When you mention Ibiza as a holiday destination, most people think of clubbing, groups of stag and hen parties and tourists partying long until the early hours on the morning as they watch the sunset and sunrise.
Sitting up in bed swallowing eggs Provencal I gaze out the large ship-style porthole window to glassy Akaroa Harbour. My moment in paradise is interrupted by the sweetest sound of a native bellbird morning song.
It's been one of Britain's best spas for the last 2 decades but Ragdale Hall is not one to rest on its laurels. This award-winning health farm in the peaceful Leicestershire countryside now has something else to add to its endless list of idyllic offerings with the opening of its brand new Thermal Spa. The multi-million pound development sets Ragdale even further apart from its competitors who are already struggling to keep up with its exemplary customer service, exclusive treatments, superb cuisine and all the little extras that place it a cut above.
I don't know about you but the idea of a drunken weekend, ‘L' plates and silly hats, is not my idea of fun, even in my 20's I used to try and avoid Hen weekends, so when it came time to organise my own, I very nearly didn't have one. Then an email came into my Inbox labelled ‘Hen Weekend Retreat'.
People have been going on retreats for thousands of years. It is a time when we step outside our ordinary lives to reflect on ourselves, our gifts, goals and dreams in life, our values and our relationships. A retreat can be taken for reasons related to spirituality, stress, health, lifestyle, or social or ecological concerns and can either be a time of solitude or a community experience.
Playground of the rich and famous for 150 years, Deauville is still creating news. Last week I flew with a Press Corps to Deauville’s own airport at St. Gatien to celebrate the launch of a new and exciting direct London-Deauville route.