Here you’ll find our reviews of breaks to help you get fit, tone up & lose weight, including dedicated fitness holidays that run on specific dates, healthy holidays and places to stay that offer fitness classes as part of a broader offer, specific programmes to help you lose weight, or access to Pilates or surfing. No ifs and buts about it, falling in love with exercise is one of the best things you can do for your health and happiness.
You can choose from all kinds of fitness holidays around the world – from wild fitness in Africa to boot camps in Dubai to taster weight loss weekends in England. Not sure which type of exercise you should be doing? A fitness break is often an ideal opportunity to try out lots of different types of exercise, and many will coax you into classes and concepts you’d never do at home. If you’ve ever wondered about Zumba, HIIT, circuits, salsa, Pilates, TRX or spinning – this is your chance to have a go. Or give sport a chance – from mountain biking to wild swimming, sea kayaking to volleyball, surfing to Stand Up Paddleboarding, you’re bound to find something that rocks your boat or gets your gears going.
A group fitness holiday (run at specific dates during the year) can be a huge motivator – you’re all in it together and can egg one another on (and compare aching muscles). Many are run by top trainers so you’ll get the latest, most effective, workouts. If your exercise mojo vanishes when the weather turns cold, head off for winter sunshine – some fitness retreats take place is sun-soaked locations – from Morocco to Oman. Don’t forget that many spa retreats and healing retreats will also offer fitness classes or fitness programmes as part of a broader offer, so do take a look at the retreats with fitness programmes or classes we’ve reviewed.
Most fitness holidays can cater for all levels of fitness, adapting their programmes to fit your body and your aspirations. So, regardless of whether you’re a triathlete or you’re venturing off the sofa for the first time, dive in and browse through. Just do it!
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Something healthy for all the family in Cyprus
Anassa is a grande dame resort in western Cyprus modelled on a traditional Cypriot village. It has its...
Hike to Indulge review
Guided hikes & walking holidays in the UK
Hike to Indulge arrange day hikes and walking weekends for busy urbanites who want to experience the joy...
Absolute Sanctuary review
Pilates, yoga & detox spa retreat, Thailand
Absolute Sanctuary on Koh Samui in Thailand specialises in yoga, Pilates and detox holidays, and offers lots of...
Paradis Plage review | Spa resort Morocco
Paradis Plage is a new resort development built right on a beautiful sweep of sandy beach, just twenty...
Peuma Hue review
An invigorating retreat in the Argentinian mountains
This well run and lovingly kept rural estate on the shore of Lake Gutierrez in Nahuel Huapi National...
Watergate Bay Hotel review
Surf & spa in Cornwall
This unpretentious but cool family-friendly hotel set right on the beach at Watergate Bay offers contemporary rooms decked...
Schloss Pichlarn review
Superb ayurveda spa hotel
Schloss Pichlarn is grand without being grandiose. Based around an old castle, with views of the surrounding mountains,...
vigilius mountain resort review
A luxurious holistic spa in Italy
Accessible only by cable car, Vigilius mountain resort is a luxury 5-star eco haven 1500m high above the...
Leave it to Barcelona review
Decadent wellbeing breaks in Spain
More on the options: The choice is yours and the list is long. Every element of each stay...
VIVAMAYR Altaussee review
Hardcore medical health cure in the Austrian Alps
Numerous European clinics offer the Mayr Cure but the most high profile is VIVAMAYR. This clinic doesn’t have...
Grayshott Spa review
Civilised health spa in Surrey, England
This is a privately-owned, peaceful and civilized health spa an hour’s drive from London with an unpretentious, holistic...
Ayurveda retreats Austria
This warm and friendly 30-roomed family-run Ayurveda retreat in the pretty village of Hinterthiersee opened its doors to...
Yoga & surf retreat in Sri Lanka
Warriors, Waves & Wisdom is a seven night retreat led by Yeotown founder and yoga teacher Mercedes Ngoh...
Social hiking along the Sussex coast
'For me the joy of walking in a scenic, natural setting is that it induces a serene, reflective...
Losing weight at an affordable rate in Obsidian, Spain
'I only wanted to lose a few pounds, but most people come here for serious results' - Sasha...
Learning to walk with Marja Putkisto in Turkey
'Marja was especially smiley and upbeat, and her trainers compassionate sorts who seemed to genuinely care about those...
A family surf & yoga holiday at Monte Velho, Portugal
'I was getting my yoga and the King was getting his surfs; we felt stress-free and able to...