Once upon a time the concept of going away on holiday involved leaving all one’s good habits behind and spending the break indulging in a festival of gluttony. Eating and drinking far too much, one would return home joking about the need for a holiday to get over the holiday…
These days wellbeing is playing a much more significant role in the break away In fact, wellbeing and wellness are concepts that are playing a more significant role in our lives full stop, a trend reflected in the rising number of people seeking a healthy North Devon break.
Wellness is a Lifestyle
A recent survey published in Forbes magazinefound that eight in ten people in the USA believe that wellnessis not a fad but a lifestyle these days. Technology was supposed to free us up to pursue more of what we enjoyed doing, but we seem to have become enslaved by our smart phones instead. This has even been acknowledged by the Silicon Valley pioneers that developed the likes of Google, Facebook and Twitter , who are now disconnectingthemselves and their children from the internet.
The Carlton Hotel in Ilfracombe has seen a dramatic uptake in interest in the wellness options it offers guests. Its stylish rooms, combining aspects of the Victorian building with upper class modern luxury, and in-house gym and treatment rooms are a perfect fit for a healthy break..
Eating for Wellbeing
New research, just published in the Lancet, and based on a 27 year global study, claims ‘what we aren’t eating is killing us’ and of course it makes sense that what we put into our bodies is fundamental for our health… sometimes we just need to stop, take stock and start again on a healthier path.
At the Carlton, and new for this season, is a Wellbeing menuwhich has at its heart the nutritious sustenance that a healthy body requires to thrive. Dishes are light and delicate but full of flavour and prepared with fresh ingredients, and seasonally sourced locally.Complementing the treatments available at the Carlton, the menu even gives the option to combine pre-treatment nourishment with nutritional plates. This holistic approach is designed to bring maximum health benefits to the body.
Eastern Inspiration for Wellness
To ease away the stresses and tease out the tensions accrued from the crash and burn stresses of the 9-5 shift (with obligatory post-work ‘catch up on a few emails’) or the 24 hour demands of running a family, the Carlton has a number of health and beauty treatment options available for guests.
The Eastern concept of chi, or energy, is integral to some of the treatmentsthe Carlton has to offer on a healthy North Devon break; from hot stone massages that target the body’s natural energy points, to Tai Chi sessions for stimulating all body energy flow. Massage sessions – targeting specific points, or all over body – can be enjoyed in the Carlton treatment rooms, or in the privacy of your own hotel room if preferred.
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Tapping in to the Natural Outdoors
Whilst promoting in house treatments, the team at The Carlton are delighted to work with local practitioners well versed in the outdoor pursuits. Building on the natural assets of England’s adventure coast, the family or team can simply immerse themselves in the many activities right on the hotel’s doorstep. From the gentle coastal path ramble through to more dynamic sports such as surfing and coasteering, the hotel can help with ensuring your time spent in North Devon is well time.
So forget about wellbeing as being just a