Sun, sea and sand – vital ingredients of a traditional summer holiday. But now there’s another: sport. From yoga retreats to tennis camps, the trend towards more active breaks has been building for several years; 16 per cent of 16-24 year-olds and 13 per cent of 25-34 year-olds planned to take an activity or sporting holiday in 2019. When you consider that an active holiday is the best way to have fun, stay in shape and relax, it’s hardly surprising. ‘An active holiday gives you the perfect mix of exercise, fresh air and a real sense of achievement.
Not to mention the fact that the activity involved is a very legitimate excuse to indulge in the local food and drink,’ says Andy Evans of Freedom Treks Cycling Holidays (freedomtreks.co.uk). Fast-forward to 2018 and there’s now a better choice of active holidays than ever, with something for everyone, whatever your sporting interest or fitness level. But where to start? We’ve done the hard work by rounding up the very best active holidays to book this summer. Passports at the ready!
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Wildfitness Fundamentals week, Binigaus Nou, Menorca The new home of these outstanding transformational wellbeing breaks is a restored 18th century villa surrounded by 300 acres of fields and forests on Menorca’s south side. Reconnect with your body during daily group exercise and yoga sessions; reconnect with nature through workshops on wild moving, living and eating. The week includes a full-body massage, an immersive cultural excursion and a cooking workshop. From £1,232 per person, based on two sharing, including accommodation, transfers, three meals per day and activities; wildfitness.com.
◗ Jive June at BodyHoliday, St Lucia Dance your way to fitness at this luxury beachfront Caribbean resort, known for its huge range of activities, award-winning spa and excellent food. Choose from 19 danceinspired fitness classes a week that cover everything from Argentine Tango to Zumba. A week’s all-inclusive holiday costs from £1,730 per person based on two sharing; thebodyholiday.com.
◗ Reboot Dorset Fitness Boot Camp Holiday, Bridport, UK This intimate boot camp crams 25 fitness and relaxation sessions into five days – think strength training, circuits, boxing and team events followed by a stretch or swim. You’ll push yourself to new limits, lose weight, gain strength (mental and physical) and refuel on hearty home cooking. From £495 per person, including accommodation in a triple room, meals and snacks for five days, plus nutrition seminars and 12 weeks’ aftercare; rebootdorset.com.
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