Wellness Experience Holidays

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Walkers taking in the view of Loch Lomond from Conic Hill part of the West Highland Way

With its stunning landscapes, food, drink and rich culture, VisitScotland for wellness. The destination provides a perfect setting to recharge and focus on enhancing your wellbeing.

To celebrate a newly published survey* revealing that almost a third of people (32%) see Scotland as an ideal destination for a wellness holiday, VisitScotland for wellness with a newly created  itinerary dedicated to health and wellbeing.

Covering the entire country and split over three days, the VisitScotland for wellness tour takes in a range of different experiences themed around mind, body and spirit.Highlights include:

 Relaxing retreats to rejuvenate your mind

Enjoy a stay at Kagyu Samye Ling Buddhist Temple in Dumfries and Galloway or  Holy Isle – Mindfulness Retreat on the Isle of Arran, where visitors can take a digital detox, escape busy life and revitalise the mind. While the Body Toolkit teaches the key tools and techniques to combat stress and negative thoughts while relaxing in the tranquil surroundings of the Scottish Highlands.

Pamper and recharge a weary body

Visit a spa like Taymouth Marina. Its lochside hot box sauna is a new addition to the shores of Loch Tay and is surrounded by a fire pit, panoramic windows, and gorgeous woodland views. Or try a deep tissue or Swedish massage to put muscles at ease at Stobo Castle in the Scottish Borders, Fairmont St AndrewsArdoe House Hotel & Spa in Aberdeen, and the Isle of Eriska Spa in Argyll.

Boost mental and physical health in the Great Scottish Outdoors

The benefits of being outdoors on both physical and mental health are widely regarded. Bag a Munro or conquer a Corbett,enjoy a stroll through stunning landscapes, try out some water sports or visit one of Scotland’s beaches.

Experience the spirit of Scotland

There is something spiritual about walking amidst ancient stone circles, standing stones and sacred attractions. The Calanais Standing Stones on the Isle of Lewis are believed to be 3000-5000 years old, while the Ring of Brodgar, which comprises 27 stones, is part of the Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site.

Melrose Abbey in the Scottish Borders and Iona Abbey on the Isle of Iona represent some of the country’s oldest spiritual attractions.   Follow in the footsteps of saints and embark on a pilgrimage such as the Fife Pilgrim Way, which officially opens this summer, or St Cuthbert’s Way in the Borders.

To view the full itinerary, click here: https://www.visitscotland.com/holidays-breaks/wellness-breaks/

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Visiting Masters of Health in Vietnam


Visiting Masters of Health demonstrate the practise

The art of chakra balancing

Chakra balancing, energy healing and yoga sound journeys, The Nam Hai, The Four Seasons Resort in Vietnam, has announced the Visiting Masters  of Health 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 of health”, each specialising in a different part of mental and physical wellness as part of their year-long programme.

The Visiting Masters of Health include:

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.

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The visiting masters of health giving therapy

A spa guest receiving a specialist treatment

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Ongoing Wellness Retreats in the Maldives

Nutrition, massage, yoga and pilates, Niyama Private Islands in the Maldives is continuing its ongoing residential programme of visiting practitioners from across the globe promoting health and wellbeing.

Former professional ballet dancer, Grace Hurry will host Pilates and Yoga from 7th – 25th April 2019, with a series of group exclusive classes focussing on alignment, strength and mobility.

She will be offering exclusive one-on-one sessions allowing guests of all abilities the opportunity to get first-hand knowledge and tuition. Mother-Daughter classes will also be available, encouraging families to stay healthy and exercise together, learning a new skill which they can then continue to practice following their stay.

The resort will also see Dr Paolo Fernandes’ Longevity, Lymphatic Massage and Nutrition Programme from 15th March – 30th April 2019. As a certified Health Coach, specialist in Nutritional Microscopy and international speaker, Dr Paolo will bring his wealth of knowledge about the inner workings of the body to guests. His proven 10 step programme to achieve perfect health has brought him clients including top Hollywood celebrities. The programme will assess guests’ internal health, measure blood flow and improve the lymphatic system. Results include the reduction of cellulite and stress, nervous system relaxation, removal of toxins, and an increase in physical fitness, concentration and sleep quality.

Niyama Private Islands is set across two spacious private islands, connected by a single wooden bridge across the Indian Ocean, Niyama is a Maldivian resort in the south-western atoll of Dhaalu.

Visit www.Niyama.com


Wellness journeys in Sri Lanka

The Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort is offering 7-day wellness journeys based on the guiding philosophies of Ayurveda, and designed to balance and nourish mental and physical health.

With coconut palms lining the Sri Lankan coastline, this is a place to escape modern life, to re-centre and unwind at a slower pace and the setting to transform using the resort’s 3-pillars of mindfulness, deep sleep and self-care.

Each of the wellness journeys is tailored according to individual doshas and vikruti, (current imbalances) after a consultation with the Resident Ayurveda Doctor which addresses, holistically, exercise, diet, sleep, stress and relaxation needs. A week-long journey of coaching with personal yogis, life coaches, trainers and chefs culminates with a long-term plan for continued wellness back home.

According to Dr. Jayachandran Thampi, “These guided programmes are designed to balance and introduce the benefits of Ayurveda; perhaps leading to a deeper immersion upon return. Complemented by Yoga, healing arts and ayurvedic nutritional guidance they introduce the concept of ‘holism’ – not just evaluating our physical state, but along with it the more esoteric elements of being. Through our personalised approach, we gently ease guests through the process of healing.”

Each ayurvedic retreat offers a holistic journey of distinct benefits. Collectively these programmes encompass an ideal of happiness – a healthy balance of body, mind and spirit.

The Rebuilding Detox programme consists of two spa treatments daily using medicated herbs suited to your doshas. Virechana Karma evacuates toxins from the gut. The programme also includes detoxing the mind with three energy healing sessions, two life coaching appointments, a painting lesson with a local artisan, and daily journal keeping.

The Inner Harmony programme consists of three energy healing sessions, two coaching sessions with the Doctor of Ayurveda to understand individual lifestyle choices based on your doshas, ayurvedic nutrition counselling, daily spa treatments, local excursions, and a contemplative environment with technology blackout and journal keeping.

The Deep Sleep programme consists of two in-room slumber guru rituals, three energy healing sessions, two coaching sessions with the Doctor of Ayurveda to understand your lifestyle choices based on your doshas, and ayurvedic nutrition counselling. Unwind with daily spa treatments, a guided excursion to a local Buddhist temple, a painting session with a local artisan, and yoga sessions with the resident yogi.

The Natural Weight programme consists of invigorating daily exercise including four personal trainer sessions and a half day of surfing. Nutritional changes are recommended based on your doshas, with Eating for Balance counselling and life coaching according to ayurvedic principles to discover the ayurvedic approach to healthy weight management and vitality. Daily spa treatments, energy healing, and guided excursions to Buddhist temples are also included .


Wellness gets a health check at Arabian Travel Market 2018

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Wellness is an all-embracing industry sector with a wealth of health and lifestyle dimensions.  Within it, the spa sector has a defined place and purpose but spas are no longer the preserve of the luxury market and for successful growth, diversity and originality are key drivers.

Across the  Middle East, unique treatments and therapies have been created from the use of local rich resources to offer a wide menu of treatments from green caviar facials, 24-carat gold massages, or diamond dust exfoliating treatments, carving a niche in a competitive spa market.

According to a report on Spa & Wellness Travel which is produced exclusively for ATM, the number of 5-star hotel spas in Dubai will increase from 107 in 2017 to 157 in 2021. The Bulgari Spa and The Spa at Palazzo Versace Dubai are two of the big names driving the spa developments and revenues in the emirate.

Simon Press, Senior Exhibition Director of Arabian Travel Market added.  “Regionally, the spa sector is multi-faceted and sensitive to events and developments in many sectors, including global health, beauty and wellness trends. In 2017 we saw focus increase across these areas. Dubai was quick to capitalise and innovate, with the debut of a number of luxury-branded hotel spas.”

Wellness trips in 2015 to the GCC increased 44%, compared to 2013 while the number of spas increased 27% with Oman and Bahrain leading the growth. As for guest profile, Abu Dhabi saw more male and walk-in guests at 53% and 67% respectively, whereas in Dubai 58% of spa guests are female.

As wellness develops to become more immersive in today’s search for wellbeing, the future of the industry is expected to broaden its offering to embrace more tangible health benefits such as medical spa services, sleep therapies, nutritional consultations, and lifestyle evaluations.

“In 2018  and onwards, we expect to see these trends converge, further cementing Dubai and the region’s reputation as a leading medical, wellness and health destination.” commented Press.

Arabian Travel Market (ATM) is the leading travel and tourism event in the Middle East for inbound and outbound tourism professionals.








Maldives’ Finolhu celebrates Global Wellness Day

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Shining a light on the benefits of healthy living and inspiring creative ways to embrace wellness into everyday life, Finolhu, the retro-chic Maldives resort has curated a fun-filled line-up of wellness activities and will stage a free ‘yoga marathon’ to mark Global Wellness Day.

Celebrated on the second Saturday of June every year, Global Wellness Day is all about the idea that ‘One Day Can Change Your Whole Life’. The Island playground is challenging guests to a ‘yoga marathon’ of five complimentary wellness-inspired classes throughout the day on 9th June.

Guests are invited to rise and shine with resident yoga trainer for a sunrise session Additional classes dare guests to join a Master UFC Gym trainer for an intense kickboxing and conditioning session on the beach, test their limits with a strength and endurance class using TRX and high interval training equipment and then take time out to breathe and disconnect from the world with an Aerial Yoga session using soft silk hammocks suspended from the ceiling before winding down with a Sunset Yoga session on the Sun Bank.

Staying with the retro beach vibe, Finolhu’s Cove Club strips the spa concept back where massage, movement and chill is medicinal and the fun glamorous side of the Sixties is at play.

Ten chandelier-lit treatment huts, each celebrating an iconic diva of the 60s and 70s, are complemented by a fitness centre, yoga and movement pavilion and an outdoor ‘Palm Beach Gym’.

Inspired by the island’s natural environment, guests can embrace their fitness goals with capoeira and paddle boarding to ballet and kickboxing, while other awesome facilities include a relaxation area overlooking the beach, steam/sauna, wellness area, salon and retail pavilion.

Finolhu is 30 minutes by speedboat from its sister resort Amilla Fushi.



Bodyism in the Maldives

This Easter, guests of the Maldivian island of Amilla Fushi are invited to embrace renewal on an exclusive, enriching retreat experience.

James Duigan, founder of the global healthy living phenomenon Bodyism, will be leading the retreat, guiding guests through individually tailored one-, three- and five-day wellness journeys focused on the four pillars of health: MovementNutritionSleep and Mindset.

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Bodyism personal training programmes are founded on the belief that movement is medicine, adopting an innovative, holistic approach and incorporating a wide spectrum of techniques focused on alignment, posture, intelligent weight training, functional movement, yoga, stretching and Pilates.

Each bespoke Bodyism programme at Amilla includes a personal ‘Body Oracle’ consultation, delicious, unprocessed, ingredient-led cuisine inspired by Bodyism’s  Clean and Lean philosophy at Amilla’s Bodyism Café at Javvu Spa and one-on-one training.

In 2006 Bodyism founder James Duigan made it his mission to transform people’s lives by empowering them to realise their physical and mental potential so they can experience a happier and healthier life. He began to focus on listening to his clients’ bodies, so they could improve their range of movement and posture, and enjoy injury-free movement for years to come. He later developed the Clean and Lean philosophy, encouraging people to nourish their bodies from the inside out through mindful eating, regular exercise and healthy long-term lifestyle decisions.

Amilla Fush is located just 30 minutes by seaplane from Malé International (Velana International Airport)

Easter retreats led by Bodyism founder James Duigan are currently scheduled for 28 March – 8 April 2018 For details of the retreat, contact www.carrier.co.uk.

For more information on Bodyism, visit  www.bodyism.com




Beauty whisperer in the Maldives

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Niyama Private Islands, Maldives sees the return of beauty whisperer to the stars Dr. David Alessi who is also the Maldives’ first and only licenced cosmetic surgeon. His residency starts 25 March – 5 April 2018.

Dr. Alessi is the founder and medical director of the Alessi Institute for Facial Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills. He is board-certified by both the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology.

Dr. David Alessi will be in residence to offer specialist treatments. He strives to make each one of his clients feel and look their best with non-surgical cosmetic procedures that include Botox and a range of dermal fillers to fortify the skin against ageing. In this relaxing setting, guests can choose treatments for wrinkles, contours and folds, all without the invasiveness of surgery, from a combination of Botox for crow’s feet and frown lines to Kybella, the first and only FDA-approved injectable treatment to destroy fat cells beneath the chin.

Dr. Alessi’s experience, training and desire to help people feel their best has resulted in thousands of patients from all over the world, including A-list celebrities, choosing Alessi Institute for facial rejuvenation. He delivers natural-looking results through a variety of trademarked techniques and procedures that he personally developed to reduce scarring and recovery times for patients.

Visit:www.niyama.com/en/niyama-spa and www.facialinstitute.com

To read our exclusive interview with Dr Alessi, go to the Review Section

Wellness is…..a ballet retreat!

Villa Muthee at sunrise with guests A
Swan Lake, pirouettes and tutus, wellness is to be offered in a unique arrangement and exclusive setting. The Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa has partnered with the Royal Ballet’s trained dancer, Karis Scarlette, for a ten-day residency in April this year.

This unique Ballet Retreat will include ballet techniques, artistry and strength training in a relaxed and tranquil environment. The Spa will offer “Tutu Perfect” body treatment that uses natural spirulina algae to impart essential vitamins, minerals and preteen to nourish and revitalise the body.

Guests will discover the healing benefits of classical ballet according to Karis Scarlette. “Ballet is a highly focused and empowering art form that benefits all areas of one’s life, from fitness and wellbeing, to memory concentration and grace. Not only are my classes carefully curated to focus on improving posture, strength and flexibility, but I also aim to build guests’ confidence through a holistic and friendly approach.

The Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa offers an on-going Residence’s programme which brings wellness experts from around the world from various fields to include wellness. Previous masters have included celebrity personal trainer and fitness influencer, Faisal Abdalla, meditation and mindfulness expert Jody Shields, as well as top yoga instructors from London

Visit www.shangri-la.com

Needles at the ready for a Fair Isle escape

Perfect for relaxing, distressing and enjoying the surrounding countryside, ECT Travel is offering a Shetland Knitting tour with expert, Alison Crowther-Smith. Guests can experience the magic and history of Northern Scotland while learning the traditional Fair Isle knitting technique in the very birthplace of the craft. This five-day break will take place from the 27th – 31st July.

Guests will receive daily instruction on how to knit Fair Isle accessories. There will be visits to the Norse and pre-historic Jarlshof settlements, one of the most important and awe-inspiring archaeological sites in Scotland. There will also be voyages to the Shetland Museum and Archives, a guided tour of the Shetland Textile Museum as well as a guided tour of Jamieson & Smith Wool Brokers, the main manufacturer of Shetland produced wool.

Guests will also discover the mystery of the sweet and secluded isle of Lerwick. With wide open spaces and pure air Lerwick is Shetland’s only real town and houses a textile museum where participants can learn even more about the island’s heritage of crafting and fabrics. A restored fishing station, the building is steeped in culture as the birthplace of Arthur Anderson who introduced Shetland to Queen Victoria after gifting her some fine lace stockings.

Guide prices start from £1,059 per person based on two people sharing a double or twin room a half-board basis at the Shetland Hotel in Lerwick.

Tel: 01225 333747