New year, new you, right?! If you’re not welcoming the new year with a spring in your step, perhaps one of your resolutions should be to make time for R&R by booking a health and fitness retreat in 2021.
I went on one last year, and despite battling with weight issues and mental health it was a trip I loved and would do over and over again. I came home feeling great, a lot lighter and feeling full of energy!
Stepping away from your everyday life to relax and feel restored is not something you should see as only an indulgence, it should be part of your 12-month plan to put you first, and concentrate on making you the best person you can be. And you don’t have to go with someone either, all of these retreats welcome solo travellers…
HHH Retreats – Various locations
If you hadn’t already noticed from my social media channels back in April of last year I headed off to the wonderful island of Crete for a detox, fitness and yoga retreat with HHH Retreats! The idea of the retreats are to give you both a challenge for your body and relaxation for your mind; to give you a break from the chaos of life, and spend 7 days really working on you, mentally and physically. The retreats cater for all different fitness levels so no matter what size, shape or fitness level you are, they can customise your week’s schedule and they are always on hand to push you further if you need it, or give you time off if you’ve pushed your body too far. Chef Alan Wichert caters for ALL detox dietary requirements as well.
We spent the mornings out and about on the island, and then afternoons sitting by the pool or taking a beach swim, before an evening HIIT workout with the trainers, including Personal Trainers Divan Kombrink and Mel Deane – who is now training Rio Ferdinand for his new boxing career – and a yoga session with the wonderful Phoebe Greenacre. The first morning we ventured out on a hike & bike through 30km of countryside, the second day we headed out on the bikes 17km uphill to the Arkadi Monastry and then on the third and fourth day we went out on hikes with Hiking Guide Mike Veros around the local villages; all with incredible views across the island and we visited a Spirulina plant to see how it’s made during one of the hikes.
Their next retreat will be at the gorgeous Vilamarques in Vilamoura, Algarve, Portugal over Easter – 9 bedroom stunning villa all en suite rooms with amazing pool area and training/yoga grassy area….. Dates – Wed 28th March – Tue 3rd April – Easter Break – from £1395 per person all inclusive with Sophie’s Suitcase Special Discount – (flights not included but good prices at around £170 LGW to Faro). Their second retreat is then at the stunning 5* Emelisse Hotel on the Greek island of Kefalonia featuring the team from Restoring-health.co.uk from May 5th-12th, 2018. If an outdoor rugged wilderness adventure is your cup of tea then their retreats in Calgary, Canada are sure to be a hit. Next retreat dates are May 20th – 24th, May 27th – 31st and July 15th – July 19thwith amazing training from NFL superstar Tommy Europe! Prices start from £1795 per person all inclusive with Sophie’s Suitcase Special Discount (excluding flights). From beginner to expert, the HHH team will have something for you. Just quote SOPHIE for your special £100 off per room discount! Book here: HHH Retreats.
Body and Mind Reboot – UK
Ann Marie and Sheila first became neighbours then best of friends back in 2011 both having a passion for health, sport and nutrition they decided to co found a brand-new business venture called BMR Body and Mind Reboot (BMR). a residential fitness course which combines the best of a “re-treat” and a “bootcamp”. Their aim is to help clients to reboot their body and mind through good nutrition, exercise, sleep, and growth mindset development to enable them to make permanent, positive, lifestyle changes. BMR believe that simplicity and sustainability is the key to fitness. Their reboot programmes are carefully designed to ensure clients are equipped to build a positive relationship with real food and find ways to exercise and be active that suit their lifestyle.
Personal trainers incorporate a variety of different exercises suitable for any age and fitness level. They push you and show you what you are capable of with great support and encouragement. It’s a personal journey, it’s not a competition. Groups numbers are no more than 15. This ensures that each client gets the support they need. There are also fantastic post reboot support networks to help you stay on track.
The residential reboots are held at an amazing location called Outfields Farm, just 35 minutes from Milton Keynes by car and only 40 minutes from London by Train. Outfields Farm was a winning property on the Channel 4 TV show – 4 In a Bed! Residential reboots (3, 5 or 7 days) and taster days run throughout the year. There are ladies only, male only, mixed groups and corporate team building events. There are still a small number of places for the next Taster day on Sunday 21st January and our residential courses. For more information visit www.bodyandmindreboot.co.uk
Chaya Yoga – India
Chaya Yoga are hosting two magical retreats in what Conde Nast Traveller named Goa’s most luxurious eco retreat, Kaju Varo. In typical Chaya style the retreats will have enchanting twists. The February (10 -21) retreat with acclaimed yoga instructor Aquila Dunford Wood is titled “From The Heart” and will be centred around the concept that “home is where the heart is” teaching self-love and how to connect to our hearts intention through dynamic and introspective yoga in a beautiful setting.
The March (12 -21) retreat, “Find Your Voice”, will be led by the almighty Durga Devi who has been teaching Jivamukti yoga for over 20 years. Durga, a New Yorker and former musician knows how to chant – with a raw, powerful voice and infectious energy, she will have even the quietest of guests soon losing their inhibitions, letting go and proudly chanting out into the mango groves. By the end of the nine-day retreat guests will feel more alive and communicative than ever.
Azulfit Yoga and Pilates Retreats – Various locations
Experience yoga and Pilates in paradise at one of Azulfit´s two dedicated year round retreat centres in 2018- their 10 year anniversary year. You can choose to be nestled amongst volcanoes, rolling hills and windmills at the wellbeing paradise of the Surya Retreat, or delight in an unforgettable beach yoga holiday at the oasis of the Lotus Retreat. Both centres offer the Azulfit Signature Experience- a unique blend of world-class yoga and Pilates, uplifting meditation, indulgent, relaxing therapies and scrumptious vegetarian cuisine; a winning formula that has been working its magic on the beautiful island of Fuerteventura for 10 years.
Azulfit also offer a host of additional Speciality Retreats for those of you who want to immerse in a particular teaching style or experience, or to try a new location. This year the programme is especially packed full to celebrate their 10 year anniversary, with Pilates, Barre, Ashtanga, Jivamukti, and Women’s Wellness retreat weeks in Fuerteventura, and location retreats in Goa, Santorini and California. They will also host the third annual Vinyasa teacher training (200 hrs) in June with Andrea Everingham. Prices start from 700e for 7 nights, with classes, accommodation, meals, a one hour therapeutic massage, plus all equipment included.
The Body Camp – UK and Ibiza
The Body Camp UK Heart Core Fitness Retreat, 3rd – 24th February, Osea Island, Maldon, Essex. Think The Hamptons meets the English Country Coast and you have the latest location for The Body Camp’s UK pop up, which is running from the 3rd to 24th February 2018. More hard core than our Ibiza counterpart, this fitness retreat is focused on burning fat and shaking up a sluggish system after the festive slump. Based in on a magical, seaside island in a beautifully restored beachside house with wonderful views of the coast.
All The Body Camp fun and challenging fitness programme, focused on maximum fat loss, we have an exciting indoor and outdoor mix of activities. With our renowned 80% plant-based, seasonal organic menus and nutritional coaching, dancing, music, entertainment, evening games, deep baths, log fires, music quiz nights, loads of laughter and an experience you’ll remember forever with a great group of people. You’ll leave lighter, leaner, focused and feeling fantastic, ready to take on the world after only a week, or 2 or 3!
Absolute Sanctuary – Thailand
Absolute Sanctuary is located on the North Eastern side of Koh Samui, also known as the island of healing. They are located just 5 mins drive away from the airport and the popular Chaweng & Cheong Mon beaches. ABSOLUTE SANCTUARY is part of Absolute You ,Thailand’s leading health & lifestyle brand, making us the only fitness wellness resort in Asia to have credible background support for our outstanding fitness & wellness programs. ABSOLUTE YOU, health & lifestyle evolution, are the inventors of hip & effective exercise trends with 15 years of experience running successful studios. They are not only specialists in yoga, Pilates, healthy food and functional training but are also a training academy that turns out the best instructors and chefs.
Soul Circus – UK and France
If you simply want a day of yoga, check out Soul Circus! Founded in 2016 by Ella and Roman Wroath, Soul Circus Yoga and Wellness festival was born to break the mould. Having opened a yoga studio in Cheltenham and attended multiple yoga festivals around the world, Ella convinced her husband to put on something the wellness world hadn‘t seen before. The two called on their family and friends to build a festival focused on yoga, food and music: an intimate setting free of judgement or expectation. Two years and four thousand happy guests later, Ella and Roman are set to take Soul Circus on the road.
YOGA : We believe in yoga for everybody. If you‘ve just started or you‘ve mastered the art of the handstand, Soul Circus has the class for you. From hatha to aerial, it‘s our goal to give you something new to try out at Soul Circus. FOOD : Food is fuel. We partner with The Holistic Chef and local farmers to provide fresh and satisfying food all weekend long. Whatever your taste, we‘ve got you covered. MUSIC : Music is what moves us. We aim to bring you a variety of genres from buskers to DJs so you can find your vibe and groove.
There are just so many options to choose from…. which one will you be going on?! Let me know if you decide to book any of these retreats!
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