Holidays with a health and wellbeing focus are becoming increasingly popular for a number of reasons.
We believe that this trend for healthy holidays is predominantly down to the fact that modern lives have become more hectic, meaning time spent on holiday is now more precious…and who wants to return home feeling over-indulged, sunburnt and jet lagged after their week away?!
This coupled with a more heightened awareness of ‘healthy living’ than there was when ITC first started forty years ago, has seen travellers keen not to lose their good habits of eating well and exercising regularly while abroad.
“With failing health systems, an ageing population and increasing life and work stress, prevention and staying healthy for longer has become a key lifestyle issue for many sections of the tourism market,” Susan Harmsworth MBE, Chief Executive of leading spa brand ESPA, told us.
“Travellers now want to learn key skills such as new and better ways of cooking/eating and the best ways to stay strong and healthy. So we are seeing an increase in demand for high-end personal training and outdoor activities. Results driven treatments are also increasing in popularity, as are complementary medicine modalities such as acupuncture, sports massage, osteopathy and nutritional advice. Many travellers no longer want to go on holiday just to lie on a beach; they want to learn new skills and to return home with increased energy, feeling revitalised and renewed rather than having gained five pounds or feeling lethargic from drinking and eating too much!”
If you fancy a spa break with plenty of wow-factor, then there are numerous luxury hotels within the Inspiring Travel Company portfolio who offer the award-winning treatments and products of the ESPA brand. Here are a few of our favourites:
Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Thailand
Krabi’s Phulay Bay is set on a private peninsular filled with forests, caves, waterfalls and a secluded pool. ESPA at Phulay Bay was one of the first ‘destination spas’ in Thailand, and offers a combination of modern and ancient therapies. Allow our Concierge department to arrange a Thai Herbal Infusion Ritual (120 minutes) which includes a facial, scalp massage, foot cleanse and massage using Kaffir lime and lemongrass.
One&Only The Palm, Dubai
Find tranquillity and calm at the One&Only Private Spa, The Palm, where expert therapists use ESPA products and treatments to revitalise and rejuvenate. To get you back on the straight and narrow and come home feeling energised, try the ‘Healthy Detox’ treatment, with full use of the facilities plus a two-course lunch, body wrap and stimulating hip and thigh treatment.
Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Italy
Set against an idyllic backdrop of Lake Como, The Grand Hotel Tremezzo’s TSpa is a harmonious spot in which to truly indulge in an ESPA treatment. Panoramic views of the famed lake ensure an environment of serenity and calm, while superb facilities make the most of the vista. For the ultimate holiday treat, our Concierge can book the Suite Time Together package for you, including a couple’s massage, herbal teas and sweet-treats, all inside your own private spa suite with whirlpool tub, steam bath and sauna. Bliss!
Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach, Florida
The award-winning spa at one of Miami’s hottest properties Acqualina Resort & Spa boasts the full ESPA experience alongside steam rooms and saunas, a spa pool, quiet lounges and spa cuisine. Be inspired by Florida’s famous fruit, the orange, with the Orange Blossom body treatment which includes a deep muscle massage and a cup of orange blossom tea!
One&Only Le Saint Geran, Mauritius
This famed Mauritian resort is a favourite among Inspiring Travel Company guests for good reason, offering high level service, superb facilities and an idyllic location. The spa, which has partnered up with ESPA, creates pampering to the extreme with its own private lap pool and Beauty Centre. Utter indulgence can be found at the Garden Spa Pavilion; set over water in the resort’s lush tropical gardens creating a magical space to ‘get away from it all’.
To arrange your luxury spa holiday, call one of our Travel Specialists on 01244 355 550.;