Yoga retreats are a great way to reset and recharge the mind, here’s our round up of our top five places to experience yoga, relax and reclaim yourself.
Rebalance the mind and body in Tuscany
Nestled in Tuscany is Grotta Giusti, one of the world’s most unusual wellness offerings; yoga in a millennial thermal cave with natural therapeutic steam baths. The historic Tuscan spa retreat is home to an ancient Grotto – a millennial thermal cave and a thermal underground hot spring lake – which famed composer, Giuseppe Verdi, regarded as “the eighth wonder of the world”.
In this ancient wonder, the hotel now offers thermal yoga classes with a qualified instructor. Yoga practiced in the natural warmth of this underground labyrinth amplifies sensations, aids concentration and raises body temperature whilst guests benefit from the therapeutic effects of the cave’s thermal vapours.
The water running through the Grotto is rich in salt, sulphate, and alkaline earth and comes out of the ground at around 34°C. Its vapours generate a steam bath that provides effective treatment for respiratory, circulatory, osteo-muscular, nervous, and skin complaints.
Classes can be booked individually, or guests can book the hotel’s two night thermal yoga experience. This special package includes a choice of scuba diving or floating therapy in the underground hot spring lake; floating therapy is a deeply relaxing and highly effective treatment for relieving pain and combating stress. Grotta Giusti is the only hotel in Europe to have an underground thermal cave and hot spring lake within its grounds and there is no experience quite like diving into its warm, thermal waters. The thermal yoga follows the floating therapy or scuba diving, with the once-in-a-lifetime experience topped off with an Ayurvedic Massage.
Guests booking the package will also enjoy full access to the hotel’s thermal hot spring swimming pools and bioaquam circuit, fitness centre and guided morning hike. Finally, dinner is included both nights, one a la carte dinner and one special and very indulgent tasting dinner.
Rates for the two-night thermal spa package start from €664 (£576*) per person based on double-occupancy. Rates include two nights B&B, one a la carte dinner at the newly refurbished La Veranda restaurant, one tasting dinner, thermal swimming pool and bioaquam circuit, a 50-minute thermal yoga class, 90-minute scuba diving or spa floating and a 50-minute Ayurveda massage. For further information or to book please email email@example.com or call +39 0572 90771. *Price in pound sterling accurate according to today’s exchange rate.
Unplug in India
Ananda in the Himalayas is a world-renowned wellness retreat, located at the foot of the Himalayas in India. Their group yoga retreats are the ideal place relax and find balance. Set among 100 acres of virgin forest, Ananda enjoys views of the mountains, the valley of the holy town of Rishikesh and the river Ganges.
Each morning opens with a two-hour yoga practice, including Asana, Pranayama and Mantra chanting. Daily theory sessions will address Yogic philosophy and concepts, while meditation sessions will assist in the relaxation of body and mind. Yogi enthusiasts can enhance their practice with personalised yoga sessions, yoga nidra and Pranayama. The delicious Ayurvedic cuisine (with menus personalised according to your dosha or body type) ensures successful weight loss or healing and rejuvenation. Beyond the destination spa itself, explore the Himalayan foothills with mountains treks, guided nature walks and white water rafting.
Group Yoga Retreats cost from $2,700pp (*£2,154.60), based on two sharing. For enquiries and bookings, visit www.anandaspa.com *Price in pound sterling accurate according to today’s exchange rate.
Declutter your mind in the Maldives
The Spa & Ayurvedic Retreat at Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru – the first to introduce AntiGravity yoga, a Yoga Energy Trail, and Panchakarma to the Maldives – is the world’s first Resort to offer Yoga Therapy Courses: personalised condition-targeting programmes devised in conjunction with S-VYASA, the world’s first “university for yoga” and pioneer of yoga therapy through scientific research.
Each three or five day programme begins and ends with consultations – including comprehensive questionnaires – to help align each course to individual needs and lifestyle. Daily 60-minute sessions then teach bespoke breathing techniques and postures designed for each ailment, aim, injury or intention.
Starting modules target specific common ailments and lifestyle diseases – Stress Management, Diabetes Care, Spinal Care, Thyroid Health, Men’s Health, Women’s Health and Addiction Management – across Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced levels.
Guests are invited to consult with the Resort’s Yogis to tailor a programme to suit other symptoms too, as well as any combination of the above. Follow-up care and support come in the form of personal video conference sessions, as well as on-site access to complementary Spa & Ayurvedic Retreat treatments, classes and cuisines.
The course starts at $650 (£518) + 23.2% taxes for a 3-day programme per person. For more information visit www.fourseasons.com
Get Mindful in Morocco
Escape the daily grind and restore and replenish your mind, body and spirit. Set in a charming riad on the beach in Essaouira, this three-night stay combines yoga, meditation and wellbeing workshops guaranteed to leave you coming away feeling refreshed and reset. This really is a mini mind break, the programme is run by a yoga teacher and wellbeing coach who have designed a retreat to disconnect, change habits and redesign your mindset. Start your day with meditation on the roof terrace followed by breakfast. Following breakfast your days are filled with a range of wellbeing activities from yoga, wellness workshops to surfing and mindful walks on the beach then wind down at the end of the day with the option of a relaxing massage and dinner.
Feast on all the flavours of Morocco during your stay and experience fresh, locally sourced traditional food in this chilled out setting right on the beach.
Bookings now open for 2020. Rates for three-nights package start at £565 pp including breakfast, lunch and dinner. Spa and surf experiences are an extra cost and booked on arrival. For more information visit www.frenchyogagarden.com
Combine yoga and forest bathing in Japan
Head to Japan for a retreat with top London yoga teacher Adam Husler. Your break begins in the beautiful forested Chūbu region, staying at a tranquil health farm surrounded by the highest mountains in Japan, including the glorious Mount Fuji. Here immerse yourself in a powerful combination of dynamic yoga, meditation, forest bathing and hiking. Then travel to a charming mountain village in Nagano region to explore temples and lakes, eat traditional Japanese food and soak in the local onsen.
For a four night stay prices start at £1,995 pp for more information visit www.reclaimyourself.co.uk
Gemma and Georgie are the founders and owners of ANJA Wellbeing the holistic health business that aims to help you stay healthy, be happier and reduce stress. We chatted with the pair about what inspired the business, how they work together as sisters and whilst we were there, got their advice on how you can set up a business and become a #girlboss.
House of Coco: What inspired the creation of AJNA Wellbeing?
Gemma and Georgie: We’ve both always realised the importance of health and general wellbeing, and were constantly searching for more sustainable ways to positively impact them. We were shocked to find just how many “health” products we used daily were full of chemicals and toxins, and were probably doing us more harm than good. That was really what inspired us to create our own holistic products that we could use, and share with our loved ones, with peace of mind!
HoC: Do you think being a family business, as sisters, impacts on how you work and is it important to you brand? G&G: A lot of people are surprised when we tell them we’re sisters because they can’t imagine working so closely with family.We get along really well, and share the same opinions on the really important things, so that makes it easy. Being sisters also probably gives us a familiarity that allows us to share ideas without any fear.
HoC: What are your favourite products that HoC readers should be putting in their online baskets?
G&G: Our first product was the Ajnamat, so it has a special place in our hearts. It’s a therapeutic acupressure mat that can help with a host of problems from pain management, stress, tension, circulation and cellulite.
We always take the matching pillow on long flights and it’s a lifesaver!
Just like our yoga mats and meditation cushions, what separates them from other brands are the sustainable, non-toxic materials used, and the beautiful aesthetic.
HoC: You believe in a holistic approach to wellbeing, what does that mean for you and your customers?
G&G: A holistic approach is one that looks at addressing the cause of problems, and not just putting a band aid on the symptoms. It’s more of a lifestyle than a quick fix.
We hope to provide as many people as possible with better, more holistic choices, and empower them to make self care a priority.
We truly believe that as a result, customers and those they care about most will be able to live healthier, happier lives.
HoC: What do you think are some of the challenges of running a wellbeing business in 2019?
G&G: There is no shortage of Wellbeing products on the market, so the challenge for us is setting ourselves apart.
We have done that through use of eco materials and a strong focus on a aesthetic, as well as consistently connecting with our customers to see how we can serve them better.
HoC: What is your relationship with One Tree Planted, and why is that important to you?
G&G: Giving back is an important part of our business, and One Tree Planted allows us to do that with every purchase made. For each product we sell they plant a tree!
Planting trees is a cause that resonates with us and our business, and goes hand in hand with our efforts to source sustainable, long lasting materials.
HoC: What piece of advice would you give to our readers who want to set up their own business?
G&G: Firstly, surround yourself with people who support you. If you don’t know any, go and find them. They’re out there!
Secondly, be prepared for ups and downs, and daily challenges. You’ll become a great problem solver if you stick at it.
HoC: What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given in setting up your business?
G&G: It may sound cliche, but following your passion, or “scratching your own itch” is usually where you’ll have the most success. When you love and believe in your cause, others like you will pay attention. And plus, it’s a lot more fun that way.
Manchester Spa and Wellness £12m Renovation
Radisson Blu Edwardian, Manchester continues to strengthen its luxury lifestyle offering with an extensive renovation of The Spa and Gym, as part of the five-star hotel’s twelve million pound refurbishment.
The Spa and Gym has been redesigned with detail-oriented focus on creating the ultimate indulgent experience. The hotel’s striking uninterrupted urban floorplan displays all wellness desires before a guest’s eyes, enticing them sequentially from the state-of-the-art gym and stunning swimming pool to the tranquil sauna, steam rooms and atmospheric treatment areas.
Rob Steul, Creative Director at Edwardian Hotels London, commented: ‘The Spa and Gym was an exciting, ambitious refurbishment for the Edwardian Hotels London in house design team. We manipulated the space and utilised a range of contrasting materials to create the ultimate wellness retreat for our guests.’
Exclusive Pool Area
Designed to exude serenity and simplicity, the entire pool area is encompassed by a neutral palette of wood, concrete, marble and white flooring which aesthetically contrasts with the pool’s blue stone lining, creating an alluring aquamarine lagoon. Whether in-between treatments, or for a quick burst of exercise, the 12-meter-long swimming pool is enough to tempt any guest wanting to dip their toes in, before stepping into a refreshing Experience shower or relaxing in the sauna and steam rooms. Boasting one of the most luxurious swimming pools in the city, crittall glass dividers are used to open the space and maximise light, the destination space is complete with seven low cabanas for a truly relaxing urban escape.
Unique Spa Design
A peaceful haven with modern design influences welcomes guests into a balanced yet understated environment, offering an outstanding spa experience. Exposed high ceilings and glass encapsulates the city’s industrial feel, with guests having no reason to leave given the array of revitalising experiences, services and products on offer. The guest experience has been placed at the heart of this detail-oriented, contemporary design: from chic matt black fittings and head-to-toe marble tiles to Dyson hairdryers and GHD straighteners in the changing rooms.
From healing facials to rejuvenating full body massages, The Spa and Gym offers a range of indulgent therapies to help guests relax. The treatment rooms are lined with luxurious marble mosaics and rustic wood panelling, where visitors can unwind after a day of enjoying the city’s sights with ESPA’s deeply therapeutic Mindful Massage, designed to sooth away stress and re-balance the mind. Busy workers can try the array of Express treatments, including the 30-minute ESPA Facial, personalised to each individual’s needs and skin type. A full list of treatments available can be found here: https://www.thespaandgym.com/documents/The_Spa&Gym_Price_List_01.pdf
Through collaboration with Technogym, The Spa and Gym has been developed a space that offers guest a market-leading, up-to-date gym experience, including high intensity cardio machines, treadmills, a designated weights room including bespoke TRX rig and punch bag, and a private matt area. The space has been designed with insight from personal trainers to maximise performance and energy, from the equipment to the atmospheric mood-lighting and concrete-rendered walls. After a long workout, guests are welcome to restore comfort and minimise post-workout aches with a targeted ESPA Deep Muscle Massage.
Luxurious 5* Castell Son Claret, founded in 1450 and set amid 326 acres of pristine parkland, is the ideal place to escape the everyday, immerse in nature and truly relax. It is no wonder that the hotel is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World. #TeamCoco made the short pilgrimage to the hotel from Palma to the foot of the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range, which was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011.
Straight away, the Castell is a treat for all the senses – some senses that we didn’t even know existed, after living in a sprawling city for so long. The palm-tree lined drive makes way for fountains and flowers in full bloom with bees and birds in nectar heaven. We were met by graciously warm staff and delicious home-made lemonade with ingredients from the lemon trees right outside the door. We could spot all the ingredients in many of the drinks served throughout the hotel’s Arabian gardens. We sampled the delicious creations in the cosy Castell Bar with atmospheric echoes and modern artwork.
Our room was located in one of the fairy-like turrets in the castell looking over the gardens and surrounding mountains. The rooms were tastefully decorated with hints of traditional Mallorquín style with large, gorgeously comfortable beds and REN products in the bathroom. A handwritten welcome note, complimentary bottle of locally produced cava, fruit and fresh ensaïmada was left for us. We enjoyed our treats with the rooms view and saw the misty mountains turn a bright shade of ochre as the sun set later in the evening.
Dinner at Olivera was a refined yet laid back affair, the perfect sister to the more dramatic and Michelin starred Zaranda where we had our finale dinner. All ingredients used in Olivera’s menu were fresh, seasonal and sensationally Spanish. We ate the homemade buratta with aubergine ‘Caponata’, the catch of the day (a beautifully prepared sea bass) and Castell’s lemon tarte with blueberries. Delicious. Drinks afterwards were prepared by the legendary Roberto whose love for the ingredients and the cocktails he was creating was truly infectious.
All aspects of the hotel, the staff, the food, make guests feel relaxed and starts from breakfast. One of the waiters said to me that true luxury is feeling comfortable. I felt at home instantly in the castell and I now take this saying with me wherever I travel. We enjoyed traditional style eggs made with local ingredients as well as my all-time favourite, Mallorquín tortilla. Breakfast also included juices, cold cut meats and cheeses. We were lucky enough to have a tour of the bakery on-site where the ovens are fired up each morning as the sun rises to produce different types of bread and buttery pastries, made by talented artisans.
We did yoga in the breezy, immaculate grounds next to the beautiful fountains. We were completely at one with nature with scents of bergamot, vetiver, jasmine, coriander and roses floating around us. Our instructor Anna was very knowledgeable and encouraging. We stretched out within the natural environment and also had a meditation session in one of the larger suites at the front of the castell. Anna explained that the key to true relaxation is distracting your mind and truly ‘putting yourself in the moment’, your body will no doubt follow. We focused on breathing and my mind opened up to things I had put to the back for years.
After the session we had a tour of the grounds and saw some of the rooms outside of the main castell as well as the tennis court and new pool suites. The walking trails around the hotel are well sign posted and just waiting to be explored. The hotel staff were helpful in recommending which route was best and that can provide the best views. Seeing the castell nestled in the valley at the foot of the mountains from a distance, is not to be missed!
At the end of the day, it was time for Zaranda, the only two Michelin star restaurant on the Balearic Islands. It’s time to whip out the glad rags because you are in for a show. And quite literally, the restaurant offers a view into the kitchen, so guests can catch a glimpse of the chefs at work. Our meal, from the cocktails served at the beginning right up until the delicious sweet goat’s cheese buratta served with strawberries and fresh basil was just like a performance, a culinary flamenco or heightened opera with passion and drama in every pairing and every dish. Our bespoke pairing includes high-quality wines from the hotel’s private and well-stocked cellar that complemented the menu perfectly, with help from the sommelier. We were offered a tour of the energetic kitchen and met the man of the moment, the famed chef, Fernando P. Arellano who has truly built a culinary spectacle inspired by the gastronomic richness of the Balearic Islands and his past experiences, and then – curtains closed!
After the festivities at Zaranda the night before, needless to say we visited the spa, Bellesa de Claret. The spa is a retreat for relaxation, not tool big nor too small with everything you need to truly take a step back from the everyday. The steam room was infused with essential oils and sauna and plunge pool were the perfect components in order to relax. We saw out the afternoon on a bike ride from the property to nearby town Calvía. The bikes are available from the hotel whenever you wish, perfect for cycling enthusiasts. We heard Spanish families out on their balcony’s surrounded by flowers having their late Sunday lunch, children on their fathers’ laps, abuelas’ bringing out the tapas and aunties pouring the sangria…a scrumptious Mallorcan tableau.
Our final meal was enjoyed in the sun at Olivera before saying goodbye, all washed down with lavender infused lemonade overlooking the outside pool and ethereal mountains. Everything was connected and everything felt just so. At Castell Son Claret, relaxation is first and foremost on the menu, naturally.
Rooms at Castell Son Claret are priced from €305 (from GBP 262) per night and suites from €755 (from GBP 648) per room per night, including daily breakfast, WIFI, parking, tax and service. www.castellsonclaret.com
Forget April showers. If you’re looking to elevate your next luxury tropical getaway, then why not get that beach bod, when you’re actually in the beach? Team Coco round up some of the best island fitness retreats under the sun — so you can up your holiday fitness routines in style. Your body will thank you later.Pilates & Yoga Retreat with Grace Hurry at Niyama Private Islands Maldives
The Maldives along with its breathtaking white sand beaches and azure waters weren’t made for just lounging. If you want to fully lose yourself to the stunning landscapes of the Maldives, then why not try a Pilates & Yoga Retreat? Nothing says ‘ohm’ like yoga on the beach, and from the 7th to the 25th of April 2019, Niyama Private Islands Maldives will be hosting a Pilates & Yoga Retreat taught by no less than Grace Hurry. Trained at the Royal Ballet School and certified as a Body Arts and Science Instructor, Grace knows exactly how to sculpt your holiday bod, while in the tropical paradise that is Niyama Private Islands Maldives.
The ‘Easter Chill, Play and Recharge’ Package at Niyama Private Islands Maldives also features a range of IV therapy formulations at the Drift Spa in collaboration with Beverly Hills IV Therapy. These include Fat Burn, Hydration, Jet-Lag, Anti-Aging, and Detox IV Therapy. According to Deborah Alessi, CEO of Beverly Hills IV Therapy, IV Therapy “allows guests to receive all of the vitamins they need to strengthen the immune system, clear toxins and hydrate,” — where can we sign up?
Book: The “Easter Chill, Play and Recharge” Package starts from £1,526 for a seven night stay based on two sharing. IV Therapy Treatments begin at £196. A free consultation is carried out pre-therapy.
Fitness & Wellness Retreat with Adrienne LDN at Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa
We have personally experienced the lush island landscapes, and luxury tropical villas at Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa, (You can even check out our visual diary here) where we sailed with Spinner dolphins and tried out the farm to plate experience. However, if you’re looking for a bit more adrenaline on your next jaunt to paradise, then do check out Adrienne LDN’s new Fitness & Wellness Retreat at Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa. Adrienne is the host of fitness podcast, ‘The Power Hour,’ so you can trust that she can take your fitness game to the next level; and motivate you to take your career to the next level too. Talk about GirlBoss. The workouts include a scenic 5k running trail, private training sessions, total body workouts, and morning mobility classes too. So there’s something for everyone.
If you want to stay on top of leading trends this Spring, then check out what our #TeamCoco beauty experts have put together for you to drool over.
There are some gorg products to cover all budgets including haircare, skincare, body care and a delicious scent that you’ll be hankering after.
Starting with skincare we’re feeling all-indulgent and have fallen hook, line and sinker for Kimberly Sayer of London, Light Cleansing Lotion.
This light cleansing lotion contains soy protein and essential oils including lemon oil to decongest cellular tissue and minimise oil production while balancing the skin’s natural pH level. Gentle enough to remove eye makeup, it deep cleanses the skin for a clean, clear complexion.
Recommended as a daily organic cleanser for normal, oily, or acne prone skin.
Keeping with the skincare theme and Frances Prescott recently launched TRI-BALM in Geranium & Mandarin to cleanse, exfoliate and moisturise.
This luxurious triple-action facial balm is a cleanser, exfoliator and moisturiser all in one glorious solid stick. Perfect for simplifying your skincare regime this clever balm takes three major skincare steps and puts it into one balm, without compromising on results.
Cleanse: a blend of botanical oils enriched with starflower and oats melt away impurities and make-up from skin. Exfoliate: enzymes from pumpkin seeds provide an extremely gentle daily exfoliation to freshen and brighten skin. Moisturise: hyaluronic acid locks in moisture whilst antioxidants vitamin E, carrot tissue oil and blackcurrant oil neutralise free radicals to protect the skin from environmental aggressors. TRI-BALM also doubles up as an intense moisture masque.
Our third must-buy for this Spring is Lavender Essential Oil by SOiL Aromatherapy Oils, and this is a serious multi-functional product, which can be used for haircare, skincare, stress relief, aches and pains and much more.
SOiL was born from a passion to bring the health and balancing benefits of essential oils to homes across the globe. The fertile soils and high rainfall of the family farm in Zululand, South Africa, combined with the rich local heritage of medicinal plants formed the perfect foundation from which to develop and refine their oils – known for their integrity, purity and traceability.
These oils by SOiL can be added to the bath, used as a massage oil, used for inhalation, added to in burners and diffusers, and used as part of a compress.
Essential oils are the highly concentrated active ingredients of plants. They should always be diluted in a base before use and should not be taken internally without professional recommendation.
• Baths: Add 5 – 10 drops of essential oil(s) to a warm run bath. Soak for at least 10 minutes relaxing and breathing deeply.
• Massage: add 5 – 6 drops of essential oil per 10ml of carrier oil. Mix thoroughly and apply liberally to the skin.
• Inhalations: Add 4 – 5 drops of essential oil to a bowl of steaming water. Place a towel over your head, close your eyes and lean over the bowl. Inhale the vapour for a few minutes.
• Burners and Diffusers: Fill the bowl of the burner/vaporiser with water and then add 3 – 6 drops of essential oil. Light the candle and the oil will evaporate as the water heats up. Do not let the bowl dry out.
• Compress: Recommended when the area is too painful to massage. Dip a towel or cloth in 4-5 drops of essential oil and 200ml hot or hold water and wring out. Cover the affected area with this compress, place a plastic wrap over this and a towel on top. Leave on for 2-4 hours.
Price: £3.90 – £39.50
Another all-rounder for the full works is the brand new UK launch of Ethique for Face, Body and Hair, this company makes everything from shampoo and conditioner to body wash, body butter and many other products.
Founded by British-born entrepreneurial biochemist Brianne West, Ethique is the only company in the world devoted solely to producing handmade solid beauty bars in place of liquid beauty products.
The impressive handmade range consists of concentrated face, hair and body bars, which are cruelty-free, vegan, and made with ingredients that are 100% sustainably sourced and fair trade.
One shampoo bar is the equivalent of three bottles of liquid shampoo. The packaging is 100% compostable and recyclable, and Ethique has already saved over 3.3 million plastic bottles from production.
Price: from £13
Talking of things hair related, the Christophe Robin Cleansing Mask with Lemon is a definite necessity for hair that requires some tender loving care.
This cult cleanser is a 3-in-1 for coloured, highlighted or sensitive hair. It is fully detergent-free and has an acid pH for the ultimate No-Poo hair care. It maintains the colour’s radiance and deeply nourishes the actual hair fibers.
The deeply satisfying mask works best when worked from the base roots of the hair through the lengths and finally onto the ends, leaving hair soft, healthy, nourished, and beautifully clean.
One of the most used body products across the world is hand soap (think of every café, restaurant, bar and hotel room you have ever visited), and we are lusting after The Castilian Soap Company, Natural Castile Soap with Lavender Essential Oil.
The Castilian Soap Company’s natural soap products are made from an organic castile soap base with natural vegetable oils of the finest quality. Idea for those looking for a hypoallergenic alternative to other soaps. Perfect in the morning to start the day with a peaceful, calm mind or before bedtime to aid with sound sleep.
Price: £8 / £13.50
To finish your beauty routine a spray of your fave scent is a definite so why not try something different and try a new scent by Walden Perfumes.
Spring is the perfect time to trial a fresh, new scent, especially a natural one! Walden Perfumes make unisex, vegan perfume oils from only the finest natural absolutes, resins and essential oils. They are named after Henry David Thoreau’s seminal work “Walden” which prized living in harmony with nature.
They are handmade in small batches from 100% natural ingredients and are throwback to the heyday of perfumery before the advent of cheap synthetic substitutes.
There are five scents including; A Little Star Dust, Two Eternities, A Different Drummer, Castles In The Air, and The Solid Earth.
Hailed as one of New York’s beloved vegan fast casual brand, by CHLOE.’s Covent Garden home is soon becoming London’s favourite plant-based restaurant. If you’re looking to indulge in some tea and cakes, minus all the guilt, then by CHLOE.’s Afternoon Tea is definitely the afternoon Tea for you.
Served in the two candy coloured long tables in the middle of by CHLOE.’s totally Instagrammable space, the Afternoon Tea is composed of British inspired tea sandwiches and cakes — but with a healthy twist! For instance, the tuna in the classic tuna sandwich has been made with chickpeas, the Egg Salad is made with Tofu, and the Smoked Salmon is made with marinated tomato filets, seaweed, and smoked chipotle. Moving onto desserts, the tea cake selection is composed of baby cakes, cupcakes, and scones made with special egg and butter-free flour. All washed down with some tea selections from by CHLOE.’s official tea partner, Good & Proper Tea. (We swear, you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference in taste, but your body will thank you afterwards!) So everyone from vegetarians and vegans alike can rejoice and partake in the quintessentially British tradition without having to worry about a thing.
TeamCocopup Charlie didn’t miss out on the plant-based action too, because he got his own bag of 100% organic and plant based Peanut Butter Dog Treats from by CHLOE.’s in-house brand of healthy doggy treats. So if you’re looking for ways to spend an afternoon with your pup this spring, then definitely pop into by CHLOE. – for some afternoon tea that’s easy on the eyes and even easier on your health. After a busy work week and lots of boozy after-work situations, by CHLOE.’ s British inspired Afternoon Tea was exactly what this mum and pup needed to recharge and refresh for the week ahead.
by CHLOE.’s Afternoon Tea will be available Thursday to Sunday from 2.30pm to 6pm at both UK locations, with bookings to be made via the website, https://eatbychloe.com. This will be the first-time customers are able to reserve a table at both Covent Garden and One Tower Bridge venues. Reservations are only accepted for Afternoon Tea. The Afternoon Tea will be priced at £20 per person with the option to add bubbles for £7.50.
We are living in a world of total extremes, and these extremes are taking a toll on our bodies, inside and out. We are world-travellers, social media whizzes, work-a-holics, party animals, and generally live our lives to the max, no wonder our bodies are showing tiredness and exhaustion.
One possible solution (as well as catching up on plenty of sleep) is to take a supplement to help revive us. #TeamCoco are well into taking supplements, from the well-known Vitamin C tablet to the lesser known zeaxanthin supplement. So, we’ve compiled a list of five, what we think are the best supplements to help revive.
CannabiGold, CBD Oil, food supplement priced at £29.50 (500mg), available online from Bionativa.co.uk or via Cannabigold.com
CBD is one of the hottest wellness ingredients of 2019 and rightly so, Nutritionist Alix Woods working in collaboration with the CBD oil, CannabiGold explains that; “CBD oil has anti-inflammatory and pain killing properties, skin supporting vitamins A, D & E and healing essential fatty acids. With regards to CBD balms and oils they work directly on an area by lowering inflammation, pain and swelling.”
The #TeamCoco girls have been told that CBD can help when using it on your feet, and this is the secret to wearing heels like a celeb. As you know heels look great, but they can be painful, so the perfect way to revive your feet for a night wearing heels is by using CBD oil on your feet – just rub it on.
WholeVit B Complex by Together, priced at £8.49 (30 capsules), available from Togetherhealth.co.uk
Several B vitamins are needed to make energy. Imagine them as having different job roles in an energy factory! They too are found naturally in whole foods, but because their sources vary depending on the B vitamin, it can be a challenge to be sure we’re getting optimal levels of all of them. Vitamin B12 in particular can be difficult if you’re vegetarian or vegan. So, if you’re in need of a revival boost, try Together’s WholeVit B Complex with Bioflavonoids, which includes vegan-friendly B12 in its natural methylcobalamin form.
LQ Skin, Hair & Nails Super Shot, priced at £29.99 (box of 10 shots), available from Boots high street stores and Boots.com
Heralded as the non-invasive answer to collagen fillers and far safer and cheaper than the craze for vitamin and collagen drips and injections, the ‘super shot’ drink by LQ is the first of its kind to contain all three of the most effective skin anti-agers in one hit – collagen, resveratrol and hyaluronic acid – along with a broad spectrum of advanced antioxidants to fight off lines and wrinkles and loss of skin tone. Ideal to revive hair, nails and skin!
Intravital Plus by QMS Medicosmetics, nutritional supplement priced at £62 (60 capsules), available online from QMSmedicosmetics.com
These advanced nutritional supplements are uniquely developed to target skin regeneration from within, perfect to help with skin revival. Intravital Plus features an enhanced formulation of vital vitamins, precious micro-nutrients, Biotin and Copper Gluconate. These ingredients contribute to the normal energy-yielding metabolism, maintenance of normal skin as well as protection of cells from oxidative stress.
TOTALLY DERMA Nutraceutical Skin Drink, priced at £105 (30-day supply), available online from Skincity.co.uk
This concentrated powder supplement contains 10,000 mg. of patented Arthred® Hydrolysed Collagen, a superior form of collagen that is small in molecular structure and easily tolerated by the gut. Once absorbed by the small intestine, it is able to go straight to the blood vessels to be distributed systemically, all over the body, wherever extra collagen is required. Added Hyaluronic Acid, peptides and antioxidants further support and protect the production of collagen, while Copper and Zinc defend against free radicals and oxidative damage. An excellent body revival supplement.
It’s time to make sure our mums are treated like they should be, with lots of fabulous gifts this Mother’s Day (Sunday 31st March).
The #TeamCoco gals have been mulling over boozy gifts and foodie gifts, so we’ve compiled a dinky list of our faves; some are super-duper healthy for the mum who is into serious health and wellbeing, some are indulgent for the mums with a naughty streak, and others are just gorgeous tasty treats for all the gorgeous tasty mums out there.
Happy Mother’s Day shopping!
Chocolate Delight Box by Diablo Sugar Free Confectionary, priced at £4.99, available online from Diablo Sugar Free.
Containing 12 pieces of sugar-free chocolate treats including Noir, a dark chocolate ganache, White Chocolate and Raspberry which balances the sweetness of white chocolate with the tang of the raspberry and Forest Fruits. As well as containing no added sugar the Chocolate Delight Box is also gluten free. A perfect gift for the mum who is GF, or has stopped eating sugar.
Explorer Box by B.Fresh, priced at £20.25, available online from B-Fresh.
This is the best gift a duper healthy mum could wish for, an Explorer Box by B.Fresh, which contains eight bottles of goodness. The box includes three bottles of Watered Up (hydrating combo of water and pure juice), Strawberry Shines (packed with Vitamin C), Get up and Glow (intense defense), Green Warrior (beautifully balanced), plus Green Guru, and Berry Boss (super smoothies with active cultures and fibre).
Happy Mother’s Day Sleekster by Hotel Chocolat, priced at £22.95, available from Hotel Chocolat online or via Hotel Chocolat high street stores.
The Happy Mother’s Day Sleekster contains 27 delicious chocolates including milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and Hotel Chocolat’s intensely creamy high-cocoa white. The box includes Eton mess, champagne truffle, caramel cheesecake, cherry deluxe, mousse au chocolat, raspberry smoothie, fudge sundae, going nuts, supermilke Caesar, peanut praline, billionaire’s shortbread, carrot cake, Florentine Isabelle, the brownie, and dizzy praline.
Belgrove Hazelnut Rum, priced at £37, available online from Belgrove Rum.
For all the rum drinking mums out there, Belgrove Rum is distilled from pure Demerara sugar cane grown on the mineral-rich banks of the Demerara River in Guyana. The rum is infused with notes of toasted hazelnut as the predominant flavour, accompanied by notes of Madagascan vanilla and undertones of chocolate, to create a blend that is perfect on the rocks, as a rum Old Fashioned, in an Espresso Martini, or even just with a diet coke.
Unicorn Tears Raspberry Gin Liqueur, priced at £39.99, available online via Very.co.uk.
Simply swirl this magical pink shimmery raspberry gin liqueur into a cocktail and enjoy the flavours of raspberries, sour citrus and juniper berries; an ideal gift for a gin loving mum.