Vacations don't always make for the most ideal setting when it comes to weight loss goals. Of course putting some of your healthy habits on the backburner for a few days while you’re away is perfectly fine. In fact, it’s encouraged as part of a healthy, balanced lifestyle. But if you’re hoping to kick-start a new fitness goal, are currently on track towards reaching a milestone achievement or you simply just enjoy a great wellness retreat, then a health- and fitness-focused vacation might be more your style. From high-intensity boot-camp-style retreats to relaxing yoga-inspired spa getaways, the following active and adventurous trips—all designed to keep guests moving and eating well while on vacation—are top picks for a perfect “get-fit-getaway” this summer.
Royal Caribbean recently teamed up with Zumba to create a five-day, fitness-focused cruise that, in addition to a tropical trip at sea, offers passengers up to 300 fitness classes and activities led by 130 celebrity instructors. This vacation isn’t just for Zumba enthusiasts, though. Anyone in search of an energizing, get-in-shape getaway will find fun and excitement aboard the Zumba boat. Plus, travelers should expect to experience double the fun, as the ship makes stops in both Haiti and Jamaica.
This luxury resort is centered around health and wellness and with a wide range of adventurous activities available, vows to keep guests busy and active from dusk until dawn. Their signature adventure program includes everything from river treks to rainforest hikes, and not to mention, the chance for visitors to explore parts of Saint Lucia that many never get to see. Additionally, on-site at the resort visitors can participate in exercise classes like a hybrid spinning and yoga routine (which takes place in the glass “Tree House” spin studio), tai chi, golf, SCUBA diving, tennis and more.
Top sports performance coach Curtis Williams leads this boot-camp-style fitness vacation which includes one to two daily workouts, stand-up paddleboard tours and various group excursions around the Miami area. The main daily workouts feature Williams’ signature workout called “Training C.A.M.P.”—a high-intensity cardio and strength training class that focuses on bodyweight exercises. For four days and three nights guests lodge in a beachfront resort and exercisers of all levels are encouraged to join.
Every day of this adventure trip includes nearly a full day of activities like cycling, hiking, kayaking and sailing—just to name a few. Each adventure is led by an experienced guide who can help guests make technique improvements that will translate into increased fitness. Plus, visitors will easily be able to keep their diets on track, as all meals and snacks are centered around organic, locally-sourced food. Above all, perhaps the best part of the trip is that the beautiful scenery makes exercise entirely more enjoyable; you’ll hardly notice you’re working out.
Recently named one of the top five islands in the U.S. by TripAdvisor, Hilton Head Island makes for a perfect summer getaway, and especially for travelers who want to stay fit and healthy while they’re away. The island’s Hilton Head Health Wellness Retreat and Weight Loss Spa offers guests several different program packages to choose from and the perfect balance of exciting activities, healthy dining and rejuvenating relaxation. At Hilton Head you’ll experience everything from outdoor adventures and water sports to spa treatments, interactive cooking demos, group exercise classes and healthy lifestyle seminars. With all of the resort has to offer, the average guest loses about two percent of their body weight in just one week.
Hosted by Backcountry Babes, an organization that strives to inspire women through outdoor adventure, this four-day kayaking trip invites river riders of all levels to venture down the Rogue River and promises the excitement and reward of learning to kayak in whitewater along with the chance to experience the unrivaled beauty of the area’s wilderness. You’ll spend your days learning basic kayaking skills from experienced instructors and your nights at The Riverhouse, the historic Sundance Lodge on the banks of the Rogue River in Oregon.
The Pritikin Center’s Family Health Camp package offers a truly fun and exciting fitness-focused vacation for every member of the family. The two-week program invites kids to take part in “Cardiac Rap” aerobic workouts and “Pump ‘Em Up” strength training classes as well as kid-friendly nutrition and cooking classes. Evenings are devoted to fun activities like golf, tennis, volleyball and swimming, and all along parents can participate in the Pritikin Health and Weight-Loss Program, which includes workshops that teach parents how to motivate their kids to make healthier choices.
The W Retreat & Spa’s exclusive “ENERGIZE” Fit Retreat is inspired by yoga rebel and Strala Yoga founder Tara Stiles. Guests can choose from three- or five-day customized escapes, all of which are led by resident Strala Yoga instructors. The package includes two daily, hour-long yoga sessions, five outdoor morning activities, two afternoon excursions, two personalized spa treatments and three daily meals (including two “cook with chef” lunches) designed to promote healthy, mindful eating. And all of this takes place amidst Vieques Island’s zen-like atmosphere, which is regarded as one of the best kept secrets of the Caribbean.
The Four Seasons Hotel at Westlake Village is home to the California Health and Longevity Institute, making it an ideal destination for vacationers who want to improve their health, fitness and wellness. Guests can create customized health and wellness programs or opt for the hotel’s “The Ranch 4.0” program: an all-inclusive, four-day intensive weight loss vacation. The program consists of eight to 10 hours of daily exercise, including activities like fitness classes and mountain hiking, and a pre-planned 1,400 calorie vegetarian diet.
Led by fitness and nutrition guru Colin F. Watson and a handful of other top experts and coaches, this five-day, four-night boot camp retreat offers a full mind-body-spirit experience designed to last far beyond your vacation days. The itinerary includes daily high-intensity interval (HIIT) workouts, yoga, guided meditation and optional spa treatments. Plus, the package is all-inclusive which means all of your meals and drinks are taken care of and you’ll reap the relaxation benefits of luxury ocean-view accommodations.