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Jet off and chill out in relaxing surrounds from Spain to Sri Lanka
It’s the season when thoughts have started to drift away from the best intentions of “new year, new you” resolutions and firmly towards summer escapes – but what if you could kill two birds with one smartly booked stone?
Not every holiday requires a second break to recover, and there are plenty of detox destinations where you can get your mind and body right that are within easy striking distance, for a romantic retreat or a simpler solo experience.
These four healthy highlights were selected by global travel search site Skyscanner, with all prices based on two people sharing.
Visiting this Mediterranean isle isn’t all hands-in-the-air partying Aiya Napa style – as demonstrated by the Almyra Hotel in Paphos, on the south-western coast of Cyprus.
Its Wellbeing Booster spa break, at the sister property of the luxurious, five-star Anassa hotel, will give you a dose of beach, harbour and chic retreat amid eight acres of landscaped gardens.
Surrounded by the clean white lines of the resort, which is a member of Design Hotels, you can experience an array of treatments and benefits as part of the package, including a private yoga session or personal training, a one-hour facial or reflexology, a one-hour full-body massage and a healthy lunch – sustenance for the body and soul.
Almyra means “taste of the sea”, which is precisely what you’ll get here.
Five nights in a double room at the Almyra Hotel cost from Dhs2,519
When the classy set want to do the Balearics in a low-key manner, they head to Menorca, rather than its rowdier cousins Ibiza or Mallorca. And as the home to the Mindful Movements retreat, the Cugó Gran Menorca is classier than most.
Glam is order of the day – or, hey, let’s make it week, because once you’re at the 11-room villa in a 250-acre estate outside Menorcan capital Mahon, you won’t want to rush back home.
The retreat, run by a former professional ballet dancer, marries Mindful Movements classes – think yoga, Pilates and meditation – with nutritional needs via individually tailored programmes, plus plenty of relaxation time in the gardens and at the pool.
This one isn’t for those who like to lounge in bed until noon, however: you can expect to be fully woken up thanks to classes before breakfast.
Four days at Cugó Gran Menorca costs from Dhs7,894 per person, full board, including transfers, massage therapy, Pilates and meditation sessions, plus a welcome gift
If you spend your days toiling in the urban rat race, then jetting off to a landscape at the total opposite end of the scale can provide the perfect reset button.
The Srimal Plantation Villa certainly has Mother Nature on its side, in a rural village surrounded by 30 acres of lush green forest, working plantations, gardens and paddy fields.
The aims of the five-day Detox & Recharge package are fairly self-explanatory, although things take a spiritual turn with a personalised plan based on your dosha – the three energies that define you, according to Ayurveda.
What does that equate to in reality? Warm herbal oil massages, yoga, meditation and an organic vegan menu, which is almost enough to make those knots in your shoulders melt away just contemplating it.
Five nights in a double room at Srimal Plantation Villa cost from Dhs5,666
We aren’t all predisposed to lounging around getting rubdowns or discovering our inner selves, so for a break with a bit more punch – and kick – Thailand could be just the tonic.
Fitness comes first with a muay Thai bootcamp in Phuket, learning the fine art of Thai kickboxing. Tiger Muay Thai, among the best-known training camps, runs packages that last from a week up to three months.
Not quite ready to commit to that amount of physical exertion? Then you can also book day passes or single classes.
That Phuket also has many of Thailand’s finest beaches on which to nurse your bruises is merely a happy bonus.
A week-long muay Thai training bootcamp costs from about Dhs300, not including food or accommodation; airport pick-ups cost from Dhs91 for up to two people. Nearby accommodation includes The One Cozy Vacation Residence (about Dhs161 per night) and the Happy Cottage (about Dhs112 per night)
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