So you’ve made it through 2018’s seemingly never-ending January and you’re already pining for that getaway. We don’t blame you, except everyone knows that holidays are also the perfect excuse to temporarily toss those freshly-minted new year resolutions out of your mind. But what if you could combine kicking back with a little body maintenance?
The concept of a luxury fitness holiday is still relatively unheard of. After all, the idea of spending your entire vacation dripping in sweat and dealing with sore shoulders isn’t all that appealing. However, those that want to take some time to develop their passion (or gain new ones) will be pleased to find that the market now offers a robust variety to cater to every taste. And we’re not talking about dodgy European health spas, or yoga retreats run by hippies. These luxury fitness holidays incorporate seriously sleek accommodation that might actually make you want to stay in — mental detox, anyone?
Besides a range of specialised activities in each location, these programmes also blend healthy-eating and spa treatments to make the experience wholesome. If you’re not one to be motivated enough to hit the gym, perhaps a luxury fitness holiday might cultivate the right habit and techniques to kickstart your wellness journey.
Here are the luxury fitness holidays we’ll be making reservations for this year.
What used to be a sugar mill situated amidst China’s mountainous Yangshuo County is now one of Alila’s most impressive reconstructions. Keeping the building’s original stark industrial aesthetics, the modern retro resort contrasts the curves of adjacent cliffs, which turn into world-class platforms for rock climbing enthusiasts to flex their muscles at. Various routes are mapped out to suit abilities of all levels, from beginners to advanced climbers, and an expert guide is on hand to give tips. The limestone crags also double up as great hiking and mountain-biking venues, and at the end of it, unwind at the underground spa with specialist Asian treatments.
You’ll be housed in a chic farm, but that doesn’t mean it’s all play and no work at Yeotown. Steering away from the fat farm concept, the five-day wellness programme is focused on spreading the right knowledge about health and wellness instead of solely on weight loss. It doesn’t hurt that it’s based in North Devon, which happens to be the most picturesque spots in the United Kingdom, and just 15 minutes away from the Atlantic Ocean. The unforgiving programme includes early morning hikes along coastal paths, followed by an intensive regime of boxing and core-centric workouts. Strength and fitness training is complemented by fresh food from the kitchen, so all that hard work doesn’t go waste.
Sure you can hit your local gym for this but you’d be depriving yourself of a staggering view, not to mention the freshest air you’ll ever breathe in. Shakti Himalaya transforms Three Himalayan mountain states, Sikkim, Ladakh, and Kumaon, into your training ground with its epic adventure holidays. Trekking altitudes vary from 3,500 to 4,200m to cater to different physical levels. As a favourite amongst endurance athletes, the tailored trips will take you through remote villages, alongside guides, chefs and porters that remind you you’re on holiday, after all. At night, traditional village houses and luxurious camps become home, before you take on the grandiose peaks once again the following morning.
If you’re going to challenge yourself, you might as well do it in the most picturesque setting possible. The Grecian hotel is big on health and wellbeing, and will provide structured sessions daily to whip any aspiring triathlete into shape. The six-day camp comprises of open water swims in the azure Mediterranean waters, pool diagnostic sessions, and intensive road cycle routes in the Troodos Mountains. To top off the boot camp are running sessions along stunning coastal paths, trails and beachfronts.
Located on the tropical Malolo Island is Six Senses Fiji, which besides an unapologetically luxurious resort, will also provide you with some of the best waves you could hope to ride. The year-round destination is part of the stunning Mamanuca Islands archipelago, and is known as a surfing, diving, snorkelling, hiking and fishing spot. High-end surfing outfit label Tropic Surf has collaborated with the property to provide professional coaching and tailored lessons for everyone regardless of aptitude, so you can indulge in this full-body workout in safe hands.