Responsible travel is built on the idea of treating local people and places well. In return local people offer you experiences and insights into their ways of life that you wouldn’t otherwise get. Responsible Travel connect you with over 375 small holiday companies run by people with a deep love for destinations, cultures, landscapes and wildlife. Here, Rosy recommends her top 5 wellbeing breaks.
Yoga Gulet Cruise in Turkey
Gary Blount, an Irishman raised in England has lovingly restored Lady Sovereign II a magnificent wooden Gulet to her traditional glory. The onboard experience has been curated for comfort and relaxation, start the days with morning meditation followed up with two dynamic yoga sessions throughout the day as you anchor and relax in a different destination. Visit unspoilt bays and islands with plenty of time to relax with options to enjoy swimming, sailing and snorkelling in the crystal clear sea!
From £625 (7 days) excluding flights
Wellbeing holiday at the idyllic surroundings of Maison d’Hote France
Carolynn Grimaldi and Peter Roche, your hosts at Maison d’Hôte, are committed to ethical and moral responsibility to minimise negative impacts and maximise benefits with respect to the environment. Arrive in a hidden leafy valley in deepest rural France with idyllic surroundings, birdsong, a clear stream and tumbling water, butterflies and wild flowers, freedom from pollution and lack of unwanted noise and the elimination of stress.
Enjoy wholesome cuisine based on fresh, whole and organic ingredients. Wellbeing comes from good mental equilibrium linked to nutrition, health and environment conditions. Superb nutritional cuisine, physical activity and an idyllic environment are what this holiday is all about.
From £663 – £819(7 days) excluding flights
Yoga and Dance Holiday in scenic Portuguese Mountains
Andrew and Vonetta sold up in London and moved with son Joshua and dog Moses to Fleur van Hille in the Portuguese mountains to run intimate yoga retreats for those that are in need of a soulful restorative break. Leave behind your hectic pace of life for a week of yoga, music, massage and mud baths. Based in Oleiros, a small town of less than 5000 people spread over 465 sq km Andrew and Vonetta invite you to open and listen to your heart.
From €740 (GB £561) – €890 (GB £675)(7 days) excluding flights
Life coaching and cultural holiday in Chiang Mai, Thailand
A unique 7 day experience combining exhilarating activies like white water rafting and zip-wiring across jungle with top class life-coaching! The hotel design was inspired in part by the viharn (prayer hall) of Wat Phra That Lampang Luang, a nearby temple and creates an air of calm and serenity.
The life coaching includes profiling and analysis, building motivation and increasing confidence and self-belief. Feast your senses, seeing and touching the genuine Lanna artwork, antiques and furniture that fill the hotel.
From £745(8 days) excluding flights, including a 12 week follow up online coaching package
Wild yoga and surf holiday, Sri Lanka
Unwind and reconnect on this short, hatha yoga and surfing trip to the south coast of beautiful Sri Lanka.
By getting into rhythm with the earth you are able to take in the sights with joy and fresh awareness. Learn about the Sri Lankan culture, about nature and about yourself. You will have the opportunity to practice yoga and breathing exercises, and eat mindfully each day to invigorate and promote your personal evolution. Enjoy the fantastic and world famous Sri Lankan surfing, or if that’s not your bag explore the local markets, Buddhist temples or just relax on the beach!
From £698 (7 days) excluding flights