From mindful meditation to triathlon training camps, it’s time to consider a wellness holiday. Sarah Ormerod investigates.
For some Scots, a fortnight in Tenerife spent horizontal on a sun lounger soaking up the rays with a cold beer in one hand and a good book in the other, is a firm fixture in the annual holiday calendar. But many others are trading in their relaxing break in the sun for an opportunity to work on themselves away from home, physically or mentally. Be it a yoga and surf camp in Morocco or a cycling holiday taking riders through the undulating hills of Tuscany, there is a clear trend emerging for holidays which offer more than a good tan and a great haul from Duty Free.
As somebody who tries to keep health, fitness and general wellbeing high up the priority list in all areas of my life, I understand the allure. As can a lot of other holidaymakers it would appear, with a report from the Global Spa and Wellness Summit last year suggesting the wellness industry globally is worth approximately £2trillion. Originating closer to home, a new wellness retreat founded by two Olympic swimmers, South African born Keri-anne Payne and Scot David Carry (pictured below), is making waves globally. Keri-anne, already a Double World Champion and Olympic Silver Medalist is in Rio this month to compete for GB in Open Water Swimming, while David, a three time Olympian and Double Commonwealth Champion is also a leading performance consultant. One night they found themselves pondering over how they could use their experience as athletes to benefit others. And Triscape was born; health and fitness camps and retreats hosted at world class destinations and training facilities in Abu Dhabi, San Francisco and St Lucia.
Bringing together their collective years of experience in physical training and nutrition for performance, the camps aim to inspire people of any level or ability who want to lead a more active and healthy lifestyle or who want to make and maintain transformational changes in sport performance. The first of this year’s camps took place in Aberdeen in July with the next running in San Francisco from 08 to 10 September 2016. “It’s so much easier to train and stay motivated in a group,” says Keri-anne. “It’s why we love our training camps. The atmosphere and shared sense of achievement that comes from that environment is so inspiring.”
To find out more about Triscape visit www.triscape.me.