Lazy vacations are so passé. Nowadays, more travelers are incorporating fitness activities into their vacations or using their retreats to jumpstart a healthy new outlook. In fact, statistics from the Global Wellness Tourism Congress show that fitness and wellness tourism is already a $400 billion international industry that is projected to grow by 9 percent in the next three years.
We visited three popular fitness and wellness resorts to see what’s behind this travel trend. And to our surprise, we found they’re not just for the workout fanatics—everyone can enjoy them.
1. The Body Holiday
Castries, St. Lucia
Sweat it out in St. Lucia this summer at the island’s leading all inclusive wellness resort and spa. With several fitness offerings such as Tai Chi, personal training and nontraditional adaptations of some of your favorite exercises like the Rhythm Foxtrot and family beachathalons, the resort has designed programming to keep your getaway hot and healthy. Plus, you can enjoy adventurous activities like archery lessons, mountain biking and scuba diving.
2. Canyon Ranch Miami Resort and Spa
In addition to participating in the 40-plus workouts (which are graded in difficulty from beginner to advanced), Canyon Ranch Miami guests can also elect to meet with an exercise physiologist, nutritionist and medical physician, who all map out a customized plan as to what you should do while on property and then set recommendations and follow-up measures in order for you to continue that plan when you return home. Plus, the resort houses the largest spa in Florida at 70,000 square feet, which includes their free-use water therapy suite (a treat for sore muscles post-workout).
3. Haramara Retreat
Riviera Nayarit, Mexico
Visited by such celebrities as Jennifer Anniston, the eco-friendly Haramara Retreat makes a great escape for current and aspiring yogis. Perched in the hills of the Sierra Madre Mountains are the resort’s two open-area yoga pavilions, where guests can book private yoga sessions or join in group lessons. The sunrise yoga sessions are highly recommended and make for relaxing starts to your days on the property. The resort also offers several expansive hiking/walking trails through the lush green hills or along the beach coastline.
Words: Nina Hemphill Reeder and Satchel B. Jester
Photos: Canyon Ranch Hotel and Spa Miami Beach: Courtesy of Subject;
The Body Holiday: Courtesy of Subject; Haramara: Andre Araiz