Holidays are all about relaxing, but instead of doing that with a glass of wine as you tuck into an all-inclusive buffet, the current trend is for looking after your mind and and improving your body on a wellness break.
The idea is that combining relaxation, wellness and an exotic location creates the holiday of a lifetime, from which you return home feeling refreshed and a little more toned, as opposed to half a stone heavier and sunburnt.
There’s a huge amount of choice of wellness breaks, with companies such as Health and Fitness Travel and Wellbeing Escapes, for example, offering everything from wellness retreats and health spa holidays, to special programmes focusing on fitness, weight-loss or detoxing.
And the choice doesn’t end there – you can opt for specialist yoga, Pilates or Ayurveda retreats, try an anti-ageing or stress management spa holiday, or even choose a spa break to heal a broken heart.
If it’s your first wellness break, look for a wellness holiday company that offers expert spa and fitness teams, including professionals ranging from personal trainers to nutritionists and doctors, to give advice and support so you have the necessary tools to bring what you learn on your trip back to use at home.
You should be given a consultation at the start of your holiday, looking at your current lifestyle as well as your goals, before following a tailor-made health and fitness programme that aims to make you feel rejuvenated and restored.
Here are three trips to consider…
Set on a range of rugged hills overlooking clear waters and white sands, Forte Village offers a Fusion Fitness holiday where you can embark on a tailor-made fitness schedule, including personalised boot camp training, kettlebell workouts and Pilates, before enjoying healing spa treatments like Thalassotherapy, which combines seawater and marine mud to leave your skin glowing.
Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891) offers 7 nights at Forte Village from £3,730pp or £5,635 for single occupancy. Price includes accommodation, half-board, a Fusion Fitness programme, return flights and transfers.
Guided mindfulness workshops are on offer at Porto Elounda Golf & Spa Resort in Crete, where you can try meditation and reiki, and enjoy views of the Aegean Sea as you (power) walk along the coast. There’s aqua jogging in the pool, indoor triathlon training, or completely unwind with physiotherapy or a pressure point massage in the Six Senses Spa, where you can meditate and practice pranayama, reconnecting you with your inner self.
Health and Fitness Travel offers 7 nights at Porto Elounda from £1,680pp or £2,935 for single occupancy. Price includes accommodation, a Mindful Triathlon programme, full-board, return flights and transfers.
Reach and maintain your optimum beach body at the Barai Spa in Thailand, where personal training, detoxifying body therapies, yoga, nutrition and mindfulness sessions will help you reset your lifestyle.
Health and Fitness Travel offers 7 nights at The Barai Spa from £2,935pp or £4,020 for single occupancy. Price includes accommodation, a Healthy Weight Kick-Starter programme, full-board, return flights and transfers.