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 piece of mind when you book, Healing Holidays is ATOL-bonded and is a member of ABTOT, which ensures that you are fully secured and protected, allowing you to focus 100% on your wellness break.
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.
A true ambassador for healthy living, Tracy has been heading up the Healing Holidays team for many years, and has been in the travel industry for the past 30 years. She is a dedicated yoga, fitness and pilates lover, and is committed to all aspects of wellness in both her personal and professional life.
Favourite Spa: Sha Wellness Clinic is one of my favourite retreats for detox and weight loss in Spain. This clinic also offers a wide variety of programmes to address specific issues and health concerns. Ideal for those you are looking for a stress management or quit smoking programme, who suffer from chronic pain or need to fix any sleep disorders.
Favourite wellness experience: My favourite wellness experience would start with sunrise yoga, before a healthy breakfast, which will set me up perfectly for a challenging workout (boot camp class or cardio). Then a quick sauna, steam or hammam before a light healthy lunch. The afternoon would be taken up by a cooking class or health talk, followed by Pilates or a Core Class. It’s then one final stop in the Spa for a facial and relaxing massage before a light dinner and an early night.
As a Reiki Master and qualified homoeopath, Karen opts for the Holistic way of life. She has been working for Healing Holidays for many years and she has been lucky enough to experience many different wellness retreats worldwide.
Favourite Spa: One of my favourite retreats is Vana, India – “It combines my love of the Ayurvedic retreat style" and I have also completed panchakarma retreats”. This is the perfect place relax and unwind. If you have fallen into a rut and no longer feel like your true self, head to Kamalaya in Thailand, the amazing will guide you through experiential practices, therapies and dialogues that will help you to discover the cause of dissatisfaction and unhappiness in your life, as well as ways to guide you through a better self.
Favourite wellness experience: My perfect wellness experience would start with morning yoga and stretching before breakfast, followed by an energy healing treatment or acupuncture before lunch, an early afternoon swim before a relaxing aromatherapy massage, ending with meditation before bed.
Where would you like to wellness next: Euphoria is where I would like to wellness next. Great holistic spa in a beautiful location, love to try the energy healing sessions.
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.
Previously living in South Korea for three years, Rathi has had the opportunity to travel extensively around the Far East. Having now worked in the travel industry for several years, Rathi is more than happy to put together a tailor-made getaway combing our many wonderful Asian retreats.
Favourite Spa: One of my favourite retreats is Fusion Maia in Phu Quoc, Vietnam. A wonderful, luxury resort, Fusion Maia Danang incorporates a minimum of two daily spa treatments a day on their basic stay – a great way to pamper yourself on holiday around Vietnam. Furthermore, even an entry-level room, comes with your own private pool.
Where would you like to wellness next: I would love to visit Vana, in India. The concept of a personalised programme, I think is great and will really allow you to cover multiple areas of your wellness journey.
Favourite Spa: Chiva Som
As a great lover of the tranquillity and relaxing atmosphere of Thailand, there is nothing better than knowing you will be looked after with incredible expertise in the 5* luxury Chiva-Som has to offer.
If you’re looking to lose weight and learn more about your diet and how to get the best out of it, they have exactly what you need not only for the short term, but for the future with recipes and lifestyle choices to follow.
Favourite Wellness experience: Six Senses throughout Thailand offer an exceptional level of service. Personally, as a man who is 6 ft 5 I look for massage treatments and energy rebuilding. This brand offers an exceptional level of quality and luxury throughout their retreat which means I always leave refreshed.
Where would you like to wellness next: I’m a big believer in the Mayr clinics and I will be heading to Germany, a country I’m already fond of, to try and enhance my wellbeing. In particular Lanserhof Tegernsee, a retreat surrounded by countryside. I’m very much into my tranquillity and this has everything for me.
A yoga teacher & counsellor by training, Claire is an avid yoga, pilates reformer , functional fitness and trekking fan. An avid traveller, Claire has run one of Asia's renowned wellness resort for over a decade and is now heading Healing Holiday's first International office in Singapore.
Favourite Spa: My favourite spa has to be naturally Absolute Sanctuary. Its serene location, great food, wonderful massages and excellent yoga, pilates reformer and fitness classes are the perfect escape for me to revitalise and recharge.
Favourite wellness experience: My favourite experience would be to start the morning with sunrise yoga on the beach, , followed by a healthy and tasty breakfast. After this, I would love to attend a pilates reformer class followed by a nice soak in an infinity pool and herbal steam room. The afternoon would be spent having a spa treatment to knead out all the kinks, followed by a holistic alternative therapy. A personal training session ensues before a light dinner. The day culminates with candle night meditation followed by a night spa treatment before heading to bed.
Where would you like to wellness next: I would love to visit Vana and learn more about its Ayurvedic practices and to experience a completely personalised programme for me.
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