‘I tried Davina McCall’s wellness holiday – here’s what it was like’

Rachel Avery

You are not only a successful presenter, Davina McCall, 54, is known for her rock-hard abs and dedication to fitness. Just one look at her Instagram and you’ll see that she works damn hard to maintain her athletic physique. That Long lost families star tested this TUI Blue wellness menuand when I was offered the chance to try it for myself in sunny Croatia, I went for it.

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Throw aside your visions of hellish bootcamp classes and just smoothies, for TUI Blue the wellness experience is called Find Your Happy. Whether you’re spending a relaxing day at the spa or trying your hand at volleyball, you’re free to customize the itinerary to your liking.

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A picturesque stay

Our base was that TUI Blue Jadran, right on the beach in Tučepi. It’s about 1 hour 30 minutes away from Split airport and you’ll find it tucked away in a secluded place.

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The TUI Blue Jadran is located on an idyllic stretch of beach

The hotel has a mountainous backdrop that almost looks like a green screen because of how picturesque it is. You wouldn’t believe it if you didn’t drive the winding mountain roads to get from one place to another.

Although all beaches in Croatia are public by law, only locals have become accustomed to the pristine stretch of pebbles the hotel opens onto, so tranquility abounds.

This is how fitness is fun

Croatia is perfect for exploring from the sea and one day we embarked on an island hopping speedboat trip visiting Brač, Hvar and Milna.

I tried a number of fitness classes during my stay

As we disembarked at the famous Golden Horn beach on the island of Brač, we immediately saw a huge inflatable assault course. While it would have been idyllic to soak up the sun from the shore or paddle in the crystal clear waters, this would be a lot more fun, right? It’s one of those activities where you’re working out without really realizing it, and it involved unintentionally training abs due to the constant belly laughing.

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For another water workout, consider renting a paddleboard from the hotel. Test your core strength by standing up in the wind and waves, and trust that your arms will get a good workout too.

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Pool and spa time were also on the menu

In terms of fitness, I’ve tried HIIT, Pilates, a functional training session (read: circuit), and a yoga class, all booked through their handy app. In yoga, the flows were completed with a few minutes of lying and gazing at the tall trees and piercing blue sky. As I breathed in the sea air, I began to understand my own definition of wellness.

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With every activity I thought: “I bet Davina is good at this” and TUI PR, which accompanied Davina on her wellness break, confirmed my suspicions. Superwoman is good at everything. And although she was offered a VIP area during her stay at TUI Blue in Turkey, the mother of three preferred to mingle with guests during her free time, lounging quietly by the pool with partner Michael Douglas.

Food, wine and unwind

As I mentioned, TUI’s wellness offering isn’t about smoothies and 500-calorie meals. Of course you can eat super healthy at the buffet if you want, but you can’t do without Croatian pleasure either. Locals are passionate about their wine offerings, and after trying a few for yourself, chances are you will too. Graševina is the most popular type of wine, and a glass of Pošip in the sun is just lovely!

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Breakfast started out healthy and then…

Fresh fish is a staple on the menu given the setting, and the proximity to Italy means the pasta dishes and pizza options are winners, too. Try the chevap (beef and pork kebab) for a casual meal and be sure to order a steak while you’re there.

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The hotel is beautiful, morning and night

Relaxation was also on the agenda at TUI Blue Jadran and I booked a hot stone massage which was heavenly for 50 minutes non-stop. My aching muscles were treated with the warmth of the stones and I left the spa feeling refreshed. I’ve definitely found my happiness and I’ll be back for more.

TUI offers 7 nights in Croatia in the 5T TUI BLUE Jadran with half board. Prices from £535 per person. Price is based on two adults sharing a Twin Room with Garden View and Balcony, flights departing from London Gatwick Airport on 3rd October 2022 and transfers. To find out more about this holiday or to book, go to tui.co.uk, visit your local TUI Holiday Store or download the app.

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