Health Travel Magazine - Digest 2024

The 10 Best Destinations for Luxury Fitness Retreats

Domaine des Etangs, France

Whether you are looking to get back into shape, tone or simply improve fitness, choose a luxury fitness retreat that creates long-lasting results. Hosted in some of the world’s most jaw-dropping destinations, Health Travel fitness retreats combine expert practitioners and unique experiences deep in nature.

Challenge yourself physically and mentally with an adventure fitness holiday in lush forests, or combine personalised fitness sessions with luxury spa treatments between the lakes and mountains. All you need to do is get started.

1. St Lucia

Active retreats, waterfalls and pitons in St Lucia

BodyHoliday, St Lucia

Historically, the Caribbean has been synonymous with fly-and-flop getaways, where the top of the agenda is lazing around on a white sandy beach with an ice-cold cocktail in hand. Nowadays, this destination has been reimagined for the curious traveler thanks to naturally diverse islands, including St Lucia. With towering Pitons, mineral-rich mud baths and vibrant coral reefs, St Lucia has become a playground for active travelers seeking fitness retreats deep in nature.

BodyHoliday St Lucia is a luxury all-inclusive wellness haven, with a charming spa and a plethora of classes and experiences to delve into. Your Wellness Journey is bursting with opportunities to invigorate and inspire through mountain biking, yoga, fitness classes and a daily massage or spa treatment. Want to up the tempo? Our travel specialists are at hand to plan in those extra moments of magic around the island, from waterfall treks to hidden picnics set on secluded beaches.

2. Mexico

Fitness retreats on the beaches of Mexico

Chablé Maroma, Mexico

From ancient ruins and vibrant culture to ceviche and sunset mezcal cocktails on the beach, Mexico has it all. When it comes to luxury fitness retreats, look no further than Chablé Maroma. Tasteful and playful, the luxury hotel beautifully brings together world-class fitness programmes with tantalising dining and a picture-perfect spa.

The mile-long beachfront outside of Chablé Maroma is naturally sculpted to suit a refreshing morning run or yoga classes on the sand, meanwhile, the calm waters are idyllic for a relaxing ocean swim. Leading practitioners from around the globe impart their skills and knowledge through classes and workshops, placing them at the forefront of active retreats in Mexico.

3. California

Fitness and active retreats by the California coastline

The Ranch Malibu, USA

A road trip along the California coast sits high on most bucket lists. Discovering the vineyards of Sonoma and Napa Valley, cruising along San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, hiking through Yosemite and surfing by Santa Cruz before hitting up the Big Sur. And this only scrapes the surface of the northern side of California. Further south you have the pristine boardwalks of Palm Springs, the cultural delights of San Diego, and for wellness – nothing beats a retreat like The Ranch Malibu.

Set just a stone’s throw from the buzz of Los Angeles yet far enough to enjoy the silence of the surrounding hillsides, this luxury health retreat works perfectly pre or post-road trip. However, the retreat is a standalone destination in itself, offering transformative journeys for wellness-seekers.

For a well-rounded holistic experience, the Bespoke Fitness & Wellness programme at The Ranch Malibu brings together personalised fitness plans with nutrition, health analyses and massage therapies. Days are filled with fitness classes, guided hikes through the Santa Monica mountains and exploring the 200-acre working ranch before cooling off at the spa.

4. Indonesia

Fitness by the beaches and jungles of Bali

Como Shambhala, Bali

Bali has been Asia’s poster child for wellness experiences in recent years, with Acai-fueled brunch spots, surf-ready beaches in Uluwatu and cult-like yoga brands popping up across Ubud. Wanting a slice of the wellness pie, luxury wellness hotels have emerged across the island’s thick jungle landscapes, pairing wellbeing with culture and nature.

For a retreat that creates a talking point, Capella Ubud showcases barmy yet brilliant designs across its luxury tented suites. The eco-friendly resort has its own army of guides, showcasing the best the island has to offer. Alternatively, Como Shambhala Estate’s jungle gym, fitness classes and LIIT (low-intensity interval training) pair fantastic with thrilling white water rafting and trekking adventures around the island.

5. United Kingdom

Active holidays in the countryside of the United Kingdom

Grantley Hall, UK

The northern regions of the United Kingdom are far from short for striking mountainous landscapes and rolling countryside, bringing together fitness and the wide outdoors.

Challenge meets rewards in the Lake District, with thrilling, fell running trails, rock climbing and strenuous hikes. Return each evening to your private spa and hot tub at Gilpin Lakehouse’s luxury spa suites, soothing tired muscles ready for another day of adventure.

Grantley Hall in the Yorkshire Dales showcases a variety of dedicated wellness programmes geared up for the fitness fanatic. The luxury estate’s Kick-Start Retreat brings together health consultations, personal training and nutrition plans in its high-tech facilities. Health Travel can tailor-design your fitness programme to maximise results.

6. Italy

Fitness retreat surrounded by the panoramic vistas of the Dolomites

Forestis, Italy

If you have longed for a place of retreat surrounded by densely forested areas overlooking the view of the Dolomites, Forestis is the place for you. Sheltered in a sunny location southern slope of the Plose mountain in the South Tyrolean Alps, the extraordinarily pure Plose spring water, fresh mountain air, and mild climate will have a favorable effect on health and well-being.

Hike through the mountains on guided hike trails and ski in a serene environment that brings profound healing to those who are out wandering in time can once again be sensed and filled with emotional value through physical and mental mindfulness towards oneself.

7. Greece

Luxury fitness retreat among the ancient landscapes of Greece

Euphoria Retreat, Greece

Embrace the nature at Euphoria Retreat located within a historical landscape of Peloponnese in southern Greece, dotted with pine forests, Byzantine churches, and lofty hilltop villages. Mount Taygetus provides a rich and majestic backdrop, and was once a Spartan training ground, renowned for their strength, courage, and fortified healthy lifestyles that you can inspire from.

Explore the Spartan region while unleashing your physical fitness and celebrating your inner resilience in the style of local warrior ancestors with the Spartan Spirit of Adventure retreat, training in the pine forest, cycling-HIIT at the Sainopoulio Sparta Theatre, and the Lagada climbing track.

8. Switzerland

Health fitness retreats by the mountains and lakes of Switzerland

Bad Ragaz, Switzerland

With a surreal backdrop of Swiss lakes and mountains, spend a wellness and adventure holiday by playing golf in the idyllic countryside around Grand Restort Bad Ragaz or cycling kilometers of a mountain bike and cycle routes throughout the Heidiland Travel through the beautiful Bündner Herrschaft vineyards, hike in the mountains or play tennis before returning to Bad Ragaz to relax in the world-renowned thermal baths.

Increase your strength with bespoke Boost Your Power fitness retreat, with individual training sessions with a physiotherapist, tailored nutritional advice and a training plan in Olympic standard gym that will allow you to transform your new energy levels in everyday life.

9. France

Fitness bootcamps and retreats in the French Riviera

La Reserve Ramatuelle, France

Nestled on the hillside amongst the fragrant pines and olive trees, La Reserve Ramatuelle in the South of France is secluded heaven overlooking the Saint Tropez coastline. Together with the Mediterranean sun and sea air, the French Riviera is an ideal setting for a luxury wellness retreat.

Rejuvenate yourself with light Mediterranean cuisine with a fitness and wellbeing retreat Nescens Bootcamp including Nordic walking and luxurious spa treatments with the aim of preserving youthfulness, all by uninterrupted views of the Mediterranean Sea.

10. Dominica

Hike the longest trail in the Caribbean at Dominica


Known as the ‘Nature Island of the Caribbean’, Dominica is the most mountainous landscape in the region. Almost the entire island is covered in lush rainforest, which hides hundreds of rivers and waterfalls – much of which has yet to be explored.

Take a hike along the Waitukubuli National Trail to put your endurance to the test on the Caribbean’s longest hiking trail. If the full challenge is for you, Health Travel can plan the entire trip with adventures that will stay with you, including a visit to the remarkable Boiling Lake and swimming under hidden waterfalls.

If you’re ready to kickstart your luxury fitness getaway, get in touch with our Wellness Travel Specialists via our online form or directly on WhatsApp for quick-fire ideas and questions.