The people who have set – and kept – every New Year’s Resolution they’ve made are few and far between. Despite the very best of intentions, these promises we make ourselves tend to go undelivered, with the list only to resurface 11 months later and guaranteed to leave you feeling a little disappointed. So, if you’re looking to kick a fitness resolution or two to touch early on in the year, we suggest booking a stay at one of these transformative retreat experiences sooner, rather than later.
Thanyapura Sports Hotel is a sports resort and training facility in the heart of Phuket, that boasts state-of-the-art equipment spread over a vast space. The 114-room property has a full team of medical staff, and counts Olympic sized swimming pool, running and mountain bike trails, and a synthetic cushioned running track among its many facilities. It offers numerous training programmes, but if you’re looking to kickstart a weight loss programme to give you the foundations for the year ahead, one-night ‘tasters’, as well as Basic and Premium Packages are available. Premium packages are inclusive of a colonic hydrotherapy treatment, weight loss dietary programmes, private nutritional consultations and yoga and mindfulness sessions. Retreats are available for between six and 29 days.
A New Year’s body reboot doesn’t have to mean a strict regime that limits your food intake. At The BodyHoliday—St Lucia’s all-inclusive luxury wellness resort—weight loss programmes are referred to as ‘Beautiful Me’ retreats. Focusing on a holistic approach to health, your personal goals are the focus of your own retreat, with pre-arrival consultations with nutritionists, chefs and personal trainers designed to help tailor your retreats even further.
Seven-night retreats typically cost $4,700 | thebodyholiday.com
Hosted by retreat owners James and Claire Davis, this Marbella-based retreat even offers a programme called ‘New Year, New You’. With success on the menu, guests are sent a pre-retreat training programme to begin two weeks before arrival. Based at the Puente Romano Resort, three-night retreats are inclusive of luxury accommodation, daily breakfast and lunch, unlimited access to the hotel gym as well as scheduled fitness activities (including HIIT, boxing and yoga). There’s also a month-long follow-on training programme to take home and help the new you stand their ground well into the new year.
True to its name, Pure Results Bootcamp focusing on delivering results for fitness-focused travellers in search of a lifestyle overhaul. Seven-day and seven-night programmes are designed to put you through your paces and to inspire continued change. No matter your fitness level, you’ll be able to partake in the classes and push yourself to your own limits. Retreats are inclusive of all meals, scheduled fitness sessions, guided hikes, interpersonal sessions and accommodation in one of three luxurious manors in Ireland’s County Wicklow, County Kerry and County Wexford.
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This luxury health retreat and wellness centre is situated in the heart of Hunter Valley in New South Wales. Its three-night Motivate for Change programmes offer the perfect opportunity to recharge and reboot before tackling 2019 head-on. Retreats are inclusive of a wellness consultation on arrival, all meals and snacks throughout your stay, a wide range of health and fitness sessions, and a daily workshop or seminar to help further cement longterm changes in your wellness regime.
Prices start from $1,744 | Book now on Compare Retreats
Surrounded by verdant forest in India’s Uttarakhand province, Vana Retreat is a tranquil oasis offering relaxing retreats for wellness-focused travellers. Its seven-night, Functional Fitness programmes are inclusive of wellness consultations both on arrival and departure, as well as accommodation and a range of healthy wellness cuisine throughout your stay. Between daily scheduled activities and workshops, guests are offered a range of authentic woollen winter warmers to see them through the frosty mornings and evenings.
Prices start from $3,495 | Book now on Compare Retreats
In Bali’s Ubud region, surrounded by terraced rice fields and tropical rainforest, the COMO Shambhala Estate is the perfect property to help healthy holiday-goers relax, recharge and reboot any fitness-regimens that may have slipped to the wayside. Seven-night Be Active programmes are inclusive of accommodation, three daily meals, access to scheduled daily fitness and wellness activities, and a personal assistant at your beck and call throughout your stay. It also includes three hour-long massages, in case your idea of the new you involved a little more luxury.
Prices start from $5,600 | Book now on Compare Retreats
Just 40-minutes drive from Queenstown on New Zealand’s South Island, the Aro Hā Wellness Resort offers a range of restorative retreat experiences. Those looking for a retreat that gets them out in the open air and reconnecting with nature will find themselves taken by the six-night Wellness Adventure programmes. Retreats are inclusive of yoga and mindfulness sessions, guided hikes, daily massages and accommodation in the resort’s luxurious, eco-friendly lodges.
Prices start from $4,420 | Book now on Compare Retreats