Top Ten Tips for Solo Travellers

Written by arun on 22/08/13, filed under General News | No Comments

Tip 1: Research your Destination

Ensure you research your destination fully before you go abroad. It is well worth familiarising yourself with the language, even if it’s just a few key words. Find out what the social customs are, and make sure you pack appropriate attire especially for a spa retreat.

Tip 2: Don’t Overpack.

Control the amount of luggage that you can handle. Not only will it slow you down, but if you have to run to the loo, there’s no one to look after your bags.

Tip 3: Check the Telecommunications for your Destination

Maintaining your ability to communicate is particularly important when travelling alone.  Therefore, check the mobile network of your destination country in advance and keep communication devices especially your mobile phone charged at all times. Sanctuary Spa Holidays advises buying a backup battery and mobile charger.

Tip 4: Buy and Check your Travel Insurance before you Fly

Before you book flights and accommodation, arrange your travel insurance or call your credit card company to find out what type of coverage you’ll get in case of illness, accident, lost luggage or cancelled flights. You’d be surprised what benefits some card companies will offer. Sanctuary Spa Holidays advises exchanging some money into the foreign country’s currency before your trip so that you don’t have to go to a cash a machine alone.

Tip 5: Prepare Key Documents and Contact the British Embassy

Register yourself with your embassy or consulate and scan all important documents such as your passport and inoculation record and Sanctuary Spa Holidays recommends e-mailing them to yourself at an address easily accessible via the Web.

Tip 6: Stay in Regular Communication with Family

Always have a plan to check in regularly with friends or relatives back home and Sanctuary Spa holidays advise not to tell strangers where you’re staying or that you’re alone and keep information on you regarding names and phone numbers of doctors and an emergency contact.

Tip 7: Engage with the Concierge

Someone well worth contacting on your arrival at the resort is the concierge. They can recommend where to go safely, places to eat or call for a reservation and arrange return transportation. This ensures the hotel is expecting you back by a certain time. Sanctuary Spa Holidays recommends that if you can afford to, hire a driver to take you around the city for a tour and help familiarise yourself with the location.

Tip 8: Use Common Sense

Don’t do the things a tourist alien to a place would do such as stop on the street to study your map or read a guidebook at a restaurant. Don’t drink too much if you are alone and away from the resort.

Tip 9: Connecting with Others Abroad

Be confident in your choice of destination and flavour the culture and atmosphere and do the things you normally would do to socialise. Sanctuary Spa Holidays suggests going to the local folk festival instead of only visiting tourist attractions. If you would like a photo of you then ask other families on holidays to take a picture.

Tip 10: Use the Opportunity to Reflect

Of course health and safety are key to enjoying a wonderful experience but don’t forget the  reasons you did travel alone. Utilise the opportunity to reflect and gain confidence about who you are and your relation to the world. Sanctuary Spa Holidays believes the time to find out who you are is when you are alone and no one is looking or judging you, allowing you to relax and reflect.

The Barcelo Asia Garden Hotel & Thai Spa- Experience the luxury of Asia close to home

Written by Karishma on 08/07/13, filed under Europe, General News, Spain | No Comments

Ever wished that you could escape to a spa hotel which held the luxurious ambience of Asian influences, with traditional Thai spa treatments, Balinese fashioned suites, lush tropical gardens, not far from home? I know I have.

The Barcelo Asia Garden Hotel & Thai Spa is the ideal getaway situated within the vibrant culture of Spain, on the Slopes of Sierra Cortina. This spa hotel is unique through its blend of eastern beauty and the natural splendour of Spain that is the warm weather, intriguing customs, and sublime scenic views.

The Asia Garden Hotel provides unforgettable Thai spa treatments, and a variety of traditional messages which loosen those aching muscles and helps you to discover that inner peace. You will find that with the traditional aromatic messages, relaxing will seem simple, drifting towards blissfulness will be effortless and those moments of serenity will leave you reenergised. The Thai Spa treatments are where fantasy becomes reality and is what makes Asia Garden Hotel such a compelling place to visit.

Now it is my belief that an enriching spa treatment is heightened and only the best when the retreat itself is just as peaceful, a place where you can continue to relax after your message or a refreshing swim and indulge yourself on your holiday.  The Barcelo Asia Garden Hotel & Thai Spa is this place. With its enchanting blend of colours in the form of the flourishing tropical garden, grand suits designed with a fusion of modern and traditional Asian architectural decor, succulent food and tranquil water features, the Asia Garden Hotel is the perfect place to go.

With the Asia Garden being a recent addition of Sanctuary Spa holidays, your stay will be not only a five star one, but also one where etiquette and serenity combines to create an ultimate spa holiday in Spain.

Wimbledon or Tennis – are Brits in love with the game or the occasion?

Written by arun on 27/06/13, filed under General News | No Comments

I have always loved the Championships at Wimbledon and as a big fan have been watching religiously on television or at SW19 since the days of Borg and McEnroe. However, like many others I have never really had the same interest in watching tennis in any other tournament e.g. the US, French or Australian Opens. So am I a fan of tennis or a fan of Wimbledon? Do I watch it as its the one big international elite sporting event that takes place annually in England, or is it that the game is more exciting on grass as its faster, and more exciting watching players display all their skills from drop shots, volleys to a cross court back hand slice! Like many others I’ve watched the sport but have never had the opportunity to play it. Maybe due to time, access or the confidence in playing the sport in public.

However, I was recently in Gozo, Malta staying at the Kempinski Hotel and for the first time I had an opportunity to play. Kempinski resort is a five star luxury hotel and I was persuaded by my partner to go along as she wanted to get away to get pampered with the spa treatments. I did wonder what I would be doing there so my main plan was to laze in the sun or have a dip in the pool. However, once we arrived at the Kempinski resort I was offered activities that I didn’t expect at on a spa holiday such as scuba diving and horse riding! I was also surprised to be offered a complimentary session with a professional tennis coach and personal trainer if I wanted to get fit or learn the game of tennis on the resort. This for a tennis enthusiast just before Wimbledon was an offer I could not refuse. I was also told that if my partner didn’t want to play they would arrange to find an opponent for me at the level of the game I could play i.e. a beginner!

If anyone says spa retreats and holidays are just for women to be pampered with spa treatments you are hugely mistaken. Spa resorts seem to have realised that many women like to travel with their partner instead of alone and it’s a matter of attracting the partner with activities to keep them occupied such as tennis. Spa holiday resorts such as Aphrodite Hills in Cyprus, the Body Holiday in St Lucia or the Kempinski in Gozo offer so much more than just a spa retreat. They have activities for everyone and for me there was of course the tennis, but for others who like to be active on holiday there’s water skiing, scuba diving, squash, golf and loads more.

Spa retreats are no longer just about relaxation and pampering but they cater for all the family and it offered me the chance to play my beloved sport of tennis. I do love Wimbledon but I think I’m now also in love with tennis and more surprisingly spa holidays!!