If you’ve been hitting the gym daily, swearing off booze or certain foods, and generally doing whatever we can to uphold your resolutions this year, why not consider an active holiday instead? Combine your passion for travel with an emphasis on sports and fitness, and you’ll come back fitter and full of energy. Here’s a list of suggested destinations from the team at Flight Centre Hong Kong.
1. RUN a marathon
The Paris Marathon, scheduled for 12 April 2015, is one of the most popular marathons in Europe – it’s a scenic run through a beautiful city, beginning on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées and running past many of the city’s iconic sites, including the Louvre and the Seine. Once you’ve rested those legs, there’s a wealth of sightseeing, shopping and wonderful food to be experienced. Hotel Waldorf Arc de Triomphe provides the perfect base for the marathon as well as all that Paris has to offer.
2. CLIMB a mountain
Kota Kinabalu is the capital of Sabah state and renowned as the modern gateway to Malaysian Borneo. The city sits against a backdrop of tropical hills and faces the emerald waters of the South China Sea. Adventurers head to Kota Kinabalu to scale one of the most popular climbing mountains in Asia, Mount Kinabalu. At 4,095 metres, Mount Kinabalu is the highest mountain in Malaysia and the fifth highest in Southeast Asia, and offers amazing sunrise views. It normally takes two days to climb the mountain, with Day 1 covering six kilometres of hiking, involving mostly steps, and Day 2 covering a three-kilometre stretch to the summit for sunrise.
3. TRAIN at high intensity
Ninja Camp Bali is a retreat designed to stimulate and nourish the mind and body. Training is a lifestyle at this camp, which combines various forms of physical fitness training, tailored nutrition and exciting adventure, including weightlifting and gymnastics skills to build strength, endurance, agility and mobility, yoga, and activities such as surfing, canyoning and free-diving.
4. DETOX at a yoga retreat
Yoga at destination spa, Ananda in the Himalayas, is completely pure and traditional in form, stemming from the roots of Hatha yoga and adapted to suit individual needs. Ananda’s seven-night Yoga Detox programme uses the different Hatha yogic cleansing techniques to detox in a natural and effective way. In Yogic detoxification, aspects of asana, pranayama, meditation and yogic/Ayurvedic diet are incorporated, along with the practice of Shatkriya, with the aim of giving profound experiences of vitalisation and harmony.