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The World’s Best Fitness Retreats

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Transform your mind, body and soul with these incredible fitness retreats. Whether you’re looking to shape up, or master a new form of exercise, these are the global luxury destinations to know. 

The World’s Best Fitness Retreats

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Wildfitness, Crete

This all-singing, all-dancing fitness camp has been transforming lives for over 20 years. The outpost in western Crete, set in a charming farmhouse in the mountain hamlet of Milia, will whip you into shape. With an actionpacked programme, explore gorges and peaks, climb and swing from gnarled olive groves and chestnut trees, swim in turquoise waters and jog past curious goats – before stretching out with a spot of yoga. In your spare time, hotfoot it to one of the stunning beaches or head for a massage to ease out any aches and pains. Skip off home several kilos lighter and loaded up with movement videos, recipes and much more to make sure you stay on track.

From £2,250 for six nights. wildfitness.com

Santosh, Ibiza fitness retreats

Santosh, Ibiza

If you’re looking to get your mojo back, what could be better than an early morning Argentine tango session on Ibiza’s north coast? Santhosh offers everything from ballroom to Latin, disco and jive, taught by professional competition and show dancers. This isn’t about performance though – instead the remit is connection, self-discovery and the joy of movement. Four-night retreats in locations such as the new Six Senses Ibiza feature a dynamic schedule of three daily group classes, individual tuition and social dancing until the early hours.

From £2,500pp to include group classes, two private lessons and accommodation. santhoshdance.com

yeotown madeira fitness retreats

Yeotown, Madeira

Five days of hiking, yoga, soaking in a hot tub, no sugar, dairy, or meat and being massaged till your mind’s blown. Move more, eat well, feel nurtured. As of this year, Yeotown’s phenomenally fit and gorgeous owners, Simon and Mercedes Sieff, have set up their second site on a pretty farm in the temperate climate of Madeira. There’s probably no better way of getting to know this island than hiking the dramatic cliff paths, dancing in enchanted forests, bathing in coastal pools and scoffing sunshine-filled veggie bounty. And as ever – like attracts like; so the Sieffs have unearthed a phenomenal bunch of local therapists and practitioners. Leave fitter, healthier, clearer and a little slinkier.

From €2,795pp. yeotown.com

Daios Cove, Crete fitness retreats

Daios Cove, Crete

With an expansive new wellbeing bent, Daios Cove is adding some serious physical activities to the family fun. Attracting the boxing gym experience of BXR London, expect trailblazing fitness combined with innovative medical technology, alternative health practices and an intriguing calendar of Healing Masters. Outdoor training sessions come with Mediterranean views and three dedicated zones cover cardio, strength and conditioning. Achy hamstrings are more than worth it for a dose of BXR trainers’ infectious enthusiasm. Kids are kept casually happy and you and your tribe will never want to leave the upside down, double storey villas with pools and cove views.

From £330 per night half board with wellness programmes layered as extra. daioscovecrete.com

palm heights fitness retreats

Palm Heights, Cayman Islands

The Cayman Islands’ first all-suite boutique hotel on heavenly Seven Mile Beach is getting ready to sets hearts racing with its spanking new 60,000 sq/ft garden-inspired spa, opening this summer and a whopping athletics club. Ready, steady, go!

palmheights.com

Jenni Rivett, Online

At just £30 a month for three classes a week, Jenni Rivett’s online sessions are a brilliant self-investment. Streamed live straight from the sunshine of South Africa, Jen combines joint mobility, conditioning and strengthening with her famous ‘The 8s’ – a HIIT routine which only takes 11 minutes and burns more fat than running on a treadmill for two hours. Emailed recordings mean no excuses.

jennirivett.com

Photographer: Trisha Ward. Styling, hair and makeup: Camilla Hewitt using NARS and Davines. Model: Danielle Copperman.