Top Five Spa and Sport Getaways from Health and Fitness Travel

Thursday 19, May 2011


Top Five Spa and Sport Getaways from Health and Fitness Travel


One of the popular trends in travel at the moment is spa and sport, *one-third of adults have experienced some sort of health and wellness activity whilst on holiday and with more new resorts opening up every year round the world offering more spas and sporting activities, it’s set to continue.


Health and Fitness Travel ( who provide tailor-made active and wellness holidays worldwide has seen an increase in more people wanting to combine a spa holiday with sporting activities. It’s no longer just about the pampering treatments; a spa with some sport is the perfect way to get in shape.


Resorts around the world are including more activity schedules to cope with this with this demand. Health and Fitness Travel has found that the five most popular holiday sports are; yoga, tennis, cycling, exercise classes and trekking, and the top five most popular spa treatments are; hot stone massage, facials, body scrubs, Shiatsu and Shirodhara Ayurveda Therapy.


Paul Joseph, Director of Health and Fitness Travel says; “More of our customers love the idea of combining a spa and sport holiday with tailored health and fitness programmes. The fitness spa resorts are situated in stunning locations round the world to detach their visitors from the stress that daily responsibilities and problems bring. With a staff of nutritionists to prepare menus, fitness resorts serve their guests with delicious well-balanced meals in appropriate portions.


“The essence is to keep you sustained for the physical challenges that the holiday has prepared for you, and also to help you detoxify and rejuvenate.  Spa and sport resorts serve as venues where people with the same interest in active travelling or goal of losing weight meet and act as inspiration and motivation for each other. Travelling has always been a rewarding experience but improving health and increasing fitness is even more beneficial.”


Ditching waist-expanding getaways to sporty spa holidays combines the fun of travel with fitness-focused activities like practicing yoga on the beach, cycling in the mountains, beach boxing or hiking across a national park.


If this sounds like your idea of a worthwhile escape, dust off your leotard or shorts with these top five spa and sport holidays in the world:


Canyon Ranch, Arizona

Choose from 225 health and fitness programmes with a team of more than 60 wellness professionals to help you. A leading spa offering daily treatments to rejuvenate and 40+ complimentary fitness classes each day, along with guided hikes, walks, adventure courses and biking excursions. Located in the magnificent Sonoran Desert, Canyon Ranch offers endless opportunities for pleasure, relaxation, discovery and renewal.


Longevity Wellness Resort, Portugal

The perfect nature and wellness getaway to relax, rebalance, revitalize and rejuvenate. Choose from a tailored health and wellness programme, enjoy spa treatments and a full activity schedule to include; daily hikes, Pilates, fitness, dance and relaxation classes. De-stress and keep fit with healthy gourmet cuisine at this fabulous medical spa in the Algarve Portugal. The stunning resort is surrounded by beautiful mountains with breath-taking views of the hills and the coast.


Shanti Maurice, Mauritius

Enjoy a tailored ‘Physique’ wellness programme to let you tone muscles, cleanse out toxins, calm your mind and restore an overstressed body, leaving you rejuvenated and revitalised. A health and fitness consultation welcomes you, followed by tennis, yoga, meditation and lots of fabulous spa treatments at this beautiful chic retreat. There is also a daily schedule of activities to include, yoga, Pilates, cooking classes, morning powerwalks, water-sports, snorkelling, tennis, golf and numerous exercise classes. You can be as busy or as quiet as you want to.   


Abama, Spain

If the intention is to keep fit, tone up, relax, enjoy a holistic treatment or be pampered, then try out this retreat set on the untouched western coast of Tenerife. Submerge yourself in paradise and enjoy fabulous spa treatments, personal training sessions and unlimited group activities such as yoga, Pilates, tennis and various exercise classes including spinning, Body Ballet and Abs & Back.


Sugar Ridge, Antigua

Situated on the west coast of Antigua, this luxury boutique hotel captures the most stunning and panoramic views of palm lined beaches and the turquoise Caribbean Sea. The 6000 sq ft. Aveda Concept Spa provides guests with daily spa treatments and an extensive range of facilities including a state-of-the-art fitness centre, aerobics and yoga studio. Enjoy a daily circuit train, nature walk, aerobics class or yoga and Pilates and for those even more active, try out one of the fit escape retreats throughout the year.


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