‘Wellness’ is about what makes us feel good. Yes, it’s about spas, pampering treatments and all of those things that we associate with wellbeing, but a very important part of what makes us feel well is participating in things that make us feel very balanced and well. When you feel happy or inspired, the endorphin hormone is released which makes us feel very good. We are all unique - what makes one person feel good might not necessarily have the same effect on someone else. However, we believe that being around traditional culture, nature and wildlife brings most of us a feeling of calm, peace and happiness and therefore enhances our wellbeing. We also tend to feel happy when we get to enjoy a new cultural experience as this connects us to the larger world, history and also with our inner selves.
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.
ASCLEPIOS Wellness and Healing Retreat in Costa Rica believes in the power of harmony and balance. Costa Rica is a peaceful democratic country that does not have an army and loves, respects and protects its environment. Located in Central America it borders both the Caribbean Sea and the North Pacific Ocean, between Nicaragua and Panama. Costa Rica has tropical seasons, several active volcanoes (Poas, Arenal, Turrialba and Rincon de la Vieja) as well as beautiful beaches that stretch 225 kilometres on the Caribbean coast and 1103 kilometres on the Pacific coast.
Sogno di Guilietta is situated in the most romantic place in the world, inside the courtyard of Juliet’s house and directly in front of the famous balcony. In the evenings the gates to the courtyard are closed to the public, allowing privacy and intimacy to the guests of the hotel. The ambience and décor of the Sogno di Guilietta is old world charm where you feel like the past has been preserved and combined with modern luxury.
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.
Closed between: 08 April - 15 June 2013
Fundu Lagoon is a shabby chic rustic resort and bare foot paradise. This quintessential rustic resort is set on the unspoilt Pemba Island in Zanzibar known as the Green Island. Pemba Island is practically untouched and has an abundance of natural wealth. Fundu Lagoon has a small spa offering a range of African and Thai treatments using their own hand blended essential oils made from local ingredients.
Rwanda and Uganda are famous for seeing mountain gorillas in their natural habitat as well as the magnificent, dynamic, ever changing landscape. There are several lodge options for you to stay when you visit and this is determined by your length of stay. There is Virunga Lodge in Rwanda which is set just outside Parc National Des Volcans on a spectacular hillside overlooking the Virunga Volcanoes and shimmering lakes. Mount Gahina Lodge in Uganda nestles in the foothills of the Virunga Volcanoes on the borders of Uganda, Rwanda and the DRC and borders the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest which is home to over half the world’s population of Mountain Gorillas. All lodges are designed with care and sensibility to the environment, utilising solar power and conservation systems.
N.B. Gorillas permits are sold by the National Park Authorities on a first come first served basis, booking as far in advance as possible is recommended!
Mara Timbo Camp is perfectly situated in untamed bush in the western part of Masai Mara, near the Oloololo escarpment, where the classic movie “Out of Africa” was filmed. The Camp is on 300 acres of land, owned by a Masai landlord. Game drives are in customised Land Cruisers or Land Rovers, with a capacity of 6, which ensures maximum comfort when taking in the stunning photographic views of the landscape and wildlife.
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.
SwaSwara is a perfect place to escape and focus on yourself, practice yoga and, for those who wish to incorporate a soft Ayurveda programme, help you unwind. The Ayurveda progammes at SwaSwara help you relax, rejuvenate and de-stress both body and mind helping you get back into your natural rhythm. Once you have relaxed, you will be able to discover the real India in wonderful ecokind surroundings.
Elsa's Kopje is situated on Mughwango Hill overlooking the Meru plains. It is one of Africa’s most elegant lodges, nestling subtly in the most spectacular setting in Northern Kenya - the perfect hideaway. Elsa’s Kopje is built above George Adamson old bush camp, in the Meru National Park. With its clever design it has been constructed to blend into the rocky hillside preserving the beauty of the natural landscape. The Park has 13 rivers and springs and incorporates a Rhino sanctuary which also attracts herds of elephants as well as lions and other Kenyan wildlife. After your amazing stay at Elsa’s Kopje you will be taken to Loisaba to continue your African experience. Loisaba is only a few miles from the equator situated on the borders of Laikipia and Northern Frontier District.
Part of the Turks and Caicos Islands, Parrot Cay sits on its own private Island surrounded by 1000 acres of unspoilt pristine land, offering complete serenity with breathtaking beaches and an exquisite coral reef to match. Parrot Cay was named around 280 years ago by two female pirates, Anne Bonny and Mary Reid, who terrorised this area. In the late 19th century an American firm planted citrus and coconut trees but tourism came much later, so the Island has been able to avoid mass construction common to other Caribbean Islands. Between January and April, humpback whales migrate to the south east of the Islands of Turks and Caicos. Of the 40 Turks and Caicos Islands and Cays, only 8 are inhabited and are now protected, providing a perfect habitat for wildlife and offering some of the world’s best diving.
Uma Paro nestles majestically inland in Paro, a main cultural centre in Bhutan, and dedicates its philosophy to the rich location culture. Landlocked in the western Himalayas between India and China, Bhutan was in self-imposed isolation for centuries. When looking at the fate of other Himalayan countries around, it looks like its isolation served it well. Guests experience a place of meditative adventure amongst rich landscape and hospitable, spiritual people, your stay will be a truly uplifting experience. Bhutan still remains one of the most mysterious countries in the world. When talking about Bhutan, you quickly realise that many people have never even heard about this small, remote Himalayan kingdom.
Kenya holds a special place in Prince William’s heart and is, of course, the place He proposed to Kate Middleton. Kenya is renowned for its exquisite ever changing landscape, abundance of wildlife and the Masai tribes. In 1896 Kenya became the responsibility of the British government, as the East Africa Protectorate and, with this, came white farmers who settled in Kenya's temperate highlands. By 1904 indentured Indian labour from the British Empire was brought in to build the railways bringing a sizable Indian population. By the 1920s the name had changed from the East Africa Protectorate to Kenya Colony. After much unrest, in December 1963, Kenya achieved its independence bringing in new settlers. Safari became synonymous with hunters and explorers, romanticising the adventure and thrills of wild Africa. Today, due to the knowledge and respect we have gained from the past, animals and their natural habitat are greatly valued and protected.
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.
2013 Dates Special Retreats
|| Triathlon Training Vintage Retreats
|May 23rd – 27th||May 16th – 19th Oct 10th - 14th|
|June 20th – 24th||June 27th – 30th Life Change Retreat|
|July 11th – 15th||Great Cycling Breakaway Aug 10th - 21st|
|Aug 15th – 19th|| June 20th – 23rd
|Aug 22nd - 26th
|| Sep 26th - 29th
|Sep 19th - 23rd|| Oct 24th - 27
The setting for Fitness 12 retreats is La Manga Club in Murcia, Spain. The property has been specially chosen by the crème de le crème health and fitness team that will be guiding you throughout your stay. The setting is ideal terrain for Triathlon and Cycling training, with outstanding sport facilities, Spa, great weather as well as its easy access from most UK airports. The region of Murcia has a typical Mediterranean semi-arid subtropical climate with an average annual temperature of 18ºC. With a wonderfully diverse coastline which offers, on one side, unprotected shores with wild seas whilst on the other, in contrast, you will find small coves with calm waters, sand-dunes, salt-water lagoons, mountains, valleys and vineyards.
Experience a mindful Indian Health and Wealth of Experience in Karnataka. Karnataka is the home of Mysore which was the capital of the Mysore Kingdom up until 1941. Karnataka has been ruled by several great empires throughout history which has contributed to its wealth of history and culture. Mysore, famous for its palaces, has also become synonymous with yoga and has become known as the centre for all things yogic. Thousands of people still travel to Mysore to study yoga every year. The region is also home to a vast array of unspoilt National Parks and wildlife as well as a myriad of historical cultural attractions.
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.
North Island Lodge is all about uber-luxury, exclusivity and total privacy at the very highest level. A true hideaway heaven built on its own stunning private Island in the Seychelles and one of the worlds best kept secrets. In 1609, North Island was one of the first Seychelles Islands to be visited by Alexander Maier of the British East India Company. The Island was owned by the Maier family from 1826 until the 1970’s and was ostensibly a plantation, growing fruit and spices, as well as producing fish oil. Following the collapse of the coconut industry the Island was abandoned and fell into disuse, sadly being taken over by feral animals and alien, intrusive weeds. In 1981 the Island was given to Marius Maier by his father who then intended to return North Island back to its pristine state - as it would have been before human settlers arrived. With painstaking research and a commitment to ensuring the protection of the natural environment this has been achieved.
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.
SPA VILLAGE TEMBOK BALI offers a tranquil setting situated by a black sand beach overlooking the sea – the perfect place to help heal the body, nourish the spirit and inspire the soul. The Resort blends in effortlessly with its environment on the unspoilt northern coast of Bali. When you arrive you will be asked to select your own Discover Path based on the analysis of your needs. These Paths offer a combination of tailored treatments designed to restore equilibrium to the body and mind which may, due to the rigours demands of modern life, have been depleted. The spirit of Bali can be felt in every aspect of the Spa Village Tembok Bali, offering individual and authentic ancient indigenous healing therapies using natural local products. Add to that the luxurious accommodation and extraordinary warmth of the staff this creates a perfect paradise sanctuary.
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.
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.
|2012 Retreat Dates|
|14 Night Retreats:||21 Night Retreats:|
|03 June – 17 June||03 June – 24 June|
|17 June – 01 July||02 Sep – 23 Sep|
|02 Sep – 16 Sep||30 Sep – 23 Sep|
|16 Sep – 30 Sep||28 Oct – 18 Sep|
|07 Oct – 21 Oct|
|28 Oct – 11 Nov|
|11 Nov – 25 Nov|
Positive Steps offers unique HYPNO-BAND Weight Management Retreats hosted at The Kempinski Hotel on the Island of Gozo. The Island still possesses its tranquil magic that most Mediterranean Islands have given up in the name of progression and tourism. There is only one set of traffic lights on the whole Island and the strong Victorian influences are still visible in the main town of Victoria. Gozo's unspoilt beaches attracted film directors to film many scenes for the movie Troy. The Kempinski Hotel respects the values of the Island and is the only EcoKind Hotel on the Island.
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!!
1 November 2012 - 01 May 2013
Odzala Congo sits in Odzala - Kokoua National Park in the heart of the Congo Basin and is the world’s second largest expanse of rainforest and one of Africa’s oldest parks. The Park overlaps Gabon, Congo and the Central African Republic which holds a significant population of Western Lowland Gorillas, Forest Elephants as well as a wealth of other wonderful rare endemic animals. It is in these areas of Africa that indigenous wildlife and traditional Pygmy cultures flourish. Odzala is blessed with numerous habitats which range from dense primary forest, savannah, rivers, forest, bais and salines. As a result, diversity is high and the rivers and bais in particular give rise to a spectacular ecosystem.
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.