Harpers and Queen

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Harpers and Queen

Not a spa, exactly but a deliciously tempting hybrid the epitome of barefoot chic. The brainchild of Italian and Finnish twerntysomethings Francesca Quaradeghini and Liisa halme, Yogoloji gives a fillip to both body and soul through its wide range of programmes, treatments and yoga all with leading practitioners in their fields. Mix, match or ignore activities as you see fit Yogoloji is a moveable pamper-fest. To date, retreats have been held in Barbados ( a regular venue) with Ilheus in Brazil hosting the February retreat. Future retreats include programmes in Scotland, Tanzania and Italy. Highlights: A recent Barbados retreat featured tennis lessons with Charlie Cannon (Sienna Miller’s coach), kick boxing with Andrew Porteous, followed by one of his legendary holistic massages, and Bobbie Joy’s magical hot stone therapy. Bobbie, acupuncturist to the stars, even makes needles feel good. Twice-daily yoga sessions with Liisa are Yogoloji staple diet, along with a feast of healthy foods deliciously prepared by resident chefs, lax drinking regulations and oodles of personal attention. Lowlights: The ever-changing cast of expert therapists and coaches means your favourite guru might not feature on the next retreat. Insights: There are four 10 day retreats a year all set in beautiful locations (whether private villas or small castaway hotels)l each one is unique. With yoga, personal training and therapies as the basis of the holidays different retreats may feature meditation, ayurvedic detox, diving, skiing, martial arts or capoeira as special activities. Yogoloji has the convivial atmosphere of a house party, hosted by Francesca and Liisa. Informal, non-prescriptive and unthreatening to singles and spa virgins

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