Get back to nature with mountain hikes and spa indulgence
Go for the ultimate feel good factor on a hiking holiday that combines fresh mountain air, spectacular scenery and spa indulgence. Hedonistic Hiking organises guided walking holidays to some of the most beautiful regions of Italy, including the Dolomites, the Alps and the unexplored southern region of the Basilicata.
Hike across alpine trails on the most challenging (grade 5) tour of the Italian Alps, Europe’s highest mountains, and return in the evening to the luxurious spa Hotel Bellevue in the Gran Paradiso National Park. The hotel’s Gran Paradiso Springs wellness area offers a choice of five saunas (including citrus and hay), a Turkish and Roman bath, and salt and ice caves. There are also two pools, including a mineral salts pool reserved for adults, and a fitness area.
The Best of the Italian Alps tour starts at £2755 per person, inclusive of 8 nights’ fully-inclusive accommodation, guided hikes, lakeside picnic lunches, gourmet dinners with wine, and all transfers, with Hedonistic Hiking (www.hedonistichiking.com, 01858 565148).
Re-charge mind, body and soul on a yoga break at a Wish Sicily villa
Bliss out on a revitalising yoga break with poolside relaxation. Stay in your own private Wish Sicily villa and enjoy up to six hours’ yoga per day, led by yoga teacher Bruno Teyssandier, in spectacular settings overlooking the Nebrodi mountains or the vineyards of western Sicily. For the ultimate restorative treat, an in-villa cook can be organised to prepare a specially tailored detox or vegetarian menu using zero miles locally-grown produce.
Gather together your best yoga buddies for a stay at Villa dei Nebrodi, a 7-bedroom rural retreat with pool set between the coast and the Nebrodi Mountains. When you are not practising yoga, take a hiking excursion to the Rocche del Crasto or explore the ancient local town of San Marco d’Alunzio, famous for its numerous churches and honey and wine. A week at Villa dei Nebrodi (sleeps 20) starts at £240pp, inclusive of accommodation and two hours’ yoga per day, with Wish Sicily (www.wishsicily.com, t. 0207 193 7302).