Four fantastic sporting holidays for fitness fanatics

07 November 2018

Jetting off on holiday doesn’t have to entail lounging around on a beach or by a pool, stuffing your face with as much food and drink as possible or taking it easy. There are plenty of options for those who want to maintain or improve upon their health and wellbeing and going on a sporting holiday is one of the best ways to do it. We’ve selected a variety of our favourite active holidays.

Tennis: Algarve, Portugal

Just two and a half hours from the UK by plane, this region is the perfect place for a short-haul racquet retreat. Quinta do Lago, a famous Algarvian golf resort, caters well to those looking to improve their backhand. There’s also The Campus, a new tennis academy that aims to provide professional-level training to both residents and guests, with tournaments, cardio sessions, dedicated adults’ and kids’ classes and coaching in padel, a fun variant of tennis.

Meanwhile, Pine Cliffs Resort is home to the Annabel Croft Tennis Academy, with five floodlit courts – two clay, three hard courts and one padel court – and a wide selection of coaching courses for both adults and children of all ages and skill levels.

“We stayed at the Dunas Douradas Beach Club over the Easter holidays and the Vale do Lobo Tennis Academy was only a five-minute drive away, which was great as we could go for a game when it suited. We had perfect weather as it was warm enough to be pleasant, but not so hot that playing would have been uncomfortable.”

Louise, Travel Counsellor

Golf: Florida, USA

With over 1,200 places to play and stay in Florida, the choice can be overwhelming. This golfing treasure chest’s great year-round weather is a vital component of a great golfing holiday and four major international airports mean that all the state’s courses are no more than a short drive away.

Golfers of all skill levels are catered to, with public and semi-private courses available to play on including the PGA National and TPC Sawgrass. You can also combine your trip with a visit to St Augustine, where the World Golf Hall of Fame is located.

Muay Thai: Phuket, Thailand

A gruelling training camp may not sound like the typical holiday experience, but in the Thai resort of Phuket, the world-renowned Tiger Muay Thai welcomes people from all over the world to learn various martial arts at their destination gym.

While the facility hosts some of the world’s most elite and dominant athletes, they have experiences suitable for all levels of fitness and fight experience, whether you are there for a vacation or you’re a fitness enthusiast.

Cycling: Gran Canaria, Spain

Year-round warm temperatures, well-maintained roads and stunning scenery make Gran Canaria one of the world’s best destinations for a cycling holiday.

The island is also used by many professional cyclists during the winter including former World and Olympic champions Fabian Cancellara, who says: “There is nowhere better in Europe for a winter cycling training holiday than beautiful and versatile Gran Canaria.” The Gran Canaria Cycling Festival also takes place in December each year and provides an excellent chance to get some winter sunshine and take part in a fun and fast cycling event.

 

If you would like to book your sporting break, contact your Travel Counsellor.

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