Vacation Inspiration: The Best Teenage Fitness Holidays in Europe

By Paul Joseph

We all know that the world is in great uncertainty right now, and while that is likely to continue for the foreseeable period, it’s important that we stay positive and look forward to happier times.

For young people in particular this is an unsettling time, and as much as anyone they need to keep their spirits up. And what better way to help them than to remind them of all the wonderful things they have to look forward to once this crisis is over?

With that in mind, we’ve done some research and picked out some of the best teenage fitness holidays ideas in Europe right now. We hope it provides some solace at this difficult time.

Watersports Week and Creative Minds at Hillside Beach Club Turkey 

Known for its pioneering approach, Hillside Beach Club has begun taking suggestions from its younger visitors through its recently introduced scheme, Creative Minds.  The size of the basketball court was increased following popular demand, and Wake Points Hills was designed following the demand by youngsters for daytime parties, as they wanted a place to dance freely without parents. 

Also for this year, Hillside Beach Club has announced that the resort will kick off this summer’s Watersports Week with the International Water-ski & Wakeboard Federation (IWWF). The luxury coastal resort will host the opening event of the IWWF’s European Tour from 4-7 June.

The event will give Hillside’s teens and parents alike the chance to see some of Europe’s leading aquatic athletes in action, including the likes of British competitors Katie Batchelor and Luca Kidd.  With the elite riders staying at the resort and putting on various showcases during Watersports Week, the event will be the perfect inspiration for those looking to get into a new water sport and will even give the opportunity to receive expert coaching from selected athletes.  

Celebrity Sports Camps at Quinta do Lago’s Multi-Sports Centre, The Campus 

The multi-sports centre The Campus offers many activities for adults and children alike with regular camps held throughout the school holidays hosted by sporting celebrities including Judy Murray, Rio Ferdinand, Jamie Redknapp and Brian O'Driscoll.

Since opening a year ago, The Campus has completely transformed the Quinta do Lago's lifestyle and reputation - to Europe’s premier sporting destination for training, recovery and rehabilitation. During the past 12 months, The Campus has played host to high profile celebrity athletes has welcomed over 800 sporting professionals including the Sunderland FC team and the Glasgow Rangers. 

Ikos Andalusia, Spain 

This new luxury all-inclusive resort provides the perfect escape in an idyllic setting to relax. It is the fifth addition to the award-winning Ikos Resorts and the group's first property outside of Greece. Located on Playa de Guadalmansa, the 411-room hotel is 55 minutes from Malaga airport, 20 minutes from the cosmopolitan centre of Marbella and 15 minutes from the historic town of Estepona.

Like other Ikos properties, Ikos Andalusia offers an array of activities for teenagers in their ‘Just4Teens’ club for 14-17-year-old. Taking advantage of the hotel’s facilities, Ikos hosts floodlit tennis matches, basketball games, beach badminton, volleyball, canoeing, pedalos, paddle boarding, mountain biking, Pilates, aerobics, Zumba and table tennis activities.

There is also a WK Football Academy programme available for a variety of age groups up to 14 years old.  In addition, with MINI Cars offered to all guests complimentary as part of their stay for use for one full day, families can also spend quality time together discovering the island.

MarBella Elix, Greece

Marbella Elix is the newest member of MarBella Collection. Close to the cosmopolitan Parga area of mainland Greece and set above immaculate sandy beaches, MarBella Elix is a family-oriented property for those with a more adventurous and inquisitive mind.  

MarBella Elix offers an exciting Adventure Club for kids and teens run by the Exploration Society, putting the fun into each stay with an outdoor adventure of engaging, supervised activities that make the most of the great outdoors. 

Playing on the magic of Greek myths, the adventure club at MarBella Elix is themed on the heroic tales of Greek gods, goddesses and legends. The new partnership provides adventure through mythical creatures and deities along with an abundance of outdoor activities including orienteering, horse riding, treasure hunts and water park excursions.

JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa

Opened in 2019 on the untouched Northern atoll of Shaviyani, JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa features 60 ultra-expansive beach and over water villas. The resort places a strong emphasis on privacy with private decks and pools designed so they can’t be seen from the outside. 

Aside from one of the most impressive food offerings in the Maldives, other highlights include its extensive range of activities for children and teenagers. Youngsters will have the opportunity to explore the well-protected house reef, partake in open-air yoga at the Pavilion and work-out in the over-water gym. JW Marriott also hosts a Family Sand, Sun and Fun Olympic Games for the whole squad to get involved in. 

ELIVI Skiathos 

ELIVI Skiathos is located on arguably the best spot of the island, overlooking the ocean in an area of natural beauty and surrounded by a wilderness reserve and four white sand beaches, all with beach waiter service and mattress thick sun loungers.  

The hotel opened in 2018 and is beautifully designed by its owner. Since then the hotel has been consistently updated including the opening of its Kids Club introducing a wider variety of activities for teenagers. The hotel offers hourly activities such as; aqua aerobics, Zumba, gymnastics, hiking, yoga, tennis, outdoor gym and basketball, for youths to meet and get moving. There is also the opportunity for teenagers to spend quality time with their parents by hiring bikes, horse riding, partaking in water sports or relaxing in the ELIVI spa.  

By Paul Joseph