Monthly Archives: November 2016

Hoshinoya Kyoto

A stay at Hoshinoya Kyoto is a true retreat from the whirlwind of everyday life. Nestled in a secluded valley in Arashiyama, the resort can only be accessed by boat before sunset, and by private car in the evening. The boat landing at Togetsukyo Bridge is where the magical journey begins. As the boat distances itself from the bustle of the town steadily, the picturesque scenery unfolds before your eyes: shades of green reflected on the Oi River during warmer months; hills shaped like rice balls turning red and yellow in autumn; and in early spring, pink petals falling from cherry blossom trees. Ten minutes later, you’ll arrive at the resort’s leafy paradise

Out with the Old

To get health-junkies ready for the New Year, Yoga Barn is flushing out the old with monthly Detox Retreats that include daily yoga classes with colonics, massages, Shamanic Balinese healing ceremonies, meditation, workshops on detox and nutrition as well as optional healing and Ayurvedic treatments

Head to Toe

The seven-day retreat at Sukhavati Ayurvedic Retreat & Spa (November 6–13 or November 13–20) begins by assessing guests’ ailments or doshas to evaluate their physical, mental and emotional health before determining specific programmes that consist of spa treatments, yoga, specialised Ayurveda diet, meditation, daily health consultations and lifestyle seminars

Year-End Cleanse

New to Ananda in the Himalayas is the seven-night Dhyana Programme (throughout November and December), which facilitates self-realisation by increasing guests’ control over physical and mental states

Bali High

Usher in 2017 with Anastasia Williams’ Nourish Your Soul retreat featuring naam yoga and meditation, sacred sound, healing treatments and natural surrounds (December 30–January 7)


The Bodywize Wellness Retreat Spa in Hong Kong invites guests to explore their mind with fun workshops by meditation expert Shelly Ann Reif (November 26–December 4)

Making the Most of Madeira

Madeira is best known for its sub-tropical climate, beautiful gardens and lush mountainous terrain, a hotspot for walkers and nature lovers. A mere dot in the Atlantic Ocean, it’s a well-established port for cruise liners which is shaking off its reputation for sedate holidays as visitors discover its wild side

A Very Scottish Christmas

Spending the festive season in Edinburgh is a capital idea

10 Steps to Fight Festive Stress

Christmas is hopefully a time to relax, rejoice and reconnect with loved ones, but the festive season can be fraught with feelings of fatigue and angst, more often than not caused by an excess of all the trimmings. If you don’t prioritise well-being, combining an already busy schedule with demanding festive feats that fill up your calendar, can be all-consuming, leaving you utterly exhausted for the year ahead.

So how do we find a healthy balance for our mind and body?

Go Holistic for the Holidays

How to approach health, from fitness and nutrition to relationships and happiness, as we count down to the New Year