These self-improving travel experiences could be just the ticket this summer

Not all great holidays have to be about days of uninterrupted rest and rosé…

While the joy of a week of sunbathing on the beach is undeniable, there’s a lot to be said for the proud sense of accomplishment that comes with getting out of your sun lounger to do something productive too. So just think how good it would be to return to the UAE with an improved mindset or a new skill. Here’s a look at some fantastic vacation spots that promise a dose of self-improvement in addition to that extra vitamin D.

Sign up for a luxury boot camp in Mallorca

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Gaining a little holiday weight after traveling is common, and typically a sign of a trip well spent. But if you’re looking for a week of wellness in the sun with guaranteed good food, and the promise of losing a few pounds, try The Bodycamp in Mallorca. Nestled in the heart of the island, The Bodycamp’s 25-acre rural retreat offers 15 en-suite bedrooms with clean Majorca/Scandi decor blended with the beauty and charm of this beautiful island. Guests participate in a week of fitness and fun with group morning workouts. You can choose to step out of the afternoon program to relax and pamper yourself, take a bike ride to the nearby villages, take a nap by the pool or hit the gym.

The Bodycamp program runs Friday through Friday with private or shared rooms available. Prices start from £1,895 all inclusive. thebodycamp.com

Learn to box like a champion in Spain

This seven day trip takes you to a boxing camp in the mountains of Guadalest, Alicante and offers you the ideal opportunity to get fit, train and go on holiday at the same time. Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate or pro, the world-class boxing trainer, Coach Shahab and his team will provide you with a variety of training sessions and countless workouts throughout a unique program. Coach Shahab will then give you the tools to maintain your fitness regimen when you get home.

Prices start from Dhs3,960 per person and are organized by UAE based company We Love Transformational Travel. For more information, visit welovetransformionaltravel.com

Are you walking why in South Africa

We all reach points in life where we know that change is necessary. Times when we could greatly benefit from guidance, a chance to step out of our lives and have the luxury of time for learning and introspection. Now imagine doing all this against the backdrop of a five-day walking safari in the real ‘Big Five’ country: the Kruger National Park in South Africa. Spend time in nature, work on what’s holding you back, find your purpose in life and learn about wilderness, conservation and bushcraft with your specialist wilderness guide.

Prices start from Dhs4,535 per person and are organized by the UAE based company We Love Transformational Travel. For more information, visit welovetransformionaltravel.com

Spiritual Healing in Chamonix, France

Vie Retreats

This intimate retreat in Chamonix will take place from June 6-12, 2022, hosted by Vie Retreats from the UAE, with limited seating for just 10 women, and will include hypnotherapy sessions with the retreat’s founder Joyce Youhanna, Feng Shui experiences with Lara Kait and Qigong experiences with Winnie Chang against the backdrop of a beautiful Alpine landscape. The experience also includes dining experiences from acclaimed chef Niels Van Ors – an established name in Middle Eastern and European food culture.

Prices start from Dhs12,000 (shared bunk bed), Dhs14,000 (shared double room), Dhs18,000 (en-suite bedroom), Dhs21,000 (en-suite master bedroom). Reservations can be made via bookings@vieretreats.com. For more information visit fouretreats.com

Children’s wellness retreat in the Maldives

Joali Being, the luxurious getaway of the Maldives, has launched a special week-long summer retreat for junior guests. The “Joy of Being” program allows the smallest resort guests to disconnect from technology and connect with naturediscover the power of scienceand get to know the importance of well-being in a fun and creative way. The new initiative aims to be an educational experience and includes jungle yoga, dance classes, sea gardening and herbal workshops.

pprograms for children to be priced at $150 (excluding taxes) per night, per child, per stay in addition to accommodation costswhere villas starts from $2,839 per nighttFor more info, visit joalibeing.com

Learn to cook from top chefs in Italy

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The accommodation alone is enough to make your mouth water on a luxury cooking holiday in Italy with Stirred. Between experimenting in the kitchen — and feasting on the results — expect market trips to pick ingredients for your Italian spread, plus visits to regional wine producers and artisan cheesemakers to pick up supplies for that all-important post-main course.

Stirred Travel is offering six night holidays at Villa Casagrande, Veneto or The Masseria, Puglia, from May 22 to 28 (Villa Casagrande), with more dates available in June and September. stirredtravel.com

Grow sadness into gratitude in South Africa

Sadness is a natural part of being human. It can feel overwhelming and infinite, with the emptiness always present and deeply painful. This six-day retreat in an environmentally conscious camp built under ancient river trees on the pristine banks of the Blyde River, Limpopo, will open a door to a natural sense of closure and allow you to reconnect with the world on a lake cheerful way. This six-day experience will take you on grounding walks, mindful breakfasts and wilderness picnics, contemplative game drives, while experiencing the present moment, all with the support and guidance of professional counselors.

Prices start from Dhs 5,700 per person and are organized by the UAE based company We Love Transformational Travel. For more information, visit welovetransformionaltravel.com

Dj and Spanish lessons in Ibiza

Swap a drab classroom environment for the sun-kissed shores of Ibiza as you learn to DJ and speak Spanish on this unique two-week vacation. Language classes can be tailored to suit all levels and there are two DJ courses, beginner and advanced, taught by Pacha DJs, with the option of DJing on location with a professional DJ.

II Ibiza programs start from 960 euros for two weeks. ii-ibiza.com

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