The New Year is upon us, and while many of us are looking forward to booking our first getaway of the year, even those with the best of intentions worry about the temptation to overindulge while on holiday. For those who train hard throughout the year, a chance to relax is often much needed, but for others, keeping up with their own training regime is more of a joy than a chore.
So, rather than taking a holiday from your fitness regime this year, why not take a holiday with it? Across Europe this spring and summer, there are plenty of opportunities for keeping active, meaning you needn’t sacrifice all those hours spent in the gym in return for a week in the sun. For runners, the Paphos Marathon in Cyprus is approaching on 6th March 2016, where competitors follow a beautiful coastal route along the shore of the Mediterranean Sea and past the birthplace of Aphrodite and Paphos Medieval Fort. The winners are crowned with gilded olive wreaths at the end of the race, though everyone achieves the sense of accomplishment that comes with running under the eyes of the Greek Gods.
Guests staying at Almyra have a wealth of sports and fitness facilities on offer, whether or not they chose to take on the island’s running challenge. The resort’s swimming clinic includes an evaluation and analysis of technique with a personal coach, and a follow-up open water or pool session to help put in place any corrections suggested. There is also sailing on offer, at sister hotel Anassa, catering to both experienced sailors and beginners alike. You can choose to embark on a stylish cruise on board the resorts elegant ten or twenty passenger motor yacht, or take on the waters yourself with one of the resort’s a Laser Dart catamarans or sailing boats. For those who are yet to learn the difference between their starboard and ports-side, RYA sailing courses are available for guests aged six years and over.
Over at Sicily’s Verdura Resort, tennis players can take tips from the professionals at the Sunball Tennis Academy, where special tuition sessions for individuals or groups reveal the secrets of professional players such as Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. From 11th – 18th June 2016, the resort is also teaming up with world-renowned health guru, Adam Rosante, for a week-long programme helping guests discover the healthful benefits of the island. Starting with an optional daily group exercise class before breakfast, visit historical sites and estates, explore the rugged coastlines and be immersed in the gastronomic components that make up the deliciously fresh Sicilian cuisine.
Another summer favourite, Tenerife is a wonderland for hikers looking to keep active on holiday. From The Ritz-Carlton Abama, guests can take a guided expedition up Teide Volcano, and witness the eerie, lunaresque landscape of the surrounding national park. To venture a little further afield, you may also wish to take a boat-ride across to the neighbouring isle of La Gomera, the tiny yet wild national park where you can trek through misty forests and spot almost mythical plant life. Back at the resort, The Ritz-Carlton Abama boasts a fantastically well-equipped fitness centre, where you can request the services of your own personal trainer, who will offer a wellness consultation to help you on your way to becoming the best version of yourself 2016 could hope for.