It’s that time of year when we all vow to be better, slimmer, fitter, and all-round more interesting people. That’s right, it’s New Year and time to make some resolutions. In case you need some inspiration or a place to kick-start being the ‘new you’ we’ve picked out seven hotels from which you can emerge like a phoenix from the ashes.
1. The Me of 2016 will eat healthily, nourishing from the inside out.
MesaStila, Indonesia[caption id="attachment_2419" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] A villa at the MesaStila. Photo by fjeand (CC BY-SA 2.0)[/caption]
…And what better place to begin your healthy eating journey than in Indonesia at the MesaStila in Java. Asian cooking is notoriously some of the healthiest in the world – rich in nutrients and low in saturated fats. Executive chef Arya Kusumaatmaja has put together a menu of wholesome foods that are both familiar and made using healthy methods. For example, the steamed scrambled-eggs, baked snapper, and Indonesian prawn crackers cooked in heated volcanic sand!
2. The Me of 2016 will exercise regularly.
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A great way to start your new regime is at the Golden Door where your day will start at 6am, followed by Tai Chi and activities such as guided walking or deep water running. And that’s before breakfast. The retreat aims to teach guests about the benefits of health and wellness alongside instilling positive habits for a healthier body and mind. There’s also a relaxing and welcoming steam room, or you can wind down at the Elysia spa when you’ve finished a day of activities.
3. The Me of 2016 will speak in tongues.
Principe Forte Dei Marmi, Italy
Given that language immersion is the best way to learn, why not immerse yourself in the chic surrounds of Principe Forte Dei Marmi – a hotel of the utmost Italian culture and style. Try out your carefully practised and memorised Italian phrases in their high-tech spa, gourmet restaurant or at the Beach Club where, besides lying in the sun, you can take swimming lessons, yoga classes or join the surf school.
4. The Me of 2016 will be at one with nature.
Miraval Resort, USA
Hike, bike and horse-ride your way around the Santa Catalina Mountains in northern Tucson, Arizona. This all-inclusive resort is dedicated to helping guests live life to the full, and you can get involved as much or as little as you like. There is a wealth of dynamic activities designed for you to make the most of the outdoors and to enjoy the stunning landscapes. You can also enjoy healthy and ethically sourced meals at the hotel’s restaurant or take advantage of the spa.
5. The Me of 2016 will save money.
Club Tropical Resort, Australia
Affordable luxury comes in the form of five-star accommodation with a golf course, club house, tennis court and well-equipped gym. This motel located in Port Douglas is dedicated to delivering value for money to its guests. The rooms are spacious with fully-equipped kitchens and a commercial laundry service is also available. The proximity to the sea means that fishing and crabbing are popular past times, and fishing charters can be arranged for the dedicated angler.
6. 2016 will reveal my adventurous side.
Treetops Lodge and Retreat, New Zealand
Dedicated to providing unforgettable adventure experiences tailored to their guests’ needs, Treetops Lodge and Retreat is perfectly located in Rotorua. This region is renowned for its unique forest and thermal wonderland, alongside being a mecca for trout fishing as well as a cultural capital. Explore the region on horseback, hiking or in a 4WD Wildlife Safari. Treetops also offers family-friendly packages and activities for children that make full use of the surrounding nature.
7. The Me of 2016 will learn to be more eco-friendly.
This award-winning eco-camp is nestled in the heart of Patagonia, offering sustainable accommodation, a close-knit camp community and plenty of fresh mountain air and physical activity. The camp is located in the Torres del Paine National Park and incorporates the latest green technology to provide a comfortable camp experience that doesn’t tax the environment. Walking and trekking tours operate from the camp, allowing for some of the most stunning scenery South America has to offer.
What are your New Year’s Resolutions? Let us know in the comments below!