• What are the Different Types of Spa?

    What are the Different Types of Spa?

    The idea of a luxury spa holiday is always a particularly attractive one but which type of spa is for you? At Health and Fitness Travel we have many different types of spa holiday, ranging from Ayurvedic spa breaks to medical spa retreats.

  • What Happens to Your Brain and Body During a Digital Detox Retreat

    With most of us spending the majority of our day scrolling down our smart phones or responding to emails, it is difficult to fully switch off and relax. Take the necessary steps to positively enhance your life in order to focus on what’s truly important. With countless bonuses of switching off, kick start your journey with a digital detox retreat and take action now to reverse the effects of poor posture and lack of concentration before it’s too late. Boost your mental and physical wellness and start to feel happier by partaking in fun activities that boost your brain power in natural ways as you reclaim your time and start to feel free again.

  • What's new at SHA Wellness Clinic?

    To coincide with its third anniversary, the award winning SHA Wellness Clinic is proud to reveal its new look after an extensive expansion and renovation.

    Relying once again on the talents of prestigious designers Elvira Blanco Montenegro and Francisco Palacios to enhance the distinct style of the complex, they more than deliver, using their unique classic minimalist style to create a space where peace and serenity reign. From the moment you step into the spa the prevailing black and white, continual light and modern undulating wall design enhances your experience. Each treatment room is personalised with different finishes and details.

  • Where and How to Travel on Holiday with Diabetes

    Where and How to Travel on Holiday with Diabetes


    Diabetes shouldn’t dictate where you can and can’t go, so don’t let it affect your travel plans and learn how to travel with diabetes as you read our where and how to guide. Diabetes is not a barrier and with the right preparation and knowledge about how to manage it, you can enjoy your holiday just as much as anyone. Enjoy a range of holistic treatments like yoga and meditation to soothe your body and choose from highly nutritional and healthy menus on a nutrition friendly retreat which will ensure you are consuming the right food, reducing dietary worries. Preparation is key so ensure you have completed a few vital things before embarking on a healthy holiday with diabetes.

  • Where to go in 2015 for a Healthy Honeymoon

    Are you in need of inspiration for where and when to go on your healthy honeymoon in 2015? Start married life the healthy way and get involved in this growing trend; allow us to inspire you with our wide range of luxury honeymoon retreats, destinations and activities for you and your newlywed to enjoy.

  • Where to Go in 2016: Your Wellness Holiday Guide

    Offering a years’ worth of inspiration in health-enhancing wellness experiences around the world, be whisked away by our month-by-month guide of the best wellness holidays for 2016. From a spa & yoga spring break in Miami and the Caribbean, to shaping up for summer on a Cretan bootcamp and escaping to Costa Rica for a dose of winter wellness, make 2016 the year to nourish your mind, body and soul.

  • Where to go in Europe for a Detox Retreat

    Where to go in Europe for a Detox Retreat


    Unhealthy nutrition and high stress levels can build up toxins in the body, causing a number of healthy issues, from lethargy to digestive problems. Cleanse your system of these harmful toxins on one of our effective detox holidays in a stunning European destinations. Boost your immunity and improve your overall health from the inside-out with tailor-made detox programmes to suit your needs. 

  • Where To Go on Your January Detox Holiday

    Although an exciting time for most, the Christmas period can often leave us feeling physically and emotionally drained and in need of re-energising ourselves. Fortunately, the beginning of a brand new year offers the perfect opportunity for a new healthy lifestyle change, and a detox holiday is an ideal way to get started. A January detox break on one of our luxury spa holidays is certain to make you feel profoundly better, inside and out.

  • Where to Spa like a Celeb; The Healthy Way

    Where to Spa like a Celeb; The Healthy Way

    Celebrity getaways are often remote and exclusive, they are known for going on magnificent holidays to the world's most exciting destinations to escape the pressures of their busy and public persona lifestyles. Celebs have their image to maintain and a health-fulfilled inspired lifestyle is fundamental for them. We share the top five healthy spa holidays where celebs go to keep well.

  • Where to Wellness Holiday In 2017: Your 12 Month Guide

    Follow the sun, sea and a sense of wellness in 2017 with a year’s worth of inspiration in health-enhancing wellness experiences around the world. We share our month-by-month wanderlust guide of the best wellness holidays for 2017 so you can make this the year to nourish your mind, body and soul.

  • Why Detox and Do you Actually Need One?

    To detox or to not is a reoccurring debate in the wellness community. The standard argument against detoxing is that our bodies naturally remove waste and toxins on a daily basis. This is correct. However, the same way our bodies produce energy to sustain our daily activity levels - every now and then, we need to hit the refresh button.

  • Why Detoxing is So Good for You

    Why Detoxing is So Good for You

    With the popularity of detoxing growing in recent years, there seems to be an equal amount of recommendations and warnings, both for and against the process. Here at Health and Fitness Travel we are all for detoxing which, far from another fad-diet; is simply the encouragement of a natural bodily process that if approached correctly can lead to a number of healthy benefits.

  • Why Is Colonic Hydrotherapy Good For You?

    Colonic Hydrotherapy


    The words colonic hydrotherapy can often strike fear in to the faces of non-practitioners, even though this is a fantastic way to restore that good gut feeling. With a better understanding of the numerous health benefits this cleansing treatment can bring, even the most wary adversary will find themselves tempted to convert.

  • Why is Hydrotherapy Good for You?

    Why is Hydrotherapy Good for You?


    The use of water for therapy is no modern procedure. In fact, is has been carried out for hundreds of years and now forms an integral part of traditional medicine practises. Nonetheless, many of us are unfamiliar with the concept of hydrotherapy and how exactly it can benefit our health and well-being. 

    By definition, hydrotherapy is the use of water to relieve discomfort and promote physical well-being. A number of therapeutic treatments and approaches draw upon the healing properties of water for pain relief, making use of the body’s reaction to hot and cold stimuli. On the whole, cold water is used to stimulate and invigorate, increasing the body’s internal activity, whereas warm water is used to calm and soothe, slowing it down. Alternating between hot and cold water treatments can help to heal injuries, enhance various bodily functions and reduce any inflammation.

    From Europe to the Caribbean, many of the world’s leading luxury spa holidays offer hydrotherapy suites giving you the opportunity to take advantage of the many positive effects of water therapy. Hydrotherapy encompasses a variety of treatments, including the use of hydrotherapy pools, thermal baths and water circuits, saunas, steam rooms, ‘experience showers’ and more, which can all help to improve a number of conditions. Modern day therapies are also enhanced with extras such as aromatherapy or Epsom salts. Thermal water circuits have a range of jets and water features which massage the body, stimulating the lymphatic system and flushing toxins whereas cold plunge pools or artificial ice and snow rooms will activate the body’s circulation.


    Watsu therapy in a swimming pool 

    5 Health and Healing Benefits of Hydrotherapy:

    1. Reduces muscle tension and relieves pain

    The weightlessness you feel when under water relieves tension in the limbs, supporting aching muscles and easing the movement as opposed to when on land. Plus, hydrotherapy stimulates the release of endorphins, acting as a natural pain reliever which will further reduce muscle soreness. Incorporating hydrotherapy as part of your fitness holiday is a great way to recover after a day's training.

    2. Rehabilitates injured muscles

    Being immersed in warm or hot water raises the body temperature, increasing blood flow around the circulatory system and so alleviating pain. The improved circulation will in turn help to heal injured tissues and rehabilitate damaged muscles or joints.

    3. Boosts the immune system

    The increased blood flow and circulation of white blood cells around the body allows lymph (an immune system fluid that helps collect and get rid of unwanted materials from the body) to be moved through the body more efficiently and therefore strengthens the immune system, helping to fight colds and illnesses.

    4. Encourages detoxification

    Saunas and steam rooms induce considerable sweating, the body’s primary way of eliminating toxins. Flush out impurities and toxins through the skin on a detox holiday and help to cleanse your body.

    5. Relieves stress

    Hydrotherapy treatment can be effectively used whilst on a de-stress holiday by helping to reduce blood pressure caused by stress. It may also slow down the body’s reaction to anxiety and release endorphins – a natural stress fighter.

    To experience the benefits of hydrotherapy yourself, we recommend our top five healthy holidays that provide wonderful hydrotherapy treatments. The magnificent location and surroundings of all of these destinations, combined with the outstanding facilities create the perfect retreat where health and wellbeing is the primary focus.


    5 Spa Holiday Destinations for a Unique Hydrotherapy Experience:

    Spain: SHA Wellness Clinic

    Indoor pool at SHA Wellness Clinic

    The pioneering SHA Wellness Clinic in Spain prides itself on offering distinctively tailored destination spa wellness holidays and focuses on encouraging healthy habits long-term. During your stay, you can enjoy full use of SHA’s hydrotherapy circuit where you can experience the benefits of therapeutic pools, the Tepidarium, sauna, calidarium, feelings shower, hydro-massage beds and Turkish baths, all surrounded by the resort’s beautiful Zen garden.

    More information: View SHA Wellness Clinic

     Ananda in the Himalayas

    Woman in the swimming pool at Ananda in the Himalayas in India


    The spiritual retreat of Ananda uses a combination of holistic spa treatments, yoga, meditation and healthy cuisine to improve guests’ overall well-being on an Ayurveda spa holiday with over 80 body and beauty treatments available. What’s more you can enjoy daily use of the hydrotherapy facilities, including the temperature controlled outdoor lap pool.

    More information: View Ananda in the Himalayas


    Portugal: Palacio Estoril

     Women receiving a massage at Palacio Estoril in Portugal


    Palacio Estoril is popular for it's world-renowned Banyan Tree Spa in the Estoril Wellness Centre. Lots of spa treatments are available as well as a selection of hydrotherapy treatments, whether you relax with a Jet Shower or a Vichy Shower Massage, these treatments do leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. With these treatments available in most programmes at Palacio Estoril, there is something for everyone.


    More information: View Palacio Estoril

    St Lucia: 
    The BodyHoliday

    Divers in the swimming pool at BodyHoliday, St Lucia

    The BodyHoliday, a very popular destination for a singles spa holiday, strives to deliver a personal service of spa treatments, therapies and activities based on the four pillars of exercise, a good diet, restorative beauty and relaxation. Every programme provides you with a hydrotherapy session included at the award-winning wellness centre, as part of your complimentary daily spa treatments.

    More information: View The BodyHoliday

    Italy: Lefay

    Women in the pool at Lefay Resort and Spa Dolomiti looking up at the mountains 

    Nestled in the resort of Gargano, overlooking the scenic Adriatic coast; retreat within the luxury of Lefay Retreat in Italy. After rejuvenating in the eco-friendly wellness centre, continue your water wellness journey on a healing spa holiday as you experience the benefits of hydrotherapy, with the option of a variety of detoxifying treatments also available. Become one with the mouth-watering cuisine, including personalised dietary plans and an optional intolerance test to further enhance your experience.

    More information: View Lefay

     Longevity Medical Spa

    Woman in a sunhat in the swimming pool at Longevity Medical Spa in Portugal


    Experience this heavenly destination for yourself on a reviving spa holiday spent in the quiet and calm atmosphere of Longevity Medical Spa in Portugal. Embrace the goal of overall wellness on relaxation and pampering spa holiday as you treat your body to rejuvenating hydrotherapy treatments, accompanied by nourishing slimming meals. Go the extra mile with detox treatments and aesthetic medicine, before taking five with a dip in the hydrotherapy bath's mineral-rich waters.

    More information: View Longevity Medical Spa

    If you’re still in search of the right destination for you, explore our collection of worldwide spa holidays where many offer hydrotherapy, thalassotherapy and other water wellness therapies. Talk to one of our Travel Specialists on or contact us here to discuss tailor-making your perfect spa holiday with hydrotherapy


  • Why Juice Cleansing is Good For You

    Why Juice Cleansing is Good For You

    Going without solid foods for several days can seem like a scary and daunting prospect to many, but juice fasting has become the new and most effective way to detox your organs, re-energise your mind, body and spirit and lose weight. Today’s society is consuming far too much fat, sugar and protein, and all too often as part of processed foods, which is overloading our insides and having a knock-on effect on our overall health and mood.

  • Why Pilates is Good for Men

    Why Pilates is Good for Men


    Despite female enthusiasts dominating this form of exercise during its rise in the workout world, men have always held a leading role when looking back at the history of Pilates. Men should definitely take advantage of Pilates and the various health benefits of this fast-growing fitness trend, which helps to improve strength and flexibility with a workout that is just as challenging as weight training in the gym.

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