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The days of ‘fly and flop’ are over – luxury resorts are competing to transform our minds and bodies. Lisa Stokes from The Spa Spy samples the latest programmes on offer
Island vibes: A haven of palm-fringed beaches and lush tropical landscape.
Retreat notes: The Four Seasons is set on the pristine white sands of Pinney’s Beach, with an award-winning spa and immaculate 18-hole Robert Trent Jones Jr. golf course nearby.
Work it out: Dine and Dive takes you on a diving extravaganza with the resort’s head chef/dive master to catch the elusive spiny lobster. After that deep-sea workout, enjoy your catch on shore at a private beach barbecue.
Island vibes: African and Asian influences blend to provide some of the world’s most lavish resorts.
Retreat notes: Perched on a Unesco World Heritage site among six marine national parks, the Constance Le Prince Maurice is an idyllic hideaway with a spectacular floating restaurant and spanking-new U spa.
Work it out: You magazine columnist Mimi Spencer has teamed up with the resort to introduce ‘Kick-start The Fast Diet’. It’s a semi-detox diet, paired with a gentle fitness regime and dreamy holistic spa treatments.
Island vibes: Hawaii’s Big Island is filled with dramatic lava-rock fields, snow-capped mountains, tropical rainforests and volcanoes.
Retreat notes: The 32-acre, super-luxe Fairmont Orchid sits along the stunning Kohala coast, and its Spa Without Walls leans towards holistic treatment (see offer below).
Work it out: Hula your way to toned abs and burn calories at one of the resort’s alternative dance classes.
Island vibes: The ultimate in Crusoe-chic, escapism and laid-back luxury.
Retreat notes: A popular island hideaway with A-listers such as the Beckhams, One&Only Reethi Rah boasts one of the world’s top diving spots right on its jetty step.
Work it out: Aside from the plethora of water sports, the resort has bagged a partnership with Bodyism founder and health guru to the stars, James Duigan. His introductory Lean and Clean Programme will tailor personal nutritional advice and fitness regimes.
Island vibes: An archipelago of palm fringed islands – a diver’s dream.
Retreat notes: A secluded haven on the island of Providenciales – which borders the pristine reefs of the Northwest Point Marine National Park – the 40 timber-shingled pavilions of Amanyara sit along the coast with up-scale Aman minimalist pool villas also scattered among the tropical gardens.
Work it out: Stretch out with acclaimed pilates instructor Erika Bloom, in residence at the resort’s new pilates studios until May.
Island vibes: Emerald valleys, volcanic landscapes and turquoise seas.
Retreat notes: A premier Caribbean fitness destination, The BodyHolidayLeSport sits on the northwest tip of St Lucia, tucked away in a palm-strewn, white-sand bay. Wellness is at the heart of its proposition – its basic package includes daily spa treatments, activities and water sports.
Work it out: Brave the groundbreaking BodyScience programme, which uses cutting-edge technologies such as DNA testing to create a bespoke health, fitness and nutritional regime to suit your body type.