Boot camps: Where Hollywood's hottest stars get fit
Even celebrities need to get away! Although we think of celebrities as people who can afford fancy dietitians and fancy trainers to maintain those perfect bods, even they need time to unwind. When that's the case, the stars head to these ritzy retreats to maintain their sanity and revamp their routines. We've rounded up five of the hottest celebrity boot camps that offer everything from holistic approaches to archery.
The Golden Door, Escondido, California
Situated on more than 350 acres of lush peninsula in Southern California, The Golden Door is a Zen-inspired oasis where some of Hollywood’s biggest stars go to refocus their minds and re-energize their bods. The $7,750-per-week super-posh sanctuary features Japanese koi ponds, beautiful sand gardens, and shaded bamboo forests, along with tailor-made, personalized workout sessions and top fitness trainers, massage teams, dietitians, organic spa cuisine, and state-of-the-art fitness facilities. Guests enjoy a selection of more than 40 fitness activities like hiking, yoga, Pilates, dance, tennis, t’ai chi, and archery. Clearly there is no shortage of luxury at this celebrity hot spot.
Famous fans: Barbra Streisand, Oprah Winfrey, Martha Stewart, Lauren Graham, Laura Dern
Chiva-Som: Hua Hin, Thailand
As one of the planet’s most sought-after wellness spas, Chiva-Som (“Haven of Life”) is dedicated to total well-being through a holistic approach. From weight management and stress relief to detox and fitness, it’s no surprise the award-winning retreat is a celebrity favorite. The exotic Thai resort prides itself on offering a variety of customizable programs to meet your personal goals and is also known for its colon therapy offerings. With prices starting around $3,500 per week, this holistic haven is booked solid, year-round.
Famous fans: David and Victoria Beckham, Elizabeth Hurley, Hugh Grant, Elle Macpherson, Kate Moss
Clinique La Prairie: Geneva, Switzerland
Since 1931 Hollywood legends, heads of state, royalty, popes, and pretty much the rest of the rich, powerful, and famous have all come to Clinique La Prairie in search of the fountain of youth. Situated on the shores of Lake Geneva in one of the prettiest parts of Switzerland, it tops the list as one of the most luxurious anti-aging spas in the world. Offering a range of medical and paramedical services for a variety of ailments and conditions, their aim is to help patients live better and longer lives.
The popular two-week weight management program includes full board, along with the help of a dietitian, psychologist, personal fitness trainer, masseuse and nutritionist to address yo-yo dieting and compulsive eating. The total tab starts at about $25,000 per person, per week.
Famous fans: Charlie Chaplin, Marlene Dietrich, Winston Churchill
The Farm: Lipa City, Philippines
Considered a top raw food destination, The Farm at San Benito is one of the few truly integrated medical and wellness resorts in the world. Celebs like Woody Harrelson come here to balance their mind, body and spirit with nourishing live foods in an eco-friendly place.
But what really sets this holistic healing center apart from the rest? Not only does every nook and cranny speak of pure opulence, relaxation, serenity and peacefulness, the resort also offers a range of accommodations to fit any budget. Gotta love that! With prices starting at around $1,995, visitors can check out everything from Live Blood Analysis and wheatgrass juice therapy to colon hydrotherapy, detox treatments, NLP life coaching sessions, lectures, and much more.
Famous fans: Woody Harrelson
Cal-a-Vie: Vista, California
With more than 200 private acres in a secluded valley 40 miles north of San Diego, you’d think this beautifully hidden Tuscan-style treasure was built by perfectionists! Adored by many A-list celebrities, Cal-a-Vie gives a whole new meaning to the words “fitness fantasy.” Hosting only 25 guests at a time, you’ll get optimal privacy and personalized attention. Programs are not only top-notch here, but also tough (you’ll be working out a minimum of five hours every day).
Each morning might start with an intense hike, followed by back-to-back fitness classes like spinning, cardio sculpting, power yoga and kickboxing. But of course it can’t be all hard work; expect to be pampered later with wonderful hot-stone foot massages and oxygen facials. The popular four-night all-inclusive stay (including accommodations, meals, treatments, fitness classes, nutritional lecture, cooking demonstration and airport transfers) prices out at about $5,595.
Famous fans: Julia Roberts, Uma Thurman, Russell Crowe, Oprah Winfrey, Tom Ford, Kirstie Alley, Ricki Lake