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Ayurvedic cure

You’ll no doubt feel like an (en­light­ened) ma­ha­rani or mara­haja dur­ing and af­ter your stay at Ananda Spa. This pala­tial In­dian re­treat as­sem­bled at the foothills of the Hi­malayas fo­cuses on Ayurvedic tech­niques, which blend about 2,000 herbs into a treat­ment sys­tem to cure mal­adies. Ther­a­pies, such as four-hand mas­sage, gar­gling of med­i­cated oil and ther­a­peu­tic sweat­ing, are more won­der­ful than weird – and they work.

The Healthy Hol­i­day Com­pany (020 8968 0501; the­healthy­hol­i­day­company. co.uk) runs a seven-night stay, from £4,340 for sin­gle oc­cu­pancy. Price in­cludes full-board, a choice of pro­grammes and flights.

Trop­i­cal farm

The Farm in the Philip­pines is a jun­gle par­adise strewn with bam­boo trees, wa­ter­falls and land­scaped gar­dens. Don’t be fooled by the hip­pie lean­ings, this is a med­i­cal spa that takes its cre­den­tials se­ri­ously – guests’ pro­grammes are over­seen and ad­min­is­tered by res­i­dent doc­tors. Granted, the 14hour flight from Lon­don to Manila is a bit of a trek, but it is a di­rect route (with Philip­pine Air­lines) and, in­deed, well worth the jour­ney.

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