New Year Fitness
November 29, 2018
Christmas is synonymous with family, festivity and of course, fair amount of feasting. It is most certainly a time of year to thoroughly savour and enjoy – but more often than not, holiday indulgence leads to a wellness wakeup call come January.
Therefore this year, savvy travellers are planning their New Year’s fitness retreat in advance – allowing for enjoyment of every single moment of the festive season.
Here are our top 8 hot fitness destinations for 2019, all set in picturesque locations across the world, thoughtfully designed to restore total wellness in the new year ahead.
Our Retreats – Flexibility and Nourishment in Soothing Somerset
Our Retreat UK escapes are set in a luxury farmhouse in the heart of Somerset, ’42 acres’, complete with sumptuous bedrooms and stylish social spaces perched on verdant acres of lush, green countryside. For a truly spiritual experience in the secluded English countryside, Our Retreat Somerset combines yoga, Pilates, sound healing and gong bath sessions with scenic hikes, meditation and healthy meals freshly prepared by the resident chefs of 42 acres
With balance at the heart of the offering, founder Lisa Carolan has structured the retreats to leave guests feeling fit, healthy and rejuvenated, with a true sense of equilibrium and fun, long-lasting memories.
(June – August) Three all-inclusive nights from £550
Nobu Hotel Miami Beach, USA – New White Sand Workouts in Miami’s Mid Beach
From clay body masks and cauliflower crust pizzas to Surf-Pilates and Yoga on the Sand – Nobu Hotel Miami Beach is undoubtedly one of the world’s hottest scenes for 360-degree health and fitness. Boasting a lavish 18-treatment room Escencia Spa, the stunning resort this year launches their new open air, farm to fork Malibu Farm Café with a bountiful health menu, along with new beach boot camps and innovative body-sculpting classes. Whether someone’s looking for a dedicated, transformative well-being holiday, or just to dip their toe in – Nobu Hotel Miami Beach has it all, with brand new spa treatments and classes for this season.
Es Saadi Marrakech Resort, Morocco – Restorative Yoga in Marvellous Marrakech
Getting your sweat on doing Adho Mukha Svanasana (commonly known as Downward Facing Dog) is without question far more restorative if one is bending in exotic gardens in the middle of a Moroccan desert paradise.
The stunning 5-star Es Saadi Marrakech Resort invites you to recharge body, mind and soul at their luxury ‘Detox & Vitality’ retreat in beautiful and mystical Morocco. A haven for celebrity guests since it opened 50 years ago, the sprawling resort is set in the golden triangle in sun dappled and colourful Marrakech and is delighted to welcome guests to this wellness escape designed to rest, restore and revive. Over the course of three days, guests practice the art of yoga with renowned instructors with a focus on healing body and spirit in one of the most beautiful and tranquil settings in the world whilst also having access to the world-class Es Saadi Palace Spa, voted ‘Best Luxury Wellness Spa in Africa’ at the 2017 World Luxury Spa Awards.
Miraggio Thermal Spa Resort, Greece, Wellness through Water
Greece’s largest and most spectacular Thermae Resort, (Miraggio Thermal Spa Resort was last year named ‘Best New Greek Resort’) and here, wellbeing is top of the agenda. One of the world’s top thermal spa resorts, Miraggio is surrounded by the turquoise waters of the Aegean, and rests on a long stretch of sandy beach.
At its heart, the resort’s awe-inspiring spa celebrates the life-giving power of water. Healing waters include a large thalassotherapy pool fed in directly from the sea and four separate thermal pools. These are filled with unique thermal waters of the region and a thermal well-life suite with steam baths, a Finnish sauna, tepidarium, herbal sauna, cold plunge walking path & two experience showers.
Environmentally friendly, built upon the healing power of water, this beautiful destination offers calming design, incredible natural beauty and an ambience of something that feels very much like sunshine grandeur.
Junior Suite from £199 per night on a B&B basis, Miraggio Thermal Spa Resort
Aphrodite Hills Resort, Cyprus – Master the Ultimate Body-Sculpting Tennis Workout
A long-time favourite workout of celebrities including; Poppy Delevingne, Anna Wintour, Scarlett Johansson and numerous Victoria Secret models – tennis’ short rapid sprints, quick footwork, agility and balance create the ultimate body-sculpting workout. Overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, on a stretch lined with ancient olive trees, Aphrodite Hills Tennis Academy is the most idyllic place to work on your game and experience the muscling toning powers of tennis. Set in one of the most impressive tennis locations in Europe, Aphrodite Hills offers world-class 5-star tennis facilities and coaching services. Designed for players at all levels, the Tennis Academy is home to 9 floodlight courts; 4 European red clay and 5 acrylic hard courts.
Take on the ultimate body sculpting experience with Aphrodite Hills Tennis Academy’s 5-Day Adult Intensive Coaching Course. Led by the academy’s tennis-pro team, the 5-Day Adult Intensive Coaching Course, is made up of 20 of hours training – 10 morning coaching sessions and 10 afternoon sessions where you work on tactics and match play. For those looking to sculpt and tone but have less days to spare, the academy also offers a three-day Active Weekend Holiday Coaching Course, held Friday – Sunday where you can experience 6 hours of coaching and 4 hours of match play and tactics.
Aiyanna Ibiza – Seaside Yoga: Bringing Serenity to the White Isle
A natural ambience of relaxation mingled with Ibizan culture, Aiyanna Ibiza offers the perfect backdrop to connect with nature and unwind through morning meditation and yoga classses. Led by yoga gurus Florenica Cassullo, Satya Morillus and Diana Naya who offer more than forty years combined experience that encompasses a diverse mix of yoga and meditation styles including Hatha, Bikram, AntiGravity and mindfulness meditation.
After a yoga class like no other, yoga-enthusiasts will be welcomed to an extensive selection of invigorating and wholesome breakfast treats. With an incredible selection of detox drinks, freshly squeezed juices, ripe fruit, natural yogurt and freshly baked wholegrain patisseries, guests can finish their experience feeling relaxed and ready to conquer all that Ibiza has to offer. Aiyanna classes run on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday both starting at 9:00am. Yoga and breakfast costs €30 and pre-booking is essential.
Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay – A Mindful Start to the Day
The new wellbeing terrace at Ibiza Bay offers an idyllic way to kick start the day with the finest views overlooking Talamanca Bay. Whether a sunrise warrior yoga pose or Thai Chi masterclass for a moment of inner calm and strength, health and fitness enthusiasts can draw inspiration from personalised lessons by yogis and meditation gurus on the new rooftop/ beachside wellbeing and TRX pavilions.
The Ibiza Bay Spa by Six Senses has also introduced its visiting practitioners’ series, with experts in Reiki, Ayurveda, detox and rejuvenation offering workshops and specialised treatments. In addition to their menu of restorative massages, high-performance facials and nourishing body treatments by Subtle Energies. For a post workout recharge, the deliciously wholesome and gluten free Celicioso with its emphasis on fresh quality ingredients offers nourishing juices, mouth-watering smoothies and detoxifying shots. Rates at Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay start at €630 (approx. £550) per night, based on double occupancy. The hotel is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World.
D-Resort Göcek – Turkish Hammam Therapy in Paradise
A beautiful and tranquil resort designed with luxury and comfort in mind, D Resort Gocek is the perfect spot for a relaxation and fitness holiday allowing guests time to restore wellness amongst a beautiful archipelago of islands, yacht dotted marinas, forest-clad mountains and a private beach.
Boasting Reformer Pilates classes and a fully equipped gym, the resort is also home to a D-Spa where guests will find soothing and restorative rituals inspired by traditional Turkish culture, including the world famous white marbled Hammam and advanced treatments concentrating on stress-relief, optimising health and age-defying results; a stay at D-Resort Göcek promises pure recovery.
Rates at the hotel start from £320 are per room per night on a B&B basis. For more information or to book visit:
Written by Ashley Pearson for Luxuria Lifestyle International