Inspired by London 2012 Olympics? Then take a well-earned holiday and practice your sporting prowess in style. We've picked three absolutely luxurious holidays where you can learn an Olympic sport and get pampered rotten at the same time. Here's how to get perfect match of sport with sun, sea, sand... with a little sweat thrown in.
Pick up some equestrian skills at Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa, Dubai.
If the nail-biting triumph of a gold medal for Team GB in showjumping has got you itching to jump into saddle and learn to ride, gallop off to the The Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa, which offers Dubai its own air-conditioned stables (yes, really).
You can book tuition in a fully equipped equestrian environment perfect for beginners or for those who haven't been riding for a while. Prices with Dial-a-Flight for selected dates in November and December start from £1,179 per person for five nights bed and breakfast with flights from London.
Learn archery, fencing and beach volleyball At La Source, Grenada.
The all-inclusive retreat of La Source is set on a glorious beachfront with tropical gardens. The hotel says it is dedicated to promoting a healthy mind and body, so the idea is to make sport an integral part of your holiday - and there are more activities than you can shake a javelin at.
Learn to sail At The Bitter End Yacht Club, British Virgin Islands
Want to be the next Ben Ainslie? Swap the chilly Solent for the Bitter End Yacht Club, the Caribbean's premiere luxury water sports resort for couples and families.
A US Sailing Association accredited sailing school offers certified instructors from all over the world to help guests learn to sail, fine-tune their skills or obtain keelboat certification. Sailing instruction is available for all ages and levels, using the club's professionally maintained boats and course materials.
Set on the island of Virgin Gorda, you'll be able to relax on a mile of shorefront on the protected waters of the North Sound. Prices for selected dates in November and December start from £2,199 per person for seven nights full-board with flights from London and boat transfers with Dial-a- Flight.
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