How we feel, combined with lifestyle and daily habits, are the main elements which determine how we age. With time our skin can lose it elasticity and its youthful appearance. Many factors influence how we look and feel. With the new generation of anti-ageing and beauty enhancing treatments, combined with our understanding of how nutrition can influence how we age, it is possible to keep a youthful appearance for longer. Some of the world’s leading wellness hotels and spas offer a range of anti-ageing programmes combined with educational lectures or talks which can support us to look and feel our best for years to come.
The COLUMBIA Beach Resort has an unrivalled location on the southern side of Cyprus. The Island is steeped in history, mythology and historical architecture due to the Crusaders, Ottomans and Romans who inhabited the island in the past. Legend has it that Cyprus was the birth place of the mythical goddess of love Aphrodite and also a gift given by Anthony to Cleopatra. Associated with love and romance it remains a perfect place to escape from everyday life. Away from the bustling towns, the countryside remains rugged where villages have maintained their timeless peaceful atmosphere and tradition.
The VERDURA Golf and Spa Resort is located on the south coast of Sicily near the fishing village of Sciacca. It has been featured in Conde Nast Traveller’s 2010 Hot List. Verdura has its own private beach and is only 30 kilometres from the Valley of Temples in Agrigento. Historically Sicily has been controlled by great dynasties such as Roman, Byzantine, Islamic, Spanish and Greek but has still maintained its own distinct culture.
COMO SHAMBHALA Estate is part of the COMO group who are truly the masters and innovators of bare foot luxury - think uber stylish but understated, not a gold tap in sight. They are committed to offering the best treatments, therapists and yoga teachers all in pristine environments around the world with cuisine to die for. Their comprehensive wellness offering is ahead of the curve and very high quality. All the staff at COMO are trained to ensure that all your expectations, wants and needs are met with a smile. COMO is committed to working harmoniously with the natural environment and is respectful of the people who live in the area.
Kalari Kovilakom, now the “Ayurveda Palace”, is set in an ancient Palace where the Rajas of Vengunad would have taken authentic Ayurveda treatment supported by yoga and meditation practice. Expect an authentic, high quality Ayurveda experience in gorgeous, natural surroundings which will leave you with a feeling of inner peace and serenity.
When 6 like-minded people, with a passion for wellness deeply rooted in the philosophies and healing rituals of Bali got together, the award winning Fivelements Luxury Healing Resort was born. Fivelements “a true Balinese Wellness Space” is not only a sanctuary where guests can rediscover their inner balance while improving physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing but also a place where traditional Balinese healing therapies have survived the test of time and flourished. In keeping with Balinese healing traditions, the Resort rests by the sacred Ayung River in the lush highlands near the village of Ubud. The Resort offers traditional holistic Balinese healing therapies, which have been passed down through generations, harnessing a perfect harmonious balance between nature, spirit and one another. The core being “Vision of Love and its power to transform” and this permeates throughout the Resort.
SHANTI MAURICE Resort is located on the ocean front in the south of Mauritius at St. Felix and promises not only wellness but also a blissful, authentic Mauritian experience. The Resort offers a wonderful Spa with a wide range of treatments, Wellness Programmes, holistic activities and much more. The combination of healthy food, restorative treatments, relaxing surroundings and luxurious accommodation will help all the stress of daily life melt away the moment you arrive. If this does not do the trick, the experienced team of nutritionists, Ayurvedic physicians, spa therapists and personal trainers will offer you further support on your way back to a refreshed healthy you.
Chiva Som sits on a beautiful beachfront in Hua Hin, Thailand. It has long been a retreat for Royalty and Thailand’s elite. The beachfront offers a calm and idyllic environment all year round. In the morning, monks can be seen making their daily rounds accepting food and donations from locals. Just half an hour’s walk from Chiva Som is a cliff with a stunning temple and an enormous Buddha overlooking the coast and downtown Hua Hin. There is also Hua Hin town for those who want to do some shopping. 35 kilometres south of Chiva Som is the spectacular Phraya Nakorn Cave, which houses a beautiful pavilion and was named after the governor who sheltered there for several days during a rainstorm. Before the arrival of railways and modern transport elephants were the main mode of transport. As well as assisting in agriculture and forestry today there are several elephant riding locations near Hua Hin where guests can experience this unusual mode of transport.
The Chateau Spa and Organic Wellness Resort is modelled on an 18th Century medieval French castle and nestles serenely in a 150 year old unspoilt tropical rainforest in the Bejaya Hills in Pahang. Pahang is the largest state in Peninsular, Malaysia and nearly two thirds of the state is verdant rainforest with lush greenery and exotic wildlife which makes it one of the top eco-destinations. The area has always been known for the deposits of tin and gold found along the upper reaches of Sungai Tembeling (Tembeling River). These riches attracted the interest of outside powers. The Pangkor Treaty marked the beginning of British political control over Malaya and, in 1888, British imperialism manifested itself in Pahang. By 1948 Pahang joined the Federation of Malaya, which gained Independence in 1957. Today Pahang is a prosperous state with an expanding economy fuelled by agriculture, manufacturing and tourism.
Open 01 May – 11 October 2013
Skiathos Princess Hotel sits on a breathtaking Blue Flag sandy beach on the Greek Island of Skiathos and 4 miles from Skiathos Town and Skiathos Port. The island is 5 miles long and 9 miles wide with an abundance of pine trees and some of the most beautiful sandy beaches in Greece. As with most of Greece, Skiathos experienced Roman rule in the second century BC, Venetian rule from 1204 for over 300 years until the 14th century when it became part of the Ottoman Empire. In 1830, as with the rest of Greece, Skiathos gained its independence and attracted poets and artists. The Island was heavily bombed and even burnt in the 19th century during German occupation. After the war the Island recovered rapidly.
Kamalaya is an award winning Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa on the beachfront of the unspoilt southern coast of Koh Samui in Thailand. Kamalaya was built on the site chosen for its special spiritual energy influenced by a Cave which once served as a place of meditation and spiritual retreat for Buddhists Monks. To this day, the Cave remains the heart of Kamalaya and one of the three foundations behind Kamalaya’s ethos. The Cave remains relatively undisturbed and is open to all guests for quiet contemplation and meditation. Kamalaya lays in tranquil splendour and in complete harmony with the land. Existing rocks are part of the buildings and ancient boulders are still part of the landscape and architecture. All these stunning features can be seen within the buildings, at the Spa and even as part of the wonderful pool.
Fonteverde Tuscan Spa Resort sits amongst typical fabulous Tuscany scenery of Siena Hills within the national park. It is nestled amongst sweet hills, including the stunning Mount Amiata, with the River Orcia running through the land to the south of Siena. The Resort sits naturally side by side with olive groves and vineyards. The building that now houses Fonteverde Tuscan Spa Resort was originally built in the 17th century and has been restored to its former glory. The site was chosen for the hot springs and offers exquisite views of the beautiful Tuscan countryside and charming medieval villages.
Retreat Dates 2013
Optimal Fitness + Slim Fit Detox + Pamper
Sun 23 - Sat 29 June Any dates between
Sun 21 - Sat 27 July 20 March + End of October
Sun 25 - Sat 31 Aug
Sun 22 - Sat 28 Sep
Sun 6 - Sat 12 Oct
Sun 25– Sat 31 Aug
38 Degrees North Ibiza is a luxury boutique health club and spa situated on the edge of Santa Eulalia on the beautiful Mediterranean Island of Ibiza. The Island, originally a sleepy farming community, was re-discovered in the 60s and became known for its free thinking liberal attitudes – attracting both artists and writers alike – who appreciated the beauty of its enchanting countryside, white washed villages, ancient churches and breathtaking beaches. One of Ibiza’s famous landmarks is the salt fields. During the hot summer months, as the water evaporates, a sparkling layer of pure salt is revealed – the reflection of the sun as it sets is a magical sight. Ibiza has long been recognised as a place where lives can be transformed by the power of the Island’s energies rooted deep within its rich, red soil.
2013 Retreat Dates
Spring 08 - 13 March Autumn 04 - 10 October
Summer 28 June - 03 July Winter 06 - 11 December
The Ultimate Mind and Body Holiday launch their first retreat in October 2012. The Retreat is designed to hold back the ageing process, teach you how to relax and unwind both physically and mentally. The setting of the Retreats has been carefully chosen specifically with this in mind. Set on the Eastern side of the Spanish peninsular, in the heart of the Green Triangle, the region has been declared one of the healthiest in the world by the World Health Organisation. The calm surroundings, beautiful natural coastline, historical sites and clear blue Mediterranean Sea encourage a slower pace of life and will help you get back to life’s natural rhythm. Thus allowing the mind and body the time it needs to truly relax and unwind.
The Longevity Wellness Award Winning Resort sits amongst the Protected Natural Reserve known as “the Garden of the Algarve” on the Monchique Mountains. It provides spectacular views of the coast and the Algarve region. The site was chosen for its natural health and healing qualities which offer a mild climate, pure air, a wide range of flora and fauna and the Thermal Natural Spring. The Spring provides soft sweet water that has been used for centuries for consumption, washing and for its health benefits. Now all guests at the Longevity Wellness Resort can also benefit from this rich ancient water. When showering and bathing it leaves the skin clean and silky soft – no need for creams!!
Award winning Barberyn Beach Ayurveda Resort sits on the coastal village of Weligama on a hillside at the southern tip of Sri Lanka. The exotic, tropical island which is often known as the teardrop of India is steeped in history. It offers a rich culture including mystical ancient cities, tropical jungles and 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Discover green tea plantations, indigenous wildlife or meditate in 2,000 year old temples. The Island offers safaris where elephants, water buffalo and even a leopard can been seen – if you are extremely lucky. Or you can simply sit on an unspoilt beach, with dazzling white sands, crystal clear waters and just relax. This is where your wellness Ayurveda journey begins – on a beach that feels like your own private beach.
Award winning Barberyn Reef Ayurveda Resort was founded over 40 years ago on the Southern Coast of Sri Lanka and was the first tourist resort offering Ayurveda to overseas guests in a resort setting. With a rich and diverse history, Sri Lanka has a wealth of delights on offer - a rich culture, mystical ancient cities, tropical jungles and beautiful sandy beaches. It is steeped in history, with a wealth of cultural and historical sites including 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Discover green tea plantations, indigenous wildlife, meditate in 2000 year old temples or simply relax and lay back on unspoilt beaches with their dazzling white sands. With these fabulous surroundings combined with Ayurveda, yoga and other holistic activities you will discover the perfect environment to start your wellbeing journey and a healthier lifestyle.