Last week Paul Joseph, co-founder of the Health And Fitness Travel company, shared his journey from turning his passion for healthy holidays into a business. We are pleased to say that Paul has joined the pH family as our resident ‘Travel Blogger’ and will be sharing his tips on where to go for the ultimate health and fitness holidays. If you are not the type of person who wants to do aerobic work-outs to burn those stubborn calories whilst you’re on holiday, and fancy a more holistic approach, then this week’s blog post is for you …
Where would you recommend for a yoga holiday?
If you’re a fan of yoga, sunshine, delicious healthy food, fresh fruit smoothies and incredible juices then try Absolute Sanctuary, in Koh Samui, Thailand. This stunning Moroccan-inspired boutique resort offers five yoga classes a day including pranayama, meditation, Yoga flow, hatha, Ashtanga, yin, detox and hot yoga. The jungle studio, where all the classes take place has huge windows, so natural light can flood through, allowing you to enjoy a beautiful view. As well as the unlimited yoga offered in their yoga holiday programme, you also get the luxury of a daily aroma or Thai stretch massage at the spa.
Where has the best Spa?
My favourite spa holiday is The BodyHoliday in St Lucia, the all-inclusive wellness resort at the northern end of this beautiful island has an impressive amount of holistic, fitness and sports activities with one daily spa treatment included. Having been voted Best Destination Spa in the world by Conde Nast Traveller readers, they offer a vast menu of spa treatments from Ayurvedic to Reiki and extensive body and facial treatments with a specialized skin clinic. You will end your holiday feeling relaxed, rejuvenated and recharged.
What healthy habits do you take with you and maintain on your holidays?
I stick to a healthy diet and take advantage of the local fresh food on holiday, eating a variety of different coloured fruits and vegetables. I drink plenty of water so I don’t dehydrate and keep up my exercise regime, taking advantage of the great outdoors. When on holiday I have more time to focus on my health and well-being so I’ll pack in more swimming, yoga, the gym, massages, walks, runs and fine food. Most importantly I’ll relax.
What would you say are the 3 best places you’ve ever stayed and does the cost factor in your choices?
Kamalaya in Thailand is fantastic for a detox and fitness holiday. Guest teachers and practitioners fly in from all over the world to this spectacular wellness sanctuary in Koh Samui. The spa therapists are world class and the food is so healthy and delicious. On arrival it’s like entering a different world, somewhere truly magical and calming where you end your holiday feeling totally restored in mind and body.
Paradis Plage in Morocco offers a good mix of yoga, surfing, spa and hiking. It’s not luxurious but offers good value for money and a relaxed atmosphere with spacious accommodation. The yoga studio on the beach is a perfect space to enjoy classes every day and the spa has two hammams.
Buccament Bay, located on the stunning Caribbean island of St Vincent surrounded by lush green mountains, and a beautiful white sand beach offers sporty holidays with a tennis, football and cricket academy to hone your skills or enjoy their healthy lifestyle retreats to enhance your well-being.
What’s your top tip for long haul flights?
Keep hydrated as the air inside a plane cabin is very dry, so make sure to drink plenty of water. The one bottle of water supplied by the flight attendants won’t be enough for a long haul flight, so to avoid the hassle of constantly having to ask for water, bring along your own filtered water bottle and refill it with tap water on the plane. Although it might be tempting to indulge in a glass of wine or cocktail to relax your nerves, try to avoid alcoholic or carbonated drinks, as they will only add to dehydration.
What ranks high on your travel wishlist?
I do have a long travel wish list and India ranks high on my places to go right now. We are launching our brand new Discover Recover holidays which offer a unique opportunity to unite your perfect travel experience of wellness with culture. Our India trip is ideal if you are short on time but want to visit the icons including the capital New Delhi, the stunning Taj Mahal in Agra and the fabled pink city of Jaipur. Then you would recover at Ananda in the Himalayas, a health and well-being retreat which I’m really looking forward to visiting.
If money was no object what would you do for the rest of your life?
I would look to have a more spiritual lifestyle and train to be a yoga teacher. I’d build my own home overlooking the sea in a warm destination and practice yoga daily. I’d grow all my own healthy food, spend more time with my family, friends and give back to other people.
Paul Joseph is co-founder of Health and Fitness Travel, experts in tailor-made healthy holidays worldwide. For advice, guidance and bookings visit www.healthandfitnesstravel.com or call 0845 5441936.