Yoga & Fitness Holidays in Italy
Just like our holidays in Antequera and Denia in Spain, our yoga and fitness holidays in Italy fit around your schedule. You can book for as long as you like and you can arrive and depart on any day of the week from Easter to October.
This yoga and fitness holiday is based in Tuscany, close to the famous olive groves and vineyards of Chianti. The programme is intensely active, but incredibly enjoyable. At the end of your stay you will leave fitter, stronger and feeling great.
Your yoga and fitness holiday in Italy will help you to relax, de-stress, improve your fitness and achieve a healthier, more active lifestyle; one that you can stick with when you get home.
Our yoga and fitness holidays in Italy are suitable for anyone of any standard of fitness. Whatever your goals, a holiday at this centre in Italy will help you to achieve them.
Yoga & Fitness Holidays in Italy – Location & Travel
Our yoga & fitness holidays in Italy are based at the the Fontebussi Tuscan Resort, on the doorstep of the famous Chianti region.
The ancient village of Fontebussi lies between the world-famous towns of Siena, Cortona and Florence and has a multitude of remote and spectacular areas for outdoor activities. It is the perfect environment for a yoga and fitness holiday.
The local train station, Montevarchi-Terranuova, is less than an hour from Florence airport, 1-2 hours from Pisa, Perugia or Bologna and 1-3 hours from Rome. The holiday price includes a shuttle service between the train station and the resort. Transfers to and from the airports can be arranged at extra cost.
There are cheap flights to Florence, Pisa, Perugia, Bologna and Rome from many European cities and trains to Montevarchi-Terranuova from throughout Italy. Please check www.skyscanner.net for flights and www.trenitalia.com for trains.
Yoga & Fitness Holidays in Italy – Accommodation & Facilities
Fontebussi Tuscan Resort
Your home during your yoga and fitness holiday in Italy is the lovely 4-star Fontebussi Tuscan Resort. The resort has a large outdoor pool (usually available May-October) with views onto the hills of Chianti and the Valdarno. The breathtaking views and the total, relaxing silence of this part of “Real Tuscany” will leave you with truly unforgettable memories of this world-famous region.
The “Classic” rooms at Fontebussi are elegant and comfortable double/twin rooms, furnished in traditional Tuscan style, but with all the comforts of a 4-star Resort. The rooms are equipped with private bathrooms, with shower and a bathtub, as well as air conditioning, heating, Satellite TV with DVD & USB, and a hairdryer.
There is no compulsory sharing on this weight-loss & fitness holiday in Italy. You usually only share with a friend or partner. However, if you wish, we may be able to arrange a share with another guest travelling on the same dates.
All meals are taken in the hotel restaurant, where the chefs produce a specially-prepared, “fad-free” menu, tailored to support your weight-loss and fitness goals. The menu uses locally-produced fresh foods and is based on the “Mediterranean Diet” style of eating, as recommended by all professional dieticians.
Yoga & Fitness Holidays in Italy – Programme
The programme for our yoga & fitness holiday in Italy is intensely active and incredibly enjoyable. At the end of your break, you will not only leave fitter and stronger, but also refreshed and feeling great.
Our yoga & fitness holidays in Italy are suitable for anyone of any standard of fitness. Whatever your goals, a holiday in Fontebussi will help you to achieve them and to maintain your improvements.
All of the programmed activities are done in small groups. The schedule consists of:
- Regular hikes.
- Cultural activities, such as wine and olive oil tastings, and visits to local places of interest.
Click to view the full programme: Tuscany Programme.
Yoga & Fitness Holidays in Italy – Services Included
The yoga & fitness holiday in Tuscany, is an “all-inclusive” holiday, which includes the following:
- Individual transfers to and from Montevarchi-Terranuova train station. (Transfers to and from other locations can be arranged.)
- Accommodation in a private en-suite “Classic” room at the 4-star Fontebussi Tuscan Resort – Absolutely no sharing unless you want to!
- Breakfast, lunch, dinner & snacks.
- All linens and towels, including gym/pool towels.
- Health assessments on arrival and departure, if requested.
- All classes and activities.
- The unique RFH Fitness financial guarantee.
The following optional services are also available, by prior request:
- Longer hikes.
- Bike rides.
- Personal training and Yoga classes.
- Swimming lessons.
- Sport and relaxing massages.
- Guided tours of Siena.
Dates & Prices
Yoga & Fitness Holidays in Italy – Dates & Prices
Our yoga & fitness holidays in Italy are fantastic value. The “All Inclusive” programme can be booked for any duration of 3 nights or more – right up to 4 weeks – and you can arrive and depart on any day.
Our yoga & fitness holidays in Tuscany include all accommodation, meals, transport and activities, from lunchtime on your day of arrival, through to breakfast on the day of your departure, including transfers to and from Montevarchi-Terranuova train station.
The following examples of prices are based on 1 person in a private room and 2 people travelling together and sharing a twin or double room:
|1 Person in Twin Room for Single Use||2 People in Twin or Double Room (Per Person)*|
*Sharing is usually only an option if you travel with a friend or partner. If you would like to share with another solo traveller, please ask about our “Fitness Friends” list.
Yoga & Fitness Holidays in Italy – Team
The team in Tuscany is made up of a group of experienced professionals who are dedicated to helping you to achieve your fitness and weight-loss goals – and to making sure that you have a great holiday!
Alexandra Sturgess: Founder, Yoga Teacher, Personal Trainer
Alix is a native of Australia who studied in India and Costa Rica to become a Yoga Teacher. She is also a personal trainer.
For Alix, nutrition and a healthy lifestyle have always been important. She has lived in many countries and experienced many different cultures and is now a great advocate of the Mediterranean diet and lifestyle. Her philosophy is not about calorie counting, deprivation or slavish commitment, instead Alix aims to demonstrate that consistency and enjoyment are the keys to a healthy life.
Paolo Puccini: Personal Trainer
Paolo was born in São Paulo, Brazil, but has been living in Italy since the year 2000. He speaks English, Portuguese and Spanish, as well as Italian, loves to travel and has lived and worked in several countries.
Paolo is extremely passionate about fitness, healthy living and Italian food. He is a certified fitness trainer and is totally committed to understanding clients´needs and goals in order to help to ensure that adopting a healthier lifestyle is always interesting, rewarding, sustainable and fun.
Francesca Blechner: Personal Trainer
Fran is a personal trainer and sports massage therapist with a wealth of experience and knowledge. She has worked for over 12 years in some of London’s leading health clubs.
Fran was trained for boxing by former world champion David Haye and was certified as a Master Kettlebell instructor by TV’s former ‘Biggest Loser’ trainer, the late Angie Dowds.
As a personal trainer, Fran has a substantial client list including celebrities, former sporting professionals, TV presenters, business executives, new mums & many more.
Filippo Dainelli: Personal Trainer
Filippo was born in Montevarchi, Tuscany, and has a lifelong passion for fitness and sport in general. He graduated with a degree in Sports Science from Florence University and since 1995 has worked as a Fitness and Bodybuilding instructor and has also become a certified instructor/trainer in Fit Box, Body Pump, Legs Bums and Tums, body toning techniques, Aqua Gym and a Callisthenics. Filippo is also a conditioning coach for the local football team, Virtus Leona.
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Tuscany: Provisional Availability
Tuscany & Antequera
Hi Mel, I had a wonderful time in Tuscany. Having been to Antequera 3 times before, I can honestly say that both Antequera and Tuscany are great programmes. I would happily do either again should the occasion arise. I got incredibly lucky with the group of guests in Tuscany during my week. It was the … Continue reading Tuscany & Antequera
We had a fantastic holiday,
We had a fantastic holiday, activities were tailored to suit us and all the fitness staff were all brilliant. Would definitely recommend!
A very good formula!
Hello Mel, We did have a precious and great stay in Antequera. Both of us do have a huge improvement on our fitness level, at first point of view. What we really did appreciate most, is the individual approach. As I’m within the last month of preparing for my marathon in Valencia and my husband … Continue reading A very good formula!
A great experience, highly organized
A great experience, highly organized in a professional and personal level. The combination of the environment, the facilities, the technical gym work, outdoor activities (walking and cycling) as well as the treatment and overall management by the team are excellent and very balanced, according to the objectives. Very good schedule. Coaches who accompany you constantly … Continue reading A great experience, highly organized
I have just enjoyed a
I have just enjoyed a fabulous week in Marbella, I would recommend the camp to anyone without hesitation. The days were very enjoyable with a mixture of high intensity workouts and fun activities. The trainers were very helpful and coupled with Jan’s expertise they genuinely cater for all fitness levels and have your best interests … Continue reading I have just enjoyed a
I was in the army.
I was in the army. Everyone around me was fit. We were all slim, eating and drinking machines. When we all left the army, 80% of us got fat. Those 80% continued to exercise more than your average adult (it’s in their “DNA”), but still the weight went on. The problem is they were all … Continue reading I was in the army.
Laura (Alicante January 2015)
I have just returned home from my 3rd trip [to Alicante] and am feeling, refreshed, revitalised and full of beans. It’s a charming place and since my last visit it has undergone some further improvements and refurbishments making the stay better than ever. I would highly recommend anyone to go who is looking to lose … Continue reading Laura (Alicante January 2015)
Couple (October 2014)
My wife and I spent a week fitness holiday in Marbella. It was a truly great experience with very professional and experienced trainers and the fantastic surroundings of the wonderful Marbella. We were training on the beach, in the parks and up in the mountains. We very much enjoyed the great variety of activities. We … Continue reading Couple (October 2014)
I am so happy that I spoke to Mel before booking my weight loss holiday! There were so many things that I hadn´t thought about and I was all set for a week of suffering but what I got was a week of great classes and actvities and even better results 🙂 Thanks again!!!!
My time on the course was a truly invaluable experience. Mel’s expertise in both nutrition and fitness is impressive. He helped me train for a 7000m peak expedition which I made. He also put me on the right path to achieving sustained weight loss without unhealthy crash diets and significantly improving my overall health and … Continue reading Tiziano Puiatti
Many thanks for an inspiring week (in Alicante). We have never had a holiday like it before. It wasabsolutely wonderful and you can all congratulate yourselves for making it as enjoyable as possible for us. We enjoyed every activity on offer. Yoga was a brilliant start to the day, the walks around the secluded hills, … Continue reading Peter
Thanks Mel for organising such a brilliant fitness holiday. Teresa and I both had a great time and achieved everything that we wanted. We never thought that a ´Boot Camp´ could be so much fun!!!
My partner and I have just had one of our best holidays ever with the fitness guys at RFH, sendero sur based at the Finca Eslava. It was an amazing experience. David and Antonio the guides were awesome, super friendly and incredibly knowledgable of the area. The hotel base was perfect with great food. We … Continue reading Caroline
I think that for my purposes, RFH does exactly what I want – gets me to lose weight and gain fitness as quickly as possible. I could not find anywhere on the Internet in Britain that had the right mix and approach, which is why I first came here 5 years ago. I live on … Continue reading Tony
An excellent programme, beautiful surroundings and a kick start ot my weight loss porgramme. 1 week back and a further 3 kgs down! Well done guys – excellent value
Just a quick note to say how great the week was that I spent with RFH. It certainly exceeded all my expectations. It was great fun, the activities were very diverse, the trainers are true professionals and I thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful landscapes during all the outdoor activities (OK, I enjoyed it more during the … Continue reading Andrea
I had an incredible time in Antequera last week. Everything went smoothly right from being met at the airport to being dropped off again at the end of the trip. The fitness programme was great, with plenty of variety so I didn’t get bored. The timings were also perfect to allow for some rest in … Continue reading Nikki
What a great break in a lovely part of the world. I am sure Christine and I will be back. I lost weight and we came away feeling fit and invigorated. The cycling and hiking were enjoyable and we even had some fun in the gym sessions. Thanks to David and Antonio.
Just a note to say that I thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated this experience. I was there for a week and I found the variety of exercises to be excellent. The two trainers, Antonio and David were top class, not only in fitness training but in their knowledge of the area. I was continually blown away … Continue reading Rose McCarthy
I spent nearly 3 weeks at the Finca Eslava hotel in Antequera in December 2012, and in general I loved the experience! The guides, David and Antonio, and gym trainer Leah made every effort to accommodate my requests, and since I was there by myself for most of my holiday, I was able to do … Continue reading Jenn
I have been with RFH Fitness once in May 2012 and then February 2013, and I want to do this every year. I love exercising and hiking- and with the most professional PTs: David, Antonio and Mel it gets all the more fun to exercise!
Mel, Just to say that my week with this August really did what it said on the tin, that is to say it kicked started my fitness programme. Since my holiday I have competed in my first triathlon and am back competing regularly for my local water polo club. I feel great and will definitely … Continue reading Steve
What a great holiday! A good mix of physical fitness and perfect for people who want to enjoy the outdoors. Strong choices of different activities and the perfect amount of socializing and time on your own (for me anyway!). Antonio and David were great hosts. I will definitely be back!
I spent 9 full days in Antequera with the RFH fitness team. It was great fun and just what I needed to pep me up after a year at my desk. I loved the hikes best and the excercise classes with Leah were a blast. Anne gave me some much needed and appreciated swimming lessons. … Continue reading Pip
Hi Mel, Thank you for an amazing 6 weeks of exercise, healthy eating and good fun. RFH runs a great program, and I really enjoyed myself and accomplished what I set out to do. I came to RFH with the hope of losing weight and breaking bad habits and replacing them with healthy habits. I … Continue reading Gerry
I’ve just completed my first 10k race since my August break with you. I finished in 59.42 which is best ever time and puts me ready for the Great South run at end of October. Thank you as I would never have achieved this without your input, reminding me what I am able to achieve!
Hi Mel, David, José and Antonio! Thanks a lot for the great week in Antequera! It absolutely was the right decision to join in and I’ll recommend it to everyone who likes active holidays. I’m pretty sure that I return someday. Best regards from Lucerne, Janine
David and Janet
Thank you for a great holiday – full of interest and enjoyment and positive learning experiences for both of us. Great fun, beautiful natural countryside and great exercise!
Mel Sorry about the delay but just to say thanks for the excellent week at RFH in Antequerra. I’m not sure ‘enjoy’ is exactly the right word but I enjoyed it. I cannot fault hotel and spa and I know you put in a lot of effort personally. The cycling and hiking were great, the … Continue reading D.g. Maxton
Hi Mel So it really doesn’t matter if you want to call it 100lbs OR 45kg OR 7 stone, but TODAY I *finally* lost all that. I kinda hoped for a ticker tape parade and a big brass band to start up as I stepped off the scale. Oh well. I’ll have a one person … Continue reading Anon
Dear Meal and Team, thank you for 5 very interesting days at RFH. I learnt a lot about my body, sore muscles, limits to overcome, etc. Thanks also to Anne for her fantastic swimming lessons and great massages. I can recommend this place to everyone who likes sport or is about to start liking sport.
Mel & Team at RFH Fitness – Wow what an extremely wonderful 4 nights stay with you all. The staff making us extremely welcome, and providing a really well organised fitness programme each day! It was a wonderful experience to be actually keeping fit, but also seeing the beautiful surroundings of andalucia and watching the … Continue reading Jacquie Ellis
This was my second time at RHF and was just as enjoyable as the first. It is really well run, with great gym and spa facilities and an excellent hotel. It is an ideal place to kickstart or improve your fitness and you really will get out of it what you put in. This area … Continue reading Elisha
I have been to RFH three times now. On all occasions I achieved very significant weight loss, improved fitness and reduced heart rate. The quality and knowledge of the staff is exceptional, and they look at all aspects of your life-style to give an integrated overview of your problems. The hotel is excellent, with friendly … Continue reading Tony Marson
Dear Mel and all the crew at RFH fitness, First of all, best wishes to you all for a wonderful year in 2012 ! This is something I’ve been meaning to do for ages, so I thought I’d start off the new year with warmest greetings and thanks again to you all. I was at … Continue reading Caroline
My RFH Fitness experience was a life changing experience. I first went in March 2010 and then I went again in October 2011. In total I’ve lost 63lbs/28.5kg and changed my lifestyle. I still have more to lose, but I know what to do now to be smart about my health. This is the best … Continue reading Alyssa
Brilliant Fitness holiday great location and fantastic people , spent 2 weeks lost 3.3 KG and time passed so quick never thought about work once so great de-stress. really enjoyed all the activities, great indoor programes with plenty of varaition from Aqua Gym to Cardio workouts, Loved the cycles and hikes the most. great to … Continue reading Gary T
Wow that was a full on three weeks. Great facilities, lovely atmosphere, terrific rides, walks, guides, instructors, everything, all topped off with the best sports massages ever get from Ann. I am really pleased with the resultant increase in fitness and wellbeing which coupled with the bonus of a decent weight loss made all the … Continue reading Keith
Dear all at RFH, thank you so much for another brilliant sporty break (my 3rd time with you!) In my opinion a perfectly balanced program of activities, with enough flexibility to suit people with different abilities, goals and/or levels of physical fitness. Loved practically all of it, from the early morning sessions that gave my … Continue reading Petra
Hello Mel, Coming back to cold, rainy and hectic Switzerland made me want to return immediately:) Thank you again, for these last two weeks, I had a wonderful time!
Thank you RFH! I have just returned from my 10 day fitness holiday and loved it. I arrived stressed, sleep deprived and concerned about my rapidly reducing fitness and I left feeling physically and mentally rejeuvenated! I cannot recommend it highly enough – and I hope to be able to repeat the experience on an … Continue reading Brenda Campbell
My 5 days with you, were great! i am sure i will go back other days at your fitness holiday. everything was perfect! and it is a nice kick start!now i will try to go on eating good and training regulary! thanks for everything
Dear Mel and the Team – Thank you so much for making my recent fitness break such an amazing experience. I got so much from the week, both physically and personally. The programme allowed everyone in the group to challenge themselves, no matter what their fitness level, in a friendly, welcoming and supportive environment. The … Continue reading Hazel
Hi Mel, I really enjoyed my holidays with all of you. I had so much fun with all the team. Thanks in particular to Leah, Trui, David and Antonio who are so nice and helps us to surpass ourselves a little bit more every day : in only 2 weeks, I improved my metabolic age … Continue reading Delphine
Dear Mel, Thank you for the exercise routines. I would also like to thank everyone for making the holiday such an amazing experience. I got so much from the week, both physically and personally. It is great to have had the opportunity to improve my fitness in such a welcoming and supportive environment. The team … Continue reading Hazel
Elena & EstefanÃa
Dear Mel, We would like to reiterate our satisfaction with our fitness holiday. We are very pleased with the results and we felt very well treated and taken care of by your team. We are looking forward to coming back, hopefully with a few kgs less so we can benefit even more from the training.
Hi Mel, I really enjoyed my stay with all of you and I’ll definitly recommend it to my friends and family. Best regards, Delphine
After getting tired of holidays spent laying on the beach, I have decided to try something else, and it was the right decision. Very beautiful nature, moutaines, lakes, perfect for biking and tracking. Being beasy from morning bill evening, you don’t even notice how quickly you get in a better shape. On practical examples you … Continue reading Ruslan
Second visit to the guys at RFH Fitness who use Finca Eslava as their base. Very enjoyable break – in fact extended my stay by 3 days. Lost an inch off my hips and half inch from waist during my 10 day stay – so delighted. Big thank you to Mel who has brought together … Continue reading Collette
…I had a great time at your camp and yes it was a great start to getting back to race fitness. Training is going very well and I have a tri in 4 weeks times so that will be good to test my fitness levels. Must admit I was suprised to lose so much weight … Continue reading Chris
Janine & Janet
Hi Mel, We are both absolutely 100 percent delighted with our rfh experience and if only we could afford it we would be back twice a year at least lol !! Ideally we’d have liked to have a few more days on the course to see really dramatic results, but, without a doubt, the week … Continue reading Janine & Janet
Hi Mel, …Thanks also to you and your team. The massage was also very good. It was a nice treat after a week of intense activity. 🙂 I had a great time and wish I had booked to come for 2 rather than 1 week. Especially as I came back to lots of horizontal rain. … Continue reading Kay
Hi Mel I had a great time at your camp and yes it was a great start to getting back to race fitness. Training is going very well and I have a tri in 4 weeks times so that will be good to test my fitness levels. Must admit I was suprised to lose so … Continue reading Chris
After a period of injuries I wanted a way to get back to training and feeling motivated. I stumbled across RFH on the internet and got a good impression right away. The week with RFH was everything I hoped for, and more. Beautiful location, fun and professional staff and a flexible program. Regardless of goals … Continue reading Anders
I was a little apprehensive that being probably twice the age of most of the other participants I would struggle, but it was completely unfounded. All the activites were designed to be done at your own pace and the staff were endlessly encouraging! I left (apparently) 22 years younger; so much stronger and fitter (back … Continue reading Sue
Dear Mel, Thanks for the data and the information. It is nifty to be able to reverse time and lose some years, metabolically speaking. The training and diet are continuing nicely – several sessions in the gym and jogging out in the forest. I have started peering at labels of food stuffs in the shops, … Continue reading Dallas
A great team, utterly professional, a fantastic programme combining diverse and fun indoors & outdoors activities, and good location. All in all, an amazing experience! Not to be missed and definitely to be repeated!! Many thanks to all of you!!!
Thank you for a great few days and introducing me to a part of Spain I hadn’t seen before – I really enjoyed the walks through beautiful scenary. The work outs were a good fitness boost and have given me some ideas for my gum routine now I’m home. The RFH team was great – … Continue reading Kelly
Hi Mel, The knee still feels good and my physical therapist complemented me on a job well done in Antequera. He is amazed how much my knee & muscles have improved (esp. the quads) since my stay with RFH. I am even planning on buying a foam roller this weekend, so I can have my … Continue reading Paula
Thanks very much for the print out of my results. Despite being very busy I have still managed to keep up with a regular fitness programme and now I am running with my heart rate monitor I am getting much better results. When I got back everyone said how well I looked and that I … Continue reading Kate
Hi Mel! I hope you and the team are all well. I had a fantastic time when I was there, I have been telling everyone I know about it. I have also written my article and the editor really likes it so it will be in the June issue which I will send on to … Continue reading Helen
Thanks very much for a great week. It was a good journey back and the weather here is lovely so that will make it much easier to get my trainers on tomorrow and get out there for a run! I am feeling good and raring to go, thanks to the team.
I must say that I am impressed and delighted by the results I’ve achieved in only 6 days – don’t think I’ve ever looked better and the week has really kick started my determination to get fit – so thanks for that!
Hi guys. Thanks so much for a fantastic 2 weeks! I can’t believe how much I achieved, and I’ve returned to grey and miserable London with a fresh perspective of life and renewed energy. This was exactly the change / rejuvenation I needed, and I feel like a new person. The best part is that … Continue reading AC
The RFH was great for me. Unbelievable really, how much you can achieve in just a week. I guess this is down to a very intelligently put together program and extremely knowledgeable trainers. I learnt a massive amount about the appliance of science to fitness. There were times when I wish I had a notebook … Continue reading Duncan
Hi Mel, Many thanks to both you & David & to the the rest of your team for their professional & personal approach to all things fit. It really was a great break, once I got back to my own place & took the dogs out I felt very very well in myself, I think … Continue reading Grace
All I can say is WOW! Thanks for everything. The fact that I lost that dress size really isn’t as important to me now that you have explained to me what really matters – but it’s still great! I can’t believe that my fitness has improved so much in only 2 weeks that I can … Continue reading Paula
Your report has reminded me how worthwhile the break was. The main positive for me is what I learned from the personal trainers during my time in Antequerra and I have tried to put some of it into practice since I have been back. I am starting my first Yoga class on Saturday (as a … Continue reading Paul
This was my second time at RFH. This time I brought my husband with me. I enjoyed the entire trip as much as I enjoyed the last one. The program and activities were just as I had remembered them and it was a pleasure working with and learning from Mel and Janina. The hotel was … Continue reading Kelly
Just a quick thank you. I picked up a bronze medal in the 400IM at our long course national age group swimming competition last weekend. That is one of my main events and meant something to me! I got a handful of other relay medals with teammates too and turned in a couple of other … Continue reading Barbara
My 1st time at Finca Eslava / RFH was fabulous. Just had an 8 day stay. All the instructors are superb but be warned, they will push you hard ! The more you put in the more you will gain in the long term. I will definitely return within the next few months as I … Continue reading Keni Cook
4 weeks since coming back from Antequera and things are going really well! 4 weeks on I am still as motivated as never before to exercise and eat healthily and my life has changed for the better since taking the holiday with you guys. I have lost 4kg in the past 4 weeks back at … Continue reading Dani
Thanks so much for a fantastic week! I feel like a new person. The mix of hiking and cycling with Janina and gym work with Mel was great, and I also really enjoyed the yoga with Suzanne and pilates with Sylvia. The hotel and the food were excellent and I am determined to keep up … Continue reading Sarah
Great week laughed lots, lost weight and learnt some useful tips that will ensure I sustain the changes. Lissa was insightful and her input has helped me in business, Janina was also very professional and balances support with stretching you to ensure goals are achieved. Thanks Mel
Really enjoyed the whole experience, the set up caters for all levels of fitness assisted by an enthusiastic team and very good hotel facilities. Mel and Janina will keep you on your toes and Enrique will massage away your aches and pains.
Had a great time. It is always little bit concerning when going on ones own in terms of what the accommodation will be like – are you going to be put into the broom cupboard and get loaded with a single room supplement for your troubles but I needn’t have worried. Had lovely ensuite room … Continue reading Collette
When I came to RFH I had lost all confidence in myself, and did not think anything could get me up out of the vicious circle I had spiraled into (too much food, too little exercise etc). By the time my two weeks in Antequera were over I can truly say that I had become … Continue reading Camilla
I had a great week at RFH, with both Mel and Janina taking great care to ensure we achieved our goals. I loved the diversity of the activities…both outdoor and indoor, food in the hotel (all extremely healthy), and friendly hotel staff. I’d highly recommend.
If you really want to achieve good results with your weight loss and fitness goals, a holiday with RFH is an excellent choice. I lost 1,5 kilos of weight, my visceral fat level dropped and my waist line was 101 cm when I arrived and 93 cm when I left. You can do the same! … Continue reading Tinna
I had a really fantasic break ……a really great place to spend time in this beautiful area of Spain as well as getting fit. Mel and the team really do take care of you and they do all the thinking for you. This is a holiday break that everyone would love. Just do it !
I had a fantastic time at RFH. The experience really has helped me understand where I have been going wrong, with regards to nutrition and excercise in my day to day life. The accommodation, food and schedule were all excellent, and the staff all friendly, professional and knowledgeable. A big thank you to Mel and … Continue reading Tim
If you ever feel like you need a kick start to get back on the right track I would highly recommend this holiday. Mel and his team are the ones to sort you out. I loved every minute. Pilates, yoga, walking cycling, weights, cicuits and stretching with Mel and Janina. The hotel was lovely and … Continue reading Hilary
I had the best time with RFH. Mel is an excellent personal trainer as is Janina, very personable, very fit and talented and they made it fun while still taking it very seriously. Their encouragement and advice is so valuable. I enjoyed the walks/cycles with Steph and Mike and learnt so much from the team. … Continue reading Denise
Just spent a week on a fitness break. There are plenty of activities organised, catering for all ages and abilities and the hikes/bike rides take in some spectacular scenery. The training is very effective, particularly the circuits and stretching exercises. The hotel has a well equipped gym and pool and all the staff are friendly … Continue reading David
Spending a week at RFH in July helped to re-focus my fitness routine. The week helped to completely re-energise me and now 6 weeks on I am still feeling very motivated and have kept to a health regime. My sessions with Lissa have definitely helped me to stay on track and I felt this was … Continue reading Alison
RFH was exactly what I needed after years of trying everything to lose weight and make true lifestyle changes. I had a great time (really!!), and left with the confidence that I can make lasting changes to live healthier and stronger. Mel and his team are really great, especially Janina and Steph. They are not … Continue reading Abbott
I had a great week with Mel and Janina and achieved all the goals I set myself. My knowledge about health and fitness has improved considerably and I have loads more energy and motivation to keep up a healthier lifestyle. Lovely hotel with an excellent fitness centre. I’d definitely like to go back sometime and … Continue reading Rhona
My husband, a couple of friends and I went to RFH. We went hiking and cycling in the most beautiful scenery ever. We felt pampered and very well taken care of by Mel, Steph and Janina. Everything was very well planned and extremely professional in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The hotel was quaint, clean … Continue reading Noha
I came to RFH not sure what to expect. My objective to improve fitness and learn a bit about gym and diet. I achieved these objectives. The programme developed by Mel was great-mornings spent hiking and biking around some great Andalucian country side and then afternoons in the Gym with a personal fitness program that … Continue reading Niall
Very nice and active vacation. I really loved the hiking and biking in the mountains. The whole team guided me and made me understand that a healthier live is possible with FUN! Thank you to the ladies Janina and Steph it was great I really enjoyed the time we spent together great nature and nice … Continue reading Alberto Cova
I felt great after the week. I genuinely feel capable of adding extra distance to my runs and I have done so. I am also including resistance training and stretching more. I am still off coffee and conscious of keeping to eating patterns/meal times. What a good girl! I have wanted to improve and focus … Continue reading Niamh
Miriam & Graham
Thanks for a great week. We loved the walks and bike rides, but particularly benefited from the strength and flexibility training that we don’t do at home (even though we know we should). The hotel was lovely, the sports facilities incredible and Mel, Mike and Steph were lovely and made sure everything was tailored to … Continue reading Miriam & Graham
What an amazing trip!! Mel’s approach works because his team shows you a healthier way to live that can really fit into a busy life. They teach you habits that are simple and easy to adopt in the real world so I really felt this was a turning point rather than just a healthy week … Continue reading Danielle O
This is a unique fitness holiday experience. The amount of personalized attention that guests receive is exceptional. Mel leads an outstanding team. He, Janina, and Steph are dedicated professionals who are committed to improving the long-term health of their guests. They are living examples of the impact we can have on our own bodies through … Continue reading Shira
This has been a terrific experience. Although when I first arrived I thought; why on earth am I not lying on some beach in the Caribbean? But as soon as I started my work out with Mel I was satisfied with my choice and happy to be there. After 9 days I was delighted with … Continue reading Jenny
I have just returned from my second visit, not because it failed, but because IT WORKS! I feel energised, motivated and healthy. Building on changes made last year, Steph and Mel pushed me on. The body tests prove it works – I have lost over 4 inches from my waist in a year and improved … Continue reading Cath Marsh
I came to make some significant headway in my fitness training and to also help with my diet. I feel that I accomplished both goals while having a great time, meeting some new people, and seeing some beautiful scenery. The courses are well tailored to the individual’s capacities, but expect to be pushed to do … Continue reading Pat
2 years ago I came to Rio Frio Holidays and had a week of Mel’s personal fitness and healthy living tuition. Mel provides a great model for sustainable weight loss and fitness gains – in 2 years I have lost around 20KGs (3stone) in weight and am now considered fit by any standard. I came … Continue reading Stephen Russell
My second visit. Thanks to Mel, Janina and Steph for an enjoyable visit. As before some great scenery and the new menu items give even more choice for the fussy eater.
I had a very beneficial three days. The whole team were marvellous and I came back with a new vigour and determination. The hotel is lovely and the food excellent [I never felt hungry other than just before meals] This is an excellent fitness break and very good value for money. I will be going … Continue reading Kathryn Anstock
Having spent a month on the course last September and an additional 2 weeks in April this year, it helped me completely change my day to day diet. And since then I’ve managed to lose 38kgs in total :). The hotel, the hikes, Mel, Steph and Janina were just really fantastic :D. Fully recommend this … Continue reading Jonathan Green
I spent a fantastic five days with Mel and Janina and have come away (now the aching muscles have recovered) feeling reinvigorated. Mel’s passion for healthy living is inspiring and he is very persuasive without being at all domineering. RFH also provides a very personal programme, stunning surroundings and a great hotel as a base. … Continue reading Sally Ferguson
After spending seven days on beautiful walks and in the gym, I definitely had Stockholm syndrome! the Finca Eslava, with its cool spacious rooms and friendly staff was a welcome sight after an active day. As was the massage from Maria. What began with feelings of misgivings at having left my friends behind (alcohol and … Continue reading Susan Chalmers
After arriving I did wonder what I had let myself in for but after the first day was over I really began to enjoy myself (even enjoyed the porridge!!). The walks and bike rides were fantastic and for someone who has never really exercised I have come home and purchased a bike. Mel, Janina and … Continue reading Sarah-Jane Dodd
Jolien De Tombe
I really had a wonderful week. Since I come from a very flat country I wasn’t used to walking and biking up hill, sometimes it was a bit tough, but the views and the nature were beautiful. The workouts in the gym were really tailor-made and for 1 week a had a real personal trainer. … Continue reading Jolien De Tombe
After several unhealthy years I wasn’t sure how my body was going to respond to this trip but it was what I needed and I finished more toned, healthy and focused. Mel and gang are encouraging and push you to your limit but not beyond it! The Finca Eslava hotel has a great Spanish feel, … Continue reading Emma Donnan
I stayed for 6 days, and my outlook on exercise and diet and overall lifestyle has completely changed. I was also genuinely impressed with the personalized attention from Mel and his staff. The hotel met all my expectations– it was clean, comfortable, and the food was fantastic. I’m grateful to everyone for their time and … Continue reading Nikhil
This is not just a health place it is a whole life style and wellness programme. The personal care and family spirit leaves you with the belief that you are among your family and friends. I will never forget the month I spent with the team with all the care they gave to me and … Continue reading Yasser Houta
Mel and his excellent team taught me a lot about fitness, diet and how to achieve weight loss. Everything is tailored made to suit your personal taste. The hikes and bike rides were a great experience. Hotel comfortable. Special thanks to Janina who accompanied me on some of the Rides and hikes. I would recommend … Continue reading Ken Rowley
Once again Mel and his team have come up trumps aiding my training for my fitness challenges.
I contacted Mel at very short notice and he put together a tailored fitness programme which stretched me but did not push me over the edge. A really positive, productive and healthy experience. Great coaching, lovely hotel, stunning locality and appetising healthy food. If you enter into it with a positive attitude you will be … Continue reading Trevor Sheldon
Only now, after a week, am I recovering from the kick up the bum that I needed to get me onto a more healthy and fitter lifestyle so I can keep up with my younger girlfriend! I can now catch her more quickly when she tries to run away, sweep her up in my arms … Continue reading Barry Wheildon
I had great time. My aim of the holiday was to have a relaxing week whilst doing lots of fun activities and eating healthy. The bike rides and hikes were excellent and there was a good and diverse programme set up for every individual. The facilities were great too, lovely hotel and great gym with … Continue reading Marianne Dammer
I arrived on a 4 day holiday completely unfit and living on a bad diet, I left feeling much fitter and a lot better about myself and an incentive to keep it going thanks to Mel and the girls. The hotel and facilities are excellent for anyone at any standard of fitness. I went on … Continue reading Moira McCrimmon
Another great, active week in this beautiful part of Spain. Back after three years to the new, even better Rio Frio! Good, healthy, food, very comfortable hotel, excellent sport facilities and a well-filled program with lots of different in- and outdoor activities. Once again I am impressed by the professional approach, combined with the extremely … Continue reading Petra
An awesome 5 days with Mel, Stephanie, Janina & Lissa! The personalised training program & individual attention guarantees results & the friendly supportive team look after u brilliantly. Loved the mountain biking & hikes & Mel even managed to make the gym fun! The intro to yoga & Pilates was a great end to each … Continue reading Louise
Great break in a nice part of the world which I’d never visited before and I’m sure I will be back. I lost weight and came away fitter than I have been for years. The swimming and hiking were enjoyable and even some fun in the gym sessions. Thanks to Mel and family. Up the … Continue reading Pete Chase
I visited on a 3 week training break in September to help me prepare for the cross country season. Mel showed me some fantastic running routes which were perfect for my training. The hotel was friendly and we had some lovely healthy food. The gym and pool were fantastic as well. Overall had a great … Continue reading Justina
Mel and co totally changed my attitude to fitness and health. I have visited twice for 5 days each in the past two months and lost a total of 15 pounds and 10% body fat as well as being able to fit back in all my old clothes. I kept up the healthy eating and … Continue reading Martine
Mel and co were absolutely dedicated to making sure I achieved some real (but safe) weight loss and fitness progress while I was with them. There programme was well tailored to make sure my needs were met and that I was not required to keep up the same pace as their super fit guests. They … Continue reading Sandy Shattock
I had a fantastic week with Mel and co. The combination of healthy eating and a varied exercise programme led to real improvements in my fitness levels and weight. The facilities at the hotel are great and I would definitely recommend a holiday with RFH for anyone who wants to lose weight or improve fitness.
Have been to the gym every day since my return (including Saturday!) and even passed on dessert at my birthday meal. (Have to confess that it didn’t stop me indulging in a rather large slice of birthday cake though, so not sure you’d want to see my Food Diary for this week!) Thank you for … Continue reading Maureen
I would not have believed such a radical change in body shape was possible in two weeks without surgery. Thanks to the very focused individual training, I lost a lot of weight, put on muscle, remembered how to mountain bike again and also sorted out several niggling injuries. Thanks Mel and all the family.
Thanks for a memorable week. I learned how to eat well, enjoy exercise again and regained confidence in my own ability to carry on when I got home. The follow up programmes are invaluable. Antequera is a wonderful setting for this type of break – stunning countryside to cycle and hike through, fab views from … Continue reading Catherine Marsh
I spent nine days with RFH in July. This was one of the best things Iâ€™ve ever done for myself. I learned more about weight loss and fitness and made more progress during those nine days than I had trying to lose weight on my own for over a year. And best of all, for … Continue reading Kelly
I spent a week in Spain before moving back to Melbourne and thought it was fantastic. I went there to help train for the Melbourne marathon and managed to lose 3% body fat, meet some fantastic ladies and improve my fitness. I would def recommend this to anyone who wants to shed some pounds and … Continue reading Sasha Talbot
Thank you Mel and team for a fantastic break. I can thoroughly and sincerely recommend the biking and hiking break to anyone who is interested. Not only did we see a vast amount of the region, the scenery was stunning and all our needs were catered for. There was definitely a special touch to this … Continue reading Sarika
I spent almost a month on a fitness / weight loss break. I really enjoyed it, definitely improved my fitness, lost a good chunk on weight (fat!) and have been motivated to continue this since going back home. Antequera is a lovely town and very safe, so don’t worry about being there on your own. … Continue reading Carol
David & Mary
We have both benefitted greatly from our recent 10 day stay and can say that Rio-Frio is the best health/fitness vacation we have had. We plan to return within the year. The most striking feature was the personalized attention, usually on a one to two basis. This close involvement with the situation and needs of … Continue reading David & Mary
We both took away lots of new ideas for how to get fit from the short time we spent with you. While it didn’t always feel so at 5pm in the gym, it was all very worthwhile and we particularly enjoyed the hiking and biking elements out in the fresh air. Thank you for being … Continue reading Suzy
Pam & Frank
Mel and the team helped us lose weight, increase our fitness levels, and generally adopt a healthier lifestyle. We thoroughly enjoyed having our own personal trainer, and we have continued to lose weight since returning. If you are looking to kick start weight loss this is the holiday you need. The hotel and gym facilities … Continue reading Pam & Frank
I can’t say enough about my great experience with Mel and Marie – two of the nicest people on the planet! I arrived in serious need of a diet/exercise kick-start and I got exactly what I expected and enjoyed every minute of it. Mel always seemed to know exactly the right challenge to present me … Continue reading Terry
I warmly recommend the fitness holiday of Rio Frio if you want to make a healthy change in lifestyle. I both lost weight and added muscle mass during my stay of 12 days. I have noticed that with the help of Mel I now have a bit different approach to uphill walking than before. They … Continue reading Tiina
Thank you so much! I came to get fitter and leaner and amazing enough in only 7 days you managed to bring down my metabolic age by 7 years and increase my muscle mass by 2 pounds. I am extremely pleased and motivated to continue. Mel you were terrific and I really enjoyed working with … Continue reading Glenda
Mel and the team are welcoming, kind, thoughtful, and amazing guides. The scenery was beautiful, the outdoor training being the best thing for me. No detail was over looked or too much effort for them, it was quite a humbling experience. If you are looking for peace and quiet, and a kick start to fitness, … Continue reading Charlotte
I was not really sure what to expect from my holiday with Mel but I need not have worried. He looked after me well and nursed me through the "scarey bits". He is very patient with the novice so do not let the lack of experience stop you from booking. Thanks Mel for a great … Continue reading Claire
My time on the course was a truly invaluable experience. Mel’s expertise in both nutrition and fitness is impressive. He helped me train for a 7000m peak expedition which I made. He also put me on the right path to achieving sustained weight loss without unhealthy crash diets and significantly improving my overall health and … Continue reading Tiziano Puiatti
Eric & Mairead
My wife and I are at different levels of fitness but we both got loads out of our weekend. We had a good mix of running, exercise, stretching, general fitness work and overall wellbeing. We really enjoyed the fantastic location. I have changed both diet and exercise regime since getting home.
This was my second holiday with Mel & Co. Once again we got to hike and cycle through some of Andalucia’s most scenic spots. Mel provides local guides so that both faster and slower hikers and cyclists can participate at the same time. Finally as a personal trainer, Mel took me through dozens of exercises, … Continue reading Vincent
I was only there for a short stay but got exactly what I needed, a kickstart in the right direction for a change of at***ude for more active/healthy living. Mel´s enthusiasm is amazing and the amount of one on one time he is determined to give is brilliant even when he has multiple clients. I … Continue reading James
Great break in a nice part of the world which I’d never visited before and I’m sure I will be back. I lost weight and came away fitter than I have been for years. The swimming and hiking were enjoyable and even some fun in the gym sessions. Thanks to Mel Richards.
RFH was exactly what I needed after years of trying everything to lose weight and make true lifestyle changes. I had a great time (really!!), and left with the confidence that I can make lasting changes to live healthier and stronger. Mel and his team are the best!
…[After 5 days] …I’d lost an inch and a half off my waist and hips. I felt toned and relaxed, my skin was glowing and I had lost 5 years off my metabolic age.
If you really want to achieve good results with your weight loss and fitness goals, a holiday with RFH is an excellent choice. I lost 1,5 kilos of weight, my visceral fat level dropped and my waist line was 101 cm when I arrived and 93 cm when I left. You can do the same! … Continue reading Tina
Hilary & Dipak
Thanks for a great alternative to Christmas turkey and roast potatoes – walking and mountain biking! Learned lots and now intend to put everything into practice and not compete with everyone and try and enjoy my leisure activities!