Work hard, play harder. From gruelling boot camps to relaxing yoga retreats, we explore the best options out there for fitness travel.
The days of taking normal vacations are over. Fitness vacations are a great way to take your healthy lifestyle on the road with you without sacrificing the fun factor. Check out the top well-being vacation spots for this summer.
Coastal Trek Resort
Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada
The Coastal Trek Resort features everything from the ever-popular three- to seven-day Spring Cleanse to a gruelling boot camp. The resort’s tag line says it all — “The ultimate goal: A renewed sense of health and general well-being, but more importantly, a renewed joy for a life well lived!” This luxury resort offers all the amenities you could possibly think of, including a spa, exercise classes, hiking and, of course, gourmet cuisine.
The Biggest Loser Resort
Niagara, New York / Chicago, Illinois / Ivins, Utah / Malibu, California (U.S.)
The Biggest Loser Resort centres its philosophy on weight loss geared toward educating about and living an active lifestyle. It hosts boot camps, teaches nutrition, offers a spa and provides mouth-watering healthy cuisines. This healthy environment is a place where all can come for a little fitness inspiration.
Royal Caribbean Cruises
This might seem like a long shot, but Royal Caribbean ships are packed with fitness activities for the whole family. Each cruise offers fitness centres, rock climbing walls and fitness classes ranging from Pilates and yoga to total body conditioning. So book a cruise now to an exotic destination, and get fit and have fun while there!
Scottsdale, Arizona, U.S.
Nothing says “let’s get away” like this upscale Four Seasons resort in sunny Scottsdale. Enjoy the year-round warm weather of Arizona and beautiful desert scenery while stationed at this 35,920-square-foot resort. It offers guided hiking events, a state-of-the-art 24-hour fitness centre with a sauna and steam room, golf, tennis and, of course, a spa.
Cabarete, Dominican Republic
Winner of the 2013 Traveler’s Choice Award, Extreme Hotel is a top pick for travellers who want to take fitness to the next level. Extreme Hotel features kiteboarding, a circus school, gymnastics rings and hula hooping. And the best part is that you can book a room for only $50 a day.
Red Mountain Resort
Ivins, Utah, U.S.
Red Mountain Resort hosts a wide range of fitness classes and outdoor activities, including hiking and biking. It also offers cooking demonstrations, so bring your notebook. Red Mountain Resort received Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Award for 2012, so prepare to be wowed.
Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge
Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska, U.S.
If you need a change of environment, consider the Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge. It’s located within the 700,000 acres of Kenai Fjords National Park and features 16 log cabins without TVs, internet or cell phone reception, so you’ll have an excuse if your boss tries to reach you while you’re on holiday. Its activities are mainly outdoor and include kayaking and nature trails. The marine wildlife is another major draw, with orca whales being a major attraction.
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