Prefer not to leave your hobbies behind when you head off on holiday? Whether you’re heading to South Africa or Ibiza, you can enjoy your favourite activities from the comfort of your villa, from yoga and meditation classes to wildlife photography, nutrition workshops and music recording sessions
Wildlife photography, Observatory Bush Villa, South Africa, Villa Guru
Learn how to capture the perfect wildlife snapshots with the help of a professional photographer as you explore the 20,000 acre Leobo Private Reserve in the Waterberg Mountains, be it on horse back, quad bike, Polaris or even helicopter. Enjoy sundowners on the roof terrace where there’s a Jacuzzi or a heated infinity pool. Or perhaps you’d like to enjoy a private session in the research grade observatory with a leading astronomer. The villa sleeps six adults and three children, but can be suited to smaller groups too.
Price: £297 per person per night based on nine sharing. Price includes all food and drinks, a private chef and butler, plus exclusive use of the 8,000 hectare reserve and concierge service.
Health and fitness retreat, Puyssentut, South West France, In:spa
If you have a devotion to health and fitness and like a personal, nurturing touch, Puyssentut — a renovated medieval chateau set in the rolling countryside of Southern France — is the ideal hobby holiday retreat. Take part in group yoga and fitness sessions, learn how to master clean eating with healthy cookery classes and one-to-one personal nutritionist consultations, head out on a guided hike or simply relax by the pool with a massage. Renowned In:spa teachers and experts are flown in from London especially for the retreat to motivate, educate and care for guests in on a personal level.
Price: From £1,495pp (was £1,995pp) based on two sharing a deluxe room. Price includes daily yoga classes, all hikes, all fitness classes, 2x massages, a personal training session, a nutritional consultation and a cookery demonstration.
Cookery masterclasses, Villa Bianca, Phuket, Villa Guru
Are you a Michelin-starred chef in the making? Villa Bianca in Phuket has a series of hands-on cookery masterclasses in the comfort of the villa’s own kitchen. It can be arranged that on-site head chef Sandro Aguilera take you through the intricacies of Thai cuisine with a private lesson, or if baking is more your thing, one of Thailand’s top pastry chefs David Inglada can show you how to create sweet treats first-hand. The villa sits directly on the white sands of Natai Beach and sleeps six in three double bedrooms. Each room has a terrace that steps right onto the sand, with a 20 metre swimming pool acting as the villa’s centrepiece.
Price: From £1,400pp based on six sharing on a full-board basis. Price includes airport transfers and multiple activities.
Secret Yoga Club, Tuscany, Villa Lena
Wellbeing, shared experiences and self-discovery are at the heart of the Secret Yoga Club in Tuscany. SCY are bringing some of their favourite teachers and healers from London to work with the Villa Lena team of artists, chefs and producers to create a completely unique and holistic programme. Expect to experience gong sessions and sound healing cacao ceremonies, art workshops with the villa’s resident artists and tailored yoga instruction for everyone from the beginner to the seasoned yogi. Explore the 500 hectares of woodland and olive groves, or simply recline by the pool before joining the group for a farm-to-table supper on the terrace overlooking the rolling Tuscan hills.
Price: From £575pp. Price includes all classes and workshops as well as daily brunch and supper at the villa.
Recording sessions, Villa Rockstar, St Barths, Villa Guru
If you’re an aspiring musician looking for creative inspiration, this ultra-luxe beachside pad in the exclusive Saint Jean Bay is the perfect destination. Boasting its own in-house recording studio, Villa Rockstar is fully-equipped to help musicians looking to record their next hit, with THX approved equipment from Oceanway Recording Studios of Hollywood, including the same mixing console used by John Lennon to record Imagine. It can also be arranged for a top international producer to visit the villa and assist with the creative process, along with experienced musicians to provide instrumental accompaniment. The villa sleeps up to eight across six bedrooms.
Price: From £1,875pp per night based on up to eight sharing on a B&B basis. Price includes return VIP airport transfers, 24-hour butler services as access to all services and amenities at Eden Rock Hotel.
Private CrossFit camps, Can Tarba, Ibiza, Villa Guru
Fitness fans enamoured by the worldwide CrossFit craze needn’t have to leave their hobby at home when visiting Can Tarba villa in Ibiza’s northern hills. It can be arranged that a qualified CrossFit trainer come to the house, set up an entire CrossFit rig and run daily sessions, enabling guests to go from a strenuous workout to lounging by the impressive 18 metre infinity pool at their leisure. The contemporary-chic villa sleeps 10 across five bedrooms and is fitted with state-of-the-art technology throughout.
Price: From £1,090pp based on 10 sharing on a self-catering basis. Price includes full-time housekeeping.
Foodie and yoga retreat, Son Torrella, Mallorca, Retreat and Restore
Celebrate food and yoga this summer with Tart London, who are taking over one of Mallorca’s most historic privately owned properties for a week of healthy, nourishing breakfasts, lunches and dinners as well as light snacks and apéritif’s. There will be daily yoga and meditation practices, nutritional workshops and hill-top walks, or if you’re looking to slow down and unwind, spend time by the pool with a good book and a variety of beauty treatments.
Price: From £1,500pp. Price includes all activities.
Dressage tuition, Mas Mateu, Costa Brava, Spain, Villa Guru
Are you an equestrian eager to improve your skills on horseback? Look no further than Mas Mateu, an exquisite 18th Century estate set within the beautiful surroundings of Spain’s Costa Brava. Not only does the property house its own world-class equestrian facility, complete with an indoor and outdoor school, six paddocks and a stabling and lunging pen, but you can now arrange for expert tuition from a world-renowned trainer on a grand-prix dressage horse to take place at the villa during your holiday. The villa houses upwards of 20 guests.
Price: From £3,000pp based on 10 sharing. Price includes in-house butler, x2 chefs and team of housekeepers.
Main image: Observatory Bush Villa, Villa Guru