5 of the best fitness holidays
Holidays are traditionally a time to relax and indulge in all of your favourite food and drink. But the growing popularity of fitness holidays suggests more and more of us are opting for a much healthier kind of break.
Research carried out in 2015 by Travelex revealed a quarter of us want to lose weight on holiday, with one in three hoping to tone up.
So whatever type of exercise you enjoy, we’ve rounded up a sample of fitness holidays spanning the activity spectrum, to save you the hard work (you’ll have enough of that when you get there!)
1. Perfect for singles
Many fitness holidays are geared up especially for solo travellers, so don’t let a lack of a travel companion stop you from booking your belly-busting break.
Body Camp is one of the biggest names in the business. The brainchild of siblings Kate and Ben Whale, it’s a firm favourite with the likes of Mille Mackintosh and Caroline Flack.
And while Ibiza may conjure up clubs and cocktails, Body Camp breaks focus on the island’s spiritual side, combining yoga and meditation with fitness classes, weight lifting, cookery sessions and group talks, so it’s a great option if you enjoy varying your workouts and trying new things.
From £2,880 per person, you get return flights and transfers, seven nights’ accommodation and full board featuring organic meals with superfood shots and snacks. Find out more here.
2. Perfect for water babes
If a hotel pool doesn’t cut the mustard for your holiday dip, try a sea swimming holiday to combine spectacular scenery with fierce fitness challenges.
Keen swimmer Simon Muries set up the company SwimTrek in 2000 after spending months trying to organise what turned out to be an hour-long swim inspired by Greek mythology, crossing the famous Hellespont as Leander did nightly to visit his lover Hero.
Now, SwimTrek offers swimming holidays all over the world – we love the sound of their Greek island getaways which combine crystal clear waters, secret coves, bays, beaches and breathtaking coastlines. They’ll take you by private boat to their handpicked swimming spots, guiding you along offering support and tips.
If this is the kind of break to float your fitness boat, a 7-day holiday starts at £840 and covers 4 to 5 km a day, so hit your local pool in training before you jet out!
Packages don’t include flights or transfers, so book your own flights from Gatwick – you can fly directly to most major Greek airports.
3. Perfect for adventurers
White sand and turquoise seas sound like a pretty idyllic setting to work up a sweat, and if your budget is big then Zanzibar could be the spot for you.
Wildfitness runs fitness retreats all over the world, but their Tanzanian escape is the one we really want to try for ourselves. Their ethos is that nature and evolution are our most powerful teachers, so they plan their packages around adventurous pursuits and a hunter-gatherer mentality, priding themselves on a distinct lack of “weigh-ins, military barking and shaming”.
If you’re itching to unleash your inner caveman, 7 nights starts at £2,840 and includes full board (with a mouth-watering menu), workshops on movement, metabolism and nutrition, a deep tissue massage and group stretching sessions.
4. Perfect for yogis
Yoga is an ancient form of exercise, meditation and strength training, but it’s never been more fashionable as millennials strive to achieve a few moments of zen amid busy lifestyles.
Yoga Explorers run breaks worldwide, but a 12th century Italian farmhouse perched on a breathtaking Umbrian hilltop looks to us like the perfect backdrop for your downward facing dog. The on-site spa is not to be missed, and the locally sourced, organic Italian food and wine on offer to guests sounds second to none.
Fly from Gatwick to Rome and catch a connecting train to Perugia.
5. Perfect for weight loss
Juice detoxes and retreats are a great way to lose weight and cleanse your body of toxins. And if you’re going to deprive yourself of solids for a few days, why not do it somewhere lavish to soften the blow?
“Juice Master” Jason Vale has carved a niche as the industry leader and as such runs juice, yoga and fitness retreats in his Portuguese hideaway, Juicy Oasis. In his own words, it’s a “unique mind and body seven day journey to fully recharge, reboot and inspire you” which can help you lose up to 7lbs in 7 days. Where do we sign up?!
Jason’s regime includes forest runs, fitness classes, volleyball and a whole lot of fresh fruit and veggies in liquid form (of course). If that sounds like your cup of kale, breaks run all year round – fly direct from Gatwick to Lisbon.
Book your fitness holiday airport parking
Before you jet off on your chosen fitness holiday, don’t forget your airport parking. By opting for a stress-free meet and greet option with Help Me Park, you can save your heartrate rush for the first workout!