2016 travel ideas: New year, new you

Simon Blish

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Simon Blish

Hurtling into the new year, lagging and wasted from the excesses of Christmas and New Year’s Eve, can be a daunting prospect. Disco-damaged, we have to face a month of new year’s resolutions, dark days and a deflating return to work. And though, technically, the days have already begun to get shorter, it certainly doesn’t feel that way.

To give ourselves the strength to pull through, we often have to look forward to better times – sunshine, sand and sea. With that in mind, we compile this list of rejuvenating holiday ideas to help you get through those dark days, and to reset your own balance.

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Best for food lovers: MarBella Corfu

With its emphasis on holistic treatments and 100% natural products, the APIVITA SPA has a number of food-based treatments. Make sure to try their Wine Elixir and Skin Food Menu facials, as well as the Royal Honey massage using royal jelly and honey (price: 100 euros for 75 mins).

A seven-night holiday to the five-star MarBella Corfu on a half board basis costs from £595 per person. The package includes one free a la carte dinner with wine and 100 euros hotel credit per room.

Private airport lounge access, private resort transfers and return international flights from London Gatwick with easyJet are also included – based on departures 01 April 2016.

Spa treatments are bookable directly through the hotel.

For more information, check out MarBella Corfu online.

Sarojin Thailand

Best for relaxation: The Sarojin, Thailand

This hotel offers a 90-minute massage class for guests – helping them to learn relaxation techniques. Couples classes are available where guests can practice on a model, as well as one-on-one classes, where a partner can join in as the model and benefit from their partner’s learning.

A nine-night holiday to Khao Lak, Thailand staying at the five-star Sarojin on a B&B basis starts from £1759 per person – a saving of up to £480 per couple.

The offer includes private airport lounge access, private resort transfers and return international flights from London Gatwick with Emirates – based on departures 18 March 2016.

Massage classes cost from £70 and are bookable through the hotel directly.

For more information, check out The Sarojin, Khao Lak online.

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Best for mindfulness: Blue & Green Vilalara Thelassa, Algarve

Combining a unique fusion of thalassa, spa and advanced wellness programmes, The Vilalara Thalassa Longevity & Medical Spa offers a suite of treatments to help you regain peace of mind.

A seven-night holiday to the Algarve, staying at the five-star Blue & Green Vilalara Thalassa Resort on a B&B basis, starts from £899 per person – a saving of up to £390 per couple.

The package includes 70 Euros resort credit, access to private airport lounges, private resort transfers and return international flights from London Gatwick with Norwegian – based on departures 22 September 2016.

Spa treatments and activities are bookable directly through the hotel.

For more information, check out Blue & Green Vilalara Thelassa Resort online.

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Best for reconnecting: Six Senses Laamu, the Maldives

Six Senses Spa, set right on the seaside, is perfect for couples’ treatments. The spa offers four uniquely designed couples’ treatment nests, four secluded couples’ treatment pavilions, plus one Ayurvedic treatment pavilion.

For those looking to reconnect with their body and kickstart a new regime of fitness and health, the hotel offers yoga for all ability levels, including the hottest new trend: ariel yoga. Ariel yoga involves suspending a hammock, made of a soft and supple parachute-silk fabric, from the ceiling, which is used to support the body’s weight during a sequence of postures.

You can get seven nights for the price of six in the Maldives staying in a Lagoon Water Villa at the five-star Six Senses Lamuu with a complementary upgrade to half board basis from £2675 per person – a huge saving of up to £1,700 per couple.

The package also includes private airport lounge access, private resort transfers and return international flights from London Heathrow with Qatar – based on departures 05 April 2016.

For more information, check out Six Senses Lamuu online.

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Best for outdoor treatments: Belmond Jimbaran Puri, Bali

If you want to be pampered, and soak up the sun on a beautiful beach, The Belmond Jimbaran Puri has an outdoor Beach Spa to aid in your restoration. Treatments take place under the traditional open-air terraces or bales and include massages, facials and salon treatments.

A nine-night holiday to Bali staying at the five-star Belmond Jimbaran Puri on a B&B basis is priced from £2799 per person – a saving of up to £224 per couple.

The package includes private airport lounge access, private resort transfers, and return international flights from London Heathrow with Malaysia Airlines – based on departures 13 March 2016.

Spa treatments are bookable directly through the hotel.

For more information, check out Belmond Jimbaran Puri online.

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