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The 10th to the 16th of June marks both Men's Health Week and Father's Day, So whether you're in need of some pre-wed R&R, or if you've got a fitness boot-camp in mind, Health and Fitness Travel, the wellness holiday specialists has you covered.
There's a common association drawn between wellness holidays and girly getaways but looking good and feeling great is not exclusive to women and brides-to-be; taking a break from an overworked, stressful life is of incredible importance to men/grooms' health in the 21st century!
Many men suffer in silence, however, these health retreats will have you hitting the waves, getting more mindful, sweating it out and fighting the sedentary lifestyle that comes with an office job or planning a wedding.
From pulse-raising boot camp fitness in Portugal to holistic weight loss in India, these healthy escapes are the perfect. Paul Joseph, founder of Health and Fitness Travel, says “Since 2010 we have seen a 42% increase in men booking wellness holidays. Men investing in their wellbeing and appearance is now so normal; many are living with extreme unprecedented stress due to growing work demands, and we have seen a growing interest from men towards self-care and health awareness. Most retreats and spas are gender neutral and cater equally to both sexes.”
Discover 8 of the best wellness retreats for the health-conscious man:
For the Zen King: Kamalaya Basic Balance and Revitalise
Thailand Counteract the stresses of contemporary life and prevent yourself from burning out at the tranquil sanctuary of Kamalaya set on the coast of Koh Samui. A series of wellness consultations help determine your individual health and wellness needs so that a programme can be tailored for maximum effect. Restorative, healing treatments and personal consultations in naturopathy, nutrition and stress management will help you to achieve a more balanced approach to life.
Health and Fitness Travel offers seven nights at Kamalaya from £2,855pp or £3,235 for single occupancy. Price includes a wellness programme, full board and transfers.
For the Adventure Seeker: Paradis Plage Mindful Triathlon
Morocco Set at the sun-spoiled coast of Agadir, this healthy retreat is for those seeking off-road excursions, surfing, yoga and competitive beach team sports. Its wide range of fitness activities makes it a perfect host where al fresco activities accompany a sensorial hammam, traditional steam treatments and Thai massages. After spending your wellness getaway at this sunny Moroccan paradise, you will feel revitalised and well-balanced.
Seven nights at Paradis Plage from £755pp or £1,080 for single occupancy. Price includes a wellness programme, breakfast and transfers.
For the Ocean Lover: BodyHoliday Fusion Fitness, St Lucia
For adventure, thrills, and relaxation all included in one revitalising experience, nothing can beat the luxury destination of BodyHoliday on this paradise island. With a wide range of sports holiday activities available, such as ocean kayaking, boxing and tennis, your experience will know no boundaries with expertly designed programmes to work towards your individual health and fitness goals, whilst having an epic social and evening scene.
7 nights at BodyHoliday from £2,255pp or £2,360 for single occupancy. Price includes a wellness programme, is all-inclusive and transfers.
For the Island God: Como Shambalaya Rejuvenation, Bali
Reclaim your youth and positive attitude by combining healthy delicious cuisine, and beneficial rejuvenating treatments on the infamous tropical island. Come home with practical and wise knowledge, tools and recipes from the on-site nutritionist team, after in-depth analysis of food intolerances and areas of weakness, and finally get on track towards your health and fitness goals.
Seven nights at Como Shambalaya from £3,920pp or £5,445 for single occupancy. Price includes a wellness programme, full-board and transfers.
For the Peaceful Warrior: Atmantan Fusion Fitness, India
With a plethora of fitness activities and Ayurvedic spa treatments, feel transformed and educated in this natural haven, nestled within the stunning Sahyadri mountains. The certified wellness experts will help you learn how to nourish your mind and body with nutritional advice, functional fitness exercises and harmonising massages to ensure a holistic lifestyle overhaul on your well-being.
Seven nights at Atmantan from £2,770pp or £3,695 for single occupancy. Price includes a wellness programme, full-board and transfers.
For the Luxury Jetsetter: SHA Wellness Clinic Anti-stress, Spain
Don't suffer in silence - chronic stress symptoms are vast, and the fast pace of modern living and inappropriate eating habits are major causes for increased physical and emotional stress. Check in with the experts at this progressive medi-spa and receive a highly personalised plan to reduce stress and improve your well-being. You will leave with the knowledge of how to manage stress, sleep and improve your well-being.
Seven nights at SHA from £4,250pp or £5,080 for single occupancy. Price includes a wellness programme, full-board and transfers.
For the Guilt-free Foodie: The Westin Resort Costa Navarino Fusion Fitness, Greece
With a city's worth of restaurant choice available and personalised programmes best designed to suit your needs, achieve your health and fitness goals with cardiovascular fitness, muscle toning and weight-loss, all chosen to re-energise your body and boost your metabolism. Aside from your own crafted programme choose from TRX suspension training, yoga, meditation and spa treatments to complement your stay.
Seven nights at The Westin from £1,115pp or £1,665 for single occupancy. Price includes a wellness programme, breakfast and transfers.
For the Brave Enthusiast: Longevity Cegonha Country Club Bootcamp, Portugal
With up-to 8 workouts per day, this is the place to shape up and sustain it! An energising Bootcamp holiday set in the sunny Algarve where pulse-raising circuit training, TRX camps and power-hiking will give you the drive, motivation and strength to get body confident. Healthy cuisine complements the rigorous training schedule, while detox and weight loss treatments are sure to boost results.
Seven nights at Longevity Cegonha Country Club from £1,910pp or £2,150 for single occupancy. Price includes a wellness programme, full board and transfers.
Health and Fitness Travel, 0203 397 8891, healthandfitnesstravel.com