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Get Fit – and Away From it All


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Haley Shapley

No longer simply about indulgence, vacations today are often about restoring balance and boosting well-being. Of course, that doesn’t mean you can’t find an indulgent place where you can do just that. These elite fitness resorts located in the States and in spots around the world will help you shape up when you ship out on a trip. 


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Golden Door 

Escondido, California

This Japanese-inspired oasis nestled in the hills of Southern California aims not only to influence guests’ fitness routines but to change their way of life. Golden Door offers multi-day body and mind programs involving guided hikes through orange groves, fitness classes of varying intensities, daily massages and spa treatments, and a cuisine filled with fresh ingredients grown on the property using innovative bio-intensive farming methods. Because the resort hosts only 40 people at a time, guests are able to make personal connections with each other while embarking on a health journey together. It’s all supplemented by haiku writing, meditation and other mindfulness classes to help strike the perfect balance between mind, body and soul.


Tiger Muay Thai 

Phuket, Thailand

The breathtakingly beautiful island of Phuket attracts visitors from all over the world to vacation among its white-sand beaches, stunning blue waters and towering rock formations. That crowd includes exercise enthusiasts, who find what they’re looking for at Tiger Muay Thai, an elite fitness camp focused on traditional Muay Thai training as well as MMA fighting, kickboxing and other styles of fitness. Dip your toe into this world with a single one-on-one session or go all in with a month-long training package. At the end of the day, grab a healthy dinner on-site at the Tiger Grill & Restaurant (no frying or MSG here) and rest up in one of the many accommodation options within walking distance.


Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort

Nosara, Costa Rica

If you’re one to go with the (yoga) flow, Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort is a dream getaway spot. In addition to yoga classes, Bodhi Tree offers daily surfing lessons, definitely worth trying given its location on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast near world-class surfing beaches. So pack your bags but leave your plastic behind—this eco-friendly resort is plastic-free, powered by solar panels, and a coastal restoration advocate. You’ll rest easy knowing that everything from the morning boost at the juice bar to evening relaxation in your Balinese-inspired bungalow is in sync with the earth.


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Mountain Trek 

Ainsworth, British Columbia

Discover the healing powers of Mother Nature through daily hikes or snowshoe-clad treks in the dense forests of British Columbia. Rest assured—trained professionals will be with you every step of the way, from sunrise yoga to sunset fitness classes that maximize fat-burning opportunities. In between, enjoy healthy-lifestyle lectures, gourmet dinners and Nordic hikes. With one of the highest guide-to-guest ratios in the world, Mountain Trek offers plenty of personalized attention while you push the “reset” button.


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Canyon Ranch

Tucson, Arizona

In sunny Arizona, Tucson’s Canyon Ranch provides multiday fitness packages and wellness programs complete with a luxurious on-site spa and nourishing meals to enjoy when you’re not sweating it out on a high-ropes adventure course or gaining elevation on a desert hike among the cacti. When you want to cool off, take a dip in your choice of four pools. The team at Canyon Ranch includes physicians, registered nurses, exercise physiologists, licensed therapists and nutritionists to help craft a sound holistic program that works for you.


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The Farm at San Benito

Lipa, Philippines

Rejuvenating your mind, body and soul is made simple at the Farm at San Benito, an award-winning retreat destination deep in the tropical forest of the Philippines. There are many wellness programs to choose from, including the Farm Fitness program, which combines fitness classes, medical support (such as nutritional microscopy and colon hydrotherapy) and spa services. Each program includes activities such as yoga, aqua aerobics, an afternoon tea ritual and mandala flower arrangement. During your stay, find yourself at home in an upscale yet cozy villa with a scenic view of the lush landscape and treat yourself to a hot bath surrounded by a tropical garden. 


Movara Fitness Resort

Ivins, Utah

Combine rigorous fitness, health education, wholesome nutrition and overall well-being with the stunning red rocks of southern Utah as your backdrop at Movara Fitness Resort. Stay for a week or two (or 12!) and wake up with a morning hike in Utah’s high desert. Follow that up by taking a fitness class, sitting down to a nutritious meal and dropping in on an educational lecture. To unwind after your fitness-fueled day, enjoy some pampering at Movara’s award-winning spa, where you can indulge in everything from reflexology and hot stone massages to craniosacral therapy and hydrating facials.  

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