With 2019 almost here, and as we prepare to turn up the feasting and tone down the fasting, the health and wellbeing travel specialists at The Healthy Holiday Company have shared their top tips on the new year’s best wellness trips, including new hotel openings and fitness retreats, perfect for those in need of a post-Christmas detox.

From a brand new adults-only wellness hotel and medical spa on the Algarve, and a swish eco-resort in the Dolomites where guests can combine spa treatments, skiing lessons and organic Med food, to a variety of new locations for in:spa and destination yoga’s 2019 group wellbeing retreats, these new breaks are the perfect antidote to the excesses of the festive season, and will ensure holiday plans are kept healthy and rebalancing in 2019.

Prices are available from £995pp for week-long group yoga retreat in Portugal or Madeira, based on two sharing on a B&B basis. More details are below, but for more information on The Healthy Holiday Company’s 2019 holidays, visit www.thehealthyholidaycompany.co.uk.

OPENING SUMMER 2019- Longevity Health and wellness hotel, Western Algarve, Portugal

Due to open in August 2019, the 5*Longevity Health & Wellness Hotel will feature 70 rooms and suites (soundproofed with private balconies and wellness minibars), a rooftop infinity pool with panoramic views of the bay of Alvor and a world-class wellness and medical spa. Nutritious meals adhere to every diet- from detox to gluten free, anti-inflammatory, alkaline and keto- and all guests can choose from a wide selection of impactful programmes from shorter stays focused on spa to intensive longer stays looking into hormone optimisation, intense detox, weight loss and body reshape, combining modern Western medicine with ancient Eastern wisdom. The medical spa also offers ozone and IV therapies to rebalance and regenerate worn-out bodies as well as detox hamman rooms, an Epsom salt room for salt infusions and a gym.

A 7x night holiday is available from £1,525pp based on two sharing a double room on a B&B basis with return flights from London Gatwick to Faro and airport transfers.

OPENING SUMMER 2019- Lefay Resort & SPA Dolomiti, Dolomites, Italy

Due to open next summer and set amongst the trees in the splendid scenery of the Dolomites, Lefay Resort & SPA Dolomiti is a year-round eco wellness resort built of sustainable materials. There’s an organic restaurant serving healthy, seasonal, Med cuisine as well as a 5,000 square metre temple spa with an aquatic epicentre that evokes the ancient thermal baths and includes a sports swimming pool and a number of heated indoor/outdoor pools. There will also be a zone dedicated to saunas and steam baths and an entire floor reserved for spa treatments. The 24 hour fitness centre boasts modern Technogym® equipment with space for breathing, meditation and individual classes. In the summer, outdoor activities include hiking, mountain biking, golf and horse riding, whilst the snowy winter months bring 150km of slopes, four snowboard parks and a single ski pass valid for the entire ski area.

Prices coming shortly- get in touch for more information.

In:spa Celebrates 15 Years with New Group Retreat:

2019 celebrates the 15th anniversary of in:spa, the UK’s first luxury retreat company to offer overseas wellbeing holidays combining yoga and fitness classes with guided hikes, PT sessions, spa treatments, one-on-one nutritional consultations and gourmet detox cuisine from an experienced team of health and fitness professionals who are flown out from the UK for each retreat. And with hundreds of repeat customers, it’s a testament that the brand is still going just as strong. What’s more, there are exciting new developments on the horizon, with new ground-breaking ways in which guests can improve their wellbeing.

NEW- Locanda Cugnanello in Tuscany

in:spa’s newest group retreat location, Locanda Cugnagello, is based on a family-run country estate in the rolling hills of Tuscany; a place of wild beauty with its own lavender field surrounded by vineyards, olive groves, orchards and cypress trees, just 90 minutes’ drive from Florence. The estate, which will be home to two retreats next year, features a luxurious villa and an 800 year old farmhouse which has recently been renovated and blends authentic Tuscan style with modern comforts. It boasts a terrace for outdoor dining, 12 comfortable guestrooms and a fresh saltwater pool surrounded by daybeds, outdoor sofas and a large hammock. Its rural location offers guests a peaceful retreat in which to detox and de-stress, with a combination of yoga, fitness, hiking, gourmet cleansing cuisine and massage.

A 7x night group retreat (04-11 May or 07-14 September 2019) is available from £2,095pp based on two sharing a double room on an all-inclusive basis* excluding flights and airport transfers. Book via: www.inspa-retreats.com/destinations/tuscany-italy 

New destination yoga Group Retreats:

With three venues added to destination yoga’s scheduled group retreat programme, totalling seven across 15 separate dates, and a doubling of its tailor-made Anytime collection (which allows guests to book their own ‘retreat’ on dates to suit them), the company now offers a powerhouse of 18 different locations for guests to choose from, including India, Cambodia, Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Sri Lanka.

The 2019 group retreat teachers include Laura Gate Eastley of London’s Triyoga, who favours a vinyasa and restorative practice and Joanna Najduch who holds certification of 300hrs in Prana Flow Energetic Vinyasa Yoga with Shiva Rea and is accredited with the Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) 500 hours and Senior Yoga Teacher (SYT) with Yoga Alliance UK which indicates she has over 10,000 hours of teaching experience!

NEW- FeelViana in Northern Portugal

FeelViana is an exciting new hotel set on the wide, sandy Cabedelo Beach, close to Viana do Castelo in Northern Portugal and just a 45-minute drive from Porto. It is a cool and calm oasis for those seeking a wellness holiday with a bit of an edge, with the option for guests to borrow bikes, try surfing, SUP, kitesurfing or even stand up paddle yoga after the twice daily yoga sessions, which take place in an intimate studio overlooking the surrounding pine forest. Guests will also have direct access to 400km of biking trails, 320km of hiking routes and special running circuits taking in mountain, beach and river routes. There’s also an indoor and outdoor pool as well as a spa for a wide range of treatments.

A 7x night group retreat is priced from £995pp based on two sharing a Double Room on a full-board basis including 2x yoga classes per day. Price excludes flights. 2019 dates include 24 September-01 October. Book via: www.destinationyoga.co.uk/destinations/feelviana-portugal

NEW- Alpino Atlantico in Madeira

Alpino Atlantico is set high on the rocky coast of Madeira, with bedrooms boasting commanding views of the ocean and lush gardens. There will be two group retreats here in 2019, where twice daily yoga classes will take place in a beautiful studio, lined with floor-to-ceiling glass windows, offering plenty of natural light and far-reaching views. The meals here are all Ayurvedic, vegetarian and mainly dairy free; designed not to put much too much pressure on your body whilst supplying it with all the energy it needs. The hotel is located in a quiet part of a wider Galo resort, made up of two larger hotels, which guests the best of both worlds; a quiet haven to relax in but also the amenities of the main resort such as its large eco-spa and selection of complimentary health and fitness classes.

A 7x night group retreat is priced from £995pp based on two sharing a Double Room on a full-board basis including 2x yoga classes per day. Price excludes flights. 2019 dates include 06-13 August and 13-20 August. Book via: www.destinationyoga.co.uk/destinations/alpino-atlantico

For more information, visit www.thehealthyholidaycompany.co.uk or call 0208 968 0501.