The ability to switch off and turn your back on the world, on a break for two, where only you and your partner matter, can only ever be regarded as ‘exclusive’. That is why you opt for it and it is what The BodyHoliday, Saint Lucia’s leading, all-inclusive wellness resort, provides. It is taking fitness to new peaks, with the addition of the Tree House, a one-of-a-kind, glassenclosed studio, with spectacular views on the locale.

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The company recently completed a £10m property refurbishment and the introduction of the new, high-rise studio that serves as a multi-functional space for spin instruction, fitness and yoga programmes, is an example of just how important well-being and wellness have become. Taking the form of a modern-day tree house, the 1,000 sq ft, glazed structure is perched 25 feet above the ground, on a hillside adjacent to the resort’s 30,000 square-foot wellness centre, on the northern tip of the island paradise.

Surrounded by manicured gardens that provide breathtaking views of the Caribbean and Saint Lucia’s lush tropical vegetation, the structure is modern and contains an array of the most up-to-the-minute fitness equipment, which includes 25 LiveStrong spinning bikes and a state of the art sound system. In addition to the house’s signature BodySpin and BodySpin Max courses, a variety of new spin programmes are open to guests. Intended to inspire and energise, the new programme offers everything from high-intensity classes to nontraditional rides led by world-class instructors.

However, The BodyHoliday also caters for Tai Chi, Pilates, fencing, Ayurvedic treatments, Reiki, meditation, yoga and personal training, all within its normal nightly rate. Yet, peer a little deeper and you will find the open  air ‘Zen Deck’, on the structure’s rooftop, which serves as a yoga studio, archery range and even a secondary setting for candlelit banquets and dinner receptions.

If you are going to pamper yourself, the pioneering BodyHoliday lives up to expectations and was voted ‘Best Destination Spa’, in the Condé Nast Traveller Awards. It first opened in 1988 and has lived up to its promise of ‘give us your body for a week and we shall give you back your mind’. The resort offers 154 rooms that create a contemporary, yet luxurious Caribbean holiday experience.

Alternatively, you could visit Rendezvous, a couplesonly resort in the Caribbean, from the same group, near Castries City, on the north-west coast of the island. The 100-room property features a scuba centre, an array of watersports, archery, fencing, tennis courts, two pools, the Piano Bar, a swim-up bar at the main pool and Terrace Bar. Guests can enjoy two on-property restaurants, including the famous Trysting Place.

Espace Henri Chenot, Palace Merano

Known for its life-changing Chenot method detox programme, as well as for the health master’s groundbreaking theories on healthy living, renowned health expert Henri Chenot has announced two, new, week-long detox programmes, at the award-winning flagship spa, Espace Henri Chenot, at the Palace Merano.

Located in the Italian foothills of the south Tyrol, the nearest airport being at Bolzano, less than 20 miles away, both the Energetic Programme and the Regenerating Anti-Ageing Programme maintain the foundation of the classic detox, while also incorporating key elements that focus on re-energising, or rejuvenation and anti-ageing. They are perfect for both men and women seeking to destress and recharge their batteries.

Yet, the programmes work equally well for those classified as overweight, tired and who want to increase their energy levels. In addition to the classic detox elements, the programme features a high protein diet incorporating Chenot’s specifically tailored, high purity, 100% soluble proteins, as well as a daily exercise programme with a personal trainer. If you are seeking wellness, to do so with your partner is arguably the most ideal situation. That the Chenot programme can add some essential privacy to it can also be highly beneficial.

The Energetic Programme includes a slimming diet based on proteins, with a toxaemic assessment, bioenergetic check-up and a body composition assessment. It is very thorough and is followed by six lessons with your personal trainer, as well as group physical exercises. Technology is used with four-cellular resonance treatments, featuring energy control, six tendon-muscle massages and a mix of hydro, phyto-mud and water-jet sessions. Throughout, your medical condition is monitored and a post-treatment programme is provided.

The Regenerating Anti-Ageing Programme includes a hormonal analysis for men and women and a body densitometry scan, which provides information relating to bone density and body fat composition. Each individual’s treatments will then be tailored to suit their personal physical profiles. The diet throughout the week would also be modified, depending upon individual needs, as some may require either a detoxifying or energetic diet.

The Energetic Programme costs from £3,182 and the Regenerating Anti-Ageing Programme costs from  £2,929, with both programmes available from 9th February 2013 onwards. Room rates are from £202 for a single room and £353 for a double room in five star accommodation. For further information or for bookings at Espace Henri Chenot, Palace Merano please visit or tel: 0039 0473 271000.

Sandals Emerald Bay Resort, Bahamas

Renowned for its wellness and relaxation, another prestigious health spa has undergone a round of refurbishment. In fact, Sandals Emerald Bay, Great Exumas, Bahamas, is a sprawling island retreat that is fast becoming one of the world’s ultimate wellbeing destinations. It is home to the 29,000 sq ft Red Lane® Spa, which is famed for its use of botanical and indigenous ingredients. The calming scent of lemongrass permeates the spa, which features cool, clean colours and original artworks. The facilities include 21 serene treatment rooms, hot and cold plunge pools, Eucalyptus steam baths and saunas, locker rooms with showers and fully stocked vanity areas. There is even a full-service beauty salon.

State-of-the-art fitness equipment is available for optimal workouts and a variety of wellness classes are offered throughout the day, ranging from walks on the white sandy beaches, water workouts and heart-pumping aerobics, to yoga and Pilates. Personal training sessions are also available.

Red Lane® Spa offers a myriad remedies from massages and body treatments, to facials, hydrotherapies and romantic packages just for two.

Treatments at the spa reinterpret traditional rituals to delight guests with the sensuous sights, sounds, textures and scents of the Caribbean. Exotic ingredients indigenous to the region, like Jamaica’s own Blue Mountain coffee, succulent sweet Ortanique oranges, local limes and almonds, raw sugar cane and coconut make each treatment a truly unique experience.

The West Indian Massage, which combines a fullbody massage with island elements like smooth river stones and a white-sand exfoliation for the feet, or the invigorating Java Jive Scrub that uses the aforementioned natural roasted coffee beans, crushed naturally, to smooth skin are some of the many enjoyable treatments.

An expansive water complex, with a freshwater swimming pool as the spa’s focal point, takes in over half an acre and entices guests with a jacuzzi, swim-up pool bar and unique fire-pit seating area in the centre. Flanking the pool are misting columns and luxurious
cabanas equipped with wireless Internet access. Sandals’ butlers provide poolside service to all guests, including Evian spritzers, fresh towels with cucumber slices and cooling sorbet to refresh and replenish.

Greg Norman designed the 18-hole championship golf course, reputed to be among the best in the Caribbean. It certainly delivers with its location and the returning eight holes along Emerald Bay are among the most spectacular anywhere. Tennis buffs can play on any of six illuminated Har-Tru courts and,  if you forget to pack the racquets, a fully equipped pro shop will serve purpose.

The Sandals resort also features five gourmet dining venues, all produce prepared by world renowned chefs with your health and wellbeing in mind. From deep-sea dives to bone-fishing expeditions, Great Exuma has a diverse range of activities to explore amid acres of tranquility and complete wonderment, all against a cluster of secluded islands that also await discovery. The Eco-Kayak Tour will waft you among the mangroves of Moriah Marine Park. The 007 Thunderball Tour allows guests to cruise in and out of 150 islets, snorkel the incredible Thunderball Grotto and interact with the wild iguanas and docile sharks. Whether you enjoy backpacking, angling, water and sport adventures, island hopping, or just securing a private island getaway for two, Sandals can help you to find it.

Seven nights at Sandals Emerald Bay, on a Luxury Included basis, costs from £2,269 per person (it was £3,454; saving £1,185). Return flights and resort transfers are included in the price. For further information, or to make a booking call Sandals on 0800 742 742.

Sha Wellness Clinic, Alicante, Spain

Halfway up Spain’s Mediterranean coastline is the thriving Valencian community of Alicante, which is home to a well-being clinic commonly regarded as the best medical spa in the world. The resort actually consists of five separate buildings, all interconnected and all aimed at providing remedies and curatives that can make a special vacation even more exceptional.

The views across Alicante to the Sierra Helada  mountains are unparalleled and, as a member of SHA during your stay, you will be encouraged to dine in the Shamadi restaurant. Its chef, Pablo Montoro, who used to be with the world’s number one restaurant, the Bulli, has created a stunning menu of such culinary high status that you cannot fail to be impressed. It includes macrobiotic and organic elements in its fusion of Japanese and Mediterranean styles and has won acclaim from many key reviewers.

Naturally, the range of health and well-being treatments is extensive, including hydrotherapy, waterjetting, massotherapy (anti-cellulite, lymphatic drainage, reiki, shiatsu, hot stone, reflexology and Thai massage) and natural treatments are complemented by traditional Chinese medicine and both body and facial treatments. On the exercise front, Tai Chi, yoga and Pilates are part of a superior programme of techniques explored in the fitness centre.

By careful steering of the SHA services away from what might be termed the ‘conventions’ of well-being and fitness, the resort adopts a more holistic approach, one that encompasses a combination of oriental, as well as advanced western medical practices. Anti-ageing, aesthetic, cosmetic dentistry, sleep medicine and even an anti-tobacco unit address most of the personal desires of visitors to the centre. Most of the treatments demand up to seven days but two day courses are available.

Prices for a typical seven days wellness programme start at around £1,557, not including the accommodation or travel costs. The two days course is £421. Seven nights for two, staying in a deluxe suite at the resort, will cost £1,650. Transfers can be arranged from the airport at Alicante. Flights from Heathrow to Alicante, which is around 45 miles away from the resort, can cost from as little as £140pp return.

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