Find your inspiration as Paul Joseph, co-founder of Health and Fitness Travel, the leading specialists in wellness holidays worldwide, rounds up the top 10 self-improving wellness holidays to enhance your life. Whether to get fit, lose weight, stop smoking, learn to surf, beat insomnia or learn to dance, take the time out to reach your goals and return home and happier and healthier you. 


Get fit in Ibiza – 38° North Ibiza Optimal Fitness Group Retreat
Find your fitness and tone up in Ibiza on an optimal fitness group retreat with 38 Degrees North. Enjoy the beautiful island of Ibiza with a week’s fitness holiday of exploring your limits and working hard with four to five activities per day. Choose from a selection of activities like mountain biking, guided hiking, beach circuits, aqua spinning, yoga, or even, for those who don’t mind making a splash, stand-up paddle boarding. Recuperate with deluxe spa treatments and you’ll bounce home feeling as good as new in optimal health and fitness.

Learn yoga in the Philippines – The Farm Yoga
Feeling daunted by the prospect of getting into those seemingly impossible yoga positions you’ve seen? Don’t be; head to the Philippines and learn yoga at The Farm, a luxury wellness retreat famed for its back-to-nature approach to emotional and physical health. You’ll receive one-on-one yoga sessions with an expert who’ll carefully guide you and help you to understand your body. Compliment your yoga holiday with access to daily wellness activities, like meditation and circuit training, then recuperate with spa treatments, to ensure you come home renewed and ready to continue your practice.   

Stop smoking in Spain – SHA Anti-Tobacco
Are you longing to give up smoking but the quick fixes haven’t worked? SHA Wellness Clinic in Spain has all the tools you need for a successful last attempt. With a personalised wellness programme of traditional Chinese medicine, natural therapies and modern technology, you’ll see those smoke rings blow away without the slightest hint of remorse. SHA will address your mental as well as your physical dependency, with anti-anxiety classes and psychological and fitness assessments to tackle your nicotine addiction head on, to ensure you return home smoke-free.

Learn to surf in Morocco – Paradis Plage Surfing
Ride the waves and become a pro on a surfing holiday at Paradis Plage in Morocco. Hone your skills in surf lessons and you’ll soon be catching waves like you’ve been surfing for years. Or if you’d rather a little more variety, why not combine your surfing with some yoga classes? This will give you the full body workout that pro surfers need to perform at their best. Compliment your core activities with fitness classes like body sculpt and beach circuit training and you’re sure to return home an all-round surf fanatic.   

Beat Insomnia in Thailand – Kamalaya Sleep Enhancement
Don’t let that embarrassing yawn get you down any longer. Sleeping issues can be swept away at Kamalaya, where holistic naturopathy is teamed with practical lifestyle changes to improve your routine. Benefit from a combination of traditional Chinese medicine, healing therapies, massages and Shirodhara to produce a state of deep relaxation. Spend your day in the spas plunge pools and steam caverns after your treatments and you’ll soon feel the positive effects of an uninterrupted sleeping pattern, and insomnia will be a past nightmare.

Drop a dress size in Portugal – Epic Sana Bootcamp
Are those extra few pounds weighing you down? Kick-start your weight-loss regime and get the motivation you need to make healthy lifestyle changes on a luxury bootcamp holiday. Following an expert fitness assessment, sweat it out in outdoor bootcamp sessions from cardio boxing to cycling and military workouts. Unwind at the end of an active day with a group yoga or Pilates class before indulging with a luxury massage. Refuel your body with a healthy meal plan and be inspired by the wellness workshop for expert advice and tips that will see you return home with the knowledge you need to continue a healthier lifestyle.

Learn how to beat stress in India – Ananda in the Himalayas Stress Management 
Learn how to beat stress and take the time to reflect on yourself and your goals on a relaxing retreat in India. Escape the downward spiral in a tranquil atmosphere and recharge your being through a selection of traditional Ayurveda therapies, expert consultations and wellness activities on the Stress Management programme at Ananda. Return home feeling energised, inspired and informed to make the small changes that manifest themselves into a healthier day-to-day stress free lifestyle.

Detoxify your body in Austria – Grand Park Detox
Toxins in our body can lead to chronic fatigue, insomnia, headaches and weight gain. Enhance your health and well-being at Grand Park in Austria on a detox holiday. Re-energise and restore your body and mind with specialised massages, manual lymph drainage and mud wraps, and refuel with healthy meals. Rebalance your mind and spirit with Qi Gong, meditation and yoga, along with medical and nutritional consultations, not only will you feel alive and toxin-free by the end of your stay, but you’ll have the knowledge to stay healthy when your return home. 

Learn Thai boxing in Thailand – Absolute Sanctuary Fusion Fitness
Fancy yourself as a future pro martial artist? Pick up the moves in one-on-one lessons with an expert on a Fusion Fitness™ holiday at Absolute Sanctuary in Koh Samui. Alongside your Thai boxing workouts, you could opt for power walking, beach circuits, weight training or yoga and work on your mental fighting spirit with meditation. Recover with spa treatments from pressure point and Thai massage to relieve aching muscles and fitness assessments to ensure you are the top of your game, you are sure to return home in fighting shape and optimal fitness.

Learn Tennis in St. Lucia – The BodyHoliday Tennis
Perfect for beginners and wannabe professionals escape on an exciting tennis holiday to The BodyHoliday in St. Lucia. With group classes to suit all abilities, personalised private lessons and a tournament to show off your newly developed skills this is a holiday experience you won’t forget. What’s more, you can enjoy a range of luxurious spa treatments and energising fitness classes in between your time on the court.

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