• Top Fitness Retreats in Bali

    Balinese landscape


    The island of Bali is a clean and serene sanctuary – just one of the many reasons that makes itan excellent destination for afitness retreat. Boasting a warm, tropical climate year-round, there’s no bad time to start your Indonesian adventure. Despite Bali’s intimate size, the island is home to exotic tropical forests, beaches and tropical coasts, and stunning lakes. Health and Fitness Travel offers many dazzling retreat options, but here are our picks for some extra-special standouts! 

  • Top Holiday Ideas for Celebrating a Milestone Birthday

    Top Holiday Ideas for Celebrating a Milestone Birthday

    Whether you’re turning 30 or 50, a wellness break is undeniably a great way to mark your coming of age. Kick-start the upcoming decade by rewarding yourself with a soul enriching milestone birthday getaway. Swap the hustle and bustle of daily life with some much-required peace and quiet. Celebrate amidst the peaceful Himalayas or fulfil your childhood dream of mastering the game of tennis at BodyHoliday in St. Lucia. Go solo or with family and friends but be assured to immerse yourself in a holistic and rejuvenating experience, leaving you with unforgettable memories.  

  • Top Long Weekend Wellness Retreats


    Discover some of the top longweekend wellness retreats, allowing you to escape to a paradise and find a place of peace and reinvigoration with a wellness retreat.  

    All of us need a break occasionally, as life moves quickly and there’s no let-up, at least not unless you make time for it. A long stint away from all the noise is what so many of us spend our days dreaming of, yet often we allow ourselves to get sucked up by the hustle and bustle of life and end up preoccupied with other things. The reality is, it doesn’t take months, nor even weeks to fully recharge our batteries. Just a day or so can-do wonders to our well-being. After escaping for a long weekend, you’ll feel refreshed and revitalised, ready to return home with a can-do attitude. 

  • Ultimate Guide to Blissful Spa Escapes and Treatments

    Ultimate Guide to Blissful Spa Escapes and Treatments

    Take some time out for yourself and venture to one of our blissful spa escapes for some luxury treatments that you’ll never forget. From a detox red ruby scrub in Thailand and master Reiki in Vietnam to Ayurveda treatments in St. Lucia and Roman bath sessions in Italy there is no shortage of options when it comes to giving your mind and body the pampering they deserve. After indulging in these daily spa treatments and relaxing with holistic activities including yogaPilates, and meditation you are sure to return home feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and ready to continue your wellness journey.

  • What Can You Really Expect from a Stress Management Retreat?

    What Can You Really Expect from a Stress Management Retreat?


    The strain and pressure of daily life can very easily lead to stress. A goodanti-stressprogramme can have tremendous benefits and allow you to focus on your wellbeing in a peaceful setting. However, astress management retreat is much more than just a relaxing spa getaway. Though indulgent spa treatments are included, these are combined with various therapies, activities, and medical consultations to address the root of the problem and develop a sustainable approach to relieving stress and living a more happy and productive life. A de-stress holiday gives you the chance to recharge your batteries by offering activities including private yoga and Pranayama, alongside luxury treatments and meditation. With trips from theCaribbean to theFar East, you can immerse yourself in tranquil locations and concentrate on regaining balance and focus in your life.

  • What is Abhyanga?

    What is Abhyanga?

    In the ancient Indo-European language of Sanskrit, Abhyanga literally means ‘self-massage with oil’. This humble means of relaxing massage has scores of health benefits and is a great contributor to overall personal wellness. Ayurvedic massage, of which Abhyanga is an important element, has been practiced in India for at least 5000 years. This form of massage has an extensive heritage and a culture that has developed and improved over millennia. It is a style of wellness that is centred in the natural: encouraging one to find balance with the world around them through the meditative and soothing art of oil massage. An Ayurveda holiday is a chance to learn this ancient art form by those who practice in the tradition style of the old masters. 

  • What is Shiatsu Massage Therapy?

    What is Shiatsu Massage Therapy?

    Shiatsu is a physical therapy that originated in Japan and dates back over 100 years. It is based on holistic Chinese medicinal practices that aim to correct imbalances of energy flow in the body. The word itself translates as 'finger pressure', which explains why Shiatsu is sometimes described as a 'finger pressing massage'. Therapists use finger and palm pressure to improve the flow of energy around the body. It is designed to relieve pain, alleviate stress and improve circulation.

  • Where to go for a Holistic Hideaway

    Where to go for a Holistic Hideaway

    Feeling stressed and need a break to take your mind off of things? Take this opportunity to re-energize yourself by escaping on one of our holistic hideaways where you can focus on re-balancing your body, mind and soul. From Thailand to Spain, choose from our great range of healthy holiday destinations which offer a variety of holistic wellness activities, in addition to tailored spa therapies suited to your personal needs.

  • Where To Go For The Best Couples Spa Retreat

    Where To Go For The Best Couples Spa Retreat


    Looking for a pamper-filled romantic getaway? Search no more as we give you the best couples’ spa retreats for the most relaxing wellness vay-cay for two. Indulge in each other’s company in idyllic surroundings, from a remote corner in the island of Tenerife to the tranquil hot springs of Malaysia. 

  • Where to Go for your Family Wellness Holiday in Summer 2023

    Where to Go for your Family Wellness Holiday in Summer 2023

    Booking a
    family holiday isn’t always a straightforward as we think. Contrasting from booking a holiday for ourselves or for one other person, we have to think about what kind of itineraries would be ideal for every member of the family. On top of this, as families often tend to vary in age and gender, this can see some conflict of interest when it comes to geographical location as well as length and mode of transportation you choose to use. So, with this in mind, let’s take a look at 8 of top family holidays that are perfect to embark on this summer, and with all sorts of activities to enjoy and places to explore, there’s no better time than summer time to experience and bond with the family!  

  • Where to Go on a Yoga Retreat in Italy

    Italy's Colosseum


    Italy, a land of hidden treasures and cultural wonders, holds a secret realm for yoga enthusiasts seeking a transformative retreat. As we explore the captivating world of yoga in Italy, we unearth five remarkable destinations that offer an escape from the ordinary. Get ready to delve into each unique resort as we uncover the best places for a yoga retreat in Italy.

  • Who Are the Spa Clients of the Future?

    Spa Clients of the Future

    Wellness and spas is a new consumer priority. Here, we get the inside scoop from Paul Joseph, co-founder of Health and Fitness Travel, about the millennial spa goers and with more consumers focusing on their health and fitness, spas need to offer clients the best authentic wellness holiday experience.

  • Why Going on a Me-Moon is a Great Idea


    Your wedding day is unanimously accepted to be among the most important days of your life. This expectation can place an enormous amount of pressure on you to make the day perfect and enjoy it to its fullest. Unfortunately, this detracts from the fundamental essence of the day, that being a celebration of you and your partners love and a chance for both of you to be weighted on hand and foot. A ’me-moon’ essentially functions as a luxury getaway that you take in preparation for your wedding in the same vein as your honeymoon after your wedding.

    Let us walk you through the benefits of a ‘me-moon’ holiday and why it might just be right for you!

  • Why Ice Baths are So Good For You

    Relaxing over the mountains


    Ice baths, once primarily associated with athletic recovery, have gained significant popularity recently, particularly among celebrities and wellness influencers such as Wim Hof. This surge of interest prompts us to explore the scientific research that supports the benefits of ice baths, both for physical and mental well-being. While submerging oneself in freezing water on a spa retreat may seem daunting, the potential advantages have captured the attention of many seeking to optimise their health and performance.

  • 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 Wellness Travel will be So Important Post COVID-19

    Why Wellness Travel will be So Important Post COVID-19


    It’s official, travel is back on the cards as of this summer (as long as government conditions are met) andwellness travel will rise to the fore as people seek to enhance their health and wellbeing following the events of the past year. Wellness travel has been gaining popularity over the past decade and post-COVID-19 it is likely to skyrocket. COVID-19 has well and truly derailed our lives and we’re all in need of some rest and recovery. There’s no better way to relax and destress than on a spa retreat, or perhaps you are looking for some outdoor adventure after being trapped indoors for most of the year. Whether you are dreaming of the sea, the sand, or the mountains there is a wellness holiday to suit everyone. Here’s why wellness travel will be so important post COVID-19:

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