Pilates, Photography and Cooking holidays in Italy
Pilates, Photography and Cooking holidays in Italy

Client Testimonials

Our clients are the most important part of our business, here are just a few of their comments.



"Firstly I want to thank you for a wonderful holiday - It was lovely meeting you and I did so enjoy the Pilates you are a great teacher. The villa was beautiful and everyone was lovely. You are certainly a very special person and a fantastic organiser and your attention to detail makes holidays like ours so special - thank you".    Sue.C.



Judith & Dick's response : "What was good ?: Almost everything was superb - the villa, the location, the hospitality, the hosts, the food, the staff, the relaxed atmosphere, the bed, the pool, the outside locations & restaurants chosen, even the pilates !" J and D.




"Having been on several similar holidays previously I can honestly say that nothing has come any where close to the attention to detail, the quality of the food and cooking, the beautiful villas, standard of teaching and flexibility that both Mike and I have experienced with Life Holidays. It really is the most incredible value and a wonderful mix of culture, sightseeing, cooking and Pilates, so well organised yet always flexible.I loved the fact that everything was organised for you yet there was no pressure if you just felt like flopping by the pool.Marco and Claudio are fabulous cooks and have a world of knowledge about history, architecture and art; it was like having our own in house specialist guides.Candice is the most knowledgeable and experienced Pilates teacher, we recently did a ' couples '  'Life holiday' where the men were there to play tennis and the women to do Pilates…. well the men loved the Pilates so much they ended up moving their tennis times to fit in with a separate Pilates lesson for them….. Candice was so accommodating and it was a huge success, she is also enormous fun!!All I can say is thank you so much and I can't wait for the next one in Sicily in June !!!"   Fiona XXX




"a wonderful Pilates holiday. The villa was superb and Candice and her colleagues made sure we were looked after from the moment we arrived. The food was beautiful (even that we made ourselves!) It is quite amazing to be doing a Pilates class round the pool in the sunshine - something I would recommend to every Pilates student.
What impressed me most was the warmth and friendship of our hosts, nothing was too much trouble for them.
I would thoroughly recommend this holiday for novice and experienced Pilates devotees alike - it's a world away from what you know at your weekly classes back home!"





"I've had ongoing joint and muscular problems for many years and have had to downgrade from more power based sports; but Pilates is taxing in quite a different way and I've had huge benefit from  practising it.  I cannot recommend it highly enough, particularly for those challenged with wear and tear and tension based problems like me.  Better still, pre-empt these, start before these problems manifest themselves.  Candice is an excellent teacher who also makes it fun, and will not disappoint!"





" I was rather apprehensive when I started pilates with Candice as I had a number of different problems with my back, knee and shoulder. However she made me feel remarkably at ease by giving a lot of encouragement and support. I discovered that our sessions were really good fun! It is only two months since I started and already my back, knee and shoulder problems have almost completely disappeared. I could not recommend her highly enough - she and pilates are a winning combination! 

Dr. Philippa Moreton."




"Our Pilates holiday in Tuscany was a complete joy from start to finish. What I enjoyed most was:
 Doing Pilates outside by the pool was a great way to start the day and to wind down at the end. It made me feel virtuous - and that I'd earned the many treats that I enjoyed during the holiday. Even as a beginner I got a lot out of it. The private wine tasting with a formidable matriarch of Montepulciano was a great way to sample excellent wine, with local delicacies  as an unexpected bonus.
 Of course, shopping - from the exclusive boutiques in Florence to small hillside towns crammed with wonderful food shops, crafts and other beautiful items.  Just being in these spectacular towns and soaking up the atmosphere was a real pleasure.
Learning new recipes and cooking tips with Marco and Claudio - and eating the delicious results.
Lazing around the pool and admiring the Tuscan views. Wonderful evenings spent with fun people with our perfect host and Pilates
instructor Candice...
But ,most of all the pure relaxation of being on a holiday which was just for me - no-one else to worry about - made it truly memorable.





"Thank you so much for organising our trip to Italy last week. Chris & I really enjoyed the holiday. Neither of us were very enthusiastic, Chris more so as he was playing tennis. I was very surprised how much I enjoyed your classes. You are a fantastic teacher and a great inspiration. It was all brilliantly organised and enormous fun. Marco & Claudio produced delicious meals, the trips out were very interesting and the weather was gorgeous. All in all a fantastic holiday!"



"You will never know the feeling I had when I got back on my  horse!   It was as if I had a new body and I rode completely differently, looser, free, relaxed and so much stronger! It has been noticed by my friend at the yard, who said I was even walking completely differently.   It has been a revelation.
You will be pleased to hear I have booked a sports massage, tracked down a pilates class (first one today so teacher will have a lot to live up to).
Candice, it was an absolute pleasure and delight meeting you. Fred remarked that we seemed to hit it off from the word go, and I absolutely agree with him!"





"12 months ago, very few of our athletes were aware what sports pilates was and certainly none of them considered it be of potential benefit to them at their current stage of life or sporting development. Now, each pupil who has used the programme really enjoys the sessions and are constantly asking for more sessions as they can feel and understand the benefit. The sessions provided are varied, enjoyable, motivating and beneficial so that now pupils outside of the elite athlete programme are asking if they can join sessions.  I cannot praise highly enough the work of Candice and sports pilates programme for its contribution to the elite athletes at St Edwards School."
Andy Dalgleish
Head of Rugby and Sports Master, St Edwards School, Oxford







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Life Holidays is fully insured with Tour Operators & Travel Agents Combined Liability Insurance.




International Travellers

We have many guests from all over the world and with our all inclusive holidays you don't need to worry about fluctuating currency exchange rates. Direct flights are now available from USA, Canada, South Africa and Australia to airports in Italy. If you need help or advice please contact us and we will be delighted to advise on the best options.


Learn pilates on the beautiful islands of Sicily and Sardinia, the stunning Le Marche region of mainland Italy or the infamous rolling hills of Tuscany.


Learn new skills in photography and find out how the professionals take stunning images.


Come to Italy and cook with our fabulous friendly Italian chefs.


Sicily in 2020.  Click here to see the stunning places we visit and our magnificant villa.


Le Marche in 2020. Click here to see what's in store in this stunning region of mainland Italy


Tuscany in 2020. Click here to see what's in store in this stunning region of central Italy


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