Belmond La Résidence d’Angkor launches luxury fitness retreat

As the travel trend for fitness fusion holidays gathers pace, Belmond has launched the ultimate wellness escape – a week-long luxury fitness retreat at Belmond La Résidence d’Angkor in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Taking place from 30th November to 7th December, guests will train among ancient temples – the first time this has been allowed to happen – tuck into healthy gourmet cuisine and practice their yoga poses before tackling the 18th Angkor Wat International Half Marathon.

Belmond La Résidence d’Angkor is an intimate Khmer-style hotel, peacefully located on the banks of a tree-lined river near the world-famous Angkor temple complex. Designed to be challenging yet non-stressful, the fitness retreat appeals to a range of fitness levels and offers free time to enjoy the fantastic on-property facilities.

The experience begins with a blessing from a local monk to prepare guests for the adventure ahead. Every morning, fitness trainer Malik Lomax will lead a warm-up and boot camp-style group fitness session at the temples, encouraging guests to work up a sweat among historic treasures including Angkor Thom, the last capital of the Khmer Empire; Bantei Srei, a 10th-century monument dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva; and Beng Melea, a ‘jungle temple’ that dates back to the 1100s.

Guests will be put through their paces each day with a carefully-planned exercise programme, including isolation training for different muscle groups and aerobic activities such as mountain bike rides, jogging and cross-fit exercises. Each participant will also benefit from one-on-one private training sessions.

All that exercise is complemented by a specially devised menu of healthy yet delicious cuisine, with nutritious options including protein-rich breakfasts, fresh spring rolls, grilled and steamed seafood, quinoa salads and vegetable frittatas. One ‘Mystery Dine-Around’ experience is also included, during which guests will be whisked away by private tuk tuk on a culinary journey through Siem Reap, enjoying a different course of authentic Khmer cuisine in four surprise locations.