Wellness Experience Holidays

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

Chiva Som, Hua Hin


Chiva Som is located on the beach in Hua Hin, Thailand, just south of Bangkok. This luxury retreat has been offering health and wellness programmes for over 20 years. Today this dedicated therapeutic health spa destination provides150 treatments and therapies to promote rejuvenation and healing for the mind, body, and spirit. Its tranquil environment is set within seven acres of lush tropical gardens.