Holidays are a time to indulge and live the stress-free life away from the realities of being at home. A week, 10 days or for the lucky few, a fortnight or more, vacations have become the ultimate escape and more often than not can leave travellers feeling glum at the end of an easy-going week. So, why not try something good for the mind, body and soul, all in one?
From detox retreats in Thailand to adventure fitness holidays in Oman, experts in tailor-made active and wellness holidays at Health and Fitness Travel, have put together their 10 best Health and fitness retreats around the world to rejuvenate, refresh and improve your health and well-being in just seven days. Go on; give one of these healthy holidays a try this summer.
Here's Health and Fitness Travel's Top Ten Healthy Holiday Picks:
1. The Body-changing Boot Camp
There is no better way to get into shape than 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, and as the destination that Brits most like travelling to, this is the ideal place to enjoy the pristine 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 followed by an unwind session 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.
2. 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 from head to toe.
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 too. 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 very much at peace with yourself.
For more information visit Ananda Yoga Retreat.
3. 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. You will feel renewed and uplifted whilst detoxing on a macrobiotic diet that is especially designed to suit 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 Japanese most recently took up the concept and 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 visit SHA Wellness Clinic.
4. 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 unspoiled 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 account 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 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.
5. 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, Thailand, and 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.