38 Degrees North review | fitness holidays, Ibiza
FABULOUS & FRIENDLY FITNESS HOLIDAYS ON THE WHITE ISLE
The Quick Read: The brain child of fit and friendly couple Kelly Morgan and James Davis, who originally hail from Devon, 38º North is a feisty 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. 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. Choose to come for detoxing, yoga, stand up paddle boarding, fitness or weight loss – they even run a private DNA-based fitness retreat – how amazing is that!
More on the programmes: Your base is the five star Aguas de Ibiza, set on the edge of Santa Eularia town in the north of the island with views across the marina. You can choose group holidays for fitness or go for a bespoke fitness and yoga programme. They also offer a retreat based around your DNA testing where a programme is tailored from your genetic results, and ‘Healthy Hedonism‘, a 4 night escape which includes a night out dancing. From £1685 residential and £1065 non-residential per person for a 6 night Optimal Fitness programme including accommodation, half board and all activities.
More on Aguas de Ibiza Hotel: This uncluttered 112 bedroom hotel privately owned by the Torres Family has slick interiors and amenable staff dressed in white. There’s a rooftop bar and dipping pool, a giant outdoor swimming pool surrounded by loungers, a marvellous spa and a fitness centre. You can read a word from the queen to see what she did on her retreat here. All bedrooms are light and contemporary – ask for a junior suite for a guaranteed sea view.
There are excellent coastal walks and running tracks from the door, and the sea is a hop, skip and jump away for kayaks and stand up paddle boarding – during downtime, we would take a taxi or use a car to reach the prettier beaches nearby.
If you’re here for total peace and quiet, avoid the busier noisier months of July and August as the marina can be busy. You don’t have to stay here to participate in any of the programmes – you could also hire a self catering place or book alternative accommodation nearby if you so chose. Whatever health and fitness holiday you’re on, you’ll have access to the hotel’s fitness centre, fantastic spa and extra classes.
The hotel is in the north of the island, which offers the quieter side of Ibiza, and is within easy reach of the hippy markets – equally, it’s only 30 minutes from Ibiza Town and the feistier, clubbing scene if you fancy a bit of that on your holiday too. It’s a year round destination and the town has a cinema and shops. Return 30 minute airport transfers to and from the hotel take one to three people and cost 70 euros.
More on the spa: The sophisticated Clarins Revive! basement spa has a marvellous range of pools and hot rooms including a sauna, hammam, cold pool, feng sui pool, ice fountain and a giant circular hydrotherapy pool where you can soak for hours and sooth your busy brain. There’s also a flotarium, a relaxation area with colour therapy and an area with loungers outside where you can chill. Changing rooms are functional. Treatments on offer include everything from shiatsu and holistic massages to wraps and facials. You can book consultations with an osteopath (110 euros), a chiropractor (110 euros) or extra personal training (110 euros for 1 hour) too.
More on the fitness activities: At the air -conditioned gym you’ll have access to Technogym cardio equipment, selectorized strength stations and free weights including Olympic barbell, Powerplate and TRX. There are hydrorider bikes, and a large studio with swing bag, boxing gloves and pads, exercise mats, Swiss balls, skipping ropes and more.
More on the food & drink: Food is pretty good – there’s a standard hotel buffet breakfast where you can eat pretty much anything you choose (you’d need to ask the team for nutritional guidance from team if you have no willpower to avoid sticky pastries and the like) but lunches and dinners focus on mediterranean or fusion fare such as parma ham and tomato with grilled vegetables, asian salmon burger or tuna takaki. Your meals are healthy, but not overseen by a nutritionist unless you’re on a detox – you can swap an alkalizing juice detox for full board for either 3 or 6 days of your 38º North retreat free of charge. Packed lunches for hike and mountain bike excursions might include mixed whole nuts with goji berries and seeds, fruit of the season, an organic smoothie prepared with only fruit & vegetables, salads options including quinoa with cashew nuts and feta or Spanish tortillas.
What’s lowly: Though luxurious and easy to be in, Aguas de Ibiza is still a relatively large modern hotel which can get busy at the height of summer. If you want a more intimate, private experience ask the team for smaller accommodation nearby.
Reviewed by Caroline Sylger Jones
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