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Travel gems to beat the January blues

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Let's face it - January is one of the gloomiest months of the year. The Christmas cheer's been packed away with the decorations that haven't been decimated by the cat, the champagne corks have all been popped, and the sky is set to look permanently grey for the next two months.

So with that in mind (AND the fact that there are lots of promotions and sales floating about), January is the perfect time to book this year's getaway. We've put together a list of idyllic resorts where you can experience something new and see off those winter blues with a bit of sunshine.

 

Sani Resort, Greece

A five-star holiday destination and ecological reserve, Sani Resort, has revealed new categories of luxury family suites, set to open in time for the holiday season. From 28 April 2016, Sani Beach Club and Sani Asterias Suites will provide the ideal space to host a large modern family, with new two and three-bedroom family and deluxe suites, with and without private swimming pools, catering to families of between five and seven people. 

sani resort

Activities: The fitness studio has a good selection of cardio machines <whoop - gym with no subscription!> while their watersports centre offers an exhilarating mix of activities including waterskiing and parasailing. If you love nature, a visit to the bird sanctuary in the nearby wetlands is a must.

For those who prefer to take things a little easier, enjoy a massage on Bousoulas Beach, catch the latest movie at our open-air cinema, relax on a sunset cruise or dance till the early hours at the white night beach parties. There’s also live music at various venues several times a week along with some great dance and entertainment at the Garden Theatre.

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Park Hyatt Resort, Mallorca

Located in a beautiful spot on the relatively unknown and unspoilt North-East coast of Mallorca, the Cap Vermell Estate is set in the heart of an area of protected natural beauty and boasts unparalleled rural and coastline vistas.

The new Park Hyatt hotel opening in spring 2016 will have 142 rooms, four restaurants, a lounge bar, poolside bar, luxurious spa and a fitness centre. It will be built to evoke a traditional Mallorcan hilltop village whilst encompassing state-of-the-art technologies and facilities.

The Cap Vermell Estate currently houses a charming and affordable 12-room Beach Hotel - the Cap Vermell Beach Hotel - and its restaurant Vintage 1934 which has sweeping views over the bay of Canyamel.

Park Hyatt Resort Mallorca

Activities: Guests can enjoy Alpine walking, horseback riding, as well as on and off road cycling. On the warm waters of the Balearic Sea, guests can try their hand at sea fishing and a range of active water sports, such as sailing, kayaking and paddle boarding. Mallorca has become a hot spot for golfing holidays and now has a total of 23 superb golf courses, enjoyed by professionals and amateurs alike. Wildlife lovers will enjoy an abundance of stunning flora and fauna, while history buffs can explore a multitude of historical sites nearby.

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Wilderness Safaris, Botswana

Africa's leading luxury safari operator, Wilderness Safaris, have announced the launch of a special series of eight day-long video workshops led by multi-award-winning BBC Executive Producer, Fiona Pitcher. Set to take place from March 2016, the workshops are designed for guests to create their very own video memory of a once in-a-lifetime safari trip. Wildlife fans can share these special moments with friends and loved ones as a lasting legacy of their unforgettable journey into the African wilderness.

For this opportunity, Wilderness Safaris will be working exclusively with Mirus Journeys, a highly specialist, privately owned, luxury travel company.

Wilderness Safaris

Activities: During these workshops, guests can learn about the language of light, speed, and sound techniques on film, helping them produce stunning video footage of exciting game drives and their experiences in camp at the end of an exhilarating trip.

The series of 2016 video workshops have been designed to welcome all levels of filmmaker and stills photographer - from those only familiar with taking videos on their phones, to those already using video and DSLR cameras. Whatever your starting point, by the end of the workshop, participants will know what it takes to make a compelling video that tells a great story.

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Bohemia Suites & Spa, Gran Canaria

Bohemia Suites & Spa is a recently revamped five-star boutique hotel. Guests can experience highlights of Gran Canaria such as the island’s renowned Opera House, delicious and varied cuisine, and historic streets of the old quarter of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

Those booking in to the exclusive Star Sky Suite can enjoy sky-high living, designed with a thoughtful indoor-outdoor living concept. There are two balconies with views over the Maspalomas Dunes on one side and the deep aqua of the Atlantic Ocean on the other. Relax in the Star Sky Suite with complimentary access to a new 4G Tablet allowing guests to book a soothing spa treatment, a delicious dinner at the hotel’s signature 360 Restaurant, or even set up a reminder that it’s time for happy hour...

Bohemia Suites & Spa

Activities: The hotel is a short 40 minute drive to Las Palmas, where guests can enjoy performances at the Opera Las Palmas throughout the year, as well as during their annual Opera Festival. The Thai/Balinese-influenced spa has a Hammam, a sauna, a steam room, a pool and a gym. The landscaped gardens feature two pools and a hot tub.

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Grand Resort Bad Ragaz, Switzerland

Take some time to give mind, body and soul a break from the stresses of everyday life. The herapeutic relaxation programme offers luxurious pampering and skin-deep relaxation. The treatments penetrate guests’ nervous systems, calms the mind, body and soul and heals the energy field from within. In developing the programme, the experienced team of therapists obtained advice from water experts and doctors from the resort’s own Medical Health Centre. 

Grand Resort Bad Ragaz

Activities: Try the resort’s one- to five-day therapeutic relaxation programme which promises deep relaxation, without guests even having to think about which treatments are best for them. Individual treatments are tailored by the resort's own Medical Health team.

 
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