New Year travel goals

Make a meaningful start to your year in travel by embarking on a holiday that gives back 


1. Do a digital detox in Boracay

Break free from a digital rut at Mandala Spa & Resort Villas in central Philippines, which is surrounded by tropical gardens and just a short walk from the stunning beach. Stay in the Digital Detox Villa, where television and Wi-Fi is strictly banned, so you can unplug and spend your days nourishing yourself with healthy food and taking part in yoga classes. 

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2. Join a writer’s retreat in Sierra Nevada 

If you plan on penning your own masterpiece soon, then Casa Ana’s creative writing retreat provides all the inspiration you need to get started. Located in the Sierra Nevada mountains of southern Spain, it holds four writing retreats each year (March, June, August, and November) so you can focus on your prose in quiet surroundings, glean advice from the professional mentors and take part in group reading and critiquing sessions. 

3. Go wild in Wolgan Valley

Stay at Emirates One&Only in Wolgan Valley, Australia, and you can make a hands-on contribution to protecting the valley and its wildlife. Join the conservation team as they journey into the Blue Mountains to care for Carne Creek and Wolgan River – important habitats for native wildlife. Learn about key issues impacting the local wildlife and take part in tree planting, wildlife surveys, feral animal monitoring and wombat surveys, among other activities, as you admire the scenery.

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(Main Image: Emirates One&Only in Wolgan Valley, Australia)

4. Cook up a storm in Oxfordshire

Tucked away in the picturesque countryside, the Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons cookery school, by chef Raymond Blanc OBE, will show you the secrets of creating show-stopping cuisine. There are courses for all skill levels and, once you’ve downed tools in the kitchen, you can retire to one of the manor house’s 32 individually-designed hotel rooms.

Belmond Le Manoir aux Qaut’Saisons

5. Nurture your soul in Bali

Get back in touch with the important stuff with the eight-day/seven-night spiritual journey programme at Maya Ubud Resort & Spa. Your itinerary will include trips to nearby temples, a visit to a Balinese healer and a stroll through the verdant rice paddies to gain a deeper insight into the Balinese philosophy of life, with lots of spa pampering in-between.

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Maya Ubud Resort & Spa