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 |
Pilates en France
based: Dordogne, France
All-inclusive Pilates holidays and breaks in a converted farmhouse in a beautiful setting in the Dordogne, southwest France. Offering intensive Pilates studio sessions and optional group matwork classes from a fully-equipped Pilates studio.
| pilates | France |
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 |
Boswell Farm Pilates Retreats
based: Devon, UK
Pilates retreats in Devon, classes include Pilates practice, meditation, visualisation and relaxation.
| pilates | UK |
based: Washington, USA
Yoga, pilates and surf retreats in Costa Rica, with daily Pilates and yoga sessions, guided meditation and surf or stand-up paddle board lessons.
| pilates | yoga | surfing | Costa Rica |
Pilates and Yoga have many similarities, in fact they complement each other well and some retreats will combine the two. So how do they compare and which one offers the right retreat for you?
The Pilates Method body-conditioning and exercise technique was developed about 90 years ago by German-born Joseph Pilates. The Method involves a series of controlled exercises that engage both mind and body – concentration is a very important element. The primary focus is on building core strength and improving posture by targeting deep postural muscles. Using low-impact, low-repetition exercises it also increases strength without building bulk.
Exercises either take the form of mat based work – probably the most common form you'll encounter on a Pilates retreat – or are done on special resistance apparatus developed by the founder. Mat based Pilates may also use props such as balls, resistance bands and rollers.
Classical Pilates – some instructors teach only the classical form originally taught by Joseph Pilates. However on a Pilates retreat you are more likely to encounter Contemporary Pilates in which practitioners use variations and adaptions of the original exercises.
See how this compares to yoga here»