If you're heading off on holiday you should only have to think about packing your flip-flops. sun cream and bikini, but for many Coeliacs going on holiday is a nightmare.
Coeliacs have a hyper-sensitivity to Gluten which attacks the lining of their intestines making meal-times incredibly difficult when abroad, as it can be hard to get over the language barrier to ask a waiter, hard to read labels in a foreign language and then you have to have 100% trust the restaurant you're dining in is being up-front about Gluten content.
According to Coeliac.org.uk, this disease is affecting approximately 1 in 100 people with over 80% of this number remaining undiagnosed.
Because its Coeliac Awareness Week and because of increasing demand for destinations offering gluten free cuisine, Health and Fitness Travel, the leading experts in wellness holidays worldwide, share their top 5 gluten free healthy foodie holidays, opening the doors even wider to a world of gastronomic globetrotters.
Utah: Red Mountain Resort
Embark on a gluten free culinary adventure at this healthy retreat set in Utah’s stunning Red Mountains. Catering to all tastes and dietary requirements, enjoy meals that are gluten free and anti-inflammatory, which will leave you feeling healthy and energised. Discover how healthy eating can improve your well-being with ‘Eat well, Feel well’ cooking demonstrations and healthy living classes, before launching into high-energy exercise workshops. Enjoy daily morning hikes and bike rides through the mountains, combined with a wealth of group classes, offering new challenges to really push your limits.
Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 7 nights at Red Mountain Resort from £2,085pp or £2,270 for single occupancy. Price includes full board, a choice of programmes, return flights and transfers.
Learn to live a healthier lifestyle when you escape to Kamalaya in Thailand, set on the stunning south coast of Koh Samui island, where a choice of tailor-made wellness programs focuses on everything from fitness, stress relief and sleep enhancement, to weight management and detox. With a wide range of gluten free options on their menu, you can enjoy a variety of taste sensations without straying from your dietary requirements. Combine healthy eating with all-encompassing wellness activities and healing spa treatments which integrate holistic medicine from East and West.
Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 7 nights at Kamalaya from £2,502pp or £2,915 for single occupancy. Price includes full board, a choice of programmes, return flights and transfers.
Thailand: Absolute Sanctuary
If you’re in search of gluten free options on a wellness holiday, Absolute Sanctuary in Thailand can give you just that. You’ll know just what type of food you’re taking in as the entire menu at the retreat is coded. Whether vegan, vegetarian, raw, gluten free or wheat-free, Absolute Sanctuary has a wide variety of selections to make it easy for guests to choose what diet to follow. Achieve overall well-being by nourishing your mind as well as your body during unlimited yoga classes, group meditation sessions and rejuvenating daily spa treatments.
Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 7 nights at Absolute Sanctuary from £1,850pp or £2,135 for single occupancy. Price includes full board, a choice of programmes, return flights and transfers.
Turkey: Sianji Well-being Resort
Solve your gluten free holiday conundrum by escaping on a detoxifying retreat set in the stunning south-western Aegean coast of Turkey at Sianji Well-being Resort. With expert consultations from a professional dietician and detox specialist, be guided with the best gluten free nutrition regimen for you with specialist programs, including an alkaline diet, raw and master detox. 3 weekly healthy living seminars offer you the opportunity to learn a healthier lifestyle, whilst other activities range from water sports and fitness classes, to spa therapies and yoga.
Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 7 nights at Sianji from £1,280pp or £1,585 for single occupancy. Price includes full board, a choice of programmes, return flights and transfers.
Philippines: The Farm at San Benito
Experience tranquillity and gluten free healthy cuisine in the lush tropical surroundings of The Farm at San Benito in the Philippines. Centring its philosophy on Hippocrates’ ideology, “Let food be thy medicine and let medicine be thy food”, The Farm, specialises in raw and vegan cuisine which is delicious as it is nutritious. Enjoy a 5-course gluten free gourmet lunch at the multi-award-winning vegan restaurant, ALIVE! before pampering yourself at the luxury spa. Take part in healthy raw food demonstrations and learn easy coeliac-friendly recipes to take home with you.
Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 7 nights at The Farm from £2,795pp or £3,395 for single occupancy. Price includes full board, a choice of programmes, return flights and transfers.