Three of the Best Fitness Retreats
Because our New Year’s resolutions to stay fit may be starting to fade now that we are well into February here are three fitness retreats to reignite your fitness regime.
LUXYOGA, FRANCE >
Luxyoga, run by New York native and world renowned yoga instructor Ben Sears, has been hosting yoga retreats 30 minutes outside Nice in the South of France since 2007.
“The magic of Luxyoga is a balance of special elements that may not exist all together in any other place,” Ben explains. “You have a yoga immersion with premier teachers that leaves guests not only recharged, but with an action plan to continue progressing. You also have the singular experience of personalised luxury that blends the cosiness of a sprawling private villa with the quality of a fine hotel. People connect deeply to themselves and make lasting friendships, thanks to how it all comes together. Even the smallest moments have purpose and the food is locally sourced and legendary.”
Guests can expect to enjoy Ayurvedic juices after yoga classes amongst the Provencal hills, before returning to aromatherapy-treated bedrooms. Between classes, guests have massages on a private terrace, drink rare local wines, and join excursions to sample local food, view incredible art, and feel like a local in one of the most beautiful physical spaces in the world.
GOLDEN DOOR, CALIFORNIA >
Golden Door is a Californian fitness retreat with a Japanese-inspired design featuring sand gardens, bamboo forests, waterfalls and koi ponds. Located between LA and San Diego, the 600-acre retreat opened in 1958, but had a $15m refurbishment in 2012. The seven-day programme begins with a pre-arrival interview,so your time at the resort is tailored to you.
Once at the resort, you’ll enjoy four sessions with a personal trainer and have over 40 fitness classes to choose from, as well as sessions and lectures on mindfulness, improvement and nutrition. There are 12 mountain- and meadow hiking trails, seven state-of-the-art gyms, two swimming pools, a Watsu Water Therapy pool, a tennis court and a bathhouse to experience.
Guests also receive a daily in-room massage and five skincare or body treatments.
A meal plan using fresh produce grown on the estate’s five-acre, bio-intensive farm will be created for you, and you can also take part in the weekly cooking course.
Golden Door practices what they preach about mindfulness by donating 100% of net profits to children’s charities.
BRAZIL ECO JOURNEY’S GAY SURF CAMP >
Brazil Eco Journey is an LGBT-owned tour operator based in southern Brazil. They have been hosting annual Gay Surf Brazil retreats for three years in Praia do Rosa, a beautiful half-moon-shaped bay with perfect waves and the relaxed atmosphere essential for any surfer destination. Classes are run by The Captain, who has taught surfing for over two decades, schooling over 15,000 beginner surfers, so you know you’ll be in safe hands.
“Unlike other group tours, our guests have a lot in common – not only being gay, but their love of nature and sports. Everybody is very supportive of each other as the week progresses. It is really like being amongst friends,” says co-founder Marta Dalla Chiesa.
The week also includes two nights’ stay in Florianopolis, also known as “the magic island” for its surfer culture and LGBT-friendliness.
Read the full article in Winq’s Winter 2016 edition available to buy here