy.1 pack of cigarettes = 3.40 hours reduction in life expectancy. BENEFITS OF SMOKING CESSATIONNew or long-time smokers, small or big consumer, it’s never too late to quit smoking. You’ll succeed after only few weeks: No more strong cravings, no more tobacco smells, no more tired looking skin. You’ll return to a better quality of life.Over time, you’ll find well-being. As your breath, a clearer voice, here are some benefits: 20 minutes: Normal blood pressure, cardiac arrhythmias 8 hours: blood CO2 is reduced by half / Normal cellular oxygenation 24 hours: Improving mucus elimination and smoke residues / No more nicotine into your body 48 hours: Taste and smell improving 72 hours: Breathing easier, Slackness of bronchus 2 weeks to 3 months: Decrease in fatigue and cough 1 to 9 months: Increase bronchial cilia / Less shortness of breath 1 year: Reduced by half the risk of myocardial infarction and the risk of stroke 5 years: Reduced by half the risk of lung cancer 10 to 15 years: Same life expectancy as a non-smoker HOW TO QUIT SMOKING WITHOUT GAINING WEIGHT?The decision to quit smoking caused many people to gain unwanted pounds.However, they generally take up to 2 or 5 kg and only 10% of them take more.Smoking cessationThe objective is to stabilise your weight. If you want to lose weight, you’ll have to wait until you’ll be definitely released with tobacco.Indeed, dietary restriction will make you feel some frustration that you’ll add to quit smoking frustration. It would be better to wait.Contrary to generally accepted ideas, quit smoking does not cause weight gain but dietary errors that goes with it. They’ve replaced one negative habit with another: Excessive consumption of calories.Pitfalls to avoid: Quantity: A basic rule is to eat all things in moderation. Snacking : Instead of snacking, you should drink something hot (Not too much coffee) Heavy meals: Prefer light meals Lack of tone: Eat fresh fruits and vegetables. It will give you vitamin C (smokers are usually deficient in vitamins) Alcohol: High in calories and makes you really want to smoke YOU WILL HAVE TO RESIST THE URGE...When you quit smoking, you may crave a cigarette. This is a normal phenomenon that decreases with time. Remember that a cigarette craving lasts only three minutes. Here are some tips to help you: To relax: Relax yourself with some breath exercises. You’ll keep your mind occupied… 3 minutes have expired. To pass the time: Mix an anti-stress ball, draw with a pen… Encourage yourself: Nothing better than encourage yourself, keep in mind the reasons why you quit smoking. Why not read one more time the benefits of smoking cessation in your health? Escape from tempting situations: If you can’t avoid them, find some solutions: Carrot sticks or sugar-free chewing gum is a good alternative. Doing Sport (Physical activity): During exercises, no crave of cigarettes. You’re having a good breath, a good endurance and a better physical condition. NEED SOME HELP?There’s a risk of relapse but keep in mind that each try is a victory.First of all, crucial to success is your will to stop smoking. There are also some methods to guide you through this process: acupuncture, hypnosis, sessions with a magnetizer, nicotine substitute. Don’t keep it to yourself - tell your family, your friends, your doctor to find the support needed. Sofitel Quiberon Diététique also have a dedicated 6 Night Stop Smoking Programme. To kick start you personal quit-smoking campaign speak to one of our Spa Experts on 020 7843 3597 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
ILTM Spa came to London this week with a three day event at Hotel Cafe Royal. Healing Holidays Managing Director, Frances Geoghegan, was at the for-front to explain why agents are so important, especially when it comes to sharing our advice and valuable first hand expertise. TTG share the highlights from the opening forum event.
Daisy Finer, Spa Editor of Condé Nast Traveller, reports from Oman and explains why this haven in the desert is a winter-sun-spa must.
Verdura Golf & Spa Resort are offering a free Scilian Aroma Massage when you book minimum of 4 nights.
Chiva-Som have an exclusive offer with Healing Holidays.
Dive into a wellness retreat in Thailand and get back in shape with pilates, yoga and tai chi sessions. And with free nights on offer, it all sounds perfect..