When it comes to traveling these days, the options are endless and planning can get overwhelming. Too many choices coupled with figuring out how to squeeze exercise in your journey can leave many individuals in decision paralysis. Therefore, to make things easier for all the fitness fans out there, we compiled a list of best fitness holiday retreats. So whether you like running, yoga or martial arts, this short list has got you covered – it has something for everybody.
Tiger Muay Thai
Location: Phuket, Thailand
Muay Thai is sometimes referred to as “The Art of Eight Limbs”, and using eight points of contact, the body mimics weapons of war. How cool is that? Now, what if I told you that there is a place where you could study Muay Thai under a traditional master on a budget? Well, this is exactly what Tiger Muay Thai offers. The training facility is located on the lush and tropical island of Phuket in Thailand, where you can go through a seven-day course (beginner, intermediate and advanced seven-day packages are available). The instructors will have you powering through two two-and-a-half hour classes a day, perfecting your stance, footwork, punching and kicking skills.
Lake Austin Spa
Location: Austin, Texas
If you are one of those people that “live” in the gym, you may want to consider Lake Austin Spa as your next vacation spot. Their Power of 7 Program is a personalized, weeklong program of spa-treatments, unlimited fitness classes and special activities, customized to meet your individual goals. The possibilities are endless; you get to choose from 30 meditation and yoga classes, 27 cardio and dance, 16 strength and 11 aquatic classes offered. In addition, you will get to stay in one of the Quaint Cottages situated on the lakefront, enjoying the fresh-cut flowers from the spa’s garden.
Norwegian Cruise Line
Location: Norwegian Epic, Caribbean, and European cruises
Norwegian Epic is dubbed the “largest and most innovative ship to date” for a reason. It does not matter what is your sport of choice, Norwegian Cruise Line got you covered. If you are into running, you could check out their running track 10 stories above the ocean. If you are more of a “basketball person”, then you will be amazed with the full-size court in their Sports Complex. Moreover, if that is not enough for you, they have a soccer field, batting cage and the first-ever rappelling wall at sea. However, the activities do not stop there; you could drop into as many classes (yoga, Pilates, spinning, etc.) as you would like.
Marjan Island Boot Camp
Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
If you want to kick-start your fitness regime, and get your body into summer shape and relax at the same time, Marjan Island is for you. Situated on a beachfront located in the clear waters of the Arabian Gulf, Marjan Island Retreat offers spacious accommodations, impressive fitness facilities and a private white sandy beach. In addition to a luxury spa, steam room and sauna, the facilities also include fully equipped gyms (where you can hire a personal trainer for a private workout), basketball court, beach volleyball, football pitch and tennis court.
Ananda in the Himalayas
In Buddhism, Ananda represents a sort of extreme happiness, one of the highest states of living. Set at the foot of the Himalayas, Ananda aims not only to help guests relax but to fully redefine their way of life. Regarded as one of the best yoga retreats in India, the wellness offerings here are immense as they come. The 24-room, 2100 square foot spa offers over 80 treatments; and after choosing a treatment, guests can embark on a yoga class, following one of five different programs (Hatha, Gatyatmak, Kriya, Pranayama, and Advanced Pranayama with Bandhas).