7. Team Games In Devon
How do circuits and team games in 52 acres
of meadows and orchards, followed by chill-out time in your own luxe cottage in
Devon grab you? Expect every day to be different here as military PT
instructors take you on a ‘high-energy journey’, including boxing, pool
sessions, beach workouts, rock climbing, abseiling, high ropes and zip wires.
Then sit back and relax in the evenings with a pampering massage from one of
the on-site therapists.
From $1650 for a week,
8. Get Fit In Hollywood
Ranch is stunning with amazing views of the Pacific.
Where do the stars go to shape up? High in
the Santa Monica mountains above the beaches of Malibu, The Ranch is a secret
hideaway with its own organic farm, where you’ll be put through ten hours of
daily exercise – hiking, ab workouts, body toning, yoga, weights and a
vegetarian diet that cuts out caffeine, alcohol and processed sugars. The
location is stunning with amazing views of the Pacific.
From $5283 for a week, theranchmailbu.com.
9. Shake It Off In Suffolk
If you’re mad for Zumba – and who isn’t?
It’s the most fun way to work off a pizza that we know – then New You Boutique
Boot Camp in Suffolk could be the right one for you. Based in a traditional
English country house – all freestanding baths and four-posters – the bootcamp
offers lifecoaching along with its military-inspired fitness programme and
Zumba every day. What’s more, it takes your weight loss seriously, even sending
out self-testing kits for thyroid, adrenals and immunity function for you to do
at home before you arrive.
From $1770 for seven nights,
10. Go Vegan
vegan in France
Camp Biche in France is all about having
fun while losing weight; a house party at a pretty villa involving loads of
outdoor exercise, healthy vegan food – and wine. During the week-long Kickstart
programme, most people lose around 8% of their total body fat and boost their
fitness. You’ll start each day with an intensive abs class before a hike, with
afternoons reserved for yoga, Pilates, circuits, or Zumba, and free massages in
From $5482.5 for seven nights,
11. Pilates In
‘Not only did I discover muscles I didn’t
know I had, but also a staggering number of ways of making them ache,’ says
Helen Pickles. ‘What’s more, I enjoyed it! Partly it was the setting of the
Wild Training fitness retreat; Can Rigall is a converted medieval farmhouse
high in the French Pyrenees. Partly it was the variety of activities. Forget
circuit-training – this had us doing wiggle-hipped dances, screaming at the
mountains, hiking to amazing views and swinging Indian clubs. We also had
one-to-one training and relaxation sessions.
In The Pyrenees
‘After a 7am smoothie, a typical day
started with an hour’s intensive class, followed by an al fresco breakfast of
homegrown produce. Then a morning hike, a simple but satisfying lunch, and a
full-on afternoon of mixed sessions; say, Zumba, Jukari (working with brands)
and body-balancing (a mix of tai chi, yoga and Pilates). To make us feel even
more virtuous. Can Rigall has great eco credentials: it runs on solar and wind
power, has its own water supply, uses handmade cleaning products and produces
its own honey. Add in the natural water pool to chill out by long sociable
suppers and rustic-chic rooms and I was booking my next session before I left.’
From $1791 (12 to 16 october),
canrigall.com. Ryanair (ryanair.com) flies to perpignan from Stansted. East
Coast Trains (eastcoast.co.uk) serve the airport. Stay at Stansted from $114
12. Detox In
You’ll be in the hands of world-class yoga
teachers and therapists at Chiva-Som’s week-long camp in Thailand. After an
individual health and fitness assessment, follow a tailored programme of
activities, such as Thai boxing, Pilates, yoga and TRX suspension training, and
relax with a daily massage and a personal super-stretch session. You’ll also
get individual feedback and a nutrition consultation.
From $5593.5, healingholidays.co.uk.