Yoga retreats and fitness getaways that will have you healthy, happy and well-fed…
Although it might seem an unlikely combination at first, many of our top hotels are adding fitness weekends, yoga retreats and health seminars to their package options, meaning you and your chums can get together for a consequence-free feeding at some of the UK’s most fantastic hotels.
Here are just a few to whet your appetite and get you reaching for the dumbbells.
Celtic Manor is best known as a luxury hotel offering superb dining and the opportunity for more than a little golfing activity. This five-star resort is adding Bootycamp With Lucy – that’s Lucy Mecklenburgh of TOWIE fame – to its list of offerings this May and November. These boot camps can be booked as part of a residential package which includes accommodation at The Manor House and all meals, which will be as healthy as the full programme of fitness classes, yoga sessions, beautiful guided walks and relaxation sessions you’ll be able to take part in. Prices start at £267 for a one night-two day package and include all tuition and full use of the health club facilities. Non-residential packages are also available – which you could combine with dinner at any of the resort’s fabulous restaurants.
Celtic Manor also offers an alternative for those who are serious about changing their exercise and eating habits. The Results For Life Spa Weekend (also in May at £267) again includes meals and accommodation, as well as a number of seminars and practical sessions that will teach you everything from how to meditate to how to make exercise fun for you.
Hidden in the heart of the New Forest, Lime Wood Hotel is a rural retreat that offers the most luxurious of surrounds and fabulous dining from Angela Hartnett and team. The hotel has teamed up with fitness expert Matt Roberts to bring guests the Matt Roberts Retreat at Lime Wood. These two day breaks will have you sweating and panting as Matt Roberts and his team put you through your paces. Naturally, meals will come courtesy of Hartnett Holder & Co, the hotel’s award-winning restaurant, but also Raw & Cured, their food bar. As well as relaxing accommodation, you’ll also get to experience a couple of spa treatments, have your fitness questions answered and attend a nutritional talk from Limewood’s expert Sheila Hulme. Retreats will be held in April and October, and cost £750 per person.
Stretch it out
For something a little more laid-back, but just as good for you, take a look at Budock Vean in Cornwall’s Mawnan Smith. Set on the Helford River, it is the perfect tranquil escape-from-it-all spot and the ideal setting for a little yoga and a soupcon of indulgent dining. Led by Phil Aston and his team of British Wheel of Yoga qualified instructors, these weekends are fun, informative and relaxing. As well as two nights’ accommodation, a four-course dinner with coffee and a full English breakfast, you’ll receive six hours of yoga tuition and full use of all the hotel’s facilities. Yoga breaks will be held in August and November 2015.
Just down the road from Birmingham in Redditch, is The Abbey Hotel Golf & Spa – a family-owned hotel with a superb golf course, Bramblings Restaurant and the informal Tawnys Bar and Terrace. As well as providing the opportunity to get away from it all, The Abbey also challenges you get moving and book a three-day Birmingham Boot Camp Break. This is a challenging, action-packed package which combines disciplines like kick boxing with hiking and circuit training. Birmingham Boot Camp Breaks are held in February and March and cost from £340 for a three day/two night break, complete with a full programme of events, instruction, and all meals, which are served in Bramblings Restaurant.
Escape and energise
For something altogether less energetic, but still with a little something to stem the guilt, Ockenden Manor in West Sussex offers its 24 Hour Escape from London experience. This relaxing package include a superb meal in the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant, as well as time in the spa, time to yourself and a restorative pilates, yoga or Nordic walking class through the surrounding countryside before you return to the hustle and bustle of the city. From £455 a person, this one has my name written all over it.
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