Only a few years ago, the travel market was abuzz trying to create and curate experiences abroad where people could learn. Learn to paint, learn to row, learn about the architectural heritage of a region, and so on. But now, fast forward a few years and the word on everyone’s lips is “reset”. At Body Camp Mallorca, it’s not about weight-loss – you would be pressed to find a scale anywhere on the premises. Instead, it’s about forming better habits, about reframing your approach and tackling life with a sharpened tool kit.
Three years ago The Body Camp Ibiza opened, and it has only grown in numbers and prestige. This summer, they opened a permanent 25-acre-site in Sencelles Mallorca, about a 30-minute drive from the Palma Airport Surrounded by lush Spanish greenery, and a rustic blond-stone building, it proved a second site for their well-honed fitness retreats. An intimate property that can host about 18 per week (in a mix of private and shared accommodation), for seven days (or more if your heart desires), guests are fed entirely plant-based meals while exercising with bravado.
Each morning, beginning at around 7.00am and ending at around 1.00pm when they break for lunch, guests are taken through a full schedule of fitness. They have absolutely nailed the fitness, which is no mean feat when you’re handed a group of guests of varying ages, weights and fitness levels. It’s certainly not easy, but the combination of moral support from the fellow participants, the amiable staff, the fist-pumping music and the raw adrenaline of simply being there, everything the team asks of guests is tough but attainable. And finally, in the afternoons, activities are optional. Guests can book in for a massage, a PT session, cycling, a cooking class or yoga, or they could simply spend the afternoon supine by the pool.
City dwellers who are sick of fighting the daily deluge of emails, burgers and beers; fitness junkies who already look the part and live for the social-side of fitness camps; health-focused holiday goers, ranging in age from 30 to 50s and 60s who want to take time off work away from the expectation of lavish meals and decadence; career-women (it is mostly women), looking to shift a few final pounds or jump-start their fitness and weightless programme. Of course, as might be expected of somewhere this slick, they also have a host of celebrity followers including Lisa Snowdon, Millie Mackintosh, Sarah Macklin and Hugo Taylor. What’s refreshing is that at The Body Camp, despite backgrounds and career highlights, here everyone is equal, running about in form-fitting Lululemons trying to muster those final few squats.
What To Eat?
The Body Camp’s Executive Nutritional Chef and partner Ben Whale leads the charge when it comes to designing the menu. Having been well-received in the British press, his glossy second book The Body Camp Food Bible is readily available to buy and decorates the ground-floor reception. Whale also leads a handful of talks throughout the week proclaiming the lasting benefits of eating plant-based meals. He’s also on-hand to teach guests how to create the retreat’s signature dishes for themselves once home.
What To Know
Body Camp Mallorca opened on 3rd May, 2019. Prices for a week’s stay start from £950 (Friday to Friday), which includes the programme, accommodation and all food and drink. Shorter stays of three or four nights are from £600. Day passes are also available for £150.