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Villas to help you keep your New Year resolutions by Maggie O'Sullivan

Posted in HOTELS + VILLAS By Maggie O' Sullivan

It’s almost time for New Year resolutions and at Travelwrap Towers we’ll be putting ‘get fit’, ‘travel more’ and ‘learn a language' at the top of our lists – as usual. Fortunately, the travel industry has long made it easy to keep the first two resolutions, with hotels and resorts all over the world providing a wide range of health and fitness packages. Now private villas are doing the same, offering not only personal trainers and tennis coaches, but language tutors, too. Here’s what leading luxury villa company SJ Villas has on offer in 2016. 

Personal trainer in Corfu

The Garden House (above; sleeps 8), near Aghios Markos in Corfu, is surrounded by gardens and olive groves with extensive views over to Albania and Corfu Town. It’s very private but just five minutes’ walk from the nearest taverns and restaurants and 10 minutes’ walk from the nearest beach. It’s the perfect spot for Pilates with many shady spots to practise. The teacher is Kristen Wojciechowski who has worked at a number of top London gyms and specialises in Pilates, dance-based training, body conditioning, and HIIT training. From £12,000 per week; Pilates, £150 per day for four one-hour sessions. Tennis coach in Languedoc

La Fraissinede (sleeps 12) is a private house in the pretty village of Lagrasse near Corbières. It boasts a splendid all-weather tennis court surrounded by lavender and a private tennis coach can be arranged on request. When tennis lessons are over, there is a large heated swimming pool, games room, media room and party room with an open fireplace. From £8,000 per week. Private tennis coaching from €50 per hour. Surf coaching in Bali

The Bukit Peninsula is a surfer's paradise, with some of Bali’s best beaches and surfing spots. Karang Lati (sleeps 12) is five minutes’ drive from the nearest beach where it has a small private bale (traditional Balinese gazebo) with a plunge pool and changing facilities. Private surfing can be arranged here. Meanwhile, back at Karang Lati, in-villa spa treatments and private yoga/pilates sessions can be enjoyed in the gym or on the deck surrounding the infinity pool. The house also comes fully staffed. B&b from £1,653 per night, plus tax and service charges. Private surf lessons from around £25 per hour. Detoxing in Provence

La Bergerie de Terre Blanche (sleeps 12) is a luxury villa set in landscaped gardens with views towards the mountains and perched villages, over the Terre Blanche golf course and the lake beyond. The in-house chef can tailor the menus to whatever guests want, including offering low fat and detox dishes, such as green juice and buckwheat porridge for breakfast, or watercress soup and teriyaki chicken and steamed greens for dinner. The house has an 18m heated pool, a barbecue kitchen and several entertaining terraces, plus a private cinema. From £1,142 per person, per week, based on 12 sharing. 

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