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pilates holidays

Pilates has become, like yoga, hugely popular in recent times.  It's a physical fitness system developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates.

Pilates originally called his method Contrology, because he believed that his method uses the mind to control the muscles.  So, what does Pilates really do for you and your body?  Well, it's a body conditioning routine that helps to not only build flexibility, but also strength, endurance, and coordination in the legs, abdominals, arms and back.

There is floor based Pilates and Pilates using specially constructed machines, such as in the picture above (taken in the Pilates studio at Como Shambhala in Bali).  Both are great and we recommend trying either system if you've never tried it before.  However, machine based Pilates (also called Reformer Pilates) is the most precise and, arguably, beneficial.

See all our recommended destinations offering Pilates

Pilates programmes - short haul

Palácio Estoril, on the Portuguese Riviera, is a classic of 1930's elegance.  With magnificent sea views, this sophisticated hideaway has a sublime Banyan Tree spa.  4 night Reformer Pilates programme from around £785 per person sharing, including flights and airport transfers.  More


Shanti Som in Andalucia offers Pilates programmes for 6 nights full board from £1,625, including 6 Pilates sessions, 4 yoga classes, guided hike, a spa treatment, flights and private airport transfers - on dates to suit you. Gorgeous boutique hotel (just 14 bedrooms) - popular with solo travellers.  More


Baobab Suites in Tenerife is a contemporary all-suites hotel with a great year-round climate. 7 nights in a one bedroom suite with 5 x 50 mins private Reformer Pilates classes, complimentary health and fitness classes daily, flights and airport transfers from £1,120 per person sharing. More


7 night Pilates holiday at D-Resort Gocek, on Turkey's beautiful south coast, from just £865 per person sharing - on dates to suit you.  Price includes daily group mat based Pilates class, 4 private reformer Pilates classes, flights and transfers.  Also excellent for beach, snorkelling and spa treatments. More

Sianji Wellbeing Resort on Turkey's south coast has a complimentary group mat based Pilates class most mornings.  7 nights from £990 per person sharing on a bed and breakfast basis, including flights and airport transfers and 6 private 60 minute reformer Pilates classes.  More

Other short haul options for Pilates...

  • Amanzoe - Greece.  The ultimate luxury resort in the Peloponnese.
  • Borgo Egnazia - Puglia, Italy.  Outstanding, luxurious golf and spa resort.  Great for families and honeymooners.
  • Mykonos Grand - Mykonos, Greece.  Glamorous beachside resort.
  • Verdura - Sicily.  Spectacular, luxury resort on the south west coast.

Pilates programmes - long haul

For an intensive week of Pilates, we would recommend flying to Koh Samui, Thailand and stay at Absolute Sanctuary.  They offer an excellent 7 night Pilates Bootcamp from £2,000 per person sharing.  Price includes full board, flights and airport transfers.  Great for solo travellers too.


Luxury long haul resorts for Pilates...

  • Aava Resort & Spa - Khanom, Thailand.  Fabulous value, gorgeous beach.
  • Absolute Sanctuary - Koh Samui, Thailand.  Great Pilates programmes.
  • Amanoi - Vinh Hy Bay, Vietnam.  Only reformer studio in the region.
  • Amanpuri - Phuket, Thailand.  Amongst the best in the world.
  • Kamalaya - Koh Samui, Thailand.  Very popular wellness destination.
  • Parrot Cay - Turks & Caicos, Caribbean.  Luxury island resort.
  • Como Shambhala - Bali, Indonesia.  Magical, luxurious hideaway.
  • Delaire Graff - Stellenbosch, South Africa.  Uber-luxury hillside retreat.
  • The Chedi - Oman, Arabian Gulf.  Arguably the best spa resort in the Gulf.
  • The Body Holiday - St Lucia.  Superb all inclusive Caribbean resort.


We can organise a healthy villa holiday for you to destinations such as Marrakech, Andalusia, Majorca or Ibiza and include a team of healthy experts to suit your requirements, such as pilates or yoga teachers, chefs, fitness trainers, massage therapists, hiking or mountain biking guides etc.  See healthy villas for ideas and inspiration.

Need some advice?

Please don't hesitate to contaxt one of our travel specialists on 020 8968 0501 or simply send us an email outlining your dates and requirements.

Lastly, you may be interested in learning more about the health benefits of Pilates

See all our recommended destinations offering Pilates

7 night pilates holiday, Tenerife

From £1,120 per person
Enjoy a 7 night pilates holiday at luxury all-suites hotel in Tenerife, with year-round warm weather. More

6 night pilates programme, Andalucia, Spain

From £1,625 per person
Enjoy a 6 night pilates retreat at Shanti Som on a full board basis  surrounded by beautiful countryside.  More

7 night 'pilates reformer bootcamp' Koh Samui, Thailand

From £2,000 per person

The Pilates reformer bootcamp holiday is ideal for both Pilates beginners or aficionados alike. More

7 night luxury pilates holiday, Tenerife

From £1,595 per person
7 night Reformer Pilates holiday at the luxurious 5* Gran Hotel Bahia del Duque beside the sea.  More

7 night reformer pilates holiday, Sianji Wellbeing Resort

From £990 per person
Enjoy a 7 night holiday beside the sea with a daily 60 minute private reformer pilates class.  More

4 night reformer pilates break on Portugal's Cascais coast

From £600 per person

An easy flight to Lisbon, and in no time you're at the very elegant, luxurious Palacio Estoril and its sublime Banyan Tree spa.  More

7 night pilates holiday, south coast Turkey

From £865 per person
Enjoy a 7 night pilates holiday combining mat and machine based classes at this charming boutique beach hotel.  More


pilates andalusia


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pilates bali


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pilates bavaria


Bavaria is unlikely to be on the list for most Brits as a destination for an exceptional family summ…

pilates bodrum


On the south coast of Turkey, near Bodrum, we recommend several excellent but very different resorts…

pilates cascais


Cascais, just 30 minutes west of Lisbon, has morphed from sleepy fishing village to much-loved summe…

pilates gocek


Göcek has been described as the Turkish equivalent of Dartmouth or Salcombe, and is a magnet for sai…

pilates ibiza


Rural Ibiza, away from the night clubs and the party animals, is gorgeous and peaceful. We've organ…

pilates khanom


Khanom is a small country town on the western side of the Gulf of Thailand. The closest airport, Su…

pilates koh samui

koh samui

Koh Samui is a little island paradise in the Gulf of Thailand, with gorgeous beaches, crystal clear …

pilates mykonos


For years, this low-lying, sun-drenched Cycladic island has welcomed the jet-set. The beach at Agios…

pilates nha trang

nha trang

Nha Trang is the coastal capital of Khanh Hoa province, Vietnam. Its legendary pristine beauty is kn…

pilates oman


Adjacent to the United Arab Emirates and facing the Arabian Gulf, Oman is a jewel of a destination, …

pilates pacific coast

pacific coast

The Pacific Ocean forms the western edge of Costa Rica, with its wild beaches, wonderful nature rese…

pilates peloponnese


The Peloponnese peninsula reaches out its rocky, beach-fringed fingers into the azure waters of the …

pilates phuket


Superb destination for some winter sun. Choice of superb beachside spa resorts. There's something …

pilates puglia


Fabulous weather and gorgeous climate, Puglia is pretty much still an undiscovered holiday destinati…

pilates sicily


Sicily is pretty much a year round destination. Stay at one of our fabulous villas or at Verdura Go…

pilates st lucia

st lucia

You can visit St Lucia, with its balmy sub-tropical climate, at any time during the year. Though, w…

pilates stellenbosch


Only 28 km from Cape Town International Airport, Stellenbosch is a fabulous base from which to explo…

pilates tenerife


Tenerife enjoys more hours of sunshine than any other part of Spain, with an average annual temperat…

pilates turks and caicos

turks and caicos

The Turks and Caicos Islands are located in the northern Caribbean, an archipelago of eight principa…