As the heat rises and the winter layers of clothes lessen, every year summer prompts us to ditch the couch and lace up our trainers in pursuit of our best beach – and bridal – body.

Instead of hurrying to your nearest spinning class, why not book a holiday that will boost your health and fitness whilst offering relaxation too? Health and Fitness Travel, the leading experts in wellness holidays worldwide, highlight five of the best spa breaks for summer fitness…

Combining body busting workouts with revitalising spa treatments, tone up in luxurious destinations from Greece to Spain. Once the sole retreat of pampering and relaxation, spa retreats are increasingly offering more fitness activities and workouts; from circuit training to Pilates Reformer, as an active complement to slimming spa treatments. Embark on a summer spa break that will return you home in better shape than when you left.

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Madeira: Galo Ayurveda Relaxation

Rediscover full body well-being this summer with an Ayurveda spa holiday off the southern coast of Madeira. With the advice of Ayurvedic Doctors and lifestyle consultants, tailor your daily spa treatments to suit your needs; whether working to encourage weight loss, cure insomnia or sooth back pain.

Combine detoxifying spa treatments with healthy cooking classes and daily Ayurvedic meals to cleanse and revitalise your body. Enhance your wellness journey with daily yoga and meditation sessions, together with a variety of fitness classes, from BodyPump to Zumba and spinning to Pilates.

Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitness.com) offers 7 nights at Galo from £1,105pp or £1,240 for single occupancy. Price includes full board, a wellness programme, return flights and transfers.

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Portugal: Longevity Wellness Booster

Whether you need a complete lifestyle makeover, or just crave a wellness getaway, escape to Portugal’s stunning Algarve coastline this summer and discover your best self at Portugal’s leading thalassotherapy and medical spa. With medical consultations and biophysical evaluations, the wellness experts at Longevity will analyse your current body, and get you quickly started on your personalised relaxation and wellness transformation.

Between marine-inspired spa treatments, shape up with a personal training session and enjoy a range of complimentary fitness and wellness activities including slim circuit, Pilates, healthy living workshops and much more.

Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8892 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 5 nights at Longevity from £1,980pp or £2,250 for single occupancy. Price includes half board, a wellness programme, return flights and transfers.

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France: Terre Blanche Spa Slimming

Situated between the Eastern Provence and the French Riviera, you’ll be amazed at how much your body can transform in such a small amount of time at this multi award-winning spa retreat. Designed to increase your slimming potential, specialist therapeutic spa treatments range from anti-cellulite body wraps to detoxifying body scrubs.

A dream destination for a summer weight-loss holiday, feel the benefit of personalised Aquabike coaching and a choice of complimentary group classes, from circuit training to bums and tums. Enjoy daily healthy juices to achieve healthy slimming that will have your health and weight back on track.

Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 7 nights at Terre Blanche from £2,870pp or £3,770 for single occupancy. Price includes breakfast, a wellness programme, return flights and transfers.

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Spain: Shanti Som Healing Retreat

Embrace a healthier lifestyle this summer with Shanti Som’s Healing Retreat in Southern Spain. Aimed at those on the edge of burnout and who need to revitalise tired bodies and minds; a garden of waterfalls, streams and fountains and a spectacular mountainous backdrop, provides the serenity you need to de-stress and re-energise your life. Give yourself the gift of holistic health with restorative Ayurveda spa treatments, re-connect with nature during daily stress releasing nature walks and rejuvenate your mind, body and soul with daily yoga and meditation.

Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 6 nights at Shanti Som from £2,680pp or £3,110 for single occupancy. Price includes full board, a wellness programme, return flights and transfers.

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Greece: Blue Palace Thalassotherapy

On an island of untamed beauty, indulge in a spa holiday this summer that draws from the best of its natural surroundings. Release your skin’s natural glow through thalassotherapy and marine-inspired spa treatments, utilising the therapeutic properties and natural minerals found in sea water, mud and seaweed.

Renowned for its effects on stress relief, weight loss, anti-cellulite, muscle and joint healing, this specialised spa retreat covers a range of well-being needs. Achieve a healthy body boost during your stay with a variety of group fitness classes, including, body workout, aqua aerobics and yoga.

Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 7 nights at Blue Palace from £1,775pp or £2,370 for single occupancy. Price includes breakfast, a wellness programme, return flights and transfers.

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For advice, guidance and booking, visit www.healthandfitnesstravel.com or call 0203 397 8891.

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