Detox spa break

Detox spa break

If you are looking for a short, stress-free holiday, minus the long haul flights and jet lag, then a winter wellness break could be the perfect alternative. As the luxurious destinations are in Europe, they are quick and easy way of curing them winter blues. Why travel half way around the world in search of winter sun, when you can indulge in spa treatments, holistic therapies and renew your mind, body and spirit, just in time for the new year.

Health and Fitness Travel, experts in tailor-made healthy holidays worldwide, have shortlisted 10 of their best wellness breaks in Europe, especially for you. From ski and spa breaks in the Austrian Alps, to detox holidays in Spain, and yoga retreats in the Czech Republic. This really is relaxation central.

Try Ayurveda for your Body, Mind and Soul

Madeira: Galo Resort

Experience the relaxing qualities of an Ayurveda holiday at the Galo Resort in Madeira this winter, claiming to 'fortify cure for Body, Mind and Soul.' The on-site wellness centre offers a selection of treatments stemming from ancient Ayurvedic practices as well as accupuncture, yoga, Reiki and medidation classes to help your body recover from the strains of reality. The healthy break also offers personalised pamper packages at reasonable prices. Why not try a spot of golf whilst your there, or the exclusive Fusion Fitness range, allowing your stay to fit your personal needs. The Galo Resort is situated on the sea front, where you can relax and take in the breathtaking, sceneric surroundings. The resort is ideal for anyone seeking a luxury, healthy holiday. With a variety of treatments and activities to suit each individual, you are sure to return home feeling brand new.

Average Winter Temperature: 16°C, 60°F

Escape on a Ski and Spa Break

Austria: Grand Park Hotel

Combine skiing with spa treaments for a perfect winter break to the picturesque Austrian Alps. The Grand Park Hotel Health & Spa is a skiers dream with altitudes reaching 2,600m and guaranteed snow until April. Cruise down the slopes during the day and indulge in the spa of an evening to soothe your muscles and unwind. The healing thermal water after a long day on the slopes is a unique ritual at the hotel. Treat yourself by bathing in the panorama thermal water indoor pool, the steamy sauna, aromatherapy and relax on the warm, water beds. Why not try yoga, pilates and hiking up the snow covered mountains. There is plenty to keep you occupied at this five star quality resort. The Grand Park Hotel offers first-class accomodation, outstanding service and breath-taking views, a perfect getaway for ski lovers seeking a luxury holiday this winter.

Average Winter Temperature: 3°C, 37°F

Detox Your Mind and Body This Winter

Spain: SHA Wellness Clinic

If you are looking for a top of the range detox holiday then look no further than the award winning SHA Wellness Clinic in Spain. The spa is beautifully designed in a modern, chic way, providing nothing but the best. The spa combines Far Eastern therapies with a modern Western twist offering a nutritious macrobiotic cuisine, therapeutic treatments and educational yet informal wellness classes. All hotel guests have the luxury to design their own personal detox break after a medical consultation at the art wellness clinic. With an extensive list of treatments on offer including acupuncture, lymphatic drainage and a range of specialist massages, you are sure to find something to suit your needs. When you leave the hotel, the clinic provides a personalised post-treatment plan to help you continue your detox at home.

Average Winter Temperature: 13°C, 55°F

Rejuvenate with a Vital Energy Rebalancing Retreat

Italy: Lefay Resort & Spa

Refresh your mind, body and spirit on an energy balancing retreat overlooking the picturesque Lake Garda. It's located inside an 11 hectares natural park in the heart of the nenowned Riviera dei Limoni, surrounded by hills and natural terraces overlooking the lake. The Lefay Resort & Spa is the perfect destination for a winter luxury spa break. This rejuvinating holiday offers personalised massages, revitalising facials and a whole range of wellness activities aimed at rebalancing your physical energy. The retreat provides personalised programmes accustomed to your specific needs, whether it be a detox, promoting a healthier lifestyle or a full body healing in the impressive spa, boasting multiple swimming pools, or the relaxing sauna and grottos. Lefay is a little bit of heaven, perfect for anyone seeking a luxury health and well-being getaway.

Average Winter Temperature: 4°C, 39°F

Get Your Energy Flowing with Holistic Therapies

France: La Clairiére

Boost your energy levels and learn how to adopt a healthier lifestyle at La Clairiére in France. Set in the forests of Alsace, the tranquil surroundings are the perfect location for a relaxing break this winter. Indulge in a variety of holistic treatments and the delicious organic cuisine on this perfect healthy holiday which is certain to leave you feeling fully refreshed. The impressive spa includes plunge pools, whirlpools, a sauna, steam rooms and a gym in addition to offering a range of specialist treatments. So whether you want to lose weight and become an overall healthier person, detox your body or just unwind and de-stress, then this French retreat is the perfect getaway for you.

Average Winter Temperature: 4°C, 39°F

Stimulate, Energise and Restore your Body

Portugal: Penha Longa

Recharge your batteries on a luxury wellness break to Portugal and beat the winter blues. Located on the Portuguese coastline this spectacular well-being holiday offers 2 golf courses and 5 restaurants serving delicious food from all over the globe. With the bustling city of Lisbon just around the corner from the Sense of Balance programme you can harness the healing power of ancient natural therapies to help you detox and boost your well-being. The hotel offers lots of stimulating treatments to help restore your inner peace such as a variety of massages, or yoga and Tai Chi. This spa break also offers an exclusive Fusion Fitness programme, making it a fantastic choice for a healthy winter getaway.

Average Winter Temperature: 12°C, 53°F

Achieve your New Year’s Resolutions for Health and Fitness

Malta: Kempinski San Lawrenz

For all the fitness fanatics, work on your diet and fitness levels at Kempinski San Lawrenz in Malta, a luxurious Mediterranean retreat. A fun, fitness holiday designed to help you look and feel fantastic. Situated amongst a beautiful countryside this charming health retreat provide tranquil surroundings for those looking for a revitalising health and fitness holiday. Check out the broad range of wellness acitivies provided which incorporate all elements of fitness, such as cardio training, strength & sport, mind & body and renewal on this action packed Fusion Fitness break. This is one gym session you don't want to miss. Get involved in a guided cycling tour, rock climbing or simply unwind in the beautiful, tranquil spa.

Average Winter Temperature: 13°C, 55°F

Revive and Renew yourself on a Healthy Ageing Retreat

Switzerland: La Reserve Genève

Escape to Switzerland on this stress-free, revitalising, wellness retreat and experience first class anti-ageing treatments and indulgent signature therapies at La Reserve Genève. With expert consultations upon arrival, your healthy ageing experience starts straight away, providing each individual with a personalised plan to combat the factors of premature ageing. The spa offers a variety of treatments and signature therapies, alongside delicious food options. The nutritious cuisine is designed to kick start your path towards a healthier diet and an all rounded improved lifestyle, helping you age gracefully.

Average Winter Temperature: 3°C, 37°F

Tone Your Body and Cleanse your Mind

Italy: Argentario

Relax in this trendy Italian health retreat in the heart of Tuscany, which aims to improve your overall well-being and boost your fitness levels. The Argentario Resort features an 18-hole golf course, a fabulous wellness centre and gourmet restaurant which specialises in traditional Tuscan cuisine. Each room is designed beautifully in a fashionable, modern way. Argentario is the perfect getaway to escape the miserable winter weather. Enhance your fitness on the exclusive Fusion Fitness holidays which offer unrivalled choice catered to your ability and wellness needs. Relax and unwind after an activity-filled day by soothing your muscles in the resort's excellent spa to round off the day. 

Average Winter Temperature: 8°C, 46°F

Unwind and De-stress with Yoga or Pilates

Czech Republic: Svata Katerina

Escape to the Czech Republic on a relaxing yoga holiday this winter. Svata Katerina in the Czech Republic offers a number of well-being breaks designed to help you improve your health. This healthy break champions a back to nature approach, leaving you surrounded by nature at its purest, utilising the healing properties of yoga and Pilates. No TV's or cars are allowed on site which makes it a truly refreshing experience. It is situated in a peaceful forest location where you can enjoy the range of facilities including tennis courts, a golf driving range and a riding stable before unwinding and relaxing in the the sauna at this luxurious wellness retreat.

Average Winter Temperature: 0°C, 32°F

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