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Whether you’re in need of an indulgent massage amongst the snow-capped Dolomites or you’re looking for a happiness haven in Puglia’s untouched countryside, our best wellness spa retreats in Italy are the perfect escape for your mind, body, and soul. Taking the time to step back from obligations and responsibilities can have a positive long-term effect on your wellbeing, so why not relax and recuperate with energy massages, guided walks, and aromatherapy sessions surrounded by breath-taking mountains and beaches?

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There is no doubt that taking a break from dull weather can be the perfect relief from stress and anxiety. But looking a little closer, the real benefits of going abroad lie under the surface, in your immune system. Keeping your physical health in check is hugely important, and booking yourself a holiday could give your body a much-needed health kick by ensuring you eat well, drink well and exercise, alongside providing you with natural therapies and treatments to boost both your immunity and your mental wellbeing.

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Releasing the stress of work and school is what a holiday is all about. A European spa break is a great opportunity to rest and recuperate, to regather after a stressful term or a high-pressure month of work. A relaxing wellness getaway is no longer just for couples, family spa holidays in Europe are becoming more popular. They provide the relaxation of a spa retreat with the fun of a family holiday. These breaks are an opportunity for personal betterment and for a rare feeling of freshness. At Health and Fitness Travel, the wellness travel specialists, we have compiled a list of the best luxury family spa holidays in Europe. Our guide will help you to decide on a break that’s right for your family.

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Treat yourself to a rebalancing spa break amongst the tropical forests and exquisite coastlines of Indonesia with our best wellness spa retreats in Bali. Each wellness holiday offers a unique fusion of fitness, culture and wellbeing to give you a well-rounded experience where you can experience a variety of cultural activities, rediscover your Zen through yoga practice or get an adrenaline boost in an invigorating fitness class, all while indulging in relaxing spa therapies and treatments.

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There is an intangible poetry to sailing. Humankind has always had an unending romantic fascination with the sea and the feelings it conjures. Homer’s Odyssey beautifully captures the adventure of sailing the Mediterranean with the stars rising ‘bathed in the ocean stream to glitter in brilliance’. Experiencing the same natural beauty and the same thrill of adventure is now easier than ever. You don’t have to spend holidays stuck on crowded beaches anymore. You can set sail for unknown tropical lagoons or medieval cities etched into rugged cliff lines on some of the world’s best sailing tours.

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Explore the incredible blue waters and magnificent mountains of the Mediterranean with a wellness spa retreat in Cyprus. The year-long sunshine provides the perfect setting for a well-earned escape from anxieties and stress, giving you a chance to put your feet up and settle into a pampered paradise. With locally grown produce, traditional Mediterranean dishes and an array of exciting international cuisines you have plenty of culinary delights to choose from, and combined with the fantastic views and luxury treatments, you’re sure to have an unforgettable spa holiday. 

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The need for a healthy work-life balance is crucial after a challenging and disruptive year. Protecting yourself from burnout by taking regular wellness breaks just needs a little planning in advance. We have compiled a healthy holiday hack to help you double your annual leave in 2021.

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Whether you’re travelling for business or pleasure, there is a chance you may require a COVID-19 PCR test for entry to your destination. The Polymerase Chain Reaction Test may be a daunting term but it is simply the process used to detect whether the COVID-19 virus is present in your body. The tests look for the presence of the RNA of the antigen to determine whether or not you may be actively infected.

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Everyone gets excited at the thought of a holiday, be it a sunshine escape to Spain, a winter break in Italy or an indulgent retreat in the Maldives, nobody’s going to refuse a break from the UK weather, are they? Although you might not need persuading when it comes to booking a wellness retreat, we’re looking into the reasons as to why holidays are important for our mental and physical health, and how an escape from your usual routine could be a wellbeing boosting experience that will solve your problems.

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Gardens aren’t just for green fingered folk, whether you’re a flower fanatic or just looking for a place to relax and unwind, holidaying amongst idyllic gardens and spectacular groves can provide the ultimate mindfulness break. The great outdoors provides the perfect escape from everyday stress and surrounding yourself with the beauty of the natural world can be incredibly beneficial for you both mentally and emotionally. Even taking ten minutes outside in a natural environment, particularly an aesthetic one, can have lasting calming effects and has been shown to drastically improve a person’s mood and reduce stress-related depression. 

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Social distancing has thrown off a lot of team sports. Football is now behind closed doors with sanitised balls and no handshakes. Rugby has fared even worse with no topflight games and no opportunities to practice at club levels. Staying active with your team may be something for next year but socially distanced holidays are available now and fantastic for you.

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