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8 Out Of This World Spas You NEED To Visit

8 Out Of This World Spas You NEED To Visit

Fancy whisking yourself away for a weekend of pure paradise, pampering and relaxation? Who could turn that down? It’s important to take out time from a busy schedule to completely ‘zone out’ and unplug from emails, social media and the stresses of daily life. Although, there might be an exception for the odd Instagram post to show off these amazing spas! It’s time to pack your slippers and your robe, because these destinations will have you booking quicker than you can say “massage”.

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    La Posidonia Spa

    Ibiza’s most impressive spa, with the most impressive views. Be prepared to have your breath taken away. With a cascading whirlpool in the mountains (yes, really!), known as the cascadas suspendidas, you will be at 180m above sea level soaking up the sun and relaxing in the bubbles. Take in the sights of the sea and sky, and casually let the world go by. When you can eventually drag yourself out of that heavenly position, why not enjoy one of the spa’s specialist massages? You’ll never want to leave.

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      The Spa at Canyon Ranch

      Want to truly escape the hustle and bustle? Why not head to a 150 acre ranch set in the scenic Arizona Mountains? More specifically the Santa Catalina Mountains, where you can embrace nature and the peacefulness away from city life and polluted air. Health is at the heart of this spa, and you can choose to also participate in the extensive range of daily classes, or if the sauna and steam room are more your thing, then of course there’s plenty of opportunities to relax!

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        Viceroy Sugar Beach Spa

        Based in St. Lucia and widely regarded as the island’s ‘spiritual heart’, this tropical paradise is truly what dreams are made of. Set amongst lush foliage and soaring mountains, guests will feel totally relaxed and can easily clock out of their usual worries and stresses. There are plenty of stunning views to enjoy, and treatments that will pamper your body. The relaxing royal bamboo massage definitely sounds interesting.

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          The Spa at Bedford Lodge

          Set in a traditional British Georgian building, this spa has tranquility at its heart. Offering relaxing spa days and weekends, it’s the perfect countryside escape in the heart of Suffolk. Take advantage of the impressive hydrotherapy pool and make the most of the range of treatments on offer, from hot stone massages to an exfoliating salt and oil scrub. In the summer, enjoy a relaxing long lunch or afternoon tea on the spa terrace and breathe in that clear countryside air.

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            The Spa at the Royal Mansour

            Feel like true royalty in this visually stunning Moroccan spa. A true paradise, the spa describes their guests stays as a ‘spiritual journey’. The spa is a neutral haven of pure white, and offers magnificent marble interiors and traditional Moroccan design. There are ten spa cabins in total, offering an array of luxurious treatments from hydrotherapy to specialist massages.

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              Lefay Resort and Spa

              With the stunning backdrop of Lake Garda, the mountain views and lush greenery to be found here are hard to beat. Based within 11 hectares of Natural Park, the surrounding view is rich in olive trees, gentle hills and woodlands overlooking a stunning natural lake. You can really be at one with nature at this gorgeous spa, and enjoy their menu of  treatments perfect for unwinding. Definitely a location to add to the list.

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                Les Sources De Caudalie

                Located in the French city of Bordeaux, Les Sources De Caudalie was designed by famous architect Yves Collect and is built with mainly stone and wood, giving it a natural and calming feel. The spa has its own private lake, and offers various activities for its guests as well as exclusive spa treatments. Enjoy a scenic bike ride, walking tour, or a wine your; yep, the wine tour sounds more like my kind of tour.

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                  Blue Lagoon Spa

                  One of the world’s natural wonders and must visit sights is Iceland’s Blue Lagoon. The exclusive spa offers unique in-water lagoon massages, and plenty of other treatments. Powered by 100% clean geothermal energy, this is one location that will truly astound you. It can get busy though, especially in peak tourist season so try and get there as early as possible to truly soak it all up.

                  Who could possibly resist booking a relaxing spa weekend after seeing these beautiful retreats?

                  Featured photo credit: Bedford Lodge Spa via bedfordlodgehotelspa.co.uk

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                  Last Updated on January 21, 2020

                  The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                  The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                  Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

                  your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

                    Why You Need a Vision

                    Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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                    How to Create Your Life Vision

                    Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

                    What Do You Want?

                    The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

                    It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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                    Some tips to guide you:

                    • Remember to ask why you want certain things
                    • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
                    • Give yourself permission to dream.
                    • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
                    • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

                    Some questions to start your exploration:

                    • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
                    • What would you like to have more of in your life?
                    • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
                    • What are your secret passions and dreams?
                    • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
                    • What do you want your relationships to be like?
                    • What qualities would you like to develop?
                    • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
                    • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
                    • What would you most like to accomplish?
                    • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

                    It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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                    What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

                    Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

                    A few prompts to get you started:

                    • What will you have accomplished already?
                    • How will you feel about yourself?
                    • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
                    • What does your ideal day look like?
                    • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
                    • What would you be doing?
                    • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
                    • How are you dressed?
                    • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
                    • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
                    • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

                    It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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                    Plan Backwards

                    It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

                    • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
                    • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
                    • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
                    • What important actions would you have had to take?
                    • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
                    • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
                    • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
                    • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
                    • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

                    Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

                    It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

                    Featured photo credit: Matt Noble via unsplash.com

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