Written by Dee on 19/09/11, filed under Caribbean, Destination and Hotel Spas | No Comments
St Lucia resort wins coveted award at the Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Travel Awards 2011
Simon Leadsford (Publishing Director of Condé Nast Traveller) with Eve and Craig Barnard (President and Founder of The BodyHoliday)
1st September 2011 - The BodyHoliday was last night crowned the Best Destination Spa in the World at the prestigious Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Travel Award.
This is the second award this year for The BodyHoliday having won “Favourite Spa” at the Condé Nast Traveller Readers Spa Awards earlier this year. Considered by many as the travel bible, the Readers’ Traveller Awards is based on readers’ votes on criteria including spa facilities, individual approach, ambience/design, body and facial treatments, amenities and products, exercise programmes, cuisine, as well as quality of service and staff, which highlights the finest spots to relax in the UK as well as around the globe including the best hotel spas, spa retreats, day spas and thermal spas, with the highest scorers then making it into the World’s top 25.
On receiving the award at The Royal Institute of Great Britain, President and Founder Craig Barnard said, “We are thrilled to receive our second award this year from such a major and influential travel magazine. We are especially pleased that the accolade comes directly from the readers, we work very hard to exceed our guests’ expectations and it is very rewarding to see this recognised. I look forward to welcoming guests, returning and new, from the start of October to see the extensive renovations which we are all very excited about. The BodyHoliday continues to deliver on its promise – give us your body for a week and we’ll give you back your mind.”
The BodyHoliday reopens at the start of October following a three month close for a £10million transformation of its public spaces, including an upgrade of the Wellness Centre, to create a more luxurious experience for guests. The BodyHoliday will be hosting various events on resort including Octoba Yoga – a month dedicated to yoga classes and courses; and the November WellFit Retreat – a week of intensive fitness training and workshops with Olympic legend Daley Thompson and former Gladiator Kate Staples.
For more information please call Sanctuary Spa Holidays on 0870 243 1972 or visit www.sanctuaryspaholidays.co.uk
Written by Dee on 30/08/11, filed under Detox retreats, Detox spa, General News, Relaxation and Pampering Spa, Thailand | No Comments
Rajesh Ramani, Spiritual Teacher and Life Skills Trainer, recently joined the team at Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary and Holisitc Spa, Winner of the Award for Enduring Excellence at the Tatler Spa Awards 2010 and Destination Spa of the Year in the Asia Spa Awards 2010.
Here he talks to us about stress management and personal mentoring – a key element of Kamalaya’s Stress & Burnout programmes – and why we are increasingly seeking this kind of therapy.
“In order to manage stress, first of all we need to understand it. Whether it is in our work, family life or relationships stress is a natural mechanism of the body and mind. On a physical level, the body’s reaction to stress is protective as seen in an animal’s fight or flight response. Normal levels of stress include pain and hunger and are required for growth and progress. Even in work and relationships normal levels of stress are constructive and encourage us to perform to our best both physically and mentally.
Normal stress can be solved through rest, breathing and meditation, or by simply enjoying yourself, reading and having fun. But beyond constructive stress is destructive and self-created stress which can manifest as inner conflict, destructive and hurting value systems and illogical decisions and habits. These conflicts create stress that we make for ourselves where it needn’t be. Beliefs of not being good enough or unattainable perfection can result, leading to a downward spiral of mounting stress.
So how do we become free of stress? At Kamalaya our Stress & Burnout programmes use a combination of stress management – physical processes that can help to reduce stress and its effects including stress releasing exercises and breath work; and stress dissolution – an inner journey that addresses the root of the stress and where it was created. It’s by discovering these stress triggers and through this dual approach of management and dissolution that we can break destructive habits and patterns, enabling us to achieve a new balance between constructive and destructive value systems and bringing our lives back into harmony emotionally, mentally and physically.”
Click here to find out about Stress & Burnout Programmes at Kamalaya
Written by Dee on 20/07/11, filed under Detox, Detox retreats, Detox spa, General News, Thailand | No Comments
Nominated for Best Spa Cuisine of the year for 2 years in a row by Asia Spa awards together with Best Spa Retreat of the year and Best Destination Spa since its opeining in Apil 2008, Absolute Sanctuary has become a popular destination not only for detox and yoga holidays in Thailand but also as a a yoga teacher training & retreat center. With an impressive range of pampering treatments on offer, Absolute Sanctuary stands up there with the very best of Samui’s spas.
White, brown and orange walls predominate with brightly coloured decorative tiles and touches of gold here and there creating a most pleasing Moroccan style. And this style follows through into the spa area and the treatment rooms themselves. As you arrive at this lovely retreat with its sea view on one side and mountain view on the other, the first thing you will notice is the absolute peace and quite out here.
The retreat has six open-air salas of Thai massage and detox center features four air-conditioned suites for everything else. If you are coming here to be pampered, I thoroughly recommend you try one of the Specialty massage treatment- Tropical Indulgence – promises to: ‘Relax you to bliss with our four hand massage whilst two therapists work together in a synchronized rhythm and pressure to soothe out all your tensions knots and lull you to sleep.’ And it delivers! All the treatments here are carried out by anatomically trained therapist who have all been to the prestigious Chiva Som and Thai Lama academy.
Absolute Sanctuary offers three, five and seven day Detox holidays programs ranging from full fasting to light vegetarian meals involving daily colon hydrotherapy sessions ( if desired), detox drinks, nutritional supplements, and yoga classes. Plus there are various rejuvenate packages als available.And with eight private colon hydrotherapy rooms, three full-time trained nurses to assist, and a resident wellness consultant, Absolute Sanctuary runs a highly professional service.
For an ultimate spa holidays experience, please visit www.sanctuaryspaholidays.co.uk