Where to get fit & travel in luxury.

Travelling to a location where you can get fit AND indulge is possible in almost every corner of the world.

A new company sources the best fitness destinations globally – and organises a holiday around them.

There’s no excuse for putting on weight during a holiday any more. Luxury resorts across the globe have developed health and wellness programs to suit everyone.

These are our picks of the locations to get fit in luxury surrounds:

Hawaii: Lumeria Maui 

The island resort of Lumeria Maui offers a fantastic range of wellness activities, as well as balanced cuisine, most of which is grown on-site.

Unwind with a therapeutic meditation session or get the blood pumping with a surfing lesson before soothing your weary muscles with a massage in the comfort of your suite. Focused towards yoga and detox, this Hawaiian retreat will cater to your individual wellness needs, leaving your mind, body and soul rejuvenated.

Focus: Detox, yoga and meditation.

Mexico: Rancho La Puerta Escape on a wellness holiday down Mexico way at Rancho La Puerta. This luxury resort has been delivering delicious cuisine, expert treatments and fitness classes for over 70 years.

Rancho La Puerta encourage a healthy lifestyle through nutritious organic food and exciting classes run by the resorts enthusiastic fitness staff. Go hiking in the hills or take part in a yoga class before soothing your weary muscles with a therapeutic deep tissue massage.

Focus: Fitness in the surrounds and healthy food.

US: Red Mountain Resort  Make the most of the beautiful natural landscapes and go on a mountain hike to sample the breath-taking views from the summit, it’s worth the climb.

The resort happily caters for all needs with dedicated programs tailored towards weight loss, de-stressing or simply trying something new. Sample the fitness activities on offer including horse riding and kickboxing before unwinding in the luxurious spa for a truly unforgettable wellness experience.

Focus: A tailored program of weight-loss just for you.

India: Vana Malsi Estate  The Vana Malsi Estate opened in 2014 and has already taken home the coveted Condé Nast Traveller 2014 Spa Awards for Best New Destination.

Set amidst the Sal forest, the 21-acre site boasts mango and lychee orchards, as well as stunning views of the Himalayan foothills. The friendly and helpful staff deliver a bespoke wellness experience through expert classes, including ayurveda and yoga, and their extensive range of personalised wellness treatments to provide the ultimate tailored wellness experience.

Focus: Ayurveda and yoga as well as personalised wellness treatments.

Bali: Como Shambhala  Como Shambhala retreat in Bali is the perfect destination for anyone looking for a luxury health and well-being retreat. Spend days working out at the Jungle Gym or de-stressing with a therapeutic class in the yoga pavilion.

The resort happily caters for all your wellness needs with specific programs tailored towards detox, stress management, fitness and Ayurveda. A full offering of daily wellness activities including Pilates, meditation, circuit training, rock climbing, mountain biking and rice field treks. The perfect combination of healing, relaxing and fitness activities to make sure you board the plane home feeling brand new.

Focus: De-stressing through a wide range of activities.

The Philippines: The Farm The Farm is famous for its back-to-nature approach and excellent choice of spa treatments. This luxury retreat offers you the chance to detox in complete tranquility whilst taking part in holistic yoga and meditation classes.

Alive! restaurant offers up delicious vegan dishes, the majority of which are sourced from the on-site organic garden, the cuisine is wonderfully in-keeping with the resort’s rustic healthy theme. Offering getaways that cater to goals like de-stressing or weight management, The Farm is the perfect destination for a wellness holiday.

Focus: Spa treatments and relaxation.

Greece: Blue Resort & Palace

Get away from it all at the glorious Blue Resort & Palace, located on the stunning Elounda Coastline, with views towards Spinalonga. This serene retreat offers up programs to suit all types of goals including programs tailored towards detoxing, slimming, anti-aging.

It specialises in thalassotherapy where guests benefit from the healing and therapeutic properties of sea water, mud and seaweed, all of which are rich in minerals naturally present in the body.

Focus: The healing properties of sea water and seaweed.

France: Terre Blanche 

This 300-hectare resort in the South of France is the perfect place for a wellness break. Terre Blanche offers a range of healthy holidays to suit individual goals.

With rolling hills, sprawling mountains and lush green fields, the enormous private estate’s beautiful scenery helps to provide an overwhelming sense of relaxation. Marvel at the views before strolling past the flower gardens to the impressive split-level spa. In-keeping with the resorts core values, the spa delivers a range of truly indulgent treatments, all designed to leave you feeling completely revitalised.

Focus: Indulgence and spa treatments in a breathtaking French setting.

Italy: Lefay Resort & Spa 

The Lefay Resort and Spa is located inside a beautiful sprawling nature park surrounded by hills rich in olive trees and woods all overlooking the lake.

The spa combines the principles of classical Chinese medicine with Western scientific research to provide a broad range of wellness options. Programs include those tailored towards detox, sleep therapy and rejuvenation, meaning you are guaranteed to find something to suit your needs and help improve your well-being.

Focus: Spa treatments and relaxation.

Croatia: Vitality Hotel Punta Located on the beautiful,peaceful Losinj Island, the Vitality Hotel Punta in Croatia is an excellent destination for a wellness break.

With the beach only a few minutes’ walk away, the resort boasts breath-taking views of the Adriatic coastline. There’s a pick of activities like tennis, rock climbing, hiking trails and various water sports. Cap off the day with a treatment in the specially designed Vitality Zone before tucking into delicious Mediterranean cuisine.

Focus: Activities like tennis, rock climbing and hiking

For advice, guidance and booking visit www.healthandfitnesstravel.com.au or call 1300 551 353


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Renae Leith-Manos

Editor and Founder of Bondi Beauty

Renae Leith-Manos loves fitness, new beauty products, long chats and long flights. She is at her best when traveling the world writing about luxury hotels and Michelin Star restaurants (www.renaesworld.com.au). She has had a colourful media career as a journalist inmagazines and newspapers, in Australia and Asia. She spends her time writing, cooking, consulting to new businesses, running and working out.

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