The Jewish Chronicle - - LIFE -


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


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’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


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