Sharon Reid

 

Are you feeling exhausted, stressed or simply could do with a break? Taking a holiday generally has a positive effect on our well –being, spending time in warm weather and being away from work are obvious benefits. Yet, what if you wanted to address insomnia or weight gain? The good news is you can, simply by booking a holiday tailor made to tackle specific health related issues. Below are some suggestions to promote a healthier lifestyle:

Lose weight at Buchinger Wilhelmi, Lake Constance, GermanyBuchinger Wilhelmi, Germany, Integrative Medizin

Problem:

The UK has one of the highest levels of obesity in Western Europe with around one in four adults affected.

Solution:

Doctors and specialists at Buchinger Wilhelmi, a clinic which uses therapeutic fasting techniques and integrative medicine, can assist guests with shedding weight.

From £1,643 per person for a 10 night ‘Compact’ Buchinger therapeutic fasting stay. Fly direct from London Gatwick to Zurich with EasyJet from £194 return. For bookings and further information please visit: www.buchinger-wilhelmi.com

Eat organically at Ett Hem, Stockholm, Sweden

Problem:

Pesticides and other chemicals that are used to grow fruit and vegetables harm the Earth and reduce the nutritional value of foods.

Solution:

To reduce exposure to these toxins, eat at Ett Hem where the Chefs use only local, seasonal and organic produce to create delicious home-cooked meals.

From £298.12 per night (incl.tax). Fly direct from London Gatwick to Stockholm Arlanda from with Norwegian Airlines from £131 return. For bookings and further information please visit: www.etthem.se

Sleep soundly at Gstaad Palace, Switzerland Walig hut, Gstaad Palace, Switzerland 

Problem:

Regular poor sleep can cause some serious medical conditions including obesity, heart disease and diabetes, lack of sleep can also shorten life expectancy.

Solution:

Escape to a wilderness Walig-hut in the Gstaad mountains. Traditionally used as a farmers’ outpost, the Walig is so secluded   guests are cocooned in silence at night. Perfect conditions for (the recommended) eight hours sleep.

From £454 per night  (incl. tax). Fly direct from London Southend to Bern with Skywork from £347 return. For bookings and further information please visit: www.palace.ch/rooms-suites

Top-up on vitamin D at Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi, UAEPool, Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi

Problem:

A lack of vitamin D can lead to soft bones and even rickets, a disease in which the bone tissue does not mineralize properly. Experts predict that rickets often associated with the Victorian era, is set to make a comeback amongst children who stay indoors playing computer games as opposed to playing outdoors.

Solution: 

For a vitamin D top-up, head to Abu Dhabi and bask in the sunshine poolside at Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi. The body creates vitamin D when skin comes into contact with direct sunlight – something which Abu Dhabi has in abundance with temperatures rarely dropping below 23 degrees Celsius.

From £143 per night (incl. tax). Fly direct from London Heathrow to Abu Dhabi with Etihad from £715 return. For bookings and further information please visit: www.viceroyhotelsandresorts.com

Improve physical wellbeing at Asia Gardens Hotel & Thai Spa, Alicante, Spain  Alicante, Spain, Asia Gardens Hotel & Thai Spa

Problem:

People who do not do enough exercise are at risk of many illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, obesity and osteoporosis to name a few.

Solution:

Gradually ease yourself back into physical activity at Asia Gardens Hotel & Thai Spa where there are many forms of gentle exercise on the menu from Tai Chi and Chi Kung to Yoga.

From £255 per night (incl. tax). Flights direct from London Luton to Alicante with EasyJet from £188 return. For bookings and further information please visit: www.asiagardens.es/en