Pilates is hailed to help alleviate back pain, improve posture and balance, among other benefits through the combination of controlled movements which lengthens, strengthens and tones muscles. While studios seem to be popping up in every corner of the world, there’s something to be said for a dedicated excursion for a practice where even the tiniest moves can make a big impact. These wellness retreats offer Pilates classes in combination with numerous other health practices, within their five-star properties. Check out our favourite luxury Pilates retreats around the globe for a core-crunching week of wellness.
Best known for its detox programmes, the award-winning Koh Samui resort offers a range of holistic health therapies to guests looking for a luxurious approach to wellbeing, including Pilates. The seven-night Comprehensive Fitness Retreat is inclusive of accommodation, three daily meals, wellness consultations before and throughout the retreat, a one-on-one physiotherapy session, 90-minute herbal compress massage, two 60-minute mat pilates and stretching sessions, two private Yoga classes, a nutritional consultation and several authentic Thai massages and spa treatments, to help you drift into a well-earned sleep. Guests can also opt for a ‘tailor-made’ programme and make Pilates their sole focus.
Prices start from US$5,771| Book now on Compare Retreats
Shanti Maurice is an exclusive wellness resort on the paradisiacal, Indian Ocean island of Mauritius. Beautiful, seafront villas are in close proximity to stunning waterfalls, dense forest and even an 18-hole golf course. The resort offers guests a wide range of activities at the ShantiSpa, including yoga, meditation and low-intensity water aerobics. It also offers guests 50-minute personalised Pilates which involve a combination of Gratz reformers equipment and mat work led by Master Pilates Trainer Romana Kryzanowska.
Prices start from US$240 per night | shantimaurice.com
Fresh, seasonal dining and luxe accommodation are why guests flock to the award-winning Costa Rican resort in the Nicoya Peninsula, but its the adventurous activities they stay for: zip-lining, horseback riding, surfing, and more. Florblanca’s team of skilled professionals also offer intensive yoga and Pilates sessions for fitness-focused guests, with Reformer and mat Pilates both available in either private, semi-private or small group classes. Tailored to suit a variety of levels and requirements, this one is perfect for those building up the basics or travelling with family and friends.
Prices start from US$400 per night | florblanca.com
A 15-bedroom boutique wellness resort in Spain’s Malaga region, Shanti Som adopts an East-meets-West philosophy evident in the resort design and its approach to wellness and healing. The Pilates Retreat package is inclusive of six-nights’ accommodation, nutritious spa cuisine throughout your stay, five Pilates classes (either reformer or mat, depending on your preference), four group yoga classes, a guided hike and a restorative body scrub. Guests also have complimentary access to the water suite, swimming pool and fitness centre.
Prices start from US$2,646 | shantisom.com
On the island of Koh Samui, Absolute Sanctuary is a fitness-focused wellness facility that offers guests a wide range of retreat programmes. Six-night Pilates Reformer Bootcamp retreats are inclusive of one private reformer class, a rejuvenating body massage, full-body stretch, and back, neck and shoulders massage. Packages are also inclusive of accommodation in your choice of superior or deluxe rooms or one of the resort’s suites – each of which are equipped with luxury amenities and your own yoga mat for use throughout your stay.
Prices start from US$2,252 | absolutesanctuary.com