SPA-Hotel Jagdhof

Approaching Innsbruck airport, you fly right over the Alps, close enough to see their folds and crevices, their serrated peaks and sharp ravines. It’s a startling, spine-tingling terrain and a …

Healing heart & soul with ila only at RAAS Devigarh

I will always take the tough call, the hard challenge rather than submit to the softness. Even when I go on retreat, it’s usually to do something extreme – a …

Embrace the journey – liminal time for the soul

Last year I went to Mongolia. It was an epic journey: an overnight coach to the airport followed by two eight-hour flights, a day on the trans-Mongolian train and then …

Finnish Sauna – baring everything

I’m sitting in a sauna, in Finland, by the edge of a lake. I’m stark naked and feeling painfully self-conscious. I seriously wish I had four pairs of arms, like …

Yobaba Lounge – hip yoga hangout in France

So many yoga retreats these days tend to be sybaritic holidays first and foremost, with yoga sandwiched either side of sunbathing by the pool. Nothing whatsoever wrong with that but …

Bohemia Suites & Spa – funky Gran Canaria hotel

Never make assumptions. I’d heard tales that Playa del Ingles in Gran Canaria was a slapper of a resort, high rise hotel hell punctuated by malls, bars and clubs, overrun …

Kaliyoga – sociable yoga in Spain

A warm breeze is caressing my skin and I’m almost drunk on the sweet heady fragrance of orange blossom and jasmine. Lying in a hammock at Kaliyoga is so supremely …

Wandering around Wigry – travels in Poland with my teenage son

So, my piece on Poland finally appeared in the Mail, nine months after I wrote it.  A good gestation, eh?  Take a look here. These things always tend to get …

The Body Retreat: smart and supportive de-stress and weight-loss

The Body Retreat’s Stress Re-Set retreat is a four-night retreat that aims to balance body, mind and emotions through an immaculately thought-out programme of diet, exercise, mindfulness and behaviour modification.  …

Ti Sana – detox spa with a dose of science in Italy

Ti Sana has the ambiance of a monastery: an ancient but very smart monastery. Set in the heart of a small Italian village, midway between Milan and Lake Como, the …

Kaliyoga: sociable accessible yoga in Spain

A warm breeze is caressing my skin and I’m almost drunk on the sweet heady fragrance of orange blossom and jasmine. Lying in a hammock at Kaliyoga in the foothills …

Ayurvedic healing at Austria’s Schloss Pichlarn

I love Ayurveda, the 5,000 year old system of Indian mind-body spirit medicine.  In fact, I love it so much I wrote an entire book about it.  Yet I hadn’t …

Medical spas – the new route to all-over health

Spas have become so commonplace now that it’s unusual to find a smart hotel that doesn’t have one.  The word spa has become synonymous with pampering, with elaborate ‘rituals’ and …

Dream healing – a Greek pilgrimage

Several years back I went to The Spirit of Life Centre, based on the Peloponnese in mainland Greece.  They do a ton of yoga retreats and walking holidays, and ‘just …

Finding Love in Jerusalem

This is a hard post to write.  I’ve been thinking about it ever since I visited Jerusalem, trying to think of ways of explaining my thoughts, my feelings.  So, if …

Jerusalem is “complicated” – lessons in life from the Biblical Zoo

‘This is a complicated city,’ says Shai, head of the Biblical Zoo in Jerusalem. He gives a rueful shrug as if he knows full well this were the understatement of …

Dignified Disney – the picky parents’ guide to Walt DisneyWorld

Cynical former Disney loather is won over by cleanliness, politeness and sheer professionalism of WaltDisney World in Florida. Yes, it IS possible to do Disney Dignified – you can even get some decent spa treatments!

Hotel Wiesenhof – overcoming fear with paragliding

Overcoming fear by paragliding at the Hotel Wiesenhof in Austria. Also a down-to-earth spa with great saunas and steam rooms – where everyone goes naked!