Who says you have to rough it on a bootcamp?
These breaks promise serious results in luxe surroundings
1. Ibiza’s A-List Hideaway
idyll: the peaceful side of Ibiza
‘Last time I tried a residential bootcamp,
it was hardly glamorous – I spent it in a wet West Country field, covered in
mud and sheep poo,’ says Zest’s Elin Tough. ‘This one, set in rural northern
Ibiza, couldn’t have been more different. But luxurious surroundings aside
(think white-washed villa, gorgeous sun terrace and pool) there’s a reason
celebrities love No.1 Bootcamp – its undeniable results. We’d start the day
with a 7am 2km interval run, followed by a boxing class, mountain hike,
CrossFit-style circuit on the beach, and a pool workout. Meals, although
strictly portion-controlled, were delicious – salads, homemade meatballs,
salmon andfrozen pineapple, which, in the absence of office biscuits, tasted
surroundings aside (think white-washed villa, gorgeous sun terrace and pool)
there’s a reason celebrities love No.1 Bootcamp – its undeniable results.
The physical results of all this exercise
were fantastic, but there were mental benefits, too. In such as intense
environment, where exhaustion, frustration and triumph are all standard
emotions, you make really strong friendships with your fellow bootcampers –
mine were a mix of lawyers, IT and media people. We lost 55lb between us, but
gained a sense that anything is possible when you put your all in. it wasn’t
just our waistlines that changed during that week.’
From $2092.5 for seven nights,
2. Drop A Dress Size In Scotland
This military-style camp claims to be the
original bootcamp. The ‘soldiers’ keep the women-only clientele moving from
05:45 to 22:00, with mountain-biking, self-defence and orienteering,plus
yoga-style Gyrokinesis stretches. But don’t worry – you get to stay in a
beautiful country mansion and you’ll be well-fed with tasty meals to keep your
From $1492.5 for seven days, thecamp.co.uk
a dress size in Scotland
3. The Dartmoor Reboot
‘In such beautiful surroundings, it was
easy to be up bright and early for a day of hiking, cycling and circuits,
before a healthy dinner featuring local ingredients,’ says writer Jane Labous.
‘It’s not a military-style camp; at Wild About Fitness, ex-Marines Simon and
Russell encourage you with kindness to get outdoors, get active and have fun.
Plus there are regular yoga and Pilates sessions to stretch out and relax. Even
better, you get to stay in an elegant country house, the stunning Dartington
Hall. I left feeling motivated, refreshed, revitalised and just a little bit
fitness at Dartington Hall
From $1462.5 for six days, wildabout
4. Train Like A Soldier, Millionaire-Style, In Marbella
‘We see tears and aching muscles,’ says
one military trainer at Luxury Bootcamp, ‘but we promise to make you lose
weight,’ – between 7lb and a stone to be exact. You’ll wake up early, finish
late and train until you think you can’t do any more – but all in the luxury
$10.5million villa used for the TV series The Bachelor, with its 5-star rooms,
pool, tennis court, Jacuzzi, sauna and massage therapists.
From $2175 for six days,
5. On A High In France
high in France
This mountain-based bootcamp in the French
Alps pushes you to peak vitality, with hiking and mountain biking, yoga and tai
chi with Christophe Pinna, a member of the French karate team. You can also
relax in the hotel’s spa, while the meals are nutritious but delicious, using
local, seasonal ingredients.
From $2506.5 for six nights,
6. Health Spa Honing
living at Champneys
With activities ranging from water polo to
hula hooping, this fit camp promises to be fun. Plus you can’t beat Champneys
for sheer luxury – take tea in the drawing room or roam the manicured grounds.
Morning gym and weights sessions, aerobics and tennis, plus afternoon walks,
Pilates and yoga, should help you lose around 6lb in a week.
From $1792.5 for a week, champneys.com.