Winter!  Every year we suffer (in the UK), with its blistering winds, freezing temperatures and miserable mornings that ruin our hair, our skin – and our general mood!  We dream of summer, of sunny beaches and indulgent cocktails – things that will make us very happy and very relaxed! Well, you don’t have to wait until the summer, because I’ve got some fabulous ideas to improve your mood and banish those winter blues!

A definite must is the Healthouse Las Dunas, a luxury five-star health and wellbeing retreat, located in stunning Southern Spain. Regarded as the best health hotel in Spain, Healthouse Las Dunas has a focused variety of medical programmes that are specifically tailored to your each and every need. Need to quit smoking once and for all? Maybe you struggle with weight loss, or feel a little clogged from Christmas and need to detox? Healthouse Las Dunas is the perfect place to destress and unwind. This winter is the time to check out this fantastic resort, as they have introduced an indulgent spa circuit and Nordic Walking experience, which I think sounds like the perfect way to bring back our sparkle.

With an on-site personal trainer to tailor the programme to your specific health needs, and a spa which boasts a Finnish ice cave and a unique halot herapy room, there’s no place better to do so!

The Healthy Weekend price start from 750 EURO PP (£540 approx.) based on 2 nights full board accommodation with in a Deluxe room with sea view and personal medical assessments and spa treatments included.

Maybe a health resort isn’t the best place to banish those Winter Blues – maybe your vice is technology?

Hailed as a Digital Detox, Herm Island is a unique experience located just off the coast of Guernsey where there are no cars, no bicycles, no TV and no mobile phones – perfect for those of us surgically attached to our mobile devices! Hailed as ‘Hermatherapy’, the experience aims to detox digital addicts, in front of a serene sea view you can put yourself through the paces with a self-led fitness boot camp. Or, for those who want a little more relaxation, you can stroll around the island or practise yoga. Stargazing is also a must in the dark hours (and the resort will provide you with a blanket especially for this!). The perfect Winter Blues cure in our digitized age!

Prices start from £295 pp for 2 nights in the White House Hotel which includes dinner, bed and breakfast, ferry transfer from Guernsey and a Hermatherapy hamper. | @hermisland


If traditional relaxation is more your cup of tea, then Maritims Hotels in Germany are a definite must for you. With locations on the Baltic coast, the Bay of Lübeck, the Black Forest, and historic spa town Bad Wildgunen, there’s a variety of gorgeous getaways for you to choose from. Each boasts different specialist treatments, all designed to relax you in different ways. If weight loss is your goal then the Maritim Seehotel Timmendorfer Strand is your best bet, with their weight-loss and tightening package which includes Thalion products, wonder algae containing rare minerals that reduces inflammation and rids your body of those nasty substances you may have acquired over the festive season. Topped off with a whole-body peel, this is the ultimate body-purifying package!

A little more unusual is Maritim Hotels Bad Wildungen location, which offers an exceptionally unique lava shell massage. Hand-picked and finely polished clams are combined with a mixture of powdered algae, seawater and essential oils (known as lava gel) to help promote blood flow,

wellbeing and mobility through a deep full-body massage which incidentally helps to decrease stress –fabulous!

Weight loss and tightening package is 100 EURO PP. A full body lava shell massage starts at 75 EURO for 55 minutes. | Maritim_Hotels