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8x Health Holidays for Weightloss

January 19, 2024

A weight loss holiday allows you to concentrate solely on your health and wellness goals, free from the distractions and demands of daily life. It offers a dedicated period for self-care. Weight loss holidays provide a comprehensive and structured approach to weight management in a supportive and health-focused, relaxed environment. It is crucial to select a weight loss program that aligns with your specific goals, preferences, and any medical considerations you may have. However, don't anticipate miracles; losing 5 kilos in a week is unlikely, possibly achieved only by shedding water weight. The objective of a weight loss holiday is to achieve sustainable weight loss over time, extending beyond the duration of the holiday and into your everyday life.

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Losing weight on holiday is easier

Losing weight is not easy. The temptation from all the unhealthy foods we are surrounded by on a daily basis is large. However, a holiday can provide the ideal opportunity to break out of those unhealthy eating and snacking habits. In a pleasant, comfortable environment you will enjoy fresh and light meals, which in itself often causes any cravings to disappear. Particularly when you’re spending your days doing sporting activities and having gorgeous, relaxing treatments! You will be supervised by a nutritional coach or dietician during a weight loss holiday. This will give you insights into your eating habits and teach you how to eat better and healthier, without getting hungry. During the holiday, those initial few kilos will drop off. And with the right tools in place, you can continue working towards a healthy weight once home.

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What to expect on a weight loss holiday?

Weight loss holidays are wellness programs designed to help you reach your weight loss objectives in a revitalizing and immersive setting. Available at Health & Wellbeing resorts, medical spas, or spa destinations, these programs integrate aspects of sports, exercise, fitness, nutritious cuisine, mindfulness activities, workshops, and spa treatments. Beyond immediate weight loss, they underscore the significance of sustainable lifestyle adjustments. Combining weight loss with a holiday enhances the enjoyment and memorability of your journey, allowing you to discover a new destination while prioritizing your health.

Elements in a weightloss programme

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Nutritional guidance

Nutrition is key and a fundamental component. You will be guided on healthy eating habits and portion control. There are many concepts of diets and it is important to find out what works best for your body.

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Exercise and physical activities, such as yoga, Pilates, hiking, muscle training or cardio workouts are central to weight loss holidays. It will help you to burn calories, build muscle and improve your next fitness levels. A weight loss holidays include various sport, fitness and exercise elements. 

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Tailored programs

Programs are often personalized to meet your goals, needs, challenges and fitness level. Whether you are looking to lose a few kilos or you embark on a significant

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Holistic / Medical supervision

Weight loss holidays can take a holistic or medical supervision or a blend of those two. The holistic approach is to look at all aspects of a human: body, mind & soul. A naturopath or holistic therapist will look more in depth how your mental and stress levels have contributed to weight gain (emotional, stress or hormone imbalances). Some weight loss retreats offer medical supervision, especially good for those who have specific medical conditions. Some offer a blend of those, e.g. testing your hormone levels, thyroid function, your cortisol or any other facts about your body.  

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Spa and relaxation

Stress has a big impact on weight gain. Cortisol holds on to fat. Many weight loss retreats offer spa treatments and relaxation activities to help you unwind and reduce stress, which will help you in your weight loss success. 

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Mindfulness and stress reduction:

Mindfulness practices, meditation, and stress-reduction techniques are often part of the program. Reducing stress is essential for successful weight loss. 

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Education and workshops

In the course of a weight loss programme, the hotel or retreat may provide workshops or educational sessions focused on understanding sustainable weight management, making healthy food choices, preparing nutritious dishes, and integrating fitness into your daily life.

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Supportive environment

Being surrounded by like-minded people with similar goals can be motivating. Weight loss holidays often provide a supportive environment where you can share your experiences and challenges. 

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Weight loss holidays can vary in duration, ranging from a few days to several weeks, depending on the program.

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A reset in lifestyle

Weight loss holidays are not just short-term weight loss, but could be a great (re) start of a healthy lifestyle. It will offer tools, knowledge and skills needed to maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle after returning home.

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Individual coaching

Some weight loss holidays include one-on-one coaching or counseling sessions to address challenges such as emotional eating.  

Interested in our weight loss holidays? We listed our most popular programmes:

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Palazzo di Varignana - Italy

Palazzo di Varignana is an elegant Italian estate nestled among the rolling hills of Bologna. The award-winning spa offers The Acquaviva Method by Dr. Annamaria Acquaviva (dietician, nutritionist, and pharmacist). These holistic retreats are based on scientific evidence and merge Western medicine with Asian practices to achieve wellness and balance. The programs focus on five pillars of health: personalized nutrition, inner harmony, physical exercise, sleep, and relaxation. By balancing these factors, you embark on a transformative journey toward wellness and longevity. The 'In Forma / Weightloss' program starts from 3 nights onwards. Your consultation takes place within the Treno Reale, a vintage train symbolizing the start of a new path towards a healthy lifestyle. 

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Palasiet Thalasso Clinic & Hotel, Spain

A family-operated Thalasso hotel located in a charming 19th-century villa, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and less than an hour's drive from the vibrant city of Valencia. Palasiet Thalasso Clinic & Hotel has been offering thalassotherapy since 1970, blending extensive expertise and decades of experience with modern amenities. The 2000m2 thalasso center boasts seawater pools, water jets, saunas, steam baths, tranquil lounges, and treatment rooms for diverse therapies. Palasiet offers various weightloss programs, including the 'Get in Shape' program (starting from 6 nights) and the Weightloss program (starting from 7 nights), available in a basic and intensive version.

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COMO Shambhala Estate, Bali

COMO Shambhala Estate stands as one of the premier 5-star resorts in Asia. Its distinction lies in unparalleled comfort and personalized service, complemented by a unique lush location (in Ubud/Bali) and delicious health-conscious cuisine. The resort offers specialized programs encompassing Weight Loss, Detox, Burnout Recovery, Fitness, or well-deserved Relaxation. The 'Weight Optimization' program is available for stays of 3 nights or longer, with no limit on the maximum length of stay. A team of experts in their respective fields will tailor a personalized treatment plan for you. With exclusive attention and utmost care, they will diligently execute this plan to ensure a truly exceptional experience.

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Sianji Wellbeing Resort, Turkey

Sianji Wellbeing Resort is a luxury 5-star hotel with a specialized detox center which is renowned for its Detox, Fitness, and Weight Loss programs, offering comfort, luxury, relaxation, sun, and sea - all at great value for money! The wellness center, spanning approximately 2,000m², specializes in health and wellbeing programs designed to help you live a healthier, fitter, and more energetic life. The detox center offers three different food options: juices, light meals, or raw food. For weight loss goals, we recommend the PureandCure Fitness program (from 5 nights and onwards), which includes personal training sessions, and combining it with light, healthy meals. A team of coaches, exercise instructors, and therapists is at your disposal to help you achieve your goals.

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RAKxa Integrative Wellness - Thailand

The RAKxa Integrative Wellness is the first Medical & Holistic retreat in Thailand. It spans an impressive 85 hectares, nearly entirely immersed in nature. The VitalLife Scientific Clinic, RAKxa JAI Holistic Wellness Centre and The RAKxa Gaya Medical Gym offer a dedicated team of doctors and specialists guiding you toward a healthy lifestyle. Specializing in weight loss and sports programs, everything is tailor-made, with detailed health assessments providing insight into your overall health and wellbeing, including specific needs. The cuisine is super fresh, delicious custom-crafted to align with your goals.

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Palazzo Fiuggi - Italy

Palazzo Fiuggi is an ultra-luxurious medical spa offering tailor-made programs, thalassotherapy, and natural springs near Rome, along with a unique nutritional plan based on epigenetic science. The healing and purifying water from the Fiuggi springs is the focal point of the exclusive treatment programs at the medical spa. Palazzo Fiuggi combines ancient holistic knowledge with traditional Western medicine to promote well-being, health, and a longer life. A dedicated team of scientists, doctors, and experts assesses and diagnoses individual needs. Palazzo Fiuggi offers their Optimal Weight program, from 7 nights onwards. 

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Euphoria Retreat, Greece

Greek and Chinese wisdom and medicine offer emotional, physical and spiritual health in a majestic and superbly Beautiful Holistic Destination Spa. A true ‘Wow’ destination.

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Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara, Sri Lanka

Losing weight can be approached in various ways. An Ayurvedic detox offers a gentle yet effective method for loosing weight while increasing your overall wellbeing. During an Ayurvedic cleanse, meals are free from coffee, sugar, processed foods, meat, fish, and dairy, typically comprising fresh fruits and vegetables in vegan style. By adopting mindful eating habits and consuming lighter, healthier fare, your body is afforded the opportunity to rest, rejuvenate, and reconnect with its needs. Thus, an Ayurvedic detox offers a dual benefit: a nurturing journey towards well-being and a means of shedding excess weight. Enjoying delicious, wholesome meals throughout the detox often results in noticeable weight loss, alongside other positive outcomes such as mental clarity, deep relaxation, and increased energy levels. Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara is a serene resort, where you can surrender yourself into the caring hands of the Ayurveda therapists.

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This blog is written by Marleen, the founder of in 2005. She travels around the world in search of the best Health & Wellbeing Hotels, Spas and Retreats and shares her know-how, experiences and observations through her blogs.

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