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Spa-induced wellness holidays don’t always have to come from far-flung destinations around the globe such as Thailand, Mauritius or Bali. Now, although those are fantastic choices, there are also options a little closer to home here in the UK. For those who perhaps are unable to travel long-distance or those that want a quick and convenient shot of wellness, these luxury spa retreats in the UK are the perfect answer. There has been a shift in the mentality of travellers after the COVID-19 pandemic that has swept across the UK and beyond. Rather than a ‘generic resort’, many are seeking authentic rejuvenation with holistic treatments and bespoke therapies having seen the importance of maintaining a strong physical and mental disposition. Explore our list of the best British Spa hotels where you don’t have to stress about travel restrictions and PCR tests! 

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As we enter February, many of us associate this month with Valentine’s Day, the month of love and romance! However, with everything going on in the world, it is imperative to also make sure you show yourself some love and care. It can be very easy to fall out of love with your body, particularly after another lengthy lockdown, added with the fact that we live in a toxic social-media obsessed society that values appearance on falsified photos that are plastered wherever you look. 

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We all have very different relationships with alcohol, some won’t touch it, some have it on special occasions, some drink multiple days a week and some sadly have a detrimental relationship with it. Regardless of your specific attitude toward alcohol, you will surely be aware that in moderation alcohol is okay, but any form of regularity or excess can have serious health consequences, affecting your weight, skin, and as it is a depressant, your mental health too. 

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Well, isn’t this a role-reversal? We’re normally helping send you away on a wellness holiday, but this time we’re helping bring you home. With spikes in cases, new variants and an emphasis on protecting the vulnerable, many countries have closed their borders and have varying rules and regulations for travellers trying to get home! 

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The art of acupuncture has been practiced for over two millennia, in which time it has built a substantial reputation as a leading alternative therapy. With the simple,  non-invasive application of delicate needles, all manner of uncomfortable or life-altering conditions can be eased. Many mental illnesses, like anxiety and depression, can be treated through acupuncture’s gentle stimulation of the nerve endings. The symptoms of physical conditions such as migraines can likewise be dramatically lessened, including muscular issues like hypertension, chronic pain and menstrual cramps.

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It is estimated that one billion people, or 15% of the world’s population, live with some form of disability. Accessibility is therefore a very important issue in the travel industry and one in the forefront of discussion as we pursue greater inclusion for all. The retreats below include accessible features and experiences to cater for the needs of the differently abled: ramps allow easy access to the pool or spa for wheelchair users; physiotherapeutic treatments can be performed by qualified staff to ease the symptoms of a variety of medical conditions; delicious, nutritious cuisine can be prepared within the parameters of even the most constraining diets. Every aspect of the wellness holiday experience is made as easy as possible for all people to be included.

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Nutritionist at SHA Wellness Clinic, Dr. Maria Romeralo, developed her expertise in the field through her extensive studies in Biology, Nutrition and Dietetics. After a number of years working as a researcher and nutritional consultant at several universities in the UK, USA, Sweden and Spain, Maria decided to create her own nutritional consultation to help people to change their lives using holistic practices combining Eastern and Western knowledge. Maria brings her passion for nutrition to her work at SHA Wellness Clinic, where she constructs personalised health plans to support her clients’ needs and give them the tools to develop and maintain a healthy diet throughout the detox retreat and beyond.

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The UK’s travel entry regulations have tightened drastically in an effort to lessen the spread of coronavirus. All travel corridors have been closed, and from 18th January most international passengers will have to produce a negative PCR test in order to travel to the UK. The UK has also introduced a travel ban on all flights from South America and select countries due to the detection of a new strain of the virus in Brazil. 

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My name is Carla Bangueses and I started my career in Performing Arts and the circus where I forged a dancing career as a professional contemporary and classic ballet dancer. As a dancer and circus artist, I was often injured and this probably led to my fascination and curiosity about my body ́s responses to those injuries, so I went on to take my degree in Physiotherapy. While completing my studies I was intrigued by the neurological and musculoskeletal areas of the body. The accumulation of these events in sports and Physiotherapy brought me to Pilates and I saw the incredible effect it had on the human body!” 

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During these uncertain times, having something to look forward to can be vastly beneficial to a healthy disposition and a resilient mental state. COVID-19 restrictions have left many couples with a heightened sense of wanderlust and a strong desire to escape away to recharge their batteries and allow the body and mind time to restWith Valentine’s day around the corner, it’s an ideal time to plan far ahead and book a romantic bespoke retreat for you and your partner, something you can look toward in these trying timesWhether you yearn for an amorous getaway or a chance to exert yourselves with a focus on fitness and rejuvenation, you are sure to find the perfect wellness holiday for you!  

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As if wedding planning isn’t stressful enough, Covid-19 has turned up the heat for all the brides-to-be this year, and our best spa holidays for hen weekends might be just the thing you need to de-stress before the big day. A wholesome trip for the whole bridal party, why not spend your last moments of single-life indulging in spa treatments, relaxing classes, and sauna sessions with your nearest and dearest girlfriends?

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