So I got quite a few emails and DM’s about what fitness retreat I’d recommend but believe it or not to date, I have never been on a purpose fitness retreat or healthy holiday per say. Typically when we go away we will stay in an air b’n’b near a good crossfit gym as my other half loves olympic weightlifting. But we’ve never gone on a planned retreat.
In fact my first fitness retreat is coming up this February with the guys at The Edge:Clontarf (caveat here is my boyfriend is on of the owners for those who may not know- you can read my review here!). Anywho, the reason I’m writing about these retreats is so many of you have asked me what I’d recommend so rather than pull a list of what I’d recommend (as I have yet to sample!) I’ve pulled together fitness retreats that look super cool, are affordable and are something I’d genuinely consider. These are in no particular order and are not sponsored or in any way affiliated (though help me GOD I wish they were haha!).
The Edge: Retreat
This is taking place in the first weekend of February in the picturesque setting of Avon Ri, Blessington, Co. Wicklow. The goal for this weekend training and fitness retreat is to offer the perfect blend of challenging training sessions, mindfulness yoga and tailored nutrition. I’m actually attending this so am SUPER excited as this is where I train (The Edge: Clontarf) and I know it’ll be challenging but worthwhile. All accommodation, classes, food etc is included and the price is €495.
The Salty Pelican
So this is in typically warmer climes and takes place in Cascais on the coast of Portugal. You can fly into Lisbon and away you go. I like this idea of combining SUP with yoga as I’m kind of awful at both but have it in my head that with a good spray tan and the right temperature everything will resemble a Roxy ad and i can quit my day job and live in a cabin on the coastal waters of Cascais. For the meantime I am seriously considering this as a week’s break with my travel bestie this summer! A week’s accommodation and all classes and buffet brekkie each morning is about€750 though their site is a little confusing and fiddly on mobile! But do factor in flights when you’re booking- perhaps take advantage of the flash sales Ryanair and Aer Lingus often thrown down!
New Horizon Escapes
These lads call themselves the world’s best fitness escapes which sounds pretty damn impressive in my mind! The setting for this kind of fitness retreat is basically a ream of far-flung sexy white sanded destinations teamed with well-known fitness bloggers and influencers around the world (but to be fair they are very clued in and the reviews are super!). You can chose from Thailand, Bali, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Phillipines, Kenya and the Maldives and they have a full list of dates, prices and instructors who will be leading each program. Prices are for single and double rooms/shared rooms so be sure to check that out- The options I looked at were around 2500/ for a week all inclusive but they look UBER fancy and well worth the indulgence if you have the moulah! Flights are separate of course and I’d recommend using skyscanner to see what your total cost would be before booking.
Award-winning and body transformational are what comes to mind with the folks at 38DegreesNorth, who offer high-end fitness and health retreats in Marbella and Ibiza. With capped numbers of 10 and 14 depending on your chosen location, you can expect a tough but fair results driven week. I looked at a random week in March and it was about €2,000 without flights but you can knock off another 500 quid if you were ready and prepared to go off season. These guys welcome reviews from the likes of Conde Nast, Vogue and National Geographic so sounds like you will be in very good hands! They also have some free online training videos which are super handy. And if you enjoy those you may also like these.
Molly McKeever Yoga Retreat
I’ve had the honour of attending some of Molly’s yoga classes when I used to work in the IFSC in Dublin near her little gem of zen that is her studio. She has also turned her hand to bespoke yoga retreats in her second home in Crete which looks like the most wonderful way to well and truly recharge and focus on number 1. The week offers fresh food,local hikes, yoga yoga and more yoga! What’s great about Molly is her ability to teach a group class but make it feel so personal to each attendee so if that’s anything to go by, this retreat will be one of those unforgettable ”to me from me’ kind of pressies that you will cherish forever. Prices are from €799 but do make sure to check out flights to Chania before you book.
So the idea of going to Thailand for a fitness retreat may seem like a total indulgence BUT this can actually end up costing a lot less if you plan the way I normally plan a holiday. So, although this isn’t a retreat as such it’s very easy form what I have researched to find accommodation (Prices are about 200 USD to stay in a two-person villa for a week!) and classes start at about 8USD. The gyms that are popping up in most forums and reviews are Titan Fitness and Unit 27. Both offer training camps with discounts for the longer you stay too so worth considering if you plan a month or two in Thailand!
Do you guys have any favourite go-to health and fitness retreats?