Relaxed, Refreshed and Revitalised: Top 3 Detox Holidays
With the festive season in full swing, many people will be thinking about indulging in all things Christmas. Whether it be chocolate treats, roast dinners or late night parties, Christmas is the perfect time to let your hair down and treat yourself.
However, over indulgence can usually lead to one thing … guilt. So, one way to make yourself feel better is a detox holiday. From juicing getaways to yoga retreats, there are so many options! We’ve teamed up with three top detox holiday providers, who have highlighted the different types of retreats available and some of the best destinations for them.
Sleep Enhancement Holidays
Sleep enhancement holidays are designed to do exactly what it says in the title; help you when it comes to a good night’s sleep. During your stay, trained staff will observe your night time habits, eating patterns and stress levels, to see how these factors are affecting your overall sleeping routine. From knowing when to turn off your electronic devices to deep breathing techniques, you’ll learn all about how to relax and completely switch off before bed.
Award-winning tour operator, Healing Holidays, which specialises in spa and wellness holidays, recommends Spain for this type of detox holiday. Anywhere in Europe is great for a sleep enhancement holiday, as you won’t suffer from jet lag; one factor that makes sleeping patterns even worse! As well as it only being a couple of hours away from the UK, Spain is the ideal location because of its wonderful weather. The endless days of sunshine help with the production of melatonin, which is a natural sleep remedy.
The SHA Wellness Clinic in Spain has a dedicated programme which uses diagnostic techniques and natural therapies to enhance your sleep and wellbeing. From acupuncture and massages to yoga and healthy cookery classes, you’ll complete a range of activities throughout your stay. At the SHA Wellness Clinic, you’ll also receive medical examinations, a diet plan, psychotherapy coaching sessions, anti-stress sessions and so much more!
Weight Loss and Fitness Holidays
For many, January is a time for detoxing. Whether you’re planning on giving up alcohol for the month or joining a gym, the first month of the year is generally filled with people trying to get fit and healthy after Christmas. A weight loss and fitness holiday is a fantastic way to exercise and get fit, whilst surrounding yourself with people wanting the same thing in a beautiful destination!
The type of activities you’ll find at a weight loss and fitness holiday will all depend on the programme. From hiking and Pilates to swimming and boot camps, there are so many different types of exercises available depending on what you’re hoping to achieve. Many weight loss and fitness holidays include exercising several times a day, and some resorts even offer emotional and spiritual healing, plus meditation too. As well as coming back from a weight loss and fitness holiday potentially a couple of pounds lighter, this type of detox getaway is likely to increase your self-confidence and sociability, overall helping you to achieve more mental positivity and wellbeing.
One destination that global wellness travel company, Health and Fitness Travel, recommends is Thailand. As well as stunning scenery, beautiful beaches and breathtaking landscapes, Thailand is also known as “the Land of Smiles”, because it has such a friendly and welcoming population. This means that everyone around you will support you on your fitness journey, which will help motivate you to continue. If you’re looking for somewhere a little closer to home, Health and Fitness Travel would also recommend Spain for this type of holiday. With its fantastic clinics and healthy Mediterranean diet, Spain has something for everyone.
If you’re looking for a holiday where you can sit back, relax and free your thoughts, then a yoga holiday could be for you! Packed with stretching, deep breathing and healthy foods, a yoga holiday will make you feel completely rested, refreshed and revitalised.
There are many different types of yoga holidays available around the world too. Adventure Yogi, experts at designing yoga holidays and retreats, believe that incorporating action and fun into a yoga holiday can be transformational. If you’re looking to lose weight, then they recommend blending together a yoga and skiing holiday in the French Alps. By taking part in an activity that you love and enjoy, losing weight won’t become the main focus of the holiday. Yoga holidays are also great if you’re travelling solo, as it’s a great opportunity to make new friends.
One of Adventure Yogi’s favourite destinations for this type of retreat is Sri Lanka, and it’s easy to see why. With spectacular beaches on your doorstep and wonderful warm weather all year round, you can enjoy a yoga session in the morning and then relax on the beach in the afternoon; the perfect place to revitalise your body, mind and soul. You can also learn to surf on a yoga retreat in Sri Lanka too, so don’t forget your swimsuit on a visit.
Whichever detox holiday you choose, don’t forget to buy your travel insurance beforehand, to ensure you’re covered for unfortunate events such as lost luggage, personal accident or cancellation. Some retreats may also have a rule against mobile phones, so be sure to check with your holiday provider so you can let any family members or friends know where you are before you travel. It can be quite common that these types of detox retreats are in remote locations too, so it’s always best to take the local currency with you in case there are no card machines nearby. For more inspiration on detox holidays, click here.