38 Degrees North, Marbella
Launched in 2012, 38 Degrees originally started out in Ibiza but has since launched in Marbella this year. If you’re seeking intense workouts in a zen atmosphere (think sunrise HIIT sessions) combined with a nutritious food plan designed to change unhealthy habits, then look no further. The retreat also includes beachside accommodation, personal life coaching and a four-week training plan that you can continue back home to reset your routine. It’s not all completely hardcore either – expect functional training thrown in too, including stretching, kettlebell training and yoga.
The Body Camp, Ibiza
Dubbed as more than just a ‘fitness bootcamp,’ The Body Camp in Ibiza counteracts the island’s well-known party vibe with a space of calm, spirituality and routines that deliver serious results. With fans including Caroline Flack, Emma Willis and Mel C, The Body Camp villa is a huge property with a beautiful infinity pool where you can chill out when the hard work is done. Every day starts with high intensity workouts, followed by nutritious breakfasts that are mostly plant-based – as are the dinners. You’ll also partake in hiking, burpees, boxing and aerobic style exercises for ultimate toning. As for downtime, it’s sparse, but there are holistic therapies on offer such as reiki, reflexology and massages for winding down in the evenings.
Extreme Fitness Camp Cabarete, Dominican Republic
If there was ever a place to work hard on kicking yourself into shape, it’s here in the Dominican Republic. Set among the most beautiful surroundings, your retreat will be held at the Extreme Hotel, and will consist of a week’s personal training in small group workouts. The activities vary daily so you don’t build a tolerance to them, but as a general idea, you’ll take part in CrossFit-style training, circuits, strength moves, lifting, boxing and bodyweight exercises. Intense, yes, but you’ll be rewarded with farm-to-table meals at the restaurant (aka the freshest food possible), while an onsite nutritionist will help you to make a plan of maintaining your habits when you land back home.
Helios Retreat, Mykonos
Staying in a luxe villa by Mykonos’ well-known Aegean Sea, this retreat is all about balance, allowing you to take in and enjoy the surrounding area, while still benefiting from high-intensity training, coupled with guided meditation, too. You’ll be pleased to know that you’re not thrown in at the deep end upon arrival, either. In fact, you’re greeted with a post-travel massage or given the option for another spa treatment before kick-starting your four to six-day plan. The perfect place to soak up vitamin D while transforming your body and soothing your soul.
Hillmotts Retreat, Cotswolds
Whether you’re a fitness fanatic or a complete beginner, these three to six-day retreats have something for everybody. A typical day will involve a blast of HIIT before taking a break (with snacks, too) and then challenging yourself to a core blast session, then finally stretching out weary muscles. The best bit? The sessions feel speedy and you get regular breaks for eating, along with fitness and nutrition workshops which are both educational and enjoyable.
Peak Health Retreat, Switzerland
One for those wanting to approach their fitness in a holistic way, this retreat is led by a team of global wellness experts who help you to gain understanding about your body and its potential. The idea of the whole experience is to help you push your boundaries – both mentally and physically. When you aren’t hiking up mountains and glaciers, you can relax in The Capra – the five-star hotel that have partnered with Peak Health – to enjoy treatments including facials and massages. As for day-to-day, you’ll three training sessions per day (a mix of personal and group training), two spa treatments to alleviate sore muscles and food preparation courses with a nutritionist and chef, tailored to your needs and set tastes. If you get some time out, we recommend exploring the village of Saas-Fee for its picturesque qualities and quaint shops.
Reboot Fitness, France
Consider yourself the ‘outdoorsy’ type? This ones for you with exercises including sunrise yoga, surfing, cycling and hiking. The premise of the retreat is to help you rest and recover with the opportunity to relax, read a book by the pool or even lie on the beach – it’s definitely a case of work hard, rest hard here. It’s also a great opportunity to meet new people with a like-minded approach to wellness and fitness, with French cuisine delivered and cooked for you every morning and evening, too. Expect to leave feeling completely refreshed and revitalised – ideal for worn out city slickers.
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