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Visiting Masters of Health in Vietnam

 

Chakra balancing, energy healing and yoga sound journeys, The Nam Hai, The Four Seasons Resort in Vietnam, has announced its Visiting Masters Programme in the coming months.

The tailored specialist experiences take place in the resort’s Heart Of The Earth Spa which floats  over a tranquil lotus pond. The spa offerings include massages, rituals, replenishers, ceremonies amongst other health services to heal the mind, body and soul.

Voted the Best Emotional Recovery Space at the Condé Nast Traveller Spa Awards 2019, the Resort is hosting a variety of “visiting masters”, each specialising in a different part of mental and physical wellness as part of their year-long programme.

30 May-10 June 2019: Drop Into Life Colour & Essential Oils

Tricia Sharkey is an international colour and massage teacher, therapist and consultant. She explores harmony and health by helping to heal individuals via colour and massage therapy.

17-30 September 2019: Yoga, Music and Healing Vibration

Lara Zilibowitz and Benny Holloway take guests on a journey of breath, sound, movement and meditation during their uplifting and soul-stirring yoga and live music sessions.

15-27 November 2019: Chakra Balancing & Reiki

Shaylini is a gifted Reiki master and intuitive energy healer and uses Reiki Healing, Chakra Balancing and Divinely Guided Meditation to provide emotional, mental and physical pain release alongside encouraging an alchemical shift in energy for greater harmony.

Earlier this year, Master experiences included Rashdy Ahmad, the son of a medicine man who practises  traditional Malaysian cupping using buffalo horn as well as energy healing and massage. Sixth Sense Readings provided guidance and direction to those who wanted to connect to a lost loved one or to establish facts about their past, present and future life from the renowned Marco Della Valle in addition to his psychic readings.

For more information, visit here.

Wellness Festival Announced in Mauritius in May 2019


A new Wellness Festival will take place in Mauritius on the 3rd-5th May 2019 which is the first of its kind on the island and in the region.

Organised by Heritage Resorts the festival embraces wellness in connection with nature, with many activities taking place in the most iconic landmarks of the wild south of Mauritius such as Le Morne, a classified UNESCO World Heritage site. The festival will take place at the C Beach Club at Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Wellness Resort in southern Mauritius.

International wellness leaders along with other local experts will offer yoga, pilates, breathing, meditation, nutrition classes, talks and workshops each day, as well as two ‘nature connection’ outings to beautiful scenic areas such as nature reserves, waterfalls and beaches. The festival will awaken all five senses – touch, sound, smell, sight and taste through music, dancing, cooking, art and other media.

Other features of the festival include a relaxation zone, music corners, artists areas, healthy food stations, evening music festival by local bands with local instruments, as well as access to the beach and pools.

International experts confirmed include:

Hannah Barrett is a leading London-based yoga instructor with a passion for helping people to transform their lives through yoga. Hannah enables her clients to find their strength and develop their own self practice, while breaking down complex poses to make them fun and accessible to all.

Jeanette Fuchs teaches Power Yoga, Vinyasa and Yin Yoga. She loves alternating between creative, dynamic sessions and meditative, restorative ones. She has trained with big names such as Paul Grilley and Sarah Powers, constantly improving her style and expanding her knowledge.

Marie-Sophie Lelouch has been a naturopath for 30 years and a raw chef since 2012. Marie studied vegan and raw cuisine in California to become a “Naturawchef” and now shares her secrets for a delectable plant-based and raw diet on her website, linstantcru.com.

Almarie Venter is an internationally certified Kinesiologist, Brain Gym ® Practitioner and holistic wellness consultant for spas. Almarie integrates holistic models of treatment using kinesiology, crystal therapy, energy healing, acupressure, vibrational sound, meditation, mindfulness as well as neuro-integration techniques and Nia technique.

Dominique Lonchant teaches the art of breathing which he has been teaching for 30 years. He was specially trained by Dr Swami Gitananda at the Ananda Ashram in Pondicherry, India.

Accommodation is offered at Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Wellness Resort, a Small Luxury Hotel of the world. This plantation style all-suites hotel provides luxury accommodation, whilst delivering a high level of personal service with its dedicated butlers and Les Clef d’Or concierge.

For more information and a full programme visit www.mauritiuswellnessfestival.com
For reservations, please email: resa@heritageresorts.mu, visit: www.heritageresorts.mu

Scotland – A Wellness Holiday Destination

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Joining other destinations around the globe, Scotland is targeting the wellness traveller to benefit from its breath-taking scenery, fresh revitalising air and the outdoor and adventurous activities its land offers.

Adapting itself to the growing traveller demand for “wellness” holidays, VisitScotland is focussing on the demand for vacations that boost self-development, following a review of trends in the travel industry. “Restorative recreation” is a key feature based on the outdoor experiences such as the emotional appeal of its scenery and nature while “creative retreats” focus on hobbies and skills such as writing and art workshops, cookery courses and outdoor survival training.

According to the review, wellness tourism worldwide was worth £500bn in 2017, and has recently grown at more than twice the pace of tourism overall.

According to Chris Greenwood, insights manager at VisitScotland, “Wellness tourism is a trend that’s not going away and is expected to continue growing. There is huge potential for businesses who want to appeal to this market, creating experiences that enlighten the senses and feed the soul. Fortunately, Scotland’s ability to embrace wellness within our visitor economy is embedded within our tourism industry DNA.”

Euromonitor recently published its view on eight “mega trends” in world travel. Some are shaped by technology, but of the eight, three chime with the VisitScotland findings: healthy living, ethical living and experiencing more.

Booking.com found that search for experience was translated into a desire to be more adventurous about destinations in 2019. Meanwhile, 42% say they want an experience that makes them feel like a kid again, led by millennials and Generation Z.

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New Longevity Health & Wellness Hotel to open in Portugal

A state-of-the-art wellness centre is scheduled to open later this year in Alvor, Portugal. Heralded as the first of its kind to embrace modern integrative and regenerative medicine, it will offer the most advanced wellness and preventative diagnostics, therapies and programmes.

The 5* Longevity Health & Wellness Hotel, an adults-only health and wellness property, will offer a world class dedicated wellness and medical spa over two  floors focused on a full range of medical and non-medical state-of-the-art diagnostics and therapies for optimal health and wellness. The hotel will have a total of 70 bedrooms and suites.

Set in the western Algarve, it will feature a wide selection of impactful programmes from light programmes for beginners including relax and spa or detox to intensive longer specialised programmes around women’s health optimisation or intense detox and reshape. Additional specialised programmes will be available such as exclusive hyperbaric treatments for intense tissue oxygenation, in-depth diagnostics, advanced detoxification and health regeneration therapies, cardio-vascular repair and prevention programs, as well as diabetes, obesity management, metabolic and sleep optimization programs.

Nazir Sacoor, CEO of Longevity Wellness Worldwide commented, “Longevity has learned over the years the wide range of clients’ issues and needs when they are looking for a health and wellness holiday. From younger to older clients, from those who lead healthier lifestyles to those who struggle to maintain a wellness way of life, the needs are quite varied amongst different people and the actual needs of one same person evolve over time. Our upcoming flagship Longevity Health & Wellness Hotel, is aimed at being a world class product with 360º solutions in health and wellness to meet all such needs.”

In addition to the innovative wellness and medical spa offering, Longevity Health & Wellness Hotel will have two restaurants, including a rooftop Pure Cafe by Longevity with a panoramic view over the bay of Alvor. The Mediterrânico Restaurant by Longevity and the Chill Out & Relax Tea Lounge will be located on the ground floor.

Longevity Health & Wellness Hotel (www.longevitywellnessworldwide.com)

Wellness On The Rock

Wellness comes in many forms. It maybe the calming waters of a floating cruise liner, a relaxing treatment in a spa or a cultural experience to revitalise the mind. A change is as good as a rest so add to these experiences a gigantic rock as a backdrop on British territory and luxury accommodation aboard a yacht hotel. Welcome to Gibraltar and to the Sunborn Yacht Hotel.

Gibraltar is often described as the Cradle of History with numerous statues and memorials to salute its past. There are 30 miles of World War tunnels snaking within the rock, a spectacular cave underneath, dolphins circling,  Barbary apes prying, playing and monkeying around and a cable car ascending its side.

The Rock, Gibraltar’s signature feature, is mostly formed from Jurassic limestone dating over 200 million years. Steep, narrow roads, originally built for donkeys and carts, twist to the upper rock allowing only registered taxis and mini-buses to transport visitors, although weather permitting, the cable car is another option. The journey, whatever form of transport used, is rewarded with enviable scenery.

Clad in hard hats, the series of guided Tunnel tours are fascinating  and factual and should be on the must-do list. They include The Great Siege Tunnels and can take up to 3 hours. The  Mediterranean Steps walk is not for the faint-hearted but avoid carrying food – the monkeys will find it and will throw in free entertainment along the way. The Skywalk, opened by Mark Hamill from Star Wars fame in March 2018, is another look-out spot to take in stunning vistas.

There are various organised tours which include the fishing village of Catalin Bay, Europa Point, the Mosque, the Moorish Castle and St Michael’s cave with a secret underground lake. As for wildlife, Gibraltar’s position between Europe and Africa, the Atlantic and Mediterranean make it an important crossing point for migrating birds, whales and dolphins.

The old fortress walls surround the city with gate archways into Casemates Square which is dotted with restaurants and bars leading to Main Street the artery for shopping where familiar signs for M&S, Shepherds Pie and Morrisons are giveaway clues to its Britishness. Sean Connery and John Lennon were married here and  today, it’s the place to choose if you are in a hurry!

But if you don’t want to travel around the Rock, then you can get a better view watching the opening sequence of James Bond’s Living Daylights, part of which was filmed here or better still you can gaze up at its imposing height and stature from your own private cabin balcony.

The 5* Sunborn Hotel certainly has the novelty factor and is an attraction in itself, floating aside Ocean Village, the harbour district of Gibraltar and can easily be spotted as your plane comes into land.  Built in the design of an ocean cruiser, complete with engines and a bridge, it was the first of its kind and has a permanent residency here.

Although constructed 5 years ago, it still looks and feels new, providing a convenient place to explore Gibraltar with views over the sea to Spain and Morocco. It’s easy to find and very convenient –  just turn left out of the airport, cross the runway, (along with the other 6,000 Spanish and expats), then turn right to a gleaming white yacht hotel.

The entrance is like walking into Swarovski headquarters with a glittering backdrop headlining the reception desk populated with staff wearing welcoming smiles, keen to show off the floating services.

The corridors are wide, fitted with carpets that foot a jazzy design leading to rooms and suites, not cabins. All tastefully designed with quality furnishings, marble modern bathrooms and laced with technology that command a lesson to operate the drapes, lights and sound. And although there are several room types, surprisingly, the most popular are those with views over the runway!

The Sunborn is also an entertainment hub, offering performances from tribute bands, comedy shows  and a Fawlty Towers act which take place in its La Sala Restaurant & Bar. Here  there’s a good choice on the menu, ranging from a Full Rack of BBQ Jack Daniel Pork Ribs, Crispy Won Toon Lasagne to Lamb with Cocoa, Chilli and Watermelon Pico de Gallo while there is a dedicated list of British classics such as Beer Battered Fish and Chips and Surf & Turf for those wanting to feel more at home.  Service is excellent, dishes generous and attractively presented.

Breakfast, buffet style, is served on the top deck in the Barbary Restaurant which it shares with a small outdoor pool and the Aqua Bar all with outlooks over the marina, the Med and the 1400-ft high Rock.

After climbing the Rock, exploring tunnels, VAT-free shopping, dodging monkeys and with a brain overload of historical facts, R&R awaits in the Infinity Spa onboard with  a range of Elemis coated treatments, a sauna to sooth tired muscles, a fitness area to tone and strengthen the body and the Admiral Casino to try your luck.

There’s more to Gibraltar than the Rock and more to an ocean cruiser than sailing.

Visit:  www.sunborngibraltar.com

Visit:  www.visitgibraltar.gi

Announcing IMTEC 2019

 

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The 2019 International Medical Tourism & Healthcare Exhibition & Conference (IMTEC Oman) .

This annual exhibition provides a platform for hospital groups, medical travel organizations and health services companies to increase their global presence and international patient network.

It serves as a platform for companies, buyers and suppliers, to source locally the newest health products, services and technologies, create leads, attract potential investors, re-establish partnerships and attract investment to the Sultanate and the region.

Taking place from 22nd– 24thApril at the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre, Muscat,  Sultanate of Oman, IMTEC 2019 is the only exhibition in Oman for the medical travel organization, hospitals and healthcare services and products.

For further information, please visit our website www.medicaltourismfair.com

For enquiries, contact  imtec@medicaltourismfair.com or call +968-9829440

 

The Healthy Shores of Majorca & Ibiza

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Against a backdrop of sunshine, beaches, culture and gastronomy, the Balearic islands are prescribing medicinal additives to visitor experiences. From sports physiotherapy, fertility, dentistry, ophthalmology, preventive medicine, to dialysis facilities and increased private medical services, the islands have plans to open windows to wellness and health tourism.

The islands, favoured by many British holidaymakers, are forecasting a healthy future with a range of health and wellness treatments, activities and services with new well-equipped private clinics and hospitals, multi-lingual staff and medical service companies designed to take care of international visitors of all ages and needs.

Tennis star, Rafal Nadal is leading the way with sports rehabilitation as well as a champion training academy with an impressive centre on the eastern side of Majorca. As a native resident he opened the centre in June 2016, designed for aspiring young players as well as adults offering stylish accommodation for its range of residential programmes. His museum is also well worth a visit.

Private hospitals on the islands include The Hospital de Llevant in Porto Cristo, the only private hospital on the eastern side, with multi-lingual staff and a range of specialists to meet seasonal demands. Here there is a separate building for the new Porto Cristo Dialysis Centre while the aesthetic unit offers treatments for hair loss, weight problems and cosmetic procedures. Built originally as a retirement residence, the rooms are generous in space, complete with sea views and balcony. The Clínica Rotger, part of the Quironsalud group, is modern and well-equipped with six consulting rooms located around the island. The hospital recently introduced new services in oncology, dermatology, and dermo aesthetic treatments and has a fifth floor to make any patient feel better with views over Palma and contemporary art dotted around.  Clinica Juaneda is a multi-service hospital with 90 specialised doctors covering all medical specialties and a dedicated international medical centre. And with the increasing international demand for assisted reproduction, Majorca has a modern IVI clinic.

Specialised, well-equipped dialysis clinics with professional medical teams are encouraging patients to travel to Majorca for that well-needed break where scheduled treatments can be combined with interesting, cultured itineraries in a sunny climate.

On the island of Ibiza, the Policlinica Nuestra Señora Del Rosario has 70 rooms, an intensive care unit, emergency room and three outpatient centres on the island with more than 40 medical specialties and two physiotherapy and rehabilitation centres.  Its VIP area is independent from the hospital and benefits from a private entrance.

Trendy destinations attract the fashionable & health conscious travellers who wants to look good all year round. Private, certified aesthetic clinics, managed by registered professionals are catering for this growing market so the health tourists can feel assured they are in safe hands. On the island of Ibiza, Eiviluxury, a small, compact clinic is apace with the latest, fashionable treatments for its party-going stylish clientele who frequent the island’s rhythms especially in high season or reside in their second homes. Led by Dr. María Bufí, the variety of treatments include heavy metal body checks, ozone therapies, gynaecological treatments, hair implants and varicose vein removal using the latest technology performed by visiting doctors who are experts in their field.  The Eiviestetic plastic surgery and aesthetic medicine centre, part of Policlinica Nuestra Señora Rosario, also offers a safe answer to aesthetic treatments ranging from tattoo removal by laser, intimate wellness and the new Profound System,a one off non-invasive lifting treatment.

Health blended with a generous dose of tourism makes for a good holiday remedy while regional colourful cuisine serves up healthy Mediterranean flavours. Restaurants in Palma such as Cuit and Fabiola Gastronomic Garden are fine examples while Can March in Manacor is a rustic family inn, popular with the locals.  On Ibiza, you can dine in one of the oldest restaurants at Restaurante Ca N’Alfredo in its centre or at Calma which enjoys views over the marina. There is a good choice of accommodation in season such as the Valparaiso Palace and Spa which commands enviable views over Palma Bay.

Majorca is the largest of the Balearic islands with Palma as its heart. Here you can delve into its history by strolling along cobbled lanes, passing hidden courtyards with glimpses to imperial staircases and buildings proudly displaying their signature coat of arms.  Overlooking the sea is the imposing ornate Gothic Cathedral  with a vast rose window and wrought iron canopy by Gaudi. Away from Palma is the pretty village of Valldemossa set in the Tramuntana mountains and worth the short drive to enjoy the alley ways, stone houses dressed with hanging flower baskets and the 13thcentury monastery where the musician Chopin stayed.  A trip to Porto Cristo leads to an enchanting harbour with coves and caves and the world’s largest underground lake system.

The depth of history on the island of Ibiza is cloaked within the fortified city walls of Dalt Vila, a world heritage site. Its muscular gates lead to uneven pathways, interrupted by bastions, and commemorative plaques revealing past tales and factual statements. Routes climb to the top to admire the views of modern Ibiza, a strong contrast from the old stone walls to the glitzy marina developments and the cosmopolitan retail world of Zara, Rolex watches and new boutique hotels such as the Gran Hotel, Montesol, renovated within a neo-colonial building

As the trend increases in health and wellness tourism, watch out for the healthy glow around these islands and the added restorative and medicinal tonics to holiday experiences. There’s more than fiestas and siestas in the Balearics.

https://illesbalears.travel/en/baleares/health-and-wellnes/

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A new wave of active lifestyle cruising on the horizon

 

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Blue World Voyages is carving a new niche within the global cruise industry to promote “Active Lifestyle Cruising”. Scheduled for a summer 2019 launch in the Mediterranean, the inaugural ship will break from conventional cruising, with one entire deck designated to sports, exercise and wellness, and a second dedicated to spa and rejuvenation. With locally-sourced farm-to-table cuisine, active shore excursions, partnerships with experts and leading brands, this is planned as a dedicated cruise experience for wellness-minded adults.

The bow to stern Sports Deck is outfitted with golf and football simulators; batting cages; a functional training centre; yoga, spinning and TRX studios. There are three pools, including a sea water “lap pool” for open water swim training. On the Spa deck, guests can enjoy a relaxing therapy tub, indoor and outdoor treatment rooms and solarium.

For a virtual tour of the ship, click here:  http://www.blueworldvoyages.com/tour

Three 350-passenger, 5-Star ‘casual’ ships are planned for the Blue World Voyage fleet. They will roam the world, with ports of call selected, based on the availability of activities such as cycling, hiking, golf and watersports; access to areas conducive to yoga and meditation, and opportunities for cultural and learning experiences. “People want to take ownership of their health, even when on holiday,” said CEO Gene Meehan.

Blue World Voyages is also set to become the first cruise line to invite passengers to become business partners, participating in the formation of the company through its Owners Club and Founders Club. For the Owners Club, Blue World is introducing a unique ship configuration for a new cruise line, with 26 luxury one- and two-bedroom residences.  These units will be sold under the direction of co-founder, Fredy Dellis, former President/CEO of the World at ResidenSea. The Founders Club is open to the first 500 individuals investing in the company’s crowdfunding campaign via a UK platform soon to be announced.

The revolutionary new cruise meets the growing demand from travellers who are keen to stay healthy and active whilst on holiday. This trend reflects the annual growth of 6.5% in wellness tourism, more than double the growth rate for overall tourism overall.

www.blueworldvoyages.co.uk

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How to beat those Winter Blues

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As the summer months retire, cooler weather and shorter days can blow in those winter blues.

To enhance moods and wellbeing during the colder months,  Kohler Waters Spa at the Old Course Hotel in Scotland has launched a range of bathing treatments designed to increase mood and boost energy levels.

Research consistently demonstrates that hydrotherapy has a significant impact on mood enhancement by releasing elevated levels of endorphins, the body’s natural anxiety and stress busters. The use of therapeutic bathing also promotes a deep meditative state.

Guests at Kohler Waters Spa can achieve this heightened state of wellbeing through a range of inimitable Kohler bathing experiences employing marine-based ingredients, such as seaweed, that treat skin conditions and relieve muscle aches and stiffness, therefore improving overall state of mind.

Treatments include a relaxing, 90-minute Soak Overflowing Bath, which involves floating in a continually over-flowing bath tub filled with seaweed. The heat from the bath aids the body’s natural detoxifying process whilst the mineral rich Voya seaweed, harvested off the coast of Ireland, relieves muscle aches and joint stiffness, including rheumatism and arthritis.

The spa’s signature treatment, Lavender Rain involves warm rain pours down from the Kohler Custom Vichy shower whilst guests are treated to a nourishing body scrub using fresh lavender, marine salt crystals and eucalyptus. Lavender also works as a natural mood booster by relieving stress and helping achieve a good night’s sleep.

Guests can also make use of Kohler Waters Spa’s extensive hydrotherapy facilities including the invigorating cold plunge pool, the heated hydrotherapy pool providing therapeutic bathing and the refreshing ice fountain. There is also a steam room for deep muscular relaxation and detoxification, a Finnish sauna and a rooftop garden with hot tub.

Situated just metres away from West Sands Beach with commanding views of the Scottish coastline, the Old Course Hotel is situated in an idyllic location from which to enjoy some mind-calming walks in the fresh sea air, another natural mood enhancer. The Fife coastal path takes in 135 kilometres of stunning coastline, or guests can simply enjoy a gentle stroll along West Sands Beach. The hotel also has a fleet of bikes for hire, complete with chunky tyres ideal for a ride on the beach or the coastal path.

The Kohler Waters Spa at the Old Course Hotel is the first Kohler spa experience outside the USA. With a focus on the therapeutic benefits of water, Kohler Waters Spa offers replenishing experiences that re-create the healing properties of Earth’s natural mineral-rich waters.

For further information on the Kohler Waters Spa at the Old Course Hotel please visit www.oldcoursehotel.co.uk/spa/kohler-waters-spa or call 01334 474 371.

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Mountains bring a breath of fresh air for asthma sufferers

 

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With around 5 million people in the UK suffering from asthma and a startling rising death rate of 20 per cent in five years, cures and relief therapies are vital, especially after the 2018 summer with its heatwave, hay fever and high pollen counts.

Air pollution causes the inside of lungs to become inflamed which makes it difficult for those with asthma to breathe.  Less pollution means less inflammation making breathing easier.

Zero pollution, clean air, low levels of humidity and natural breath-taking scenery are the ideal environmental conditions for asthma suffers. And these vital statistics can be found in mountain terrains such as the Southern French Alps which offers 12,000-km² of pollution-free purity. The air in the Southern French Alps has more benefits than other Alpine areas due to its unique low humidity and lack of heavy industry and benefits from 300 days of sunshine per year, topping up vital Vitamin D.

There have also been multiple studies over the years into the effectiveness of high altitude treatment for  those suffering with lung diseases.  High altitudes allow for clearer air and are mostly free from bugs such as dust mites which can cause asthma symptoms to worsen.

High-altitude treatment for asthma sufferers is not a new concept. People with lung diseases have been sent to the mountains as treatment for over a century.

 

For information on mountain escapes ideal for asthma sufferers, www.undiscoveredmountains.com