Eight ancient wellness rituals you can still experience today

These therapeutic acts have been honed over many centuries, and testimonies to their alleged benefits have endured to the present day.

Welcome to the world of medical spa breaks

Back pain? Sleepless nights? Hot flushes? A specialised spa break might just be the answer. Once the preserve of the plastic surgery-seeking starlet, increasing numbers of travellers are turning to medicalised spas to treat specific mental and physical health issues, from stress and weight problems to insomnia, chronic pain and the menopause. Hook up to a vitamin-packed IV drip and banish those holiday blues.

Recharge and reboot: Best ski spa resorts in Europe

At these select ski spa resorts, you don't have to stay in a posh hotel to enjoy a swim and a spa treatment after a day on the slopes

Family: High & mighty Dolomites

Hiking trails, hillside meadows and hearty grub… the jagged Dolomite mountains are ideal for an active summer break