What’s the key to an incredible holiday?
Often we return from a well-earned break feeling exhausted, strung out and possibly a little frustrated. 21st C living may well push our health boundaries on a routine basis. We crave some time out unrestricted by deadlines, alarm clocks, Iphone reminders, and as parents the onslaught of school emails and weekend driving trips to deposit children at exciting events. Those moments to lounge by the pool, dabble in a novel or two or exchange kind words with partners who we rarely spend quality time with are so important.
But do those moments happen? When we require time out, we need just that – time out. But holidays do not always provide the promised image we have created in our heads. Our holiday companions need to be entirely on the same page as if there is a clash of itinerary or we are moving at different speeds to our partners, friends or children this is when things go haywire. A holiday can easily morph into another juggling act.
So, what is the answer? Should we go solo. Well, there are benefits – you get to move at your own pace and eat when and what you like. But shared moments are what memories are built upon and you may find yourself looking over your shoulder. Humans thrive on companionship. Undoubtedly, loneliness is a social epidemic in the UK, so although many travellers are keen to go solo, there is usually an element of socialising built into the agenda.
If you are seeking relaxation and time well spent on you I have a fabulous option. The first step is to identify your needs and then to shake off any sense of guilt based on the indulgence of spending precious time away from your family, entirely focusing on you. As women, we are prone to feelings of guilt when contemplating a cheeky week away. When in fact, if you need to re-charge then you will be all the more efficient at whatever your role on return, and a great deal calmer.
Here’s an option that ticks many boxes:
Amchara, Gozo, May 10th-15th 2018
Join us for a short rejuvenating break in order to cleanse, indulge the mind and body in yoga and meditation, relax by the pool or use the spa all with the option of socialising to your own needs without obligation to do anything that is not at your very own pace.
The Amchara May Cleanse allows you to meet like-minded people in a warm and supportive environment. There is also the option to travel together (if you are flying from Gatwick) to the retreat if travelling alone is a concern.
Amchara is where active break meets spa, with the option of dipping into the activities and social opportunities at your own pace, an opportunity to forge new friendships, to travel for you without travelling alone.
The small island of Gozo is discreet and rugged in its beauty. Perfect for cleansing, far away from the madding crowd, is Amchara, a health retreat focused on “change for good”. Apartments are spacious and made in traditional Gozo stone with travertine tiled floors. The cleanse experience is based on juicing but gorgeous food is available if required. Among the treatments on offer are hot stone massages and organic facials.
Amchara Gozo appeared in The Telegraph last month in the top 12 best solo holidays, in which the writer points to the fact that an Amchara retreat is both excellent value and effective in its ability to offer us calm, tranquillity and chance to reboot without travelling as far as Bali or Thailand. (My recently booked return flight with easy jet came to a tiny £65 return!)
“If you’re looking to do a detox in the New Year, this is an excellent choice: you can opt for a juice, raw, vegan or healthy cooked diet, which a nutritionist will discuss with you. There are health talks by specialists, morning seaside walks and boat trips to the island of Comino to see the Blue Lagoon. Compared with other health retreats, both in the UK and the rest of Europe, it’s cheaper – and, in my opinion, just as effective.” (Telegraph, January 2018)
If this resonates and you feel in need of time spent on you whilst in the company of the like – minded then please get in touch. Visit the events page http://www.belleamatt.com/new-events/
Price for the 5 day break based on 2 sharing £965
For further information or to discuss email Belle at – firstname.lastname@example.org