Holidays are such a great time to relax, reset and recharge, but what about learning a new skill while taking your well deserved break!? I love the idea of finding a new hobby to bring home or just trying out something adventurous while I’m away from work. What a great way to come back inspired, full of life and ready to go!
Health and Fitness Travel have put together a list for you of their favourite destinations to learn that exciting new skill.
Ocean Soul Retreat: A sun-kissed glow is guaranteed at Ocean Soul Retreat as you go on board with a week of sun, sea, yoga and relaxation. Get out of your comfort zone as you dive into Indonesia’s warm, clear and deep blue waters. Take the opportunity to be safely challenged, whether aiming to build your skills or just wanting to try something new. Discover a profound state of calm and mindfulness as you learn freediving alongside yoga, breathing exercises and meditation.
Location: Komodo National Park, Indonesia
Useful to know: Pack light and comfortable clothing: yoga wear, swimwear, a sarong and flip flops you can wear to the beach, around the resort and to meditation classes.
Learn to Surf
Florblanca: Going back to ‘school’ has never been so much fun with expert surf school instructors guiding your progress at Florblanca. Whether you want to master extreme surfing maneuvers like Hang Ten or are able to maintain balance on the board, get ready to impress by the end of your stay. In between sessions, unwind in a shaded hammock or relax at the spa with coconut scrubs, cleansing facials and manicures to indulge your senses.
Location: Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica
Useful to know: The biggest waves occur typically during October. The Playa Santa Teresa beach at Florblanca is ideal for beginners right through to expert surfers.
Learn to Swim
Thanyapura: Calling all aquaphiles: escape on a swimming holiday in the idyllic island of Phuket at Thanyapura. This luxury retreat boasts some of the world’s top facilities and the best ‘aquatics’ coaches who will help you learn to swim at your own pace. Private swim coaching sessions will recondition your swimming technique for increased streamline elegance and help to build your fitness. Once you’ve made some waves in the pool, ease your weary muscles with a rejuvenating massage or two.
Location: Phuket, Thailand
Useful to know: You can hire per lane or the whole pool for swim training, competitions, or other swimming activities.
Shreyas Silent Retreat: Embark on a journey to self-discovery as you learn mindfulness on a “Mouna” immersion or “time spent in silence”. Experience the lifestyle and wisdom of the Indian spiritual tradition by bringing together meditation, yoga and vegetarian cuisine to cleanse the body, as you cleanse your mind. Learn how meditation benefits the mind and body and return home with not only a new experience, but a new-found inner-peace.
Location: Bangalore, India
Useful to know: There is no specific dress code but pack a light jacket as some nights can get quite cool.
Paradis Plage: Set on the south west coast of Morocco, famed for 340 days of sunshine a year, Paradis Plage is the ideal retreat to reconnect with nature and your inner-self. With a comprehensive yoga program, the resort offers a dynamic approach perfect for beginners and experienced yogis alike. Daily classes are held in a glass paneled studio facing the ocean, giving you a mesmerising panoramic view of the scenery.
Location: Agadir, Morocco
Useful to know: Yoga is taught in English as well as French so there aren’t any translational issues, it is also a great way of improving your linguistic skills!
Absolute Sanctuary: Experience the long lasting benefits of Pilates while on a luxury spa break. The retreat’s Pilates reformer bootcamp offers a personalised approach, best for improving strength, flexibility and balance. Under the guidance of the largest Pilates instructor team in Asia, join group classes on state-of-the-art reformer machines and benefit from private sessions partnered with postural analysis for a more bespoke practice.
Location: Koh Samui, Thailand
Useful to know: Under the guidance of an instructor, you will take on your Pilates journey in a group on state of the art reformer machines. This is taken further with a private class, which is tailored to the results of a postural analysis.
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Health and Fitness Travel is a global luxury wellness travel company that originated in the UK in 2010 and is committed to providing healthy holidays that enhance and change lives. Created by Paul Joseph, Adam Heathcote and co-founded in Australia by local Director Samantha Lippiatt as a result of their combined passion for health and fitness travel and offering bespoke holidays to improve people’s well-being to lead happier and healthier lives.
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