Healthy Breaks | The Best Affordable Fitness Holidays
No need to splash out the millions on an A-list boot camp, not when there are plenty of affordable fitness holidays out there
Affordable fitness holidays are within reach. Getting fit and getting a tan doesn’t have to break the bank.
Healthy holidays, they’re all the rage with the slebs, you can’t keep the TOWIE gang out of a boot camp, and Kate Moss has just flown home from a week of detoxing in a Turkish wellbeing centre and spa (let’s not mention the easyjet incident okay?).
But while Kate may have spanked the best part of £20k (maybe) on her mate Sadie’s detox birthday bash, fitness holidays aren’t just for the A-list.
Luxury boot camps can cost anywhere in the region of £1,200 up, but if you know where to look, you can enjoy an all-inclusive week of health and fitness for less cash than a long weekend in Bognor Regis.
Luckily, we’ve done all the hard work for you, from juice and yoga retreats to learn to surf camps, running bootcamps and luxury fitness resorts, these six affordable fitness holidays start from just £235.
You’ll come home relaxed, energised, fitter, leaner and healthier than when you went, and you’ll be so pooped you’ll sleep like a baby. Can’t say that for a fortnight in Magaluf now can you?
1. Swap The Parks For The Playas
Cost: From £780
One of the UK’s biggest outdoor fitness providers, British Military Fitness (BMF) tear up the parks of the UK with around 400 classes a week. But while mud and drizzle has its place, we’d much prefer to burpee on the beaches with one of their Sunfit holidays.
Alongside the mountain hikes, circuit classes, pool workouts and team sport, there are nutrition seminars
Taking place on the Canary Island of Fuerteventura, the week-long camps are held in a swanky fitness resort favoured by Team GB triathletes (oooh, very nice). The emphasis is less on weight loss and dropping inches – although that’s usually an added bonus – more on increasing your fitness and learning new skills.
An average day consists of 5-6 hours of activities, but don’t worry, that’s not all exercise. Alongside the mountain hikes, circuit classes, pool workouts and team sport, there’ll be educational and nutrition seminars, so you can take your healthy new habits home with you.
For more details, visit the Sunfit website
2. The DIY Fitness Break
What: Club La Santa
Cost: From £707 for 7 days in summer, from £581 winter
Being woken at dawn for green juice and a group hike not your bag? Go your own way with an affordable fitness holiday where the food you eat and activities you do (or don’t) are entirely up to you.
There are hundreds of activities including pilates, yoga, body combat, windsurfing, kayaking, stand up paddleboarding, social triathlons, morning runs…
One of the world’s top sports and active holiday resorts, Club La Santa in the Canary Islands lets you make your own fitness timetable. There are hundreds of group classes including TRX, pilates, yoga and body combat onsite, as well as windsurfing instruction, kayaking, stand up paddleboarding, social triathlons, morning runs and walks, swimming lessons in one of the three 50m pools, basketball, beach volleyball, mountain and road biking, boxing…
In fact, pretty much every sport you can think of, they’ve got it. And most of this is included in your holiday cost.
Accommodation is self-catering and there are a number of restaurants onsite.
For more details, visit the Club La Santa website
3. Luxury English Boot Camp
What: New You Boot Camp
Cost: from £695
There are life coaching, goal setting, and cookery workshops; 10-12 hours of training including hikes in the Hereford countryside, and circuits in the grounds
If you want a taste of a luxury boot camp but don’t want to splash out beaucoup des dollars, try staying in the UK.
New You boot camp in Hereford is what we would class as uber-swank. Set in a delightful old manor house (with a moat and private croquet lawn!) the rooms are luxurious and pricey – but if you opt for a shared room, they suddenly become much more affordable.
There are life coaching, goal setting, and cookery workshops; 10-12 hours of training including hikes in the Hereford countryside and circuits in the grounds; plus you’ll be on a specially devised nutritional programme so can expect to drop a few pounds if that’s your aim.
Boot camps are suitable from everyone including complete beginners and those with a high base level of fitness.
For more details, visit the New You Boot Camp website
4. Run Around Portugal
What: Embrace Sports Running Holiday
Cost: From £565
If you’re looking to take your running up a notch, then book yourself on a running holiday quick smart. Catering for all abilities, Embrace Sports hold regular running holidays in the Algarve, as well as novice and general triathlon training holidays in Portugal, The Alps and The Pyrenees.
All abilities are welcome from novice to elite – the training sessions can be catered to suit a variety of needs
There’s no restricted diet or alcohol bans here, the focus is on running and all abilities are welcome from novice to elite – the training sessions can be catered to suit a variety of needs.
A typical week in Portugal includes coastal runs, woodland trail runs, hill and beach runs, technique and pacing sessions, and a good dose of recovery. All sessions are optional, so you can do as much or as little as you fancy, and there’s plenty of free time to explore the local area or hang by the pool.
We’re also very happy to see drinks scheduled on the last night and table wine included in the holiday cost. Now, that’s our type of affordable fitness holiday.
For more details, visit the Embrace Sports website
5. Surfing And Glamping
What: Feral Surf Tours
Cost: From £235
Just an hour’s drive from Bordeaux, Feral surf camp offers 3-day taster sessions, ideal for those new to the sport
If you’re looking to try out surfing for the first time, you might as well get the whole ‘surfy’ experience and sleep in the sand dunes dude. Well, a tipi village in the sand dunes anyway.
Just an hour’s drive from Bordeaux, Feral surf camp offers a number of different surf holidays including a 3-day taster session, ideal for those new to the sport. The camps are small – limited to 15 guests – so you’ll get close instruction in your 90-minute surf lessons. Learner-specific boards and equipment are included in the cost, and the secluded position of the beach means you don’t have to fight the crowds to catch a wave.
If you’re not too wiped out by the fresh air and surfing, there are optional excursions to local markets, horse riding, wine tasting (rude not to) and more. Or you could just relax in a hammock with a cold beer and indulge in the camp’s delicious home-cooked food, experience the surf culture for realz.
For more details, visit the Feral Surf Tours website
6. Fitness, Juice And Yoga
What: Juicy Mountain Detox Retreat
Cost: From £490 for tented accommodation, hotel rooms also available
You’ve probably heard of Jason Vale, he’s the perma-tanned (must be the carrots), self-styled Juice Master, author of bazillions of juice books and a regular guest on daytime TV. His retreats, therefore, are insanely popular. But that doesn’t mean they need to be expensive.
The rustic Juicy Mountain retreat in Southern Turkey has been running for more than 10 years now and, if you’re happy to sleep under canvas, it’s very reasonably priced.
While Juicy Mountain may sound like a level on Candy Crush, you’ll find no sugary treats here
While Juicy Mountain may sound like a level on Candy Crush, you’ll find no sugary treats here. For the seven-day break you’ll cleanse your system with juices, smoothies, herbal teas and fresh mountain water. The views across the remote valley are stunning, and days are filled with yoga classes, guided walks, rebounding (bouncing around on mini trampolines, yay!) juicing workshops and relaxing round the pool.
We’re not too sure we could survive a whole week without masticating, but guests report flying home feeling “fitter", “lighter", “relaxed" and “energised".
For more details, visit the Juicy Mountain website.