Pilates has fast become one of the most popular forms of exercise, and for this reasons more and more retreats across the world are beginning to offer their own Pilates programmes. Used to strengthen the body and promote overall fitness and wellbeing, whether you’re new to Pilates or an experienced practiser, going on a Pilates retreat can have numerous health benefits and improve your practice so you can continue to reap even more once back home. We’ve narrowed down a list of some of our favourite Pilates retreats that are sure to have you feeling fitter and healthier than ever in no time at all.
Absolute Sanctuary, Thailand
Absolute Sanctuary has to be one of our favourites for Pilates, with the spa most famous for its exceptional Pilates and yoga sessions (instructors themselves come from around the globe to train here!). You’ll find not one but several programmes on offer at this Thai spa that incorporate Pilates, with our favourite being the Pilates Reformer Bootcamp which is the programme that focuses specifically on Pilates. Over the course of this 7 night retreat you will benefit from both group and individual reformer classes, as well as receive initial and final consultations about your progress, and a few other treatments such as some pampering massages that make this whole retreat Pilates heaven.
Shanti-Som Wellbeing Retreat, Spain
Our favourite Pilates retreat in Europe, Shanti-Som Wellbeing Retreat is another resort that has created a whole programme specifically dedicated to the practice of Pilates. At Shanti-Som rather than focus on one form of Pilates, the 6 night Shanti-Som Pilates Retreat gives you the chance to try out three different types (Reformer, Cadilac, and Mat) across 6 different classes, perfect for someone who is new to the practice and wants to discover which type they like best. As well as Pilates you will also have the chance to enjoy yoga sessions, a guided hike and other activities for a more well-rounded retreat.
At Kamalaya there isn’t a programme solely dedicated to Pilates, however you will find that the activity is incorporated into several of their other programmes. We’re a fan of the Comprehensive Optimal Fitness programme that incorporate Pilates Mat classes as part of a wider and more varied programme aimed at improving your overall fitness levels. Alongside the Pilates sessions you will have the chance to undergo personal trainer sessions, yoga, aqua fitness and more. You will also benefit from access to the scheduled daily fitness classes which generally includes Pilates at least once a week if you want to attend further sessions during your retreat.
COMO Shambhala Estate, Bali
Similar to Kamalaya, COMO Shambhala Estate is another retreat that, while not offering a dedicated Pilates programme, offers excellent sessions that are included on their more general fitness programmes. We recommend opting for the Be Active programme which is tailored to your individual abilities and goals, so should you express an interest in Pilates more sessions can be incorporated on the programme. Again, like Kamalaya you will enjoy access to the daily scheduled activities which can include additional Pilates sessions for you to participate in.
Chiva-Som is another retreat that has fantastic Pilates sessions which are incorporated into other fitness programmes rather than on a dedicated retreat. We love the Optimal Performance Retreat which gives you the chance to benefit from personal training in Pilates, as well as a selection of other activities designed to improve your fitness and performance including physiotherapy and a deep tissue massage. You’ll also enjoy access to the daily activities which often includes up to 5 Pilates sessions a week, ensuring you can include many more sessions if the programme doesn’t have enough classes for your liking!
If you are interested in going on a Pilates retreat get in touch with one of our healing experts who would be happy to assist you in finding the perfect Pilates retreat for you, call 020 7843 3597 or click here.
My only small complaint, which didn't turn out to be a problem in the end, was that I wasn't informed about the fact that we needed at least 6 months ( I think it was) left on our passports after we had already booked and paid. It might have been a complicated situation if it had turned out that we didn't have that amount of time left on the passports."