Not all holidays have to involve sitting by the pool, over eating, over drinking, and doing very little exercise. There are lots of fun things to do while you’re away that will keep you fit and healthy without you even noticing. From yoga to biking, hiking to paddle boarding and kayaking to meditation, Lightfoot Travel have some great holidays you’ll all get something out of.
A Chai Talay Retreat in Koh Samui offers luxury beachfront villas with a range of health and wellness packages for families or groups of families travelling together. On site activities are extensive and range from Kids and Parents yoga, biking tours, paddle boarding and organized beach and pool games. There is also a children’s playzone and pool with a dedicated member of staff available to childmind when mom and dad need some R&R! For an insight into local culture, choose from Thai cooking lessons and fruit carving, ‘Learn to box’ with professional Muay Tai boxers and fishing and snorkeling trips on a traditional longtail boat. It’s a lovely villa beach holiday, with plenty of healthy delicious food and daily classes that will bring everyone together.
Dwarika’s Resort Dhulikhel is located just an hour’s drive from Kathmandu and boasts sweeping views of the Himalayan mountains. The resort is a holistic lifestyle retreat with the philosophy of maintaining harmony between the body, mind and spirit. Activities for kids range from pottery, yoga classes, art and painting to cooking classes where kids can learn to make traditional momo’s (Nepalese dumplings). Active kids will love to experience farm life and join the gardeners during their daily tasks. For the perfect family day adventure, pre-order a four course menu using only fresh vegetables and ingredients from the organic farm and head out on a nature drive. Your table will be set up along the hiking route, overlooking the breathtaking scenery by your very own picnic butler!
Six Senses Yao Noi is nestled between Phuket and Krabi and is spread across 24 acres of beautiful natural environment with a breathtaking backdrop of limestone formations. After an initial screening and testing, adults are provided with an in-depth information about their health from their team of in-house experts. Enjoy customised spa treatments, fitness and wellness activities as well as nutritional and lifestyle advice. While parents focus on unwinding, kids over the age of 4 can enjoy a selection of exciting activities including batik painting, kick boxing, cooking classes, kayaking or a tuk tuk village tour. Introduce younger adults to wellness by booking a combined spa treatment from the specially created junior spa menu, including Mother and Daughter and Father and Son packages.
Medical and wellness resort, The Farm at San Benito is located an easy two-hour drive south of Manila, nestled in the foothills of Mount Malarayat. The property offers a healing sanctuary filled with gardens, ponds, mountains, rivers and lagoons. Sign up for a diagnosis with the holistic health consultation to receive tailor-fitted medications and personalised exercise and dietary plans. Packages target everything from detox and stress management to weight management, fitness and anti-age and rejuvenation. Children will be kept busy at the swimming pools and a playground, as well as a range of activities including duck feeding, flower arrangements and arts and crafts. The kitchen can prepare special vegan spaghetti and fries for the pickiest little eaters.
Hidden in the tropics of Southern Koh Samui and built around a sacred monks cave, Kamalaya is the ideal option for parents with older teens (16 years and up), looking for a healthy Thailand escape. Parents and teens can choose from a range of programs including detox, fitness, stress management, sleep enhancement and optimum weight, to better facilitate a healthy lifestyle. The healthy menu is one of the most innovative we’ve seen and complimentary daily classes include meditation, yoga, Pilates and flexibility sessions. The setting here is one of calm and tranquillity whilst you partake in your program. It is also ideal for parents looking for a few days to themselves or a mom’s weekend away from the kids.