Make your new year plans a glorious, relaxing reality

by Sylvia Pownall
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HOW many times have you heard the phrase, “New Year, New You”? “More than one too many” is the probable answer.
Nonetheless, with the focus firmly on health, fitness and well-being, one of your resolutions could be a health or fitness holiday – combining a love of travel with other positive habits.
Here are just a few recommendations, courtesy of the experts at Health & Fitness Travel …

The Sports Performance Break – Palacio Estoril Sports & Performance, Portugal
The five-star resort Palacio Estoril on the sunny coast of Cascais offers sports enthusiasts an opportunity to overcome physical and mental barricades, enhancing performance and refining skill.
Treatments include physiotherapy and Chinese medicine to give guests improved posture and well-being.
The programme also focuses on nutritional performance enhancement, providing all the tools necessary to achieve athletic goals.


Palacio Estoril Sports & Performance, Portugal


The Luxury Beach Spa Break – Amanpuri Awareness Immersion, Thailand
Amanpuri is hidden amidst palm-fringed, white sand beaches, and architecture inspired by ancient Ayutthayan culture and oozes timeless luxury.
The awareness immersion programme, guided by a former Buddhist monk, is a meditative experience encouraging the renewal of internal focus, synchronising the mind, body and soul.
Indulgent spa treatments (such as cranial sacral therapy) complement the programme, along with unrivalled nutritional support.

The Yoga Trip – The Retreat Costa Rica Yoga, Costa Rica
The Retreat is a Costa Rican haven set among quartz mountains and lush vegetation. Master the asanas and find inner peace with daily private and group yoga practices.
For beginners and advanced yogis alike, a week of seclusion and serenity will be beneficial both physically and mentally, improving flexibility, strength, and balance, as well as emotional clarity and stress.
This healthy yoga escape also includes a hike, wellness workshops, a healing massage and a trip to a local farmers’ market.


The Retreat Costa Rica Yoga, Costa Rica


The Mediterranean Healthy Escape – Ayii Anargyri Healing, Cyprus
A boutique hotel amid a valley of mature trees in the village of Miliou, Cyprus, Ayii Anargyri promotes an idyllic location for a healthy healing escape.
Restore well-being as you harness the time-tested, natural healing powers of the area’s mineral-rich waters.
Find profound calmness and tranquility through hydrotherapy treatments such as underwater massage, and treat ailments in the phlebology, kinesiotherapy, and rheumatology pools.
The healing waters are also utilised in spa therapies such as the indulgent mud therapy cocoons and massages.


Ayii Anargyri Healing, Cyprus


The Safari and Yoga Break – Karkloof Safari & Yoga, South Africa
Combining passions for yoga and nature, this takes you to one of the most exceptional and unspoilt areas of South Africa and incorporates two game drives.
With daily yoga classes, mountain biking, fishing, and guided hikes, finding your connection with nature and developing inner peace has never come more naturally.

The Trip of a Lifetime – Ultimate Around the World One-Year Wellness Trip
This is an unbeatable opportunity, both in terms of experience and sheer luxury.
Enjoy yoga on private island ‘parrot cay’ one week, then scuba diving in The Great Barrier Reef the next.
Other highlights include ayurvedic therapy in India, hiking in Utah and a guided tour of Istanbul’s architecture.

With more than 20 stops on this year-long voyage, you will be both vastly cultured and a master of your own health and fitness. At €156k per person, however, you might want to check your Lotto ticket first …


Some flights can be arranged from Dublin depending on the destination, others depart from London. For advice, further guidance and booking, see www, or telehone 0044 203 397 8891.

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