Holidays for health nuts

Chris Carter picks four of the best spots for a healthy holiday.


St Lucia: never underestimate the healing powers of turquoise water

St Lucia

After all that hard work, why not go for a full-body massage, says Kirsty Nutkins in the Sunday Express. The masseuse uses "hot stones and cool bamboo to knead out knots and tension". Those on a diet will find themselves tempted to take a day off, however the resort has five restaurants. You may find it's the hardest decision you have to make.

Seven nights from £929 per person based on two sharing



Get whipped into shape at Chewton Glen

Who better to inspire you to get in shape than double Olympic gold medallist James Cracknell, asks John O'Ceallaigh on The Telegraph Luxury website. The champion rower is the "star personality" at a two-night "Fitter, Stronger" retreat at Hampshire's Chewton Glen on selected weekends this summer. You will get to dine with the sportsman, and "learn how he overcame a devastating brain injury".

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Duly inspired, you can then "tackle" a programme of hikes through the New Forest, cardiovascular workouts and core-strength Pilates classes. All abilities are catered care for, so there's no excuse for not joining in. After a hard day's work-out, why not retire to one of the hotel's new stylish treehouse suites for some well-earned rest and relaxation?

From £1,140 per person on full-board see

Vana Malsi Estate, India


"Deep spiritual nurturing" at Vana Malsi

Attaining the perfect body is all well and good. But for spiritual wellbeing, head to Vana Malsi Estate. It is, says Conde Nast Traveler's Daisy Finer, "India's newest and most exquisite wellbeing retreat". No hard workouts here. Vana is "clean-lined" and "ultra-modern", buthas "deep spiritual nurturing at its core". Yoga is an "integral" part of a stay, as are the om-chanting sessions in the Bodhi Tree room.

The bedrooms are "light-filled, serene cocoons" with fridges stocked with infused waters, while in the bathroom, you will find fragrant herbal products to suit your dosha, or energy, type.

The food is "inspired". The menu includes stuffed peppers with cashew nuts, green beans and walnut pesto for lunch, and, for dinner, saffron-infused paneer with ginger and amaranth sauce. Leave room for the banana and fig cake with homemade ice creams. It's all part of turning your stay into a "sensory journey".

Seven nights from £1,995 per person


The hotel is small, with just 16 rooms, but still manages to pack in a swimming pool, hammam, stables and even petting farm, not forgetting the olive groves. But be warned. Alcohol is off the menu, as is wheat, dairy and sugar. Classes start before the sun gets too hot. The beauty of the snow-capped mountains provides "a necessary distraction".

From £1,745 per person for seven nights on full-board, activities included see

Chris Carter

Chris Carter spent three glorious years reading English literature on the beautiful Welsh coast at Aberystwyth University. Graduating in 2005, he left for the University of York to specialise in Renaissance literature for his MA, before returning to his native Twickenham, in southwest London. He joined a Richmond-based recruitment company, where he worked with several clients, including the Queen’s bank, Coutts, as well as the super luxury, Dorchester-owned Coworth Park country house hotel, near Ascot in Berkshire.

Then, in 2011, Chris joined MoneyWeek. Initially working as part of the website production team, Chris soon rose to the lofty heights of wealth editor, overseeing MoneyWeek’s Spending It lifestyle section. Chris travels the globe in pursuit of his work, soaking up the local culture and sampling the very finest in cuisine, hotels and resorts for the magazine’s discerning readership. He also enjoys writing his fortnightly page on collectables, delving into the fascinating world of auctions and art, classic cars, coins, watches, wine and whisky investing.

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