Portugal: Fusion Fitness at Palacio Estoril Golf Resort & Spa
Fulfil your wellness goals on Portugal's Estoril coast. With a warm, dry climate, scenic views and a team of specialist trainers and therapists, finding motivation to restore your health is only a hop, skip and jump away. Recover from beach circuits, resistance and cardio training in the Asian-inspired spa.
Turkey: Fusion Fitness at Six Senses Kaplankaya
Improve your stamina by blending high intensity training with soothing spa treatments while experiencing the rich beauty and culture of this destination. There are activities to suit all abilities and tastes including yin yoga, mountain biking, scuba diving and hiking.
Cyprus: Fusion Fitness at Aphrodite Hills
Kick-start your fitness goals among the charming beaches and rolling hills of Cyprus, by creating a personal fitness regime that suits your body type. Power walk along the coast before boosting your metabolism with strengthening TRX training. For the perfect recovery, soothe your muscles and release tensions with therapeutic treatments adjacent to fragrant gardens.
Portugal: Fusion Fitness at Monchique Resort & Spa
Boost your energy levels in the enchanting woodlands and stunning Monchique mountains of the Algarve. Choose from a range of personalised activities from boot camp training, yoga, Pilates and walking tours. Enhance your physical endurance and reach a new level of consciousness.
Italy: Fusion Fitness at Forte Village
Stay in shape and try a new sports discipline in Sardinia, including boxing, fencing, triathlon courses or wreck diving. There's a choice of al fresco training throughout the 47 acres of natural surroundings, a multi-faceted gym, yoga, tennis and cycling.
For more information on these and more fitness breaks see Health and Fitness Travel.
Situated just 32 km from Paris, Les Villages Nature® Paris combines nature, architecture, sustainability and learning. The unique environment inspires guests to try new sports, sign up to interactive workshops and kickstart a healthier lifestyle.
Sleep is almost a luxury in today's busy world. According to the Sleep Council, 30% of us suffer from sleep problems predominantly caused by stress and worry. Poor sleep hygiene including watching TV (38%) or checking emails (14%) is partially to blame. On the bright side, the 50 million+ downloads of sleep storytelling apps such as Calm and Headspace reveal a shift from awareness to action. People are now embracing the art of a good night's sleep as part of a wider self-care regime.
Inspired by the art of sleep storytelling, Magnetic North Travel identifies three themes that put travellers at the centre stage of their own sleep story.
Re-learn the art of going to bed - As adults, we may have forgotten the value of a bedtime routine to help boost sleep quality. Magnetic North is inspiring travellers to explore new routines and rituals to aid deep slumber. How about a sauna at twilight or Nordic spa routine practised at a Finnish lakeside cabin?
Immerse in nature -Sleep improvement apps often evoke nature in words or sound. The scent of the forest, the sound of water and quality of air support the process of drifting into a deep sleep. Magnetic North encourages travellers to learn new ways to seek rejuvenation in Nordic nature and bring home good habits to compliment usage of a sleep app.
Nurture an active mind - New experiences and settings have the power to chase away worries that keep us awake. Magnetic North helps travellers engage with their surroundings through its Deep Sleep programme, that could mean meeting locals, learning a new foodie skill or embarking on a bicycle or boat trip.
Introducing: Finnish Lakeland as a Deep Sleep destination
Magnetic North's MD Laura Greenman says, “Europe's largest lake district has two national parks and countless cottages, houseboats and wilderness cabins, many with lakeside sauna. This southerly Finnish region can help relax body and mind by combining time spent outdoors with Finland's sauna culture. We've partnered with Visit Finland to bring together a selection of Deep Sleep itineraries.
Short spa break in a Nordic houseboat
Embrace the soothing waters of Finland's largest lake, Lake Saimaa on a 4-day spa break. Home is a spacious Nordic-style houseboat with views across the bay next to spa Hotel Jarvisydan. Enjoy the delights of a traditional Nordic spa experience located just a short walk from the jetty as well as forest bathing and slow tours by boat and SUP.
Luxury Bear Hide Cabin
Holed up in the Bear Hide cabin guests can drift off to sleep safely with the added comfort of birdsong piped in from the surrounding wilderness. New wildlife watching cabins have floor-to-ceiling windows, stylish Nordic interior and views across lakes, fells and forests.
Cycling from capital city to national park
Helsinki is a green and sustainable capital city emphasising the importance of keeping nature within a 15-minute walk, bike ride or train journey. Nuuksio National Park has well-marked trails snaking through pine forest and colourful coastal villages. Experience the best of Southern Finland's scenery at your own pace on a self-guided e-bike tour.
Food for mind and body
Uncover the secrets of Finnish cuisine on a holiday designed to rediscover cooking from scratch. The guesthouse hopping tour takes amateur chefs to Karelia on the Finnish-Russian border. Learn about the secret ingredients behind Finland's rye bread and cake making. Your foodie hosts will share tips and tricks.
Self-drive journey into the heart of Lakeland
Follow the road less travelled into the heart of Finnish Lakeland, where design villas, log cabins, foodie farm stays and spa retreats showcase the best of Nordic outdoor culture. Sleep well with slow adventures by day, sauna experiences at twilight and comfortable beds, guaranteed to enable you to have a deep slumber.
For over 30 years, Pret has supported homeless people by giving away unsold food to shelters across the country, with over 3 million items donated annually. Last year marked the 10-year anniversary of the Rising Stars programme, dedicated to providing career opportunities to the ex-homeless. These initiatives are managed by the Pret Foundation, an internationally registered charity set up with the singular goal to break the cycle of homelessness.
The Pret House at WLM St. Luke’s takes this one step further through a partnership that provides accommodation, employment and access to advice to help homeless people transition into the private rented market.
The Pret House in London where almost a third of the UK’s rough sleepers live will accommodate up to 13 people at a time. They will live there for 6-12 months before moving into a privately rented home. The ambition is to help at least 20 ex-homeless people off the streets by the end of the year, through this initiative.
WLM is a charity empowering people affected by homelessness, poverty and trauma to make positive changes in their lives. It will focus on financial resilience, providing accommodation and support, with residents paying rent monthly at an affordable rate relative to their wages. Each resident will have their own room and will receive advice from WLM on how to get a bank account, save for a deposit, as well as develop wider literacy and computer skills. They will also join the Rising Stars programme, working in Pret shops nearby.
FAST FACTS ABOUT THE PRET FOUNDATION- Pret has been donating unsold food to the homeless since it opened its first shop in 1986. What started out as a handful of sandwiches has grown to over 3 million meals across the UK every year.
- The Pret Foundation has supported 462 Rising Stars over the past 10 years.
- Almost 80% of Rising Stars graduate from the programme to become full-time Pret Team Members, while others have gone on to build careers beyond Pret, eg one is now a full-time professional wrestler, another a chef.
- The Pret Foundation supports over 60 charities in the UK in communities local to Pret shops. Besides donating money, the Pret Foundation provides everything from showers and sleeping bags to food shopping and chefs.