Workout trends are a dime a dozen, but the benefits of ballet are undisputable. The timeless dance form helps fitness enthusiasts get straight to the pointe, creating lean, toned muscles and strengthening the core. While ballet may be beautiful, it’s not always thought to be the most inclusive of dance forms, and stepping up to the barre can be quite intimidating. That is, until now. The recent wave of barre fitness classes has taken the world by storm with its quick repetitive movements, incorporating classic ballet with the addition of fitness equipment like free weights and resistance bands. If you’re thinking about stepping up and raising the barre on your fitness, these are the best luxury barre retreats to give it a go.
Founded by two Pilates teachers in Hong Kong, Barre2Barre has grown from a single studio to an international barre community that offers classes as well as teacher training in both Hong Kong and Singapore. Furthering their global reach, the studio now also offers luxury barre retreats at the Fivelements resort in Ubud, Bali. Taking place from April 30 to May 3 2020, retreats are inclusive of accommodation (either in a riverside or garden suite), three nights’ accommodation, twice-daily plant-based cuisine, morning barre and evening stretching classes, a traditional Balinese massage and healing ceremony and much more.
Created by Kalyn Swihart, Ballet Beats is a unique and inclusive way of incorporating ballet into an exercise form for all. It offers in-person classes, online streaming services for those unable to attend, teacher training and regular scheduled retreats. Its upcoming retreat takes place in Nosara, Costa Rica, from November 16 to 22. Based in the boutique La Negra Surf and Soda, the six-night retreat is inclusive of accommodation, all meals with the exception of two evenings left free to explore, daily ballet and yoga classes and an evening class which changes each night.
Prices start from US$1,689 | balletbeats.com
What better way to retreat than to incorporate a full-body workout into a mind, body and soul experience? Barre Attack retreats are perfect for all fitness levels. Hosted at Komune Resort & Beach Club in the heart of Bali, the six-night retreats are inclusive of accommodation, twice-daily barre classes, beachfront Pilates and all meals. There’s also ample leisure time to relax and enjoy your surroundings, holding firm to the belief that it shouldn’t be all work and no play.
Price available on request | barreattack.com
Situated near the coastal town of Javea in Valencia, Spain, Kalon Wellness Experiences are hosting a unique retreat experience from October 3 to 7. Led by a team of professional dancers, guests can expect a week filled with ballet, barre and restorative yoga and Pilates classes. Retreats are inclusive of two plant-based meals each day, additional activities in the surrounding areas—including hiking and fitness classes on the beach—and much more. There’s also the option to book in for a relaxing massage or unwind by the pool.
Prices start from US$875 per person | kalonwellnessexperience.com
There are few island paradises quite like The Maldives, with its endless stretches of white sandy beaches and brilliant blue waters. That’s why En Avant has chosen it for a destination retreat location. Based in the Shangri-La Villingili Resort and Spa, the 10-night retreats are inclusive of luxurious accommodation, classical ballet classes led by En Avant Ballet’s founder, Karis Scarlette, barre classes, meditation and stretching sessions and more. There are even ballet-themed spa treatments on offer, including the Tutu Perfect pampering session.
Price available on request | enavantballet.co.uk