Monday 26 August 2019

Global village: The skinny on luxurious bootcamps

From Scarlett Johansson to Saint Tropez

Luxury camp
Luxury camp
Scarlett Johansson

Anna Coogan

If money is no object, and you want to work off the excesses of the festive season, why not consider a trip to La Réserve Ramatuelle, a luxurious bootcamp located a few minutes from the village of Saint-Tropez?

Activities include yoga, guided walks, spa and anti-aging treatments. Rooms come with their own private, sun-filled garden full of unique scents. The cost? Starts at around €1,850 a night. (

Or you may prefer The BodyHoliday LeSport resort in St. Lucia, which offers archery, yoga and fencing in a stunning location, with five great restaurants and as many bars - serving nutritious food and drinks - and a wellness centre for relaxation treatments. Prices start in the region of €1,100 a night. (

Coin will centralise your credit cards

One of the most eagerly anticipated travel gadgets of the year is Coin, a credit card unifier which will bring all your cards together in one place -including debit cards, credit cards, gift cards, loyalty cards and membership cards.

It's a black, credit card-shaped device which will replace up to six cards, and all the information pertaining to them.

Coin is made from plastic, and to the exact specifications of a regular payment card so it will fit in any swipe or dip reader.

Coin holders will add their card information to the mobile app by photographing and then swiping their cards through a small device provided.

Coin is expected to cost in the region of €80, and can be pre-ordered on

Common causes of travel woes

What are the most common causes of holiday accidents? According to, they include traffic accidents, slips, trips and falls, and accidents in the swimming pool.

The most common mishaps are down to driver error and inexperience, uneven and unsafe flooring, unsafe equipment, and alcohol abuse.

Travel illnesses are also very common, with vomiting and diarrhoea the most commonly reported issues, and can be caused by dirty swimming pools, poor hygiene, and inappropriate cooking methods.

Other misfortunes are slipping in public places, pool and sports accidents, car crashes, balcony falls and burns.

Scarlett Johansson chills in Los Cabos

It's the time of the year when celebrities pop up in bikinis in hot spots all across the globe, enjoying their winter getaways. Scarlett Johansson and Jennifer Aniston are just two of the stars known to flock to Los Cabos in Mexico, where they enjoy the stunning white beaches and five-star hotels.

Jennifer Garner, Rihanna and Pierce Brosnan have favoured Hawaii for its beaches, volcanoes, mountains and laid-back culture. Popular hotels include the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka'upulehu, and The Fairmont Orchid.

Visitors to Fiji, in the heart of the South Pacific, and which is famous for its soft coral diving, white sand beaches and pristine natural environment, have included Russell Crowe, Nicole Kidman and Jessica Simpson.

Florida is one of the US's most popular holiday destinations, and well-known faces regularly hit South Beach, to enjoy the trendy nightlife and the Art Deco district. Among them have been model Kelly Brook and pop singer Katy Perry.

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