About Us

Specialists in Weight-Loss & Fitness Holidays in Italy, Spain & Turkey


In 2004, RFH introduced the concept of weight-loss & fitness holidays to Spain.

We have since teamed-up with like-minded partners at a number of specially-selected locations to offer a fantastic combination of fitness and weight-loss holidays in Italy, Spain & Turkey.

We are proud to work with a specially selected team of personal trainers, guides and other specialists. All staff are highly enthusiastic about fitness and nutrition and they all work to make your fitness and weight-loss holiday as enjoyable and worthwhile as possible.

All of our centres are set in fantastic locations and have great facilities. Please see the pages for each individual venue for details.


Don’t worry, a weight-loss & fitness holiday isn´t all hard work!

Whilst we take your exercise programme seriously, the only thing that is compulsory on our weight-loss and fitness holidays is a desire to change. We make sure some downtime is built in to your schedule so you can make the most of your holiday.

We pride ourselves on our ability to work with people of all shapes and sizes. There are no limits on age, size or level of fitness; we welcome everyone who is ready to make a change to their lifestyle or who simply want to enjoy an active holiday in the sun!


Your Weight-Loss & Fitness Holiday with a Financial Guarantee

You should always be very cautious when booking a holiday. Many weight-loss and holiday providers come and go every year. Some “celebrity bootcamps” have gone bust, leaving their clients stranded and not paying a penny in compensation. At RFH Fitness we have been offering weight-loss and fitness holidays since 2004. We work only with carefully selected partners and we are confident that together we offer the best weight-loss and fitness holidays and boot camps available. We are so confident that our partners are serious professionals who are working for the benefit of our clients that we offer a unique financial guarantee:

In the event that any of our partners cancels your holiday without giving you a full refund, we will pay the excess on your travel insurance, up to a maximum of €150 per person.

This unique guarantee means that you should never be out of pocket at all if you book your weight-loss and fitness holiday through RFH Fitness.

The Team

Weight-Loss & Fitness Holidays: The Teams


All of our centres are staffed by personal trainers, guides and other specialists who are completely focused on making your fitness and weight-loss holiday as enjoyable and worthwhile as possible.  For full details, see the “Team” tab on each centre´s individual page.


The Office Team

Mel Richards: Founder, Managing Director & Administrator of RFH Fitness

Mel is the founder of RFH Fitness. He is a very highly qualified and experienced Personal Trainer, Sports Therapist, Boxercise and Kettlebell Instructor, an accredited coach with the British Association of Cycling Coaches and a member of both the Andalucian Cycling Federation and the Andalucian Mountaineering Federation.

Mel has many years of experience of trekking, cycling (both on and off road) and ultra-running – including successful participation in the Yukon Arctic Ultra and the Grand Union Canal Race as well as a whole host of running, hiking, mountain biking and road cycling events in Andalucia and beyond.

Mel established RFH Fitness in 2004 and, since then, has worked with a variety of trainers and coaches to devise a programme that is often imitated, but never emulated!

Mel will normally be your first point of contact when you get in touch with RFH Fitness about your weight loss and fitness holiday and he is always available to answer any questions you may have.


Stephanie Richards: Administrator

Steph helps Mel with the enquiries. As the mother of a toddler, Steph knows a lot about the challenges of juggling home and family life; as a qualified gym instructor, she understands the importance of making time to look after your health and fitness.

Steph now has to fit her running, walking and gym sessions around the family´s schedule, but she has previously hiked to the top of the highest peaks in Scotland, Wales, England, Northern Ireland and Spain, as well as completing multi-day treks in Spain and Norway.


Our Philosophy

Weight-Loss & Fitness Holidays: Our Philosophy

AT RFH Fitness, we believe that improving your health and fitness doesn’t have to be scary; it’s all about moderation and consistency – the small changes that make a big difference.

Men and women of all ages, shapes and sizes take a weight loss and fitness holiday with us when they want to improve their health and fitness. Many people take their vacations with us because they want to have a break from work whilst avoiding the negative effects that holidays often have on long-term health, fitness and mental well-being through over-indulgence, inactivity and boredom.

People take a weight-loss and fitness holiday because they want to escape to the fantastic climate of southern Europe, enjoy picturesque outdoor activities, do fun, structured, exercise classes, eat healthily and be able to relax in comfortable surroundings, whilst still being able to maintain contact with home and work when they want to or if they need to.

People visit our fitness and weight-loss retreats in Spain, Italy and Turkey because they are seeking a “boot camp” like experience, but don´t really want to suffer. Instead, they want to learn how to enjoy healthy exercise and they want to achieve lasting results.

FAQs

Fitness and Weight-Loss Holidays: Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need insurance for fitness and weight-loss holidays?

Your booking does not include travel or accident insurance for fitness and weight-loss holidays. It is very important that you take out insurance before travelling which specifically covers the activities in which you will be participating and which provides cover for cancellation, curtailment, injury or illness during your holiday.

We recommend the policies provided by Sportscover Direct and Europesure, which can also be contracted for any other activity, fitness or weight-loss holiday not reserved through us.

The policies offered by Sportscover Direct are only available to residents of the UK and Ireland, but those offered by Europesure are available to residents of all EU countries.

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If you already have general travel insurance in place, please check that it includes cover for fitness holidays. If not, please check out the “Activity Top Up” policy offered by Sportscover Direct. You only need to take out cover for the days that you will be training and the policy can be taken out after you have left the UK or Ireland.

Why should I book with RFH? What are the advantages?

You should always be very cautious when booking a holiday. Many fitness and weight-loss holiday providers come and go every year. Some “celebrity bootcamps” have gone bust, leaving their clients stranded and not paying a penny in compensation.  We only work with trusted partners.  We are so confident that our partners are serious professionals who are working for the benefit of our clients that we offer a unique financial guarantee:

In the event that any of our partners cancels your holiday without giving you a full refund, we will pay the excess on your travel insurance, up to a maximum of €150 per person.

This unique guarantee means that you should never be out of pocket at all if you book your fitness and weight-loss holiday through RFH Fitness.

RFH have been providing fitness, weight-loss and activity holidays since 2004. We work with a Spanish travel agent “Viajes Albatros” which is a fully-bonded and registered travel agent with CIAN (number CI-AN-18445-3), the Spanish equivalent of ATOL & ABTA. This means that we are bound by a code of conduct to ensure that you receive the best possible service and to provide compensation when required.

We accept payments by credit card, which provides an additional level of assurance. Our payment system is provided by Unicaja, which is one of the strongest banks in Europe. It uses the secure HTTPS protocol and asymmetric key cryptography with encryption standards compliant with international requirements. Your credit card information is shared only between you and the bank. We do not even get to see it.

What’s the difference between a fitness and a weight-loss break?

The difference is the emphasis given to weight-loss. A fitness break is focused on improving fitness with due regard to good nutrition. On a weight-loss break, the menu is more carefully controlled.

On all of our fitness and weight-loss holidays most people will achieve significant changes to their body shape which will include fat loss and muscle gain. We can also offer help for those who wish to increase their body weight.

Do you charge a supplement for single travelers?

No. The prices on this website are usually for single occupancy. However, we usually give a discount to those who wish to share a room.

Are you open throughout the year and can I arrive and depart on any day of the week?

The fitness and weight-loss holidays in Antequera and Alicante are available every day of the year and you can arrive and depart at almost any time on any day and can book a holiday for almost as long as you wish.

The yoga & fitness holidays in Italy are usually available between April & October.  In Italy you can also arrive and depart at almost any time on any day and can book a holiday for almost as long as you wish.

The centres in Ibiza, Marbella and Turkey are available on specific dates and for specific durations, as detailed on the page for each retreat.

What is the food like and do you cater for vegetarians?

All of the kitchens at our fitness and weight-loss holiday centres pride themselves on their reputation. We have worked with the chefs to produce menus specially tailored to the needs of our clients. The meals provide all that you need to fuel your fitness activities whilst being carefully measured and prepared to support your weight-loss goals.

All centres cater for vegetarians. In Alicante, the menu is strictly vegan.

How long is a fitness or weight-loss holiday?

We have achieved great results in as little as 4 nights. In Antequera and Alicante, many guests stay for 3 to 4 weeks; some stay for even longer.

How fit do I need to be?

There is no minimum requirement. Our fitness and weight-loss holidays are organised to suit guests of similar abilities and interests. For most venues we need to know in advance if you are unable to hike over fairly rough terrain or don´t want to ride a bike.

If you are very concerned about your health or level of fitness you may wish to consider joining us for a private course.

What can I expect to achieve?

Whichever of our fitness and weight-loss centres you choose, you will not only improve your fitness, you will also lose weight, de-stress and really get started on a fitter and healthier way of life. You will also be equipped with the knowledge and confidence to continue to work towards your own health and fitness goals when you leave.

Testimonials

Fitness and Weight-Loss Holidays: Testimonials


Please have a look through our client testimonials or Submit your own

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!

Hilary & Dipak

Tina

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! And as a bonus you will get some sun therapy to soften the long winter season. Both Mel and Janina are very professional and good-humored. They will also give you very valuable tips on how to proceed back home after your weight loss holiday. Finca Eslava is an outstanding hotel and a good place to relax after the training hours. I also remember with appreciation the early morning yoga classes with Suzanne.

Tina

Susan Griffith

…[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.

Susan Griffith

Abbot

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!

Abbot

Pete Chase

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.

Pete Chase

James

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 suppose the best recommendation I can give is that I hope to go back in July for a longer stay. Thanks also to Niall.

James

Vincent

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, explained how to do them properly, and helped me and other members choose and adjust our program. I lost weight & body fat and added muscle mass. I can’t recommend this programme enough.

Vincent

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.

Eric & Mairead

Tiziano Puiatti

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 fitness. I highly recommend the course to anyone seriously committed to getting into shape.

Tiziano Puiatti

Claire

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 week. My confidence was really boosted, and I learnt a lot. My Personal Trainer noticed a difference both mentally and physically on my return.

Claire

Charlotte

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, then I would thoroughly recommend RFH. Next time though, I am taking my son!!!

Charlotte

Glenda

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 you. The Andulucia region was fantastic and I will return soon! Thank you so much!

Glenda

Tiina

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 are excellent chances for us to get some strength! Quad biking, the rope bridge and the zip line added some extra elements of adventure which were really good for overcoming some fears.

Tiina

Terry

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 with and I went home stronger, lighter and ready to keep going on my own. I wouldn’t hesitate to go back and do it all again. Thanks for a wonderful and memorable two weeks in gorgeous Spain!

Terry

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 are excellent, and the scenery spectacular. We are looking forward to our next visit.

Pam & Frank

Suzy

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 such affable guides on the road to a healthy life – we hope to come back for a longer stay in the future.

Suzy

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 each guest is something we have not experienced elsewhere.

David & Mary

Carol

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. Mel and the team tailor the activities to your interests and fitness levels, so you’re sure to be kept interested, motivated and challenged. Book now!

Carol

Sarika

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 holiday compared to all my other ones. The trip was very rewarding and challenging and I came back home feeling re-energised as well. Thank you once again, I shall be back!!

Sarika

Sasha Talbot

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 get fit.

Sasha Talbot

Kelly

I spent nine days with RFH in July. This was one of the best things I’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 the first time in my life I feel motivated to CONTINUE losing weight and getting fit—Mel even taught me how to actually ENJOY working out! Thank you, Mel & family, and I hope to return sometime soon!

Kelly

Catherine Marsh

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 the gym and a chance to taste Andalucian life. Your every need to looked after by the family and the hotel. I cannot recommend the experience highly enough.

Catherine Marsh

Tony Marson

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.

Tony Marson

Maureen

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 taking such good care of me while I was with you. I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Andalucia and it was, in the most part, due to how incredibly welcoming and friendly you are.

Maureen

Russell Brown

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.

Russell Brown

Sandy Shattock

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 went out of their way to make sure I was comfortable and had a good time. I’d happily recommend RFH to anyone interested in getting fitter.

Sandy Shattock

Martine

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 exercise programs and intend to go back for a third visit to reach my goal weight!

Martine

Justina

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 time and would recommend to anyone.

Justina

Pete Chase

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 Irons!

Pete Chase

Louise

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 day. The hotel is lovely with excellent sports facilities & the healthy food was great. I left totally invigorated & re-motivated. Thanks to u all & see u in the Spring!

Louise

Petra

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 friendly and supportive atmosphere. Many thanks to all of you!

Petra

Moira McCrimmon

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 my own and met some lovely people.

Moira McCrimmon

Marianne Dammer

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 all the equipment that you would expect. I was also very happy with the result only after a week which I didn’t expect, the attention to detail was impressive. Definitely recommended.

Marianne Dammer

Barry Wheildon

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 without fear of collapsing, and make love for hours. At 55yrs, not bad after just a week in a delightful part of Spain, in a very comfortable Hotel, using excellent facilities. Admittedly Mel and crew did help a bit! & Lissa was a revelation.

Barry Wheildon

Trevor Sheldon

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 rewarded several times over.

Trevor Sheldon

Claire Haynes

Once again Mel and his team have come up trumps aiding my training for my fitness challenges.

Claire Haynes

Ken Rowley

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 RFH to anyone considering a holiday of this nature.

Ken Rowley

Yasser Houta

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 the life changes that I achieved giving me the confidence that I can finally reach my desired weight and fitness. The comfortable hotel ,the nice food, everything was just perfect. Thank you!

Yasser Houta

Nikhil

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 obvious passion for imparting healthy living to their guests.

Nikhil

Emma Donnan

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, friendly staff and catered well for veggies. Ignoring the pull of the bar was a struggle but it’s easier each day I promise! Sun, great tuition, stunning area..why would anyone go to bootcamp in the UK?!

Emma Donnan

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. The hotel was also perfect and provided lovely healthy meals. After one week I felt very healthy!! hope to return one time.

Jolien De Tombe

Sarah-Jane Dodd

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 Steph were great and encouraging. The group we were with – Terry, Mike and John were great fun – would definitely return (and this scares me!!)

Sarah-Jane Dodd

Susan Chalmers

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 food)ended with a feeling of being fitter and lighter and a sense of wanting to remain another week. Thanks to Terry, Mike and Jon for providing the evening’s entertainment.

Susan Chalmers

Sally Ferguson

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. I’d definitely recommend a trip.

Sally Ferguson

Jonathan Green

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 to anyone.

Jonathan Green

Kathryn Anstock

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 back.

Kathryn Anstock

Pete Chase

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.

Pete Chase

Stephen Russell

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 back for a week of cycling training and enjoyed a great hotel, in a superb location, with fantastically prepared healthy food. A stay at RFH comes HIGHLY recommended!

Stephen Russell

Pat

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 your best. The hotel was comfortable and the food was very good. I was never hungry even though I ate significantly less food than at home. I would recommend it!

Pat

Cath Marsh

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 my cardio vascular fitness beyond recognition. Thank you for your down to earth, practical and realistic advice, fun and motivational training and great company.

Cath Marsh

Jenny

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 the results and would especially like to thank Mel for making my life better and healthier. A big thanks goes also to the staff at Finca Eslava that have been great. I recommend this tailor made fitness holiday 100%.

Jenny

Shira

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 fitness education, training, and lifestyle choices. It’s all against the backdrop of a charming hotel and the beautiful natural setting of Antequera!

Shira

Danielle O

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 away. I arrived in Andalucia feeling stressed and tired and left feeling strong and healthy AND with Mel’s encouragement I went for my first bike ride ever. Everyone deserves to feel this good.

Danielle O

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 us (Graham particularly appreciated his extra-tough bike rides). Hope to be back!!!

Miriam & Graham

Niamh

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 for a while but I needed a push and the week provided just that. Many thanks to Steph and Janina for their professional and friendly approach. Great girls who showed me so much.

Niamh

Alberto Cova

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 talks. Mel thank you for everything, also the extra push (read KILO’s) from time to time. Next time Egypt…

Alberto Cova

Niall

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 I found very challenging. Great guides in Mel, Steph and Janina. Overall a great holiday, great fun with some wonderful people and felt great coming back to Dublin.

Niall

Noha

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 and comfortable and the food was delicious. It was one of the best holidays we ever had and we came back with a lot of knowledge and practical info to help us live healthier and active lives

Noha

Rhona

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 I highly recommend RFH to anyone wanting to make some improvements to their health.

Rhona

Abbott

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 only skilled but deeply caring — a poignant combination. Dr. Lissa’s consultations helped instill the motivational skills to go home and make it all work. Thanks!

Abbott

Alison

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 an excellent part of the programme to help with motivation and also for me the stability exercises have helped improve an old injury and my general flexibility. Excellent team and programme.

Alison

David

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 and helpful. Overall it leaves you feeling re-energised and motivated to continue with a healthier lifestyle. I would certainly recommend it.

David

Denise

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. The hotel is very nice and staff lovely. The sessions with Dr Dells were very useful, smart lady. This is a great holiday!!:), the organisation of it all was perfect.

Denise

Hilary

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 the food excellent. I enjoyed my sessions with Lissa and it has given me a lot to think about. I have been home a month now but continue to eat more healthily and exercise more regularly.

Hilary

Tim

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 Janina, for a very worth while week.

Tim

Dara

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 !

Dara

Tinna

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! And as a bonus you will get some sun therapy to soften the long winter season. Both Mel and Janina are very professional and good-humored. They will also give you very valuable tips on how to proceed back home after your weight loss holiday. Finca Eslava is an outstanding hotel and a good place to relax after the training hours. I also remember with appreciation the early morning yoga classes with Suzanne.

Tinna

Nessa Butler

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.

Nessa Butler

Camilla

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 a new person – and a younger one, as my metabolic age had fallen down into my 20s where it belongs. The weeks were in fact so good that I decided to stay for two more – and by the end of the month I felt so good that I dread to think where I would have been without Mel and RFH. If you need a kickstart – this is for you! Mel and Janina will push you hard in the gym, tailor-made exercises for every fitness level will give quick results and the delicious healthy food will teach you, hands-on, what your body really needs to work. The sessions with Lissa were very intense, but I learned a lot – good tips and tricks to keep me going after the safety of the program was gone once back home again. Yoga, walks and Pilates in the morning was a lovely way to limber up – and really appreciate your porridge. I was, as many participants, very nervous about the bike rides, but learned to love them soon enough. Sure, when cycling up a tough hill in mud and rain I cursed the seat and life itself – but once the results started showing and I grew stronger, I sort of welcomed the pain strangely enough. The hikes are a chapter to themselves; David, Mike and Janina are excellent guides and really taught us well about the environment we tumbled about in. The nature is breathtaking, and everywhere you look it’s like standing in a masterpiece. So, please, if you are reading this and wondering if RFH is for you – don’t think, just do! You will never regret it, you will make lifelong friends and you will spend time in the beautiful Andalucian magic that is Antequera! Whatever your story, RFH will make it better – and healthier too :)!

Camilla (Age 21)

Collette

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 with balcony, food delicious. Don’t be concerned about your level of fitness as Mel and Janina are adept at working with all levels and ensuring that everyone is stretched. At times hard work but also laughed loads. Lovely countryside to explore on the hikes and bike rides. Really enjoyed it.

Collette

Paul

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.

Paul

Claire

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

Claire

Sarah

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 the good work I started having really noticed results even in a week.

Sarah

Dani

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 home and have been exercising 5-6 times/week and definitely seeing results in my overall fitness. I have taken the promotion I told you about and even though it has made my working days longer I feel somewhat more energetic. Proof for that being that I would never before have gone to the gym at 9pm after work whereas now I do and actually look forward to it. So, again: thanks for a life changing holiday and see you again! Dani

Dani

Keni Cook

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 feel a week was not long enough to fully benefit from the cycling, walking

Keni Cook

Barbara

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 half decent individual swims. My return to competitive swimming is still a work in progress, not surprisingly after only a month back in (semi-)serious training, but it was great to have the kick start with you in Antequera at the beginning of May. Things I discussed with Lissa, quick-burst circuits with Mel and plank circuits with Wayne (I have now cracked the full plank circuit, with superman at the end!) all played a part. Thank you!

Barbara

Kelly

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 excellent: very comfortable and friendly service. It is really nice how especially the restaurant staff are so welcoming and personable and the food was good with lots of things to choose from so we didnt become bored with it. My husband had a wonderful time as well. He even admitted to me, “I never thought a fitness break could be so fun!” He is much more fit than me and he was pleasantly surprised that the program was so well-differentiated so that even on the hikes and bike trips there were challenges for both the fit and less fit guests. This is an excellent way to spend a holiday: we had fun, laughed a lot, ate well, made new friends, spent time outdoors in beautiful surroundings AND we came home in better shape than when we left!

Kelly

Paul

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 result of trying it out in Antequerra). I have also recently purchased a foam roller as I would like to repeat some of the SMR exercises to relieve my tight muscles. I haven’t forgotten how painful my massage was! I am eating a lot healthier too and trying new foods like Qui Noa. I am certainly noticing the benefits. All of these things I probably would not have done were it not for my experiences in Antequerra. Thank you to you all for your coaching and advice during my stay. Hopefully, I will be able continue the positive changes I have made already.

Paul

Paula

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 now do proper press ups and have bought a bike! Particular thanks to Trui and Dave for their incredible professionalism in the gym and to David G and Antonio for their inspiring anecdotes that kept me going on the bikes and hikes in those lovely hills. See you in March :))

Paula

Grace

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 that it is when you get back to your own surroundings that you feel the benefits, be they physical or mental!

Grace

Duncan

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 on at me in case I forgot some of the detailed answers the trainers could give to my questions. I thoroughly recommend the break.

Duncan

AC

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 I have been able to continue with the good things I learned about diet and fitness on the programme and it feels sustainable, and I’m really enjoying the healthy lifestyle and keeping the weight off and fitness up. Massive thanks, Mel, for organising everything and also to DTD and Trui for being magnificent trainers and for being so patient with my many questions. Huge thanks also to Lissa for her practical and pragmatic sessions, which were terrific and have really helped to embed the positive learning I experienced on the course into my day-to-day life—while it’s impossible to replicate the programme back home in London with work etc., I feel I’ve left RFH with practical and sustainable techniques for a much happier and healthier life. I would highly recommend RFH to anyone making a fresh start and positive change to their lives.

AC

Sheila

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!

Sheila

Kate

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.

Kate

Helen

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 you. I am full of energy since I got back, I find myself waking earlier, sleeping better and training well. Send my regards to everyone at RFH 🙂

Helen

Kate

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 had lost weight, so that has given me a real incentive to carry on. Please pass on again all my thanks to the team for their help and encouragement. Never has doing 7 hours of exercise a day been so much fun! I will definitely be back at some stage for a boost, but in the meantime, keep up the good work.

Kate

Paula

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 own SMR sessions at home! Thanks again Mel for the quick follow up. I really appreciate receiving the health & fitness report so soon. It’s so important not to lose momentum and continue what I have started in Antequera. In many ways the RFH program did me good both mentally and physically. You have a good program going and a dedicated team, each member with their own strengths and specialties and I’m confident each of them will grow further in their positions.

Paula

Kelly

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 – very flexible in meeting the needs of a diverse group of people – and friendly and supportive. Particular thanks to Mel, Josh, Leah and Tru

Kelly

Renata

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!!!

Renata

Dallas

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, and have a fridge full of healthy stuff, plus the orchard and the vegetable patch are just starting to bear fruit (and veg). My HRM has now got a new battery, so will be making use of that too. Energy levels have shot up and clothes are already starting to feel less stretched! So, thanks for everything – I really did enjoy the experience – it was just what I needed. The hotel was good, the whole gym complex is fabulous (I wish there was something similar nearby to me) and you have a great staff. And, I would certainly like to explore more of Andalucia. Kind Regards, Dallas

Dallas

Sue

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 at the gym at home I am able to exercise at much higher levels); significantly reduced in girth; and with a wonderfully enhanced mindset about taking regular exercise. And I met some such interesting people, hiked through the grandest, most beautiful country side festooned with blankets of wild flowers, and had a day trip to Granada and one to Cordoba to boot. All in 2 weeks!

Sue

Anders

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 and fitness level I would recommend it to anyone.

Anders

Chris

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 much weight but I have lost another 1.5kilos so all is going well. I really enjoyed the hikes, the mountain bike and the circuit training, thank you very much. …Please pass on my regards to your excellent team and I hope to stay in contact, I would have no reservation in recommending your organisation to my friends and family.

Chris

Kay

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. It is most depressing indeed! …perhaps see you again in the near future. 🙂

Kay

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 we had gave us exactly what we wanted in terms of a kickstart with our fitness and weight loss goals and the information and motivation to adopt a healthier lifestyle at home – rfh truly does exactly what it says on the tin lol !!!! We think you guys are all absolutely fantastic and we can’t sing the praises of your fab team of trainers highly enough 🙂 We’re missing the food too – I don’t suppose the hotel chefs would divulge their recipes for stuffed aubergines and gazpacho would they lol? Our training is going on really well and we’re enjoying a whole range of different exercise sessions such as circuits, toning classes with weights and zumba! Our motivation remains high, thanks to you and all your inspirational team! Many thanks for the downloads and links – I haven’t had a chance to look at it all yet, but will do as time and our dodgy internet connection allows over the next few weeks! Once again, thanks to you and all the team for everything! Hope you are all keeping well and enjoying the lovely fruit and sunshine in Andalucia! Ahhh – wish we were there…….!!!!! Very best wishes to you all, Janine xx

Janine & Janet

Chris

…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 but I have lost another 1.5kilos so all is going well. I really enjoyed the hikes, the mountain bike and the circuit training, thank you very much. …Please pass on my regards to your excellent team and I hope to stay in contact, I would have no reservation in recommending your organisation to my friends and their familiy.

Chris

Collette

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 a really great bunch of people to lead on the hiking, biking and fitness activities on offer. They are passionate about what they do and are a lively and fun bunch – but they will challenge you. I met a great group of people – a complete mix in terms of nationality and levels of fitness from an Australian guy who completes in Triathlons to – well the rest of us not quite so athletic types. The food was healthy and delicious just what you need to fuel all the exercise you will be doing. I had a lovely double room with balcony. The location of the hotel is on the outskirts of the pretty town of Antequera and it is very easy to take the train to Granada/Malaga if you wanted day off from the exercise. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them.

Collette

Ruslan

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 learn how to train better and eat correct. I had a great week in Antequera, would like to repeat it myself and will definetly recomend it to my friends. Ruslan

Ruslan

Delphine

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

Delphine

Elena & Estefanía

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.

Elena & Estefanía

Hazel

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 were all lovely and I am particularly grateful to David and Leah for their expertise and their patience! They were both brilliant and I have learnt a huge amount. Once again, my most sincere thanks. I look forward to coming back next year.

Hazel

Delphine

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 by 9 years ! The hotel is also really relaxing and it was a pleasure to eat the delicious healthy meals. So, I’ll definitly recommend RFH to my friends and family.

Delphine

Hazel

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 trainers were all lovely and made the programme a lot of fun. My particular thanks go to David and Leah for their expertise and their patience! I learnt a lot from both of them and I am doing my best to implement it now I am home. I wouldnt hesitate to recommend RFH. Once again my sincere thanks and I cant wait to come back next year.

Hazel

Monica

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

Monica

Brenda Campbell

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 annual basis. Antequera is a perfectly positioned base for this type of fitness holiday and the hotel, situated on the outskirts of town is ideal. The hiking and biking trails are spectular (much gratitude goes to the guides Antonio and David who are great!) and the fitness facilities in the Finca Eslava are perfect for the afternoon gym based activities. The fitness staff are first rate – Josh, Trui, Leah, Elena & Mel are trainers who inspire rather than simply instruct. The workouts were tough but a lot of fun and my aching muscles were eased by Ann’s exceptional sport’s massage. The hotel is clean, very comfortable and the free wifi is a bonus. The food is heathly and freshly prepared. In fact, I enjoyed it so much that, although I originally booked for 7 days, I stayed for 10! When can I come back?

Brenda Campbell

Anita

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!

Anita

Petra

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 no-longer-18-year-old body the opportunity to wake up, to the amazing massages in the evening, and all the hard work in between, be it the hikes, bike rides or the different gym and studio sessions. Thank you Trui, Leah, Ann, David and Antonio for taking your jobs seriously and for being very professional, and at the same time much fun to be around! The hotel was comfortable as ever, the food good and healthy. Everything was very well-organized (thank you Mel). Also thanks to Debbie for the rides and the conversation! Will definitely be back, might drag the rest of the family with me…

Petra

Keith

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 effort worthwhile. The challenge now is to build on the start you guys have given me in the knowledge RFH is there when another boost is required, thanks to all.

Keith

Gary T

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 be outdoors. Also Anne tought how to swim front crawl and breast strok properly and she gave best massages ever. Great for recovering after a full days activities. Big Thanks to Mel, Trui , Anne and Ruth. Be warned i’ll be back ;-))

Gary T

Alyssa

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 place I could have gone to kick start all of that. If you are looking to transform your health habits, RFH can teach you the tools to do so. Yes, it is hard work and you are busy most of the day as you can easily fill the day with all the activity options they provide. However, the hard work is worth it and the more you put in, the more you can gain from the experience. I love that the hotel is nice and you can have your own room without paying a single supplement. They also pick you up/ take you back to the airport in Malaga at anytime so your flight options are fairly open. The food is delightful and properly proportioned too. The proximity of the hotel to the gym/spa is ideal. Additionally, the trainers are great with lots of different activities to choose from. I never knew how much I would enjoy hiking and cycling until I went to RFH. If you can’t tell, I loved it! I hope to be back again as I get closer to a total loss of 100lbs/45kg. Big thanks to RFH!

Alyssa

Caroline

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 RFH in July and August and have been keeping on track ever since, thanks to the guidance, encouragement and hard work you all put in helping me get in better shape. After leaving I continued to lose weight and am currently at 60 kilos and holding. Fitness has been a rockier road, but have also managed to hold on to muscle tone and am again working regularly on cardio. I have actualy been on a mountain bike (and will be doing more with my son) and have begun scuba diving lessons. I can’t thank you all enough for the terrific boost you gave me last summer! Sorry to take so long saying it.

Caroline

Tony Marson

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 helpful staff, and very tasty food. The sports facilties at the hotel are better than most leisure centres. The area is ideal for walking and hiking, with a flat plain on one side of the town for those with a poor fitness to start on, and a selection of beautiful mountains on the other for more strenuous walking and some great single track mountain biking. If you are looking to improve your fitness or reduce your weight, it would be very hard to find anywhere move effective than Rio Frio.

Tony Marson

Elisha

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 of andalucia is beautiful and there are some great locations in which to hike and cycle. Whilst I was there I both lost weight and improved my fitness and so I would readily recommend RFH for everyone.

Elisha

Jacquie Ellis

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 sunrise whilst Nordik walking at 7.30a.m. – Our family all had a remarkable time and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves in the Gym/Spa/Cycling and hiking. The hotel was excellent and extremely comfortable and offered plenty to choose from the menu – which was always served fresh and always tasted great. I would highly recommend RFH to anyone wishing to improve their fitness. Keep up the good work RFH!

Jacquie Ellis

Anna

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.

Anna

Anon

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 party instead! It’s been well over two years in the making…. Mel, I wanted to THANK YOU for giving me the tools and the confidence to get started way back in March 2010 and then to push through my plateau when I came again in October 2011. It’s been so rewarding to lose it slowly and sensibly. I feel so great and my life has changed. I even hiked up Helvellyn in the Lake District via Striding Edge two weeks ago. I felt physically fine (but it was still a bit scary). I credit the lifestyle change RFH helped me discover AND MyFitnessPal as the way to go. Any way, THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. When I met you and said I wanted to lose 100lbs., I wonder if you thought I’d do it. Well, I DID! THANK YOU again. You changed my life!

Anon

D.g. Maxton

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 gym more of a slog but I have lost half a stone and feel much better. I do appreciate your efforts and will certainly try and return. It was better than I thought it would be! What a recommendation.

D.g. Maxton

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!

David and Janet

Janine

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

Janine

Cath Marsh

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!

Cath Marsh

Gerry

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 lost 15 pounds and lots of inches while in your program, and have lost another 10 pounds in the 5 weeks I’ve been home. I have to thank Lisa Dells for her sessions, as she gave me some great strategies to use while I was there, as well as tips and tricks to use once I got home. Sticking to a new life style can be challenging, but Lissa’s after care has been amazing, and she not only sends me articles and motivational videos, but she also coaches me via Facetime. Many thanks for her continued participation in my ‘losing weight and getting fit’ program. All the activities were fun, but I loved the biking and hiking the most, and have to thank Antonio, David and Jose for being such amazing guides, and for making my stay there so enjoyable. The 3 of them are walking textbooks on the history, geography, geology and herbology of Antequerra and Andalucía, and our walks and rides were all the more interesting because of their connection to, and love for the area. The 6 weeks I was there flew by, and a skinnier and fitter me will undoubtedly visit again. I highly recommend your program to people who want an active holiday in a lovely area of Spain. Thanks Gerry P.S. I really, really miss the vegetable soup!

Gerry

Pip

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. Antonio, David Jose and Ruth were all excellent. Finca Eslava is a lovely hotel. I expect to be back and will definitely recommend the experience to anyone feeling a bit jaded with their life.

Pip

Holly

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!

Holly

Steve

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 come back for another go when time allows. The hotel is great and the staff extremely friendly and helpful and the food a perfect blend of healthy and tasty. Thanks again!

Steve

Parul Sharma

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!

Parul Sharma

Jenn

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 everything that I wanted to do, plus face some challenges that I wouldn’t have ordinarily attempted. The weather was beautiful, so I wanted to spend as much time outdoors as possible. We did a lot of rock climbing, mountain biking, and we even got to go kayaking on Christmas Eve in 26 degree weather! I tried via ferratas for the first time, which was challenging and thrilling – a definite highlight of my trip. The local landscape is literally a playground for outdoorsy people, and I feel like I probably got to see more of it than some people who live in the area. I don’t think we duplicated any route for my entire time there, and I never felt bored! Also, the routes were never crowded; in fact, most of the time, the trails were virtually empty, which is great for people who are sick of crowded vacation spots. Even when others joined me at the end of my trip, the staff made sure to provide guides for each different fitness level when hiking or cycling. As for the fitness programme, my goals changed once I arrived, so I decided to focus on having fun and enjoying my Christmas holiday rather than fixating on weight loss or outcomes. We laughed a lot, enjoyed some tapas in town, and I was even invited to a lovely Christmas Eve dinner! I did feel some pressure to comply with exit fitness tests, but in the end I declined to participate, as that was no longer my goal. The main benefit of this trip for me was challenging myself physically, exploring the local area, learning more about my mountain bike, and getting to know some incredible people including the staff of the hotel and, of course, the guides and trainers. I had a few Spanish lessons, which I highly recommend! The hotel was charming, but the fitness facilities were less than stellar. The pool is in need of maintenance, and the spa facilities (i.e. sauna, hot tub) were never working properly when I went there, which was disappointing. Also, the spinning bikes are old and rusty, so I chose to do my cycling outdoors. Issa – the masseuse on staff – provides excellent sports massages that helped me immensely with muscle soreness and helped get me back on the trails quickly! Overall, I had a great holiday. I can’t wait to come back to Antequera for a visit!

Jenn

Rose McCarthy

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 by the stunning scenery – not what you’d expect to close to Malaga airport! I will definitely be back and feel so much fitter in less than a week. Lissa was an added gem and I found her sessions very beneficial. And thanks also to Les and to the super masseuse Issa. Really appreciated everyones attention and care.

Rose McCarthy

Freddie Vasquez

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.

Freddie Vasquez

Nikki

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 between sessions. Antonio and David were fantastic! The extent of their knowledge of the local area was amazing and made the hikes and cycle rides even more enjoyable and interesting. The accommodation and food in the hotel was great and the location made it very easy to get into town and back by foot. My only criticism would be the air conditioning in the gym which at times during the afternoon sessions made it very uncomfortable. Otherwise the gym facilities were fantastic. It was also nice to participate in a Body Balance class at the gym, which Antonio organised. I would really love to do the programme again (although I will have to practice my Spanish and cycling in the meantime)!

Nikki

Andrea

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 kayaking and hikes than the bike rides, but that’s entirely my fault…). The program got never boring, but wasn’t overloaded either. To my surprise, even the gym sessions were fun. And of course, it was fantastic to see the results at the end of the week! But most of all, it was the highly motivated people who made this week to be unforgettable and an all positive experience – therefore a BIG THANK YOU to Antonio, David, Leah and José!!

Andrea

Di Back

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

Di Back

Tony

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 my own and work for myself – I am not used to blindly obeying authority, so a military-style boot camp would not work for me. But I go to Rio-Frio because my will power is not good, so I do need to be pushed and supervised. Getting the balance right between pushing me too hard, or giving me too little structure is the work of a psychiatrist, which all of your staff manage to be very good at: some are brilliant at it! All of the staff have a good understanding of diet and nutrition, as well as various fitness techniques, so their combined knowledge is very impressive and helpful. The staff’s willingness to adapt and micro-manage the programme to suit my individual needs and preferences, is one of the great advantages of going to RFH. The hotel is very comfortable and restful, the staff always friendly and helpful, the food, within the constraints that RFH insists on, is very tasty. The sports facilities are excellent.

Tony

Caroline

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 will definitely go back.

Caroline

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!!!

Peter

Peter

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, the high intensity circuit, rebounding, plenty of varied exercise classes during the day, including Zumba, Swiss ball, stretch band. No two classes were the same. I used the Jacuzzi, sauna and hot tub for relaxation and the weather was perfect for sun bathing. We thoroughly enjoyed it and came away with results we absolutely did not expect.

Peter

Tiziano Puiatti

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 fitness. I highly recommend the course to anyone seriously committed to getting into shape.

Tiziano Puiatti

Rose

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!!!!

Rose

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 both experienced a very satisfactory weight loss and have been able to keep it up back home. We very much recommend the programme [in Marbella] and very much hope to be back for more.

Couple (October 2014)

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 weight, has other underlying health problems they wish to control via a change in diet, or generally just for a relaxing break.

Laura (Alicante January 2015)

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 still eating and drinking like young soldiers (which is also in their “DNA”). We all know exercise and diet are important for weight loss, but too many of us think they carry the same weighting. Having visited RFH I now realise that eating appropriately is far more of a factor for losing weight. Looking at my peer group and listening to the advice from Mel and the trainers taught me that you can’t out-exercise a bad diet – especially with a few 60-minute hectic sessions in the gym each week. With a consistent increase in activity levels and the right approach to eating, the weight drops off and all the associated benefits for improved wellbeing quickly kick in. Thanks!

Craig

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 at heart. Anyone wanting to experience taking themselves to new heights of fitness and experience the fantastic facilities the bootcamp has to offer, I would highly recommend Marbella! I will be booking many more bootcamps in the very near future. Thanks to all the trainers, Jan and the great group that I spent the week with .

Gary (Marbella, July 2015)

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 are highly skilled, profesional and funny at the same time. The coordination of outdoor and indoor activities is very well designed, it is progressive and tailored to the client. The balanced but tasty diet make this programme hard but enjoyable with excellent results. The hotel and the town are very nice and well located and consistent with the activity described. A comprehensive package, very efficient and varied.

Federico (Antequera, August 2015)

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 for his first half, we could not skip a training. All of them were integrated by Antonio. They even gave us a great route to run. The different types of workouts are a healthy and perfect mix. The food choices and the ability of having an appointment with Les, made it really perfect. We are both looking forward to go back.

Evi Wandelseck (Antequera, October 2015)

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!

Laura (Antequera, January 2016)

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 most special group of fascinating people with really interesting life stories. I picked up some handy tips and finally got convinced to try meditation.

Tuscany really has a special landscape and energy. Antequera is better if you want to be able to pop to shops in a 3 min taxi. Both are great in terms of being springboards to great cultural cities if you want to add on to the fitness trip.

The hotel service was very good and the food was excellent; healthy and delicious. I slightly preferred how in Antequera you can choose your own dishes daily, as I like lean protein and veg the most vs healthy carbs that was a feature in Italy. I thought the veggies in italy were amazing and slightly better than Antequera. I haven’t weighed myself yet but I feel better so both formats seem to work well. The format of workouts is similar to Antequera with hike plus circuit plus yoga. Both are great and Alix is a great yoga teacher.

Overall both Tuscany and Antequera are really great programs. I would say Antequera is marginally better for someone with more weight to lose like more than 5 to 10 kg, but this may just have been a function of the particular combination of guests in Italy who were very fit vs when I go to Antequera I tend to go at very quiet times where I luck out with “personal training”. The flip side is that it was motivating to try to keep up with all the fit people.

Alix and the hiking guides and trainers were great and I wholeheartedly recommend them. In Antequera, Antonio and David are very warm, special people who make you feel like family but still work you hard.

Jennifer Stillman (UK)

Jennifer Stillman