Dark chocolate health benefits

Easter is coming and the shops are already full of chocolate products, from eggs to bunnies. But as is increasingly known, there’s a healthier option that’s equally delicious: dark chocolate. The health benefits of eating dark chocolate, with a cocoa percentage of seventy percent or more (ideally 85 percent), mean the once-decadent sweet treat has now entered the mainstream. Certainly, here at Neal’s Yard Holidays we love our chocolate. Who doesn’t?

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  • New wellbeing holidays: is one of these your next escape?

    Some of our cherished Neal’s Yard Holidays devotees recently told us they’d like to browse our new wellbeing holidays without too much fuss.

    And why not? If you’ve been on a few of our retreats already, or if you’re simply pushed for time and want to know the latest destinations on offer, being able to see our new wellbeing holidays at a glance sounds like a pretty good idea. Of course, we couldn’t help but listen.

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  • Mother’s Day retreat ideas

    How about treating yourself and your mum to a wellness retreat this spring? Here are our hand-picked Mother’s Day retreat ideas.

    Wondering what to get for your mum for mother’s day this year? Forget about the usual flowers and chocolates. What better way to show your mum how much she means to you than taking her on a special spa break or wellbeing retreat. Treat her to a Mother’s day retreat (pardon the pun).

    No need to go far, we have some excellent UK weekend breaks that don’t cost the earth but offer the pampering your mum deserves. You could always join her and spend some quality time together. And if you want to treat your mum to something really special, read on for Neal’s Yard Holidays’ picks of once-in-a-lifetime holidays, and Mother’s day retreat weekends.

    This year Mother’s day is on the 11th of March 2018. So what are you waiting for? Read more…

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  • Wellness Trends for 2018: Find out what’s hot

    Last year’s wellness trends included the Danish concept of hygge, using coconut oil for pretty much everything and our old friend mindfulness.

    This year’s trends focus on food, both as medicine and nutrition, better sleep and an awareness of the environment as we nurture ourselves. Read on for the key wellness trends to watch in 2018. Read more…

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  • Valentine escapes: Are you solo and want to escape or whisk off your loved one?

    Are you solo and want to escape Valentine’s Day? Or want to whisk your loved one away for special Valentine getaways?

    What ever is right for you, there are plenty of Valentine getaways to choose from; including ‘love yourself’ wellbeing retreats for solo travellers where you are not alone. Read more…

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  • Could going vegan be good for you and the planet?

    There is no doubt about it. Veganism is on the rise. In 2016 there were over half a million vegans in Great Britain, that’s three and a half times as many as estimated in 2006, and that figure only looks to be increasing further still, as noted by the Vegan Society.

    As the vegan movement continues to gain momentum, we consider is adopting a plant-based lifestyle beneficial for both your health and the planet? Read more…

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  • Affordable retreats for 2018

    We all need something to look forward in 2018 and a relaxing holiday is often top of the list. If the purse strings are little tight, finding affordable retreats is key.

    At Neal’s Yard Holidays we’ve got wellness retreats to suit everyone. Our most affordable retreats cost just under £200 for a half board weekend retreat in the UK or travel abroad for £500 per person per week full or half board, including activities and excluding flights. Plan ahead to save more with early bird discounts, and don’t miss out due to limited spaces available.

    So you don’t have to skimp on choices, see below our round-up of affordable retreats and even more on our website. Plus see exclusive offers to Neal’s Yard Holidays’ guests.

    Getting there doesn’t have to cost the earth either – use our tips for cheap train and plane travel to keep those cheap retreats cheap. Read more…

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  • Meditation and mindfulness: the same or different?

    Within minutes of sitting down to start writing this blog about meditation and mindfulness I was distracted by a pop-up ad for a furniture brand I must have searched for on the internet earlier. Naturally, I switched my attention from meditation and mindfulness to sofas in a matter of seconds.

    I’m currently dealing with bereavement and multiple freelance projects which combine to mean sleepless nights and a struggle to focus. Meditation and mindfulness are the recommended solutions but for me, there is some confusion over two terms which are often used interchangeably.

    There’s meditation, mindfulness and, yes even, mindful meditation. So are they the same or different? Let’s start by defining each term separately. Read more…

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  • Best UK spa break offers

    Embracing the change in season, as the days grow shorter and the temperature drops, can be helped by a UK spa break offer for the ultimate relaxation and rejuvenation with an added extra.

    The annual National Spa Week, from 30th October until 5 November this year, aims to raise awareness of the benefits of the physical, mental and emotional benefits of going to spas on a regular basis. Here at Neal’s Yard Holidays, we also understand a thing or two about the importance of a good spa break, whether for relaxing massages and exercise or more mindful practices such as meditation and yoga. We’ve rounded up the best UK spa break offers with availability this autumn and winter – so no flying or airport queues – all in tranquil settings offering a combination of healthy meals, relaxation and exercise.

    Restore and recharge in the tranquil English countryside with one of these special UK spa break offers:

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  • Ryanair flight cancellations: What to do if you are affected

    Unless you live on the moon, you’ll be familiar with the furore over Ryanair’s recent flight cancellations. You may even be affected by them yourself.

    The Dublin-based budget airline has said that 315,000 customers have been affected so far, reportedly due to issues over pilots’ leave. Ryanair’s website states that: “Up to 50 flights per day (less than 2% of flights) have been cancelled for the next six weeks. Your flight is operating as usual unless you receive an email.”

    The full list of cancelled flights up until the start of October can be found on their website and include departures from Barcelona, Lisbon, Brussels and Dublin. London Stansted, the third busiest airport in London, is one of the worst hit airports as it is a major hub for Ryanair, with more than 255 flights cancelled so far. Read more…

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