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A Garden Spa in the Cotswolds

Just like a secret hideaway. Follow the pathways through the manicured gardens and they will lead you to a building housing everything that’s relaxing. All sitting conveniently at the bottom of the garden.

Belonging to the Cotswolds House Hotel, the Spa is intimate and extremely friendly with an expert therapist team who work hard to ensure every guest benefits from the experiences offered. These include a hydrotherapy pool and corner jacuzzi, a hammam steam room,  a range of treatments and a dedicated relaxation room. From vitamin facials, aromatherapy wraps, a pepper & grapefruit detox to manicures, eyelash tints and a menu for men, the list is varied, creative and fits the bill.

The hotel is a honey-coloured stone Grade 11 Regency townhouse built in 1815 as a private home and from as early as 1920 has been welcoming guests. After expansion which included the adjoining coach house, it is today a contemporary-styled boutique hotel with 28 attractive guest rooms and three suites, a bistro, formal restaurant and spa.

A spiral staircase leads to the rooms decorated with country-chic touches of design. The suites are stylish and spacious with a flow-through lounge area and bedroom. Zany lighting and mod-cons accessorise it. The bathrooms are light and airy with The White Company toiletries. Many rooms look out over the gardens which reveal cut away crevices to hide and seek peace and relaxation areas with a mesmerising water feature in the centre. Calm and quiet and tranquil.

The Bistro is a popular venue for guests and locals with a buzzy atmosphere and good service. The gin tasting sessions are a novelty, boasting an impressive list of over 87 varieties.  For fine dining, there is the Fig Restaurant and for something different, there’s a choice of three or five tasting menus. Chef’s choice dishes, such as Braised Beef Shin in Jack Daniels Sauce or Pan-Fried Sea Trout in Sauce Visage, are well worth savouring.

Free from city smog and the pollutants that come with it, the hotel enjoys pride of place overlooking the market square of central Chipping Campden in rural Gloucestershire. Attracting many a tourist, this quintessential English area retains its woven roots with fluffy toys, rugs and woolly wraps displayed in cubby-hole shop windows jostling for space with artisan crafts spilling out on pavements.  Afternoon tea continues English traditions in quaint tea shops on every corner in buildings steeped in history each with a story to tell.

The Noel Arms Hotel is the town’s oldest inn. It’s a sister property to the Cotswold House Hotel and just a stone’s throw away.  It attracts curry lovers to its restaurant which is not surprising, given that it holds the Best Pub Curry Chef Award as judged by the Great British Pub Food Awards.

Souvenirs, scones, stone terraced houses, local arts and narrow lanes passing village pubs portray the Cotswolds. Amidst this, the Cotswolds House Hotel & Spa stands proud offering Spa Breaks throughout the year laced with gastro specialities and warm service. Cosy, warm and stylish are hallmarks of a stay here.

It’s not every day that you can enjoy a professional massage in an elegant building at the bottom of a hotel’s garden. The Spa’s “Signature aroma blend refine and firm massage” is recommended. After selecting from a choice of oils, (geranium), specific focus (shoulders), and pressure (firm), the hour was pure bliss, dissolving knotted muscles and stressed thoughts. And be sure to visit the Spa early evening to enjoy dimmed lighting and the ambience while relaxing on one of the loungers.

So, if you are travelling to this picturesque area be mindful of what you find at the bottom of the garden.

Rooms at The Cotswolds House Hotel & Spa from £140 B&B in winter, £180 B&B in summer

https://www.cotswoldhouse.com/

 

Healing Through Horses

Equine therapy  is taking the reins in the world of wellness.

This transformational experience is becoming increasingly popular in the UK and worldwide. Even Hollywood stars Ben Affleck and singer Selina Gomez are among those who have sought equine therapy as part of a wider treatment programme.

Combining the power of healing through horses with the luxury, spacious setting of Casa de Campo Resort and Villas in the Dominican Republic, a unique and aptly named “Unbridled Retreat” will take place in April this year.

Equine gestalt coach and authentic horse listener, Devon Combs, has partnered with the Caribbean resort to offer a retreat for up to 12 women. Her aim is to help women find clarity and purpose through the healing power of horses in an environment designed to promote wellness, self-discovery and healing.  “I’ve experienced the healing power of horses first-hand. Now I bring women and horses together in a safe space where I teach people how to let go of self-sabotage and pick up the reins of their lives. I specialise in helping them get clear on where they’re headed, and find the courage to move forward in their lives.”

The Unbridled Retreat at Casa de Campo provides the ideal setting for the equestrian centre within its 7,000-acre resort. Dripping in Hollywood legacy and Hamptons luxury, Casa de Campo and its mansion villa homes have attracted A-list celebrities, politicians and royals for decades, recently including Jay-Z and Beyonce, the Kardashians, Drake, Alycia Keys and Bill Clinton.

The Unbridled Retreat takes place in April 2020.

For details on this equine therapy retreat: https://www.casadecampo.com.do/experiences/sports/equestrian/unbridled-equine-retreat/

Menopause In Today’s Society

Hushed and under the radar in the world of wellness is the subject of menopause. That is until now.  Recognising the need for further evaluation and research into the effects of menopause on women today, the Longevity Health & Wellness Hotel, has introduced a unique programme to tackle this issue.

The ‘Women’s Health Optimisation’ programme has been specifically designed for women experiencing menopause in a bid to help them understand this important stage of life. It offers women the opportunity to rebalance and regenerate their holistic health and wellbeing, minimising the negative effects of this stage of their life, boosting self-confidence and vitality. With key symptoms being fatigue, hot flushes, reduced libido, night sweats, palpitations, headaches, memory problems, low mood and joint pains, Longevity’s new programme aims to check up on and address these symptoms, whilst inviting guests to enjoy 5* hotel accommodation located over the bay of Alvor in Portugal’s Algarve.

Usually considered a ‘taboo’ topic of conversation, attitudes to the menopause are being transformed. Wellness companies, fem-tech and beauty brands have started stepping up to champion this fundamental life stage. It has been reported that almost half of women say they would feel unable to talk to their boss about menopause and experience inappropriate comments about the menopause at work. Even celebrities, such as Gwyneth Paltrow, have spoken out on the need to recognise this key stage of life and Longevity has joined the movement. The media is now following suit.

Longevity Women’s Health Optimisation Programme
Over a minimum stay of four nights, the programme offers a large variety of medical consultations, menopause check-up and a Longevity holistic health check. Additional therapies and consultations include:

  • Integrative Medicine and Anti-Ageing Consultation
  • Gynecology and Obstetrics Consultation
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine Consultation
  • Vitamin B12 IM Boost
  • CoQ10 IV Boost
  • Glutathione IV Boost
  • Acupuncture Sessions
  • Bioidentical Hormone Therapy
  • Longevity Nutrition Consultation
  • Energetic Healing Therapies 

Additionally, guests will be able to enjoy access to the detox & relax wet area circuit, gym, half-board meal plan, access to the Longevity Vitality activity plan daily group activities and Longevity infusions, alkaline water ph 9.5, and aromatherapy essential oil.

Longevity Health & Wellness Hotel (longevityalvor.com/en/) offers a standard room from £170 per room per night on a B&B basis, based on 2 people sharing. The Women’s Health Optimisation is priced at €5,333/£4,725pp for 4 nights (excluding accommodation).

Music Yoga – Rock OM….

 

Music and yoga

Hard Rock Hotels has mixed rock with yoga for their first Rock Om®Retreat to give it a new twist.

Fusing serenity with vibrancy, this new retreat brings a fresh spin to the traditional art of yoga.  This immersive three-day yoga practice is set against the backdrop of  captivating sunlit mountaintops, in the heart of the Swiss Alps.

Visionary producer and yogi, DJ Drez  and his wife Marti Nikko,  will transform vinyasa practice through original tracks, sounds designed to invigorate and enhance movement and flow.

Breathing in fresh mountain air and liberating mind, body & soul, this holistic package includes a series of experiences. These include a sunrise yoga session & sunset yoga rave. An alpine hike to Schatzalp comes complete with a healthy picnic and a forest meditation. There is also a detox/retox yoga session in the hotel’s chapel featuring the live musical stylings of DJ Drez and instructor Marti’s yoga flow.

This exclusive retreat will take place from September 20th to 22nd, 2019.

For more information on Rock Om®, please click here.