2018 is going to be YOUR year! If you want to kick-start the year on a feel-good note, then don’t want to miss out on this list of our favourite places for a healthy holiday. We’ve got the lowdown on the best destinations for all kinds of activities, from water sports to hiking, as well as some of our favourite locations for doing yoga or concentrating on mindfulness and wellbeing. Then there are the places where you’ll find fantastic hotels with outstanding gyms and spas – start the year as you mean to go on! And we’ve also included tips on holiday spots that offer delicious, healthy cuisines so you can get going on that post-Christmas detox diet!
Sports and activities
Want to feel happier? Then get active! Activities such as hiking, running, and beach circuit training will encourage your body to produce more serotonin, which is known as the ‘happy hormone’. Why not head to fantastic trekking destinations such as Crete or Tenerife? If you fancy some winter sun, then you could jet off to gorgeous Barbados for some surfing, snorkelling, diving and a host of other water sports. Or why not mix up a beach holiday with some water sports and salsa in Cuba?
Gyms, spas and hammams
The Turkish hammam tradition is ancient, and has long been known to contribute to personal health and wellbeing. Why not get yourself a good massage and scrub in Bodrum or Antalya? If you’re in the mood for a city break, then check out our fantastic hotels in Barcelona that feature high-tech gyms or spas. You’ll also find a great choice of superb hotels in Cancun, where you can mix up the huge choice of water sports with a great workout or a fabulous spa treatment.
Yoga and wellbeing
Everyone knows that yoga reduces stress and increases wellbeing. But it also brings a whole raft of other health benefits, from improved brain function to lowering the risk of heart disease. Perhaps the best place to practice yoga is its spiritual home, Goa, where you can meditate and unwind in breathtakingly beautiful surroundings. Thailand is also a fabulous destination for yoga – who doesn’t dream of doing yoga on a paradisiacal beach of white sand? If you prefer to stay closer to home, then the Balearic Islands are perfect for yoga and wellbeing, particularly the gorgeous islands of Majorca and Ibiza. They might be better known for partying, but both also boast a blissful, tranquil side that encourages mindfulness and peace.
Mediterranean cuisine is world-renowned for its health benefits, thanks to the abundance of fresh produce and lashings of olive oil (the healthiest of oils). It’s even made it onto UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list (for more, check out our blog). Where better than to try it than in sunny Spain? You could head to Malaga, capital of the Costa del Sol, to tuck into delicious tapas and some fabulous wines. Or head to Alicante, queen of the balmy Costa Blanca, to enjoy a delicious seafood paella on the beach. Greece, Morocco and Italy are all fantastic destinations where you can enjoy one of the healthiest – and most delicious – cuisines on the planet!