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The ‘Ayurbodha’ treatment in Kerala

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 Introducing ‘Ayurbodha’, a new offering from Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC) aimed at blending tourism and the knowledge of Ayurveda.

Under this new initiative, the traveller can stay at any of the KTDC resorts located in Kerala and learn about the ancient medicinal stream of Ayurveda. The focus will be on basic home remedies and diet regimes, Ayurvedic practices for the rejuvenation of the body and soul, secrets of pressure points, basics of ‘Panchakarma’ treatment and the history and use of medicinal plants.

“Ayurveda, as a wellness system and a mainstream tourism product, has been largely confined to treatments and massages. While Kerala is known as a destination for enjoying serene and peaceful holidays, our time-tested tradition of Ayurveda can enrich every visitor’s experience,” the Minister stated during the 2017 World Travel Market in London.

“It is a unique experiential tourism initiative that has enormous potential to increase footfalls in God’s Own Country. It unfolds new vistas of Ayurveda as an enticing tourism offering and will surely appeal to the visitors from both India and abroad,” said Dr. Venu V, Principal Secretary, Kerala Tourism.

 

 

 

 

The Caribbean to reinvigorate wellness tourism

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The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) has declared 2018 the Year of Wellness and Rejuvenation in the Caribbean.

“For those who focus on renewing body and spirit, the options are virtually endless; from beachfront workouts and yoga retreats, to wellness resorts and spa treatments, the notion of being rejuvenated in the Caribbean is one more reason to let us pamper you in 2018,” the secretary general Hugh Riley
said. “The region’s diverse tropical landscape with mountain ranges, valleys and volcanoes, provide excellent opportunities for a variety of ages and physical abilities.

The global wellness sector is a $3.72 trillion industry, according to the Global Wellness Institute.

Cliveden is honoured to back on the spa scene

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Cliveden Spa, was awarded the accolade of ‘Best New or Back on the Scene Luxury Spa’ in the annual Condé Nast Johansens 2018 Awards for Excellence.

The opening of The Cliveden Spa in July 2017 marked the completion of a multi-million pound restoration of Cliveden House in Berkshire, which has seen the total transformation of the iconic luxury country house hotel.  Honouring the illustrious 350-year history of the house, The Cliveden Spa has been revamped and has re-opened alongside a brand new state-of-the-art building which links the house to the spa within the walled garden. Hidden in the beautiful garden setting, guests can experience a tranquil oasis offering a sense of wellbeing and relaxation. The centrepiece of the spa is the ‘listed’ outdoor swimming pool, beside which the infamous Christine Keeler first met John Profumo. 

Combining quintessentially British treatments and products in partnerships with Sarah Chapman, renowned for her award-winning facials, and OSKIA whose treatments are designed to complement and accentuate their multi-award-winning nutritional skincare range, the new Cliveden Spa creates a rejuvenating environment.  

Blind Therapists shine light on Shinta Mani Spas in Cambodia

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Cambodia hotel group, Shinta Mani Hotels, has introduced a programme to train and employ local blind people to work as massage therapists in the hotels’ spa. This initiative provides the therapists with an opportunity to earn an income which may not have otherwise been available to them, enabling them to support themselves and their families.

Shinta Mani is renowned for its philanthropy thanks to the tireless efforts of the Shinta Mani Foundation, a not-for-profit NGO which is dedicated to supporting local communities by providing vital services, developing schemes to increase human capital, and equipping them with the tools to overcome the constraints of poverty.

The Shinta Mani Spa uses 100 percent natural products, combined with therapeutic treatments based on traditional and modern healing rituals to boost concentration and awareness while reducing stress – helping guests to attain ultimate balance.

Currently there are two male blind therapists who have been trained to do the Signature Oil Massage, a traditional Khmer Massage and a relaxing Foot Massage. Prices for the treatments by the blind therapists are £44 and £26 respectively. 

Website:  www.shintamani.com

National Spa Week Offers

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National Spa Week highlights the importance of time for you. Indulge in one (or several) of the many therapies and pampering experiences offered by enticing facilities. National Spa Week runs from October 30th – 5th November.

UK

Rudding Park Spa, Harrogate

Rudding Park Spa brings a destination spa to the heart of Yorkshire as well as re-capturing Harrogate’s spa town heritage by drawing natural waters from the grounds of Rudding Park. Enjoy organic treatments inspired by nature, chef Murray Wilson’s kitchen garden cuisine at Horto, as well as experiences ranging from herbal infused steam and saunas, Moorish mud treatments and the healing benefits of bathing in therapeutic waters. The Roof Top Spa features a Hydrotherapy Infinity Pool, a Panoramic Sauna and Luxury Steam infused with seasonal scents of flora and fauna, a Spa Bath and Garden Sauna Cabin.
 
A one-night spa break starts from £177 per person including half board, a 50-minute treatment and access to the spa. (01423 844 840, ruddingpark.co.uk)
 
The Gainsborough Bath Spa, Bath

With an extensive offering of spa treatments and full spa days at the renowned Spa Village, The Gainsborough Bath Spa is leading the way with exclusive access to Bath’s celebrated thermal waters.
  
The Dream Lodge Group, Norfolk Park, Norfolk

Set amongst the backdrop of the North Norfolk coast and The Broads, Norfolk Park offers a luxurious state-of-the-art spa, offering a range of indulgent treatments such as tailor-made facials and lava shell back massages. Guests can make the most of the Great British outdoors before returning to their luxurious lodge, complete with a hot tub.

Visit www.dreamlodgeholidays.co.uk or call 01279 905 881 for prices of a 4-night midweek break, or a 3-night weekend break.
 
Hastings Hotels, Northern Ireland

Hastings Hotels are offering a NEW Restore and Repair Autumn Spa Experience at the Slieve Donard Resort & Spa and at the 5* Culloden Estate & Spa. Guests can take the time to repair summer damage to their skin and rejuvenate with carefully tailored treatments using nourishing ESPA products and incorporating pumpkin enzymes and apricot kernel as key ingredients.
 
Hastings Hotels (hastingshotels.com, 028 4372 1066) for the Restore & Repair Autumn Spa Experience offers
 
Dorsett Shepherds Bush, London

Dorsett Shepherds Bush has partnered with SpaMika to launch an enhanced spa and wellness offering at the hotel with four treatment suites. A range of holistic treatments range from Hot Bamboo and Jade Stone massages to a Strawberries and Cream natural body polish and Fig & Vanilla body mask. Guests can enjoy the spa’s relaxation area as well as the sauna and aroma steam, also available for hotel guest use. 

Prices from £130 a night for room only. www.spamika.co.uk
 
Europe
 
Grand Resort Bad Ragaz, Switzerland

Europe’s leading medical health & wellbeing resort has partnered with Harald Kitz, the innovative creator of the haki method, a holistic concept focused on the head, to offer four new exclusive haki® rituals in a brand-new, specially designed treatment suite. The four new restorative treatments have been created to help re-establish natural balance and strength to guests’ emotional and physical wellbeing and can be enjoyed individually or as a couple. To launch the new service, the five-star resort is offering a special haki® – Time out for your head overnight package.
 
The package is available until 20th December 2017 from £348* per person per night in a double room. The treatment will be offered as a couple’s treatment for guests booking a double room. For information and bookings, visit www.resortragaz.ch or call +41 (0)81 303 30 30.
 

Ikos Resorts, Greece

Located on Greece’s idyllic Halkidiki coast, Ikos Resorts are offering luxurious pampering activities to include a soothing and aromatic scalp massage, a complete deep cleansing body wrap and firming facials designed to combat the visual signs of ageing. The properties also boast an eclectic selection of physical and mental wellbeing activities to aid those who are looking to find complete inner serenity.
 
Rates at Ikos Olivia and Ikos Oceania start at £170/ ‎€192 per room per night on an all – inclusive basis.  

MarBella Corfu, Corfu, Greece

Perfect for Autumn, luxury 5* MarBella Corfu offers a hot new wellness trend: the Probiotic Facial. The Glowing Facial Skin Saviour uses fresh ingredients including homemade fresh yogurt, pure olive oil and orange juice rich in nutrients, vitamins A, E, C and probiotics, nourishing the skin and leaving it with a luxurious glow. MarBella is also excited to announce its recent collaboration with renowned holistic psychotherapist Dirk Stikker to create the MASTERMIND 2.0programme.
 
MarBella Corfu (www.marbella.gr, +30 2661 071183) offers rooms from £114/130 Euros per double room per night. The Glowing Facial Skin Saviour is offered for £97 for 60 minute.
  
Danai Beach Resort and Villas, Halkidiki, Greece

 
The Danai Beach Resort & Villas has introduced a NEW Anti-Age Facial, Vitality of the Glaciers (Collagen Mask Treatment). The Vitality of the Glaciers treatment is a Biological Lift and Deep Hydration face treatment with spectacular results based on Swiss tradition in cellular Rejuvenation. A patented pure native collagen mask is used along with specific massage technique for the face, smoothing fine lines and restoring the skin’s natural tone and glow.
 
Danai Beach Resort (info@danairesort.com, Tel +30 23750 20400) offers rooms from £369 for two people sharing a double room and the Vitality of the Glaciers Treatment for £139/160 Euros for 90 minutes.

Daios Cove Luxury Resort & Villas, Crete

Daios Cove Luxury Resort & Villas has partnered with Harley Street skin clinic 111SKIN to offer guests a variety of innovative, surgically-inspired new spa treatments. The resort’s state-of-the-art Daios Wellness & Spa will offer guests seven new treatments masterminded by 111SKIN founder and certified cosmetic surgeon Dr. Yannis Alexandrides.
 
Focusing on prevention as well as cure, the healing treatments are designed to rejuvenate, rehydrate and lift skin leaving guests with reduced signs of ageing, inflammation and skin damage.
 
Nightly rates at Daios Cove are from €230 in a Deluxe Sea View Room on a half board basis. To book visit: daioscove.com or call +44 20 3807 1418.

Conrad Algarve, Portugal

Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Conrad Algarve has launched a series of cutting-edge week-long Spa, Fitness and Medical programmes. The holistic packages have been specially designed to support a multitude of needs, from increasing fitness, losing weight or improving overall body and mind balance. Each programme is seven nights and includes accommodation in a Deluxe Room and daily access to the Spa’s thermal areas.
 
Nightly rates at Conrad Algarve start from £219/€254 based on two adults sharing a grand deluxe room on a B&B basis.
   
Princesa Yaiza Suite Hotel Resort, Lanzarote

The luxurious, five-star Princesa Yaaiza in Playa Blanca, Lanzarote, has launched a new Mineral Therapies Marine Treatment by Thalion to help guests overcome the common signs of magnesium deficiency which include stress, insomnia, fatigue and irritability, and calcium deficiency which can affect joint health, ageing and skin conditions. 
 
Princesa Yaiza’s five-day programme offering daily treatments is designed to boost potassium, magnesium and calcium levels in the body. The programme includes massages, baths and wraps using highly concentrated solutions of the minerals, to ensure effective absorption and long-lasting results.
 
The five-night programme costs £593. Rates for a Basic Superior Room at Princesa Yaiza start from £169 per night including a buffet breakfast, based on two people sharing. For further details or to book your escape, visit www.princesayaiza.com or call 0034 928 519 300.
  
Italian Hospitality Collection, Italy

Guests of Italian Hospitality Collection’s three Tuscan spa hotels – Grotta Giusti, Bagni di Pisa and Fonteverde – can now benefit from a wellness programme, ‘Equilibrium’, inspired by the island’s longevity and designed by ITC’s award-winning health expert, Dr Fortunati.
 
The three and seven-day Equilibrium programme courses offer a fully integrated programme of nutritional coaching, cookery classes, a gut supporting diet, fitness classes and relaxation techniques to help guests rediscover the meaning of healthy living and learn how to continue it once home. Thermal treatments using both thermal mud and the hotels’ natural thermal waters are also included. All three spas are set in historic Tuscan villas and are located above natural thermal springs whose healing properties have been known since ancient times.
 
The seven-night programme at Grotta Giusti starts from €2,573 per person on a full board basis. To book visit www.grottagiusti.com
  
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His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Richard Gere choose the tranquillity of Bagni di Pisa, Tuscany

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The Bagni di Pisa in Tuscany was the headquarters for a three-day event in Tuscany exploring Buddhist philosophy and psychology, led by His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama and attended by practicing Buddhist, actor and humanitarian activist Richard Gere. As seen here: https://we.tl/5RbzhmJxnp
 
Both the Dalai Lama and Richard Gere were hosted at Bagni di Pisa spa hotel throughout the three-day event which included a public talk on 20th September by His Holiness at the Piazza del Cavalieri in Pisa and a two-day Science Symposium on 20th and 21st September in Pisa, Italy.
 
His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Richard Gere join a long roster of notable persons who have stayed at the illustrious hotel over the centuries, including Elton John, Billy Idol, Gustav of Sweden, George IV of England and Mary Shelley.

Bagni di Pisa, part of Italian Hospitality Collection, is the 18th century summer residence of the Grand Duke Francesco Stefano of Lorena. Immersed in the greenery of the Parco degli Ulivi the hotel has been brought back to its former splendour and the frescoed hallways, Tuscan terracotta and marbled floors evoke a time when VIPS of yesteryear stayed here.

The property lies above natural hot springs and its ancient thermal pools are renowned for their soothing and healing properties. A vast natural spa which specialises in holistic healing, weight loss, detoxification and relaxation treatments offers the complete experience of physical and mental cleansing.

Cruising for wellness

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Many cruise-lines are embracing the wellness concept with a more holistic lifestyle attitude with integrated treatments and therapies forming themed programmes. From ship to shore, wellness flows from Zen-inspired health and fitness programmes onboard to inspiring shore experiences to achieve that mind and body balance.

MSC is attracting the “weight watchers” by offering a themed cruise which includes consultations with Weight Watcher staff, seminars, cookery demonstrations with approved calorie monitored meals to enjoy while cruising without the weight and guilt. Sailing from the Caribbean, this cruise is aboard the MSC Divina. A Balinese-themed Aurea Spa, complete with a salt relaxation room and ice waterfall within its thermal suite complements the facilities aboard the MSC Meraviglia, while “Wellness Experience by Technogym” is planned to be available throughout the MSC fleet for health conscious passengers.

Mindful living is the concept behind Seabourn Cruises’ wellness programme designed in partnership with integrative medicine practitioner Dr. Andrew Weil and onboard Spa by Steiner. A “mindful living coach” leads classes such as yoga and meditation as well as inspiring talks and seminars from Weil’s books. For those lucky enough, Dr Weil himself with host lectures during his annual Seabourn voyage.

Shoring up with 10 Mediterranean ports, Regent Seven Seas Cruises has launched its exclusive “Seven Seas Wellness Tours”. From Tai Chi in the Imperial Gardens of Marseille to a hydrothermal pool visit in Sorrento, guests are able to combine their onboard health activities with a choice of unique wellness experiences in the destinations they visit. On a similar wave, Oceania Cruises has rolled out a range of Wellness Tours to include a laughter workshop in a Spanish farmhouse.

Aromatherapy and holistic therapies are the key ingredients to the new sensory-styled concept of the Italian-inspired Zàgara Beauty Spa on Silversea Cruises’ Silver Muse. This adds to its “Wellness Expedition” voyages on Silver Discoverer where Pilates, water aerobics, nutritional counselling and yoga feature as components of their health programmes.

Sleepless nights? Celebrity Cruises together with onboard spa provider, Canyon Ranch, will be offering a “Mindful Dreams” wellness programme which include spa treatments and lectures to help with sleep patterns onboard and at home.

The wellness concept has changed the reputation of cruising. Today, think Zen, mindfulness and even Weight Watchers! Cruising has become good for your health.

An A – Z of Medical Spas in Europe

DENMARK

The Place: Kurhotel Skodsburg, North Zealand, Copenhagen
Kurhotel Skodsborg is situated in a beautiful part of North Zealand, the wealthiest area of Copenhagen in between the ocean and the forest, also bordering Dyrehaven, one of the most exquisite UNESCO Heritage nature reserves in Denmark. Skodsborg is located a 20-minute drive from central Copenhagen attracting high-end social hub of locals as well as international guests. Originally a sanatorium founded by Dr. Carl Ottosen in 1898, today it is a luxury spa hotel.

The Philosophy
Ottosen’s philosophies are based on the simple principles for a healthy life – light, air, water, nutrition, exercise and rest. These live on at Skodsborg and have been further developed into new efficient treatments.
Life at Kurhotel Skodsborg still revolve around these founding principles and exemplifies the simplicity and wholesome nature of Nordic lifestyle and culture.

This year the property was re-launched.

Top Treatments
‘SaunaGus’ is the star treatment, an aromatherapy sauna, where a ‘Gusmester’ infuses the air with pure essential oils giving a mild scent that, combined with the heat, enhances relaxation and tranquillity. Each session finishes by diving into the Baltic Sea which from the extreme heat, pushes both physical and mental limits. This treatment is popular with local guests and often booked months in advance.

Get in touch

http://skodsborg.dk/en/

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GERMANY

The Place: Buchinger Wilhelmi, Lake Constance
Buchinger Wilhelmi is a family-owned wellness retreat on the shores of Lake Constance.It has unveiled new suites which overlook Lake Constance. New landscaped gardens now feature Kniepp circulation pools and a textured walking path that stimulates the metabolism through pressure points in the feet.

The Philosophy:
“Re-booting” the body and mind. This retreat specialises in therapeutic fasting and integrative medicine based on a holistic approach. Here physical and culture activities throughout a stay are of paramount importance and include yoga, hiking, meditation, music concerts, art classes, cooking demonstrations and pampering spa treatments. 

The retreat’s team comprises seven doctors who offer an array of specialisms from rheumatology, naturopathy, homeopathy and diabetes, as well as massage therapists, counsellors, nutritionists and personal trainers, all of whom help to empower individuals to push their ‘reset’ button.
Buchinger Wilhelmi was founded by Dr Otto Buchinger who was a medical doctor, philosopher and pioneer of medical fasting.

Top treatments:
Therapeutic fasting programmes – although fasting is not mandatory, other programmes are available

Get in Touch

http://www.buchinger-wilhelmi.com/

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ITALY

The Place: Grotta Giusti, Fonteverde and Bagni di Pisa.

All three spas are set in historic Tuscan villas which were former homes of notable figures including the Medici family, the Grand Duke of Tuscany and poet Giuseppe Giusti. All three are located above natural thermal springs whose healing properties have been known since ancient times and whose waters have induced Gustav of Sweden, George IV of England and Mary Shelley, amongst others.

Philosophy
With diet and lifestyle largely credited to be the cause of Sardinia’s high number of centenarians, guests of Italian Hospitality Collection’s three Tuscan spa hotels benefit from a wellness programme inspired by the island’s longevity.

Equilibrium is a wellness programme designed by Italian Hospitality Collection’s award-winning health expert, Dr Fortunati. It is designed to reduce internal inflammation, improve gut health and rebalance the body and immune system through PNEI principles (psycho-neuro-endocrino-immunology) which focus on the relationship between the mind, nervous system, endocrine system and immune system.

Top Treatments
The three and seven day Equilibrium courses offer a fully integrated programme of nutritional coaching, cookery classes, a gut supporting diet, fitness classes and relaxation techniques to help guests rediscover the meaning of healthy living and learn how to continue it once back ay home. Thermal treatments using both thermal mud and the hotels’ natural thermal waters are also included.

Get in touch
www.italianhospitalitycollection.com

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The Place: Acquaforte Sardinia
Acquaforte’s new medical spa opens in October 2017 in association with the Thalasso Research Centre at Milan University. This Medical Spa is located within 120 acres of gardens on the shores of the Mediterranean

Philosophy
In addition to the subtropical climate and the availability of organic local superfoods, the medical team offers four tailor-made programmes lasting 4 or 7 days plus a daily activity programme. The programmes are tailored under 4 categories: Anti-Ageing, Thalasso Detox, Staying Healthy and Weight Loss

Specific Treatments include:
Forte Lab – Medical Diagnosis & Laser Therapy – Dr Angelo Cerina uses the latest diagnostic procedures to provide a full health assessment
Performance Enhancement Centre, Personal Training & Gym – A centre for amateur and professional sports players with personalised schedules to improve individual sports performance or weight loss
Nutrition – Nutritionist Elisabetta Orsi specialises in Nutraceutics – Food to feel good, healthy and improve performance
Traditional Beauty & Aesthetic Treatments – Oxygen therapy, Microdermabrasion, LPG, Radio-frequency, Carboxytherapy and Hyaluronic Acid Revitalisation.

Get In Touch:

https://www.fortevillageresort.com/

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The Place: Preidlhof Hotel & Spa, South Tyrol

Located in Naturns, Preidlhof is built into the hillside surrounded by orchards, vines, olive trees and subtropical plant.

The comprehensive 5000m² Spa and Wellness facility consists of six floors dedicated to 16 different sauna, steam and relaxation experiences, as well as 14 spa treatment rooms.

Philosophy:
Spa and on-site medical experts offer a wide range of natural health, medical and beauty treatments.

Top Treatments
The 5-night “Preidl Health Check” programme – includes craniosacral therapy, PREIDL harmony massage, Shiatsu, medical acupuncture, a medical abdomen examination, consultations, life coaching and relaxation in the Deep Sea Room.

The 10-night “Preidl Detox” programme – includes medical consultations with prognos, infusion therapies, visceral osteopathy, lymphatic drainage, maritime phytotherapy, alkali correction and alkaline diet, cooking workshop, and relaxation in the Deep Sea Room.

Get in Touch
www.preidlhof.it 

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SPAIN
The Place: Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa, located on Marbella’s Golden Mile.

Andalusia-inspired architecture provides the backdrop for the range of facilities which include a hydrotherapy pool, a cold plunge pool, heat and ice experience showers with different types of water flow and mood lighting, herbal steam room, sauna and hammam.

An outdoor area features a further three treatment rooms, swing cabanas overlooking the sea and a space for guests to reconnect with the surrounding nature and environment.

Philosophy
Puente Romano is home to Spain’s only Six Senses Spa, offering signature massages, facials and body treatments, wellness therapies to relax and rejuvenate after a day’s activities. 

Top Treatments
Locally inspired options combine indigenous herbs with sea salt, olive oil and rich minerals to offer Mediterranean experiences.

Six Senses Spas plan to introduce a series of yogic programs and integrated wellness retreats, delivering highly personalized solutions to guests looking to achieve specific health goals.

Get in Touch

http://www.puenteromano.com/en

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The Place: SHA Wellness Clinic, Alicante, Spain
This award-winning clinic is located in the hills of Alicante overlooking the Mediterranean. Here the team is dedicated to improving health and well-being through a fusion of ancient Eastern techniques, traditional therapies and the latest scientific advances in medical care. This year, the clinic will launch its first ever residences

Philosophy: Fusion of ancient treatments, modern therapies with scientific advances to achieve award status

Top Treatments:
Brain Training, Anti-Stress, Anti-Smoking, Detox, Oxygen Bar and Cryotherapy

Get in Touch

http://www.shawellnessclinic.com/

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The Place: Healthouse Las Dunas
A selection of medical programmes include quit-smoking, weight loss and detox. The spa retreat boasts unrivalled facilities, surrounded by lush gardens and panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea and the African coast.  

Philosophy:
A combination of the latest medical and wellbeing therapies, relaxing exercises, world class food and spa treatments aim to leave guests feeling completely revitalised with a new lease on life.

Top Treatments:
Indiba Treatment:
The INDIBA®Deep Beauty method is an exclusive patented technology that optimizes the ion exchange so that the cells regain their natural function. The skin tissue recovers its elasticity, the method decreases fat and improves oxygenation. It has highly beneficial effects for the body: modeling of the silhouette, bending tensile action, an anti-cellulite effect, anti-stress and anti-flaccidity.

Manual Aquatic Massage:
A transformation of the classic massage which takes place in an individual bathtub. This uses a pressurized jet which massages muscles directed by one of Healthouse Las Dunas’ skilled therapists.
Get in Touch

http://www.healthouse-naturhouse.com/

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SWITZERLAND

The Place: Grand Resort Bad Ragaz is a leading wellbeing and medical health resort.

Philosophy:
The Grand Resort Bad Ragaz has partnered with Harald Kitz, the innovative creator of the haki method, a holistic concept focused on the head, to offer four new exclusive haki® rituals in a brand-new, specially designed treatment suite. The four new restorative treatments have been created to help re-establish natural balance and to strengthen guests’ emotional and physical wellbeing and can be enjoyed individually or as a couple.

Grand Resort Bad Ragaz started offering guests haki-inspired treatments in 2014, with the haki® Flow Deluxe treatment, which was named “Best in Switzerland” in the “Best Signature Treatment” category of the 2016 European Health & Spa Awards. 

This year, the resort has expanded its range of haki services and created a globally unique treatment suite, combining space, music, sound, colours, fragrances and thermal water to help guests find their rhythm during this unique experience of haki® -The Art of Touch.

Top Treatments:
The haki® – Reconciliation treatment is the most comprehensive of the four rituals and offers guests the chance to strengthen their body, mind and soul. The ritual begins in the Room of the Senses, which uses darkness to help guests focus on inner mindfulness. Guests then wash any troubled thoughts or negative energy away in the Rain Hall, where the warm, healing thermal water is cleansing and releasing. The third step is characterised by touch through foam and compress massages, thermal water affusions and a warm, full-body oil treatment, followed by a haki treatment to release pressure and tension from the body. The rituals end with a period of calm until it is time to return to the outside world, with a new level of consciousness.

Get in Touch:

http://www.resortragaz.ch/en/the-resort/discover-grand-resort.html

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The Place:
Nescens Spa at Victoria-Jungfrau Grand Hotel and Spa in Interlaken, Switzerland
This 5,500sqm spa is the second Nescens Spa in the world, the first having opened at La Réserve Geneva last April. 

The Philosophy:
The Nescens Spa at Victoria-Jungfrau adopts the philosophy created by Professor Jacques Proust.  With an understanding of the biological mechanics of ageing, he created specific and targeted programmes that help individuals correct personal imbalances and adopt a better-ageing lifestyle. The programmes help guests lose weight, manage stress levels and gain a new level of vitality with a suitable, highly personalised health prevention plan. Along with drawing on the scientific and medical expertise of the Nescens brand, Nescens work with the Centre for the Prevention of Aging at the Clinique de Genolier (Switzerland).  

Every programme begins with an in-depth diagnostic phase. This assessment is conducted by the spa’s multi-disciplinary team (preventive medicine, osteopathy, nutrition) to enable an holistic better-ageing overview of the individual. The Nescens better-ageing programmes are then created to help the individual correct these imbalances and adopt a better-ageing lifestyle. 

Popular treatments include:
Better-Ageing Signature Face Massage: A complete anti-ageing strategy, combining efficiency and wellbeing. Using exclusive manual and mechanical lifting techniques, this treatment helps to stimulate circulation and effective facial drainage. The epidermal exercise programme includes the better-ageing face massage which activates collagen and elastin production. Skin is revived and radiance, elasticity and firmness are restored.

Balneotherapy using a selection of essential oils for slimming, detoxifying, regenerating, or relaxing treatments.

Get in Touch:

https://www.victoria-jungfrau.ch/en

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Return to Wellness this National Spa Week with Thermae Bath Spa

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Throughout National Spa Week 2017, Thermae Bath Spa is proving its wellness credentials with a series of special events designed to celebrate the wellbeing, history and culture synonymous with one of the Great Spas of Europe. And most of the events and activities are free!

As the only day spa in the UK with access to natural thermal water, Thermae Bath Spa has wellness at the very core of its ethos and offering. Every day, guests come to ‘take the waters’ and let the heat and minerals work their magic. So what better place to come and rediscover your wellbeing? Take a look at what we have planned…

*Monday 30th October – Spa-themed Walking Tour of Bath: 2:30pm-4pm – Free*

Join an expert guide for a fascinating spa-themed walking tour of Bath! This free tour departs at 2:30pm from outside the main reception of Thermae Bath Spa and will last approximately 1.5 hours. No booking required.

*Tuesday 31st October – Cross Bath Open Day: 10am – 5.30pm – Free*

The historic Cross Bath, situated opposite Thermae Bath Spa, will be open for free 1-hour bathing sessions at 10.00, 11.30, 13.00, 14.30 and 16.00. An intimate open-air thermal bath with its own changing facilities, the Cross Bath is fed by its own poolside fountain.

Guests wishing to bathe in the Cross Bath need to bring their own swimwear (a towel will be provided). Children aged between 12 – 16 are permitted as long as they are accompanied by an adult on a 1:1 ratio.

Numbers per session will be limited and places should be booked in advance by calling the Reservations team on 01225 33 1234. A £10.00 deposit is payable which will be refunded on the day.

*Wednesday 1st November – Free Consultations in the Thermae Bath Spa Shop 11.30 to 16.30*

All guests are welcome to visit our Thermae Bath Spa shop in Hot Bath Street to have a complimentary wellness consultation from an Aromatherapy Associates expert. This includes a sensory consultation followed by an express hand and arm massage using your chosen oil. You can also receive a free gift with the purchase of any Aromatherapy Associates products over the value of £30 after your consultation.

For more than 30 years, Aromatherapy Associates, has been specialising in wellness, mindfulness and leading a balanced life. With a vision that has remained unchanged for a generation with a simple concept: sharing the power of essential oils and incredible effects at a therapeutic level. By harnessing the natural healing effects of the finest ingredients, purest extracts and essential oils, their core range of blends has become a phenomenon in the beauty world and they are recognised as leaders in the mindful beauty field. Aromatherapy Associates offer a purposeful range encompassing Bath & Shower Oils, skincare, body care, home, travel and gifting.

Consultations will be given on a first come, first served basis, and no booking is required.

*Thursday 2nd November – Live Music in the Minerva Bath: 6pm – 7.30pm*

All guests in the indoor Minerva Bath can enjoy the uplifting sounds of the band ‘Latino Groove’ whilst bathing in the natural thermal waters! Only open to paying guests using Thermae Bath Spa.

*Friday 3rd November – Aquasana in the Rooftop Pool: 8:15am – 9am*

Before the normal opening time of 9am, Thermae Bath Spa is offering visitors the chance to take part in a session of Aquasana in the open-air Rooftop Pool. The Aquasana session is free but must be taken in conjunction with a Thermae Welcome, which will give full use of the spa facilities from 9am.

Guests will partake in an invigorating aqua fitness session that combines classic yoga postures, balancing Tai Chi and strengthening moves to stretch and tone the body in the mineral enriched waters of the Rooftop Pool. With no experience required, try something truly special and harness the healing properties of our natural thermal waters.

Numbers for the session will be limited and can be booked in advance by calling the Reservations team on 01225 33 1234.

*Saturday 4th November – Return to Wellness: 10:00-15:30/16.30 – £35 At The Gainsborough Bath Spa*

In conjunction with The Gainsborough Bath Spa and Aromatherapy Associates, there will be a ‘Return to Wellness’ Day on Saturday 4th November, from 10:00 until 16:30. Return to Wellness will help attendees to rediscover their passion for health and wellbeing via a day-long series of wellness-related activities.

‘Return to Wellness’ costs £35 per person, and includes an optional morning yoga class, a mindfulness masterclass, an expert talk on nutrition, a delicious two-course lunch, a life coaching session, then finishes with the opportunity of a relaxing spa session in the natural thermal waters of the beautiful Spa Village. Attendees will also receive goody bags containing some Aromatherapy Associates products and a discount voucher for Thermae Bath Spa.

Return to Wellness Day:

10:00 – 10:45 – Yoga (optional) with expert practitioner Rebecca Bridgford
10:50 – Tea and coffee
11:10 – Mindfulness Masterclass with Aromatherapy Associates Wellness Expert, Jonathan Ward
12:10 – Talk on Nutrition with Aromatherapy Associates Wellness Expert, Yvonne Wake
13:00 – Delicious two course lunch in The Gainsborough Restaurant by Head Chef Dan Moon
14:30 – Life Coaching session with Aromatherapy Associates Wellness Expert, Yvonne Wake
15:20 – Tea and coffee
15:30 – Bath House Experience in Spa Village (optional)

Tickets cost £35 and include all of the classes, activities, lunch and the spa session. To find out more and to book your place, call 01225 35 8888 or email events@thegainsboroughbathspa.co.uk.

*Monday 28th October – Saturday 4th November – Free Gift from Aromatherapy Associates with selected spa treatments*

To book your treatment please call the Reservations Team on 01225 33 1234.

About Thermae Bath Spa

Thermae Bath Spa is the only day spa in the UK which has access to the natural thermal waters. Situated in the heart of the World Heritage Site, Thermae combines the best of the historic spa with contemporary design and facilities including a selection of relaxing spa treatments.

The creation of Thermae Bath Spa (www.thermaebathspa.com) was funded by Bath & North East Somerset Council, the Millennium Commission, Thermae Development Company Ltd (UK), the Bath Spa Trust, the EU Regional Development Fund and local subscribers. Thermae Bath Spa is currently operated by YTL Hotels.

Silvotherapy – the art of Tree Hugging in Italy

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Hugging a tree could seriously improve the quality of your life as demonstrated by a new package offered by Adler Dolomiti’s “Yoga & The Healing Power of Trees”

This three-night half-board package includes two sessions of outdoor yoga amid the natural beauty of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Italian Dolomites that will help to re-charge guests’ batteries, while helping to establish inner harmony and peace. During the walk guests will be introduced to the theory of silvotherapy (the art of healing the body by harnessing the energy of the trees). It also includes access to the hotel’s spa and wellness programmes. This is available for one weekend only, from 21 to 24 September.  To book this unique package, visit:www.adler-resorts.com/en

Adler Dolomiti is accessible by flying to either Innsbruck or Verona, then to Ortisei by private transfer, rail or airport coach.

In the early 1980s, Japanese scientists discovered that simply inhaling the aromas produced by trees could immunise the body against disease. Phytonicides, which trees emit to protect themselves from harmful insects and germs, have strong anti-bacterial and anti-fungal qualities when inhaled by humans. American medical research has also proved that just being among trees is good for well-being, with stress levels and blood pressure lowered within three minutes of being in a green space.

Touching, stroking, leaning on and, above all, hugging a tree is beneficial to your health, with individual tree species having different effects on people. Among the trees that are prevalent in the Dolomites, beech improves concentration and well-being, will help ease a sore throat and improves kidney function, while pine is good for the respiratory system, helps to treat depression and restores balance, while reducing fatigue.

Many pharmaceuticals are derived from trees: aspirin comes from willow bark and Pycnogenol, which protects against deep vein thrombosis, is made from pine tree bark.