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 |
OnTrack Weight Loss & Fitness Retreat
based: Devon, UK
Specialist weight loss, fitness and lifestyle change health retreats in the heart of the Devon countryside. Retreats designed to help with fat loss, fitness, good eating and healthy living, created for all shapes, sizes and fitness levels – offering a daily program of fitness classes, mindset seminars and healthy nutrition.
| retreats | fitness | boot camps | weight loss | holistic/wellness/wellbeing | yoga | UK | England |
based: East Sussex/Kent, UK
Offering juice detox retreats in England (in East Sussex/Kent and Leicestershire) 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 |
Surya Lanka Ayurveda Beach Resort
based: Talalla, Sri Lanka
Surya Lanka Ayurveda Resort was one of the first Ayurveda Hotels in Sri Lanka to cater exclusively for Panchakarma Ayurveda guests. Surya Lanka specialises in Sri Lankan Ayurveda, Yoga and Meditation, all in one of the most beautiful locations in Sri Lanka. It also conducts regular Ayurveda retreats and Yoga retreats.
| ayurveda | retreats | holistic/wellness/wellbeing | yoga | meditation | massage | weight loss | detoxification | spas | Sri Lanka |
The Ultimate Retreat Company Featured Site
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: Bucharest, Romania & Tel Aviv, Israel
Making activity-driven vacations simple, UpTrek provides some of the world's most interesting and highly rated vacation packages and offers a discovery and booking platform that brings excitement and simplicity back to travel. Choose from hundreds of unique travel experiences and book online easily and instantaneously.
| working/volunteer | photographic | cookery | gastronomic | yoga | weight loss | fitness | detoxification | canoe/kayak | diving/snorkelling | mountain biking | Worldwide |
Bali Weight Loss
based: Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
An affordable detoxification and weight loss retreat in a luxury Bali resort. A slimming vacation, without breaking the bank.
| weight loss | detoxification | Indonesia |
Paleo Wellness Retreat
based: Phuket, Thailand
Weight loss retreat in Phuket, dedicated to helping guests slim and reduce unpleasant symptoms of a modern lifestyle, alleviated with a Paleo diet, combined with thoughtful stress management techniques.
| weight loss | Thailand |
ENGLAND: weight loss and diet offers
Save up to 50% on weight loss treatments and retreats, body sculpting and firming treatments and wraps, detoxes, colonic hydrotherapy and spa retreats. There are discount voucher offers on both slimming day treatments and weekend or short stay weight loss breaks in London and right across England (use advance search options to expand area searched).
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Some of the retreats listed here are pricey – so our suggestion for a cheap weight loss retreat, or for people not into working out, is to simply walk!
Take a walking holiday – book a country cottage» and take to the hills; hike the coastal path or stride through country lanes. Walking is a great way to start an exercise regime, burn off those excess calories and can be done virtually anywhere.
It's reckoned that walking actively will, on average, burn around 230-260 calories per hour – that will vary of course, depending on your start weight, how fast you walk and where you're walking (hills are good!). The key thing is to walk 'actively' and to make sure you burn more calories than you consume
And speaking of consuming, to make this DIY weight loss holiday effective we recommend you combine your walking with a healthy eating plan – exercise on it's own will not do the job! The NHS has got lots of good reliable advice about losing weight, healthy eating and the value of different slimming and diet plans here».
So fill your holiday cottage with healthy low calorie food, a good diet cookbook and no alcohol! And promise yourself not to sneak out to the pub or order in a takeaway, better still make sure your cottage is so remote that these temptations don't exist!
You could take the 1,000 Steps Challenge as a start point, read about it here» as it contains some great info on why walking is good for weight loss.
Compared to a customised weight loss retreat your DIY weight loss holiday will undoubtedly take more willpower, but just think of the pounds (sterling) you'll be saving, as well as the ones you hope to shed!
You could of course take an organised walking holiday» instead, but make sure you can control the diet side of things, perhaps going with one of the smaller companies where you can walk from a fixed base and arrange your low-calorie eating plan directly with the organisers.
Or you could really up the ante and try Nordic walking» – a much more active whole-body style which can burn off something like 45% more calories than ordinary walking. Get some instruction so you learn how to use the poles properly to get the full benefits.