Recharge and Relax: Our Favorite Healthy Hotels and Resorts
Vacations are meant for relaxing, but sitting around all day can get boring pretty quickly. Whether it's a morning yoga practice on the beach, a spectacular hike, or biking through wine country, choosing a fitness-minded hotel or resort definitely has its perks. Planning your own vacation? Consider one of these fit destinations.
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Rancho La Puerta
Where: Tecate, Mexico
Why: In every sense of the word, Rancho La Puerta is a wellness and fitness resort — all 3,000 acres. It's tucked beneath Mt. Kuchumaa, and guests can choose from a staggering amount of activities, which include hiking, yoga, and TRX, or opt for more calming activities like yoga, meditation, and reflexology. All meals are made using ingredients from the resort's own organic garden — or take part in one of the many daily cooking courses to feast on your own creation!
Red Mountain Resort
Where: St. George, UT
Why: The grounds of the Red Mountain Resort are beautiful, and hiking in the area is spectacular. We're fans of the Essential Retreat package, which includes daily meals and unlimited fitness classes (the schedule includes staples like Pilates but also new trends like ball drumming). Healthy cooking demos and a wellness spa round out the experience.
The Ranch at Live Oak
Where: Malibu, CA
Why: For those in desperate need of a detox, The Ranch at Live Oak is tailor-made for you. The "luxury boot camp" weeklong program consists of group hikes, core and ab work, weights, daily group yoga sessions, and massages — all on a regimented schedule. Guests feast on a gourmet gluten-free and vegan menu free of sugar, alcohol, and caffeine. Come here to shed weight, recharge, and find your center.
The Westin Verasa Napa
Where: Napa, CA
Why: Thanks to its new Gear Lending Program, guests of The Westin Verasa Napa have access to New Balance shoes and clothing during their stay. Go it alone, or have the running concierge take you out on a training run through wine country. The gym and pool offer more fitness-focused options, and the special SuperFoods Rx menu ensures meals always stay healthy.
Golden Door Spa Resort
Where: San Marcos, CA
Why: While the weeklong retreats at the Golden Door Spa Resort are a little pricey (an all-inclusive seven-day stay is $9,000), you get what you pay for. Included in your stay are daily massages, unlimited fitness classes, four sessions with a personal trainer, and five skin care treatments in its spa. And this is only a small part of everything the award-winning retreat offers its guests on its 600 acres of hills, meadows, Japanese gardens, and citrus groves. Prepare to truly be taken away.
Where: Healdsburg, CA
Why: The eco-chic H2hotel is cool enough on its own, but the free bike rentals and yoga classes give it a fitness edge over nearby accommodations. It's smack dab in downtown Healdsburg, so grab a bike and spend the day visiting the valley's best wineries. Upon your return, retreat to your room to unwind in a Japanese-inspired plunge tub.
Where: Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Why: A short drive from San Diego, Rancho Valencia is a special place where every room is at least a one-bedroom suite. Lounge at the tranquil pool after spending the morning in one of Rancho Valencia's fitness or yoga classes, or spend the day on one of its many tennis courts. Whatever you do, be sure to try the pitaya bowl while there.
Amansala Eco-Chic Resort and Retreat
Where: Tulum, Mexico
Why: Escape to a yoga or bootcamp retreat along the beautiful beach of Tulum. During your stay with Amansala, expect to deepen your practice while also participating in extracurricular activities like snorkeling and kiteboarding. And as if it couldn't get any better, meals and massages are included in every package.
Glen Oaks Big Sur
Where: Big Sur, CA
Why: Big Sur's abundance of breathtaking hikes and quirky characters continue to make it a go-to destination for anyone who loves the outdoors, and there's no better place to retreat to than Glen Oaks Big Sur.
As part of a refurbished '50s motor lodge, the rooms have a midcentury-meets-rustic appeal. Aside from the lodge, there is also a mix of secluded cabins, where you can explore the forest that is right outside your door. All the rooms are stocked with healthy essentials like gluten-free oatmeal, yoga mats, and locally roasted coffee. In short, it's the perfect way to end a day getting lost in Big Sur's wilderness.
Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Resort and Spa
Where: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Why: If lounging poolside and sipping on margaritas gets boring, the all-inclusive, adults-only Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Resort and Spa has a range of daily activities for its guests, including water aerobics, power walks, dance lessons, Pilates, and a morning yoga session that takes place right on the beach. If you're looking for a little relaxation, head to the spa and treat yourself to one of its detoxifying Ayurveda Abhyanga massages.
The Biggest Loser Resort at JW Marriott Desert Springs
Where: Palm Desert, CA
Why: If you've always wanted to experience what it's like to be on The Biggest Loser but reality TV is nothing you'd ever consider, give the Biggest Loser Resort a try instead. Housed at the JW Marriott, participants follow a 1,500-calorie diet, meet with experts in nutrition and exercise, and participate in plenty of workouts. It's not all work, though; there is definitely time built into the schedule to relax and unwind.
Where: British Columbia, Canada, or Baja California, Mexico
Why: When planning a stay to Mountain Trek, guests can choose from two locations, but both offer the same wellness program. Expect lots of hiking, healthy meals, wellness lectures, and fitness classes. It's geared toward guests who are looking to shed some pounds or reboot healthy habits in their lives.
The Majestic Yosemite Hotel
Where: Yosemite National Park, CA
Why: The question really should be why not? With breathtaking Yosemite National Park in its backyard, guests at the historic five-star Majestic Yosemite Hotel are minutes away from some of the best hiking and rock climbing in the world. And don't be scared off by the Winter months — strap on your snowshoes, skis, or ice skates to explore the park. Lead your own adventure, or take advantage of the hotel's many rock climbing, hiking, skiing, or cycling packages.
Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain
Where: Scottsdale, AZ
Why: The surroundings are hard to match at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain, a luxury resort where guests can recharge from the daily grind. From fitness classes to a world-class spa to keep you busy, you'll never want to go back home.
Pritikin Longevity Center and Spa
Why: The all-inclusive one- and two-week packages at Pritikin Longevity Center and Spa have everything you need to recharge and give your mind and body a reset. You can tailor your program to fit your personal needs, whether it be weight loss, antiaging, chronic health issues, or mind-body connection.
Alison Dunlap Adventure Camps
Where: Moab, UT
Why: Designed by two-time Olympian Alison Dunlap, the Moab Mountain Bike Camps are something special. Over the course of five days, be treated to epic rides, bike training workshops, gourmet meals, and relaxing massages.