Cart is empty
Holidays are categorically the best. Still, by day five, feet can become itchy, last nerves can be tread upon and the novelty of lying by the pool may have passed.
For those looking for a more focused holiday, fitness retreats are a great option. Reluctant or revved up, the structure of a fitness holiday actually makes for an almost chilled-out vacation – all you have to do is keep turning up, and the rest is taken care of for you. With personal chefs, a meticulously planned itinerary and a chance to work out without interruption but with plenty of encouragement, what’s not to love?
Here are four of our favourites that we promise won’t feel like like summer camp.
This health retreat is a pretty great good balance of fitness and wellbeing, particularly for those who like running laps as much as taking naps (we mean shavasana – it still counts as exercise, apparently) Meals are prepared by practised chefs and served before 5PM with an aim to aid sleep and digestion. Afternoons are generally spent relaxing by the infinity pool, but this is not as idle as you might think – it comes after early morning of hill sprints. With an intricate itinerary planned out for you, all you have to do is choose which retreat you’ll be sweating it out in; we’re looking at you Mykonos.
Perched on the hills of S’Estanyol this suave and modern villa boasts a fully equipped rooftop gym, private pool and panoramic views of Ibiza and Talamanca beach. Here, your daily schedule is as comprehensive as the villas’ amenities. Bespoke training packages customise each aspect of your retreat to match your personal requirements and fitness levels. After your day-long sweat sessions, the retreat’s rooftop cinema will feel like the most heavenly reward before you repeat your arduous but invigorating routine again the next morning.
Lime Wood with Matt Roberts
The Lime Wood Hotel, Hampshire knows how to catch our attention. Joining forces with trainer Matt Roberts – he’s coached everyone from Naomi Campbell and Tom Ford to John Galliano since being “discovered” by Faye Dunaway – his focus is on sculpting better bodies for his clients. With 14 hours of personal training over the course of your retreat, a tautened derrière seems increasingly plausible. As its Lime Wood, you can be sure there is luxury tacked to your labour – two massages and a daily lunch from Raw & Cured, plus full access to the Herb House Spa to unwind after a day of challenging your body to its limits make this even more worthwhile. Google “Naomi Campbell’s arms” and then book your spot ASAP.
- +44 238 028 7177
- Go to Website
The Body Holiday
Like Ronseal, Body Holiday does exactly what it says on the tin. To start, the menu is cleansing but delicious. Plus, there’s finally the time to relax, unwind and switch off that phone. Set in a colonial villa opposite the main Body Holiday resort, Villa Firefly offers guests a calm oasis to switch off and tune in to your body. With guest retreats throughout the season, we’ve marked Danielle Copperman’s nutrition and well-being retreat in our diaries. Comprising of energy workshops, Strala yoga, barefoot sunrise walks, sunset yoga nidra and meditation, this retreat is about letting go and tuning into you. Prepare for an onslaught of zen.
- +1 758 457 7800
- Go to Website
You May Also Like
You know how you have that one incredible friend who knows their city inside out? That’s us. We take the world’s most dynamic destinations, hand-pick the best bits and give them to you in one place. This is the kind of guide that you don’t need to run by a local – it was written by one. Eat your heart out, shop until you drop, drink like a fish, dance your socks off, sleep – then repeat.
Embrace the adventurous appetite of the next generation with an annual subscription. SUITCASE Magazine challenges travel perceptions with thought-provoking photo journals, city guides and articles by award-winning international writers.
We'll tell you where you can find the perfect boutique hotel in Paris for under £150, if you tell us about the best dive bar in your city. Deal? Share your stories and photos with #SUITCASEtravels.