Grab life by the horns and satiate your inner nomad as we help you to secure more time off work next year, so you can double your leave in 2019. Inspiring worker bees and wellness travellers around the world, these wellness holiday ideas are perfect for an extended healthy holiday. From fitness in the dramatic Swiss Alps and weight-loss amid the volcanic mountains and iconic rice paddies of Bali to active mindfulness in Spain, these destinations emanate the best of what wellness travel has to offer. With a little strategic planning around the 2019 bank holidays (and maybe an understanding boss), ditch the desk for longer and let your fit flag fly at one or more of these exciting destinations.

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We know Aussies love healthy travel, however presently there are limited offerings on home soil. So if you’re looking for a health retreat experience but prefer not to fly long-haul, this collection of the best alternative wellness destinations has you covered. You don’t need to travel too far afield for an amazing overseas healthy getaway, with many options accessible via a single non-stop flight. Whatever your wellness retreat whims are, whether to de-stress, detox or to get fit, you are sure to find an extraordinary experience here to suit.

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Dr Libby Weaver (PhD) is one of Australasia’s leading nutritional biochemists, an author, a speaker and founder of the plant-based supplement range, Bio Blends.

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Embarking on a singles holiday offers the perfect chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of modern life whilst meeting like-minded individuals. From Thailand and India to Croatia and Cyprus, there are a host of idyllic locations for you to spend your solo travels. Meet fellow travellers as you take part in a range fun-filled activities including hiking, water-sports and climbing to get those fitness levels soaring. Unwind at the end of the day with one of many luxurious spa treatments, from Ayurvedic therapy in Thailand to salt scrubs in Croatia. So, get ready for an adventure you’ll never forget as we share our top seven life-changing singles holidays.

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The average mum roughly gets about 17 minutes for herself every day, a study reveals [1]. This doesn’t come as a surprise because motherhood, while a source of joy and fulfillment, is a full-on 24/7 job. So, it’s a given, every mom deserves a healthy retreat — but not just any kind of getaway. What they need is now being dubbed as a ‘mumcation’, typically a two-day to a week’s worth of holidays without the kids, spent with friends or even better, other mums who understand the need for me time.

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Lorna Jane Clarkson, the founder of women’s premium activewear brand Lorna Jane is no stranger to travelling. Based in Brisbane, Australia means travelling all over the world and frequent trips to her LA home and USA Support Office in Santa Monica. Lorna has tried and tested tips and routines that keep her fit, healthy and ready for anything when she’s constantly on the move and has given us her top tips for a fit and healthy holiday. 

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Emilly began Emilly Hadrill Hair Extensions in 2007, when noticing a gap in the market for high quality hair extensions applied professionally to create a natural look. Having found that there were many salons 'having a go' but none specialising in the field, Emilly worked hard to achieve a specialist market and perfected the art of extension application and maintenance focusing primarily on the safe, gentle method of the micro bead extensions.

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Reset and relax at one of these calming retreats for the ultimate de-stress holiday experience. Unwind and reboot in a luxurious spa where you can enjoy treatments ranging from hot stone massages and facial scrubs to detoxifying wraps and steam baths. These beautiful destinations offer the perfect setting for you to take some time out to focus on your connection with your inner self with activities like Pilates, yoga and meditation. With all these relaxing and rejuvenating activities at your disposal, you can rest assured that a moment of Zen will never be far away.

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Take your practice one step further with our top yoga holidays to add to your travel bucket list. These yogi escapes offer the perfect opportunity to lay the groundwork for a healthier and happier lifestyle. In combination with each of these stunning retreats is a range of luxury spa treatments to relax your muscles after a busy day of lotus positions and Kapotasana. Whether it be a body scrub in St Lucia or a Thai massage in Oman, we’ve got the run-down of the 8 best yoga retreats to check-off your list.

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Eating the right food is something that you have to do if you plan to lose weight, and you need to get your metabolism to rise as much as you can. You might find that you could get your metabolism to rise faster when you are eating the right foods, and you must focus on these foods because they change your perspective on a good diet. You can reduce fat and sugar all you want, but you need to have a much higher metabolism. There is a point at which your body will start to burn fat naturally because you have kept your metabolism so high, and you should plan to get these foods into all your meals. Using the right foods to change your metabolism helps you avoid going on fad diets that might not work.

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If you’re wondering where to go on your next fitness holiday, look no further because we’ve got the run-down on the best swimming pools in the world for sports training. When it comes to keeping fit and healthy, swimming is undoubtedly one the best, most accessible and easy exercises out there. Not only does it tone muscles and build strength, but it also keeps your heart rate up without having a heavy impact on your body making it perfect for all ages, young and old! This full-body workout also offers a great way to de-stress and relax whilst still burning those calories. In fact, a gentle swim alone can burn over 200 calories in just half an hour and a speedier swimmer going for an hour can expect to burn nearly 600 calories. So, keep on reading to discover the best swimming pools in the world that are sure to challenge your fitness and get you in tip-top shape.

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Cassie Mendoza-Jones is the bestselling author of You Are Enough and It’s All Good (Hay House), the creator of the Love What You Create Workshop, and a kinesiologist, business alignment coach, naturopath, writer and speaker.

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Spring is a season of change and opportunity where snow is thawing, birds migrate, and flowers are blooming. It is about time to forget negative thoughts, unhealthy habits that may have been a burden to both the mind and body. Now that Spring season has rolled in, let’s start with a clean slate, mentally, physically and emotionally.

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Have a go at island life with these top 5 spas in the Caribbean. There is no better place to unwind than a stunning island and with these such a wide range of luxury spa treatments at your disposal, a relaxing moment of wellness is never far away. Indulge in a comprehensive selection of soothing daily spa treatments that cater to the diverse needs of all guests. Whether it be shiatsu in Turks & Caicos, a shoulder massage in Antigua or a seaweed body wrap in Jamaica, our island spa holidays have something for everyone’s wellness needs.  Be sure to have fun and improve your personal fitness with professionally led daily classes such as beach volleyball in St Lucia and nature hiking in Antigua. Island life is sure to leave you feeling relaxed, refreshed and beaming for more wellness heaven.

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If your Instagram needs a bit of sprucing up, then these insta-worthy healthy escapes are the perfect solution. From a coffee plantation in Java and mountain views in Thailand to the crystal-clear waters of Oman and the stunning animals of South Africa, a stint at any one of our paradise-like retreats will have you taking photos so good even National Geographic will be jealous. The incredible fitness activities and nutritious meals will give you the healthy glow you need to star alongside these breath-taking backdrops. So, get your cameras at the ready because these healthy escapes are most definitely worthy of the #NoEdit hashtag.

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Alison Morgan is a specialist Online Business Coach based in Sydney, creating tailored Business & Marketing solutions for Small Businesses and Brands. With over 20 years experience in Marketing and 6+ years of Private Business Coaching clients throughout Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, New Zealand, London & America; Alison will save you time and money, fast-tracking your success.

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What is Amanpuri and who’s it for?

The first Aman hotel opened 28 years ago, Amanpuri is the original hotel in the luxury chain infamous for their exception service and incredible offerings. Amanpuri is the perfect retreat for those seeking something special, here under the direction of General Manager Paul Linden (Previously at the head of both Chiva Som and COMO Shambhala Estate) is a new level of luxury for the connoisseur wellness traveller.

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Make the most of springtime and transition to healthier living on a lifestyle change retreat set in the most idyllic locations. With long-stay options available, take all the time you need to focus on self-care and self-improvement in a conducive environment for physical, mental and spiritual renewal. From a quiet island sanctuary in Thailand to a Mediterranean paradise in Spain, this collection of spring holidays will help you find the way to sustainable healthy living.  

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Give yourself a break from the hustle and bustle of daily life with a fitness holiday as the perfect way to get right on track for a stronger mind and body. Shape up with some boxing and water skiing in Zanzibar or take the plunge and have a go at aquafit, swimming and diving in Thailand. Whatever your fitness desires may be, these fantastic holidays offer a tailor-made fitness experience that is sure to leave you feel invigorated and yearning for more. Be sure to end each action-packed day with by relaxing with holistic activities like Pilates, yoga and meditation so you can work on your mind as well as your body for an all-rounded wellness holiday experience.

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With thousands of wellness escapes in Europe alone, you don’t have to travel far to get your healthy fix. Give yourself a well-deserved break and escape to wellness luxury with the best healthy breaks in Europe. Pamper your mind and body with Watsu, massages, acupuncture and cocoon wraps and improve your endurance with mountain biking, hiking, TRX suspension training and water sports. Transformative travel is a truly enriching experience which ensures that you return from your holiday feeling happier, healthier and more aware of how you treat your mind and your body. So, stay tuned as we reveal our top 8 European health retreats for wellness that are bound to change your life for the best.

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