Top 10 Fitness Retreats

Here we look at 10 of Asia's top retreats, bootcamps and fitness courses offering a variety of attentive, fun-loving and challenging activities

Judging from the most recent stories we have published from AsiaSpa,
fitness is part and parcel of the ideal holiday experience. The good news is that
fitness retreats and bootcamps are gaining in popularity so it's becoming easier
to find programs that help fine-tune your body and develop your willpower. Here
are some of Asia's top retreats, bootcamps and fitness courses offering a variety
of attentive, fun-loving and challenging activities. Yes, there'll be sweat and
even some tears of laughter, but you'll also achieve a stronger, healthier and,
no doubt, happier you

1. BeachFit, Koh Samui, Thailand

For those who want to sweat it out with luxury at their fingertips, head for BeachFit
at the Ban Suriya beachfront villa in Koh Samui. The resort's resident fitness trainer,
Roz Alexander, helps makes exercise and nutrition fun, fulfilling and, yes, challenging.
The maximum 10-guest policy means training, meals and relaxation sessions are meticulously
tailored to your needs. Wake up early and kick start the 'new you' with a program
of yoga, snorkeling, cardio and core strength. Break for a massage or spa treatment
and indulge in healthy, guilt-free Thai-inspired meals and snacks on the beach or
in the villa gardens. At night, hit the pillow early to catch up on precious beauty
sleep or settle in for an outdoor movie session under the palm trees.

2. Escape to Shape, various locations

Escape to Shape is a clever concept designed to make your fitness setting as memorable
as your workout. Described as a 'traveling spa', the Escape to Shape team takes
guests to unique, trendsetting locations around the world to discover new food,
culture and language while toning their bodies. Sound like a win-win scenario to
you? Guests commit to the challenge of building body strength and endurance through
programs incorporating a mix of yoga, Pilates, circuit training, hiking, kayaking,
biking and other adventurous pursuits. Complimented by luxurious accommodation and
healthy organic food, these high-end health retreats are the perfect place to embrace
a whole new you.

3. Bali Elements, Bali

Bali Elements packs a rewarding mix of energizing workouts and relaxation sessions
into its seven-day fitness adventures. The groups are intimate (a maximum of eight
people) to ensure every client's personal fitness goals are met. Prepare to push
your mind and body to the limit, in a fun and rewarding way of course. With every
new day comes a different exercise focus, from meditation to Pilates, yoga, runs
and walks, adventure cycling, aqua training, rice field trekking, tennis, kickboxing
and more. Daily massages, sauna sessions and spa treatments soothe tired bodies
while meditation sessions re-energise the soul.

4. Original Bootcamp, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Designed to kick serious butt (literally), Original Bootcamp is a military-inspired,
group training program that is "designed to achieve serious results, seriously fast,
no matter what the current fitness level." Held over four weeks, the bootcamp entails
three 60-minute outdoor sessions a week, all geared towards strength, cardio and
other fitness training. The guarantee is that no session will ever be repeated – so
while you may be exhausted, you'll never be bored.

5. Kamalaya, Thailand

Loved by detox addicts and holistic retreat lovers alike, Kamalaya is one of Asia's
most impressive hideaways. The philosophy is that, rather than push, the team prefers
to 'pull' guests to reach the goals they set themselves. Programs are designed to
teach about detox, emotional balance, wellness, yoga and Asian alchemy, to name
a few. If you're set on increasing upper body strength, developing cardiovascular
fitness, improving body shape and tone or developing regular fitness habits, check
in for a five, seven or nine-day Optimal Fitness Program. You'll receive tailored
instruction and guidance from a dedicated Kamalaya fitness expert. The spa therapies
and nutritious cuisine are added bonuses.

6. Life Wellness Resort Quy Nhon, Vietnam

The Life Wellness Resort at Quy Nhon is nestled in lush mountainous bushland overlooking
a secluded beach. Try the five-day Wellness Lifestyle Programme for overall body
and soul zing. The elegant resort makes the most of its seaside setting with daily
exercise sessions often held outdoors and incorporating a mix of beach running,
bike riding, hiking, tai chi and yoga. There's also the Neuro-muscular Integrative
Action Session, which sounds scary but is a fun fitness exercise that blends dance,
martial arts and healing arts with music. The spa programme is equally demanding;
prepare to indulge in milk baths, salt scrubs, Indian head massages and steam therapy.
It's all part of your new fitness regime.

7. Fit Corp Asia, Bangkok, Thailand

When it comes to bootcamps, Fit Corp Asia enjoys guru status in Thailand. Over
the past five years, the company has run 1,500 courses in Bangkok, helping hundreds
of clients shed weight, build strength and improve cardiovascular health. Comprised
of a 60-minute group exercise programs, the grueling classes are delivered by highly
skilled personal trainers who promise to make workouts fun and effective. The 60-minute
sessions are held outdoors at parks around Bangkok, as well as in Fit Corp's two
city studios. There are also youth bootcamps on offer to get kids excited about
exercise. Certified physiotherapists are on board to help treat any aches and pains.

8. Como Shambala Estate, Bali

Natural springs, a jungle gym, a dedicated Pilates studio, lap and hydrotherapy
pools, Ayurvedic doctors and personal trainers on-site – could Como Shambhala Estate
be any better equipped to re-jig your fitness and wellness habits for the better?
We think not. This uber luxurious resort near the arty village of Ubud takes personal
training to the next level. Enjoy exploring the retreat's state-of-the-art facilities
indoors or head outside and freewheel down a mountain, hike up a volcano, raft down
the Ayung River or tackle the Estate's jungle gym. The options are endless and supremely

9. Reethi Rah, Maldives

Sleek and elegantly tropical, Reethi Rah flies the Maldivian flag for the eminent
One & Only spa brand. Fitness is a major focus here so expect your wellness habits
(or lack thereof) to undergo a serious overhaul. A specialist lifestyle consultant
will design an individualised program of fitness, nutrition, wellness and relaxation
for your stay. In keeping with the One & Only brand, all fitness classes are offered
on a one-to-one basis to ensure you benefit from the most attentive guidance and
support. Workouts include cardio and strength training, a kinesis body conditioning
circuit, boxercise routines, yoga, tai chi, Pilates, stretch and relax classes and
more. The gym overlooks the water so if you're not motivated by state-of-the-art
equipment then the sparkling turquoise sea view should be reward enough.

10. Golden Door Health Retreat, Queensland, Australia

The Golden Door Health Retreat is tucked into a lush pocket of coastal hinterland.
The spa brand is one of Australia's most respected health providers and has been
going strong since the early 90s with a total of seven luxury day spas, resorts
and health retreats dotted across the country. Book a five or seven-day program
and commit to making lasting changes to your fitness approach. Activities include
bushwalking, hiking, deep water running, cardio box, kung fu, yoga, pilates, self
defense and more. The daily seminars cover topics such as nutrition, stress management
and food for life, ensuring you depart with a more holistic approach to your health
and wellbeing.

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