Hacienda Petac ~ Where Petals Promise Peace and Paradise

Harmeet Kaur Sidhu | Posted 30.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Harmeet Kaur Sidhu

We did not know it at the time, but as we drove through the open gates of Hacienda Petac, we were entering an embrace with Paradise.

Californian Retreats: Golden Door, Escondido

The Luxury Spa Edit | Posted 20.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
The Luxury Spa Edit

Golden Door comes with a starry spa pedigree that other destination spas can only dream of. Opened in 1958 by Deborah Szekely, philanthropist, writer and early pioneer of the So-Cal wellness movement, this groundbreaking spa was soon attracting Hollywood luminaries such as Natalie Wood, Elizabeth Taylor, Zsa Zsa Gabor and Burt Lancaster, in preparation for film roles.

How I Broke The Stress Cycle

Lauren Riley | Posted 15.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lauren Riley

I arrived my usual positive self but a little jaded. Considering this was a fitness holiday and not just a jolly, I had one of the most incredibly positive weeks! So many small things aligned on this trip to make it very worthwhile.

CurveSomeYoga at Om Yoga Show Manchester 2016

Donna Noble | Posted 31.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Donna Noble

It was a wonderful experience, being able to connect with yogis from all over the UK. I was surprised at how many yogis travelled up from London. I am not entirely surprised as there is such a cool vibe in Manchester.

Three Ways to Combine Travel and Work This Summer

Howard Kingston | Posted 16.05.2016 | UK Tech
Howard Kingston

Escaping the 9 to 5 and getting out of the office to work from a remote location, can give a you a real boost, make you feel energised and inspired to innovate. Numerous studies have showed that people's contribution and creativity is maximised when they find purpose and happiness at work.

The Forgotten Art of Man's Adventure

Adrian Kowal | Posted 21.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Adrian Kowal

Men, in hunter-gather times, used to leave their women and children behind in order to head out together on extended hunting trips, driven by the need to survive. During these journeys, men would find themselves in pristine, perilous wilderness where they would depend on one another and their own sharpened senses, to outwit potential predators.

The Knackered Mum Retreat

Abbey Michelle | Posted 11.11.2015 | UK Parents
Abbey Michelle

Knackered Mum guests are welcomed to stay as long as they need in our judgement-free resort. Our mission is to ensure you leave as relaxed and as re-charged as possible to return home less knackered to your wonderful families.

Silence Is Golden?

Ruby Wax | Posted 02.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

For the end of my book Mindfulness for the Frazzled I wanted to be my own guinea pig so had a brain scan done before and after a silent six day retreat practicing mindfulness eight hours a day...

Thai Retreats: Kamalaya, Koh Samui

The Luxury Spa Edit | Posted 22.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
The Luxury Spa Edit

The spa at Kamalaya is set amongst an abundance of nature. Treatment rooms are little thermoses overlooking the beach. Evening treatments are a bonus as they allow you to watch the sun set over the ocean just as you open your weary eyes to reality again. Kamalaya's main focus is on your mind, body and soul.

The 'Spa' for People Who Don't Like Spas

Josa Young | Posted 01.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Josa Young

Eliana, mother of Dominic, who took my yoga session, is 85 but not, if you know what I mean. Unexpected, impatient and eager for new experiences, she sports the attributes of youth not age. We had a conversation about her fascinating life and what brought her to her vocation as a healer via a career in fashion and teaching.

Have You Tried... Not Detoxing?

Sophie Bauer | Posted 03.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sophie Bauer

I love it that people want to juice everything in the house, be healthier, more in tune with their bodies and connected with those around them than with a pinging contraption. But honestly, when did it all get so extreme?

Take a Holiday from Yourself: Journey Through the Mind

Jane Egginton | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Egginton

'It doesn't matter where or how far you go... the important thing is how alive you are,' said Thoreau. After 25 years of travel writing it is something I am only just beginning to appreciate. More and more I feel what is relevant is not where I travel to, but how I travel.

Fusion Maia, Da Nang,Vietnam

The Luxury Spa Edit | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
The Luxury Spa Edit

The passionate chefs, in the open kitchen (whom you will meet if you take a cooking class) are masters in - yep you guessed it... fusing flavours of Asia. Try rice paper noodle rolls, fresh seafood platters, grilled snapper and handmade noodles.

New Year Wellbeing Holidays 2014

Caroline Sylger Jones | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Caroline Sylger Jones

Want to wake up on New Year's Day feeling fantastic? Here's my pick of health spas, yoga holidays and wellbeing breaks that will help you start 2015 with a clear head.

The Importance of Finding an Escapism

Benjamin Bonetti | Posted 29.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Benjamin Bonetti

What is escapism? Escapism is a place where you can allow the stresses and tensions of your everyday life flow away and put your mind at thoughtful rest. It can be anything that alters your state and allows you to put your thoughts back in to a rational ordering.

Sunset Mountain: Yoga in Ibiza

Jane Egginton | Posted 26.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Egginton

There is a lot of laughter at Sunset Mountain. Llena is a tiny, wiry Brazilian, with incredible energy and a real gift for communication. 'It is as if her words go inside you,' someone from our group of 20 people says.

Why Retreats Are the Ideal Way to De-Stress Your Life

Benjamin Bonetti | Posted 18.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Benjamin Bonetti

Retreats have been happening for a long time, the sense of freedom away from your everyday life can provide relaxation and can be the ideal solution for releasing pent up stress and anxiety. This time is a great opportunity and ideal time to implement a change in lifestyle

Amanda Byram: Italian Retreats, Masseria San Domenico, Puglia

The Luxury Spa Edit | Posted 08.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Luxury Spa Edit

Dipped, dunked and steeped in history, like a crispy biscuit in a cup of tea that survived the test of the heat, Masseria San Domenico remains solid and magnificent. The whitewashed fifteenth-century building is nestled deep amongst 60 hectares of ancient olive groves.

Amanda Byram: Italian Retreats, Ti Sana

The Luxury Spa Edit | Posted 05.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Luxury Spa Edit

After two weeks living it up in Paris, the thought of a visit to Ti Sana was very welcome indeed. It is a beautiful retreat which lies in the heart of a sleepy hamlet in northern Italy and is constructed from part of a former Italian nobleman's home dating back to 1711.

Finding a Slice of Calm in Busy London

Lucy Sherriff | Posted 23.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Lucy Sherriff

It's not easy to find calm in London. The bustling, lively city can also be draining and stressful, often with no reprieve. I wanted to find myself a slice of countryside peace without stepping foot outside Zone 1. And, luckily, I found just the answer.

Reasons To Head Far, Far East For Your Holiday

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah O'Meara | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Now if you've seen the news in past years, you'll know that China's no picnic to travel around. Particularly on any national holiday. You can expe...

New Forest Retreats: Careys Manor Hotel and Spa

The Luxury Spa Edit | Posted 02.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Luxury Spa Edit

A hour and half train ride from London, then a quick hop, skip and a jump from the train station, and you're there. Careys Manor is a 19th century hunting lodge in the middle of the New Forest. With its cosy sofas, log fires and quintessentially English gardens it's got all the ingredients for a perfect country weekend away from it all.

Thai Retreats: Point Yamu by COMO, Phuket

The Luxury Spa Edit | Posted 31.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Luxury Spa Edit

Overlooking the Andaman Sea and with a horizon view of the majestic limestone karsts of Phang Nga Bay... this slice of opulence is located on the east coast of the popular Thai holiday island.

Create a Divorce Retreat in the Comfort of Your Own Home

Liz Copeland | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Liz Copeland

If you are in the middle of divorce, you can get pretty low. Let's face it, the whole divorce process is exhausting, there is so much new info to take on board, with advice from your lawyer, financial advisor, friends and colleagues. Plus you are carving a new pathway for yourself and your family and learning to live a new life.

Amanda Byram: New Zealand Retreats - Matakauri Lodge, New Zealand

The Luxury Spa Edit | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Luxury Spa Edit

I love writing reviews, I really do. But this was one I was reluctant to write. No, not because it was not worth reviewing. Quite the opposite! Matakauri Lodge is SO wonderful that I want to keep it all to my selfish selfie self.