Everyone loves a triumphant story. We all root for the character in movies having a tough time, repeatedly failing, only to achieve ultimate success before the credits run. But what if that story could be yours? We show you how to achieve your fairy tale ending by transforming your body and mind through lifestyle changes you can start today to secure the tomorrow of your dreams.

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A commentary by Dr. Clive Williams

Celebrating #Movember this year, we are putting the spotlight on men’s health to help raise awareness about some of the biggest well-being issues faced by men and address the internal stigmas associated to masculinity. Here, North Brisbane psychologist, Dr. Clive Williams answers the question, “Why should men care about self-care?” to start a conversation and redefine the true meaning of strength, allowing them to get the help and tools they need for a healthy and fulfilled life:

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Taking your significant other on a magnificent winter wellness escape can be a good way to rekindle your love, escape the stressful everyday-life and simply have some well-deserved time for two. Here at Health and Fitness Travel, we take into consideration the many interests, different types of couples have. There are couples who are into fitness, couples who long for adventure, or who simply want to have a quiet and peaceful time with each other. So here are some suggestions for winter wellness destinations for healthy couples of all kinds, from the sporty and adventurous couple to the luxury loving couple, we’ve got you covered:

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Join us in congratulating the winners of the 2018 Asia Spa Awards, an annual prestigious distinction for outstanding spas in the Asian region. This gives recognition and credit to the best and innovative spas and properties around the region selected through 26 categories in the luxury and leisure industry.

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If the average candlelit dinner just won’t cut it, these eight extravagant dining experiences are sure to satisfy. From Bedouin style brunches to tree-top gourmet dining, you are bound for a unique gourmand adventure that will tickle your fancy. Backed by a nutrition-centric retreat, these experiences will not only give you a taste of luxury, but also the benefits of healthy living. After satisfying your belly, wind down and satiate your need for pampering at the spa with a wide menu of indulgent treatments.

Read on for some inspiration on your next foodie holiday. We won’t blame you if these extravagant dining experiences leave you drooling.

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Make the most of your time off and learn a new skill whilst you relax and unwind on one of our learning holidays.  Whether you’re a budding yogi, a keen swimmer, a hopeful diver or an aspiring surfer the following holidays are sure to provide you with the tools and guidance you need to kickstart, and maybe even master, your new skill. With excellent wellness facilities, stunning surroundings and a wide array of fitness and holistic activities to take part it, these resorts make sure there’s plenty for you to be getting on with when you’re not practicing your chosen skill. So, what are you waiting for? Here are our top 7 inspirational learning holidays.

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Rosie McKay is an renowned Sydney-based stylist in the areas of fashion, celebrity and personal styling. She is also an experienced copywriter.

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The global wellness industry is now worth $4.2 trillion with wellness tourism experiencing a 6.5% annual growth; more than double the growth rate for overall tourism. Forecasting the next big trends in wellness travel for 2019, we live up to our reputation as the wellness holiday specialists. From tough and transformative travel, to grief retreats and wellness mumcations, discover the hottest new trends that will influence the wellness travel world in 2019.

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Travelling is one of the most popular “life goals”, and having the nomadic lifestyle is certainly one of the best ways to see the world.

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Experts are urging mums to take a break and go on what they now call a Mumcation, a kid-free holiday spent solo or with friends or other mums who are in dire need of me time. Taking a healthy retreat from your kids can have some serious benefits for your overall well-being. Whatever your idea of wellness is, from a spa-filled holiday in Bali to a fitness boosting retreat in Thailand, these Mumcation retreats offer the right combination of pamper time and activities to make your time away with the kids all worth the trip. Whether an outdoor aficionado or spa connoisseur, you can find everything you need to cultivate calm and channel a more balanced motherhood mindset.

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Yvette Le Blowitz is the Founder of Spa it Girl, she is a world recognised spa blogger & influencer.

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What is Monchique Resort & Spa and who’s it for?

If you’re looking for an amazing and renewing spa retreat in marvellous surroundings, then a stay at Monchique Resort & Spa is just what is needed. The resorts setting is peaceful and serene with views that stretch all the way to the Atlantic coast but because it’s located in the mountains, there is a warm cool breeze.

Situated in an untouched mountain region of the Algarve, Monchique is far from the popular tourist areas, providing a peaceful and serene ambience. The picturesque backdrop sets the scene for forgetting about daily stresses, allowing you to truly focus on yourself and your wellness. Amid the dramatic landscapes with views out towards the coast, it is hard to think about anything else. It is the perfect destination for independent travellers, couples, friends and families looking for quality time together.

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Take some time out for yourself and venture to one of our blissful spa escapes for some luxury treatments that you’ll never forget. From a detox red ruby scrub in Thailand and master Reiki in Vietnam to Ayurveda treatments in St. Lucia and Roman bath sessions in Italy there is no shortage of options when it comes to giving your mind and body the pampering they deserve. After indulging in these daily spa treatments and relaxing with holistic activities including yoga, Pilates and meditation you are sure to return home feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and ready to continue your wellness journey.

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With so many retreats to choose from, it can be difficult to determine which retreats are truly authentic. Here at Health and Fitness Travel we have spent years trying, testing and researching all kinds of wellness escapes from Ayurvedic and mindfulness to yoga and digital detox to decipher which retreats are the most trustworthy. Thankfully, we can assure our clients that during any one of our healthy holidays, they will have the time to rest, focus on themselves and release any built-up stress causing mental exhaustion. Under the guidance of highly trained wellness experts, guests can feel assured that they will leave their holiday with the mental clarity and sense of purpose they’ve been searching for. So, without further ado, here are 6 authentic wellness retreats that are loved and trusted by us. 

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last couple years, chances are you’ve seen a Himalayan salt lamp in your local community market or on an online shop. These decorative lamps give off a soft, pinkish-orange glow that makes for an attractive feature in any home. However, the main selling point isn’t its aesthetic appeal, but its wide range of health benefits.

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Good sleep routines are amongst the most vital aspects to do for great own development. Having good quality sleep will make sure you start every day feeling thrilled and invigorated to assist you to make the most of your day-to-day activities. On the other hand, the absence of good sleep will decrease your complete capability to execute even the most indispensable tasks.

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Bali has long been a top destination among Australian travelers and has truly become a well-being paradise. So in honor of this, we round up the top 10 health retreats in Bali. From lush forests to pristine coastlines and majestic lava cliffs, it’s no surprise Bali is called the Island of the Gods. Its unique combination of natural beauty and culture makes it an idyllic destination for healing, pampering and self-discovery. With traditions heavily influenced by the idea of spiritual well-being, wellness is innately set in its roots. In this blog, let us help you explore Bali and find the best health retreat that is right for you:

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The 2018 Australian Travel Awards (ATA) shortlist is finally here, naming Health and Fitness Travel as one of the top contenders for the two following categories:

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Taking your parents to a magnificent retreat to the most beautiful places our world has to offer, will strengthen the family-bond and can be a great way to thank them for all they may have done for you. Not all parents are the same, however there are ones who love nature and animals, there are sporty ones and there are ones who just want to have a relaxing time, not worrying about anything at all. So here are some suggestions for family retreats for every type of parents, from active and adventurous moms and dads to culture and luxury loving parents, we’ve got you covered:

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Analee Gale is the founder of All Smiles Creative, publisher and editor of OH! Magazine, Gym Click Media Newsroom, Push Play Media & Events, and YMCA Healthy Living.  

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