15th January 2017 – Brace yourselves today for today is Blue Monday, allegedly the most miserable day of the year, when New Year’s resolutions go to pot and optimism fades into negativity as the reality of British Winter sets in. However, Shellwood Blake has seven solutions to combat these January blues and put a positive spin on this dismal day. From a dip in the Baltic, to laughing yoga, these original holidays all have mental wellbeing and positivity at their core. Experience, escape and explore the possibilities…
1.Take a therapeutic plunge into the Baltic: Kurhotel Skodsborg
Start the year with a spot of cold water immersion therapy at Kurhotel Skodsborg, with a bracing dip in the Baltic Sea. This form of therapy is rapidly gaining popularity as it has been proven to boost serotonin levels and reduce anxiety through increased blood flow resulting from the freezing surroundings.
There is no better place to experience this than Kurhotel Skodsborg, Denmark’s leading spa hotel, which was originally a sanatorium founded by Dr. Carl Ottosen in 1898. Today Skodsborg’s spa philosophy is still based on Dr Carl Ottosen’s principles for a healthy life: light, air, water, nutrition, exercise and rest. The hotel’s professionally trained therapists have developed the principles into contemporary treatments, with improving guests physical and mental health at their core.
2. Laugh your way into 2018: Iceland Beyond
Intuitively we know that laughter is one of the best tools we have for reducing stress, and science supports this. In fact, research into laughter found that it is a potent endorphin releaser, fosters brain connectivity and contagiously forms social bonds.
Attune to this, laughing yoga sessions have sprung up across the Icelandic wilderness to help raise positivity in the dark Winter months. Experience this extraordinary practice with local boutique tour operator Iceland Beyond, run by Icelanders to show visitors to their great nation how wacky and wonderful it really is.
3. Mother Nature at its best: Silversands Grenada
Fully immerse yourself in one of the world’s most tranquil settings whilst relaxing in the longest pool in the Caribbean. You will soon be reminded there is more to life than scrolling through social media when you can be exploring this vibrant Caribbean island instead. Set to open in March 2018 on the island’s southwestern tip, Silversands Grenada is a sleek, cool and contemporary boutique property comprising 43 suites and nine villas situated on the white sands of Grand Anse Beach. Discover the Caribbean zest for life and infallible positivity when you escape to this ‘Spice Island’.
4. Reap the benefit of Champagne: Palazzo Versace Dubai
Vinotherapy research has discovered that the polyphenol contained in grapes has powerful anti-ageing properties. Palazzo Versace Dubai is offering this anti-ageing experience through its exclusive Champagne treatment in its newly opened Versace Spa. The experience commences with a full body exfoliation using Chardonnay seeds, followed by a Chardonnay body wrap mixed with Champagne. This luxurious ritual is completed by a full body massage with Chardonnay oil whipped with real Champagne leaving your skin glowing and rejuvenated. Here, you can enjoy a bottle of bubbles without the hangover.
5. Disconnect to reconnect: Off Grid Hideaways
Make 2018 the year that you shift your priorities from acquiring more possessions and instead collecting unforgettable experiences. Discover the quiet in some of the most remote and beautiful corners of the world with Off Grid Hideaways. Each property within its handpicked selection is off the beaten track and is achingly architecturally cool. From the rugged Norwegian coastline to the jagged Chilean mountains, take the opportunity to disconnect from your devices and discover the quiet and reconnect with those around you.
6. Ride away from the hustle and bustle: Legendary Motorcycle Adventures
From campfire sessions to sleeping under the stars, LMA creates bespoke motorcycle adventures on iconic retro bikes along the world’s most scenic routes from the Sicilian Hills to the Sahara Desert. Feel the rush and freedom on LMA’s new tour for in 2018 on across the winding roads of Corsica and Sardinia, two of the Mediterranean’s most picturesque islands.
7. All you need is fresh air and a pair of wellies: Crabtree & Crabtree
Let others obsess over their ‘New Year New You’ clichés and food fads this year and instead dig out your Winter woollies and a trusty pair of wellies and wholeheartedly embrace the great outdoors in the glorious Scottish Borders and Northumberland with Crabtree & Crabtree. From the ruggedly handsome hills in the west to the unspoilt coastline in the east, this corner of the country is a tranquil haven littered with stately homes, haunting castles and magnificent abbeys. Fill your days with revitalising outdoor pursuits, including long leisurely walks, historical hotspot hopping or riveting mountain biking, all from the comfort of one of Crabtree & Crabtree’s exquisite properties.