All those looking to ditch the crowded gym and head abroad for their fitness fix this year listen up- Co Founder of The Healthy Holiday Company Kathryn Brierley has teamed up with House of Coco to share her top tips on the most fabulous fitness getaways in 2016. From new Pilates workouts in Turkey and intense bootcamps Portugal to Jazz dancing, PowerPlate and kickboxing in Ibiza, these action-packed holidays are sure to leave you feeling healthy and refreshed with all the tools necessary to stay motivated at home.
Europe’s largest sports and fitness resort is an ideal option for fitness fanatics looking for a short haul option. Set in the south east of Fuerteventura, Playitas offers a huge selection of activities; from the usual tennis, circuit training and road biking to the more unusual fitness bootcamps, combat classes, open water swimming training and Nordic walking. Those feeling slightly drained after a busy day needn’t worry, as the resort also offers plenty of complimentary wellbeing classes such as yoga, meditation and zumba. Finish the day with a dip in the Olympic sized swimming pool, a restorative massage or simply relax on a lounger under the warm rays.
7 nights available from £595pp based on two sharing a Standard Double room on a B&B basis including return flights, airport transfers and a daily selection (approx 10) of health and fitness classes.
Located in the sleepy town of Gocek on Turkey’s sparkling south coast, the boutique D-Resort offers an alternative to traditional fitness activities- combining mat and machine based Pilates- perfect for those looking to tone up in a truly stunning setting. Learn the basics with daily group sessions before taking advantage of 4 private lessons, where experts teach the art of alignment, flexibility and endurance. Spend free time soothing tired muscles in the spa, taking a stroll around the town and relaxing on the private beach- keeping eyes peeled for wild turtles. Accommodation comes in the form of bright and airy bedrooms, each decorated in relaxing neutral shades with marble bathrooms and sweeping coastal views.
7 nights available from £865pp based on two sharing an Attic Room with private terrace on a B&B basis including return flights, airport transfers, 1x daily group mat Pilates class and 4x private Pilates reformer classes.
Head to Epic Sana on Portugal’s sunny south coast for a tailor-made bootcamp that aims to leave holidaymakers feeling fitter, healthier and motivated to continue their fitness efforts once home. The intense week focuses on building confidence, endurance and ability and includes 5 hours of exercise per day as well as wellness workshops and Epic Vital activities including yoga, Pilates, aquafit and step. The programme also incorporates a balanced ‘clean eating’ meal plan to maximize performance and aid weight loss. There’s still plenty of time to unwind on the beach, visit the spa and spend evenings relaxing in alfresco bars and restaurants dotted around the resort.
7 nights available from £1,949pp based on 2 sharing a Deluxe Room on a full-board basis, including airport transfers, 1x fitness evaluation, 5x daily hours of exercise, 1x wellness workshop, 1x Kaori massage and access to a daily selection of health and fitness classes. Price excludes flights.
Enjoy the peaceful side of Ibiza on a fitness-focused break at sleek hotel Aguas de Ibiza, combining active workouts with a variety of fun alternatives such as kickboxing, dancing, hiking and yoga- ideal for those looking to boost their fitness levels and disconnect from their daily routine. Opt for an hour of fat burning circuits on the beach before experimenting with jazz dance classes, kickboxing lessons, HIIT training and water fitness sessions- there are even a handful of Hydrorider bikes in the pool. After daily workouts, head to the rooftop pool to relax on white daybeds or take a scenic hike, visit the spa or head to the beach for snorkelling and stand up paddle boarding.
6 nights available from £1,580pp based on two sharing a Deluxe Room on a half board basis including airport transfers, 1x nutritional consultation, 1x 50 minute massage, access to daily fitness classes and choice of 1x extra activity per day; from PowerPlate sessions to jazz dance classes. Price excludes flights.
Fly to sunny Spain for an energising fitness programme at Shanti Som, set just 25 minutes north of popular Marbella. Holidaymakers can enjoy a combination of clean cuisine and fitness training whilst immersing themselves in all things healthy and peaceful. The programme offers a range of activities from personal training sessions to PowerPlate, aquagym, guided hikes and yoga classes. With plenty of free time, guests can explore the area on a mountain bike, relax in the hillside pool, head to the boutique spa or simply unwind in chic accommodation- where elegant design, thatched roofs and a sprinkling of giant Buddhas create the sense of being on another continent.
6 nights available from £1,635pp based on 2 sharing a Premium Room on a full-board basis including airport transfers, 1x nutritional consultation, 5x PT sessions, 3x aqua gym sessions, 3x PowerPlate classes, 3x yoga lessons 2x guided hikes and 2x spa treatments. Price excludes flights.
For those after something even more demanding, The Healthy Holiday Company has created a Fierce Fitness Collection of hotels that offer a range of physical challenges, from rigorous biathlon training to open water swimming tuition- pushing guests to the limit during the day before returning in time for a pre-dinner cocktail!
To book any of the above, or for more information, visit www.thehealthyholidaycompany.com.