Tom Macklin applauds the hedonism-free holiday.
Everyone wants to relax, de-stress and reinvigorate when on holiday. A trend for calmer breaks focusing on fitness and wellbeing has emerged—bespoke alternatives to beach holidays or city breaks, with benefits to help achieve your physical and mental peak. Long-term paybacks include greater understanding of your body, more easily achieved fitness goals and more efficient work performance. If you’re contemplating a healthier holiday this year, Esquire has chosen four retreats to have on your radar.
3. Body awareness
Esquire’s PT Harry Jameson (right) leads fitness experts and medics to help you understand your body. To avoid injury and maximise results, a clinical analysis by Viavi of Harley Street establishes your capabilities, food tolerances and stress levels. Then your three-step programme takes place over a week in Dubai (with five weeks’ UK aftercare). SGD17,200*.
2. Outdoor adventures
Need to escape the urban jungle and reconnect with your primitive side? Asanox offers militarystyle expeditions amid stunning rural landscapes in Scotland, Wales and France to reinvigorate the senses, acquire knowledge and test physical and mental capabilities. Whether climbing Ben Nevis, learning survival skills or taking on the original WWII commando/special forces training ground, you’ll build stamina, concentration power, and be rewarded with group bonding events each evening. From SGD1,245*