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12-month wellness travel guide

Fuelled by aging baby boomers wanting to nurture their looks and prolong their lifestyle, tourism operators around the world have developed wellness packages that enable you to focus on your health and fitness while experiencing another culture. From the sandy beaches of Phuket to the snow-capped mountains New Zealand’s South Island, you can find a destination that not only satisfies your passion for travel but also your desire to return home with a spring in your step and a sparkle in your eyes.

This month-by-month wanderlust guide of this year’s best holistic holidays for Australian travellers gives you an insight into why wellness tourism has become one of the hottest trends in global travel.



Amatara Wellness resort is tucked away in the quiet corner of Cape Panwa, Thailand.



New Year Cleanse in Thailand: Amatara Detox

Launch into 2017 with a full body detox on the idyllic island of Phuket, Thailand. Amatara Wellness resort specialise in longevity so you’ll be sure to revitalise from the indulgences of the festive period with their detox menus and rejuvenating juice cleanses. Combine banishing toxins with soothing private yoga classes and lymphatic drainage massages to ensure that you return home feeling healthier and happier.

Health and Fitness Travel offers 7 nights with Amatara Detox from $3,760 pp or $4,835 for single occupancy. Price includes full board, a detox program and transfers.



Kick-start wellbeing in New Zealand: Aro Ha Wellness Retreat

Find yourself amongst the sub-alpine mountains of Queenstown while focussing on the new you in 2017. With twice daily yoga, challenging guided hikes and functional training, there’s plenty of opportunities to ignite the inner power and develop a healthy lifestyle. Treat yourself with a spectrum of healthy vegetarian cuisine for optimal wellbeing before discovering holistic wellness with daily therapeutic massages and unlimited use of the water therapy suites.

Health and Fitness Travel offers 4 nights with from $4,050 pp or $4,350 for single occupancy. Price includes full board, a fitness & well-being program and transfers.



Go Wild with Your Fitness in Tanzania: Wildfitness Zanzibar

Keep summer going with a fitness holiday to the tropical forests and white sands of Wildfitness Zanzibar. This adventure escape combines getting fit with the great outdoors so expect to feel the challenge as you use your own body weight to catalyse a new you. Snorkel amidst turquoise waters, stretch out on empty beaches and sweat it up with high intensity workouts.

Health and Fitness Travel offers 7 nights with Wildfitness Zanzibar from $5,080 pp or $6,305 for single occupancy. Price includes full board, a fitness program and transfers.



Surf & Yoga in Bali: Komune Resort Yoga & Surf

The Island of the Gods beckons you this April as the rains settle down, the swell picks up, and the yoga keeps on soothing. Dive into this beach wellness retreat for group and private surf lessons as you meet the in-crowd lazing on the beach till sunrise. There’s daily treatments from the health hub to soothe the muscles, and complementary access to all group classes to strengthen them back up. Bali is big news in yoga, so get ready to really unwind on the tropical shores of Indonesia and return home feeling re-balanced.

Health and Fitness Travel offers 6 nights with Komune Resort Yoga & Surf from $1,715 pp or $2,015 for single occupancy. Price includes full board, a fitness & well-being program and transfers.



Vietnam is an established wellness travel destination offering everything from cycling tours to sailing adventures.



Cultural Wellness in Vietnam: Vietnam Discover Recover

Discover a whole new world on an adventurous wellness escape to Vietnam; a country rich in natural wonders, history and culture. Explore hidden grottos as your sail around the natural wonders of Ha Long Bay; with a choice of tours and excursion, revisit history with a guided tour of the ChuChi Tunnels used during the Vietnam War, or take a day trip to explore the famous floating markets of South Vietnam. Recover at a luxury wellness retreat with daily holistic activities that are matched to your specific wellness goals, including yoga and Tai Chi.

Health and Fitness Travel offers 10 nights in Vietnam from $5,680 pp or $7,895 for single occupancy. Price includes a Discover Recover program and transfers.



Summer Shape Up in Ibiza: The Body Camp

Slimming is synonymous with summer, so escape the cold and head over to Ibiza for a luxury boot camp fitness regime to get you looking and feeling great for the coming months. There’s a daily fitness schedule of circuits, aerobics, Swiss ball, boxing, running, swimming, deep stretching, body sculpting and, of course, rebounding. You’ll also have mindfulness sessions to soothe the mind, cookery workshops to feed it, and creative workshops to let it loose. All of this is interwoven with a full body massage and manicure to ensure you leave glowing with health and wellbeing.

Health and Fitness Travel offers 7 nights with The Body Camp from $2,845 pp or $4,580 for single occupancy. Price includes full board, a fitness & wellbeing program and transfers.



Soothing Summer in Greece: Divani Apollon Anti-Stress

De-stress in the Athenian Riviera for the month of July with this stress busting wellness escape to soothe the mind and body. Enjoy various spa treatments to ensure you grow in tranquility daily including an Afussion shower, marine scrub, chill-out massage, facial, lymph drainage and Indoceane spa ritual. Whilst the mind is eased with yoga and meditation sessions, you can re-balance with your anti-stress nutritional program so you return home feeling completely restored.

Health and Fitness Travel offers 7 nights with Divani Apollon from $4,145 pp or $4,945 for single occupancy. Price includes full board, an anti-stress program and transfers.



Active by the Beach in Spain: Marbella Club Fusion Fitness

Delve into an active August as you get fit by the beach in this luxury wellness resort on the “golden mile” of Marbella. The Fusion Fitness program gives guests a personal fitness evaluation and then allows one to embark on a pathway of either Cardio, Strength & Sport, Mind & Body, or Renewal. The real draw of Marbella Club is to indulge in the luxurious aesthetic of the resort and live a lifestyle of wellbeing fit for the stars.

Health and Fitness Travel offers 7 nights with Marbella Club from $3,005 pp or $4,570 for single occupancy. Price includes full board, a Fusion Fitness program and transfers.



The ancient Javanese Buddhist tradition of singing bowls are said to facilitate an auditory and physical experience.



Jungle De-stress in Java: MesaStila De-Stress

Escape the strains of everyday life and journey to a tranquil retreat at MesaStila, nestled in the midst of Java’s jungles, gardens and volcanoes. Release stress with a combination of spa treatments and relaxing massages harmonised with yoga and meditation sessions. Take advantage of scheduled in-house activities, from power walks to TRX and circuit training at the jungle gym. Get the chance to explore the resort’s culturally rich surroundings on a cycling tour and coffee plantation visit.

Health and Fitness Travel offers 3 nights with MesaStila from $905 pp or $1,530 for single occupancy. Price includes full board, a de-stress program and transfers.



Spring Renewal in India: Ananda Rejuvenation

Surrounded by the vista of the Himalayas and nearby wellbeing haven of Rishikesh, this luxury retreat provides a platform for total rejuvenation in soothing tranquility. A wealth of Ayurvedic spa treatments are utilised to bring about internal transformation so guests feel ready to return home transformed. Of particular interest is the yoga Nidra session and detoxifying Ayurvedic experiences to help the subtle energies flow forth from within.

Health and Fitness Travel offers 7 nights with Ananda from $5,600 pp or $6,965 for single occupancy. Price includes full board, a rejuvenation program and transfers.



Fitness Adventure in Oman: Zighy Bay Sense of Functional Fitness

Surrounded by mountains and set within its own secluded bay on the Musandam Peninsula of Oman, Zighy Bay’s customised training program will keep you one step ahead of your holiday fitness plans. Prepare your body for beach season as you improve your strength, cardiovascular endurance and flexibility with a range of workouts and private training sessions. Recover with spa treatments or take your Arabian adventure up a gear with additional activity options including paragliding and mountain biking.

Health and Fitness Travel offers 7 nights with Zighy Bay from $3,250 pp or $4,425 for single occupancy. Price includes daily breakfast, a fitness program and transfers.



Full Body Assessment in St Lucia: The BodyHoliday BodyScience

As 2017 ends, it’s time to assess the body and take the time to carry out a holistic assessment at this leading St Lucian wellness resort. Whether you’ve been good or bad, the BodyScience program will have you fully informed on your physical abilities and progress with private consultations concerning body composition, respiration and heart health. Ayurvedic treatments play a large role in recalibrating the mind, body and soul here; as do yoga classes combined with pranayama and meditation sessions to truly bring the year to a healthy and happy end.

Health and Fitness Travel offers 7 nights in The BodyHoliday St Lucia from $7,385. Price includes a BodyScience program and transfers.


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Samantha Lippiatt

If your idea of a perfect holiday is learning meditation in the Balinese jungle, sub-alpine hiking in the ethereal mountain ranges of New Zealand, joining a sunrise yoga class on the beach in Vietnam or getting fit in a secluded part of Thailand, Samantha Lippiatt is your go-to person. As co-founder of Health and Fitness Travel in Australia, she specialises in tailor-made wellness holidays for the health conscious traveller.

The opinions expressed in this article are the opinions of the author(s) and not necessarily those of Homeloans Ltd.