Helios Mykonos – The Ultimate Luxury Fitness Retreat
Helios Mykonos – The Ultimate Luxury Fitness Retreat
Where? The Greek island of Mykonos
Exactly? Helios Retreat Mykonos. The luxury sports and fitness retreat is set in a stunning whitewashed villa perched on the hilltops of the picturesque island, with breathtaking views of the sea and a dreamy infinity pool.
Why? When the fun loving Brazilian retreat leader, Hugo Martini Mensch invited me on one of his renowned fitness retreats in Mykonos I was thrilled and accepted immediately! I’d heard a lot about the Helios retreats for a while and when you combine the fitness and yoga classes with luxury accommodation, individually catered meal plans and it’s right at the start of bikini season, it was an easy sell!
Above: Bonnie wears white celestial sports bra and white capri leggings by Sweaty Betty and turquoise trainers by Karrimor
What Happens – The Schedule
On arrival on the first day we did a mini hike to a nearby lighthouse to take in the local surroundings and also get to know the other guests on the retreat a little better. As everyone was a little tired after the flight, the first session was a lovely chilled yoga class on the pool terrace taken by the beautiful Amanda from Yoga Alchemy, followed by a healthy dinner at the villa and an early night.
The group hike to the light house, not too strenuous on arrivals day.
The rest of the trip is set into a schedule of intense training sessions, yoga, meals times, as well as some much needed chill time. The day is normally broken up into 3 or 4 classes, a fun activity and three delicious healthy meals a day. No scrimping on food here, the portions are generous, you’re training so hard, you need to eat for energy.
Above and below Bonnie wears khaki and pink top and leggings from USA Pro at Sports Direct
Each retreat varies, but an example of our day would be a wake up yoga session 7am, short juice/shake break, followed by a 8.30am HIT (high intensity training) session. We’d then have a protein and veggie rich breakfast at the poolside dining table altogether as a group. The rest of the morning is divided into either hiking, visiting the beach, or chill time by the pool and lunch.
Above: Bonnie at the end of the hike with master trainers Method Man Josh and Amanda from Yoga Alchemy
At 5pm once the heat is less intense we would have another training session, perhaps boxing, TRX, HIIT, weights, core or cardio. The training schedule created by London based, celebrity trainer Joshua Clark aka The Method Man of Method Movement, was really varied and kept the pace exciting. We all had different fitness levels but it really didn’t matter, you can do as much or little as is right for you. We never repeated the same class twice and I loved his very Physio style of training, perfecting your posture and core all the time.Above: Bonnie wears white marble bra and leggings by USA Pro at Sports Direct and Below: White swimsuit by Asos.
Hugo likes to change up the villas from season to season, but one thing is for sure, they will be super luxury! This time we were staying the spectacular Zina Villas. Situated high in the Mykonos hills with awe inspiring views. The villa itself was whitewashed to perfection with a beautiful central infinity pool, which all the main activities, classes and meals are based around.
My room was large, airy and beautifully decorated with neutral coloured, soft furnishings and cute local art works. There was a powerful rain shower, soft fresh clean bed linen, 180 degree views through the huge windows and a spectacular balcony with private sun beds. I’d often sleep with the curtains slightly open at night so I could wake up to the sunrise. I literally loved my bedroom and was sad to leave it at the end of the trip!
Pool view at sunset
Bonnie hanging out in Mykonos Old Town wearing white lace dress by Very.co.uk
Delicious daily meals are provided by Mykonos Bowl, filled with super healthy, nutritious, organic ingredients, it’s exactly the sort of fuel you need to aid your high energy days, plus it’s super tasty too. There are plenty of snacks, nut bars, protein shakes and juices in the communal fridge on hand too in case you get peckish.
In the evenings we mainly ate out. Restaurants varied between fantastic traditional Greek tavernas, farm-to-table organic restaurants like Farma (keep scrolling) and we also had two nights out in Mykonos town which are free nights where you can go off and explore. Interestingly we all stayed together anyway and dined at Interni and Avra two of Mykonos’ best restaurants (more on restaurants below). You can also chose to do your own thing on these days if you prefer, perhaps visit the famous windmills, or go shopping in the super chic individual boutiques.
Above: a typical breakfast from Bowl and below a protein rich lunch.
After of week of training, eating healthily and enjoying yoga sessions, hiking and swimming in the sea, I felt rejuvenated, rested (unusually) and filled with a new force of energy and positivity. It’s exactly the sort of retreat I was looking for. And more importantly, do I feel bikini ready for summer now? Hell yes!
The trainers were so amazing and enthusiastic and nothing like at the usual boot camp style, starvation retreats I’d been on in the past. I arrived feeling exhausted and I left feeling fitter, relaxed and renewed. I can’t recommend it enough, it’s the perfect fitness retreat for a pampered style traveller like me. And I highly recommend the Physio massage too!
Above: Bonnie wears green sequin swimsuit by Goldigga
If like me you like to discover your local area a little, I’d recommend a lovely late afternoon or morning visit to Mykonos old town. Or combine a late afternoon browse around the amazing little boutiques, followed by sunset drinks overlooking the famous windmills.
There are also lots of excellent restaurants and beach bars here too if you fancy doing your own thing one day.
Above Bonnie wears blue jumpsuit dress from Lovers and Friends at Revolve.
My Top 3 Restaurants in Mykonos
Farma – (above) Farm-to-table fresh organic restaurant in a rustic garden setting
Avra – (above) Greek ‘secret flower filled garden’ taverna with amazing Greek food
Interni – (above) super chic, expensive, white washed with white tulle curtains, chilled house music and candle lit vibes. Haute Cuisine.
Top 3 Beach Bars in Mykonos
Sant Anna Pool and Beach Bar – (pictured above) chill out day beach bar with pool and house music, the temperature rises in the evening.
Scorpios (pictured above) – luxury Ibiza vibes, where the trendy Mykonos hipster crowd hangs out
Alemagou (pictured above) – Tulum chilled beach vibes, still cool but not as party-tastic.
Thanks so much Hugo for organising such a great trip. And when can I visit again please!!
For more information on Helios Retreats (in Mykonos as well as other destinations such as Morocco, Mexico and more, head to the website www.HeliosRetreats.comAbove: the famous Mykonos windmills and below: Charlie perfects his handstand in an unusual spot :)
That’s all from Mykonos for, next stop Ibiza!
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Bon voyage! xx
What a great view! Who wouldn’t love to do yoga and what not in Mykonos? I love every inch of it! Oh, your white dress is everything.
haha thanks so much x
this place looks soo great and luxury, thanks for sharing the review and details
you’re welcome x
This place looks insane. I would so love to workout with the sun and that backdrop. I bet it was an incredible experience. You look stunning too!
Greece looks gorgeous! I have always wanted to go because of the geography, history, and mythology. It looks like a beautiful place to live and I love the sea
I never thought fitness can be so fun and glamorous as these! The views, the vibes, and their restaurants?! are totally awesome. I’ll be dreaming to go here promise!
This is such a nice post and that is really a very stunning place and you look really good on those outfits. I hope to be there someday.
oh thanks so much x
A fitness retreat sounds so perfect! With all of the activity and healthy eating it would be great to jump start a fitness routine. Love it!!
Those gorgeous views would definitely inspire me to be my best in the workouts! The food looks amazing too, what a fun retreat idea!
This place looks amazing! The view…the yoga…the pool…the food…you must have had the best time!
It was fab x
This would be my dream vacation! The scenery, the workouts, the food! How amazing!
it was a dream x
What an amazing backdrop for fitness fun and all around health. I can imagine the sea breeze in your hair as you yoga on this retreat! Can’t get better than this, right?
The views are stunning and the pool looks very inviting. I would love to visit Greece one day.
i love greece x
Wow, great pictures! Mykonos looks amazing! Thanks for sharing!
I didn’t know that there were fitness retreats at all! Wow, what a beautiful place to have one.
seriously, this is such a fun destination with amazing facilities. Mykonos looks amazing! Thank you for sharing these lovely pictures and your experience!
Mykonos is a beautiful island. The luxurious surroundings are a bonus.
What a fun trip. It looks like you had a great time. Such beautiful photos…I definitely want to visit!
Those views though!!! I’m totally swooning. Looks and sounds like it was a fabulous trip!!
Those views xx
What a fun and great experience you had. I never tried something like and I make me feels to try new things like this.
trying new things is great
This place is absolutely beautiful! I would love to go there for a week not only for the fitness and food but for the gorgeous views!
Such a lovely island, surrounded by gorgeous sights! I would want to visit Mykonos one of these days. :)
You couldn’t have picked better spots for those pictures! This place looks so fascinating. I’m actually eager to pursue more yoga activities now that I’ve read this, so that first. Then, planning a vacation in Mykonos!
Do it xx
This looks absolutely amazing! I would love to do something like that!
It was lovely x
What a truly beautiful escape to look after your health, revitalize and recharge. This program would be hard to beat anywhere in the world. The schedule sounds so good, interspersed with adventuring or relaxing – together with enjoying that fabulous food! The views are nothing short of inspiring – would love to spend a bit of time here!
It was so lovely x
Me and my fiance are planning on visiting Greece next year! I really hope Mykonos is a part of the itinerary.
That island looks really beautiful and hope to get there soon! Such a perfect place for that great retreat.
Such a beautiful place! This place looks so luxurious and a perfect place to have a fitness retreat!
I badly need and want a retreat like this! It’s always a great feeling to relax and do yoga.
You should do it x
WOW love this place it’s absolutely beautiful! I love your photos
A retreat like this looks like it would be so much fun. I have always wanted to go on one!
You’d love it!
Wow!!! Would love to visit Mykynos one day. How beautiful!! Can imagine it must have been absolutely incredible for you. So jealous
love it there x
Amazing as well as fascinating images and post, thanks for sharing with us. Please keep continue sharing.
thanks I will xx