Top 10 health and fitness retreatsPosted on: 17 September 2012 by Gareth Hargreaves
Improve your health and wellbeing in just seven days on one of these healthy holidays.
From detox retreats in Thailand to adventure fitness holidays in Oman, Health and Fitness Travel, experts in tailor-made active and wellness holidays present their 10 best health and fitness retreats around the world to rejuvenate your body and mind. Improve your health and well-being in just seven days on one of these healthy holidays.
The body-changing boot camp
There is no better way to get into shape then on an intense boot camp retreat at Buccament Bay, on the stunning island of St Vincent and the Grenadines. Through a mixture of high intensity physical training, nutritionally balanced food and personal health coaching, guests will be encouraged to reach and sustain their weight and fitness goals. With the Caribbean being ranked as one of the world’s top destinations, this is the ideal place to enjoy the unspoilt waterfalls and mountain views, whilst shaping and toning your body.
During the week of your training, you will be coached by a professional trainer and led through different challenging exercises, you may start off the day with beach boxing and end the day with yoga. There are choices of circuit training, obstacle courses, swimming, team games and many other fun activities. Once the body has reached its limit of exhaustion, it will be nourished with balanced meals made from fresh and natural produce, then unwind in the spa with a full body massage to soothe tired limbs.
The nutritionist creates a healthy diet for guest’s that is designed to help lose weight and build muscle. You can learn from these healthy habits and make them lasting by including them in your daily routine. No more fad diets and fast foods, it’s about embracing healthier eating habits.
If you want fast results or a strong start on a new health regime, then the programme at Buccament Bay Boot Camp is perfect! Even better, is the fact that it is located in one of the world’s most beautiful places, making losing weight and getting fitter much more enjoyable.
For more information visit Buccament Bay Luxury Bootcamp
The yoga retreat
Perhaps you have just tried a few yoga classes or maybe you are a yoga enthusiast who cannot get enough, either way the Ananda yoga retreat in India will tick all the boxes for the perfect relaxing and challenging yoga getaway. Nestled in the Himalayan Mountains with a serene sense of purity and fresh air, this healthy yoga retreat will revive you.
Yoga is an ancient practise that teaches you to beware of your breathing and body. Many people find their muscles are lengthened and toned, while their spine is strengthened and their balance improved. The unison of the mind, body and spirit are the core and centre of the yoga philosophy, mastering these are needed to fully reap the benefits of yoga.
Through personalised yoga sessions you'll learn many new things about yourself and improving your postural technique, whilst strengthening your muscles and posture. The week will fly by as your mind and body are energised and restored, through yoga, fitness and meditation classes. There are also many remarkable therapies, such as Thai massage, reflexology and hydrotherapy to revive and relax. Ananda Yoga will challenge each individual physically and mentally, leaving you leaner and at peace with yourself.
For more information visit Ananda Yoga Retreat
The macrobiotic week
For those that want to try something different, such as a new diet or a different approach to a workout, then a macrobiotic week is perfect. The world’s leading medical spa in Spain, SHA Wellness Clinic, is the ideal place to learn about lasting healthy habits and to take part in natural healing therapies. Located near the El Albir beach, with stunning views of the sea and lush vegetation, this Spanish retreat is modern and exquisite. One will feel renewed and uplifted whilst detoxing on a macrobiotic diet that is suited for each individual.
The concept of macrobiotic is an ancient diet rooting back to the era of Hippocrates who believed in living a long and healthy life by eating a simple balanced diet. The concept then passed through the hands of a few and most recently the notion was taken up by the Japanese. Today, macrobiotic is about cutting out meat and eating whole foods, such as grains, vegetables and fruit. In some cases the diet may be completely vegetarian or even vegan, but in most cases fish is eaten. Most importantly the food needs to be balanced and chewed slowly for better digestion.
At SHA Wellness Clinic, you have a variety of options to choose from depending on what type of week you would like to enjoy, there are various choices from detox, stress relief, to weight loss and sleep well holidays. All include the macrobiotic concept in the programme, depending on your goals. Each includes a general medical check-up, nutritional consultation and a clinical analysis. The programmes are very comprehensive and are guaranteed to get your health on the right path. There is also a weekly exercise and activity schedule from hiking to yoga, health lectures, cooking classes and therapies, which are all conducted in a beautifully calm and peaceful surrounding, that will have a long and lasting impact.
For more information see SHA Wellness Clinic
The essential weight-loss week
You might think weight loss is a battle that will never be defeated, or perhaps you feel exhausted thinking about how much work it will take to get your ideal body. The best way to start a weight loss regime is to seek expert advice and to start thinking positively. The Longevity Essential Weight-loss week is the perfect place to continue or kick-start a weight-loss programme.
Secluded in the serene mountains of Monchique, Portugal, along the pristine coastline of the Algarve, sits this wellness retreat, packed with exercises and tips to help drop the pounds. During one week you'll start off with a personalised programme designed to target weight loss and identifying areas of physical, emotional and mental imbalances. Many people don’t take into count how one's attitude and emotional well-being will affect their weight loss success. Not to mention excess weight can cause tiredness, depression, health problems and emotional eating patterns. Getting these imbalances on track will make the weight loss process much easier and more enjoyable.
The Longevity programme will help to aid one in removing their excess fat, while relaxing and energising. The personal trainer will set up sessions that will target areas of your concern while helping with your overall endurance and physical appearance. With various activities such as hiking, Pilates, yoga, Power Plates and many more, you'll be challenged through these different fitness activities. A nutritional consultation will be given in order to get the right diet in order and will set up an eating plan for the length of your stay. This weight loss holiday is also packed with therapies to help the slimming process, such as body brushing, detox ocean baths, body sculpting and massages.
For more information Visit Longevity Essential Weight Management
The comprehensive detox
Many health goals start with a detox, it can be a detox of material things or perhaps of certain people, however, the most common is one that helps cleanse the body. The award-winning holistic wellness retreat Kamalaya is the ideal place to start your detox programme. Located on the southern coast of Koh Samui situated beside a beach and lush vegetation surroundings, this is a great place to improve your health and well-being.
On arrival a detox consultation will conclude the best treatments to suit your needs. A body bio-impedance analysis will also be given to estimate body composition or body fat. Once these are both done the detox programme will be determined, then a start is made on targeting imbalances and getting the body into optimal health. There are many treatments that will help cleanse the body, such as body wraps and scrubs, lymphatic massages, traditional Asian foot and hand massages and use of an infrared sauna.
Holistic and water activities are also available for detoxing the mind and body, such as yoga, meditation, tai chi, plunge pools and steam caverns. You'll enjoy a delicious and healthy detox cuisine and feel completely relaxed and re-energised after the 7-day journey spent at Kamalaya.
For more information visit Kamalaya
The tennis academy week
Why not get energised by playing a sport you enjoy such as tennis? Situated on the beautiful hills of Cyprus, overlooking the vibrant blue sea is the Aphrodite Hills Tennis Academy, one of the world’s most popular tennis getaways. With nine state of the art tennis courts overlooking the sea, rejuvenate whilst learning and improving your tennis skills.
The tennis Academy is perfect for solos, couples or families, or for players of all levels and with the year-round warm climate. Professional instructors and private lessons are available for all levels of players, beginner, intermediate or advanced.
If you’re interested in additional activities, Aphrodite Hill's also provides group classes such as yoga, Zumba and kickboxing and has an award-winning spa where you can be pampered in extraordinary style. The Tennis Academy is guaranteed to sharpen and improve your skills, whilst having fun.
For more information visit Aphrodite Hills Tennis Academy
The stress-busting week
Stress can be a major component in your life because of work, family and social demands. It can be hard to find time to do the things you enjoy and the things you find relaxing. This is why it's important to take some time away to clear the head and to de-stress. The Chateau Organic Spa & Wellness Resort is an oasis waiting to be indulged and explored. Hidden away in the lush tropical rainforests of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, this elegant Chateau will not only take your stress away but it will also enchant you.
Being the first organic wellness retreat in the world, the Chateau stress relief programme will relieve tension, help regain inner balance and re-energise the body and mind. A nutritional and physical consultation are carried out to evaluate your current physical shape and level of well-being, including stress management counselling to help pin-point certain stress triggers.
Your day may start with a horseback ride through the rainforest and end with an array of luxurious therapies. Indulge in stress relief massages, reflexology, detox facials, lavender sugar glows and much more. For those that want to spend their time being active, there are plenty of options from jungle trekking, mountain biking, organic farming to tennis or golf. It doesn’t matter which way you choose to relax and unwind, there's a myriad of choices to suit everyone’s needs.
For more information visit The Chateau Stress Relief
The holistic boot camp
You might be asking yourself, what is a holistic boot camp? For those of you who don’t know it’s about losing weight where the needs of psychological, physical and social are met. The perfect balance can be found at Absolute Sanctuary Fitness, where they cater to improving fitness levels and the clarity of your mind through tailor-made programmes. Located in Thailand on the beautiful island of Koh Samui, this resort will transform you.
The week begins with a personalised programme based on fitness goals and a fitness assessment. Various fitness sessions will be set up indoors and outdoors, to include weight training, beach boot camp, cardio vascular workouts, Pilates and Muay Thai kick boxing lessons. These classes can be intense and will push you to your limit. The resistance and cardio training will be balanced with daily yoga classes, including Yin yoga, Ashtanga and Hot flow yoga. The day can end with back, neck and shoulder massages or a Thai massage with a herbal heat compress, in order to work out tired muscles. At the week's end, the mind should be relaxed and the body conditioned.
For more information visit Absolute Sanctuary Fitness
The adventure fitness week
It’s no surprise that people seek an adventure after long and enduring days of repetitive work. A holiday packed with thrill seeking fun and inspiring adventure is exactly what you need! The Zighy Bay’s Sense of Adventure fitness retreat is filled with activities and adventures that will get your heart pumping and your senses enlightened.
You will get an adrenaline rush climbing the spectacular mountains and paragliding on arrival into the resort on the secluded bay of Oman. Activities include mountain biking, kayaking and boot camp training. The adventure doesn’t stop there, Zighy Bay also offers a variety of more mellow outings that are as equally exhilarating. You can charter a yacht and cruise the sea and watch the vibrant sunset. Wake-up doing sunrise pranayama, or try a meditation, nutrition or holistic class, and end the day with sundown yoga.
With a spa packed with wellness treatments including massage, facials and body scrubs so you can unwind and relax. There is no place that offers so much variety and luxury, you'll leave feeling rejuvenated and ready to take on any challenges that may come your way.
For more information visit Zighy Bay Sense of Adventure
The healthy–ageing week
Ageing is something everyone has to endure, some are embracing the idea and others hate the thought of it. The best way to approach ageing is by enjoying the journey and doing so healthily. On the crescent beach of St. Lucia lies The BodyHoliday retreat where the award-winning wellness centre will take care of your skin and health.
This island paradise is packed with wellness treatments and activities, aiming at four areas of health; exercise, balanced diet, restorative beauty and relaxation. The wellness centre has designed personal programmes that focus on the needs of each individual from skin and body toning, to stress relief, weight loss and healthy ageing. Treatments include CACI (Computer Aided Cosmetology Instrument) non-surgical lifts to tone your face and give you a more youthful complexion. Thalgo facials, nutritional consultations, health assessments and personal training will keep you looking and feeling young.
With the mind and body relaxed, stress will melt away and help fight the ageing process. The better you feel inside, the more radiant you'll appear on the outside. If you want to feel young and uplifted, then activities such as windsurfing or kayaking may be the adventure you need. Enjoy fitness classes such as spinning, Zumba, beach boxing or The Body Tone. Holistic classes include yoga, Pilates, Meditation, Tai Chi and Qi Gong.
For more information visit The BodyHoliday Healthy Ageing
For advice, guidance and booking visit www.healthandfitnesstravel.com or call 0845 5441936.
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