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New Year Wellbeing Holidays 2014

Caroline Sylger Jones | Posted 13.11.2014 | 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 29.09.2014 | 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 Spa Spy | Posted 08.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

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 Spa Spy | Posted 05.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

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 Spa Spy | Posted 02.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

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 Spa Spy | Posted 31.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

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 Spa Spy | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

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.

Three Retreats to Change Your Life

Caroline Sylger Jones | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Caroline Sylger Jones

Got a niggling feeling that something isn't quite right? Most people who go on an intensive retreat do too. It might be your job, your health, your relationship, your stress levels... Whatever you feel like changing, here's my pick of three retreats that have helped others turn their lives around.

Amanda Byram's Australian Retreats: Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa

The Spa Spy | Posted 31.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa, is a conservation-focused resort nestled deep in the Blue Mountains in a dream world of its own. A 4,000 acre carbon-neutral conservation and wildlife reserve dream world of its own, to be exact!

Top Three Retreats for Pregnant Mums

Caroline Sylger Jones | Posted 21.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Caroline Sylger Jones

Are you pregnant and feeling scared, confused, sick, elated, a bit rubbish, amazing, possibly all of these? When I was pregnant I veered from being a manic, over-organising machine ordering too much baby gear to curling up like a grannie on my sofa with a blanket on my knees sipping endless cups of green tea.

The Deep Route of 'Dis' - 'Ease'

Natasha Corrett | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Natasha Corrett

After doing a powerful process called The Path of Love I realised I had a lot of anger from past hurt and experiences in my life. I started looking into what that effect this had on my health and came across a lot of research and evidence to suggest that repressed anger, hate and resentment is the leading root emotion causing the development of cancer.

Why Meditating Sucks, But You Should Do It Anyway

Emma Brooke | Posted 21.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Brooke

Do NOT go on a meditation retreat if you've never meditated before. It will hurt your brain. It will hurt your brain so hard you'll think it's trying to give birth to acorns out of your ears and, whilst you could probably make quite a bit of money as a circus act doing that, IT WILL NOT MAKE YOU HAPPY.

Swellings, Rashes, Pain and Grease - Day Three of an Ayurvedic Retreat

Emma Brooke | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Brooke

So, you must be wondering how I'm getting on in my little corner of heaven - the Kerala countryside in India? Truth is, at this moment in time, I've had better times.

What It's Really Like the First Day of Your Yoga Retreat

Emma Brooke | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Brooke

Last night, I cried for an embarrassingly long time and wondered if I could get an earlier flight home. I hadn't even spent the night here yet.

Massage Away the Stress of City Life at Boutique Spa

Louisa Daniels | Posted 19.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Louisa Daniels

It has to be said, that in London there are numerous places one can go to get a massage. Depending on the treatment and budget, there are hundreds of places to choose from. But finding the right place can, in itself, be a stressful task.

In Need of a Retreat? I Know Just the Place

Louisa Daniels | Posted 08.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Louisa Daniels

Do I want to return to Lime Wood to taste the food of Angela Harnett (who famously worked under Gordon Ramsay at Aubergine) and Luke Holder (who has worked in many highly acclaimed restaurants throughout the world including the OXO Tower)? YES! I would return to Lime Wood in a heartbeat.

Sinking into Bali's Spa luxury

Ariadna Bakhmatova | Posted 07.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Ariadna Bakhmatova

Bali is a true Mecca for Spa lovers, with the choice of resorts and treatments on offer being as wide as the smiles of the Balinese people themselves, and even the most dedicated spa junkies can find something that will surprise them.

The Perfect Writer's Retreat - The Pilot's House, Rye, Sussex

Daisy Buchanan | Posted 14.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Daisy Buchanan

The secret to going on a British seaside getaway is this: pick a place where staying in is just as much fun as going out exploring. We only get abo...

The Joy Recipe

Annabel Burn | Posted 10.04.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Annabel Burn

I'm the sort of person who has always done even moderation in extremes. Last month, on a trip to a&e (sprain) I was asked if I was an athlete. Apparently my resting pulse rate is 47. Im a bit wary of sounding like Samantha brick here, but being a long established dog walker means I am super busy, very fit and always running and walking.

Ditching the Detox

James Emtage | Posted 07.03.2012 | UK Lifestyle
James Emtage

I'm not detoxing this year. In fact I'm happily tucking in to the cheeseboard that others now refuse. See, I kind of did my time in the world of detoxing a couple of summers ago, and we are talking serious detoxing here.