Top fitness, surf, and yoga holidays for this season

If you’re the type who likes to lie on a beach for most of the day, do a spot of exploring, and learn something new from your travel, then fitness, yoga, and sports holidays tick all the boxes.

Generally located near a beach, in a sunny location, with a pool, and plenty of activities on offer (sometimes with a massage included!), you’ll be hard-pressed to leave without feeling both accomplished and refreshed.

Fitness and yoga holidays in Spain

Spain is known for its sunny days and siesta-loving culture, making wellness holidays here the perfect fit. From personalised fitness to customised yoga, these two wellness retreats will adapt to meet your needs.

Fitness and yoga holiday in Costa Blanca

yoga and fitness holiday group standing in line looking at coast of Spain

Nestled in the picturesque Jalon Valley of Costa Blanca, this 5-night retreat focuses on holistic wellness and improving your lifestyle. Host Demi is joined by highly-qualified personal trainers and experienced yogis to deliver a week of fitness tailored to suit your needs.

Daily morning yoga starts each day before you partake in a healthy, locally-sourced breakfast. Then it’s time for a walk through the countryside or a bike ride between the rows of the nearby vineyard, followed by a well-earned (and equally healthy) lunch.

With a bit of free time after lunch, you can lounge by the pool or join excursions to the beach or village markets before returning for a fitness or yoga class before a delicious evening meal and glass of wine with the group… who said fitness meant sacrifice?

All classes and activities are completely optional, so you can take what you’d like from the holiday and get fit in a relaxed, non-judgemental atmosphere.

Personalised yoga in Fuerteventura

yoga women in line on beach doing lotus in Spain on holiday

In quaint Correlajo, a second customisable holiday option exists for serene relaxation. This one removes the fitness aspect, and instead replaces it with daily meditation sessions and a one-hour massage included in your 8-day stay.

The local instructor and nutritionist, Tjasa, has extensively studied plant-based diets, and prepares well-rounded, all-vegan meals each day. Guests also have the option to add in vegan lifestyle and cooking classes with her, for use when they return home.

Throughout the week on this yoga holiday, Tjasa works with each guest one-on-one to ensure that their nutrition and physical needs are being met through personalised and balanced meals and yoga and meditation that meets their skill level.

Surf and yoga holidays in France

If France takes your fancy, a surf or surf-and-yoga holiday puts you on the Atlantic coast, in the perfect position to catch some waves and relax.

Surf and yoga near Mimizan Plage beach

yoga on holiday in Portugal

Just minutes from the beach, this surf and yoga retreat is surrounded by lush greenery, yet just minutes away from an active nightlife scene that will never leave you bored. Days start in the water with surf lessons, if you’re going just for a solely surf-centric holiday.

Otherwise, you can add in daily yoga, plus try stand-up paddleboarding (or, SUP) yoga on a surf and yoga holiday. Regardless your level on the waves — from complete newbie to experienced rider — the surf instruction team knows the best spots and will walk you through the steps needed to improve your skills.

Meanwhile, guests stay in a cosy lodge just off the beach, complete with a heated pool, barbecue, wifi, hammocks, and several group seating areas where you can meet other travellers over included breakfast and dinner each day.

Surfing retreats in Thailand

If you’re keen to go farther afield, a surf break or holiday in Thailand is a great addition to travels around southeast Asia, or a fantastic trip in its own rite.

Surf and watersports holiday in Phuket

SUP holiday guest near boat in Phuket lake

Over the course of a week, surfers of any level get five designated surf lessons, plus access to surf equipment to practice on their own time. The school, located at the beautiful Bangtao beach in Phuket, also specialises in SUP lessons, and is happy for any guest to try their hand at this trendy watersport.

A stay here also includes two Thai massages and daily breakfast. You won’t be far from the local nightlife or the beach, so finding things to do in your free time is a snap.

Other surf retreats and yoga holidays are available as well, with things like option or alkaline detoxes or the ability to learn a language alongside a new activity.