Healthy holidays - rejuvenating, refreshing and revitalising trips
What’s On kickstarts the new year with ten detox travel experiences and healthy holidays, including New York, Mexico, Indonesia, Bali, Scotland and Peru.
DETOX IN A LUXURY HOTEL
Langham Place Hotel, New York, United States
Never has the phrase, ‘If I can make it there, I can make it anywhere… New York’ been so true. The Langham on Fifth Avenue in the Big Apple is offering a break from diet-destroying dinners and dodgy hot dogs by fitting their 60 suites with full Miele-outfitted kitchens aand partnering with Cook & Go Culinary Studios. They invent healthy, detoxifying recipes and come to your suite with a cooking teacher and the ingredients. After a 90-minute lesson, which culminates in a home-cooked meal in your suite you can be proud of, you soak in the tub while everything is cleaned up.
HAVE A REBIRTH
The Grand Wailea Resort, Maui, United States
The Hawaiian lunar month of Kã‘ elo – January to you and me – is when the drenching winter storms come to an end and the uplands are clothed in the vibrant greens of thriving plants and grasses. The rivers and streams have been replenished and vines grow new leaves. Whales give birth in Hawaiian waters and colourful birds sing. Play your part in this abundant start to the year with a Lokahi day at the hotel spa. Yoga, meditation and a massage with local ingredients in the tropical garden restore your harmony in hours.
TAKE AN ICY DIP
The Fairmont Pacific Rim, Vancouver, Canada
Give yourself a fresh start to the New Year by taking part in the icy plunge that is the Polar Bear Swim. After a 100-metre dash across English Bay in Vancouver you return to the Fairmont Pacific Rim to a hot chocolate in the lobby bar (the place to be seen in hip Vancouver), followed by a sauna and steam in the Willow Stream Spa.
GET FIT ON THE BEACH
Bikini Boot Camp, Tulum, Mexico
Prepare for spring with an intense – and intensely enjoyable – weeklong stay at a camp for beach-lovers who want to get fit in one of Mexico’s prettiest parts. At sunrise, you’ll start your day with a silent beach walk, then after a healthy breakfast of fruit and coffee, you’ll head off for a bike ride to local ruins or a market. Evenings end with a drumming circle. You’ll be having so much fun you’ll forget you’re there to shape up.
FLY A KITE
The Trident Hotel, Jaipur, India
Reclaim the feeling of youth by taking part in the free-spirited joy of the Jaipur Kite Festival. Join in with the locals as they pray to the sun god to bless them with good health, wealth and a good crop for the next 12 months. Then stand back and prepare to be mesmerised as the sky above the Pink City turns into a kaleidoscope of colour. Grab your own kite, run with the wind, and feel like a child again.
GO WITH THE FLOW
Flowing Waters Retreat, Mount Shasta, United States
This retreat in California is a meditative, creative and inspirational retreat nestling in ten acres of land in the shadows of the powerful Mount Shasta. The pure creek waters that flow around the resort are supposed to be a powerful source of healing and life energy, while the deep, natural hot crystal pools are delightful for swimming in under the stars. Take a hike through the cedar and fir forest and discover not only hidden waterfalls, but a happier you.
GAIN SOME WISDOM
Como Shambhala Estate, Bali, Indonesia
Recover from your over-indulgent festive period in nine acres of tropical grounds with the help of the finest Ayurvedic doctors in Indonesia. De-stress yourself in your hidden, private villa (complete with its own infinity pool), then venture out through the lush, green paths and hidden water gardens to your guru, whose wisdom will help you detox and get on with your new year resolutions in no time. Head to the Pilates pavilion before dinner each night and you’ll feel like a new person by the time you leave.
DANCE YOURSELF HAPPY
Willka T’ika, Cusco, Peru
Shake off the January blues in the Sacred Valleys of the Incas. If you go here you must get down with a Pachadanza – the name given by the locals to an Earth dance that promises to rebalance your chakras. Professional Peruvian – and spiritually-attuned – dancers joyfully lead guests through the Chakra Gardens of the magical resort, using sound and movement to release unwanted chakra energies and replace them with higher vibrations. In the evenings, traditional Andean musicians fill the warm air with haunting melodic sounds from Incan times while you meditate on your goals for the year ahead.
JUMP-START IN THE JUNGLE
Boca Sombrero, Costa Rica
Feeling ready to rumble in the jungle in 2014? Look no further than this yoga-surf camp, where adventure greets you before breakfast. Explore the rugged beauty of this unique part of Central America while kayaking, climbing trees, rappelling down waterfalls, zip-lining through the forest canopy or surfing the rip curls of the sapphire sea. Recover with on-site acupuncture and a meal prepared with exotic produce delivered by local farmers.