Top 10: Best Summer Health and Fitness RetreatsBy Mayola Fernandes
Looking for the best health and fitness retreats to attend this summer? From mindful woodland exercises in South Wilshire to yoga on a mountain top in the Austrian alps, here’s our top picks for fitness holidays in 2019:
The Lowdown: Lech am Arlberg is a mountain village and exclusive ski resort located in the Bludenz district of Austrian state, Voraralberg on the river banks of the river Lech. Surrounded by the impressive mountain landscapes, the village is situated at a modest altitude of 1,450m.
What to Expect: This resort takes pride in encouraging their guests to get outdoors into the Austrian Alps and go hiking, climbing, and to take part in yoga on a mountain top. Guests will be provided with facilities where they can relax their mind & body in the Hotel Aurelio Spa. They have several saunas, aromatherapy steam rooms, herbal baths and experiential showers. After a long say of hiking in the mountains you’ll be able to sooth your aching muscles in the ice-cold plunge pool.
Price: Double rooms from €850.00 per night, half-board. Details here.
The Lowdown: Focus on training your body and mind whilst suspended from unique bamboo tripods on the pristine shoes of the Andaman Sea.
What to Expect: Take part in daily yoga and Pilates classes or engage with the resort’s extensively trained Wellness Consultants to tailor a plan to your individual goals. Combining acrobatics, Pilates and yoga, the gravity defying practice is well-known for its multiple health benefits from improving blood circulation and detoxifying the system. The positive effects on health and well-being are further enhanced by simply being outdoors and by the ocean.
The next retreat is from 23-25 August 2019.
Price: Three-day Bamboo Yoga Retreat starts from £695, based on two adults sharing from 23-25 August 2019. Further details here.
The Lowdown: Tourist board Gran Canaria Wellness offers a range of luxurious Spa hotels across the sun-drenched island of Gran Canaria, including Seaside Grand Hotel Residencia. With 236 kilometres of coastline wrapping itself around the island, you can expect a dose of sun, sea and sand and indulge in delicious local food.
What to Expect: Restore tranquillity and wellbeing in the mind, body and soul. As part of the ‘Just What You Need’ programme, guests will enjoy an Oriental Rasul treatment, a caviar cream wrap, a Japanese Shiatsu, Hydro-Power facial treatment and Pantai-Luar, a traditional Indonesian massage of the entire body using calming oils. In their spare time, guests can explore the spa facilities including a salt water pool, sauna and steam room, along with the spectacular hotel grounds.
Price: €338 per person for the 3 day programme. More details here.
The Lowdown: By the end of the 19th-century, Čikat was recognised as a “healing location” due to its specific microclimate, making it especially popular among the Viennese aristocracy. Rejuvenate your mind & body in the hotels minimalistic boasting sleek designs with white hues.
What to Expect: The Hotel Bellevue has just introduced a series of four-night Health & Fit retreats. The new fitness retreats combined exquisite accommodation with personalised wellness programmes devised and delivered by an extraordinary team of specialists and kinesiologists from the hotel’s world-class Bellevue Spa Clinic. Fitness sessions will include hiking and biking, CrossFit, yoga and Pilates, while spa treatments such as massages and detox baths provide opportunities to relax and recuperate.
The next four-night retreats will be taking place on 20-25 September and 4-9 October 2019.
Price: Four-night Health & Fit retreats start £585. More details here.
The Lowdown: Unwind in a beautiful, rural setting within South Wiltshire whilst focusing on meditation, breath work and woodland exercises. Set in soulful surroundings, you’ll be able to take part in yoga, workout in the woods, enjoy the spa and forest bathe.
What to Expect: Verve are welcoming both adults and kids to help encourage an ultimately healthier lifestyle for all. You’ll be able to listen to a range of credible speakers who will discuss topics in relation to physical and mental health, sleep and nutrition. They’ve put together a fun-packed programme suitable for kids which promotes families spending time together in the outdoors, examples include: foraging, fire building, craft workshops and kids yoga.
Price: Tickets start at £25 for an evening pass and kids (under 15) go free. A single weekend pass is £140.00. More details here.
The Lowdown: On the Gulf of Thailand, within seven acres of tropical greenery, beautiful serenity awaits. Chiva-Soms’ wellness team provides unparalleled skill and depth of knowledge. They will be providing comprehensive retreat programmes that range from Weight Loss to Emotional Wellbeing. It is perfect for those who want to control stress, mood and energy levels or Cranial Relief to help sufferers of migraines and life-disrupting headaches relieve tension.
What to Expect: At Chiva-Som there are world-class facilities and carefully created retreat programmes that are specifically designed to renew your Mind, Body and Spirit. The world-renowned health resort is due to reopen by the end of the year after undergoing their very first makeover since it first opened 24 years ago.
Price: An Ocean Room double starts from THB 81,000. More details here.
The Lowdown: Located on the North West of the Caribbean island of St. Lucia the all-inclusive resort is set in tropical gardens on the beachfront. BodyHoliday offer extensive programmes of classes and activities, including training with Olympic athletes, quadrathlons and assault courses. They have a wellness centre, with 33 treatment rooms and indulgent experiences from highly trained massage and beauty therapists.
What to expect: Running from 1 – 30 September, September Solos is designed to offer the best elements of health, wellbeing and fun with other like-minded solo travellers who are looking for rejuvenation and relaxation. The programme includes a personalised schedule of daily spa treatments, dedicated fitness classes, hosted dinners and cocktail parties and a weekly sunset cruise along St.Lucia’s coastline.
Price: Rates from $440.00 per night for a Luxury Ocean View Rooms. For further information click here.
The Lowdown: Set amongst charming beaches and rolling hills, Aphrodite Hills is a haven for wellness travellers that like to stay active while on holiday. Explore the beautiful Cypriot landscape before you boost your metabolism with strengthening TRX training.
What to Expect: Kick-start your fitness goals amongst the charming beaches and rolling hills of Cyprus, by creating a personal fitness regime that suits your body type. You’ll be able to power walk along the coast and explore the beautiful Cypriot landscape, before boosting your metabolism with specialised TRX training.
Price: 7 nights at Aphrodite Hills from £925pp. More details here.
The Lowdown: Explore the beautiful area around Puglia while toning up and engaging in fun fitness activities. They’ll have early morning workouts outside surrounded by olive trees or a fitness workout at the state-of-the-art fitness centre.
What to Expect: This retreat consists of unusual, innovative activities such as juggling classes and music therapies to teach you to live in the moment and experience energy flow and joyfulness.
Price: 7 nights in Borgo Egnazia from £2,150pp or £2,885 for singles. More details here.
The Lowdown: Set in a private landscape of pristine beaches and hills blanketed with olive trees, there are activities to suit all abilities and tastes including yin yoga, mountain biking and scuba diving. With guided inclusions such as interval training or mountain biking, you can tailor the elements of this active programme to suit your personal goals.
What to Expect: Improve your stamina this Spring by blending high intensity training with soothing spa treatments while experiencing the rich beauty and culture of this vibrant destination.
Price: 7 nights at Kaplankaya from £2,140pp or £3,050 for singles. More details here.