Dive into the latest swimming trend from your private lakeside chalet. Wild swimming, an ideal add on to a spa weekend, is proven to lower blood pressure, spark metabolism, boost immunity, aid sleep and increase endorphins. San Luis is an oasis of calm in South Tyrol where 22 lakeside chalets and 17 treehouses are set around a natural lake. Each has a sauna and many have private hot tubs.
Glass walls and high ceilings create a feeling of immersion in the surrounding landscape and even
the spa at San Luis blends in, with its open fireplaces, inside-outside pool, hot-tubs sunk into the lake and natural therapies using local herbs and oils.
See San Luis website for more info.
The naturally therapeutic (and legal!) effects of CBD oils derived from organically grown cannabis are forming the basis of pioneering spa treatments at Cornwall's Budock Vean Hotel.
The Natural Health Spa manager Martina Crkonova, an expert in Chinese and Herbal Medicine, has devised the new therapies in partnership with the country house hotel in its natural surroundings on the banks of the Helford River.
“Our decision to add CBD to our Spa Menu is beyond being 'on trend',” says Martina, “and it's based on the vast therapeutic potential of cannabinoids. We are excited to incorporate CBD into our Spa as part of our continuous efforts to source the best in beauty and wellness solutions for our guests and clients.”
CBD - the non-toxic, non-psycho-active component of the hemp plant has an incredible healing range.
Martina says “CBD is an effective, natural way to target chronic pain, arthritis, skin conditions and stress and it can tackle feelings of depression and anxiety while enhancing feelings of well being, relaxation and calmness.”
Natural Health Spa clients can choose their treatment and then build their experiences with add-ons and technologies of Martina's CBD Therapy range – all of which are lab-tested and certified to the highest UK standards. Guests can choose to add CBD oil to massages, manicures and pedicures, among other options. In an effort to promote prolonged CBD use and aftercare, CBD Therapy products including body balm, massage oil, bath salts, lip balm and the brand's salve hero product will be available for purchase in the Natural Health Spa.
The new CBD enhanced treatments aim to provide benefits including increased mineralisation, collagen production, moisturisation, anti-inflammation, pain reduction, relaxation and overall improved skin health. Natural Health Spa treatments will combine the opportunity to add CBD enhancements to some existing treatments such as Hot Stones, Himalayan Salt Stones and Wraps or Deep Tissue Massage for a rejuvenating, relaxing experience.
Sample CBD Treatment Menu:
60 minute Customised CBD Massage- targeting pain, muscle exhaustion, enhancing relaxation and wellbeing - £79 (or £49 for 30 minutes)
60 minute CBD Infused Body Wrap- targeting skin conditions, chronic pain, arthritis, enhancing relaxation and a providing a state of calmness to aid depression and anxiety - £79
CBD Manicure or Pedicure - £45
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.
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.
I'm Gilly, award winning journalist, travel writer and author of 11 books. My byline appears in national and regional newspapers and magazines. See website gillypickup.co.uk