ABOVE: Culloden Estate & Spa

a visit to Shanti Maurice in Mauritius, which will host a vegan cooking class as part of its five-night Holistic Health and Happiness programme. The cooking classes take place in the resort's herb garden, where a chef will explain the health benefits of vegan cuisine, which, when combined with yogic practice, is said to be a natural way to detox. Healthy cooking classes

are also offered alongside nutrition tips by Lux Resorts & Hotels’ three Mauritian properties as part of its new Wellness Concierge Service. The resorts’ detox programme also covers everything from hikes up Le Morne mountain to spa treatments including the Zhengliao Chinese medicine treatment, designed to teach

Spa visits don’t usually bear much relation to a GP appointment, but the growing trend towards specialist wellness breaks – which include a once-over from a doctor to offer individual advice – tells a different story. A medical check is part of the total overhaul plan at SHA Wellness Clinic in Spain and Parkhotel Igls in Austria. The former asks clients for a saliva sample before they arrive, basing diet consultation, health tips and

treatments on the genetic results; the latter involves blood tests and urine samples on-site, with treatments, including a diet plan and training sessions, based on the results.

Those who prefer the homeopathic approach can meet with an Ayurvedic doctor at Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort in Sri Lanka, where the resident doctor is qualified in massage, acupuncture, yoga and counselling.

Clients can come away from a break feeling pampered and preened – and with a new skill

clients how they can treat aches and pains.

w SWEET DREAMS For anyone who struggles to sleep well, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas has come up with a potential solution. Its Yogic Sleep Programme combines gentle yoga and meditation with calming spa treatments and sleep-boosting snacks. Rooms are set at optimal temperature, sound systems play relaxation music, while pillow mists and sleep journals are provided to encourage clients to clear their mind before bed. A three-night package starts from £250 per person and includes a wellness consultation. Insomnia is often seen as a

ABOVE: Six Senses

symptom of stress, and Navutu Dreams Resort & Spa’s tailor- made packages can be designed to eliminate anxiety and worry. The de-stress packages incorporate everything from acupuncture to crystal healing, as well as yoga and meditation sessions.

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w BEAUTY BASICS Clients celebrating a special occasion can come away from a spa break feeling pampered and preened – and with a new skill in their repertoire. For Valentine’s Day or an

anniversary, suggest a couples’ massage where clients learn simple techniques that can be replicated at home. Sandals resorts often run couples’ massages as a Valentine’s Day promotion, or for a UK-based break, there’s the Culloden Estate & Spa near Belfast, whose massage masterclasses are based on Swedish techniques and offered in a private couples’ suite. Prices start from £80 per person. For clients prepping for their big day or honeymoon, recommend the Beauty of Body and Mind retreat at Lefay Resort & Spa Lago di Garda, where guests will have a beauty consultation to learn

more about their skin type, and undergo treatments including facials, massages and aculifting. The programme concludes with a consultation that has personalised recommendations for clients to take home. Would-be brides hoping to learn make-up tricks can do so at Canyon Ranch Kaplankaya in Turkey, which offers a 50-minute make-up lesson followed by application, while for skincare enthusiasts, JW Marriott Venice offers beauty lessons in its Goco Spa every Thursday. The lessons don’t stop with

the grown-ups, however: at Porto Elounda Golf & Spa in Crete, little ones can be enrolled on the new three-day Six Senses Spa programme for kids, which includes activities such as learning how to make foot scrubs, painting nails and making natural, organic beauty products suitable for younger skin.

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