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5 Winter escapes to improve your fitness

Posted by Laura

Have winter’s frosty mornings, dark evenings and de-icing your car got you pining for warmer climates? Same here. But winter doesn’t have to be a time to hibernate from your fitness - it can be the perfect time to escape to the sun and focus on your fitness!

Spend some time somewhere glorious and improve your health and wellbeing. Avoid the winter slump and check-out our top winter fitness destinations. Take-off for a break before the festive fever, or escape the January blues to start 2018 relaxed and rejuvenated… and on your fitness A-game!

From yoga retreats to ‘insane fitness’ (ouch!), see our top winter escapes to improve your fitness... 


5 Winter escapes to improve your fitness


Cas Gasi, Ibiza

Despite its undisputed reputation as the ultimate party island and one of the most hedonistic places on earth, Ibiza is remarkably beautiful and peaceful out of season. Especially the gorgeous Cas Gasi boutique hotel.

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Nestled away from the hustle and bustle in the gorgeous countryside, Cas Gasi offers yoga retreats that offer a slice of Balearic bliss and help you relax, reconnect and find your inner zen!

As part of these packages you’ll enjoy:

  • A personal appointment upon arrival to discuss your goals
  • wonderfully uplifting yoga sessions a day 
  • Daily massages
  • Delicious, nutritious meals created with locally sourced produce or homegrown vegetables and fruit.

Nurse your Christmas hangover here - it’s the perfect way to treat your mind and body to some tranquillity after the buzz, late nights and celebrations of the festive season.

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Ceylon Sliders and Sunshine Stories, Sri Lanka

If you want to escape for a bit longer, why not escape January and take-off to Sri Lanka for a few weeks? Celebrate surf culture on the beautiful island, dotted with palm trees galore with Ceylon Sliders.

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This small hotel, cafe (full of health!) and shop in Weligama allows you to enjoy a zen escape and use as a base for a backpacking trip. Whether you’re a surf beginner, improver or just want a guide to show you the best waves on the coast - they can provide it all. Join in the yoga sessions on the open-air yoga terrace and feel invigorated.

And if you’re after a surf and yoga retreat, Ceylon Slider’s sister company, Sunshine Stories, can provide! Stay for a week and have all this included:

  • Meals
  • Accommodation
  • Surf and yoga lessons
  • Cooking classes
  • Temple visits
  • Unlimited coconuts….
  • AND video analysis of your surf techniques which will be compiled into your own surf video momento after your stay!

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Playitas Resort, Fuerteventura

One of the largest training centres in Europe, Playitas Resort is used as a base for international athletes to train for sports events around the world - but you can enjoy a fun and fitness-filled break there too!

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Located in Fuerteventura in the sunny Canaries where temperatures average around 20°C in December; the resort offers a choice of hotel, apartment and villa (if you’re feeling fancy!) accommodation. And just look at what activities are available…there really is something for every fitness fanatic!  

  • Huge Olympic swimming pool
  • Daily yoga classes
  • Bootcamps
  • Indoor and outdoor gyms 
  • Climbing wall
  • Beach volleyball
  • Golf course
  • Indoor cycling
  • Hiking excursions

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For those who want to hone their skills in a certain area or try something new, Playitas Resort also offers a range of themed fitness breaks. These can range from Body & Mind to Running Weeks led by world-class athletes and experts in the field. If you can drag yourself away from the resort, Fuerteventura offers over 150 beaches to rest your DOMS-riddled body on, epic waves perfect for windsurfing and centuries old villages to explore.

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Epic Sana Portugal, Algarve

For those serious about shaping up and getting fit for Christmas, Epic Sana in Portugal is the perfect place to do it! Located on Portugal’s gorgeous Algarve, Epic Sana offers a range of retreats, including the (slightly scarily named) Sayanna Insane Fitness: a 1 week fitness programme that gets awesome results – fast!

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What's included:

  • 7 nights’ accommodation
  • A wellness meal plan
  • 2 fitness assessments
  • 6 workout days
  • 2 massages 
  • Nutrition workshop 

This really is the ultimate ticket to feeling great. Workouts include a range of sweaty HIIT, cardio and strength training (did we mention this is not for the faint-hearted?!) and will put you through your paces.

Reach your max, then leave refreshed, re-energised and ready to tackle the new year. When you’re not sweating, there’s the chance to explore the local area, unwind in the Wellness Spa... and with five hours of sunshine a day you may even get in some beach time!

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Original Surf Morocco, Agadir

Located near Agadir, Original Surf Morocco offers a range of surf and yoga packages that let you enjoy the thrill of riding the waves and the serenity of yoga practice in the midst of beautiful Morocco.

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Away from the beach, Agadir offers a laid back glimpse of Moroccan living and with 300 days of sun a year, it gives a healthy dose of much needed vitamin D in the winter months!

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So if you’re keen to escape winter and improve your fitness, then spin that globe and see where you could head to. Island life? Or being herded in crowded shopping centres?... We know where we’d rather be...



Topics: Fitness and motivation

Written by Laura


After 3 years of excess at uni took a serious toll on my waistline and wellbeing, I found that a love for strength training, HIIT and spin classes were key to keeping me healthy and happy. I'm at the forefront of finding out and creating awesome stuff about health, fitness and happiness and when I'm not at work I love nothing more than pizza and prosecco in the sun with friends. What motivates me? Knowing that life is short...

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