Estelle Love Light’s Spanish fitness holiday will have you jumping for joy

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The fitness holiday that will have you jumping for joy: A retreat in an 18th-century monastery that’s good for the body and the mind

  • Head to an 18th-century monastery in south-east Spain with Estelle Love Light 
  • Her fitness retreats include running, HIIT, yoga and personal training sessions 
  • But there’s also a pool, excellent food and charming surroundings to be enjoyed

Shortly before 4pm on a Saturday and I’m sipping a smoothie. By the pool, of course, beneath blazing sunshine.

But, hold on. Today, I have already run four miles, stretched through two yoga classes and done so many burpees I lost count at 50. And I’ve never felt better.

Around me are 18 women, all shapes and ages, with one goal — to get motivated and get fit — in the heavenly flower-filled grounds of Finca Monasterio, a converted 18th century monastery in south-east Spain, on a five-day fitness retreat.

At the Estelle Love Light retreat many of the fitness classes take place around Finca Monasterio's pool

At the Estelle Love Light retreat many of the fitness classes take place around Finca Monasterio’s pool

Our hosts are the best in the business. 

There’s Peter, or P Mac, a hunky PT an Instagram sensation who’s trained everyone from your 70-year-old neighbour to singer Dua Lipa, and Estelle McCluskie — the most inspiring yoga instructor you could hope to meet.

Our day starts at 6.30am with that run. It’s amazing how far you can go when you swap people-clogged pavements for empty country roads lined with fields of lavender. 

The surrounding gardens are a good place for yoga classes or taking a break

The surrounding gardens are a good place for yoga classes or taking a break

It’s followed by a 30-minute hot HIIT session by the pool — a blur of lunges and press-ups — before a day of yoga , ab and glute classes.

Each evening we have a big group meal at a communal table. Food is sensational — huge platters of couscous or chickpea salads, barbecued chicken and watermelon to follow. And despite all the exercise, I never feel deprived.

Nor do my new friends. While we came here as strangers, we leave as a group of women who’ve encouraged each other, laughed together and, believe it or not, relaxed. I feel revived and inspired.

TRAVEL FACTS 

The Estelle Love Light retreat costs from £1,225pp, for five nights with classes, food, soft drinks and flights. The next retreat is September 29 to October 4. estellelovelight.com.

 

 

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