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‘New Year, New You’ holiday ideas for 2024 from Travel PR

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Embark on a transformative journey into 2024 with our curated selection of 'New Year, New You' holiday ideas. Discover unique destinations, wellness retreats, and adventurous escapes that promise to redefine your holiday experience and kickstart the year with a renewed sense of self.

Grand Hotel Eastbourne

Cold water swims, pampering and seaside indulgence – The Grand, Eastbourne from £207.50 pp

The dawn of a new year offers the perfect opportunity to bask in some well-deserved ‘me’ time by the coast. A brisk sea swim, then thawing in a robe with a thermos of tea, a sauna and a massage. A fine-dining dinner with nutritious, seasonal cuisine – ingredients sourced from top local Sussex and Kent food suppliers – is just the ticket before retiring to your luxurious upgraded suite with a lie-in, a hearty breakfast and a blustery coastal walk along the Seven Sisters chalk sea cliffs to look forward to the following morning. A Little Extra Indulgence package costs from £207.50 pp (two sharing), including a one-night stay with a complimentary upgrade, dinner (up to £45 pp), a spa treatment each, full use of the wellness facilities, late check-out, and a 15% discount on further treatments. Available 1 Jan – 28 March. To book, call The Grand Hotel Eastbourne on 01323 412345 (www.grandeastbourne.com).

Croatia

Car-free island getaway on Kolocep – Croatia – from £1,131 pp with Sunvil

The small island of Kolocep is a car-free, stress-free haven in which to relax and restore body and mind. The best place to do this is Kalamota Beach House, a beautiful white stone building, offering ten stylish and spacious apartment suites in an exquisite beachside location. It’s a great spot for a group of friends or family to chill out on the stone beach deck or at the open-air rooftop pool, with panoramic views over the Adriatic. The à la carte restaurant has a pool/beach bar and is run by an excellent local chef. New for 2024, there are kayaks for hire, plus a weekly programme of island trekking. Kalamota Beach is reached either via the hotel’s private speedboat – very 007! – or by a regular boat from Dubrovnik (twice daily). A seven-night stay costs from £1,131 pp (two sharing), including breakfast, return flights (Gatwick), 23kg pp hold luggage, and transfers. Call AITO* member Sunvil on 020 8758 4758 (www.sunvil.co.uk).

Subbetica Spain

Relax and rejuvenate in a five-star spa with natural thermal springs  – Spain from £971 pp with Sunvil

Those who like the idea of exploring a different side of Spain should head to Castilla y León and stay at Castilla Thermal Valbuena. Located in San Bernardo, Valladolid, this is a spa-lover’s heaven set within the best-preserved 12th century Cistercian monastery in Europe, just two hours from Madrid and close to the majestic River Douro. Beneath the San Pedro Chapel spa, take a tranquil swim in the very special San Bernardo spring. As well as a thermal pool, there are 16 treatment rooms for a range of therapies using Clarins products, plus an inviting outdoor swimming pool. After the relaxation comes the indulgence: dine in one of three superb restaurants. A three-night five-star B&B getaway costs from £971 pp (two sharing), including return flights (Gatwick), 23kg pp hold luggage, car hire, and a number of authentic food, wine and spa experiences (including the Ribera de Duero Ritual spa treatment by Clarins), unlimited access to the thermal pool and use of the contrast pools. Call AITO* member Sunvil on 020 8758 4722 (www.sunvil.co.uk)

HOSHINOYA Kyoto boat landing

Wellness and nature break at HOSHINOYA Karuizawa, Japan – from £306 pp

HOSHINOYA Karuizawa is a luxury eco-hotel in the Hoshino region, an hour by bullet train from Tokyo. The resort is powered by hydroelectricity and geothermal energy from the surrounding rivers and hot springs, with its design reflecting a traditional Japanese style fusing interior spaces with the captivating natural scenery. The verdant surrounding forests are filled with the sound of songbirds, the air is crisp and clear, and guests can enjoy the meditative calm of bathing in the hot spring waters, while enjoying breathtaking views of Karuizawa’s surrounding landscapes. The resort’s spa features nature-based spa treatments aimed at gently realigning guests, spiritually and physically, as well as breathing and stretching programmes in the hotel’s beautiful grounds and bodywork meditation classes in the hot spring baths. A spectacular wellness programme also includes mountain trekking on Mt. Kosama with the hotel’s on-site wildlife conservation team, two Shiatsu massages, one oil treatment, one deep breathing exercise, private hot spring bathing and meditation bath, breakfast, and dinner. Stay overnight from 112,000 JPY / approx. £612 per room (double room), including shuttle service from the train station. The wellness programme costs 185,000 JPY / £1,011 pp. Visit www.hoshinoya.com/karuizawa/en/.

Expert Africa Travel Trends

Befriend yourself (and others) – Kenya from £4,840 pp with Expert Africa

‘Travel far enough, you meet yourself’, as English novelist David Mitchell once said. The idea of travelling alone can be daunting, but also an opportunity to become the best version of yourself – given the space. Independence and self-reliance incite an innate tendency to be decisive, curious, and capable. In Kenya, Basecamp Eagle View is one of the most economical options for solo travel in the Maasai Mara. Here, you can take all the time to yourself that you need, absorbed by the immensity and remoteness of your environment. And, for the times you feel like connecting – introducing your ‘new’ self to others – shared activities, and a warm, communal atmosphere, await you. The six-night Wahlberg’s Eagle Fly-in Safari costs from £4,840 (single room), including three nights at Basecamp Eagle View, three nights on a working cattle ranch in Kenya’s Laikipia region, full board, most drinks, guided safari activities, park fees, and all transfers. International flights can be arranged at additional cost (typically from  £1,230 pp). Call AITO* member Expert Africa on 020 3405 6666 (www.expertafrica.com).

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