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The Best Luxury Wellness And Fitness Retreats to Visit by Superyacht

The Best Luxury Wellness And Fitness Retreats to Visit by Superyacht



Dominican Republic


Even if you're on one of the best luxury yachts for fitness fans, indulgent on-board cuisine from superyacht chefs can leave you feeling out of shape. If you're in need of a detox, why not head to one of the world’s most luxurious wellness and fitness retreats to snap back into peak condition?

1. Amanera, Dominican Republic

Golfers already flock to the dramatic cliffside championship course but the contemporary Aman resort, suspended above the Playa Grande beach, now has an invigorating programme to zip you into shape. It includes 2.5 hours of private tuition in beachside yoga targeting the lower back muscles and guided meditation. Inspired by the shamanic healing traditions of the Taíno Indians, spa treatments here feature oils and creams infused with local Caribbean plants and herbs, meaning guests can truly experience the healing environment of Dominican Republic.

Berth and Surf: West along the coast from the resort, Cabarete Bay is one of the world’s best watersport and kitesurfing spots. Guests can enjoy private kitesurfing from local professionals, arranged by the resort.

Best by boat: Marina Puerto Bahía, which has moorings for yachts up to 45 metres, is located a couple of hours south of the resort. Alternatively, drop anchor opposite Playa Grande and tender to shore.

Image courtesy of Simon Lewis.

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Thirty-Eight Degrees North



This sophisticated Ibizan hideaway is home to a sweat-inducing retreat. Start your day with a circuits session, under the eye of former kickboxing champion Faye Maloney and endure what seems like never-ending press-ups, lunges and sprints before taking a two hour hike along the pine-fringed coastline. In the afternoon, push your limits with a kettlebell session before sunset yoga on a secluded beach. If your goal is weight loss, you’ll need plenty of willpower. While there is a menu devised by the team’s nutritional therapist, none of the hotel’s three restaurants, including Michelin-starred Sergi Arola’s Vi Cool, are off limits…

Secondary sanctuary: Thirty-Eight Degrees North have now opened a second residence in Spain. Join fellow gym bunnies al fresco at the Puente Romano in Marbella (pictured) for fat-busting HIIT circuits on the beach, hikes along the pine-clad coastline and scenic sunset yoga. There is even a Six Senses spa to help soothe aches and strains.

Best by boat: The marinas in Ibiza town, just a 20 minute drive away, can accommodate yachts up to 60 metres. For the Marbella residence, leave your yacht at Puerto Banús.

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The Bodyholiday

St Lucia


Located in a private bay at the island’s northern end, with its own 135 metre stretch of beach, this luxurious fitness retreat has a work-hard, play-hard attitude that extends to its wellness centre, with daily treatments included. Hunky “bodyguards” push you to your limit during beach bootcamp sessions and the yoga teacher is akin to a contortionist, but it’s never far from cocktail o’clock at this fitness hideaway. Olympians, Strictly Come Dancing judges and Victoria’s Secret models have all bought into the ideology that mixes exercise, sunshine and fun in equal measure.

Sail away: Sailing buffs should make sure they check in during its annual Spring Sail programme, where Olympians including Saskia Clark are on hand to hone skills.

Best by boat: BodyHoliday is located less than three nautical miles from Rodney Bay Marina, which can accommodate yachts up to 70 metres. From there it’s either a short drive or less than a four kilometre jog (if you want to start your workout early) to the resort.

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