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2019= New Year, New….Food bingeing spree?

Many of us began the year on a health and fitness kick. I say 'us', I don't actually mean ourselves included. Most people are still couch potatoes and the passing of time won't do much to change that.

80 percent of people will have abandoned their New Year's resolutions by February, which is a pretty high statistic.

The only thing that could tempt us to change our deviant ways and embrace the health kick is…luxurious travel destinations. Luckily for you gals, we've discovered the best value deals for your health-focused trips.

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Travel Republic have helped us to bring wellness to the forefront of our priorities…by having a selection of INSANELY stunning destinations to lure us towards.

Health and rejuvenation are the goal, and now it's never been easier to take a relaxing post-January break which doesn't negatively impact your lifestyle choices.

Sounds good to us, so what are the winners?

1. Aghadoe Heights Hotel & Spa: Killarney, Co .Kerry

The Aghadoe Heights Hotel & Spa is unbelievably magical, and offers unparalleled luxury overlooking the world-famous lakes of Killarney.

The spa at Aghadoe is honestly an oasis of pure serenity; the 10,000 square foot Resort Spa has 11 treatment rooms, relaxation areas, couples suites and a THERMAL SUITE.

The hotel has a fully equipped gym, conservatory-style indoor pool and outdoor terrace and some stunning local hikes and walking trails to enjoy.

If it's good enough for Gary Barlow, it's good enough for us:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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2. RedLevel at Melia Palacio de Isora – Tenerife

This is next-level privacy chic, and it's adults ONLY. The RedLevel at Melia Palacio de Isadora is located beside the Tenerife sea, where the excellent service and facilities will give you a classy, unique stay.

The destination has the elite SPA by Clarins on offer, as well as a private pool surrounded by Bali beds and a Pool Concierge service for the infinity pool. They also boast the LARGEST saltwater hotel pool in Europe, at a 5,000m2.

If you need the perfect place for relaxed rejuvenation with the best food you can buy, total seclusion and dazzling sunshine, this one's a winner. Escape the hustle and bustle of daily life and embrace the wellness, if you've got the cash, that is.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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3. 137 Pillars House: Chiang Mai, Thailand

Ah, our personal favourite. This destination is NEXT. LEVEL. GORGEOUSNESS.

If a far-flung and exotic setting is your biggest wish for the great escape, look no further than the beauty of Chiang Mai. The tropical Thai paradise is famed worldwide for it's calm and serene vibe, and private space.

Nestled in lush scenery, the hotel boasts a luxurious spa, yoga classes, tropical gardens, a drool-worthy pool, a gym….and Tai Chi. Wowza.

The hotel has a variety of wellness packages on offer to suit the needs of every traveller; it's the ideal health-driven retreat. There are also millions of elephant sanctuaries nestled in Chiang Mai which make the perfect tourist treat.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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 4. Taj Bentota Resort & Spa – Bentota, Sri Lanka

The Golden Mile of Bentota beach is something of a gem, nestled along the southwest coast of Sri Lanka.

The setting is totally unique, with the hotel overlooking the idyllic Indian Ocean and only 40 miles south of Colombo; Sri Lanka's capital.

The relaxing resort comprises 162 rooms with sea or garden views, vistas of the Indian Ocean of the lush vegetation of the tropical shrubbery around the building. They've got two tennis courts, a health club with a steam bath and sauna and a fully-equipped gym. Oh, and don't forget about the outdoor swimming pool, a poolside snack bar and games.

Asia's most exotic sanctuary is without a doubt a great decision for those wellness and health fanatics out there to enjoy:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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5. Hotel Palazzo Montemartini: Rome, Italy

JUST LOOK AT THE POOL.

The prestigious Palazzo Montemartini is a boujée five-star hotel in central Rome, within walking distance from Termini Station, Baths of Diocletian and Michaelangelo's church of Santa Maria degli Angeli. Need we say more?

It's the ONLY hotel in Rome crossed by the Servian Walls, built way back in the sixth century BC. Wellness and holiday fans can find unique high-tech elegance in the location, with 82 rooms and suites and the ultra-exclusive Senses Restaurant & Lounge Bar

The exclusive SPA ExPure has pure unforgettable moments of relaxation. They've got massage and treatment rooms, colour therapy showers, heated swimming pools, saunas and Turkish baths. The dream.

We. Are. Drooling. It's the destination we want, but also the destination we NEED. 

There you have it, ladies and gents. The top five wellness and health destinations the world can offer, with opulent, lavish and sumptuous locations for y'all to visit.

You deserve this level of decadence, plus you'd achieve the most EXTRA of Instagram snaps.

Retreat to these magical destinations and never look back. Actually, screw that. Just don't ever leave? 

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Following the phenomenal success of his solo album Flicker, Niall Horan has added an extra Irish date to his 2018 world tour.

Adding to the two dates scheduled for Dublin's 3Arena, Niall will now perform at INEC, Killarney on Saturday, March 10, 2018.

Dublin band Wild Youth will provide support on the night.

Niall’s debut album Flicker was released in October and went number one in over 60 countries.

The 24-year-old has also been honoured with numerous awards in 2017, including People’s Choice, Teen Choice, Radio Disney Music and most recently he was named Best New Artist at the American Music Awards.

Tickets from €49.50 on sale this Friday at 9.00am via Ticketmaster.

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There's nothing like heading home for a celebration to bring out the divilment in most of us.

While we're all busy pretending to be grown ups in the big smoke by picking up a matcha green tea latte after a Saturday morning Pilates class, we need only get a whiff of our old local to revert to our old ways.

And it looks like Michael Fassbender is no different.

While at home in Killarney to receive his induction into the Order of Inisfallen, the Hollywood star celebrated the honour by dropping the formalities of the red carpet and channelling his inner Elvis.

Giving it absolute socks to Suspicious Minds in the Europe Hotel, this lad wasn't sitting back down until he was good and ready.

 

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One major US fashion retailer was busy taking a trip around the Kingdom recently and now we are feeling a serious case of wanderlust overcome us.

A team from J. Crew were recently in Kerry for a fashion shoot for the brand’s latest collection and the images to come from the big day are beautiful. 

Seriously, we’re packing our bags for a road trip right now.

Someone hand us our Aran jumpers and beanie hats because we feel the need for a fashionable camping adventure somewhere outside Dingle. The photos were actually taken three months ago, which explains why Storm Abigail didn’t wash away any of the attractive models. 

"The weather was wild, it was like 10 seasons in a day," said production director, Tara. "It would be sprinkling rain, then suddenly cold and sunny."

Apparently the team even recruited a few of the local GAA players to appear in a few select shots. Fair play lads, any sample chunky knits to share with us? 

As well as showing off the amazing scenery in Kerry, the J. Crew Instagram page also highlights places in the county to visit, and shares a guide to hotels and airports nearby. 

"The landscape was so many shades of green. It was like a movie set," said art director Mark.

In a very unsurprising turn of events the production team also appear to have fallen in love with the locals. 

"Everyone we met was so laid-back. And the view was just so lush, mossy, ferny, sheep dotted … very dramatic," she said. They were really feeling the love for the furry Kerry crew too it would seem: "Sheep were literally just walking down the middle of the road," Tara said of the experience. 

We imagine both the sheep and any Kerry natives are feeling pretty cuffed at the moment. 

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There are two things that Irish people love more than anyone or anything else in the world – tea and their mum’s cooking.

But just how far would you go to get a plate of your favourite dinner?

Well, this one Kerry-man ended up in court claiming that he was actually “bribed” with the offer of his mother’s bacon and cabbage dinner.

Donal Cosgrave from Co. Kerry explained to a court that he did not breach an order preventing him from entering his mother’s home as he ate the dinner she gave him on the porch and not inside the house.

The 50-year-old man said that the only reason he went to his mother’s house in Killarney was because she offered him a bacon and cabbage dinner if he cut the grass in her garden.

Mr Cosgrave told the court that this must amount to a bribe because nobody would be able to resist his mother’s cooking.

When the judge asked “was the bacon and cabbage to be given before or after the grass cutting?” Donal replied that it was “before”.

“You have to have a full stomach for hard work… I did not enter the house, I ate the bacon and cabbage on the back porch,” he revealed.

Donal was also apparently expecting the forensic team to show up as he brought the runners he had been wearing at the time to court so he could show that the grass from his mother’s garden was stuck to his footwear.

Mr Cosgrave also revealed that as well as the dinner, his mum gave him “some mustard, and a little bit of dessert.”

The judge has adjourned the case until the 21st of July but Donal has been ordered to stay completely away from his mum’s house, even if he is offered dinner. 

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