9 Of The Best Fitness Holidays (That Do Actually Work)

Want to lose weight in the sun? Take your gym routine international with these fabulous fitness holidays for all abilities…

1. Treat your mind, body & soul in St Lucia

Book into The BodyHoliday for an all-over transformation – with fitness classes, yoga sessions, personal trainers and outdoorsy workouts (such as sailing, waterskiing and scuba) on tap. And coupled with St Lucia’s gorgeous Caribbean setting, you’ll leave feeling like a new woman.

Each guest receives a 50-minute wellness treatment per day too – take your pick from facials, massages, body wraps and scrubs.

The BodyHoliday 
offers 7-night all-inclusive packages from £2,300pp, including flights – plus additional promotions available online.

2. Spa & fitness in the Algarve, Portugal

Want to come back from holiday feeling – and looking – 10 years younger? Then we have the perfect wellness holiday for you – a five-star summer escape to the beautiful Epic Sana resort in Portugal’s Algarve, exclusive to Woman & Home readers.

This five-day wellness holiday offers so much more than your standard spa break – it’s personalised for you, with weight-loss advice, fitness classes and indulgent treatments, offering the perfect escape for mind, body and soul. Perched high on the cliffs above the golden sands of Falesia Beach and just half an hour from Faro Airport, Epic Sana has five outdoor pools, a heated indoor pool, fabulous sports complex and the relaxing Sayanna Wellness Spa. See the details

3. De-stress in Italy

There’s no better place to kick-start your diet than Preidlhof – a multi-award-winning five-star spa resort named the ‘Best Hotel Spa of Italy’. This South Tyrol retreat has an impressive 5,000 square metres of Spa and Wellness facilities, plus a Michelin-star restaurant where meals are designed to rebalance the body and promote weight loss.

Our exclusive offer includes a body fat & energy balance analysis, metabolic rate measurement, two personal training sessions and complimentary fitness, yoga and meditation classes, guided nature hikes and bike or Vespa rides. Guaranteed to make you feel brilliant!

Join Woman & Home’s 5-day Preidlhof fitness retreat, from £1,595 including flights, full-board accommodation and fitness/wellness facilities.

4. Free yoga in Thailand

The boutique Aava Resort and Spa, a peaceful wellness hotel in the fishing town of Khanom, southeast Thailand, is ideal for a week of ‘me time’ – with coconut palms swaying in the breeze and turquoise warm water gently lapping the shoreline.

Our exclusive Thailand wellness holiday includes a relaxing welcome massage in the Aava Spa, half-board accommodation with superb fresh Thai cuisine, dolphin-watching tour and daily group activity – including Tai chi, Pranayama (yogic breathing), Sun Salutation yoga, Stretching class, Pilates, Group flow yoga class, and mindfulness meditation.

Join Woman & Home’s 7-day Thailand Aava Spa retreat, from £1,499 including flights.

5. Get outdoors in Lake Garda, Italy

In Italy’s beautiful Lake Garda region, Lefay Resort & Spa combines a stunning location with tailor-made fitness programmes – with an emphasis on outdoor pursuits such as bike riding, yoga and nature walks.

There are personal trainers on hand to take you through your paces, plus sociable group classes such as circuit training and core strengthening. After a full day of fitness, soothe your senses with indulgent spa therapies, or a rigorous sports massage to put the spring back in your step.

Our exclusive three-day Lefay Resort & Spa offer includes return flights, daily activities and one-to-one fitness consultations and classes, and full board accommodation in a Prestige Junior Suite – from £1,269pp.

6. Get on your bike in The Netherlands

Amsterdam is famed for its love of cycling – so what better place to kick-start a bike tour of Holland? Join BSpoke’s six-day Amsterdam ‘Loop’ that starts and ends in the capital city, and takes in some of the country’s most beautiful sights along the way.

After exploring the museums and galleries of Amsterdam, you’ll head out to towns such as Haarlem, through flat and hill-free countryside – with crowd-free cycling trails and great views galore.

6-day Amsterdam and The Charms of Holland trip with BSpoke Tours from £565pp, flights not included.

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7. Climb England’s highest mountain

If you don’t fancy heading overseas for your fitness holiday, head to the Lake District: a stunning region of rolling mountains and glassy lakes, criss-crossed with cycling and hiking trails for all abilities. There are some lovely hotels up here too, so you can relax with a hot bath and a great meal after your energetic adventures.

The towering summit of Scafell Pike, England’s highest mountain, presents the ultimate challenge for hill walkers. Though there are lots of different routes to the top, they all require a good level of fitness – and will leave you with a huge sense of achievement.

It’s best to hit the trails with an experienced guide: HF Holidays’ Guided Walking at Derwentwater includes excellent leaders, as well as comfortable accommodation. 3 nights from £249.

8. Swim between Caribbean islands

The waters of the British Virgin Islands look like they’ve been plucked from a swimming pool: clear, clean, and deep sapphire blue. Though your first impulse might be to grab a sunlounger to appreciate the view, the Caribbean is actually a growing wild swimming destination – and swimming holiday specialist SwimTrek hosts the perfect active holiday in the sun.

Over seven days, you’ll explore the islands’ white-sand beaches and coves under your own steam – swimming to some incredible places, and seeing the incredible marine life up-close. You’ll stay in a lovely beach-side resort, and have back-up safety team to help you navigate the waters.

SwimTrek’s 7-day British Virgin Islands trip costs from £1,590pp, not including flights.

9. Perfect your tennis serve in Spain

Follow in the footsteps of tennis greats like Serena Williams and Boris Becker at Puente Romano Tennis Club, in Spain’s sunny Marbella – which has ten well-equipped courts and a talented team of professional coaches waiting to ‘serve’ you.

Unleash your competitive side with twice-weekly group tennis tournaments, and channel your inner-champion as you put your new-found skills to the test. After a day of serve-and-volley, wind down with a personalised massage and relax in the beachfront Thalasso Spa with breath-taking views across the Med.

Health and Fitness Travel offers 7 nights at Marbella Club from £2,100pp, including flights.

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