There’s a common misconception that to go on a retreat, there’s a hefty price tag attached. But with a wealth of options around the world, that’s no longer the case. When it comes to dieting (and sticking to it), it often helps to have someone on your side both for direction and motivation; and while there are no quick fixes to weight loss, these budget retreats are perfect to put you on the right track.
This article was originally published on July 5, 2017, by Amanda Sheppard and was last updated on September 7, 2022.
Tiger Muay Thai Training (Thailand)
The rigorous training schedules at Phuket’s Tiger Muay Thai training camp hold fat-burning at the core of their focus. Days begin with a vinyasa yoga session followed by fitness training and swimming sessions. An all-inclusive month-long package includes opt-in classes including the varied boxing and MMA sessions, as well as meal-tickets to the Tiger Kitchen—offering fuel to keep you active and energised while promoting weight loss from within. A body composition analysis at the start will form the base of your tailor-made weight loss programme, while the three private consultations each week will help to monitor progress on your weight loss journey.
The Chateau (Malaysia)
The luxurious golf resort and spa in the foothills of Malaysia’s Berjaya Hills offers a slice of tranquillity and a break from the stresses and pressures of daily city life, so it’s easy to see why the resort is a popular destination for couples and honeymooners. With massages, facials, aromatherapy bath sessions and nutritional consultations on offer, this retreat is what you make of it. Combine the pampering sessions with your choice of yoga, fat burner sessions, circuit training classes, horseback riding or guided hikes. Prices are customisable depending on treatment options.
Adler Thermae (Italy)
Nestled among the rolling Tuscan hills, the Adler Thermae health sanctuary offers programmes focusing on healthy eating and promoting body confidence. This retreat looks at the reasons behind our food choices and enables people to evoke habitual change. Medical analyses and testing identify your core needs, while massages serve to both relax you and promote weight loss. Private coaching sessions throughout your stay will equip you with the necessary tools to continue your weight loss journey.
This all-inclusive health and sports resort on the tropical paradise island of Phuket in Thailand offers state-of-the-art facilities, consultations with doctors and dieticians, as well as a full body analysis, colonic hydrotherapy and lymphatic drainage massages.
While the weight loss package is an intense programme, there is still ample time to move at your own pace, and you’ll have the choice to participate in daily fitness, yoga and meditation classes at your leisure in between nutritionally balanced plant-based meals. So, expect to work hard and play hard.