Sun, sea and a body MoT: From new teeth in Bratislava to banishing insomnia in (where else) Bedfordshire, the breaks that are a REAL health tonic
22:28 GMT, 29 December 2012
You might assume that an annual holiday is the one time when health concerns go out of the window.
In fact, more Britons are using a getaway to address specific physical problems, lose weight, improve fitness or simply boost wellbeing.
Indeed the health-travel sector is booming and dedicated tourist operators are multiplying. ‘There hasn’t been a great deal of research into health holidays but it’s pretty obvious to those in the industry that it’s an area that’s growing very rapidly,’ explains Sandra Carvao from the World Tourism Organisation.
Healthy holidays: More Brits than ever are going abroad to fix health problems, kick-start their diet or improve their skin
Programmes have also come a long way since the boot-camp-style holidays that sprang up more than a decade ago.
Now, instead of enduring gruelling dusk-till-dawn exercise regimes, it is possible to boost specific health concerns in luxurious surroundings.
Kate Maxwell, editor-in-chief of online travel company Jetsetter, which creates tailor-made holidays, says: ‘People recognise it’s much more relaxing to do something active, whether that’s scuba-diving or hiking or having a health treatment, because it stops you thinking about work.’
Here we presents a selection of some of the most innovative options available.