runABC's travel partner Sports Tours International works with leading sport and fitness resorts around the world. In this article we highlight the top destinations...
When it's time to escape the daily grind, opt for a sport and fitness resort where every day feels different and where you have such a wide choice of sports and activities to really go that extra mile.
Whether you are an experienced runner, a seasoned triathlete or an occasional jogger, a retreat or a training camp at a sport and fitness resort is the boost that you need to lift you to the next level. Whether you are looking to train hard or relax and be inspired, you can do as much or as little as you like while seeing the world in a new way and enjoying sports you love like tennis, cycling or hiking, as well as experimenting with new activities, such as ocean kayaking, aerial yoga or windsurfing.
The whole family can enjoy endless fun, develop new skills and discover sports and activities you didn’t even know existed, all whilst you enjoy an unforgettable stay in some of the most beautiful locations in the world.
LANZAROTE - Club La Santa
The world’s number one sports and activity holiday resort sits on North West coast of Lanzarote and is all about sports and fitness. Club La Santa features 80 different sports, and free group instruction for you to use throughout your stay. There are top quality sports facilities, such as a IAAF standard 400m running track, 3x 50m swimming pools and hundreds of Cannondale bikes which are free to use, not to mention the daily programme of fitness classes and activities.
With a great choice of apartments and suites, you can choose the ideal accommodation for yourself, your family or your group, plus a selection of restaurants and bars to enjoy yourself in. Club La Santa is the perfect place to do as little or as much as you like.
The island of Lanzarote is a wonderful, adventurous paradise to explore, especially by bike and ideal for outdoors people. It is also home to some of the world’s best events including IRONMAN Lanzarote.
The largest of the Canary Islands, Tenerife is an amazing place to explore and includes Spain’s highest mountain, Teide. There is so much to do on the island, with cycling, in particular, becoming an important sport, with many Tour de France winners and contenders training on the mountain roads.
One of the best sports training centres, Tenerife Top Training (T3), is located in Caleta de Adeje, in the south of Tenerife, with some of the most modern facilities in Europe. At T3, a team of highly qualified professionals in each sporting discipline offer advice to achieve your goals so no matter if you’re amateur or a professional you will find in T3 all that you need with tailor-made training camps at elite level training facilities.
Tenerife Top Training will allow you to leave your regular life and routine behind for a few days and purely focus on training. No distractions, no last-minute meetings, no excuses! Even a one- week block of focused training can have a huge positive impact on athletic performance for the remainder of the season.
THAILAND – Thanyapura Health & Sports Resort
With world-class training facilities and specialised coaching for all abilities, improve your fitness at this specialist sports retreat in Thailand, ideal for a healthy learning holiday. Situated on the beautiful tropical island of Phuket and surrounding mountains in 23 hectares, Thanyapura Health & Sports Resort (pictured above) attracts sports, fitness and health enthusiasts from all over the world aged from their 20s to late 50s.
Home to the finest sports facilities, integrative health centre, mindful services and expert coaching it’s an ideal place for an activity holiday if you have an established fitness-level and training routine or even if you’d like to immerse yourself in a truly world-class sports facility if you are less experienced as it is open for everyone at all levels.
The resort seeks to inspire a healthier and more positive lifestyle in a peaceful environment, with expert coaches and only the best technology, to leave you feeling revitalised.
FUERTEVENTURA – Las Playitas
Playitas Resort is located in a delightful bay in the south-east of Fuerteventura, 45 minutes south of the airport, with an aparthotel, hotel and villa options. It is one of the largest training centres in Europe, with great sporting facilities including a 50m pool, superb gymnasium, bike centre and an 18 hole golf course.
Top international athletes in many sports and disciplines visit Playitas Resort to prepare for the world’s most important sports events. As well as catering for professional sport, the offer also includes many other activities for the amateur sports person, such as sports meets, week-long events for particular sports, and cycling and hiking excursions.
Mediterranean destinations are perfect for year round sports and activities and Cyprus is probably the best. A perfect destination for water sports, with a beautiful coastline and 57 blue flag beaches you can enjoy windsurfing, kitesurfing, swimming and scuba diving.
Cyprus has a growing reputation for sporting events such as the Logicom Cyprus Marathon, the Gran Fondo Cyprus and the Ocean Lava Triathlon. It is also a superb location for training camps, with a running track and 50m swimming pool located close to many of the superb hotels to stay at near Paphos, including the Athena Beach hotel, the Athena Royal Hotel and the Pioneer Beach Hotel.
This destination should certainly be on your radar for your next running club trip!