Running on empty? Then it’s time to experience some of Europe’s most beautiful sights and luscious hotels while you ramp up your heart rate, release some endorphins and feel the rush of fresh air in your hair.
With over 250 acres to explore, a bike tour of magnificent Versailles is something every outdoor lover should experience at least once in a lifetime. You visit sites that most tourists otherwise miss, such as Marie Antoinette’s country-style Hameau, the Petit Trianon and the Grand Trianon. After a peddle and a picnic by the Grand Canal, take a tour of the palace and see the rooms of royalty and famous Hall of Mirrors. Back in Paris, stay at the Paris Marriott Rive Gauche Hotel, where you can go for a stroll along the Seine or visit the famous World Class fitness gym.
Dip into Dorney Lake at Eton near London on the 29th of August for the Big South Swim over 1.5 or 3.8km. Whether your Phelpsie the fish or Eddie the Eel, it’s all about having fun and getting fit. Back on shore, strip off the wetsuit and warm up at the Langham Hotel London, with a few choice selections from the world’s finest cocktails on the Cocktail Grazing menu.
Raise your spirits and your heart rate on a majestic hike to St Miquel del Fai near Barcelona. Walk amongst natural cascades, pools and medieval architecture until you reach the summit where a support guide takes you on a tour of the sights. Back at the Six Senses Spa & Fitness Centre at the Arts Ritz Carlton, a team of fully-trained professionals will take you through Yoga moves, Tai-Chi and Pilates before it’s time to enjoy the Port Olimpica view from the Marina bar with a cold cocktail and fresh breeze.
In preparation for the Christmas flight, reindeers need to work up a sweat in the off season. You can join in the fun on a trip through a Lappish forest near Rovaniemi, Finland. At a reindeer farm, you choose your reindeer and prepare them for the trip led by a local herder. You’ll see the beauty of Santa’s backyard before returning to the farm for some delicious pancakes. Then jingle all the way back to Sokos Hotel Vaakuna Rovaniemi, for an onsite sauna and drink at their cosy bar to toast the day’s adventures.