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Wellness and Spa Getaways from BBB

We all come into a new year full of hope and good intentions, but how long do these last? Well BBB is here to help you stay on track with your wellness regime and provide some beautiful travel inspiration along with it! Below are a selection of the partners we’re proud to work with, who offer something special in terms of health and wellness. So have a browse, and why not get in touch for more information and prices? Just contact Anna to discuss any questions or individual requirements you might have.

Anantara Al Jabal al Akhdar, Oman

At 2,000 metres above sea level, Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar offers wellness retreats that invite you to detoxify in pure mountain air with high altitude health benefits. Reach new peaks of fitness hiking and biking along breathtaking mountain trails. Surrender stress to ancient holistic therapies at Anantara Spa, Oman’s highest spa retreat – these include group or private yoga sessions, hammam rituals, Himalayan salt stone massages and more. Unwind in the evening to a blissful Slumber Guru ritual in the comfort of your villa and nourish your body with carefully prepared cuisine and fresh juices from the Balance Wellness menu, for vitality that shines from the inside out.

The property itself is just 2 hours’ drive from Muscat, located on the fabled Green Mountain with dramatic canyon views as one of the world’s highest resorts. As well as yoga and relaxation, guests can also hike, climb, cycle and stargaze from the incredible viewing platform. This resort offers something truly special in one of the world’s most breathtaking settings.

Song Saa Private Island, Cambodia

Song Saa Private Island is a haven of sustainable luxury nestled in the undiscovered beauty of Cambodia’s Koh Rong Archipelago, with unique cuisine, stunning sunset views of the Gulf of Thailand and an array of spa and wellness treatments offering the ultimate indulgence for mind and body. Harmony, sustainability and barefoot luxury are the core principles that underpin the design of Song Saa. Experience yoga, meditation, fitness classes, hiking, paddle boarding, windsurfing and more on this paradise island.

Just a 1-hour flight from Ho Chi Minh or 45 mins by speedboat from Sihanoukville’s port, the island is easily accessible whilst feeling like a world away. For those seeking the ultimate luxury, private helicopter transfer is also available. Accommodation is a range of 1 and 2-bedroom Jungle, Overwater and Ocean View Villas. Nature lovers will delight in thedeserted oases of virgin rainforests, tropical reefs and glistening white beaches, as well as Cambodia’s first Marine Reserve. Guests can also connect to culture and community by visiting the Monk Blessing Island and Sala Song Saa village and taking part in environmental experiences, such as tree-planting and island clean-up.


COMO Point Yamu, Phuket, Thailand

COMO Point Yamu is a resort located at the tip of Cape Yamu, a peninsula on the coast of Phuket on the lesser known side of the island. The property overlooks the stunning Andaman Sea and the dramatic limestones of Phang Nga Bay. Accommodation is contemporary yet indigenous, a variety of rooms and suites, some with pools. Guests can head to the Shambhala wellness retreat and enjoy holistic treatments to improve mental quietude, physical wellbeing and mind-body balance. Traditional local therapies include Thai massage, with an extensive range of other Asian-inspired treatments. They have also crafted a daily schedule of activities to complement the wellness experience, including yoga and Pilates alongside a range of other wellness pursuits.

Activities and excursions include private boat trips from Marina Pier to the stunning nearby beaches and islands. Cultural activities such as Thai cooking classes and island tours of Phuket and its old town are also available to Point Yamu guests.

Mandarin Oriental, London

The new Spa at Mandarin Oriental, London offers the latest wellness and beauty facilities and exclusive partnerships with some of the most sought-after health and wellness experts in the world, providing the perfect ‘New Year, New You’ plan.

Guests can discover the powerful and effective Nescens treatments created by Professor Jacques Proust, a pioneer in the realm of biology cellular ageing and preventative medicine. Nescens draws on scientific and medical expertise from the Centre for the Prevention of Ageing at the Clinique de Genolier (Switzerland), and offers the very best solutions for a variety of modern day ailments. These include tools to manage stress, improve body shape, slow down the effects of time and regain a deep-seated sense of wellbeing, with the ultimate aim being to live better, for as long as possible.

Anantara Kihavah, Madives

Surrounded by nothing but turquoise lagoon that melts into sapphire blue, the island of Kihavah and its pure white sands rise up out of the ocean like a mirage. For centuries, Arab traders en route to the Far East took shelter on the island, a lush paradise blessed by coconut, papaya and mango trees. Navigating archipelago to archipelago by the stars, the seafarers were also drawn by the riches of the ocean surrounding the island – where a prehistoric volcano sank back into the depths, leaving blooming corals and a wealth of lagoon fish.

Wishing to keep the pristine nature of the island intact, not one tree has been moved – as evidenced by the villas growing up around them. The design pays homage to the seafarers of old, fusing Indian Ocean, Arab and Portuguese motifs with indigenous materials. Located on the Baa Atoll in a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas invites you to imagine your own paradise. Snorkel with mantas and Hawksbill sea turtles. Stargaze into the night. Dine on a deserted sandbank or beneath the ocean’s surface at this luxury resort in the Maldives.

Embrace health and wellness at Anantara Kihavah with their resident expert Sharath Ram. After many years training and learning the traditions and technicalities of healing and well, Sharath’s extensive knowledge has been tailored into a fabulous Ayurvedic programme adapted to suit each individual guest. Sharath is a big believer in the power of medicated oils to relax and re-energise and his signature Abhyanga massage releases daily toxins and restores the flow of vital energy, or prana, while a deeply relaxing Shirodhara treatment with a warm flow of aromatic oil above the third eye restores psychosomatic balance.

Monkey Island, Bray, Berkshire

Moored on the banks of the fish-tail shaped Monkey Island in Bray, a refuge of Georgian elegance, forest and seclusion in the middle of the River Thames, this luxury spa near London is the first of its kind. The Floating Spa offers 3 treatment cabins on board a specially designed Dutch barge. Taking inspiration from its riverine surrounds, past inhabitants in the form of royalty, liturgy and literary stars, as well as elegant architecture, it is both a celebration of the power of water and the finest of boating retreats. In a nod to the Monks who resided on the island in the 12th Century, the signature treatment is The Monks Elixir which starts with a tasting of ancient herbal tonics, a message and herbal packs to relieve stiff joints. Both the hotel and spa open 14 February 2019, why not be one of the first to experience the magic of this wonderful new place?

For all enquiries and for further information on any of these properties, or anything else travel-related, please contact Anna.