Exhausted? You need a healing holiday

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As life gets busier, you need more from your getaway than a tan – you need rejuvenation

In today’s fully connected world, the traditional boundaries between work and weekend have blurred. Most of us check work emails on a Saturday or Sunday, and never give our minds a chance to switch off. No wonder we’re all exhausted. Which is why more women are treating themselves to healing holidays, and why hotels are increasingly paying attention to the quality of their spa facilities. It can be as extreme as a week of hikes and workouts, or simply a switch-off weekend of pampering treatments, but a healing holiday will leave you recharged and ready to face the world again.

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1. It doesn’t get more healing than a yoga retreat, and London’s TriYoga offers some of the best. With upcoming weeks in Italy and Spain, you can immerse yourself in two classes a day, meditation, massages and healthy, nutritious food. Wonderful. Retreats from £695 for seven nights, www.triyoga.co.uk.

2. Lime Wood hotel in Hampshire has shown other country hotels how to give great spa, with its glorious Herb House Spa. Set on the edge of the New Forest, with views into the dense trees, the spa highlights include a steaming outdoor hot pool, a mud room and rooftop meditation areas. Make the most of the magical setting with a Forest Restore break, three days of pilates, yoga and spa treatments. From £1,100 for a fully inclusive three-night package, www.limewoodhotel.co.uk.

3. A Fitscape break to the Italian Dolomites, South of France or Southern Spain with The Healthy Holiday Company is guaranteed to leave you invigorated. The holidays are group trips (ideal if you’re travelling on your own – instant friends), with a focus on daily exercise, plus plenty of pampering downtime. Luxury and good-for-you-ness in equal measure, perfect. Holidays from £1495, www.fitscape.co.uk.

4. When a holiday involves entertaining the kids, it’s hard to imagine any time for yourself – let alone for a bit of rejuvenation. The chic Almyra resort in Cyprus has the solution. There’s plenty to keep juniors happy – including a giant fresh-water swimming pool – but when you want to slip away, there’s a grown-ups’ only spa, complete with an ice-blue infinity pool. Even if you can only grab an hour or so to yourself, you’ll feel restored. From 130 euros b&b, www.almyra.com

5. One of the UK’s stand-out hotel spas is to be found on the north coast of Cornwall, at The Scarlet. The hotel itself is stunning, with sweeping views out to sea, but the spa takes things to another level. Book a four-hour spa “journey” and lose yourself in the steam rooms, hammams and pools (the outdoor fresh water one is worth braving if it’s not too chilly). Finish up with a soak in the cliff-edge log-fired seaweed bath and we defy you not to feel rested. From £225 b&b, www.scarlethotel.co.uk.

These recommendations were made by Saska Graville, Deputy Editor of Red.

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