The 10 Best Health and Fitness Retreats
- 24 June 2012 24 June 2012
From yoga retreats in Thailand to adventure fitness holidays in Oman, we present our 10 best health and fitness retreats around the world to help rejuvenate your mind, body and soul. Enhance your well-being in just 7 days on one of our worldwide healthy holidays and return home with benefits that will long outlast your tan.
The Transformative Bootcamp - Ibiza: The Body Camp
Push yourself to the max at The Body Camp
Set on the Mediterranean island of Ibiza, get into shape on a transformative bootcamp retreat with The Body Camp. Through a mixture of high intensity physical training, nutritionally balanced food and health coaching, you will be encouraged to reach and sustain your fitness goals. Your basecamp is a stunning villa nestled within terraced gardens of olive and citrus trees, a relaxing retreat to return to after an active day shaping and toning your body.
During the day you will be coached by a professional trainer and led through different challenging exercises on a diverse bootcamp holiday where you may start off the day with beach boxing and end the day with yoga. There are choices of circuit training, sea swimming, team games and many other fun activities. Once the body has reached its limit of exhaustion, it will be nourished with balanced meals made from fresh and natural produce and you will unwind by taking a revitalising dip in the mineral-rich salt water pool.
For more information visit The Body Camp
The Yoga Retreat - India: Ananda Yoga
Find your inner zen at Ananda
Whether you have just tried a few yoga classes or are a devoted yogi pro who cannot get enough, this luxury yoga retreat will tick all the boxes for a relaxing and challenging yoga getaway. Nestled in India’s Himalayan mountains, with a serene sense of purity and fresh air, this healthy yoga retreat will revive you.
Yoga is an ancient practice that teaches you to connect with your mind, body and soul through a series of poses and breathing practices. Many people find their muscles are lengthened and toned, while their spine is strengthened and their balance improved. The unison of the mind, body and spirit are the core and centre of the yoga philosophy, mastering these are needed to fully reap the benefits of yoga.
Through personalised yoga sessions on a yoga retreat you will learn new things about yourself and how to improve your technique, whilst strengthening your muscles and posture. The week will fly by as your mind and body is energised and restored. There are also many remarkable therapies, such as Thai massage, reflexology and hydrotherapy that will revive and relax. Ananda Yoga will challenge each individual physically and mentally, leaving you leaner and at peace.
For more information visit Ananda Yoga
The Healthy Nutrition Retreat - Spain: SHA Wellness Clinic
Learn how to fuel your body correctly with SHA Wellness Clinic
For those that want to try something different on a nutrition-friendly retreat, the world's first macrobiotic wellness resort, SHA Wellness Clinic, is the ideal place to learn about lasting healthy habits. Located near Spain’s El Albir beach, with stunning views of the sea and surrounding mountains, this Spanish retreat offers the ultimate luxury. Feel renewed and uplifted whilst detoxing on a macrobiotic diet that is personalised for each individual.
The concept of Macrobiotic is an ancient diet rooting back to the era of Hippocrates who believed in living a long and healthy life by eating a simple balanced diet. The concept then passed through the hands of a few and most recently the notion was taken up by the Japanese. Today, macrobiotic is about cutting out meat and eating whole foods, such as grains, vegetables and fruit. In some cases, the diet may be completely vegetarian or even vegan, but in most cases fish is eaten. Most importantly the food needs to be balanced and chewed slowly, for better digestion.
At SHA Wellness Clinic, you’ll have a variety of options to choose from depending on your wellness needs and goals, including detox, stress relief, weight loss and sleep well holidays. Each holiday will include a general medical check-up, nutritional consultation, a clinical analysis and macrobiotic nutrition. The programmes are very comprehensive and are guaranteed to get your health on the right path. There is also a weekly exercise and activity schedule, from hiking to yoga, health lectures, cooking classes and therapies, which are all conducted in the beautifully calm and peaceful surroundings.
For more information visit SHA Wellness Clinic
The Essential Weight Loss Holiday - Portugal: Longevity Thalassa Weight Loss
Boost your metabolism at Vilarara Longevity
You might think weight loss is a battle that will never be defeated or perhaps you feel exhausted thinking about how much work it will take to get your ideal body. The best way to start a weight loss regime is to seek expert advice on a weight management holiday where you will receive the support and guidance to start approaching weight loss positively.
Secluded in the serene mountains of Monchique, Portugal, along the pristine coastline of the Algarve, sits this wellness retreat, packed with exercises and health tips to help drop the pounds. During the weeks stay one will start off with a personalised programme designed to target weight loss goals and then will be taught about identifying areas of physical, emotional and mental imbalances. Many people don’t take into count how their attitude and emotional well-being will affect their weight loss success. Not to mention excess weight can cause tiredness, depression, health problems and emotional eating patterns. Getting these imbalances on track will make the weight loss process much easier and more enjoyable.
The Longevity programme will help to aid one in removing their excess fat, while relaxing and energising. The personal trainer will set up sessions that will target areas of ones concern while helping with the overall endurance and physical appearance. With various activities such as hiking, Pilates, yoga, Power plates and many more, one will be challenged through these different fitness activities. A nutritional consultation will be given in order to get the right diet in order and will set up an eating plan for the length of one’s stay. This weight loss holiday is also packed with therapies to help the slimming process, such as body brushing, detox ocean baths, body sculpting and massages.
For more information visit Longevity Thalassa Weight Loss
The Comprehensive Detox - Thailand: Kamalaya Comprehensive Detox Rejuvenation
Detox your body from impurities at Kamalaya
Many goals start with a detox, it can be a detox of material things or perhaps of certain people, however, the most common is a detox retreat that cleanses the body through nutrition, detoxifying spa treatments and holistic wellness activities. The award winning holistic wellness retreat, Kamalaya, is the ideal place to start your detox programme. Located on the Southern coast of Koh Samui with walking distance to the beach and lush vegetation surroundings, this is a great place to improve one’s health and well-being.
On arrival a detox consultation will conclude the best treatments to suit your needs. Also, a body bio-impedance analysis will be given to estimate body composition or body fat. Once these are both done the detox programme will be determined, then one can start targeting imbalances and get the body into optimal health. There are many treatments that will help cleanse the body, such as body wraps and scrubs, Lymphatic massages, Traditional Asian foot and hand massages and use of the infrared sauna.
Holistic and water activities are also available for detoxing the mind and body, such as yoga, meditation, tai chi, plunge pools and steam caverns. One will also enjoy a delicious and healthy detox cuisine and will feel relaxed and re-energised after the 7 day journey spent at Kamalaya.
For more information visit Kamalaya Comprehensive Detox Rejuvination
The Tennis Training Holiday – Antigua: Carlisle Bay Tennis
Perfect your tennis technique at Carlisle Bay
Add some Vitamin-D to your game as you soak up the sun training in the tropics at Carlisle Bay in the Caribbean. Beneath tropical palm trees, nine tennis courts are a stone’s throw away from the turquoise waters edge, including four floodlit courts for cooler evening games.
With professional instructors and private lessons available for all levels of players escape on a tennis holiday suitable for both beginners, intermediates or advanced players. With the year-round warm climate providing courts that can be utilised at anytime, six private tennis lessons included and optional complimentary clinics, you will have plenty of opportunity to improve your technique under the tuition of professional instructors.
In-between games, explore on a rainforest hike or take to the tropical waters paddle boarding, before rejuvenating with a deep tissue massage at the award-winning Blue Spa.
For more information visit Carlisle Bay Tennis
The Anti-Stress Retreat - Mauritius: Shanti Maurice De-Stress
De-stress yourself to total tranquility at Shanti Maurice De-Stress
Stress can be a major component in your life, whether due to work, family or social demands. It can be hard to find time to do the things you enjoy and the things that you find relaxing. This is why it is important to take some time away to clear your head on ade-stress holiday which will return you home with the skills you need to manage stress in everyday life. Shanti Maurice and Retreat is an oasis waiting to be indulged and explored. Located in the idyllic island of Mauritius, The Shanti Maurice De-Stress Retreat is an oasis that will take the stress away.
Comprised of many stress-eliminating therapies, this retreat will relieve tension, help you to regain inner-balance and re-energize the body and mind. A wellness consultation and lifestyle coach will help get your health in tip-top shape, plus stress management counselling will help pin-point stress triggers.
Start your day with a calming yoga class and end it with an array of relaxing spa therapies, including stress relief massages, natural body rubs, Thai massages, facials and more. Benefit from the unlimited access to the wellness spa and for those that want to keep active, there are plenty of options including morning power walks, jogging, aqua fit and tennis. It doesn’t matter which way you choose to relax and unwind, this anti-stress retreat has activities to suit everyone’s needs.
For more information visit Shanti Maurice De-Stress
The Holistic Fitness Holiday - Thailand: Absolute Sanctuary Fitness
Push yourself to the max at Absolute Sanctuary
For those curious about a holistic fitness holiday, this is where an all-encompassing approach seeks to balance both your physical, psychological and emotional needs. The perfect balance can be found at Absolute Sanctuary on the beautiful Thai island of Koh Samui, where they cater to improving fitness levels and the clarity of your mind through tailor-made programmes.
The week begins with a personalised programme based on a fitness assessment for fitness holiday that is matched to your fitness goals. Various fitness sessions will be set up indoors and outdoors, to include weight training, beach boot camp, cardio vascular workouts, Pilates and Muay Thai kick boxing lessons. These classes can be intense and will push you to your limit. The resistance and cardio training will be balanced with daily yoga classes, including Yin yoga, Ashtanga and Hot flow yoga. The day can end with back, neck and shoulder massages or a Thai massage with herbal heat compress, in order to work out tired muscles.
For more information visit Absolute Sanctuary Fitness
The Adventure Fitness Holiday - Oman: Zighy Bay Sense of Adventure
Get your adrenaline pumping at Zighy Bay
It’s no surprise that many of us seek an adventure holiday packed with thrill seeking fun and inspiring adventures after long days of repetitive work or unfulfilling routines. Zighy Bay’s Sense of Adventure holiday is filled with activities and adventures that will get your heart pumping and your senses enlightened.
You will get an adrenaline rush climbing the spectacular mountains and paragliding on arrival into the resort on the secluded bay of Oman. Activates include mountain biking, kayaking and boot camp training. The adventure doesn’t stop there, Zighy Bay also offers a variety of more mellow outings that are equally as exhilarating. You can charter a Yacht and cruise the sea and watch the vibrant sunset. You can wake-up doing sunrise pranayama, then try a mediation, nutrition or holistic class and end the day with sundown Yoga.
There is a spa packed with wellness treatments such as massage, facials and body scrubs so you can unwind and relax. There is no place that offers so much variety and luxury and you will leave feeling rejuvenated and ready to take on any challenges that may come your way.
For more information visit Zighy Bay Sense of Adventure
The Healthy Anti-Ageing Retreat - St Lucia: The BodyHoliday Healthy Ageing
Pamper yourself to aid in healthy-ageing at The BodyHoliday
Ageing is something everyone has to endure, some are embracing the idea and others hate the thought of it. The best way to approach ageing is by enjoying the journey and doing so healthily. On the crescent beach of St. Lucia lies The BodyHoliday retreat where the award-winning wellness centre will take care of your skin and health.
This island paradise is packed with wellness treatments and activities, aiming at the four areas of health; exercise, balanced diet, restorative beauty and relaxation. The wellness centre has designed personal programmes that focus on the needs of each individual from skin and body toning, to stress relief, weight loss and healthy ageing. Treatments include CACI non-surgical lifts to tone your face and give you a more youthful complexion. Thalgo facials, nutritional consultation, health assessments and personal training will keep you feeling young.
With the mind and body relaxed, stress will melt away on a healthy anti-ageing holiday designed to renew your youthful glow. The better one feels inside the more radiant they will appear on the outside. If you want to feel young and uplifted, then activities such as windsurfing or kayaking may be the adventure you need. Enjoy fitness classes such as spinning, Zumba, Beach Boxing or The Body Tone. Holistic classes include yoga, Pilates, Meditation, Tai Chi and Qi Gong.
For more information visit The BodyHoliday Healthy Ageing
If you’re still in search of the right wellness experience and destination for you, explore our collection of worldwide healthy holiday from detox breaks to fitness escapes and yoga retreats. Talk to one of our Travel Specialists on 0203 397 8891 or contact us here to discuss tailor-making your perfect healthy holiday.