News & Updates

Coronavirus update

UK holidays and also holidays to Crete are all going ahead as scheduled

Please follow this link for a full update      Covid 19 update

Please be patient with us,  we are a small company of only two staff

We are working through all our holidays in date order and will be contacting each participant with updates.

Please do not pay us any holiday balances that have become due until we have spoken with  you.

We will respond to all emails, however we kindly request that wherever possible you wait until we make contact with you. We will talk with both teachers and the venues about each individual holiday and then inform you of your options.

Kind regards

Jilly & Debbie

Booking Your Flight

Please always try to book your flight through a website such as www.travelrepublic.co.uk who are both ABTA and ATOL members and pay with a credit card..Book a flight with a COVID guarantee who will refund you if the holiday does not go ahead. (such as Easyjet)

Brexit - travel rules have changed.

Click here for information on travel to EU countries

Travel Insurance

Always make certain that you have insurance cover as soon as you book your holiday or flight. If you do not have an annual travel insurance policy you can take out cover just for the dates of your holiday at any point prior to the holiday taking place.

Taking out cover straight away ensures that should anything unexpected happen that is covered by the insurance policy  you can make a claim . Travel insurance policies vary enormously ALWAYS read the small print

Flybe Airline Failure - what to do if it affects you

1) Get current information on everything so you can make informed decisions:-
First check with Flybe's website for up to date accurate information.
If you booked via Travel Republic (who are ABTA and ATOL bonded) then also check on their website, both under your individual booking and in their help section
Read your Travel Insurance Policy to see what you are covered for in the event of an airline collapse. This will depend on your level of cover.

2) Getting your money back in the event of airline collapse
If you booked via Travel Republic they should refund you as they are both ABTA and ATOL bonded at the time of writing this information
If you booked direct with Flybe and paid more than £100 with a credit card then you should be able to claim a refund from your credit card provider under section 75 rules
If you booked direct with Flybe and paid with a debit card then you need to contact your bank and ask your bank to do a ‘chargeback’. This isn’t a legal protection – it is a Visa, Mastercard and Amex rule where your bank gets your money back from Flybe’s bank as you didn’t receive what you paid for. It should work for most people providing there is the money to pay you.

3) Rebook a new flight so that your holiday can go ahead.

Please Note: Any payment to Free Spirit Travel is governed by our terms and conditions, deposits are non-refundable, final payments are refundable as per the table on your booking form. Please talk to us if your flight is cancelled and you cannot travel. If Free Spirit Travel cancels the holiday for everybody then you will receive a full refund, if you personally cancel your holiday you will only receive a refund within the booking form terms and conditions, you may however be able to claim on your insurance policy and we can assist with this.

Brexit and how it affects your travel

Check your passport - you must have 6 months left on your passport on the arrival date.

The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)  which gave free, or reduced rate, healthcare when visiting the EU has been replaced with the UK Global Healthcare Insurance Card (GHIC).

This is free of charge, visit nhs.uk.ghic to obtain yours. You can continue to use your old EHIC until it expires. Neither of these cards covers Liechtenstein, Iceland, Norway and Switzerland. Do not forget to take out additional travel insurance as these cards do not cover all costs should you become sick or injured when in an EU country.
Remember that the GHIC is not an alternative to travel insurance. It will not cover any private medical healthcare or costs, such being flown back to the UK, or lost or stolen property.

Updates - flight delays


My flight has been delayed. Can I get compensation?

Check the Citizens advice website for detailed information by following this link

https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer/holiday-cancellations-and-compensation/if-your-flights-delayed-or-cancelled/

Also read the following

Airlines don't have to pay out for delays caused by snow because weather is classified as an "extraordinary circumstance" – though some airlines may issue a refund at their discretion. For those of you flying to India you are almost certainly on a non EU airline so contact them direct to see exactly what you are entitled to.

According to Which magazine you can challenge your airline if you don't agree there were extraordinary circumstances – for example, if you are told you can't fly due to the snow, but other flights are departing. "Airlines may stretch the definition of extraordinary circumstances further than they should."

Which Magazine  states:-

If the delay is not caused by extraordinary circumstances you will be entitled to compensation under EU rules, but only if you are flying with an airline based in the EU or with a non-EU-based airline flying from an EU airport, and only if the delay is for two hours or more. If you are flying somewhere else or with a non-EU-based airline not flying from the EU you'll have to check that carrier's terms and conditions.

If you are delayed for two hours or more you are entitled to: two free phone calls, faxes or e-mails; free food and drinks; and free hotel accommodation if you need to stay overnight.

If your flight arrives at its destination three hours or more late you will receive compensation of between €250 and €600, depending on how far your flight takes you. So you'll get €250 if your three hour-delayed flight travels 1,500km or less (ie, London to Amsterdam), but €600 if your plane is delayed by four hours or more and travels at least 3,500km (ie, London to Sydney).

My flight has been cancelled. Will I get my money back?

If your flight is cancelled you should be offered either a refund or an alternative flight to your original destination.

For compensation you will have to look to the EU rules again, though if the delay is caused by snow – and thus an extraordinary circumstance – you might not get anything. If you are covered by EU regulations you will be entitled to travel assistance (such as help with rebooking for a later date) as well as meals and accommodation etc. Check the official EU website for more on your rights.

Call to book: 01273 564230

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Champneys Spa Forest Mere

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  • A Yoga Spa

    from £460

    Our secluded lakeside resort serves as the ideal countryside hideaway, where your hardest decisions revolve around which cutting-edge Thermal spa experience to try

At Champneys Forest Mere, relaxation is a specialty. 

This secluded lakeside resort serves as the ideal countryside hideaway, where your hardest decisions revolve around which cutting-edge Thermal spa experience to try and which treatment to choose.

Located in Liphook, a leafy Hampshire village in the South Downs, Forest Mere is framed by 160 acres of enchanting woodland and sweeping greens.

Positioned next to a tranquil lake, the nature-filled grounds are a picture-perfect calming oasis that will lift your spirits and soothe your senses - a breath of fresh air and state-of the-art facilities.

There are plenty of ways to satisfy your sense of adventure at Forest Mere outside of our scheduled yoga classes:-

Row around our private boating lake Folly Pond,

Enjoy an exhilarating bike ride around the nature-filled 160-acre grounds

Try your hand at a game of chess or tennis.

Attend additional clases - with HIIT classes, hula-hooping, circuit training, spin, local yoga, Pilates and PT sessions running everyday our activity schedule will keep you active during your visit.

In cooler weather Champneys spas don’t get cosier than Forest Mere. Draped in glowy lowlighting and super soft furnishings, the snuggle is real. There’s no doubt about it, you’ll find it hard to resist a post-treatment snooze in front of the flickering fire.

Yoga

There will be four classes with your Free Spirit yoga teacher over the weekend and eight classes for those of you on the four day (Monday to Friday) break - these classes are strictly for our Free Spirit yoga group and not open to other residents.

The first class will be on the arrival afternoon prior to dinner, usually around 5 pm (you may arrive from 2pm) . There are two classes on each full day, one in the a morning and one in the afternoon. On the departure day there is one class, usually in the morning. Some teachers wil include extra classes such as Yoga Nidra in the evening, or perhaps a meditation class.

As exact class times vary slightly between teachers full details will be provided when you register (so that you can book your spa treatments outside of class times).

You may also attend any open yoga classes scheduled in the Forest Mere timetable, together with any fitness classes taking place at the spa.

At Forest Mere all of the facilities are in one place, which makes it easy to hop between lengths in the swimming pool, time in the jacuzzi and stargazing in the outdoor thermal suite. There is also a fully equipped gym, bicycles and a tennis court.
 

Accommodation is in Standard Rooms

At the end of a long relaxing day in the spa, energetic activities and hearty meals, Champneys bedrooms are ready and waiting to sweep you off to cloud nine.

Modern, spacious and comfy, rooms are your own little cocoon with countryside views.

If you usually struggle to drift off, a spritz their spa-scented pillow mist in a rainbow shape over the bed, before slipping between the sheets will do the trick. Lie back and let gentle notes of lavender and chamomile send you into a heavenly slumber.

Light, airy, simple and modern Standard rooms feature garden views and come with a choice of double or twin beds.

Each room also has:- Flat screen TV / En-Suite facilies / Sumptuous cotton towels / Fine quality linen / Comfy armchair / Hairdryer / In-room safe / Wifi / Tea and coffee

 

Food

Working to the principles of moderation, balance and variety, the chefs and nutritionists aim to educate and empower.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included beginning with dinner on Day 1 and completing with lunch on Day 3. Vegetarian options are always included.

Getting there - either visit the Champneys website for travel directions or we can send you details by post on request.

 

Includes - Accommodation, full board beginning with dinner on the arrival evening and ending with lunch on the departure day, yoga classes as scheduled, one Hydtotherapy treatment for 2 night stays and 2 for 4 night stays, use of facilities and open classes.

Not Included - Travel, transfers, insurance, drinks and snacks (other than those included with dinner, lunch or breakfast), therapies, massages and treatments other than Hydrotherapy treatment as listed above.

2021 Nights     Single Sharing
Mon Aug 23 4 Creative Vinyasa Yoga Liz Lark £880 £820
Mon Sep 6 4 Hatha Yoga Tina Abbey £880 £820
Fri Nov 26 2 Creative Vinyasa Yoga Liz Lark £499 £460
2022          
Fri Apr 1 2 Alignment Based Hatha Flow Yoga Brigitte Riley £499 £460

 You will automatically be placed in a single room unless you have requested otherwise