Top 10: Best Summer Fitness Retreats in EuropeBy Alicia Grimshaw
Looking for the best fitness retreats in Europe this summer? From military-style training in Ibiza to downward dogs in the Swiss alps, here’s our top picks for fitness holidays in 2017:
Best Fitness Retreats in Europe: Ibiza
The Lowdown: No 1 Boot Camp have various camps in the UK and Europe – including Norfolk, Ibiza and Marrakech. The Ibiza camps take place regularly (they start a new camp every Saturday, and run for seven days). The retreats are run by ex-military trainers who cater to each person’s individual fitness needs. The camp prides itself on being supportive and mixing up the physical activity to make it fun and engaging – think HIIT, circuit training, boxing and running on the beach.
What to Expect: Take part in a week of military style fitness exercises and yoga at their fabulous, luxury fitness retreat set in gorgeous surroundings on the island of Ibiza, Spain. A peaceful retreat, this is the perfect place to detox and exercise getting away from the excesses of modern life. A typical days itinerary at the bootcamp includes challenging, but amazing scenic hikes to places such as The Goddess Island with your boot camp manager Gina, core stability exercises and team activities.
Price: Prices start from £1,350 per person. See here for more details.
The Lowdown: Experience a full mind, body and soul transformation on a European fitness retreat in Ibiza, as you learn how to lead a healthier lifestyle on an active holiday which will help you to break bad habits. Begin your full body transformation surrounded by stunning scenery and terraced gardens of refreshing olive and citrus trees.
What to Expect: Experience body sculpting exercises and a highly active, daily fitness programme to shape up your mind and body in the Mediterranean landscape. Get fit with circuit training, aerobics, boxing and many more group bootcamp holiday activities, before joining in with nutritional cooking classes.
Price: Sharing from £1,815 per person. See their website for more info.
Best Fitness Retreats in Europe: Italy
The Lowdown: Corpão Fitness is a fun fitness getaway designed just for women in Lake Como, Italy. Combining intense workouts with sassy moves and lovely leisure time, you’ll have four days to experience a luxurious, active lifestyle in one of the most beautiful places in Europe.
What to Expect: Work your bodies to the max with fun cardio routines, intense Brazilian booty exercises and flowy capoeira, all followed by lakeside beach time. Whether you’re looking for motivation or for your next fitness challenge; you’ll find it here. The days will be filled with 4 to 5 hours of playful but very effective outdoor workouts including: cardio circuits, barre conditioning, bum bum bootcamp, and Brazilian flow.
Price: Price per person for shared room (2 beds): £770. See website for more info.
Best Fitness Retreats in Europe: France
The Lowdown: Held in the beautiful French Riviera countryside the fitness retreat at Lou Casteou provides guests with a balance of energetic and fun training, dance classes, stunning coastal and mountain treks, balanced meals and chateau accommodation.
What to Expect: Body Tonic is designed to appeal to all ages and levels of fitness, whether seeking to improve strength and well-being or kick start a healthy regime. The fitness program is led by David Higgins and Dan Tegg. David is a charismatic and enthusiastic personal trainer with years of experience, while Dan is a highly skilled tennis and performance fitness coach. Fitness classes include stretching, core and kettlebells, boxercise, TRX strengthening and toning exercises, cardio blast, circuit training, water aerobics, legs, bums and tums classes and a relaxing massage. The programme also includes kayaking and treks along the stunning coastal routes.
Price: Body Tonic is priced at £1,550pp for a private en-suite room with sea- or mountain-view or £1,350pp for two guests sharing a room. See here for more details.
The Lowdown: Big in France have launched a selection of activity breaks running until October, hosted at one of their beautiful villas situated in the Venise Verte on the west coast of France. The courses are designed to allow guests to enjoy a holiday combined with an activity that they love, in the presence of highly skilled professionals in a welcoming and inspiring environment.
What to Expect: De-stress and unwind with the warmth of the French summer and the detoxifying menu designed to boost your system and general health. There’s different teachers, specialising in their own areas of yoga/meditation for you to choose between, depending on what you want from your retreat. A morning and evening class of yoga/meditation will be on the itinerary each day, with possible excursions available too, allowing you to chose what your day entails; whether it be lying by the heated pool, enjoying meditation on the beach, trip to Ile de Re, or taking an energising stroll through the forest in Mervent.
Price: Prices from £500. See here for more details.
Best Fitness Retreats in Europe: Spain
The Lowdown: New You Fitness Boot Camp in Spain is ideal if you’re looking to kickstart a fitness regime, take a week out to focus on your health, or treat yourself to a luxury week abroad. With an intense training regime and food supplied by their expert nutritionists, the luxury boot camp is perfect for individuals and groups who are interested in reaching their fitness peak.
What to Expect: The intense fitness regime New You provide is based on military training, with the training sessions run by world class physical trainers. Part of the training includes hikes throughout the beautiful Andalucian countryside, for increasing fitness and de-stressing the mind, and you can take part in as many classes as you wish – meaning you can enjoy the spa and poolside and indulge yourself in relaxation alongside the classes.
Price: Prices from £795. See here for more details.
The Lowdown: Target Fitness’ rustic retreat is set within an orchard of almond trees and offers a truly exquisite wellness experience. Travel to the tranquil surroundings of Southern Spain and take part in a training programme that involves 5-6 hours of dynamic exercise each day.
What to Expect: A personal fitness consultation will help set and establish your objectives during your time away and beyond the retreat into your day to day life. Each day will start with a sunrise hike, followed by 5-6 hour of training. All of your training will be delivered by seasoned fitness professionals who will encourage you to push your limits and achieve your goals. There’s also mentoring on healthy eating, and
complimentary access to the outdoor pool and relaxation area
Price: From £1,375. See more here.
Best Fitness Retreats in Europe: Crete
The Lowdown: At the very core of the Wildfitness philosophy are the principles of movement, playfulness and reconnection with nature – after all, nature knows best. Wildfitness retreats are designed to re-programme bad habits, postures, and movement patterns and remind you just how strong and capable the human body really is. The Wildfitness approach draws on the research and experience of a number of experts at the forefront of the natural and evolutionary fitness field.
What to Expect: At Wildfitness Crete you will stay in Milia, a magical mountain hamlet in the west of the island. The original farmhouses blend into their landscape: fresh air, spring water, incredible natural beauty and utter tranquility. You will be immersed in the landscape; explore its gorges and peaks, climb and swing from old gnarled olive groves and chestnut trees, swim in turquoise waters, hike around ancient churches, and jog past curious goats through fields full of wild rosemary and thyme.
Price: From £1,875 sharing. More details here.
Best Fitness Retreats in Europe: Switzerland
The Lowdown: The three night yoga getaway at Le Grand Bellevue is a magical retreat for you to slow down and unplug yourself to relieve stress and clear stuck energy in order to regain focus and recharge. You will learn simple techniques and practices to incorporate into your daily life, which will help you to de-stress, be present and experience your life more fully.
What to Expect Chantal Soeters, a yoga teacher and holistic coach aims to help you slow down and connect with yourself. The retreat features a variety of different yoga classes – from the more upbeat vinyasa to the downtempo yin class which focuses on breathing, and relieving stuck energy. A particular highlight of the yoga retreat is a hike up the Swiss mountains, and a chance to surround yourself with the fresh, alpine air. There’s also the option to explore the neighbouring villages on foot or by bike if you so wish.
Price: From £1,400. See the website for more details.
Best Fitness Retreats in Europe: Portugal
The Lowdown: Boost your well-being with the exclusive Fusion Fitness holiday at Six Senses Douro Valley. Tailor your holistic fitness holiday with expert guidance and begin your journey with a wellness screening, and the use of cutting-edge technology ensures a personalised experience from start to finish.
What to Expect: Raise your heart rate with a Forest circuit training, strengthen your body with a HIIT session, calm your mind with a little meditation and refresh your skin with a Citrus Energiser spa treatment. Enjoy group classes or simply relax in the luxury spa facilities with stunning views across the Douro River. This holistic approach will leave you feeling fully rested and recharged.
Price: From £1,850 per person. More details here.