Healthy holidays don’t have to be hard work or repetitive. Alongside the classic yoga and holistic healing packages AdventureTemples, a new luxury adventure travel company, bring you their Top 10 Activity Holidays, guaranteed to get your blood pumping without compromising on luxury, comfort, and service.
1. Rock-climbing Calories: 650
Best place for it: Railay, Thailand (Andaman Elements*)
WOW Factor: Climbing the natural rock stacks and mountains of Railay, Thailand gives beginners and experts alike a challenge in stunning surroundings. Your base is the opulent 5* Rayavadee set in a secluded estate with private activity classes, spa services and fine dining healthy cuisine. From £2250 B&B
2. Heli-Skiing Calories: 500
Best place for it: Blue River, Yoho, Canada (1 year BC*)
WOW Factor: The ultimate ski lift: a helicopter. With no queues, practically private slopes, and your own personal guide, you can really put yourself through your paces down the Wiegele terrain. Prepare for tomorrow’s run with a deep tissue massage, and a gourmet meal at the exquisitely intimate 5* Albreda Lodge; the most perfect ski experience it is possible to imagine. From £9995 All Inclusive.
3. Mountain-biking Calories: 500
Best place for it: Badia, Dolomites, Italy (Dolo-mighty*)
WOW Factor: Feel the burn as your reach the top of the climb, then experience it ebb away as you look back at the spectacular views of jagged mountains and evergreen valleys. Breathing in such crystal air mountain air clears body, mind and spirit, filling you with fresh energy. Your home for the week is glamorous 5* Rosa Alpina, with Michelin-star cuisine and a fabulously innovative spa. From £1995 B&B.
4. Scuba-diving Calories: 450
Best place for it: Galapagos Islands, Ecuador (Galapa-gosh*)
WOW Factor: Scuba-diving in the Galapagos won’t feel remotely like exercise, being home to some of the richest tropical marine-life on the globe you’ll be concentrating on counting species rather than calories. Wake to made-to-order breakfasts on the Aggressor; your luxury live-aboard scuba-diving cruiser, complete with a Jacuzzi on the bow. From £4750 All Inclusive.
5. Glacier-trekking Calories: 370
Best place for it: Torres del Paine, Chile (Pleasure and Paine*)
WOW Factor: Traversing one of the world’s largest glacier fields this far south, means that keeping warm in the snowy surroundings melts away those Christmas calories. The 5* award-winning adventure base Hotel Salto Chico offers personal guides and a prized position in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park. Alternatively, opt to experience Patagonia Camp, Chile’s first 5* luxury camp. Both offer gourmet fare and an opportunity to truly connect with the environment. From £3,250 all inclusive
6. Jungle-trekking Calories: 300
Best place for it: Arenal, Costa Rica (Turtle Swings*)
WOW Factor: Trekking through the Arenal Volcano National Park feels like walking back in time, back to nature in its rawest form. With the help of the humidity levels you’ll soon sweat into great shape. Cool off with a dip in one of the many natural hot-springs at either 5* Tabacon Grand Spa at the base of the Volcano, or 5* Arenal Kioro in the midst of the jungle. From £1,975 B&B.
7. Horse-riding Calories: 300
Best place for it: Cibolo Creek, USA (Cowboy Creek*)
WOW Factor: Feel your muscles work and your spirit soar as you set off into the sunrise with genuine cowboys to guide you on your adventure. Or help the ranch-hands herding buffalo to hone and perfect arms, shoulders, torso, legs and glutes. Unwind in true A-list Southern style at the ultra 5* Cibolo Creek Ranch with a luxuriating massage to ease the strains. From £1,795 Full Board.
8. Surfing Calories: 230
Best place for it: Essaouira, Morocco (Atlas Air*)
WOW Factor: Put your core muscles to the ultimate test with a surfing trip to Essaouira, and rest assured that mastering the delicate art of balance will tighten your body like few other sports will. The desire to catch a wave is so addictive, the hours simply disappear along with your unwanted inches. Follow up with an invigorating Hammam massage/scrub, and end the day with a fusion of French-Berber cuisine on the expansive terrace of 5* Heure Bleue Palais. From £1075 B&B.
9. Yoga Calories: 190 (depending on type of yoga)
Best place for it: Kottayam, India (Backwater Bliss*)
WOW Factor: If you’re looking for revitalisation and a break from a hectic working lifestyle, nothing beats yoga. Stretch and connect your mind and body with the guidance of experienced and approachable Yogis. The stunning setting of the Body Temple, an island in the centre of a lagoon is guaranteed to bring innermost peace and calm as well as an enormous sense of wellbeing. Stay ‘where the Gods unwind’ at 5* Zuri Kumarakom, home to the award-winning Maya spa. From £1095 B&B.
10.Hot Springs Calories: 0 (but oh so satisfying!)
Best place for it: Dead Sea, Jordan (Petra-fied*)
WOW Factor: Nature holds the true key to health and wellbeing, so what better way to immerse yourself than to take a dip in a natural hot spring. Sinking into the warm springs with their mineral rich mud and inhaling the fresh, cool air is more effective than a hundred pots of beauty cream. Experience this from Jordan, the birth of Spa culture, at the5* Kempinski Ishtar on the Dead Sea shore and the 5* Evason Ma’In Hot Springs. From £1035 B&B.
These are just some of the 88 activities AdventureTemples offer, each one featuring a myriad of activities to stimulate mind body and spirit. Plenty to keep one and all enthralled, and fighting fit.
Notes to the Reader:
* refers to the AdventureTemples holiday titles, searchable on www.adventuretemples.com and in The 50 Best Luxury Adventure Holidays in the World 2012 edition, out now.
**based on figures from www.nutristrategy.com
(NB All guideline prices are per person, for seven days based on two sharing, including flights.)