based: Alicante, Spain
Awaken Holidays offer a collection of specialist holidays from expert providers; holidays for improving wellbeing, relaxing the mind and exciting the soul. Highlighting the best of yoga retreats, fitness holidays, bootcamps, detox breaks and spa retreats; as well as showcasing a great selection of walking, cycling and activity holidays Worldwide.
| fitness | boot camps | yoga | pilates | cycle touring | spas | walk/trek/hike | weight loss | holistic/wellness/wellbeing | Worldwide | Western Europe |
based: Alicante, Spain
Rejuvenating, yoga inspired wellbeing holidays and health retreats near the sea in sunny Spain. Featured in the 'Top 10 Yoga Retreats of the World 2012'. The holidays offer inspiring yoga, pilates, fitness, delicious ayurvedic inspired vegetarian meals, hikes, meditation, biking, educational health workshops and holistic therapies. Carefully selected small, beautiful hotels in special locations.
| yoga | pilates | meditation | fitness | retreats | detoxification | weight loss | nutrition | holistic/wellness/wellbeing | vegetarian/vegan | walk/trek/hike | Spain |
Fitness Travel Company (The)
based: London, UK
Fitness combined with exotic and intriguing holiday packages where, uniquely, the fee includes the services of a personal trainer for a few weeks before departure, setting up and starting a personalised fitness programme. To ensure continuing progress, this is followed up after the fitness holiday itself.
| fitness | UK | Europe | Mexico | Australia |
based: Florida, USA
Fitness breaks based at luxury resorts in Florida and Southern California. These all-inclusive vacations combine intensive and structured fitness regimes with exotic and relaxing destinations, delicious healthy gourmet food and nutrition instruction.
| fitness | USA |
based: Staffordshire, UK
Ladies fitness and weight loss bootcamp retreats across the UK and Europe. Perfect for those looking for fitness, weight loss, or just wanting an active holiday. These ladies bootcamps include, accommodation, nutritious meals, fun days with varied exercise sessions, exercise and nutrition workshops, dedicated trainers, after care support and optional massage.
| bootcamps | fitness | retreats | nutrition | weight loss | women | singles | stag/hen | UK | Portugal | Spain |
based: West Sussex, UK
Offering juice detox retreats in England (in West Sussex and Lincolnshire) with yoga and healing. Weight loss and fitness, fertility, stop smoking and emotional healing retreats with 50+ holistic treatments. "One of the Best Retreats in the World" – Telegraph.
| yoga | retreats | detoxification | weight loss | fitness | stag/hen | self development | NLP | meditation | England |
The Ultimate Retreat Company
based: Alicante, Spain
Luxury all-inclusive health retreats for weight loss, fitness, detox, wellbeing and anti-ageing, set in a beautiful award winning venue and spa. Join their exceptional and professional retreat team which includes a doctor, nutritionist, yoga and pilates teachers, personal trainers and holistic therapists; who will offer inspirational and individual care and support.
| weight loss | detoxification | yoga | pilates | fitness | nutrition | retreats | holistic/wellness/wellbeing | singles | Spain |
based: Washington, USA
Fit Tours offer a range of tours that combine fitness, weight loss and health programs with exciting global travel.
| fitness | Worldwide |
Mum & Baby Experience
based: Tuscany, Italy
Fitness breaks (babycomes2bootcamp) in Tuscany, with babysitting during classes, for mums with little ones (dads are welcome too!).
| fitness | Italy |
based: East Sussex, UK
Fitness breaks, retreats and holidays in Spain, Crete, Germany, Croatia, London, New York and Kenya, many held in locations chosen for their stunning wild environments.
| fitness | nutrition | Europe | USA | Kenya |
Fitness holiday or boot camp – what's the difference?
This section of Travel-Quest deals with conventional fitness holidays which will tend to offer equipment based gym work, fitness classes such as circuit training and aerobics, plus other exercise activities that can range from gentle yoga to high powered mountain biking. Classes will often be held in custom gyms and training spaces. Some fitness breaks will provide personal trainers who will create tailored exercise regimes for guests. The style of instruction will probably be based less on compulsion and more on encouragement and motivation.
These days the difference between a fitness holiday and a 'bootcamp' has become blurred, mainly because some providers use the latter term for 'softer' style holidays – we therefore recommend you take a look at that section too!
Instructor qualifications on fitness breaks and holidays
How can you be sure your holiday fitness instructor is fit to instruct? There are a lot of reasons to check out the qualifications of the people running these sort of breaks, not least of which is for reassurance that their instruction will not cause injury, you'll also want to know that they're properly insured.
There are a lot of different fitness and gym instructor qualifications out there; some are general, some are specific to particular sports or activities (e.g. yoga or cycling).
In the UK there's no mandatory requirement for instructors to be qualified at all – although most reputable providers will ensure that they are! And once you start looking at fitness holidays abroad the situation becomes even less clear as it adds foreign qualifications to the mix.
Our advice is to always go to a providers 'about us' info and check the qualifications listed – if this information is not on their website ask them to provide it. Also check that the people listed will be the ones actually taking the classes and look for reassurances that any unlisted instructors will also be properly qualified. Be particularly vigilant if you are doing a long-haul fitness holiday to a country where there may be less controls.