Wellness with Kids…

As you hover between post-Diwali and pre-Christmas (and for some, exam time) stress, the idea of a relaxing wellness holiday sounds amazing, doesn’t it? Mind cleansing and pollution free nature walks, stretching those muscles with some yoga, and letting yourself drift to the sound of waves or energizing local music… but wait – what will you do with the kids?

Take them! Don’t think that you’ll get any downtime if you have the kids with you? Trust us – they’ll love these ideas.

Wildlife Digital Detox

We live in the electronic era – and let’s face it, not only are our kids are as hooked on their gadgets as we are, we also use them as a means of distraction. But we also know that it’s not the healthiest thing for a child to be screen-struck all the time. So instead of watching the Lion King (for the hundredth time) on that IPAD – how about a trip into the wild?

Natural air, natural light, no bandwidth, morning and evening activities that keep them awe-struck with wonder as you come across wild elephants, tigers, lions, hundreds of birds, monkeys… the list is endless.

And when they’re not on the game-drives? How about bathing the local elephants? Learning to fish? Pottering around in the kitchen garden? A bike ride through the grounds? The possibilities are endless.

WIYO Picks? India and Kenya are two of our favorites!

Spa & Beach Breaks

Every child (including the child that lurks in our adult soul) loves the beach. There’s just something so invigorating about the sun, the surf and the sea. Add in a safe lagoon where one can go snorkeling, feed the fish, watch the turtles hatch, and even the odd banana boat ride – all while you get a deep tissue massage. Everyone wins. WIYO Picks? The Maldives. 

Yoga Retreats

Are you and your kids frazzled in post-exam mode, tempers slightly frayed and fried? How about an uplifting yoga retreat to rejuvenate your mind, body and soul – and catch up on some bonding time with the kids that doesn’t involve text books. Test yourself on a different level.

Get into shape, mentally and physically as you stretch your body and spirit in unison. Too slow for the kids – you’re wrong. Try a vinyasa or a power yoga class that will literally leave you feeling breathless – and get those happy hormones flowing. You’ll come back glowing and ready to take on the world. If you’re still not convinced, how about a surf and yoga break? While you yoga, your kids (and you) can battle the waves.

WIYO Picks? South India, South East Asia

 Ski or Scuba Breaks

You’re an adventure junkie – and the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, which means that your children need three times the adrenaline that you do. Ever thought about a ski or a scuba break?

You’re either on top of the world or beneath the ocean – and that’s two of the best places in the world to be. Never tried either before? That’s part of the fun – you can learn something new, in a different environment, and even make new friends. Your takeaway isn’t just a new skill but an all-time high. Try it. WIYO Picks? Europe for Ski and the Indian Ocean/South East Asia for Scuba. 

Want to learn more? Call us today and we’ll get you started on that journey to wellbeing.

 

Iceland: Scratching The Tip of the Iceberg

The soul stirring harmonies of Bjork… the lava flowing out of its volcanoes… the steamy waters of its lagoons… and the pyrotechnics of the Northern Lights…

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It is somewhat ironic that both the natural and nurtured landscape of Iceland is painted with broad strokes of such fiery passion. Even as you wallow amid the vapours of the Blue Lagoon’s healing waters, the northern sun shines with a white gold brilliance that only comes from being at a latitude that is practically in the stratosphere.

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Reykjavik…

Iceland’s capital city is on a rapid trajectory to become Europe’s next cultural hot spot. A short hop from London, Brussels, Amsterdam, Copenhagen or Stockholm, Reykjavik is rocking (literally). Music festivals, art festivals, food festivals, holiday festivals… there’s no shortage of the festive spirit in Reykjavik.

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The Old Harbour is a great place to get your bearings and take a deep dive into the history and culture of Iceland. The city has a bit of a snowflake quality – a delicate elegance as it sparkles like a jewel in the bright light of the northern hemisphere. From its Viking roots to the avant-garde cuisine, and its hectic nightclubs, if you want to tap into the pulse of the country – start here.

The Icelander’s like to celebrate their artistic spirit and Reykjavik features more and more prominently on the cultural calendar of Europe.

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Iceland is full of artists and music seeps out of every pore. Iceland has produced some of the most loved musicians of recent times and there’s music in the air – everywhere. And what better place to start than at the Rokksafn – the Icelandic Museum of Rock n Roll? Situated just a short ride out of Reykjavik in the suburb of Reykjanesbaer, the Rokksafn tells you the story of Iceland’s meteoric crescendo on the world’s music scene. Be it Sigur Ros or the Sugarcubes, Bjork or OMM (Of Monsters and Men), this is where Iceland sets the score for its artistic trajectory.

Of Geysers & Glaciers

Iceland’s artists and dreamers draw infinite inspiration from its gorgeous landscape. Iceland isn’t a country of half measures at all – so go west and throw yourself into the raw beauty of its wildest and most beautiful landscape.

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The gorgeous Snæfellsnes peninsula is sometimes called a “miniature Iceland” because it encompasses the entire diversity of the country in its environs. Cascading waterfalls erupt out of lava fields to create a surreal landscape of stupendous beauty, which give way to faceted geometry of the basalt columns that dot the landscape. Stand at the edge of the Snæfellsjökull glacier and walk into the dark depths of a lava cave, before you hit the fine black sandy beaches of Djúpalónssandur.

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Craggy cliffs and shiny rock formations give it a stark and surreal sense of beauty. Stroll among the tectonic plates at Pingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and witness the Strokkur geyser spewing its steamy waters from the dredges of the earth. If you’re there at the right time, take a boat ride out on the water to see the Northern Lights – a once in a lifetime phenomenon not to be missed.

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The Jökulsárlón lagoon is a sight not to be missed. Pristine and serene with massive floating icebergs rising out or the lava rock, it’s no wonder that it has been the choice of location for many film shoots.

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Winter wonderland in Iceland takes on a different meaning – raw and beautiful to an extreme. The crystalline texture of the ice caves create sculptures out of ice and a prism like quality that renders it into a Technicolor canvas made of ice. Depending on the season, you may also want to head out and watch the whales or simply soak yourself in the geothermal baths.

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Inspired? This is only the tip of the iceberg…Iceland: your adventure waiting to happen.