Offering a years' worth of inspiration in health-enhancing wellness experiences around the world, Health and Fitness Travel, the leading experts in healthy holidays worldwide, share their month-by-month guide of the best wellness holidays for 2016. From a wellness adventure in New Zealand, to shaping up for winter on a Cretan bootcamp and escaping to Costa Rica for a dose of summer wellness, make 2016 the year to nourish your mind, body and soul.
January: Detox & Get Fit
Thailand: Phuket Cleanse Detox & Fitness
Begin the New Year working towards a new you on a cleansing detox and fitness holiday set upon Thailand's tropical island of Phuket. Advocating -active cleansing' naturally detoxify your system as you combine raw organic cuisine and healthy juices with daily fitness activities to sweat out further toxins. Awaken your body with workouts including beach bootcamp sessions, Muay Thai and TRX suspension training before cooling off in the invigorating ice bath.
Average January temperature: 27 °C (81 °F)
February: Sub-alpine Rejuvenation
New Zealand: Aro Ha Wellness Retreat
Set on a stunning 21-acre paradise amongst the Southern Alps, embark on a rejuvenating adventure at this eco-friendly wellness retreat. Covering a rounded approach in all aspects of fitness, nutrition, lifestyle, physical activity, mental health and sleep, you can expect to achieve optimal wellness and take home many skills for life. Transform your health with a wide variety of activities, including yoga, meditation and strength training, as well as sub-alpine hiking and kayaking through the awe-inspiring scenery of New Zealand. Unwind with an unlimited use of water therapy suites, spa treatments and daily massage.
Average February temperature: 25 °C (77 °F)
March: Yoga & Culture
Stimulate your senses on a cultural exploration of India's diverse landscapes; from lush tea plantations to the colourful city of Delhi and the mighty Himalayan Mountains. Watch the sun rise over the majestic Taj Mahal and explore the bustling capital New Delhi, all with the aid of your own tour guide, before recovering from your adventures at a luxury wellness retreat. As the birthplace of yoga, perfect your sun salutation as you experience a range of practices, from Pranayama to yoga nidra.
Average March temperature: 25 °C (77 °F)
April: Miami Beach & Caribbean Chic
Make a spring break for the shores of America's iconic South Miami Beach, before heading south to the private island of Parrot Cay for a taste of the Caribbean. In Miami, take in the ocean views from the stunning roof-top spa and yoga terrace of this contemporary art deco retreat. Continue to practice your sun salutation in the Caribbean, with daily beach yoga and Pilates classes. Make a splash with stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking, before calming your spirit with a luxury spa treatment.
Average April temperature: 23 °C (74 °F)
May: Oceanic Wellness
Vietnam: Fusion Maia
Harness the power of the ocean on a luxury wellness retreat by the beach and escape to the east coast of Vietnam, where you are invited to a first rate wellness experience. Take advantage of a free lifestyle consultation and enjoy two complimentary spa treatments per day. Relax in your own personal space on your private villa with its own private pool and courtyard. If you're feeling active, participate in different group fitness classes, join group excursions, or brave the sea with non-motorised water sports.
Average May temperature: 28 °C (82 °F)
June: Winter Shape Up
Greece: Wildfitness Crete
Escape the cold with a fitness boosting bootcamp on the Greek island of Crete, surrounded by towering mountains and sandy beaches. Following an initial assessment with professional fitness trainers, delve into a program of daily training sessions in the great outdoors, from wild running to boxing and kettlebell sessions. Learn how to embrace a healthier lifestyle during fitness and nutrition workshops and indulge with a relaxation massage on a merciful morning off.
Average June temperature: 24 °C (75 °F)
July: Learn a Healthier Lifestyle
Malaysia: The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat
Discover the secret to leading a healthier lifestyle at this secluded wellness retreat, set alongside a tropical jungle on the outskirts of the city of Ipoh in Malaysia. Choose from different wellness programmes and learn various approaches to your health and fitness. Experience their delicious and nutritious spa cuisine whether embarking on a cleansing detox, kick-starting weight loss, boosting your fitness, increasing your longevity or looking to restore your body to its optimal health.
Average July temperature: 29 °C (84 °F)
August: Keep Active by the Coast
Portugal: Epic Sana Algarve Hotel
Overlooking the picturesque Algarve coastline and offering direct access to the magnificent Falésia Beach, keep active by the coast at Epic Sana in Portugal. Whether embarking on a beach bootcamp or taking to the water on a SUP (stand-up paddle boarding) retreat, enjoy a variety of complimentary activities, including aquafit, yoga and guided coastal running. After an active day, rejuvenate your mind and body at the luxury spa or enjoy a stroll amongst the resorts surrounding 8 hectares of verdant pine forest.
Average August temperature: 24 °C (74 °F)
September: Healing Harmony
Spain: Shanti Som
Embrace healing harmony at this healthy hideaway, set in the heart of Spain's striking Andalucía region. Whether escaping on a healing, detox, weight loss, yoga or fitness retreat, re-harmonise with daily group yoga classes as you say goodbye to the stresses of everyday life and reconnect with your inner-self. With a strong emphasis on the rituals of the Orient, unwind with healing spa therapies for your mind, body and soul.
Average September temperature: 24 °C (74 °F)
October: Autumn Ayurveda
Bali: Como Shambhala Estate
Set within 9 acres of lush tropical jungle, escape for session of autumnal Ayurveda at this beautiful Balinese wellness retreat which calms and nurtures with its holistic spa therapies. Discover the hidden water gardens by the Ayung River, where you can unwind with holistic Ayurveda spa treatments. Luxurious private villas, each with their own infinity-edged pools, set the tone for the experience whilst the yoga and Pilates pavilion offers a serene atmosphere in which to unwind in paradise.
Average October temperature: 26 °C (79 °F)
November: Pura Vida Adventure & Summer Wellness
The go to destination for 2016, escape to Costa Rica for a taste of the pura vida (pure life). From white water rafting through a volcanic national park to zip lining through the rainforest and wildlife watching on a jungle safari, choose from a range of tours and excursions. Recover at a luxury wellness retreat with yoga, surfing and reviving spa treatments.
Average November temperature: 27 °C (81 °F)
December: Pre-Christmas Restorative Break
St Lucia: The BodyHoliday
Don't delay until the New Year; prepare your body and mind for the festive season on a pre-Christmas restorative break on the Caribbean shores of St Lucia. Designed by leading health and wellness experts, and often hosted by world-famous athletes, learn from the best in the business as you prepare for not only Christmas, but the rest of your life. Keep active with beach fit workouts before enjoying your daily spa treatments at this all-inclusive wellness retreat.
Average December temperature: 27 °C (81 °F)
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