We all love the tranquillity of the sand between our toes and gentle waves lapping on the shore… but does that maybe sound a little too peaceful? While some of us could relax by the poolside for days, there are others who couldn’t sit still to sunbathe for five minutes.
But not all beach holidays are sun parasols and midday snoozes: these five resorts, from the Caribbean to the shores of Thailand, offer active breaks on the beach for fitness fanatics. If you’re ready to give that healthy lifestyle do-over one last go, we can’t think of better inspiration.
Mukul Beach Spa: Surf Getaway
This luxury property on Nicaragua’s emerald coast boasts a sanctuary of crystal clear waters and nearby divine, dense forestry. True beach bums will be delighted with their four-night surf package (tailored for two people), which includes daily breakfast, surfboard rentals for two days, and a 90-minute lesson for each person.
Operated by trusted Australian brand TropicSurf, these high-quality lessons will have you hanging ten in no time. If that’s not enough, you’ll also have full access to the private gym and the time to explore all that Rivas has to offer. And to top off your evenings, each guest is given a tiny tipple of rum for the perfect nightcap. Price on request.
La Luna: Idyllic Island Retreat
Pristine stretches of sand, deep blue seas and not a cloud in the sky—the island of Grenada earns its stripes for its reputation as one of the Caribbean’s most stunning locations. With its exclusive location, this luxury beachside property is perfect for couples looking for a relaxing, romantic getaway.
For a taste of everything there is to experience, La Luna’s all-inclusive package includes daily yoga and meditation practices and three nutritionally balanced meals. For a little extra R&R, guests can enjoy a couple’s massage, or delight in an island tour to take in the sights and sounds of the colourful Caribbean, and this perfect island in the sun. Prices start from US$5,743.
Amatara Phuket: Fitness Refresh
Phuket’s Cape Panwa is a stunning cliff top location with views to match, and the Amatara Resort is no exception to this rule. Just a short drive from the vibrant Patong Beach and Phuket Town, the award-winning resort and wellness centre offers Active Packages to boost your fitness levels and refresh your body and mind.
From three to seven nights, packages include fitness assessments, massages, physiotherapy sessions, private pilates sessions, healthy cooking classes, health and nutritional consultations, and more. Prices start from US$142 per night.
The Body Holiday: Watersport Wonderland
Situated on St Lucia’s Cariblue Beach, The Body Holiday offers customisable healthy holiday experiences to suit your every whim. The 42-acre luxury property offers you a whole host of daily exercises to choose from, including yoga, meditation, sailing, kayaking, boxing and more.
When you’re not working on your fitness, there are five restaurants to choose from and an extensive wine salon for that inevitable cheat day. During the summer season, the additional sailing club package includes the use of chartered boats, introductory classes and private sailing lessons (at an additional US$550 for 5 days). Prices start from US$448 per night.
Chiva-Som: Destination Detox
The detox process at Chiva-Som’s Hua Hin property truly is an art form. Nutritionally balanced food programmes are personalised to suit each guest and are guaranteed to provide your body with exactly what it needs. Health supplements and colonic therapies are on hand to help you hit the reset button.
Light stretching, yoga and relaxing massages help you through the process with ease, and, depending on the duration of your stay, additional activities include cooking classes, health consultations and acupuncture sessions. Packages range from five to 14 nights, and prices start from US$2,386.