Frances Geoghegan, our founder, is a trailblazer, and her knowledge and long-standing relationships with the world’s top spa and wellness experts is unmatched. Her team shares her passion, and are true specialists, only selling wellness and only recommending properties that they have tried and tested themselves.
Not many spa operators can make this claim. We are an unbiased filter and we never accept payment from anybody to be featured on our books – spas appear on merit alone. We can therefore honestly say that we recommend only what is right for you.
Knowing the right people on the ground is priceless, and our years of experience have enabled us to do what others can’t – get an appointment with an unavailable therapist, arrange a complimentary room upgrade, or get you onto a fully-booked flight.
We do much more than just book you a flight and a spa. Our exceptional tailor-made services mean that we go above and beyond the norm – helping to secure visas, arranging access to airport lounges and organising sightseeing pre- or post-retreat.
Many of the best spas and medical clinics value our expertise to such an extent that they have chosen to deal with us on an exclusive basis. That means that some of the world’s most extraordinary wellness centres can only be booked through us.
Being the market leader allows us to negotiate the best rates, and as a Preferred Partner of the world’s leading carriers, including British Airways, we are guaranteed the lowest air fares. Together this means that we are able to offer a best price guarantee on any like-for-like itinerary.
As sponsors for over 10 years of both the Condé Nast Traveller and Tatler Spa Guides, we commission and send the top wellness journalists to discover the very latest clinics or retreats – which ensures that we are consistently adding fabulous finds to our impressive collection, and are the first point of call for those seeking spa wisdom.
Everyone can blow their own trumpet, but don’t just take our word for it. We are extremely proud to have been named, amongst numerous awards, as the World’s Best Spa & Wellness Tour Operator, as well as the UK’s Favourite Specialist Tour Operator.
Our staff are reachable by phone 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year, to help with any issues which you may have with your travel arrangements. We will help you liaise with the retreat to make sure any issues are resolved efficiently, ensuring your wellness journey is smooth.
Enabling you to have peace of mind when you book, Healing Holidays is ATOL-bonded, which ensures that you are fully secured and protected, allowing you to focus 100% on your wellness break.
Owner & Founder, Conde Nast Traveler Global Advisory Board Member & Conde Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist
The founder of Healing Holidays, Frances first recognised a new demand for wellness from luxury travellers over 15 years ago. Having lived through a personal bereavement and her own health issues, she was driven to seek out the best international medical practitioners and finest alternative wellness experts. The result was Healing Holidays, an industry pioneer that has since propelled her to becoming one of Europe’s leading wellness experts, named as one of Condé Nast Traveller’s “World’s Best Travel Specialists”.
But most importantly, Frances knows how to listen. Her warm, straight-talking nature has made her the first port of call for those seeking wellness wisdom, and she understands that listening and working with a client is the key to creating a unique experience – with tangible results.
Klaudia has a real passion for all things sports, spa, and wellness, having studied physical education at university herself. Klaudia has been providing Healing Holidays with her expertise for over 6 years now, making her an expert in finding the perfect retreat for her clients.
Favourite Spa: My favourite spa has to be SHA Wellness Clinic in Spain. The spectacular location with its stunning views of the Sierra Helada Mountains makes this a firm favourite for me. SHA offers a wide variety of programmes, from Detox and Sleep Recovery to Fitness and Weight Loss and divine nutritional foods, making it the perfect location for improving your overall wellbeing.
Favourite wellness experience: My favourite wellness experience would begin with breakfast to fuel for a trek through the mountains. After this, I would love to sink into a mud pool and hot spring bath, before enjoying an afternoon personal training session, followed by some swimming and then relaxation in the sauna. After enjoying a light dinner, I would then opt for a final spa treatment before heading off to bed.
Where would you like to wellness next: I would love to wellness next at Vana. This world-class sanctuary offers Ayurveda healing as well as traditional Chinese medicine and Tibetan healing and so I would love to learn more about these practices.
Chris has worked for Healing Holidays since day one and has a wealth of industry knowledge which spans almost 30 years. A fan of all things wellness, he particularly enjoys seeking out and discovering new products and destinations to add to the company’s portfolio.
Favourite Spa: I am fortunate to have travelled to many of the world’s finest spas and wellness retreats, but the one I keep returning to is Chiva-Som. Often imitated, but never bettered, it remains at the very top of the industry tree - always innovating and fine-tuning its treatments, programmes, classes and cuisine. I can happily book in there without being on a programme and will find enough classes and activities to keep me occupied and healthy, from early morning meditation to a late-evening stretch class.
Favourite Wellness Experience: My list of favourite experiences is a very long one, but I have a particular penchant for Thalassotherapy and anything water-based, whether it be a Watsu massage, an aqua-aerobics class, or a high-pressure jet massage.
Where Would You Like to Wellness Next: My eyes are always on a map, and my next trip is going to be Central America, to experience some of the new spas and retreats which are starting to open up in Costa Rica, (although I will always try to squeeze in a trip to Chiva Som…)
A fan of all things fitness and travel related, James loves spending his evenings in the gym and travelling to new places.
Favourite Spa: Vana. I love its peaceful location and the fact that all the wellness programmes they offer are 100% personalised to your exact needs and requirements. There is nowhere else quite like it!
Favourite Wellness experience: I’m really into my fitness, so I love trying all the different classes available at the spas I visit.
Where would you like to wellness next: I would really like to visit SHA Wellness Clinic. I love how they combine natural ancient Eastern wellness philosophy with advanced cutting-edge Western techniques. It looks amazing too!
Fluent in both her native Russian and English,Anna has 10 years of experience in the luxury travel industry, having previously worked in Moscow, before joining our friendly team.
Favourite Spa: Villa Stephanie. This award winning German medical spa is situated in the heart of the Black Forest and has an impressive 5000 sqm wellness area. You can partake in cycling, forest walks, hiking and various fitness activities while being surrounded by beautiful nature. There’s also its signature detox and weight loss programmes led by the fantastic Dr Harry F. Koenig and his highly efficient team.
Favourite wellness experience: For me, waking up refreshed after a good night’s sleep is a key to a successful day. Mindfulness sessions definitely help with that! Spa treatments wise I do enjoy algae and mud wraps which help eliminate toxins and excess fluids from the body. Swimming, sauna and steam room are also a must for me!
Where would you like to wellness next: Having travelled to Thailand before for leisure, I am totally ready to discover a more spiritual and health-conscious type of a holiday, this is why Kamalaya is at the very top of my list. It is a true gem that is loved by many. Their approach is very holistic, you can choose from a wide range of wellness programmes to fit every taste, be it yoga, fitness or detox.
Angelica is a wellness enthusiast who combines her experience in luxury spas and travel with the holistic knowledge of Yoga, as she is also a certified Yoga teacher.
Favourite Spa: It’s very difficult to pick only one spa, but I would say that Sen Wellness Sanctuary will always be one of my favourite ones. I love how they embrace nature in many ways, from their herbal remedies to the architecture of the building itself. I believe Ayurveda is such an inspiring source of knowledge which becomes even more powerful when combined with Yoga and personal growth experiences such as their Cacao Ceremony.
Favourite wellness experience: I love a combination of breathtaking natural landscapes and a healthy routine, where I can strengthen the connection with myself through meditation, Yoga, fresh and balanced meals and personalised treatments to restore the body.
Where would you like to wellness next: Euphoria Retreat, a beautiful holistic paradise for wellness lovers offering an extensive choice of programmes and very interesting group classes.
Tara McLeod Williams
Tara is a luxury travel specialist, who made the professional transition into wellness having become a certified yoga and meditation teacher, and hosting her own overseas women’s retreats.
Favourite Spa: Since joining Heaing Holidays, there’s been one property seemingly in a league of its own to me, and that is Preidlhof. I love how they have an entire network of experienced therapists and healers and that they carefully map out each of their programmes, offering everything from deep integrative healing to Yoga Nidra, to sound healing and forest bathing. These kinds of modalities are things I have worked with on my own healing journey and I believe, for the right person desiring to explore their inner landscape, they can help a person overcome real personal trauma.
Favourite wellness experience: I’m a deeply reflective soul but also a deeply indulgent soul, so this could really be anything from yoga or meditation (to get me to internally gaze, ponder or explore) or me reclining in a treatment bed, nothing but ocean breeze and calming nature around as I get a 2-hour massage. I also deeply resonate with music so sound baths and mantra are always powerful healing tools for me too — all of the above also to be delivered in a year-round warm, sunny climate!
Where would you like to wellness next: I’m whole-heartedly feeling the call for Mexico and I’m manifesting an invitation to Palmaia, House Of Aia. The prime location where jungle meets beach; the ancestral teachings and workshops where I can dance barefoot and feel like a totally liberated spiritual babe, the gorgeous five-star facilities and the chance to flaunt my little used Spanish, I need to get myself there!
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