Is the idea of a holiday spent largely in a sun-lounger with the occasional dip in the pool a blissful one – or does it make you feel fidgety? Do you go away to grind to a halt – or ramp it up? Fitness holidays are on the rise: and, usually going hand-in-hand with fabulous spa facilities, they don’t have to be about hard slog and punishment. Whether your aim is weight loss, improved stamina or technique, or just for the sheer love of the sport, a holiday designed around fitness can be a hugely revitalising experience.
Fusion Fitness in Croatia. Stay in the luxurious Radisson Blu Dubrovnik and choose from a range of personalised activities that include kickboxing, power hiking, Zumba, tennis, Pilates, mountain biking and a whole lot more – and then recover in the hydrotherapy pools or book a holistic massage. The hotel has won a clutch of awards – including the Best Luxury Coastal Resort in Europe and the Best International New or Renovated Spa – so you can feel confident you won’t have to compromise on comfort.
Mountain Biking in the Dolomites. This is one of the greatest cycling areas in the Alps and there to be enjoyed by any lover of the sport – even less experienced participants. With awesome mountain passes leading to lush valleys, you can whizz down dramatic slopes and back up again (with less whizz perhaps), and spend your days feeling utterly exhilarated. Bikes are now allowed on lifts and cable cars so you can even save your energy for exploring the mountain-tops.
Run across Scotland. On foot is surely the best way to appreciate the beauty of the Highlands – and why not do it at speed? Running the Highlands organises tours that leads groups of runner from Inverness to the Isle of Skye, taking in Loch Ness, Drunmadrochit, Glen Affric and Kintail on the way. Covering 85 miles of breath-taking scenery in 5 days, you can expect to feel exhausted but reinvigorated when you make that final run across the bridge to Skye.
Playing tennis in Spain. La Manga Club is a hugely popular resort for the tennis enthusiast. The accommodation is first rate – it includes spa facilities, great food and beach views – but the real draw is the tennis facilities: with top quality tennis courts and teams of talented instructors, you are guaranteed to be one step closer to Wimbledon when you leave.
Detoxing in Ibiza. If you’re not ready to forgo the hedonistic part of your holiday entirely, you can book yourself onto a post-vacation boot camp. Enjoy a week of partying hard and then take yourself to the Hotel Aguas de Ibiza where 38 Degrees North offer three- or six-day packages to help your body dispose of the toxic overload. With an itinerary of crack-of-dawn yoga sessions, hiking in the hills and group workouts all washed down with a glass of wheatgrass juice, you’ll see another side of this stunning island.