Fitness holidays are more popular than ever, and with good reason. It’s only natural you should want to feel re-energised and re-vitalised after your hard-earned break, and you don’t want to break that gym streak you’ve got going. Rather than gorging on guilty pleasures and spending loads of time getting horizontal, many of today’s holidaymakers want a trip to leave them feeling leaner.
If you’re looking for a healthy getaway in 2018, you’ll be spoilt for choice. From tough-but-rewarding bootcamps to luxurious retreats, here are our favourite destinations for fitness and well-being this coming year:
Fitness is far from punishing when you escape to this Indian Ocean retreat. Nestled on the banks of the beautiful Chwaka Bay, the Michamvi Sunset Resort is among Zanzibar’s best. It’s here you’ll be able to experience the Wildfitness programme – one which makes use of the stunning surrounds. Just a stone’s throw from your beachfront villa, you can take advantage of assessments and guidance classes with expert instructors, multiple training sessions per day and plenty of deep tissue massages.
While out there, you’ll return to a natural way of eating – living off the local ecosystem only. Coconuts grown onsite will make for the perfect breakfast, while fish caught that day will be on the menu for dinner.
And there’s still plenty of time set aside for getting horizontal – be it lounging beneath a palm tree or snorkelling the reefs.
7 Nights from £2,840 – Flights to Zanzibar from Manchester Airport
QC Terme Bagni di Bormio
You don’t need to be an avid skier to make the most of a week in Bormio. Hiding at the heart of the Italian Alps, those looking to hit the slopes certainly won’t be disappointed. There are some of Europe’s finest runs in the vicinity. But there’s even more to this mountain escape than you might think.
The town is also home to hot springs. At rustic and beautiful resorts such as QC Terme Bagni di Bormio, you’ll even find mountainside thermal baths. With both 4 and 5 star hotels in the grounds, there’s an endless list of massages and spa treatments on offer, all set to grand architecture and stunning surrounds.
7 nights from £1,845 – Flights to Innsbruck from Manchester Airport
The Body Camp Ibiza
With its party reputation, Ibiza is not the most obvious location if you want to come back to Blighty feeling rejuvenated. But there’s much more to the White Isle than superclubs. Ibiza has a history of spirituality and well-being that goes back centuries, making this a perfect place to get some TLC for your mind, body and soul.
Your base for the week will be a vast, rustic villa set within acres of beautiful gardens. With plush rooms, a swimming pool, a tennis court and a yoga deck all on-site, you’ll want for nothing.
But that’s not to say it’s all about relaxation. A stay at the Body Camp promises an action-packed schedule, with 7am starts for running sessions, circuit training and superfood shots. With clean-eating cookery demos and healing sessions to break things up, you won’t believe how much better you feel by the time you head home.
7 nights from £1,815 – Flights to Ibiza from Manchester Airport
Alila Diwa Goa
Wonderfully set in South Goa, this resort applies the modernised principles of Ayurveda – a system of healing and medicine that originates from the Indian subcontinent. During your stay, you’ll enjoy lifestyle activities tailored to five themes; cultural learning, conscious living, active spirits, culinary arts and couple celebration.
As the sun rises over the swaying palms and paddy fields each day, you’ll wake for al-fresco yoga. Along with plenty of pools and spa treatments to keep you busy, you’ll make use of this lush region for activities such as cycling and running.
The entire resort reflects the tradition and uniqueness of Goan architecture. Built from local materials, there’s a real focus on sustainability and giving back to the community here. Culturally rich and perfectly serene, there’s no better place to recharge your batteries.
7 nights from £1,390 – Flights to Goa from Manchester Airport
Club La Santa
If you’re a true sport and fitness fanatic, Club La Santa might just be your paradise. Tucked away on the northwest coast of Lanzarote, it claims to be the number one sports and active holiday resort in the world.
The list of things for you to do here is almost endless. You could start the day with a spot of aerobics as the sun comes up, before competing in a basketball tournament come lunch. You could fill your afternoon by either cycling through Lanzarote’s volcanic landscapes or scuba diving in its waters. It’s up to you to do as much or as little as you like.
You are on holiday after all, so some downtime will always be in order. The resort’s on-site spa has everything you’ll need to unwind; from a hydrotherapy bath to a cold dip.
7 nights from £539 – Flights to Lanzarote from Manchester Airport
Relaxing retreats and active escapes are right on your doorstep when you choose flights from Manchester Airport.