Fit to be tried
How’s the New Year exercise regime going for you? Thought as much. So why not shape up with one of these tip-top fitness holidays instead
Give your body a break in St Lucia
Buff up your beleaguered body with a trip to the Body Holiday in St Lucia, an award- winning fitness resort whose marketing motto is: “Give us your body for a week and we’ll give you back your mind.” It offers a balanced mix of pampering and exercise including all sorts of scrubs, wraps and massages in its spa – the perfect way to un-kink after a day spent in its yoga and Pilates studios, or recovering from one of its “hard core” gym workouts. Join organised morning walks, combat fitness classes or simply rely on the water skiing and windsurfing programmes to strengthen your core.
Either way you will get back not just your mind but a smaller body too. A week’s all-inclusive stay costs €3,907 in May, including a 30 per cent online discount.
Seriously healthy in Spain
There are hospitals and there are hotels but who would have thought the twain could meet? While you have been busy putting off being good until mañana, guests at the SHA Wellness Clinic in Valencia have been enjoying health and nutrition checkups, super healthy cuisine, yoga, tai chi, deep tissue massage and the services of a personal trainer. Ditch the eggs this Easter in favour of a five-day programme here including all sorts of therapeutic treatments such as deep tissue and craniocervical massage (relax, it’s just your head) plus lymphatic drainage. Or call on the services of a personal trainer to design a bespoke programme for your wobbly bits. Priced from € 1,350 per person.
Change for the better in Bali
Want to change your life? Start with a trip to the Como Shambhala Estate, near Ubud in Bali. Billed as a “true retreat for change” it offers fitness-oriented breaks built not just around top-notch gym facilities but about being out in the great wide open and enjoying the spectacular scenery on its biking, hiking and water-based activity breaks. Combine that with its personalised cleanse programme to help improve lymphatic circulation and give your liver, bowels, kidneys and skin a boost too.
Hey, just because it doesn’t make you look any better in Lycra doesn’t mean it’s not worth doing. The all-inclusive programme, including airport transfers and a daily round of activities and treatments, costs from €4,533 for one week’s stay.
Endorphins in the Dolomites
Fitness break specialist Fitscape has seven-night holidays in the Dolomite Mountains of northern Italy, staying in a five-star hotel. On hand is a team of personal trainers and a packed programme of outdoor pursuits that promises to have you feeling energised, recharged and motivated to keep up the good work.