Healthy Holiday Trends For 2015

12/12/2014 13:01 | Updated 20 May 2015

From spas to yoga retreats, there are more healthy holidays on offer than ever before. So, are you ready to book yourself in for a full body detox? Health and Fitness Travel recommends six new wellness breaks to try in 2015:

Woman practicing yoga on pier

Thermal springs

Cleansing in hot springs may be the oldest spa experience in the world but there's never been a hotter moment for thermal springs with more spa goers discovering this affordable spa experience with a host of benefits from improving certain skin conditions to pain relief. Bathing in the healing waters not only does our bodies good but also feels fantastic.

Top three places to try: Adler Thermae (Italy), The Banjaran HotSprings (Malaysia), Como Shambhala Estate (Bali).

Fierce fitness

With a new culture where people rush from work to join their running club or boot camp, competitions like triathlons and popular high intensity interval programmes add fierce to fitness with a trend to rise led by people who take fitness seriously. Fierce fitness is also fun and becomes sociable whether joining group training from cycling to swimming, getting energised or joining a dance programme.

Top three fitness holidays: Thanyapura Triathlon (Thailand), The BodyHoliday Fusion Fitness (St Lucia), 38 Degrees North Optimal Fitness (Ibiza).

Dietary-customised healthy food

More people opt for nutritious, diet-customised healthy food, with more hotels making healthy food offerings with gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian menus. Some are introducing more juice options along with raw food and specialised diets in order to satisfy guests who want to focus on goals such as weight loss or for those wanting a detox.

Top three places to try: Sianji Well-being (Turkey), SHA Wellness Clinic (Spain), Kamalaya (Thailand).

Short wellness breaks

More health enthusiasts are opting for wellness breaks. Instead of a two-week wellness holiday, travellers are choosing more frequent and shorter breaks for a mind and body reboot. A more accessible option instead of a far flung holiday travellers can reap the benefits of a short healthy break for a change of scenery, relaxation, wellness activities and healthy food.

Top three wellness breaks: Galo BodyBreak (Madeira), Punta Vitality BodyBreak (Croatia), Paradis Plage BodyBreak (Morocco).

Managing stress

Whilst wellness hotels and spas are here to help people relax, more are now offering specific stress management and stress recovery programmes with specialist therapies, consultations and healthy nutrition. Guests are encouraged to participate in group activities like yoga, cooking classes and meditation with the goal to send guests home with the tools to manage stress.

Top three stress management holidays: SHA Anti-Stress (Spain), Ananda Stress Management (India), The Farm (The Philippines).


Healthy honeymoons

With an emerging trend towards more experiential honeymoons, attitudes have changed amongst newlyweds with more no longer content to laze pool or beachside, but wanting to return from their honeymoon feeling healthier, fitter and spiritually richer. Whether learning to cook healthy Vietnamese cuisine on a cultural honeymoon in Southeast Asia, or white water rafting and zip lining on an adventure honeymoon in Costa Rica, couples are looking to discover new experiences on a healthy honeymoon they will remember.

Top three healthy honeymoons: Karkloof Safari Spa (South Africa), Maalifushi by COMO (Maldives), The BodyHoliday (St Lucia, above).

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