Swap the January chill at home for temperatures nudging 20C. The Himalayan resort of Ananda, in northern India, also provides quiet escapism in scenic surroundings on a relaxing break that aims to “help cleanse the mind, body and soul from the build-up of unwanted toxins”. The personalised programme includes Ayurvedic therapies, yoga, meditation and a carefully planned diet, plus a chance to try classes in traditional Indian music and dance.
4. Body beautiful.
T he festive season is in full swing and for many of us, that means a month of excess. Consider then a restorative spa break for next year to undo some of the damage. From a far-flung healing package in Bali to a weekend in the English countryside, here are some of the best contenders.
6. It’s all about you.
3. Senses and Sensibility.
1. Mineral magic.
If you want more than a massage or two to combat the festive fallout, the SHA Wellness Clinic, between Alicante and Valencia on Spain’s Costa Blanca, provides a full-on package aimed at tackling both stress and Christmas excesses. A programme of walks, talks and lectures runs alongside a special diet, a treatment schedule, a medical check-up and fitness advice from a personal trainer.
Leave turkey and mince pies behind for a regime of detoxifying meals and therapies. Five-star L’Albereta spa in the Italian region of Franciacorta offers the Chenot Method, which combines principles of traditional Chinese medicine with new scientific research. The programme includes a medical assessment, followed by body composition analysis, massages, aromatherapy, mud treatments and a nutritional consultation twice a day.