Vacation doesn’t have to mean lazing around, grazing the buffet line and packing on five pounds. Resorts across the world now cater to guests who love to travel and stay healthy. These international trips can range from intense boot camps to romantic beach getaways with organic cuisine. Whether your goal is to drop a size, steer yourself toward healthier eating habits or quit smoking, these five resorts allow you to truly get away—and still be able to zip up your skinny jeans when you get home.
Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, Baja California, Mexico
The fitness- and nutrition-education-based spa lies on 3,000 acres of land along the impressive waterfront of Baja—just three miles from the U.S. and Mexico border. Rancho La Puerta’s weeklong program consists of intense indoor and outdoor exercises (think hiking to your breakfast). The low-cal food actually tastes good, with farm fare such as a chili pepper cheese pie and homemade pasta with porcini mushrooms. Guests learn to make the healthy dishes through the resort’s on-site cooking classes for continued weight loss success. If you’re looking for booze, the ranch offers regional wines available for in-room imbibing.
Rates start at $3,550 plus tax for single occupancy.
Vana Retreats in Dehradun, India
Nestled in the foothills of the Indian Himalayas and surrounded by 21 acres of mango and lychee orchards, Vana Retreats is a new property that opened in January 2014. At Vana, the focus is based on wellness and recharging—ultimately, reforming the mind and body. The 90-room stunner boasts 50 spa treatment rooms, multiple yoga studios, a breezy yoga pavilion and indoor, outdoor and watsu pools. Guests work with a personal wellness consultant to plan their retreat type—involved or immersed—along with their objective, which can range from Ayurvedic therapies and Tibetan healing to de-stressing and weight management.
Rates start at $515 per person including all meals, activities, one treatment per day, consultations and airport transfers.
Ayurveda at Parkschlosschen in Traben-Trarbach, Germany
One of the most intense weight loss programs in Europe, this luxury hotel can get you to shed weight in the double digits. Some guests have lost 16 to 18 pounds on Ayurveda at Parkschlosschen’s two-week deep detox program—a fierce cleanse that ends the day with liquids or a vegetable plate. If you’re less hardcore, there are programs that allow you to actually chew all of your (gourmet Ayurvedic) meals. Thankfully, the spa’s top-notch treatments, including their signature four-hand oil massage, help take your mind off cheeseburgers and fries.
The seven-day anti-stress program starts at €2,810 (about $3,823) for a single room, including full board Ayurveda, use of the indoor thermal swimming pool, sauna, fitness room, Internet, and participation in all daily yoga and exercise programs.
SHA Wellness Clinic in Alicante, Spain
This renowned medical spa is perched on the mountainside of Spain’s Albir Beach and boasts programs ranging from an intense weeklong detox to anti-stress and anti-tobacco packages. There’s even a fertility success program. Guests at the SHA Wellness Clinic meet with doctors who specifically design a macrobiotic menu to meet your goals, while relaxing with yoga classes and soothing walks along the Mediterranean. The spa treatments include the basics, along with water and oxygen therapy.
The weekly rate in a common suite, plus a weight loss program, runs about €4000.
The Wakaya Club and Spa in Fiji
The pristine private island of Wakaya is home to a single high-end resort, the Wakaya Club and Spa. With just 10 private bures, it’s the answer to the perfect romantic getaway for those looking to stay fit during vacation. This celebrity favorite doesn’t bill itself as a weight loss spa, but you’d be hard-pressed not to shed a few pounds during your visit. Fresh cuisine is plucked from the on-site organic garden and the resort has a reputation for fantastic gluten-free fare. Bonus: Coconuts and a straw seem to magically appear the moment you break a sweat. Strenuous hikes, diving, paddle-boarding and tennis torch some serious calories, and sore muscles are soothed at the Breeze Spa, where massage tables are situated next to an oceanfront pool.
Weekly rates start at $1,900 for a garden view bure.
The Spa Resorts, in Chiang Mai, Thailand
For a totally exotic experience, try the palatial Spa Resorts, located on the lush land near Chiang Mai. The resort ranges from relaxing to rigid, allowing guests to partake in juicing retreats, raw food cleanses or fitness-focused boot camps. Nutrition is key, and the resort’s restaurant specializes in vegetarian, vegan and raw foods, using produce from the local village and the on-site organic garden.
Rooms start at $861 per week for a pool deluxe room.
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