5 of the best fitness retreats

5 of the best fitness retreats

Fitness retreats are a great way to have a holiday and start a new lifestyle – you have the time and energy to invest in your new programme, as well as plenty of downtime for rest and recuperation. Queen of Retreats shares their favourite fitness retreats from all over the world.

The Ranch Italy

The Ranch Malibu is fitness retreat to the stars and one of the most successful fitness retreats in the US. And it’s now arrived in Europe – as The Ranch Italy. With year-round daily hiking, alongside a gluten, dairy, alcohol, caffeine and sugar-free, plant-based diet, on offer, this retreat promises results. Journalist and broadcaster Emily Maitlis had stunning results after her stay at Palazzo Fiuggi in the Roman hills. She said in her review for Queen of Retreats: ‘As I travel home, my shorts are significantly looser and my leg muscles are tighter. I arrived in Italy with a painful foot condition – plantar fasciitis….the pain has entirely disappeared. I’m convinced the diet has killed off the inflammation. I’m having to pinch myself – it feels too good to be true.’



Wildfitness Retreats

An established retreat company, Wildfitness has been delivering transformative fitness holidays since 2001. The focus is on diverse movement, healthy and local eating, and plenty of rest to reset and realign your body so you go home a stronger, more confident and resilient version of yourself. As well as plenty of inventive, holistic workouts in outdoor locations, there are interesting lifestyle talks, delicious healthy meals and supremely comfortable accommodation. They now run on set dates during the year on Menorca and Crete and in Iceland and Norfolk in the UK.

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Known for The Yeotox, its signature five-day mind and body detox, Yeotown aims to help you gain glorious health, vital energy and long-lasting wellbeing. Run by husband and wife team, Simon and Mercedes Sieff, every week of the year, they empower you to take control of your diet, lifestyle and health, as you cleanse your digestion, take part in challenging hikes and stretch and relax with yoga and treatments. Choose North Devon in England, where, from Wednesday to Sunday, you’ll be close to the dramatic hills and valleys of Exmoor National Park. Or head to Madeira in Portugal, an island known as the ‘Hawaii of the Atlantic’, where you’ll stay in Boho-chic accommodation. These breaks run every week from Tuesday to Saturday.


The Zest Life

The Zest Life has two UK venues – the spectacular Plas Cadnant estate on Anglesey in North Wales and the scenic Silverholme Manor on the banks of Lake Windermere in Cumbria, England. In Wales yoga includes Vinyasa flow, yin yoga, partner yoga and Dru yoga with a variety of teachers, and there is a variety of add-on activities to suit the season, from wild swimming, stand-up paddle boarding and coastal walks to hiking up Mount Snowdon. In Cumbria, there are two-night, unpretentious wild swimming and yoga weekends, where you can recharge your batteries in a cosy and elegant Georgian manor house.




At Azulfit on the sunny island of Fuerteventura you can enjoy a mix of yoga, Pilates, meditation and nutrition classes, with world class teachers, delicious food and plenty of rest, rejuvenation and downtime in the sunshine. You can hike to the volcanic peaks from your base at Surya Retreat or hire a bike to explore the striking geological landscape. Fuerteventura’s wind and wide beaches offer great conditions for kite and windsurfing, while the surf is always up. Stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) is also an exhilarating way to experience the island.

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