Try Wellness Holidays with Stay One Degree


With fitness and wellness playing such a crucial role in healthy lifestyles, for many it’s also an important factor when choosing holiday accommodation. The experts from Stay One Degree, the first social network for luxury holiday home rentals, highlight the top homes for guests looking to keep up the daily fitness routine or find their inner zen in beautiful locations.

Stay One Degrees’ collection of hand-picked homes span over 40 countries around the world and blend style with substance and exceptional service. Booking is slick and quick, simply register as a member for free, and gain access to an exclusive network of homes with the added benefit of insider tips and recommendations from the owners.

Tranquil Thai estate in the Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai

Located in the North of Thailand, this stunning all-inclusive estate is set in 10 acres of beautifully manicured gardens and working rice fields. Sleeping 12 in the main villa and three river houses, this property provides a luxury retreat for groups, offering yoga classes on the pavilion, an outdoor swimming pool and indulgent spa treatments by expert therapists in one of two spas within the grounds.  Meals are freshly prepared by the attentive team of chefs, butlers and housekeepers, to cater for all dietary requirements and dining requests. Nearby, activities include hiking through the mountain trails on Don Chang (Elephant Mountain) or exploring the local area with the use of the villa’s complimentary bicycles. For golf enthusiasts, The Santiburi Golf Club and Waterford Valley Golf Club are both in nearby Chiang Rai.

Surf and Soul in Canggu, Bali 

Bali is known for its combination of surfing and yoga options and the vibrant area of Canggu doesn’t disappoint. Set amongst the jungle, trees, rice fields, tropical gardens and near the river, this property is the only villa in Bali with unobstructed infinity views of the attractive natural landscape. The stylish villa, is designed with traditional Balinese interiors and has 10 luxurious bedrooms, with a library, media room, kids room, cinema, bar and DJ area. Guests can start their day with a gym session or swim in the pool, followed by a relaxing treatment in the private spa or dip in the jacuzzi. The surrounding gardens provide an ideal setting for sunset yoga with the peaceful sound of nature and the gentle flow of the river. For surfers looking to hit the waves, the villa is located only 5kms away from Canggu beach, Pererenan beach, Seseh beach and Ecko Beach.

Mindfulness in Olhao, Portugal 

Located in the old town of Olhao in Southern Portugal, this historic townhouse has 12 elegantly designed ensuite double bedrooms and is ideal for large families, friends and groups seeking a high-end, yet relaxed, private location. Early morning yoga can be enjoyed on the uber-chic rooftop terrace to the sound of church bells or escape to the haven of the meditation sanctuary for ultimate peace and quiet.

The rooftop pool and bar offer panoramic views of Olhao and is the perfect place to cool down on a hot summers day. The nearby Ria Formosa Natural Park, has a variety of trails to walk and explore the regions flora and fauna, leading to the beautiful stretch of Quinta Do Lago beach.

African Paradise in Maputo, Machangulo Peninsula

Set on the oceanfront of Maputo in the unspoilt Machangulo Peninsula, this impressive all-inclusive property can accommodate up to 18 guests, looking for an active holiday or relaxing beach break.

The luxury villa has access to its own gym, outdoor pool, tennis courts in the grounds and complimentary activities such as sand boarding on the nearby dunes, snorkelling in the reefs and Maputo Special Reserve tours. A staircase leads directly down to the pristine beach for early morning runs or sunset strolls. Yoga enthusiast can choose to practise on the terrace overlooking the ocean or the villa’s dedicated yoga room. Instructors for all levels can be arranged to host group or private classes throughout the stay. For pampering and total relaxation, the villa has its own private spa facilities.

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Mark Bibby Jackson

Mark Bibby Jackson

Before setting up Travel Begins at 40, Mark was the publisher of AsiaLIFE Cambodia and a freelance travel writer. When he is not packing and unpacking his travelling bag, Mark writes novels, including To Cook A Spider and Peppered Justice. He loves walking, eating, tasting beer, isolation and arthouse movies, as well as talking to strangers on planes, buses and trains whenever possible. Most at home when not at home.

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