Sitting on the beach next to aqua blue waters is luxurious and relaxing (not to mention amazing), but if you’re a bit of fitness fanatic you won’t be wanting to sit still for very long! If you’re looking for luxury and a bit of down time amidst a more active holiday, then you’ll love our top 10 fitness vacations of 2017.
If you don’t want to leave the comfort of the functional training zone for a whole week, no problem, Destino offers CrossFit-style retreats in the amazing locations of Mexico, Arizona and Hawaii. You can expect four-star accommodation, two workouts per day, skills sessions, 2-3 Paleo meals per day, organised group activities such as rock climbing, paddle boarding, hiking and much more.
If mountain biking is your thing, this could possibly be the best fitness holiday you ever go on! Sacred Rides offers a nine-day explorer ride through Greenland, fatbiking 200km across the spectacular and remote Arctic Circle (http://www.sacredrides.com/explorer-rides/greenland/arctic-circle-fatbike). If you love adventure, this has to be done!
Active Escapes turns up the heat with their Bali workout retreat. Escape to Echo Beach and enjoy seven days of fitness classes (including boxing, TRX sessions and HIIT) and yoga, balanced with massage and spa treatments. All meals and airport transfers are included.
If you’re looking for an adrenaline hit, then why not access off-trail perfect powder snow via a helicopter instead of a ski-lift? With Mike Weigele Helicopter Skiing in Canada you can do just that – take your pick from three-day, five-day or seven-day packages, with accommodation, gourmet meals, all equipment and ski gear included and experience skiing with a huge difference.
Find the balance you’ve been looking for with a seven-night getaway at Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat in Queensland’s Hinterland, where every day has scheduled activities designed to soothe your soul as well as your body. Ecotourism certified, health and wellbeing is the focus of Gwinganna and your stay includes organic meals and snacks, massages, wellness seminars and a health analysis. Activities include hiking, yoga, Pilates, dance, martial arts, all overlooking the scenic coast and surrounding valleys.
For a slightly slower pace, but still guaranteed to get your heart rate up, Backroads has a multitude of fitness holidays to chose from including a Slovenia and Italy bike ride through the Julian Alps and Friuli’s Collio wine region. Cycle along tranquil lanes with beautiful scenery and sample wines from one of Italy’s best kept wine region secrets.
National Geographic has named Costa Rica’s Nosara one of the top 20 surf spots in the world, so if you’re looking for a fitness holiday with ocean-based activities, why not head here for some pristine beaches and welcoming waves. The Harbour Reef Hotel offers surf excursions, as well as standup paddle boarding, kayak tours and snorkelling. They even throw in yoga and massage as a treat too.
Designed with fitness, nutrition and lifestyle in mind, the three-day Vitality Coach Retreats, set in stunning Noosa, are the ultimate in VIP fitness holidays. With coaching and activities set around individual goals. If you’re serious about your health, this experience is for you.
You don’t have to travel too far to experience a little bit of everything – strength and functional training sessions, hikes, kayaking, yoga and massage are what’s on offer at Aro Ha Wellness Adventure in New Zealand’s Southern Alps. The view alone will have you hooked, overlooking Lake Wakatipu on 21 acres of gorgeous sub-alpine terrain. This is the perfect fitness holiday if you’re looking for subtle adventure as well as a restful experience.
If you’re looking for a shorter, weekend fitness vacation, International Fitness Holidays offers a weekend fitness escape to Noosa, Queensland. With training sessions at secret local spots with the stunning coast as a backdrop, this weekend will leave you energised in body and spirit.