Taking a five-star holiday doesn’t have to mean lounging by a pool all day or stuffing your face full of food at the evening buffet. Though some may not realise it, it is possible to have a luxurious five-star holiday that is also good for you, something that involves healthy, nutritious food and the exercise of both body and mind.
If you’ll pardon the pun, it is possible to have your cake and eat it.
Here are three of the best health and fitness related 5 star holidays.
1. Ananda, the Himalayas
All over the western world, more and more people are turning to yoga. Although certain people have been doing it for a long time, the demographic amongst yoga users is evolving, with more men doing it than ever before.
In fact, Manchester United footballer Ryan Giggs puts the fantastic longevity of his glittering career almost entirely down to his morning yoga routine.
However, nothing could be better than honing your technique in the land where it all began – India. In a retreat nestled amongst the foothills of the majestic Himalayas, the mental aspects of yoga will be emphasised as much as the physical, to create an enlightened mind that is truly in tune with a newly liberated body.
2. Chiva-Som, Thailand
Broadening your fitness schedule beyond the usual gym routine, this programme utilises pilates, Thai boxing, massage and stretch sessions, with nutritionists, health experts and consultants helping you through every stage of your journey.
If that sounds a bit intimidating (if good), you’ll have the tranquil beauty of the Thai coast to help keep you focused and motivated. A morning of pilates feels a lot easier with the wind swaying in the palm trees overhead!
3. The Body Holiday, St. Lucia
Weight loss is hard. There’s no real way to get around that.
The body holiday won’t be easy. You’ll be participating in gruelling mountain biking, rigorous personal training, yoga and pilates sessions and regular fitness tests but if you’re going to have to go over such hurdles, you may as well do it in the location of your choice – and where could be better than St. Lucia? The word ‘paradise’ is an over-used one but on the shimmering white sands of the Caribbean’s most beautiful beaches, no other word seems to capture the essence of the place quite so well.