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Jools is brilliantly placed to give sound advice to those wanting to find the right type of healthy holiday. She has close to a decade of experience working in the wellbeing sector and generally looks after people who are stressed, in need of some TLC and quality time out. She manages a thriving massage business,
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In Short: Set up by American fitness and travel expert Erica Gragg, this excellent ‘travelling fitness spa’ combines a week-long body workout with yoga, healthy eating and cultural experiences in interesting countries all over the world. Accommodation is in carefully-chosen private villas or boutique hotels away from the tourist hoards, and tasty regional and seasonal meals are inspired by local cuisine and use organic ingredients wherever possible. The clever combination of wellbeing and culture means you get to chillout, workout and expand your mind all in one week.
Upcoming Escape to Shape holidays: Todos Santos, Mexico (Jan 11-18 2014) Luang Prabang in Laos (February 2014) Siem Reap in Cambodia (February 2014) Halong Bay in Vietnam (March 2014) Bali (15-22 March 2014) Kyoto in Japan (April 2014) Cartagena in Columbia (April 2014) Jordan (May 2014) Dubrovnik in Croatia (31 May – 7 June 2014) Marrakech in Morocco (May & June 2014). Ask us for full details.
Prices vary in each location, but cost from $3700 (about £2435) per person for a week in a shared room and from $5000 (about £3290) per person per week in a room alone including everything except flights.
Set up by American yoga teacher Erica Gragg, this excellent ‘travelling fitness spa’ combines a week-long body workout with yoga, healthy eating and cultural experiences in interesting countries all over the world. Accommodation is in carefully-chosen private villas or boutique hotels away from the tourist hoards, and tasty regional and seasonal meals use organic ingredients wherever possible. The clever combination of wellbeing and culture means you get to chillout, workout and expand your mind all in one week.
In Short: Tilton House is a large and lovely white-painted Georgian house set at the foot of the South Downs National Park. It offers a range of yoga and creative breaks on the weekends, and relaxing B&B and self catering during the week. It’s the former home of economist John Maynard Keynes and his Russian ballerina wife, Lydia Lopokova, who apparently liked to dance on its lawns by moonlight, and remains a discreet and carefree place to stay thanks to the super hosts, film-makers Polly and Shaun. The house makes a relaxing midweek base for a shopping trip too, as it’s just 10 minutes from Lewes, 20 minutes from Brighton and 1.5 hours from London.
3-5 January 2014 – Wellness & restore weekend with Suzy Draw, £320 or £295 if you book by 6 December.
9-12 January 2014 – Detox Fox with Sevanti and Vicky Auton, £405 or £380 if you book by 6 December.
24-26 January 2014 - Naomi Absalom vinyasa flow yoga weekend.
31 Jan-2 February 2014 – Julie Bickerton & Carey Davies vinyasa flow yoga weekend.
Doubles from £95 B&B per night, treatments from £40 an hour, cost of weekend retreats vary.
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