Whether you need to shed a few pounds after the holidays or giving birth, or you’re a person who already incorporates exercise into their daily lives, these opulent retreats will make getting some exercise look better than ever.
Miraval Resort – Tucson, Arizona
One of the world’s top-rated if not THE top-rated spas, Miraval offers everything you could imagine in a “wellness luxury spa,” as it refers to itself. The desert surroundings allow for plenty of meditation courses, nature hikes and less common physical challenges with cowboys, horses and Wild West elements. There are plenty of health and fitness classes as well. The renowned spa offers a wide array of treatments, from Ayurveda to manicures, and unusual Zen- and Native American-based treatments. The Miraval’s gourmet kitchen is also world famous, no matter whether you’re pampering yourself or on a strict juice diet.
Canyon Ranch – Tucson, Arizona
Not far from Miraval is Canyon Ranch, an equally world-renowned retreat. Perhaps a bit more old-fashioned than its neighbor, Canyon Ranch is an ultra-private place where celebrities and mortals alike partake in exercise classes, healthy cooking demos and arts & crafts classes with an alternative/luxury spin. The company’s second location is a massive, sprawling mansion in Lenox, Massachusetts. Take your pick!
Scuba Lodge & Suites – Curacao
If you prefer to shed your calories underwater while viewing some mind-blowing nature, head down to the Caribbean island of Curacao, where this hotel offers special daily tours combining sightseeing and scuba diving/snorkeling at the island’s spectacular coral reefs. First-time diver? No problem. The resort has all the classes you’ll need to get your feet wet.
Colony Club – Barbados
At the Colony Club, you’ll be able to get your muscles working while enjoying the ocean. The hotel offers stand-up paddle boarding trips (a combination of balance and strength training which will get you fit, fast) which take you to sea turtle reserves and along the island’s fantastic beaches.
Casa Palopa – Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
This smaller hotel, perched above the shores of beautiful Lake Atitlan, lets guests horseback ride in the surrounding countryside as well as take a 9,990-foot hike up to the nearby San Pedro volcano or hikes in the jungle and coffee fields.
Westin Playa Bonita – Panama City, Panama
Overlooking the famous canal and situated near plenty of interesting sightseeing, this hotel also offers fitness-minded guests the option of taking a kayak trip up the Chagres River, through lush rainforests full of flora and fauna that might leave you as breathless as the exercise involved.