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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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There's nothing better than a mum-and-daughter girlie day out together.

And Victoria Beckham and daughter Harper proved that it's always a success when they spent the day together and documented it on Instagram.

The former Spice Girl took her seven-year-old out for a spa day – which included a baby facial by Dr. Barbara Sturm.

Dr Barbara is the therapist responsible for Hollywood's most gory beauty treatment – the bloody vampire facial, made famous by the likes of Kim Kardashian.

Victoria took to Instagram Stories to post a video of Harper, clad in a hairnet and towel, lying down as Dr. Barbara Sturm gave her a facial.

The 44-year-old captioned it, ''Baby facial with @drbarbarasturm…We must use clean products on our children.''

After the spa treatment, Victoria took the family for a vegan meal, posting snaps of husband David enjoying his food.

The day ended with Victoria uploading an adorable picture of a note that Harper had written her.

It said, ''Dear mummy, thank you for what you have done for us fun, happiness, kindness, love and most of all your heart."

All together now – awwwwww.

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Emma Watson has taken to social media to appeal to the public for help in locating three silver rings which she lost during a recent trip to a London spa.

The Harry Potter actress shared shots of the rings and explained that they are of enormous sentimental value.

"Reward for information leading to the return of rings lost Sunday 16th July at Mandarin Oriental Spa, London," she began the Facebook post which has been liked more than 38,000 times in mere hours.

"On Sunday afternoon I went for a treatment at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Spa in Hyde Park, London. Before my appointment I removed 3 silver rings from my fingers and put them in the safe inside the locker. When I left, I forgot to take my rings from the safe."

"When I got home I realised the rings were not on my hands and I called the spa, but at this time the spa was closed. Security checked the safe and said there was nothing in it but that the spa would be open again in the morning and they could speak to them then and see if they had them or if anyone had handed them in."

27-year-old Emma opened up about the story behind one of the rings in an effort to highlight their personal importance.

"As of now they are missing. Were these just any rings I could accept this, but one of the them was a gift from my Mum. She bought it the day after I was born and wore it for 18 years, never taking it off, and then gave it to me for my 18th birthday. I wear this ring everyday, it is my most meaningful and special possession."

Urging her fans and followers to spread the word, the much-loved actress insisted that she would be happy to move on and forget the incident if it meant the jewellery could be safely returned to her.

"If anyone was at the Mandarin Oriental Spa on Sunday from 3pm onwards and saw the rings or accidentally picked them up or knows anything about them, I cannot express how much it would mean if they came back to me – no questions asked. If you have seen them or have any information please email: findthering@outlook.com."

Fans and followers of the British actress have responded in their droves, with many recalling Emma speaking about her rings in the past.

"I remember you talking about this ring in an interview with Jimmy Kimmel Live promoting Beauty and the Beast, you said that this ring inspired the pinky ring you wore in the film. I sincerely hope the rings are returned to you safe and sound," they wrote.

We're with them.

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Who says that Valentine's Day has to be all about flowers, chocolates, and perfume?

We say – go a little different this year!

Indeed, if you are in love with a gamer, you might want to consider the following delights on February 14…

Left to right: Gamestop  Play Station 4 –  from €299.99

Gamercon Convention Tickets , Dublin – from €25.00

Littlewoods Gaming Headset  – €44.99

Nerdymugs Mug – €12.52

Left to right: Spreadshirt Gaming is my life hoodie – €41.25

The Dawson Spa, Dublin Couples Massage at  €149.00

Zipit Ziplining Dublin, Roscommon and Cork €30.00

Barts Tahan Beanie €25.00

Left to right: Greenes Restaurant Tasting menu – €59.00pp

Budget Travel Paris breaks – from €159.00pp

Victoria's Secret Lace Bustier – €67.04 and Knickers €30.75

Ann Summers Chocolate Body Paint – €10.75

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We're all about a spot of treat yo'self pampering here at SHEmazing! You, your mates – lounging around in fluffy white robes being soothed by dolphin-enfused holistic music. 

After all, every so often wonderful ladies deserve wonderful spa-day treats.

It's just a pity that actually getting a date in the diary that suits everyone is a major pickle AND these things tend to be pretty pricy. 

Step forward our new favourite compromise: the Yon-Ka skincare range. Already in more than 5,000 spas globally, the French-made products are created with plants, fruits, and marine extracts and are designed to balance, soothe, revive and rejuvenate. 

The fruit acids moisturise and enhance the complexion, vitamins combat free radicals, seaweed re-mineralises and plant oils nourish and soften.

To which we say: “YEEEESSSSSS!”

Some standouts? The award-winning Yon-Ka lotion and the Yon-Ka Nutri protect hand cream.

The brand also boosts some well known Irish names and faces among its fan-base: think Chloe Townsend, Holly White, Ruth Monahan, and Pamela Flood.

At-home, luxurious spa-spiration? Hurrah!

Yon-ka skincare is available from approved salons nationwide. For local stockist information visit www.yonka.ie

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At the end of a long week of work, politics and general drama, there are few things more tempting than a glass of red wine.

But for those in desperate need of a pick-me-up, Japan has found the ultimate solution.

Images from the Yunessun Spa Resort of Hakone have been doing the rounds online after it was discovered that the spa is home to a swimming pool filled with red wine.

For those wishing to follow in the steps of Cleopatra, the spa offers the opportunity to bathe in a red wine tank which is filled by a 12 foot bottle of the good stuff.

Because red wine contains resveratrol – an antioxidant which stimulates cell proteins – visitors can avail of the anti-aging benefits of vino while enjoying a glass or two mid-soak.

 

#yunessun #redwinebath #onsen #hakone #drunkbath #vice #japan

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And if wine isn’t your thing, the spa – which is located 100km west of Tokyo – will allow you to relax in pools of ramen, chocolate, green tea and coffee.

If there was ever a place to fill us with Wanderlust, this is most definitely it.

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For many of us, going to a spa is just not an option. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t relax in the same kind of atmosphere at home! Here are five ways to turn your bathroom into a spa retreat!

Towels and baskets
Hide all those worn out old towels in the hotpress and replace them with fluffy white towels – they may not be as good for drying yourself, but they look much prettier! Roll them up and put them in a nice wicker basket if you have one. Spas love their wicker baskets!

The colour scheme
If you’re giving your bathroom a complete make-over, paint it in neutral colours, so that your senses aren’t assaulted with a bright orange or pink when you’re trying to relax in the tub.

Candles
But of course! Every spa needs a few candles. Dot them around the room to create a truly relaxing atmosphere.

Toiletries
De-personalise your lotions and potions by storing them in simplistic containers like these. It looks nicer – and also means you can keep your miracle face cream a secret from nosey visitors!

Music
Ahhh, the ultimate atmosphere creator. Get your hands on some relaxing instrumental music, lock the door, and let all the worries of the day fall away….

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