Sun, sea, good food and…wellness, all things we look for when planning our next getaway. On the coastline of the Atlantic Ocean is Vila Vita Parc, providing all of the above and much more. New in this Autumn, this holiday destination is launching their health and wellness retreat package curated by PT Harry Jameson, offering holidaymakers a whole new way to vacay. 

This health and wellness retreat provides the perfect balance between working out versus downtime. Don’t expect boot camp training from dawn until dusk, it’s still a holiday at the end of the day and we promise you’ll come home feeling rejuvenated not exhausted! With a ton of different workouts on offer, each day you’ll find yourself facing a new challenge which will have your endorphins flying high throughout the rest of the day. There is plenty of free time for you to do whatever you please, whether it’s exploring the Algarve’s scenic coastal paths, taking a swim in the crystal clear waters of the Atlantic ocean or simply chilling out on a sun lounger and soaking up some vitamin D.

Set across 54 acres of Algarvian shoreline, Vila Vita Parc has everything you could possibly dream of, from a state of the art spa, eleven restaurants, numerous swimming pools and beautifully maintained gardens, you really are spoilt for choice. If your idea of a holiday is rocking up to one place and not having to think about a thing, this 5-star luxe resort offers you everything at your fingertips.

The Workouts
The retreat offers a huge variety of workouts and activities to keep you on your toes and every day you’ll experience something different. The programme will consist of circuit-style workouts in the sunshine, HIIT on the beach, trail runs and mountain biking along the picturesque coast, mobility workshops, sunrise rooftop yoga, paddleboarding just off their exclusive beach and (our personal fave) aerial yoga! Vila Vita Parc’s sports team are experts in their field, as well as being fun, friendly and encouraging making the experience all the more enjoyable! You can opt to take part in as much or as little as you please! Aside from the programme, all guests can enjoy the epic facilities the resort has to offer, including tennis and volleyball courts, 7-a-side football, badminton, mini-golf, a driving range, a putting green and a pitch and putt green. Water sports including pedal boats, sailboats, laser boats, canoes, water-skiing, surfing, banana boats and windsurfing. From the resort’s beach, guests can also enjoy stand up paddleboarding, canoeing, scuba diving, or boat trips to visit the nearby sea caves.

The Food
Vila Vita Parc focuses on seasonal and local organic produce sourced from their own farm, adopting this farm to table approach means that the produce is not only super fresh but also more sustainable. The resort’s eleven on-site restaurants all feature incredibly delicious, healthy dishes. Choose from traditional Portuguese cuisine, chilled out poolside dining, Japanese gastronomy or even their 2 Michelin star restaurant if you’re feeling fancy. There is something to suit everyone’s tastebuds whether you need a protein-packed breaky after your morning workout or you feel like a freshly made green juice after an afternoon by the pool.

The Spa
In collaboration with Sisley, the Vila Vita Spa is a tranquil sanctuary where you can indulge in their extensive, unique treatments. Inspired by the nearby secluded caves of the Algarve, the interior of the spa has been elegantly designed to create a calm and peaceful atmosphere. Our top picks are The Phyto-Aromatic Hydrating Facial which will refresh and rehydrate your skin, The Zen Harmony Phyto-Aromatic Body Treatment which uses an aromatic Californian massage technique with added variations of intensity and scents and The Anti-Stress Ritual which focuses on the back, neck and shoulders using reflexology to eliminate any built-up tension. The programme includes at least one spa treatment per person.

Stay tuned on the Vila Vita Parc website to be the first guests to experience the curated health and wellness retreat programme. The starting rate for a room which is from €350 per night.

words by Isabelle Shury

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