Sporty holidays or getting into shape while on holiday

There seems to be so much sport on the news over the last couple of weeks with the Olympics and all sorts of events to motivate us so I thought I’d explore some novel things to do for sporty types. With our lovely presenter Elaine Crowley on Midday doing Celebrity Operation Transformation everybody seems to be on the move and working that body.
In case you haven’t realised she’s no stranger to working out and is incredibly fit – No1 Bootcamp is just one of the places where she has stayed and you can stay there too

Basic details about the camps  & pictures 
No 1 Boot Camp runs Europe’s most popular super-healthy weight loss retreats. Its main camp is on the beautiful North Norfolk coast in England, close to the Queen’s Sandringham estate. Elaine Crowley has been to the Norfolk camp along with lots of celebrities including Arg from The Only Way Is Essex (pic included).
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Gee Leary is the No 1 Boot Camp head trainer – very hunky. He looks like a movie star. Picture included.
No 1 Camp has a second camp in Ibiza which runs from March till October. It is very popular with celebrities such as Ireland’s Nadia Forde. Two pictures included of her at camp. Other pictures of celebs at the Ibiza camp include Ashley Roberts from the Pussycat Dollars, Vanessa White from the Saturdays, Binky Felstead from Made In Chelsea. No 1 Boot Campers hiking and doing yoga on the beach as well as the beautiful Ibizan coastline near the camp.


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Ethos of the camp
No 1 Boot Camp aims to help clients lose weight fast. Average weight loss is around 1lb a day – so we aim for most campers to lose at least half a stone in their first week. We cater for all levels of fitness – from the seriously out of shape to super-fit gym bunnies who want to hone their fitness.
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Almost all our trainers are ex-Military so their routines are based on the science which informs Army/Marine physical instruction. It is tough but the trainers are well aware they are dealing with paying clients so they go easy on the shouting.
The aim is to lose weight but also instigate long-term lifestyle change so that ex-boot campers go home with lots of good habits they can keep up at home.
Prices for the Norfolk camp start at  €1,000 for a shared room, going up to  €1,900 for the most luxurious single room.
Prices for the Ibiza camp start at €1,500 for a shared room week, going up to €2,900 for the most luxurious single room.
Full prices here (in £s)

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Check out the Irish Travel Agents Association website for a selection of late deals and specialised holidays


Cycling Holidays at Kanes Travel
Tel: 0433 334500
·         We work with Velo Vercors ( who offer a one stop cycling holiday in the Vercors alps of France.
·         Prices as follows for Sportive challenges

·         We can tailor make a package at any time of year to suit groups or families or particular interests and abilities.

ALL RATES are Price Per Person based on 2 sharing a room in a gite or B&B. Include some evening meals, breakfasts, Transfers on arrival and departure, Transport to Sportive, accompanied rides. See cyclosportive page for full details.
                                                                                                       7 nights         3 night weekend
Vercors Challenge (May)
L’Ardechoise (June)
La Dromoise (Sept)




The Vercors offers superb Alpine training for the Etape or the Marmotte. The 3 local sportives we support are well organised events that attract a wide range of cyclists’ and have a buzz and atmosphere similar to Top Amateur and Professional races. They are on closed or marshalled roads giving much greater safety than UK sportives. Local villages embrace the events offering support and a warm welcome for all the riders with local town bands, animations and a festival atmosphere. There are regular feed and drink stops and a buffet at the finish. Timing chips will also be given to record an accurate time and place. We will be supporting riders on the following local events and offer weekend and weekly packages priced on a per person rate on a shared basis in our gites or B&B.  

At Cullentragh Lodge, Velo Leitrim offer you the opportunity to enjoy the comforts of their Irish home which they have lovingly restored. Experience staying in an original classic Irish stone cottage complemented by eco credentials, luxurious interiors and stunning views. An ideal base to discover everything the hauntingly, beautiful County of Leitrim has to offer. 
Whether you come to cycle, walk or simply chill out, Cullentragh Lodge, with its spectacular views across the valley and the peaceful surroundings will leave you with wonderful memories.
Their hand chosen bike routes will lead you along quiet, low traffic roads, along rolling hills, Loughs, Waterfalls and the Wild Atlantic Way. And if you don’t want the hassle of bringing your own bikes they can arrange bikes to be ready and waiting for your arrival.
The  location offers a great choice of being in Leitrim but just a stone’s throw from the Counties of Cavan, Donegal, Sligo and Mayo in the Republic and Enniskillen across the border. It offers the best of country living with its abundance of lakes, rich landscape and incredible fauna and flora as well as being situated only 35kms from The Wild Atlantic Way with its many sandy beaches and Top Surfing locations

weekly rental of lodge is €925 for six people

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Enjoy a deluxe hiking holiday in Madonna di Campiglio, a beautiful resort in the Dolomite Mountains.– last minute deal with Topflight is good value

Madonna di Campiglio is one of the most beautiful destinations for walkers, hikers and groups alike. Explore scenic mountain trails, spectacular landscapes and some of the most beautiful paths in the Dolomites. You will be based in the luxurious 4-Star Superior Hotel Cristal Palace, a beautiful Alpine-style hotel.

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Stay at the elegant Hotel Cristal Palace in Madonna di Campiglio during your deluxe hiking holiday. Hotel Cristal Palace boasts stunning Alpine-inspired architecture, along with a beautiful wooden interior. The rooms in the Cristal Palace are luxurious, comfortable and spacious while the facilities are of the highest quality.
After an activity-packed day of hiking, guests can unwind in the beautiful panoramic restaurant and bar. Enjoy spectacular views of Madonna di Campiglio and the Brenta Dolomites.
You will be spoiled for choice by the range of treatments at the Cristal Energy SPA, with a vast range on offer. Enjoy a relaxing swim in the heated indoor pool, or perhaps indulge in a massage treatment, and recharge your batteries. for more details – September 10th departure €849
 Return Flights from Dublin
Return Transfers by Luxury Coach
7 Nights Half Board Accommodation at the 4-Star Superior Hotel Cristal Palace
A FREE 6-Day Dolomeet Card / Lift Pass (worth up to €85)
5 local guided hikes, with two private guides for groups of up to 40 people
20kg baggage allowance 
 All taxes

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The Novel Traveller is notoriously not sporty even though I love adventure and chance to do something daring but even I could be tempted to go healthy while on a cruise and two of my favourite cruislines are offering healthy options. Going on a cruise doesn’t automatically mean that you are going to put on a few kilos and I love the idea of losing weight, toning up and getting all sporty in a different country everyday?

Celebrity Cruises


1)     Yoga on The Lawn Club at Sea
·        Pull off your best downward facing dog or sun salutation while taking in the serenity of the turquoise seas. Celebrity Cruises guests can take to the real grass lawn on the top deck and enjoy a yoga class while sailing into idyllic destinations such as the Greek Isles, Turkey and Italy
·        The mind-body yoga workout features T-Spheres to help stretch and flex out of the workstation slump or texting crouch. The pressure-point experience facilitates unwinding with quiet, precise movements that corrects poor body alignment, increases flexibility, relieves mental stress and promotes restorative sleep
·        Costs from
2)     AquaClass information
·        For the ultimate health and fitness enthusiast, Celebrity Cruises serene AquaClass® Staterooms are the holiday of choice. Located comfortably close to the AquaSpa Relaxation Room, the Solarium and the Persian Garden, each room offers a beautiful balcony and some in-room extras to help guests relax. AquaClass® Stateroom extras include a plush bathrobe and slippers, an aromatherapy diffuser, pillow menu and additional toiletries including shower gel, facial spray and lip balm. Daily deliveries of bottled water and teas are made, with an enhanced room service menu on offer designed with health-conscious guests in mind
·        Guests will have access to a Personal Spa Concierge, who will arrange AquaSpa® treatments for them, and guests can also take part in Celebrity Cruises special programme of wellness classes like meditation and yoga
·        Celebrity Cruises offers an exclusive AquaClass® guests restaurant for breakfast and dinner, Blu offering “clean cuisine”  
3)     Kayak, Snorkel, and Beach Experience (George Town, Grand Cayman
·        Enjoy three fun adventures on one tour with kayaking, snorkeling and relaxing at Seven Mile Beach. You’ll receive snorkel gear and a two-person kayak at the water sports complex on Seven Mile Beach. Then paddle toward the official Governor’s Residence and snorkel among the abundant tropical fish and coral formations at Governor’s Reef before paddling back. Enjoy complimentary rum or fruit punch and spend an hour enjoying the beach facilities
·        Costs from $59 USD per child and $84 USD per adult
4)     Reventazon Whitewater Rafting (Puerto Limon, Costa Rica)
·        Grab a paddle and hit the river for a fast, fun, and unforgettable ride down these legendary rapids. The Reventazon River has hosted the World Rafting Championships. Now, it’s your turn. Rumble down an easy to maneuver section of the river thats perfect for kids, families, and all types of adventurous souls. Zoom over swirling rapids. Enjoy the natural beauty that surrounds you and have a blast on this funfilled adventure down the river
·        Costs from $99  per person
5)     Cozumel 12 Metre America’S Cup Regatta (Cozumel, Mexico)
·        Be part of Americas Cup history as you sail the fastest “Twelves” ever built. Designed to do one thing race in Americas Cups the 12metre class was retired following Dennis Conner’s win in 1987 at the helm of Stars and Stripes. Very few people have had the privilege of sailing aboard these classic mega yachts. Now you can be one of them as you experience the thrill of racing in the original Dennis Conner’s challenge
·        Costs form $114 per person
6)     Mayan Frontier By Horseback and Ecolounge Beach Break (Cozumel, Mexico)
·        Saddle up and ride through the natural wonders of the island of Cozumel. Horses are assigned and instructions are given at Rancho Buenavista. You’ll ride through the rainforest passing original Mayan ruins, replicas and caves dating back 1,500 years. Your guide explains Mayan history and customs as you trot along the trails. After this mystical experience, you’ll arrive at a beautiful beach where you can relax, swim and enjoy the amazing Caribbean breeze
·        Costs from $60 per child and $99 per adult
Join Celebrity Cruises’ (; 0800 441 4054Celebrity Equinox on a 12-night Ultimate Caribbean fly/cruise from €2,189 per person (based on two adults sharing an interior stateroom).
Price includes return flights from Dublin, transfers, one-night pre-cruise accommodation and a 10-night cruise departing from Ultimate Caribbean Cruise departing from Fort Lauderdale (Florida) and calling at George Town (Grand Cayman), Cartagena (Colombia), Colon (Panama), Puerto Limon (Costa Rica) and Cozumel (Mexico) for an overnight stay before returning to Fort Lauderdale for the flight home.
Price is based on 19 January 2016 departure.
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MSC offer The perfect cruise for wellness & fitness enthusiasts


The new Wellness Experience – powered by Technogym, gives you the privileged access to state-of-the-art fitness equipment, a comprehensive one-on-one health assessment, a personalized fitness program and a selection of healthy food and drink options to choose from. We’ve partnered with Technogym, the world’s leading wellness company, to bring this new experience exclusively to the 



MSC Cruises’ ships starting from Summer 2017.
Further customize your vacation based on your own personal desires and interests by booking the new Wellness Experience – part of the existing Inclusive Experience categories that guests can choose when booking their cruise.


The personalized experience features cutting-edge technology and state-of-the-art fitness facilities, specialized food & beverage offerings, exclusive shore excursions, and access to MSC Cruises’ Master Trainers certified by Technogym.

Discover the wellness category that best suits your goals
As soon as you book the Wellness Experience, you’ll be invited to compete the Aspiration Finder™ – the first-ever scientific questionnaire developed by Technogym’s Research Department – which helps MSC understand your wellness motivations and match you with one of the following wellness categories. The result of the questionnaire is a personalized Aspiration Map, which forms the basis for the individualized program.


Receive a one-on-one appointment with a MSC Master Trainer, who will conduct an assessment consisting of body scale analyzer test combined with an in-depth consultation. You’ll also receive a medical check-up with the MSC Doctor, which will include a blood pressure test, electrocardiogram 

Receive complimentary access to the MSC Cruises-only version of Technogyms’ award-winning mywellness app. This app tracks your movement & assigns a daily movement target, includes info from your personalized training program and allows you to see fitness class schedules 
Starting price on inside cabin for wellness package is €949pp on the newest ship MSC Meraviglia with €300 add on for flights!!
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To find out more details about cruise prices and offers contact
So Tune in to TV3 tomorrow for Travel Tuesday to hear all about these fab options to get fit this autumn


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