Whether practicing yoga in Vietnam, perfecting your tennis serve in Cyprus or scuba diving in Bali; you will be spoilt for choice with a fanfare of healthy and active holidays in some of the world’s most desirable destinations.
Dare to dream big as Health and Fitness Travel, a leading specialists in wellness holidays worldwide, round up 18 of the world’s best dream fitness retreats for 2015. Whether practicing yoga in Vietnam, perfecting your tennis serve in Cyprus or scuba diving in Bali; you will be spoilt for choice with a fanfare of healthy and active holidays in some of the world’s most desirable destinations.
1. For the Scuba Diver & Healthy Traveller – Bali: Zen Scuba Diving
Discover Bali’s vibrant coral reefs and rare marine life, such as the elusive mimic octopus, on a diving holiday at this luxury retreat. With professional PADI dive masters, experience some of Indonesia’s best macro and cliff wall diving sites. Complement your holiday with spa treatments, sunrise yoga and sunset meditation classes to improve your breathing technique.
2. For the Cyclist & Hiker – Italy: Adler Thermae Active Fitness
Explore the natural beauty and medieval villages of Tuscany’s idyllic, Val d’Orcia, with professionally guided tours across 200km of hiking and cycling trails, or venture out independently with over 1,000km of GPS guided mountain bike trails. Enjoy complimentary group fitness classes and treatments at the luxury spa, with its own natural hot springs and healing thermal waters.
3. For the Fitness Fanatic – Spain: F12 Fitness Retreat
Re-energise in Spain with a bespoke fitness holiday, boosting your regime with three fitness sessions a day and a 4-week after care programme. Focus on core, cardiovascular, and resistance training with a combination of beach and gym workouts. Relax with massage and hydrotherapy treatments or keep active with a variety of land and water sports.
4. For the Skier & Spa Lover – Austria: Grand Park Ski & Spa
Escape on a luxury winter ski & spa escape in the snow-capped Alps of Austria’s Gastein Valley, and hit the piste at an altitude of 2,600m. Whether skier or snowboarder, try new winter activities including cross-country skiing, tobogganing, winter hiking and horseback riding. Off-piste, unwind with alpine inspired spa treatments and therapies.
5. For the Sports Enthusiast – Thailand: Thanyapura Triathlon
Discover Phuket whilst triathlon training in the great outdoors as well as Olympic standard fitness facilities. Swim, run and cycle with private and group training sessions to beat your personal best. Go further with mind training, performance seminars, video analysis and a physiotherapy or chiropractic assessment. Soothe aching muscles with a revitalising sports massage or yoga class.
6. For the Yoga Enthusiast – Vietnam: Fusion Maia Yoga
Re-balance your mind, body and soul with a yoga holiday in Vietnam. Taught by international instructor, Bhavini Kalan, this luxury wellness retreat boasts a signature yoga style, suitable for all levels. Enjoy daily private lessons and group classes with a choice of Fusion Flow or Fusion Restore. Rejuvenate with all-inclusive spa treatments, daily workshops and group excursions.
7.For the Pilates Reformer Devotee – Thailand: Absolute Sanctuary Pilates Reformer Bootcamp
Tone-up with a Pilates holiday on the idyllic island of Koh Samui. Workout on state of the art reformer machines with two group classes a day, plus private sessions tailored to the results of your postural analysis. Unwind with soothing massages and Thai stretch classes before re-energizing with healthy and delicious cuisine.
8. For the Golfer – Madeira: Galo Golf
Play in picturesque luxury with a golf holiday on the south-east coast of Madeira. Trial-run two golf courses before selecting one for unlimited play throughout your stay. Choose from 18-hole Palheiro and 27-hole Santo de Serra, created by renowned course designer Robert Trent Jones. Relish in complimentary access to the wellness area, fitness club and private beach.
9. For the Tennis Player – Cyprus: Aphrodite Hills Tennis Academy
Founded by former British number one, The Annabel Croft Tennis Academy in Cyprus welcomes all levels with diverse tennis holidays, offering 2.5 or 5 hours of coaching per day, private lessons, ball machine practice and complimentary court hire. Relax with holistic treatments at the luxury spa or raise your adrenalin with water sports and biking trails.
10. For the Active Family – Croatia: Radisson Blu Dubrovnik Family Holiday
With a dedicated kids club this luxury family holiday on the Adriatic coast offers a fitness break for the whole family. Adventurers will love jet skiing and wall climbing, whilst sport and fitness enthusiasts can enjoy activities from yoga and aquarobics, to tennis and football. Visit the award-winning OCCO Spa and choose from 30 luxurious treatments.
11. For the Healthy Single Traveller – St Lucia: The BodyHoliday
Escape to an island paradise and meet like-minded single travellers on an all-inclusive spa and activity holiday. Before indulging with your daily spa treatment, shape-up with group fitness classes, from spinning to beach fit and yoga to Pilates, or enjoy a selection of water and land sport activities on a singles holiday to remember.
12. For the White Water Rafter and Trekker – India: Ananda Fusion Fitness
Explore India with a choice of 3 treks in the Himalayan foothills and discover local farms and villages whilst learning about indigenous plants and wildlife. A white water rafting trip down the river Ganges promises enough excitement for beginners and adrenalin junkies alike. Build your ideal Fusion Fitness holiday with a choice of cardio, sport, relaxation and spa treatments.
13. For the Surfer – Costa Rica: Florblanca Surfing Holiday
Ride the tropical waves of famed surf beaches Playa Hermosa and Playa Santa Teresa in Costa Rica, minutes from your door. Whether beginner or intermediate, with 6 private surfing lessons, life’s a beach at the luxury Florblanca retreat. Enjoy complimentary access to the fitness centre and group yoga classes or unwind at Spa Bambu for some R&R.
14. For those wanting to combine Workouts with Wellness – Thailand: Kamalaya Fusion Fitness
Re-balance with this Fusion Fitness holiday in Koh Samui as you raise your heart rate with fitness classes, such as Muay Thai boxing and TRX suspension training, or take a gentler approach to your well-being with a yoga or meditation class. Rejuvenate with Ayurveda therapies and treatments at the luxury spa, before taking a cooking class or health workshop.
15. For horseback riding and Healthy living -Malaysia: The Chateau Organic Spa Wellness Resort
Discover Malaysia’s Berjaya Hills whilst horseback riding within 16,000 acres of natural paradise. Beginners can explore with trail rides and escorted outrides, whilst experienced riders looking to saddle-up will love the progressive riding lessons and exclusive riding camps. Choose from a range of alternative sport and wellness options at this organic spa and wellness retreat.
16. For the Ultimate Luxury Wellness Traveller – Cyprus: Antara Palace Wellness Destination Spa
Re-visit the glory of ancient Greece at luxury retreat Antara Palace. Bring out your natural beauty with a daily indulgence of organic and holistic spa treatments to return home radiant and glowing. Harmonise with yoga and meditation classes and take advantage of specialist wellness programmes including; detox, weight balance, fitness and de-stress.
17. For the Stressed-Out – Ibiza: 38 Degrees North Ibiza Ultimate Stress Recovery
Banish stress with a luxury wellness holiday on the quieter northern coast of sunny Ibiza and return home stress free. Combine life coaching sessions with a tailored nutritional food plan and personalised stress-relieving fitness programme. Unwind with private yoga and meditation classes or deep tissue massages, reflexology and Watsu at the luxury spa.
18. For the Culture and Adventure Explorer – The Philippines: Philippines Discover Recover
Home to eclectic cultural towns and stunning landscapes, this Philippines Discover Recover holiday is the ideal choice for a cultural adventure. Discover the vibrant culture of Manila on a guided city tour or challenge yourself on an adventurous trek to Mt. Pinatubo’s volcanic crater, before recovering in paradise at a luxury wellness retreat.
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