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In Short: Azulfit offers healthy holidays on the sunny island of Fuerteventura at two locations. Villa Azul, located inland in the village of Villaverde, provides more of a retreat-style holiday with a mix of Pilates, meditation, yoga, tai chi and nutrition classes to help you relax, let go and improve your strength and wellbeing, while Lotus Yoga Lodge, near the beach at busy Corralejo, is for those who want a beach holiday with yoga classes and hearty, healthy brunches. Surfing, other watersports, biking, horse-riding and guided walking can be arranged, treatments are available at both venues and specialist detox, cooking and yoga weeks run throughout the year. A week’s stay at Villa Azul in a shared apartment costs €595 (approx £491 and includes all classes, breakfasts and 5 evening meals. Scroll down for full costs.
Check out www.azulfit.com
In Short: Little sister of The Sanctuary detox/retox resort in Thailand, The Sanctuary Somerset is a stylish yet super-soulful retreat that really hits the spot. Home is Sparkford Hall, a Georgian mini-pile with a baby-Babington vibe – a little Boho, a bit rock-chick, a tad spiritual gypsy. Groups are small and easy-going and the in-house support is warm and nourishing. They run five or seven day fasts using classic detox techniques. Results are great and side effects are few thanks to a well-planned programme of grounding yoga, qi gong and meditation. There’s plenty to do but you also get time to muse by the open fire, wander in the grounds or simply snooze in the quirky yet mega comfortable bedrooms. From £600 for a five-day detox. Scroll down for full costs.
Read about our experience at The Sanctuary
Check out www.thesanctuarysomerset.co.uk
May 30 – June 6
July (fully booked)
August 11 – 15
September 8 -12
October (fully booked)
November 17 – 21
December 5 – 12
In Short: This fitness holiday led four times a year by talented personal trainer Drew Perrott combines exercise, nutrition, treatments and relaxation to help you get fit and de-stress. You’ll be based at the Villa de Geggiano, an elegant, cream-coloured 18th century summer villa in the foothills of Siena with astoundingly preserved interiors – not a bad setting for body and soul rejuvenation. Individually tailored to your fitness level and taking a maximum of 10 guests, the fitness break will encourage rather than force you to do anything, and makes exercising feel infinitely more do-able because of the glorious surroundings. From £1,900 – to £2800 per person per week including all meals, activities and two treatments.
Fitness holiday dates in Tuscany for 2014:
18 – 25 May
20 – 27 July
7 – 14 September
26 October – 2 November
Read about our experience with Drew Perrott
Check out www.drewperrott.co.uk
In Short: The brain child of fit and friendly couple Kelly Morgan and James Davis, who originally hail from Devon, 38º North is a fiesty, talented company that runs effective and upbeat health and fitness holidays – at the Aguas de Ibiza hotel at Santa Eularia in Ibiza between April and October, and at The Scarlet hotel in Cornwall between November and March. Keen and empathetic, Kelly and James are not only young and super fit themselves but also skilled at putting together teams who know how to properly take care of you.
Check out www.thirtyeightdegreesnorth.com. *Queen of Retreats readers get a free massage when they book – simply fill in our form or quote Queen of Retreats when booking.
The brain child of fit and friendly couple Kelly Morgan and James Davis, who originally hail from Devon, 38º North is a fiesty, talented company that runs effective and upbeat health and fitness retreats in Ibiza between April and October and at The Scarlet hotel in Cornwall between November and March.