Working (Out) Holiday
The World’s Best Fitness Retreat Destinations
Whether you’re an avid sports fan, a fitness addict, or after a different way to get into exercise; the idea of packing your bags and heading to a country many miles away from home to burn those extra calories off is in. Usually lasting for at least a week, the many fitness havens on offer has you spoilt for choice. Here are some of the best destinations that’ll make you reach your perfect shape in your new favourite country: from Bali to St. Lucia, the Philippines to Spain, there’s a workout holiday for everyone.
Deep stretching over the rice paddies of Bali
The awe of Bali in Indonesia attracts thousands of visitors every year for a number of reasons: temple exploring, ancient ruins and endless beauty found in its beaches and volcanic regions. What also adds to Bali’s appeal is the abundance of fitness retreats that aim to please every fitness level. Known for its picturesque views and beautiful diving spots, Bali is the perfect place for both bootcamps and fitness retreats that brings in a lot of fitness-goers each year. If you like the underwater with a heavy dose of relaxation in between burning those calories, Bali is your best bet
One example of a fitness camp found in Bali is aimed at giving you the full detox. With a mixture of high intensity workouts and low cardio exercises, and several wellness activities thrown into the mix, these camps guarantee not only to improve your health physically but also mentally. These fitness retreats also provide you with some of the best cuisine made by Bali’s resident chefs to fully experience the benefits of the retreat.
Alternatively, you can try a much more hardcore solution with a bootcamp that touches elements of Crossfit, lengthy cardio exercises and weight lifting. With many of these fitness retreats boasting at least 3 workouts a day, with hugely nutritious meals in between, it’s claimed all the fat you want to shift will be replaced with muscle. For the most part, many go for the quick fix, but those that are after the extra physical challenge can test their mettle.
Sun, sea & mud baths in St. Lucia
Working out on the Caribbean coast surely sounds like the dream, with St. Lucia being one of the top destinations for the ideal fitness and holidaying experience. With Tai Chi, spa breaks, detox sessions and even the more vigorous forms of exercise on offer you’re spoilt for choice with breathtaking views to take in and coconut water on tap in St. Lucia.
Tai Chi is a hit in St. Lucia, with various retreats dedicated to the martial art that often resembles yoga. It’s also beneficial for almost anyone at any age or physical ability, with both mental and physical bonuses. You can even mix it up as much as you please, with a variation of fitness classes, yoga and pilates on offer to target those trouble areas.
Being a volcanic island, the mud baths are one of the highlights of St. Lucia that draws numbers of visitors each year. Mud baths are known for their youthful properties and also aids in muscle and joint repair, as well as drawing the toxins from your body, relieving stress and exfoliating your entire body. Great for a spa break, after a hard workout or just because you deserve one.
Or you can speed it up a little with the triathlon team, who run training bootcamps every year! These are geared for the annual triathlon and championship that many from across the globe flock to every year, with all the dietary advice and workouts you need to reach the finish line. Perfect for those aiming for their personal goals, or to even tick something off the bucket list.
Climb through the mystical highlands in the Philippines
Made up of over 7,500 islands, the Philippines is full of immense beauty that’s often overlooked by visitors. With the Philippines being a huge biodiversity hub filled with beaches, mountains and rainforests, it also bodes well for the fitness industry with many fitness camps and retreats for those after a workout in one of the most incredible countries in Southeast Asia. As soon as you leave its capital and urban heart, Manila, you begin your journey through an oasis of untouched greenery, sands and rolling rice paddies.
The Batangas, the home of the world’s most highly acclaimed beaches, is the perfect getaway for fitness enthusiasts. Surrounded by lush flora and fauna, the idyllic land of Batangas gives you the best of both worlds, being both rich in exercise and biodiversity. Many of the fitness retreats in this part of the world cater to the vegan lifestyle that include meal plans to suit any dietary need. What’s more is the number of treks throughout the wondrous highlands mixed with general fitness activities such as circuit training, meditation and power walks. After exploring the forest regions you can take yourself down to the white sandy beaches that have been named the most beautiful beaches in the world. Catch some rays and soak in the crystal clear blue sea to round off your trip.
Get your fitness fix in the Spanish mountains
Aside from having Sangria and tapas to your hearts content, Spain is also filled with some of the best European-based fitness resorts. With both fitness solutions in the mountainous areas and in the tourist hotspots that cater to your every whim, this cosmopolitan country with all the sunny rays you could possibly ask for is a dream.
Wellness clinics in Spain are the latest in resorts that focus on medical conditions, fostering healthy habits and maintaining a much better way of life. Their aim is to improve the lifestyles and diets of all residents by using a range of different exercise routines and sticking to a highly nutritious diet. These detox escapes can work wonders for those in need of a swifter push into a weight loss program without going to extreme lengths or using dangerous methods to reach those fitness goals. Hospitality, relaxation and boosting your physical health are the main goals of these clinics which will cater to your every requirement.
If you’re after the party scene without the hefty hangover, Andalucía is the place to go. With the traditional highlights showing everything the world knows about Spain – eating tapas and paella, dancing the flamenco and mingling with matadors – you truly experience something much more authentic, with exercise to boot! The Sierra de Las Nieves (The Mountains of Snow) is ideal for the explorer in you with plenty of footpaths and cycle routes to choose from. In between the more vigorous exercise sessions you can also try the many yoga and pilates sessions delivered in the heart of the mountains.
All fitness packages and retreats from these countries can vary in cost, with some starting at $400 and others costing over $2,000, depending on the results you desire and your budget. However, alternatives are available such as day trips or 3 – 5 day long workout classes that allow you to see the sights and get in shape.
So whether you’re after that toned body you’ve wanted for a few months (or years), or even just a break away from your office desk, exercise retreats, spa breaks or a week-long yoga escape and detox are well worth the journey. Getting to see your favourite countries whilst raising your heart rate is one of the best ways to see the world by burning calories. So get your active gear on, bring out your best trainers and swimsuit and hop on a plane to your perfect fitness getaway.