Whether you’re in fighting fit shape or you’ve let your fitness routine lapse a little this year, there’s no time like the present to shake up your routine and embark on a fitness retreat. Make no mistake, these are challenging to their very core, and designed to shake yours, too. But if you’re willing to work at it, they offer long-lasting, life-changing results. These are some of the best luxury fitness retreats the world has to offer…
The southern territory of Marbella in Spain may be better known as a party-goers paradise, but with its stunning surroundings, it also serves as the perfect spot for a fitness retreat. Body:Fit Weekend retreats are based out of the Puente Romano Resort and Spa, and the three-night programmes are inclusive of accommodation, nutritional workshops, goal setting, HIIT classes, kettlebells, boxing and circuit training, to name just a few of the classes. They are suitable for all fitness levels and are known to attract repeat visitors who can’t seem to get enough of the Spanish sunshine.
Prices start from $1,241 | Book now on Compare Retreats
On the island of Phuket in southern Thailand, Thanyapura is a sprawling health and fitness facility and training camp. The resort’s five-day Health and Sports Resort Detox Retreat includes a pre-arrival health assessment, followed by on-site testing and the creation of a personalised treatment programme for your stay. Packages are inclusive of detoxifying meals, medical and dietary consultations, colon hydrotherapy sessions, and access to scheduled yoga, fitness and mindfulness sessions.
Prices start from $1,672 | Book now on Compare Retreats
The aptly named Canadian retreat programmes offer guests a retreat into the wilderness, with up to eight hours of mountain trekking each day. The six-night retreats take place around a rigorous schedule, designed to programme your body and reboot your fitness. Days end with an evening fitness class, before the resort’s WiFi is turned off for eight hours to help guests decompress. Retreats are inclusive of accommodation and meals, which are free from alcohol, sugar, caffeine and processed food.
Prices start from $5,100 | Book now on Compare Retreats
With two bases in County Kerry and Mayo, Pure Results offer just that. With a focus on weight loss, retreats are inclusive of luxury accommodation, all healthy meals and a consultation with an on-site nutritionist. Their work hard, play hard approach includes a range of high and low-intensity fitness sessions, from boxercise and circuit training to mindfulness and life coaching sessions. The seven-day retreat is also inclusive of a two-week aftercare programme, to help you continue on your journey to achieve optimal health and wellness.
Prices start from $1,354 | Book now on Compare Retreats
5. Chōsen Experiences
Chōsen Experiences offer bespoke retreats under the guidance of world-renowned specialists. Engaging in water sports, yoga, meditation and a plethora of other recreational activities with a purpose, not a minute goes to waste. Locations vary throughout the year and have included New Zealand, Indonesia, Iceland and Guatemala in the past. Retreats are designed to help guests find their fitness, stick to beneficial practices and continue to move forward in their journey, with guidance from diet to exercise and mindful strategies.
Price on request | chosenexperiences.com
6. Absolute Sanctuary
Based in Koh Samui, Absolute Sanctuary offers a wide range of retreats, but for those looking to expand their horizons, there is no better than the Be Fit retreat programme. Running for five, seven or 10 days, packages include personal fitness sessions, yoga, pilates, reformer and cycling classes. To soothe tired muscles after a long day, guests can indulge in numerous massages before retreating back to private luxury accommodation. Retreats are also inclusive of superfood cuisine for all meals.
Prices start from $1,872 | absolutesanctuary.com
On the edge of the tranquil Lake Austin in Texas, this USA wellness resort has undergone several transformations before its latest inception as the Lake Austin Spa Resort. The property now offers guests a luxurious base from which to launch their fitness-focused goals. Three-night packages are inclusive of lakefront accommodation, all healthy meals and snacks, the choice from over 20 daily fitness activities, and the use of kayaks and paddle boards. The hotel also boasts three pools, a sauna and steam room, available to guests 24-hours a day.
Prices start from $1,875 | Book now on Compare Retreats
Better known for its luxury detox retreats, Chiva-Som International Health Resort also offers a comprhensive selection of active fitness and physiotherapy programmes. The 10-night fitness retreats include accommodation, health and wellness consultations, a skin consultation and body analysis and up to eight daily fitness classes. Guests are also offered unlimited use of the resort’s water suite (including a steam room and sauna), in between daily spa treatments, five personal training sessions, three super-stretch sessions, and a deep tissue massage, among other inclusions.
Prices start from $7,440 | Book now on Compare Retreats
In Eastern Indonesia, the island of Sumba boasts a natural beauty and exclusivity that few can parallel. Nihiwatu’s three-night Yoga Experience package offers visitors the chance to retreat inwards. Packages are inclusive of daily meals and snacks, luxury accommodation, plus access to daily scheduled activities and excursions, stand up paddleboarding, snorkelling, yoga and pilates. This is the perfect retreat for those looking for a more laid-back approach to fitness retreats.
Prices start from $2,250 | Book now on Compare Retreats
For a more gentle fitness programme, with more emphasis on detox and nutrition, don’t overlook Kamalaya. The beachfront property in Koh Samui hosts a wide range of retreats, but its Comprehensive Detox programme helps guests reboot their bodies and create strong foundations for a fitness overhaul. Packages are inclusive of a body scrub, colon hydrotherapy, infrared sauna and numerous massages—proof it can’t all be hard work without reward. Guests also have access to the swimming pool, scheduled yoga and daily fitness sessions.
7-night Comprehensive Detox retreats start from $4,721 | Book now on Compare Retreats