Image: The Ranch at Live Oak/Malibu
It’s around this time when panic starts to set in: Yes, we want winter to end, and we long for warmer weather, but we also realize bathing suit season will be here before we know it (cue anxiety). So what to do? Jump start and get beach ready while you get away—as you pencil in a spring break vacation or a quick weekend trip with the girls, think of these weight loss and fitness destinations that get you prepped for the beach.
Sky Ranch Fitness at Bacara Resort & Spa: Santa Barbara’s Bacara Resort & Spa is known for its Mediterranean design esthetic and prominent locale—set on nearly 80 ocean-side acres of beaches and bluffs along the Gaviota Coast—but the resort has also partnered with Sky Ranch Fitness to offer an all-inclusive wellness vacation, complete with four- or six-nights’ accommodations, daily local hikes, nutritious gourmet cuisine, spa services, personal coaching, and visits to the area’s notable landmarks and restaurants.
Canyon Ranch: The Canyon Ranch brand, with locations in Lenox, Massachusetts, Tucson, Arizona, and Las Vegas, Nevada (as well as at sea), was voted “Best for Weight Loss and Nutrition” and “Best for Getting Fit” in the Spafinder Wellness 365® 2014 Wellness Travel Awards.
Hilton Head Health: Three core elements of Hilton Head Health’s wellness program—fitness, nutrition, and SELF (stress management, empowerment, longevity, and fulfillment)—aim to create permanent lifestyle changes. Established more than 35 years ago, the Hilton Head Island resort sits on four acres of southern isle coastline in South Carolina’s low country.
Mountain Trek Fitness Retreat & Health Spa – Ainsworth Hot Springs, BC, Canada: Mountain Trek capitalizes on its location in the midst of the rugged Selkirk and Purcell Ranges of the Rocky Mountains, allowing travelers to experience ancient hiking trails for all fitness levels. Reserve your spot for April 25 through May 2 at a 25 percent discount with the resort’s current promotion.
PFC Fitness Camp at Omni La Costa Resort and Spa:The Carlsbad, California-based PFC Fitness Camp’s Total Immersion “Spa Fit” program blends fitness, nutrition, and wellness. Daily itineraries comprise morning workouts, gourmet meals, afternoon spa treatments, and meditation and yoga class at The Chopra Center.
Regency Health Spa: Shed pounds at this health resort and spa, which has over 30 years’ experience as a weight loss retreat. The health destination has moved to a new location; it now resides in the historic Hollywood Beach Resort Hotel in Hollywood, Florida. Vegetarian cuisine (an organic juice menu is also available), spa treatments, and yoga are part of the program.
The BodyHoliday: At The BodyHoliday, get beach ready…while at the beach. This all-inclusive property in Saint Lucia tips the scale in your favor with daily spa treatments, outdoor fitness, wellness activities, motorized and non-motorized sports, and a Caribbean island setting.
The Ranch at Live Oak, Malibu/R4.0: BFFs Minka Kelly and Mandy Moore recently visited this all-inclusive wellness/fitness retreat in Malibu, which prides itself on a 15-guest limit and a “no-options” philosophy. The low-impact weeklong program includes eight hours of exercise daily—think yoga, strength training, water aerobics—plus, massage, a structured organic vegetarian diet, and hiking. If you can’t dedicate a week to the program, the Ranch’s R4.0 is another option; the shortened version of the program is just four days.
These are just a few weight loss and fitness destinations—find more ideas at spafinder.com!
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