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5 fitness holidays to get you in shape fast

These fitness holidays will fastback your summer body, from full-on bootcamp to aquafit and Pilates, there’s something to suit everyone, handpicked by healthy holiday expert Kathryn Brierley

A recent study has found that the number of Brits planning for a fitness holiday has doubled over the past year as yoga retreats abroad are 48 per cent cheaper than those hosted in the UK. It’s apparent that a new holiday trend is coming to the forefront of fitness.

Kathryn Brierley, founder of The Healthy Holiday Company shares her top tips for those looking to get in shape this spring. From intense pilates bootcamps to all inclusive fitness hotels, these action-packed holidays will leave you feeling healthy and refreshed – with all the tools necessary to ensure you stay motivated at home.

Epic Bootcamp at Epic Sana – Algarve, Portugal
Crystal blue water & palms trees encompass Epic Sana

Kick start spring with a tailor-made bootcamp in sunny Portugal – leaving you feeling fitter, healthier and motivated to continue with the good work at home. The intense week includes 5 hours of varied exercise
Bootcamps are held in Portugaleach day

each day, a wellness workshop and access to the fitness room – plus Epic Vital daily activities such as yoga, pilates, aquafit and step. Though there’s still plenty of time to relax on the white-sand beach, take a dip in the five outdoor swimming pools and unwind in the huge 1,500 sq.m Sayanna Spa. Spend evenings relaxing in bars and restaurants dotted around the resort, all with pretty terraces for al fresco dining.

7 nights available from £1,949pp based on 2 sharing a Deluxe Room on a full-board basis, including full bootcamp programme and airport transfers. Price excludes flights.

All Inclusive Fitness and Excellent Value for Money – Galasol, Madeira
The view overlooking Galasol Lido

Take an all-inclusive trip to fitness-focused Hotel Galasol where a huge variety of complimentary health and fitness classes are on offer, from pilates and yoga to aqua gym, Body Pump, spinning and Zumba – you will leave feeling much fitter and totally refreshed. The adventurous can also enjoy mountain biking, hiking, horse riding, trail running, sea kayaking and whale watching along the islands rocky coastline – and if you feel the need for some pampering afterwards, head to the beautiful Ayurvedic spa for some
Poolside at Galasol

real relaxation. Galasol also offers a fun beach side lido, complete with swimming pool, sunbathing areas and jump off points into the sea.

7 nights available from £595pp, based on 2 sharing a Garden View Room on a B&B basis, including return flights from London, airport transfers and a comprehensive programme of fitness/wellbeing classes.


New Pilates Bootcamp at Absolute Sanctuary, Koh Samui, Thailand
Pilates are key to this holiday
Gorgeous view of Absolute Sanctuary

Travel to Thailand for an intense week of pilates at Absolute Sanctuary’s new bootcamp, ideal for those looking to attain that perfect bikini body this spring, by toning muscles, increasing strength and boosting endurance – all whilst staying in a tropical paradise. Ideal for beginners or aficionados alike, Absolute Sanctuary’s week-long bootcamp offers daily reformer classes, postural analysis’, Thai stretches and unlimited group fitness sessions – all from expert instructors. The bootcamp also incorporates a wellness consultation, three spa cuisine meals each day and a couple of soothing massages to restore aching muscles! Spend free time relaxing by the pool – taking in the fantastic tropical vistas.

7 nights available from £1,965pp, based on 2 sharing on a full-board basis, including return flights, transfers and full pilates bootcamp.

Shanti Som Fitness Break, Marbella, Spain
Yoga class at Shanti Som

Fly to sunny Spain this spring for an energising fitness programme at Shanti Som, just 25 minutes north of Marbella. Escape the hustle and bustle of modern life and immerse yourself in all things healthy and peaceful. Enjoy a combination of healthy cuisine and fitness training – including 5 personal training sessions, 3 sessions of aquagym, 3 power plate sessions and 2 guided hikes and return home feeling
Nighttime at the Shanti Som resort

fitter, healthier and inspired to keep up the good work. With plenty of free time to relax, take a dip in the hillside pool and unwind in stylish accommodation – where elegant design, thatched roof-tops and a sprinkling of giant Buddhas create the sense of being on another continent.

6 nights available from £1,635pp based on 2 sharing on a full-board basis, including all fitness classes, 2 spa treatments and use of spa facilities. Price excludes flights.


New fitscape Location – Paradis Plage, Morocco
Sunrise at Paradise Plage

Get summer ready at beachside hotel Paradis Plage, where dedicated fitness holiday specialist fitscape has recently launched their 2015 programme. Take part in 5 hours of indoor and outdoor fitness sessions each day, with a range of core, cardio and strength classes all lead by dedicated instructors. Located on a 3-mile stretch of beach, Paradis Plage has a great choice of additional activities on its doorstep including beach runs, hiking, body boarding, expert surfing facilities and a beautiful beach front glass walled yoga studio. All classes and activities are optional, so you can do as much or as little as you like
Surf’s up at Paradis Plage Beach

and evenings are relaxed, sociable and fun at the end of a rewarding day’s work. The resort also offers a choice of three restaurants, a boutique spa – with treatments to soothe tired muscles – and an outdoor cinema. Plus, fitscape are now offering 4-night fitness stays for those with limited time – so no more excuses!

4, 5 or 7 nights available from £795pp based on 2 sharing a Junior Suite on a half board basis, including all fitness activities and transfers. Price excludes flights.

*Research by Travelex


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