Blended retreat, ideal for those guests seeking to lose weight, detox gently, improve fitness & wellbeing in a luxury environment.
The retreat is based in an award winning gated complex of private luxury suites with a Spa facility, just a gentle 10 minute walk from the beach on the pretty coast of the Northern Costa Blanca in Spain...
This retreat was specifically designed to offer a holistic alternative to the military Boot Camp, a retreat that would offer its participants the benefit of a true kick start to a new and sustainable healthier lifestyle, or a health & wellness boost for those who need a healthy holiday where they can revive and renew away from their stressful working lives. It is a blended retreat ideal for sustainable weight loss, gentle detox, improved fitness, and general wellbeing.
As the majority of guests travel solo we think it is very important that they have their own private space in which to completely relax, so... each guest will have sole use of their own spacious and very well equipped double suite with terrace or balcony, there are no supplements for single use and our guests are never asked to share accommodation, unless of course a guest would like to share with a partner or friend.
The retreat is all inclusive, and includes the following: luxury accommodation, use of the Spa and its facilities, full board with healthy and delicious detox cuisine, plus healthy snacks and unlimited mineral water and herbal infusions, all classes and activities, private airport transfers*
Each day begins with a natural cleansing drink, this is followed by a yoga class to open, gently stretch and prepare the body for each days activities, yoga is followed by a healthy breakfast.
The program then offers circuit training and body toning at the beach, followed by a delicious fresh lunch, during the afternoon there will be the choice of a stunning coastal or mountain hike and that all important free time where guests may enjoy a little rest and relaxation or indeed use the gym, or swim in the large outdoor lagoon pool, the heated indoor wave pool, use the sauna or jacuzzi, enjoy a lovely therapy, treatment or massage* with our Spa therapists, or simply read a good book at the beach, late afternoon there will be a core strength class or Pilates...followed a little later by dinner...above all this is your holiday and we encourage each guest to do as much or as little as they wish to...
Accommodation is provided in a private gated complex of luxury suites, the accommodation is arranged in a plaza style with a large and very beautiful lagoon pool at its heart. All suites have either 1 or 2 double bedrooms, large bathroom, with washer / dryer and hairdryer, fully equipped kitchen, comfortable lounge with flat screen TV and satellite, free WiFi, private balcony or terrace.
The complex is gated and is only open to residents, it is located just a gentle 10 minute stroll away from the beach.
The complex also has a lovely Spa with heated indoor wave pool, sauna and jacuzzi plus changing facilities and large therapy rooms, it also has a well equipped gym.
The restaurant is only open to retreat guests, and also offers an adjacent "chill out" room where guests may chat to new friends, enjoy a selection of books, magazines, DVD's or take a chilled mineral water or hot herbal tea /infusion.
The Complex also has a dedicated yoga room with underfloor heating.
The retreat team includes 5 therapists who offer a full menu of anti-ageing face and body treatments, relaxing holistic therapies and some amazing massages.
Travelling time from Alicante airport is approximately 1 hour by private transfer.
For this retreat included in the retreat package we offer private scheduled transfers from and to Alicante airport.
On arrival day the service will collect guests at 11.00 am and 3.00 pm
On departure day the service will leave the retreat venue for the airport at 08.00 and 12.00 noon
Travel time by private transfer is approximately 1 hour, by shuttle it will be approximately 1 hour 45, we highly recommend that guests allow a min 2 hour window between arrival at the airport and their flights departure.
If a guests chosen flight times fall way outside of the scheduled transfer service, we will be very happy to arrange the following:
A private car and driver.
The airport shuttle service which operates during sociable hours.
Please note that we will make all the appropriate arrangements but there will be an additional cost for the transfers.
The dedicated, experienced and professional retreat team is almost all female and includes a Doctor and Nutritionist, yoga instructors, pilates coaches, personal trainers, meditation coach, 5 spa therapists including a specialist masseur, plus our only man on the team..our walking / hiking guide.
A full time retreat manager will be on site each and every day to ensure that each guests needs and requests are met.
The Ultimate Mind & Body retreat October 2013
Dear Nicole and Julie,
I am so moved by all the love that you showed me on the wonderful retreat! I am setting my heart on joining you again one day soon, hopefully with my precious daughter and granddaughter, they would love it there with you! Everything was exceptional and far exceeded my expectations. My body feels the benefits of all the therapies, excercises and awesome detox food! I’m in Alicante where yesterday we (Petra, Angela, Clio and I” broke” our detox with some scrumptious tapas, couple of drinks and coffee- but do not fret, it was just a tiny special treat after detox!!! I made some wonderful and very special friends, and am so utterly grateful for all the blessings and beauty of it all! Have filled my heart up to overflowing with love, joy, and renewed spirits…and yes, FEELING HEALTHY WEALTHY AND WISE!!! Hahaha! TOMORROW: GREECE!!! ONWARD!!! Highest blessings to you and your loved ones!
Grateful, your Erendira xoxo xoxo xoxo xoxo
So Dear Nicole and Julie
Thank you so much for the mail. You know, I am still ‘glowing’ and feel much calmer and ready for anything!
Thank you so much for a super break and I will definitely recommend you and even get back myself at some point hopefully!
All the best, Angela
October Luxury Boot Camp 2013
I had a great time! It was better than expected, great healthy food, friendly and caring staff, beautiful accommodation with lots of privacy but also with the comfort of being a group member. The yoga classes were outstanding, had great fun at Pilates, circuit training was good, nice gym etc etc
I really enjoyed the Boot Camp…and the weather!
Very professional and well organised from the walks to the exercise sessions, Kevin, Julie & all of the instructors Nicole,Claire, Evelin and Ann were great!
I would definitely come back again!
September Luxury Boot Camp 2013
Luxury Boot Camp Testimonials September 2013
I had a really marvellous vacation, everybody was really wonderful and I was very impressed with the quality of the food, this has been a great start for my fitness and healthy eating regime, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this holiday…fab, fab, fab !
It has been a great experience not only because of the amazing detox and great food, but the exercise, the staff and trainers who have made it welcoming and such an enjoyable and relaxing experience. I didn’t feel pressured into doing anything and was well looked after during the sessions, Julie has been an amazing hostess and has made the experience so much better…thank you…
A fantastic week for mind, body and soul! Incredibly well organised from reservation until the ( sad ) point of departure. Wonderful accommodation and food, that good …you don’t miss alcohol and sugar even though on holiday! Lots of activities and all taught to a very high standard. I guarantee you’ll leave feeling incredible – the chance to get lots of “you time” Don’t hesitate just book it !
Boot Camp in a misnomer! I enjoyed this retreat so much I came back a second time. The team are friendly and helpful, the quality of the food is excellent, the treatments are fabulous and the therapists very professional…I would totally recommend this holiday !
This retreat totally met my expectations, and exceeded them. The location, accommodation and food were all excellent. All of the people involved are genuinely lovely, helpful and passionate about their work. Brilliantly organised, loved the fine details and felt thoroughly spoiled.
Thank you to everyone, especially Julie…you are a star!
The whole experience has been amazing, a total journey back to wellbeing – but very cleverly planned to make it a long term and sustainable plan, you have shown us how to live well, eat well, and the pleasure of meeting like minded people!
I will recommend this retreat to all I meet, many thanks to you all !
Here it is in a nutshell… a short poem from Lisa F
Sat out on the balcony awaiting the new day, awake at early dawn…in bed I cannot lay.
The only noise I hear is the tapping of my iPad , watching the sun rise takes away the feeling of sad.
Drinking ginger tea, awaiting the yoga class, not the typical day for this crazy Yorkshire lass.
Breakfast at 9 anticipating what it will be, something super healthy…not just a cup of tea
Pilates on the beach…just a 10 minute walk, no time for sad thoughts koz everyone wants to talk.
Circuits for an hour… all aggression gone, cant wait to get back tho …take off this sweaty thong.
Time for lunch…chef ‘s got her eye on me, if I’m not eating all my soup , she seems to always see.
Free time to laze around in the Spanish sun, or even have a treatment or 2 to tighten up your bum.
Pilates at 6…by this time I’m ready for bed, make myself go, tiredness is just in my head.
Dinner…the last meal of the day, another healthy meal, its not the usual I would eat but better my gut does feel
Exfoliate, cleanse and moisturise before I shower the dirt away, I’ve done it every day during this short stay…
Thankx Luv…Lisa F
A lovely testimonial by the very lovely Alison, a guest on our July 2013 Ultimate Mind and Body Holiday.
The holiday has exceeded my expectations, and I would not hesitate to recommend it !
This is a wonderful clean beautiful resort. The holiday is a balance of exercise, relaxation, treatments to de-stress & an opportunity to take stock of your life & body…you do as much or a little as you want or need – Nicole & Julie go the extra mile….truly wonderful !
Jo June 2013 UMBH
A thoroughly enjoyable stay, a perfect blend of activities & down time in a beautiful location…I will return !
Melanie M June 2013 UMBH
“An excellent healthy and stimulating break. I challenge any woman to not feel renewed, energized and more mindful after this mind & body retreat !”
Lyn W June 2013 UMBH
Absolutely beautiful resort and great staff. Nola is one of the best Pilates teachers I have seen.
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my stay, a really good mix of exercise and relaxation, food was terrific and I felt everyone went the extra mile to ensure our stay was as perfect as possible.
Thank you to everyone – I shall be back !
Jenny M June 2013 UMBH
A fantastic yoga & Pilates break that managed to be both challenging & relaxing. Able to suit a variety of levels, & offering a holistic approach to health & well-being.
Very special memories & would love to come back !
Sally W June 2013 UMBH
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay. Both Julie & Nicole were so pleasant to be with.
Thank you both Julie & Nicole for a wonderful holiday !
Susie June 2013 UMBH
Some of our fabulous June 2013 UMBH group out on the coastal walk!
Looking forward to circuits by the beach? June 2013 UMBH
Luxury Boot Camp July 2013
”I thoroughly enjoyed the Boot Camp in Spain. It met my expectations for an activity holiday with plenty of relaxation too. It’s a really well put together programme and I adored working out down by the beach. The yoga, pilates and circuit teachers are all of a very high standard and really encouraging. It’s good to feel stretched, toned and motivated. The meals were really tasty, the complex was beautiful and the apartments are very comfortable. The logistics ran smoothly too which aided the relaxing process. I’ve returned home with greater clarity of mind and focus and I’ve been inspired to sign up for some high intensity training courses at my gym.” Best wishes from Yorkshire (it’s grey overhead, but I’m smiling :-) June 2013 Luxury Boot Camp
I am delighted that I got the kick start I needed from the boot camp. I enjoyed every minute of my stay. The classes were fantastic, the accommodation superb, and the food was delicious! I felt relaxed from the minute I arrived, and rejuvenated with a new sense of motivation by the time I left. I have recommended the retreat to a number of clients and friends.
Melanie June 2013 Boot Camp
I have returned safely after a lovely stay at the boot camp.It was a good group of people, all relatively fit and fully participating in the camp and exercises. Julie, the retreat manager, had a lovely energy, the service at the location was really good, and the instructors really good (especially the circuit and Pilates trainers).
The various classes and the variation in exercises were really good, the accommodation was fantastic! Overall, I am really happy with the boot camp
Tine Friis May 2013
Thanks again for a great break. Loving the photos and 3lbs lighter when I got on the scales!
Vicky May 2013
I wanted to drop a line to thank you for your kindness last week and in particular for managing to include me in the retreat week at such short notice. It was an enjoyable week and such fun – I think we were particularly lucky with the group of ladies and gents.
Once again, many thanks…please also convey my thanks to the team… Norma May 2013
Thanks for the fun Boot Camp experience! I actually lost 2,4 kg Marion May 2013
I woke up this morning at 6.30!!! So I got up and have already opened all my emails and post and before I get on with the resultant workload and while I am still glowing from the after effects of the boot camp, I thought I would write to you…
First, I want to say a huge thank you for the kick start that the boot camp has given me and for putting me on the right track to change my eating habits for the future – not just a diet, but a new way of eating. I do feel slimmer and lighter and fitter and enthused to continue with the progress already made.
Also, I had a wonderful time getting to know you and your team, and spending time with the other guests, who were all lovely. I really appreciated the thought you put in to making us all feel as though we had got the most out of the week (scheduling treatments, trip to tea shop, new core exercise class, buying us useful stuff – in my case the seeds, which are very effective!) as well as the planned timetable, I also really enjoyed Kevin’s attentiveness to our safety and his interesting commentary on the area during the hikes.
Carol S March 2013
Thank you, thank you, thank you all for a fantastic week, I really had a great time, a great group of people too which was lovely. The food was fantastic, the service was fantastic and everyone was so friendly, which made it an amazing holiday. I have to confess, I was nervous coming on my own, but everyone made me feel so welcome that it was impossible to feel anything other than relaxed from day one. Please don’t stop doing what you are doing, it is a brilliant holiday and I have already started recommending it to friends!! Hope to see you again soon!! XXX
Victoria H March 2013
I can’t believe it’s already a week since I returned to the UK but I’m still enjoying all the benefits from my wonderful time at Real Boot Camp. Thank you so so much to you and all the team for making it so perfect and relaxing. There’s nothing I would have changed or anything that I would have wished to be different about my stay. I loved every minute of it and hope to come again soon.
Thanks again and best regards
Lydia C March 2013 Luxury Boot Camp
Really enjoyed this luxury “boot camp” and felt better for it, even to the point of recommending it to some friends and I do not normally do that.
Karen T from London March 2013 Luxury Boot Camp
Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed my time on the retreat, enough activities to make you feel good, free time to relax in that all important sunshine, great meals, and lovely company. A perfect balance.! Hope to be back one day soon…
Jean S March 2013 Luxury Boot Camp
I’ve been meaning to email you for ages, first to say thank you for the attention to detail, care and consideration afforded to us in February. The whole experience was excellent and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Its been over 3 months since I returned from boot camp and the good news is .. I’ve stayed on Anne’s healthy eating plan (apart from the dreaded red wine) and without dieting have lost a further 8Ibs ..so total weight lost since the day I arrived in boot camp…12lbs. Feeling really good and have much more energy. I m also making steady progress with the exercise plan that Claire did for me and managing to fit it in around work and everything else. For the long term benefits boot camp has given me .. its the best money I’ve ever spent.
I hope you are well and enjoying life, coincidentaly its always been a dream of mine to escape the corporate rut and run a retreat so I’m full of admiration that you’ve actually done it.
I am a total convert now and spread the word whenever I can, and I am hoping to come again later in the year with my sister…
All good wishes to you and everyone there…
Elaine Morris Feb Boot Camp
January 2013 Boot Camp
Testimonial by Mark, a guest at our January 2013 Luxury Boot Camp.
Testimonial from Christine, one of the lovely guests at our January 2013 Luxury Boot Camp.
Testimonial by Ghassan one of our fabulous January 2013 Boot Camp retreat guests.
Our absolutely fabulous guests…last evening dinner together.
Some of the “AB FAB” crew at the beach…
The “AB FAB” crew out for a lovely bracing coastal walk…January 2013…
This was a great fitness retreat for my daughter and I, but I would have also felt totally at ease had I been on my own, the Retreat Director immediately puts everyone at ease, the fitness team are friendly, encouraging and understanding of your needs and capabilities. Beautiful accommodation…there is nothing like the fresh sea air ! As for exercise, everyone had different capabilities but we were encouraged to do as much as we could…As to my fellow guests, I loved the diversity of cultures and within 3 days we had totally bonded !…now to the food…delicious! …I never once felt hungry and looked forward to every meal.
I must say it was just “a wonderful experience”!
Christine January 2013 Boot Camp
I really enjoyed my stay…the food was great, the team and staff wonderful and I am going away feeling rested, healthy and energized – Thank you !
Amy January 2013 Boot Camp
It was a super time ! especially since it brought me out of my comfort zone and completely challenged me, and now my jeans fit sooo much better!
Abbey January 2013 Boot Camp
I have had an absolutely excellent time!!!, really enjoyed all the activities and the motivation from the group and the staff was excellent…
Harriet January 2013 Boot Camp
December 2012 UMBH guests…
The most marvelous retreat… with plenty of relaxation for the mind and challenging exercise for the body. The food was outstanding! The staff were so lovely, I would love to move in permanently…
Sam The Ultimate Mind & Body retreat December 2012
I think what you are doing is so needed by a lot of tired and stressed people!
Tara The Ultimate Mind & Body retreat December 2012
I feel so relaxed after my week here, which is exactly what I was looking for..10 / 10
Ide The Ultimate Mind & Body retreat December 2012
I really enjoyed this break with a fabulous group of women. I would thoroughly recommend it! Great program and accommodation, fab food & really healthy…the facial was the best I have ever had ! an amazing and brilliant week !
I feel restored, revitalized and detoxed and all in just 1 week !
Nicole & Julie were amazing, I truly felt cared for and they could not do enough to ensure we were heard and responded to…BRAVISIMO !
Audrey – October 2012 The “Ultimate Mind & Body” retreat
Am so glad I found and chose you! loved being with such an inspiring and supportive bunch of women – feel truly rejuvenated at the weeks end, really cant fault anything, the food was excellent, the classes had great teachers, and the location and suites were perfect, I love being so close to the sea and mountains…Julie & Nicole, thank you from the heart.
I had an absolutely fabulous vacation for body and mind…right at the moment I needed it…Wonderful ! Thank you very much for this week…Riet.
This break was exactly what I needed to get back into fitness & create better eating patterns, it was a lovely group of people, the food was amazing and I will follow the meal plan at home. All of the staff went above and beyond to make my stay enjoyable, and I can thoroughly recommend this break…Caroline
I have really enjoyed my holiday and felt well looked after. A complete break with high quality teaching in yoga and pilates, great treatments and interesting and relevant lifestyle talks, I am leaving feeling fit, well, nourished, rested and informed…and with a lot to think about ! you worked so hard to make us feel cherished…thank you…
This was a perfect 7 days, well planned, good variety of activity, great retreat managers and team, with every request listened to. I felt very well looked after and will come again…Bina
Wonderful, rejuvenating week. I felt well taken care of and was easily able to unwind. Thoroughly enjoyable ! …Luann
The Ultimate Mind & Body Holiday… I really enjoyed the body work, I swam through the detox, which was in reality 4**** food, and I really got a mind holiday, …never felt so relaxed before, forgot which day it was, I didn’t think for one minute about my job / work…and got really inspired to look for yoga and pilates classes in Bruffe…Thanks a lot, we’ll come back…Mips
“All the testimonials above are from our lovely guests at The Ultimate Mind & Body Retreat October 2012”
Luxury Boot Camp
I really enjoyed this break, the group was a lot of fun and it was the right balance of fun and working hard, I am going home fit, healthy, and rested…and with new friends !
Karine October 2012 Boot Camp Retreat
I absolutely loved the whole week ! I arrived feeling exhausted and by the end of the retreat I has so much energy, and felt refreshed and revived !
Rebecca October 2012 Boot Camp Retreat
Exceeded my expectations! Well done Julie & the team…A wonderful break whilst eating healthily, learning about nutrition, and working out, I would highly recommend it to anyone thinking about this type of holiday ! …Thank you !
It has been a great opportunity to take a “pause & reflect” and in some way it is hard to explain, it has acted as a booster session to put me back on track !…Enjoyed it all…
Jackie October 2012 Boot Camp Retreat
Real Boot Camp SpainThank you very much for my time at the retreat. For me everything was perfect, well and wisely organized, food was perfect, trainers and coaches were very well qualified and helpful. Actually I read some literature about food, my doctor told me how I should eat, but after meeting with Ann the nutritionist, I realized that I have made many mistakes with my diet. Ann told me everything in a clear and persuasive way. I will be keeping to the diet at home. After this week I feel happy in myself, relaxed and full of energy. Before I came to Spain I was totally tired and life seemed for me as a chain of things that I had to do every day, but today I feel a simple unconditional zest of life, as I did in childhood. Thank you very much to all the team for your work… I plan to come back!
Anna Lapushinskaya September 2012 Boot Camp
Luxury Boot Camp. A fabulous holiday with varied activities to keep you feeling fit & healthy, simply stunning food, freshly prepared & beautifully presented, topped off with fantastic accommodation & sunshine!
What more could you want? You will leave feeling looked after, relaxed, rejuvenated and raring to go !
Tania September 2012 Boot Camp
Had a great week…staff and accommodation were excellent!
Emma September 2012 Boot Camp
I just wanted to thank you for a great well organised week all round. I enjoyed every session all of which was led by caring, knowledgeable people that encouraged and helped you from start to finish. I also enjoyed the fabulous food across the week and I am pleased to say that I have just weighed in and I have lost 9lbs which I am just over the moon with! I would also have to say that the venue and accommodation was superb too. Lastly I would have to say that I was extremely lucky to have met such genuine and lovely people from various countries that were kind and encouraged each other to do well and share their own experiences in an open fashion and I am already missing them all. I will be planning to come back early next year and would recommend anyone who reads this to sign up for a great week. Once again a big thanks you.
Regards Steve September 2012 Boot Camp
“Everything on the website is true! We made the booking just after New Year and the idea of detox, meditation and physical exercise was very appealing that day! As our trip approached we began to question the wisdom of our plan. We travelled in February however and I have nothing but praise for the way everything was organised for us just as promised and how all my goals for weight loss and nutritional education were given an almighty kick-start and subsequently all achieved on my return home. I have lost 7 kgs in the last 2 months, I do pilates on a regular basis, visit the gym more frequently and the way I eat has been completely changed and as a result I have more energy, sleep better and no longer need to take tablets for cholesterol. Thank you Julie.”
“A two hour consultation with Ann has completely changed the way I eat and the results came a lot faster and were much better than I could ever have imagined. I found her advice on the day all very sensible and very clear – and that has continued with the follow up advice delivered by email and Skype. Ann made me understand the importance of eating a lot more of the good stuff than previously – and six times a day – and I now understand what not to eat, and why. I am enjoying my food immensely and have achieved my weight loss target of 7 kgs. in just two months. I also have much more energy, my skin is much better, my sleep is less disturbed and I no longer need to take tablets for cholesterol. Amazing. Thank you Ann.”
I came to the boot camp feeling very sad and lost, within 5 days I have improved my health and wellbeing with yoga, walking, pilates, circuits, eating healthily and most importantly by taking time out and listening to my body and the advice of others. the advice from Claire is invaluable and life changing. I am leaving feeling happy, energised, and equipped to stay healthy and well. A bonus is I’ve had lots of laughs and made some great friends. I cannot recommend this boot camp enough and worth every penny!
Thank you the Real Boot Camp Spain team.
Hayley x May 2012 Boot Camp Retreat
I’ve had the most amazing time at Real Boot Camp Spain…I arrived feeling stressed, bloated, and grey, I am leaving full of energy, calm, and light…
” A great retreat!”
Sam H May 2012 Boot Camp Retreat
A Retreat that delivers! Highly recommended for anyone looking for a boost or a more gentle kick start. Professional & supportive team of experts on hand in a beautiful environment…
Maureen May 2012 Boot Camp Retreat
I would just like to take the time to say what an amazing time I had!!! I feel really good and it shows! All my friends have commented and said “welcome back” and oh how good it feels to be back.
I would like to thank you, Kevin, Nicole, Claire and Ann, you all have amazing qualities and skills and there is something unique in each of you.
Olga Z May 2012 Boot Camp retreat
Early morning yoga by the pool
Due to feeling tired, lethargic and generally stressed out I looked around to find a break which would help me feel better. I saw a number of holidays online but the Real Boot Camp Spain site instantly appealed to me as it seemed to have a friendly feel to it. The whole schedule seemed to be a good selection of activities mixed with the chance to relax in-between (it was supposed to be a holiday after all!).
Prior to arriving I spoke and emailed Julie, who was really responsive and helpful. We were picked up at the airport by Kevin and had a pleasant drive to the complex where we could quiz our host on what to expect out of the next 7 days – I instantly felt I had come to the right place to relax and put work behind me. Julie is infectiously enthusiastic and nothing is too much trouble. The welcome pack is also a really nice thoughtful treat. The rest of the team were equally welcoming.
The hotel complex was fantastic and the rooms almost as big as my whole flat. There’s nothing which seems to have been missed.
Not being a morning person and never having tried yoga before I wasn’t sure how the early morning session by the pool would go, but Nicole was a fabulous, calm and patient teacher who made the whole experience thoroughly enjoyable. Was a bit of a yoga sceptic before but have totally been turned.
Mistress pain (aka Claire) took us through our paces in circuit training. A nice group walk down to the beachside was followed by an hour of workout, which despite being tough was really well taught and planned so the hour whizzed by.
Don’t be fooled by the detox tag in regards to the food. It does stick strictly to the rules but is very tasty. As a fish lover the evening meals were something to look forward to, though this can be tailored dependant on your likes and dislikes. Snacks are provided throughout the day and I never seemed to feel hungry (surprising as I am not shy about my love of food). Food does seem to become the topic of the day however and carrot sticks never more gratefully received. Beware of caffeine withdrawal early on, but once you get past that wall it should be plain sailing.
I didn’t try any of the extra massages, but they seem to be appreciated by the others, especially the sports massage for any old injuries, however, the food intolerance test was really interesting and maybe answered the reason for my lethargy at home. Ann was really knowledgeable and whether you decide to take all, some or none of the advice onboard, it does make you think about your food choices.
The afternoon walks with Kevin were a great way to get to know your fellow campees and a healthy but relaxing way to see the local coastline. He is full of factual info about the area.
I would thoroughly recommend this to anyone who wants to unwind from the stresses of everyday life and the loss of 4cm off my waist and 7lbs in the week was just very welcome side effect. I have also made some good friends and have kept in touch since returning.
Since getting back I seem to have more energy, have continued the yoga in the morning and have started a circuits class before work (my mum is still picking herself up from the floor after mentioning this one). The detox is now almost over and I generally feel better. I am looking forward to a nice glass of red wine or 2 at the weekend, however, but will definitely keep some lessons learnt going forward.
Ruth May 2012 Boot Camp
Boot Camp guests after circuit training
Must be 4-6 weeks since I came back from boot camp. Really enjoyed it. Have lost over a stone since arriving there. Have gone down a waist size. Carrying on. Still managing to avoid biscuits, though chocolate did get me. I found some easter eggs hidden in a cupboard and ate them all, didn’t feel good. Still have porridge, rabbit food and bird seed. am having meat and cheese but not potatoes, rice or pasta. Have just started back in the gym. All my injuries have recovered. Am following claire’s varied exercise programme, trying to remember all the exercises she taught me in the gym. Wishing you all the best. Certainly, overall, the boot camp has made a massive difference to my life, exercise and nutrition. Originally I thought the exercise was the key, but now the best thing has been the nutrition. Quite a surprise for me.
Mike Orton March 2012 Boot Camp
I needed to get away to detox & relax in January. I found the Boot Camp online and it seemed to to tick all the boxes so I booked last minute & flew out that week. My main concern was that it might be too military style boot camp and I’d have no time to relax but I was pleasantly surprised by the warm welcome, lovely apartments and relaxed atmosphere. Julie & Kevin were fantastic hosts – nothing was too much trouble & even managed to locate my missing luggage! I was surprised how much I actually enjoyed the week & how much better I felt by the end of it. The idea of outdoor circuit training in January wasn’t that appealing but it’s not so bad when you’re on a beautiful sunny beach & got a massage booked in for later! Thanks to all the people involved in making an enjoyable week and hopefully I’ll be back soon!”
Jackie January 2012 Boot Camp Retreat x
‘I attended Real Boot Camp Spain in order to kick-start my weight loss. It more than met my expectations, with sensible advice, friendly and experienced trainers, and good organisation. I am pleased to say that I have lost more than ten pounds so far and have every intention of sticking to my new healthier way of living’.
Noel B January 2012 Boot Camp Retreat
“I would like to say how much I enjoyed my time at the Real Boot Camp Spain and was very impressed with the personal time and effort made by the whole Real Boot Camp Spain team in making it such a special week. My goals were to tone up and learn healthy eating habits and I was delighted with the results after several days. The yoga and circuit training classes were particularly inspirational, and I enjoyed all of the other activities, which were well organized and challenging, although enabled participants to work at their own level. I have just bought a slow cooker (thanks to the advice of Amy!!) and I am going to try to replicate some of the healthy meals we experienced during the week, also based on Anne and Dr Nora’s helpful advice. Thanks again to everyone involved for a professional and well thought out programme of activities, based in a super location and with great people.”
Gill S January 2012 Boot Camp Retreat
I can’t believe how much I liked the Real Boot Camp! The itinerary of activities was full and fun, the quality of instructors was top notch, our apartments were cosey and comfy, and the food was delicious and nutritious. Most of all, Julie did everything she possibly could to ensure that our stay was excellent. I have left refreshed, relaxed, fit and have accomplished what I set out to do. Thank you so much. You will be seeing me next year!
Jean S January 2012 Boot Camp Retreat
On a miserable autumn day I looked at the fact that I am seventy next year, overweight, unfit and smoking and decided I needed to do something about it.
I researched numerous “boot camps” and rang a few but when I rang you and discussed what you offered, I felt comfortable that although there would undoubtedly be younger and fitter people on the course, you would tailor my training to fit me and that I need not feel awkward at any time.
We varied in ability but you made sure that everyone felt comfortable and stretched themselves to their full ability with a wide variety of training. The accommodation was ideal, roomy and well furnished and overlooking the pool; the food was detox but absolutely superb and none of us felt hungry at all. Circuit training on the beach has to be a huge plus and the walks along the coast were a joy (even if I couldn’t manage the full extent of them.)
You were consistently warm, kind and helpful, looking after our every need and all the other trainers were also excellent. I was especially lucky that the wonderful Eva who did Pilates and wonderful massages managed to fix a problem with my hip that has plagued me for decades.
I think all of us came home revitalized and with the help of your follow up and diet plans the good work will continue. Many thanks Julie, this will be at least a yearly trip. PS I even stopped smoking after 40 odd years!
Warm good wishes Wendy October 2011 Retreat.
Please pass on my thanks to the team, especially Nicole and Claire who were amazing teachers and lovely people. I thoroughly enjoyed their style, learnt a lot and am motivated to continue.
It’s strange but my body felt different when I got back. Simple things like getting up from a chair or walking down stairs were easier on my knees. I also felt longer (stretched?) and stronger. Small differences perhaps but noticeable and feeling good. So much more aware of my core too and using those muscles to protect my back. I got a real energy boost too, though that is already being challenged now I’m back at work.
I ran for the train yesterday morning, up hill, and my recovery time was really quick! Thanks Claire.
I have continued the exercise. Gardening last week and over the weekend, yoga yesterday evening (though not nearly as enjoyable or well-taught as Nicole’s classes) and water aerobics tonight. Aiming for Pilates later in the week and 20 mins (2 mins of hard exercise and 2 mins recovery etc) on something in the gym to get the heart rate up. I’m going to start that before work I think.
I was very impressed by your organization and whole approach and you deserve to be a roaring success!
Thanks again for all you did. Really appreciated it!
Very best wishes Sara X October 2011 retreat.
Real Boot Camp Spain – a participant’s story
Accountant Sara Longmuir had been putting on weight steadily over the last couple of years. She wanted a healthy holiday to give her a kick-start and to help her get into a routine of doing regular exercise to shift weight and to get fitter. Her first choice yoga holiday was fully booked but after a recommendation, she signed up for a boot camp holiday in Spain and quickly found out it was just want she needed!
I’d been working very hard and hadn’t had a holiday for ages and the Real Bootcamp Spain seemed to make it very easy, e.g. they provided transport to and from the airport in Alicante, and all food was provided. That was important because I was travelling by myself and wanted an easy time. I also contacted them to check on how energetic the activities were, as I was most interested in the yoga. Julie (the Boot Camp organiser) said that I could opt out of any activities that I didn’t want to do. It sounded flexible, well-organised and professional. I was also impressed with the speed with which my emails were responded to.
I was a little apprehensive about going by myself but it turned out that all the others that week were also lone travellers and we all got on very well. Being met at the airport was a good start – I felt very looked after from the beginning. Julie was very welcoming and I quickly felt very confident in the organisation of the bootcamp. The accommodation was lovely too – one bedroom apartments in a hotel complex with swimming pool and spa.
Our days basically started with yoga at eight thirty by the pool. Breakfast at ten am (banana, soya yoghurt and honey – delicious, plus cereals with soya milk and tea or herbal/fruit tea). Circuit training at the beach or in the spa or a walk along the coast sometime between twelve and three pm, depending on how the group felt. Lunch at one or one thirty pm (usually a delicious salad, with a variety of vegetables, and some protein, like an omelette or fish or chicken and a delicious soya based dressing). Pilates at five pm. Dinner at eight (delicious starter and main course, beautifully presented and very tasty). There was enough time in between the activities for lying in the sun or shade, swimming, reading and swapping books with the other people on the retreat. This was important to me too, as I’d arrived very tired and needed to unwind and relax as well as well as get fitter.
I loved the yoga before breakfast. Nicole was a great yoga teacher. Although I’ve done yoga on and off for years, I learnt a lot from her and she was very good with the beginners too. The first circuit training with Claire was exhausting and I couldn’t do all the exercises. I’ve never done circuit training before, but by the end of the week, on the third circuit training class, my stamina and strength had greatly increased and I was surprised and impressed with my progress in such a short time. Claire was a very good trainer too, teaching us how to do the activities safely and effectively, which made a huge difference. Then the pilates served to work on different muscles and complemented the other activities well. The three daily activities worked well together it was good to have key parts of the day planned out for us.
The location was great. Fifteen mins walk from the beach (although we were always driven there), with lovely walks close by. The hotel complex was very nice, quiet because it was out of season, but that was perfect for us. The one-bed apartments were fantastic, large bedroom and big marble-tiled bathroom, and kitchen (which we didn’t need to use as all the food was provided, but could make tea etc) with fridge for water, very comfortable bed, air con, door on to your own part of the terrace with your own table and chairs outside and sunloungers round the pool. It felt very luxurious.
As a lone traveller, it was nice not to have to share a room, however nice the other people were, it was good to have your own space to relax and unwind as needed.
For me the highlights of the camp were the progress I made over the week and feeling of fitness and my longer, leaner muscles. Plus I lost a couple of centimetres from my hips, waist and bust, so my clothes felt looser after just a week. I loved the yoga most of all. Some of the food was especially delicious. Although, it was low fat and low carb it was filling enough, and beautifully prepared and presented.
I think from doing the boot camp I have got an increased feeling of fitness and the knowledge that I could return to the UK and start and maintain a regular exercise routine at home. I would definitely do this retreat again. I’d like to make it an annual event. It was so well-organised, the people so professional and friendly and it was very good value for money.
When the retreat was over, I left feeling healthier, stronger, rested and motivated to continue the exercise at home. And I have! I now go to the gym at least three or four times a week: two yoga classes, pilates and swimming.
If I had to describe the retreat in three words, I would say; well-organised, effective, wonderful!
Prices range from £1098.00 to £1248.00 and include: accommodation where you will have sole use of your own spacious, very well equipped double suite with either terrace or balcony.
Full board with 3 healthy delicious Mediterranean inspired detox meals per day plus unlimited mineral water and healthy snacks, a health & wellness check, welcome pack, all classes and activities, complimentary use of the Spa and its facilities. return private scheduled airport transfers from and to Alicante airport.