Is it time for you to rev up your fitness regime, but the thought of getting sweaty in a crowded gym disgusts you? Do you shudder at the thought of lifting weights alone in your sweatpants? Well, then, Camp Biche might just be the place for you.
Camp Biche is located a half hour from Cahors, in the south of France. It is situated in an 11th Century mansion perched atop a hill, with views of the surrounding valley. If the scenery doesn’t entice you, the food certainly will. The cuisine is healthy French, prepared by chef Michael Spitali, who also cooks for the queen of Denmark. Highlights of the menu include Cointreau-drench fruit salads, scallops with hollandaise sauce, and of course, French wine.
So, what about exercise? Well, you won’t find any claustrophobic gyms here. Guests come for a minimum seven-day program, which includes daily hikes, yoga, an intensive ab workout, and a massage. Participants get up early, at 4:30, to begin this intensive regime that alternates between vigorous exercise and luxurious pampering.
Each “bootcamp” has a maximum of five participants, so every guest gets a wellness experience tailored just for them and a lot of individual attention. The opulent interiors, majestic surroundings, delicious food, and all-around positive attitude inspire travelers from around the world to ditch their gyms and take a feel-good (and look-good) Camp Biche vacation.
Does it work? Well, Camp Biche is regularly at the top of the lists of the world’s best wellness resorts, and participants regularly write to Libby Pratt, the owner, to tell her that the experience changed their lives. I know it would definitely be easier for me to get through a 16 mile hike if I knew there was a massage waiting for me at the end of it!