Top 3 healthy hideaway retreats

Today I ask the question: is it possible to go on holiday and detox, or keep up with your training routine whilst abroad? Personally I find it very difficult, mainly because I often travel for business, which involves meetings over breakfast, lunch and dinner. Add to that a constant flow of wine and a busy schedule and you have yourself a fitness conundrum. Whether you’re away for business or pleasure, routine and discipline are equally tough to maintain when travelling.

Yoga on the beach

So I have searched for the top 3 ‘healthy hideaways’ that guarantee the perfect setting to press reset and give your body the attention it needs.

One Happo, Hakuba

Take your healthy hideaway holiday to Asia and experience a ski holiday with a difference. One Happo chalet is located in Hakuba – one of Asia’s leading outdoor recreation destinations; host to the Winter Olympics in 1998. Ease of access to world-class snow just does not get any better than this! One Happo has direct access to Japan’s most exciting mountain hiking trails, canoeing, rafting, firefly night paddles, mountain bike paths, paragliding, and a lot more. Even non-skiers will fall in love with this mountain sanctuary.

Don a pair of skis and experience some of the steepest and most dramatic landscapes in the area. The resort boasts an extensive selection of both on and off-piste terrain. Pistes range from wide and gentle to steep and banked, whilst the off-piste provides choices for everyone, from next to the run powder fields to steep, deep, hike in and out back country lines. There is even night riding available throughout the year, consisting of one lit run, perfect for beginners.

One Happo

If this sounds too active for your ‘healthy hideaway’ then take the time to relax in the ‘One Happo’ private chalet. The Olympic standard gym has a spa and wellness complex with 16 pieces of Techno gym equipment, with integrated iPod docks and internet connectivity on all the machines. Nowhere else will you find an eight-person onsen with these mountain vistas and guaranteed privacy! The spa has a far-Infra-red sauna that seats four people in opulent luxury. It includes the latest in spa and electronic facilities and has bifold glass doors that open to inspiring mountain views.

Outside is a half-court basketball facility and stunning views of the Japan Alps. The boxing Dojo, with all the necessary boxing equipment, is a surprizing addition. On the top floor is a games area with a glass top pool table, the first of its kind to be imported into Japan, and family games such as a Monopoly set, chess set and playing cards.

The contemporary luxury chalet has a concierge service and guests can take the chalet 4×4 vehicle for a spin and explore the valley, a private chef can also be requested to prepare a ‘healthy hideaway’ menu plan to compliment your stay. Head chef Kazu often looks after guests in One Happo. Kazu has worked hard over the years to develop relationships with local suppliers and counts many of the farmers, fishermen and hunters as friends. Working together with his suppliers he will ensure that your bespoke menu plan incorporates the freshest seasonal ingredients to produce food at its best and most flavoursome.

Chalet Logan, Megeve

Following my conversations with the owner, she is very interested in organising detox weeks – perfect I say! Fresh juice and fresh, healthy food created by your private chef. Cooking classes so you can take your newfound knowledge home with you, plus a visit from a personal nutritionist. Then there is the exercise: hiking, skiing, yoga.

What better way to end the day than by taking advantage of the outdoor hot tub to relax those muscles whilst counting stars? You can even order in your own private masseuse.

Get a group together and have fun getting fit together but just remember that it is also a holiday, and one that can be tailored to your every need. Should you want a glass of Champagne one evening then no one will say no, unless you instruct them to of course!

Belle Vue, Camaruche, St Barthelemy

Following the stone path through palm trees waving in the Atlantic breeze, you will reach the private villa in St Barth. With an amazing view of the ocean, and the islands of Tintamarre and Anguilla on the right, this hidden retreat is proving popular with many guests looking to swap snowy slopes for sun and surf.

St Barth’s is an island where getting fit is by no means a chore. Whether it’s hitting the waves for some surf, doing a spot of yoga on your private villa terrace or swimming in the crystal clear ocean seas. Belle Vue often invites specialist yoga teachers to tailor packages for guests in the resort too, and sunset views from this villa are nothing short of spectacular – the perfect backdrop for some much needed meditation.

Celine Renaud is Head of Sales for Leo Trippi.

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