Say what you want about luxury holidays: sometimes they’re not all about fancy desserts, cocktails and all-day beach lounging. But that doesn’t make them any less luxurious. We’ve chosen nine of the world’s best fitness resorts that help perfect your body, mind and soul whether through vigorous training or high-flying adventures. Below you’ll discover one-on-one fitness tuition, championship tennis courts, Middle East mountain biking, Himalayan hikes and more. Keep reading to find out where you can find the world’s best fitness resorts. And don’t forget to pack your trainers!
9. La Manga Club in Spain
Staying at La Manga Club on your holiday to Spain offers guests everything they need on a Mediterranean holiday from cocktails to sunshine to beaches. But taking the spotlight at this resort is the fitness centre. The first entry on our list offers its guests treadmills, rowing machines, cross trainers and cycling apparatus with incredible views of unique scenery. In addition to this, guests can partake monitor led classes that include everything from spinning and pumping to cardio and personal training. The resort even features a fitness activity schedule so guests can pick and choose which workouts are for them.
For those wishing to combine their holiday pool with a workout, La Manga’s indoor pool boasts six lanes of 25m – perfect for doing your laps. What makes La Manga Club special to us is its beautiful location. It’s situated near golf, nature and an array of beautiful hidden beaches and coves of Spain’s southeast coastline.
8. Angsana Laguna in Phuket
Angsana Laguna in Phuket is a luxury retreat for outdoor lovers. Alongside working out at the onsite fitness centre and tennis courts, guests can rent a bike and ride through over 1000 acres of tropical parkland with an optional guided tour available. But there’s more – because if any resort in Phuket knows their fitness, it’s Angsana Laguna. This luxury escape recently co hosted its 24th Laguna Phuket Triathlon where participants can attempt a 1.8km swim, 50km bike ride and 12km run. Set throughout Phuket’s spectacular scenery, this is the perfect opportunity to brush shoulders with professional athletes and push your limits in a unique location on your holiday to Thailand. As an added bonus, prepare to get your teeth into some of the tastiest Thai health-food in the country with Angsana Laguna’s dining options.
7. Blue Waters in Antigua
Presenting a resort that’s perfect for reinvigorating your personal fitness program (or inspiring you to continue your current regime). Blue Waters in Antigua fits the bill for all your fitness needs. This Caribbean living retreat focuses on stress management, sleep wellness, weight loss, weight gain, muscle tone, rehabilitation, corrective postural training, exercise testing alongside lung and heart functionality. In other words, the perfect luxury escape for a fitness freak. Guests even have a personal supplement protocol to help with their schedule, all undertaken on a one-to-one basis. A holiday to Blue Waters at Antigua isn’t all work, work, work however. Once you’ve completed your workout for the day, the resort offers one of the Caribbean’s best beaches to unwind and relax on your Antigua holiday. This is a fitness resort that treats its guests well.
6. The Ritz Carlton Abama in Tenerife
This Tenerife fitness resort boasts Annabel Croft’s signature on-court philosophy of ‘movement and repetition’. Grab your trainers and join a team of qualified tennis coaches to perfect your game in one of the seven courts looking towards the Atlantic Ocean. Not just the home of Croft herself, these exceptional courts also hosted professional tournaments, and you can recognise the quality from the flexi-pave surfaces in the style of US and Australian Opens. The Ritz-Carlton Abama’s centre court has capacity for 600 spectators, and its six additional courts all feature spectator stands. That means practicing tennis here offers you the same conditions as the pros. But don’t worry – with training and classes available, tennis here is open to everybody on their Tenerife holiday.
5. ION Luxury Adventure Hotel in Iceland
Iceland is a nature lover’s dream. It’s not a sun-kissed Caribbean beach, but it arguably possesses some of the most striking landscapes in the world. This getaway whisks you away to a land of majestic mountains, lava fields and northern lights. Close to a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Thingvellir National Park, guests at this resort have easy access to adventurous fitness excursions around the country. This includes scaling ice walls in Maradalur Valley, conquering Mt. Skeggi, glacier river rafting in Hvita glacial river and exploring the springs Iceland is famous for in Hot Spring Valley. Although these activities sound arduous, beginners and families with younger children can still enjoy tailored outdoor fitness activities suited just for them.
4. Verdura Golf & Spa Resort in Sicily
Here’s one for the whole family. Offering guests cycling trails throughout the hotel grounds, a championship golf course, tennis courts and a football pitch, Verdura Golf & Spa Resort in Sicily also boasts both football and tennis academies for guests aged 5 – 16. There’s no better fitness resort to stay at on your holiday to Sicily. The full-size football pitch is an ideal place to start. It features a mountain backdrop and famously warm Sicilian weather. Plus it’s where the German national team trained for the 2010 World Cup. The Football School at Verdura Golf & Spa Resort has brought more than 100,000 youngsters an incredible sporting experiences. This is mainly through the use of qualified coaches that teach youngsters communication values and technical skills.
3. Six Senses Zighy Bay in Oman
Six Senses Zighy Bay wins it for us in terms of its location. This unique hideaway gets the best of both beach and mountains, taking advantage of Oman’s rugged beauty for fitness experiences. And experience is the word. Alongside a state-of-the-art fitness centre, Zighy Bay offers guests a variety of challenges that combine fitness with adventure. Take mountain biking through the Hajar mountain trails, or half-day rock climbing classes that help you learn the ropes (no pun intended). For those who prefer to work-out on foot, there’s a choice of hiking routes, from the nearby Smuggler’s Bay to Wadi al Khamsi treks. Or even the more relaxing Destination Spa walks. Zighy Bay features a plethora of natural wonders on its doorstep, and exploring then treats its guests with a workout for both mind and soul on their Oman holiday.
2. Ananda in the Himalayas, India
India’s Ananda-In the Himalayas’ therapies begin with its location. Based in the Himalayan foothills in northern India, your fitness regime starts by setting foot outside and breathing in the crisp mountain air. Next, treat your mind and body by exploring. The 100 acre Maharaja Palace Estate, Sal forests, Rishikesh and the Ganges.
Ananda-In the Himalayas also features one of the best resort fitness programs in the world. Run in collaboration with Sumaya, India’s leading training company, the resort offers guests customised fitness routines with a complete focus on individual lifestyle management. In addition to this, guests can indulge in expert Ayurvedic treatments, private yoga and meditation sessions, Vedic philosophy talks, and meals tailored to body type. You can even opt in to one of the treks through the Himalayan foothills – a once in a lifetime experience. End the day by tucking into customized health-food. (It’s surprisingly delicious!)
1. The BodyHoliday in St Lucia
As one of the world’s leading resorts in fitness, The BodyHoliday does not disappoint. This famous St Lucia holiday getaway offers guests fitness group classes, a quadrathlon, personal one-on-one training, body awareness and more. At The BodyHoliday, kiss goodbye to a montonous fitness program, because here no two days are the same.
Alongside trying pools, classes, programs, and activities, make sure to walk the WellFit Trail. Here, guests can trek from the beach into the hills on a one-mile trail that features balancing beams, parallel bars, cargo net, tunnel, and rope bridge. And once you’re finished, you can relax and soak in the gorgeous St Lucia scenery from the infinity pool. But let’s save the best until last. What makes The BodyHoliday the world’s fitness frontrunner is the fact your holiday workout is hand-tailored to you. Because there’s always an expert fitness trainer at your side, there’s nothing too hard (or too easy!) Now pack your shorts, and let’s go running.