Shape up in 2017 at Chateau Lou Casteou

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Cote d’Azur chateau hosts three luxury residential fitness retreats this year – salsa, tennis and Body Tonic

‘LET’S SALSA’ – 6 – 9TH APRIL & 1 – 4TH JUNE 2017

Learn the different dance disciplines of Merengue, Bachata, Cha Cha Cha, Salsa and Kizomba on this four-day, fun all-inclusive residential retreat, led by dancers Juan Let’s Salsa and Simon and Becky Mascarenhas.

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The retreat will cater for both beginners and experienced dancers wishing to improve their footwork skills. With a warm and vibrant teaching style, Juan has performed as a dancer and teacher in top London venues. Simon has a steadfast reputation as a smooth and relaxed dancer, teacher and choreographer. Having won many awards, Simon has made a number of big stage and film appearances, including ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ the big screen hit Cuban Fury in 2014.

Dancing will also be complimented by fun fitness activities designed to improve the core and leg muscle groups used in dance. These include core strengthening and fun swiss ball sessions, plus water and Latino aerobics and a tennis workshop. Guests will also take in a visit to a local Provençal vineyard and the Cuban Club, La Bodeguita,

Details: Three nights’ full board costs £1,250 per person in a private en-suite room with sea- or mountain-view or £998 for 2 guests sharing, all meals with wine over the four days, a champagne reception, daily dance and fitness classes, excursions and transfers from Nice airport (+44 (0)7990 573 287, loucasteou.com).

TENNIS ACADEMY – 4 – 8TH MAY 2017

The five-day all-inclusive event will cater for up to 18 guests, on a luxury all-inclusive basis. All meals, drinks and wines will be included and talented chef Jimmy Karl who will prepare healthy and delicious meals served around the chateau’s heated infinity pool, weather permitting or in its historic cloisters or elegant, period reception rooms.

Tennis sessions, held at a nearby club affiliated with Lou Casteou, will be led by Richie Baker and his experienced team of French and English tennis professionals. Richie is a Level 4 LTA coach, a Sports Physiotherapist and Specialist in musculoskeletal and sports injuries.

Tennis coaching sessions will take place each morning, with singles or doubles played in the afternoons, as preferred by guests and organised by the pros. A tournament will be held, followed by a celebratory, closing dinner. Non-playing partners are also welcome to attend the event and can relax by the heated swimming pool, or visit local beaches and the many cultural and historic attractions the Cote d’Azur has to offer. Local town Frejus holds a Provencal market and the picturesque beaches of Agay and St. Aygulf are a short drive away.

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Details: Four nights’ full board costs £1,298 per person in a private en-suite room with sea- or mountain-view or £980 per person for 2 guests sharing, with all meals, drinks and wines over the 5 days, inc. elegant three-course dinners, daily professional tennis coaching sessions, a Tennis Tournament and Awards Dinner and transfers from Nice airport (+44 (0)7990 573 287, loucasteou.com).

BODY TONIC FITNESS RETREAT 17- 21st MAY 2017

Held in the beautiful French Riviera countryside the fitness retreat at Lou Casteou provides guests with a balance of energetic, fun training and vibrant latin dance classes, stunning coastal and mountain treks, balanced meals and chateau accommodation.

Body Tonic is designed to appeal to all ages and levels of fitness, whether seeking to improve strength and well-being or kick start a healthy regime. Guests stay at the luxurious chateau on an all-inclusive basis. All meals, drinks and wines are included and talented French chef, Jonathan Levy prepares healthy and delicious, low carbohydrate nutritionally balanced meals prepared from the best local ingredients. Meals are served around the pool, in the historic cloisters or elegant, period reception rooms.

The fitness program is led by David Higgins and Dan Tegg. David is a charismatic and enthusiastic personal trainer with years of experience, while Dan is a highly skilled tennis and performance fitness coach. Together they assess levels of fitness and guide guests throughout their stays. Latin Dance professionals Simon Mascarenhas and Juan Let’s Salsa lead the daily dancing programme and evening entertainment. Fitness classes include stretching, core and kettlebells, boxercise, TRX strengthening and toning exercises, cardio blast, circuit training, water and latino aerobics, salsa, legs, bums and tums classes and a relaxing massage. The programme also includes tennis, kayaking and treks along the stunning coastal routes.

Details: Four nights’ full board costs £1,550 per person in a private en-suite room with sea- or mountain-view or £1,350 for 2 guests sharing, with all meals with wine over the five days, a champagne reception, daily fitness and dance classes, coastal treks, water aerobics, one massage, yoga & stretching classes and transfers from Nice airport (+44 (0)7990 573 287, loucasteou.com).

For more information about the new dance or any of Lou Casteou’s other retreats or hiring the chateau for corporate or private events, please contact Morag McLaren Baxter by email on morag@loucasteou.com or telephone +44 (0)7990 573 287.

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