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Sand Sea Spa Retreat with your Smoc
Award winning personal trainer Kate Burrows is launching her new luxury retreat company, Sand Sea Spa Retreats at Saunton Sands Hotel, North Devon. She is excited to tell us all about it and why it would be perfect to attend with your Smoc.
How did Sand Sea Spa Retreats come about?
I moved down to Devon a few years ago from London. After living in London for 10 years and running my own successful personal training company KB Personal Training - Female Personal Trainers in London the coast was calling. My life slowed down but, at the same time, I felt re-energised and more motivated than ever. I cycle everywhere, love hiking the coastal paths and do yoga overlooking the beach. My surfing is still a working progress but I can now swim 1500 metres in the ocean! I soon realised, I have to share this amazing place with other people. My mantra has always been about balance. I know this can be really difficult when you have a full on job and busy home life. I wanted to create a weekend away where people could set the reset button their life. Over the last three years, I've been hatching a plan - to provide fitness retreats that you can design to suit your needs.
What can people expect from your retreat?
The key thing to Sand Sea Spa retreats is that you have options. There is a lovely balance of fitness classes, yoga, surfing, coastal walks and spa time. You can pick and choose your daily schedule depending on how you are feeling. We are based right on the coast so if you fancy wild swimming or extra beach walks it is all there for you. If you bring your smoc it is perfect for post surfing or sea swimming. If the weather is on the wild side it is perfect to pop your smoc on to keep you warm on a beach walk too.
Why did you choose Saunton Sands Hotel for the retreats?
I have been a member of the hotel spa/gym for a few years now and I love it. The location of the hotel is breath taking, it's right on the beach - you can literally pop your smoc on and walk down. Saunton is perfect to surf whether you are a beginner or advanced surfer. There is less rips than the other local beaches so perfect for wild swimming. We can hold fitness and yoga classes on the beach, on the grass outside the hotel or in the fitness studio. It is right next to the coastal path and the Braunton Burrows so options for walks are endless. The hotel has first class customer service and the staff are all super friendly. The spa is lovely - the jacuzzi overlooks the beach. What I also love about the spa is that it is unpretentious so everyone can feel 100% comfortable in their swimsuit. There is also the option for treatments if people want to add these to the retreat.
What is the vibe of your retreat?
This retreat is to get outdoors, be active, relax in the spa, read a book and if you want to buy a glass of wine at the bar at the end of the day then go for it. The food will be mainly plant based and nutritious - you get the most out of your day when you fuel yourself correctly.
When do the retreats start?
The retreats start in May 2022. We then take a break over the summer and are back Sept-Nov. You can see all dates and prices on the website Book Now | Sand Sea Spa Retreats. You can also follow us on insta @sandseasparetreats for all our latest news. We are offering all Smoc customers £50 off their retreat using discount code SMOC50 at checkout.