Move Forward With Fitness Retreats
America boasts landscapes that have nurtured and inspired travelers for centuries. Staking claim to some of U.S.’s most beautiful coasts, mountains, and lakes, premier fitness destination resorts offer ways to get even the busiest of people back on track by offering breathtakingly majestic vistas, a taste of nature, and culinary uniqueness. These all-inclusive fitness destinations encourage the self-reflection and healthy goal setting that empowers and rejuvenates visitors, as well as teaching them the skills that contribute to long-term health and fitness success.
Instead of opting for a vacation full of over-eating and other indulgences, a spiritual and physical journey is just a small plane hop away within the continental United States. Both experienced fitness travelers and newcomers can, by investing in a vacation-style health experience, benefit from the diversity of America’s landscapes for outdoor exercise.
These fabulous fitness resort destinations offer a smorgasbord of mind and body programs that will boost your energy, relax your mind, and build your strength.
Bella Boot Camp, Vita Vie Retreat
Delray Beach, FL
This structured oceanic fitness retreat is a welcome departure from both the daily routine, and the myriad reasons that make a missed workout common for many people. Each day includes five hours of classes that range from dynamic stretching in the morning, to yoga, core conditioning, and high impact boot camp classes as the day progresses.
“We think making use of our beautiful surroundings is important,” says owner Margot Rutigliano Whatley. “Anyone can go to a gym and workout for hours at a time. Our creative classes, mixed with our beach atmosphere, make this an experience in itself.”
This trip is ideal for those seeking both fitness motivation and new ways to get back on the weight loss track. Although a private retreat is recommended for absolute beginners, each class is suitable for a range of experience levels. Classes are designed to enable all performance levels to work at their own pace, with some classes more akin to a spa treatment than a sweat-driven cardio.
Bella Boot Camp is all-inclusive with three healthy meals served daily along with non-alcoholic beverages. This intimate workout venue (no more than ten people per session) encourages both setting and attaining personal fitness goals.
Along with their signature Vita Fit Guide, guests have a choice of either a 50-minute spa treatment at the Seagate Spa, or one health coaching session. After each long day’s workout, the spa locker room and steam room are available on a daily basis.
6-night Stay Single: $3390
6-night Stay Double: $2290
(800) 768 5708
Lake Austin Spa Resort
Wellness retreats take place year-round at this 19-acre lakefront resort in the legendary Hill Country of Central Texas. Both sexes are invited to take part in the extensive array of indoor and outdoor fitness and water activities during their journey to wellness and self-discovery. A blend of comfortable public areas, and nature and wildlife trails that accentuate the beauty and diversity of Lake Austin, add to the retreat’s relaxed atmosphere.
“Our location on the shores of Lake Austin, overlooking the Balcones Canyonlands Nature Preserve, creates a quiet, contemplative environment that is completely restorative,” explains Chris Bird, Lake Austin Spa Resort’s general manager. “Experiencing the water in one of our Hydro-bikes or Stand Up Paddleboards is a must, and every day is accompanied by our health-infused cuisine prepared with fresh herbs and vegetables from our onsite organic gardens.”
Regular programs to enrich both the body and the mind are taught by staff and special guest instructors, and include discovery classes in healthy cooking, nutrition, communication skills, and body image. Special weeks and seasonal topics include programs such as Rhythm and Moves, and Mother/Daughter the Culinary Experience.
All-inclusive 6-night Double: $5,415
All-inclusive 6-night Single: $7,075
(800) 847 5637
Mii amo Resort and Spa
Fitness is a spiritual journey at Mii amo destination spa. Guests select their own path based on their predetermined goals, and each unique experience draws from the natural beauty of the landscape for holistic rejuvenation. Natural light coupled with Native American inspired colors contribute to the seamless melding of resort’s outdoor and indoor spaces.
"What sets Mii amo apart from any other spa of its kind is our exceptional staff,” said Jill Clark, the resort’s general manager. “Our therapists are among the most talented and experienced in the world, and provide extremely personalized services. Because of the energy of the surrounding canyon, our therapists are often drawn to the resort with a feeling that they are meant to serve here. They feel as if Mii amo is a temple that was built not as a place to work, but as a place to offer up their healing energy and talents to guests."
This Journey is one of the many retreats offered at Mii amo for clients to reconnect with self and achieve their long-term wellness. Spa services include reflexology sessions, aromatherapy, and skin and body treatments.
A variety of fitness classes are available, such as the Traveler’s Workout which explores techniques that do not require a gym, as well as private strength, Pilates and yoga instruction. The Health Body in Balance Journey nurtures those seeking motivation and guidance toward achieving exercise and nutrition goals. Mii amo experts also offer guests advice on cleansing the body, healthy nutrition, diet supplements and exercise routines, as well as information and techniques on how to create a lifestyle program focused on long-term wellness.
At Mii amo, lovers of the great outdoors can also mountain bike and hike, and there is an array of lectures and activities any given week, as well as daily pool and steam room access.
7-day Journey Single: $4,600-$5,630
7-day Journey Double: $5,425-$6,190
Rancho La Puerta
At an elevation of 1,700 feet, Rancho La Peurta is a breath of clear mountain air for the mind, body, and spirit. Family-owned and operated since 1940, this oasis at the base of Mount Kuchumaa offers 3,000 acres of gardens, meadows, and mountains, as well as a warm, dry climate for those seeking to reconnect with nature.
"Rancho La Puerta takes pride in treating guests and staff like family,” said Deborah Szekely. “Thousands each year consider their annual trip to Rancho La Puerta literally life-preserving, and it’s not uncommon for three generations of one family to visit at the same time. Guests are astonished at how much better they feel after only one week of an active fitness spa program that includes a healthy diet of organic fresh food. They return home well on the road for a long healthy life."
Fitness Week has different classes on the hour, every hour, to help guests meet and exceed their fitness goals. An average day might begin with a mountain hike, and then move to swimming laps followed by a yoga class, but evenings are reserved for lectures, games, music performances, and arts and crafts. Cooking classes utilizing local ingredients and traditions are also available a la carte from La Cocina Que Cante
With a wide selection of indoor and outdoor activities to choose from, everyone can find their way to connect both spiritually and physically.
7-day Single: From $3,750
7-day Double: $4,650