Healthy Holidays for Tired Parents – Think Restorative Yoga and Sleep Retreats
The annual summer holiday rush can be a stressful time for parents, whether they’re looking for a peaceful getaway with kids in tow or a totally child-free escape. Founder of The Healthy Holiday Company Kathryn Brierley, shares her top picks of the best relaxing retreats to suit lagging parents; from a restorative yoga break in the hills of Andalucía to a relaxing sleep retreat in Ibiza.
Best for: sleep-deprived parents after a child-free escape – Aguas de Ibiza, Ibiza
Enjoy the peaceful side of Ibiza with a break at chic hotel Aguas de Ibiza, situated in the tranquil marina of Santa Eulalia. The ‘Deep Sleep and Relax Retreat’ offers sleep-deprived parents a personalised wellness programme focused on improving their quality of sleep and overall wellbeing. The programme encompasses aspects of nutrition, exercise and wellbeing; from teaching guests the types of food to eat to ensure a healthy digestion, to offering relaxing therapies including NSA – an evidence-based Chiropractic approach that uses gentle precise touch to the spine which helps release spinal and life tension. Complimentary sleep well kits are also given to guests to help them drift off easily.
6 nights available from £1,945pp based on 2 sharing a Deluxe Room on an all-inclusive basis, including return flights, airport transfers and full programme (1x wellness consultation, 1x nutritional consultation, 1x personal fitness class, 5x NSA sessions, 2x massages and 1x sleep well kit).
Best for: beachside bliss with a fun family vibe – Paradis Plage, Morocco
Head to Paradis Plage in Morocco, just an hour north of Agadir, where families can enjoy a week of beachside fun. Enjoy expert-led surf lessons for all the family (over 8s), before spending days on the 3-mile white sand beach or, for the parents, visiting the spa to soothe tired muscles and relaxing around the pool. What’s more there is a complimentary kids club is on hand (for the over 4s) to take care of little ones. End the day with a yoga class in the beachfront glass-walled studio, kick back with a family film in the outdoor cinema or simply listen to the waves around a camp fire on the beach.
7 night holidays (1-8 August) available from £3,352 (838pp) based on a family of 4 sharing a Prestige Suite on a B&B basis, including return flights, private airport transfers and complimentary kids club.
Best for: health-conscious parents with active kids – Longevity at Vilalara Thalassa Resort, Portugal
Situated in a picture-perfect spot overlooking the sea near Albufeira, Longevity at Vilalara Thalassa Resort offers highly personalised health programmes alongside a host of medical spa therapies. Spend days cleansing your body from the inside out with yoga, Pilates and mindfulness classes or head outdoors for a guided hike or fitness class – helping tired parents feel energised and motivated. For something a little different, visit the on-site medical spa for anti-ageing therapies, postural realignment and nutraceutical supplementation. Unlike many other medical spas, Longevity is totally family-friendly so whilst parents relax, little ones are kept busy at the Koala Club; playing beach games and paddling in the pool.
5 nights available from £4,550 based on a family of 3 (child under 12) sharing on a B&B basis, including airport transfers and full programme. Entry to the Koala Club is charged from EUR10 per child per morning.
Best for: adult only restorative yoga and total relaxation – Shanti Som, Andalucia, Spain
Tucked away in the Spanish hills, just half an hour north of Marbella, Shanti Som is a haven of peace and relaxation – ideal for a restful getaway without the kids. Stylish and elegant design, high beamed ceilings, thatched roof-tops, and a liberal sprinkling of giant Buddhas all create the sense of being on another continent, where guests can escape the hustle and bustle of modern life and immerse themselves in all things healthy and peaceful. Spend days stretching and toning with daily yoga and meditation practice in an outdoor studio overlooking the Spanish countryside, before visiting the tranquil spa for relaxing treatments and indulging in traditional, nutritious cuisine.
6 night yoga retreat is available from £1,215pp based on 2 sharing a Premium Room on a full-board basis, including return flights, airport transfers and full programme (8x yoga lessons, use of the wellness area with sauna and steam bath, unlimited herbal infusions and a menu of fresh, cleansing cuisine).
Best for: white-sand beaches with kids over six – D-Hotel, Marmaris, Turkey
Set high on the hillside of the Datca Peninsula in a secluded spot on Turkey’s south coast, D-Hotel offers a luxurious combination of chic rooms, sweeping sea views, volcanic mountain ranges and crystal clear waters. The hotel offers a huge variety of complimentary wellness classes for parents looking to totally unwind, including yoga and pilates – plus there’s a large spa with panoramic views and an impressive choice of five private white-sand beaches (including a child-free ‘silent’ beach). Kids over six are welcome, and will adore sandcastle building and the huge variety of water sports on offer. Several restaurants offer a variety of cuisines, so it’s possible to eat somewhere different every day of the week – perfect for fussy eaters!
7 nights from £948pp based on a family of 4 sharing 2x Mountain View rooms on B&B basis, including complimentary daily programme of health and fitness classes, return flights to Dalaman and private airport transfers.
Best for: stressed-out parents after a spiritual getaway – Kamalaya, Koh Samui, Thailand
The holistic island wellness retreat set on the Thai island of Koh Samui, is centred around a tiny cave temple where Buddhist monks used to meditate and offers a tranquil setting with plenty of wellness activities on offer; from yoga and sound therapy to spiritual guru meetings. Perfect for stressed-out parents looking for some relief and relaxation, the ‘Embracing Change’ programme is dedicated to creating emotional balance and wellbeing by combining meditation, yoga, spa and life-coaching. The programme allows guests to explore their ‘inner self’ and individual sessions with mentors will help them through rough patches at home. These sessions will be complemented by a programme of holistic treatments and therapies tailor made to their requirements, such as Traditional Chinese Medicine, Homeopathy, Asian Foot and Hand Massage.
5 nights available from £2,025pp based on 2 sharing accommodation on a full-board basis, including return flights, airport transfers and full programme (1x wellness consultation, 1 x Embracing Change session, 2x massages, 1 x traditional Chinese medicine session, complimentary holistic activities).
To book any of the above, or for more information, visit www.thehealthyholidaycompany.com