MENTAL HEALTH BOOT CAMP, COSTA BRAVA, SPAIN
Ret r e a t s which t a c k l e mental wellbeing are a hot topic this year. In line with this SHA Wellness Clinic in the Costa Brava has unveiled a new week-long Cognitive Development Programme focusing solely on the cognitive health of guests; enhancing their memory and mental performance through a range of on-screen tests and personal neurotraining sessions.
Mental health bootcamp in Costa Brava; beach at Vilalara Thalassa HOWMUCH: Seven nights are available from £2,962pp. Thehealthyholidaycompany.co.uk
CRUISE TO COOL CUBA
Cuba has barely changed in 50 years of communism while evidence of the pre-communist years can be seen in the garishly coloured American cars of the 1940s and 50s, the decadent buildings and the colonial past of Spanish rule. Star Flyer is one of the few ships to operate cruises to Cuba, calling in to colourful Havana and around the idyllic, paradise beaches of the west coast to the Caymen islands and back into the delightful Cuban colonial town of Cienfuegos. HOWMUCH: Departing on March 16 the 11 night sailing costs from £2,166pp, cruise only. starclippers.co.uk
ALSACE CYCLING HOLIDAY
Alsace’s wine routes may be more famous than its 1,500 miles of scenic cycle paths, but the two make an idyllic combination for an active holiday in north-eastern France.
T h i s h i s t o r i c a l t o u r o f t h e country’s smallest region starts in Strasbourg, over the week’s 160 miles, the colourfully painted halftimbered buildings of four of the official “Most Beautiful Villages in France” will punctuate each leisurely day’s cycling adventure including the occasional hill along the base of the Vosges mountains. HOWMUCH: This self-guided seven-night tour operates from April 1 to September 30 (Monday to Saturday departures).Prices start from £459pp and includes two and three star accommodation on a B&B basis, luggage transfers, maps and route information. The trip is graded leisurely to moderate and bike hire is available from £58, including lock and pannier, with electric bikes available from £135. flexitreks.com