For anyone who prefers active vacations over relaxing at the beach, fitness retreats offer the perfect mix of self-care, wellness, exploration, and fun.
Maybe you want to travel but don’t want to come back from vacation bloated and carrying extra baggage. Maybe you’re tired of your same old fitness routine and need a little boost of inspiration. Whatever your motive is to get moving, a fitness retreat can offer plenty of health-based activities like hiking, biking, and yoga so you can reset, get refreshed, and get your body right, all in a beautiful setting!
6 of the Best Fitness Retreats Around the World
Ready to trade in your elliptical for an amazing fitness retreat set in some of the world’s most beautiful backdrops? Here are six of our favorite fitness resorts you can book this year, from summer to winter.
1. Hotel Quelle Nature Resort (South Tyrol, Italy)
Get fit in the stunning region of northern Italy. Located in the absolutely breathtaking Dolomites mountains in South Tyrol, Italy, this five-star fitness resort has it all for the health-focused: greenery, scenery, year-round adventures, and spa treatments.
Choose from their many outdoor activities like hiking and biking in the summer months, and cross-country skiing and snow-shoe hiking in the winter months. Or, try out their well of in-house exercise classes like HIIT, Pilates, aqua aerobics, and strength training.
Follow all that up with a trip to their luxurious wellness area that offers ten different themed saunas, including the only snow sauna in the Alps. Experience essential oil infusions, daily skin treatments, and more.
This is a higher-end stay, but you’ll definitely get your money’s worth with all they have to offer.
2. New Life Hiking Spa & Wellness Retreat (Killington, Vermont)
This all-inclusive weight-loss and fitness retreat uses the natural resources of the Green Mountains of Vermont to help guests get fit, healthy, and rejuvenated.
Included in the cost (rates start at $229 per night), you get lodging, meals, hiking, specialized wellness programming, and one massage per three-night stay. Their whole approach is focused on using the outdoors over treadmills and wholesome food over “dieting.”
While the fitness retreat is primarily centered around hiking, you can also enjoy other activities like yoga, stretching, kayaking, bootcamp-style workout classes, outdoor games, and their spa. Their season is between May and September, so you can make the most of the warm outdoors!
3. eXtreme Fitness Camp at eXtreme Hotel (Cabarete, Dominican Republic)
This extreme fitness retreat is set in the Caribbean paradise of the Dominican Republic. You can choose from three different kinds of camps: the athletic-focused Bootcamp, the Tropical Fitness Holiday that includes workouts, plus kiteboarding, surfing, and circus lessons, and the Weight Loss Camp with a focus on sustainable lifestyle changes.
Depending on which camp you choose, the week-long accommodation at the eco-hotel earns you daily organic breakfast and dinner, twice daily group fitness classes, gym use, personal training, daily yoga class, surfing and kiteboarding lessons, and sports massage.
Hot tip: Head there in the low-season months (April–November) for a discounted rate!
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4. Canyon Ranch (Lenox, Massachusetts)
Escape to the Berkshires for a customizable and personalized approach to a quality fitness retreat. With over 35 activities to choose from, like high-ropes courses, hiking, biking, Shinrin-yoku, tai chi, tennis, racquetball, swimming, pickleball, and squash, you’ll never be without something physical to do.
You can even work with a top-tier exercise physiologist to customize a workout program for when you return home so you can stay in top shape, even after you leave the mountains. And don’t forget to take advantage of their spa facilities to recover from all of the personal butt-kicking!
There are a number of packages, so you can choose the number of days and pricing that work best for you.
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5. Red Mountain Resort (Ivins, Utah)
Set among the gorgeous red rocks of Southern Utah, the Red Mountain Essential Retreat includes three healthy meals daily, guided morning hikes, fitness classes, pools, bikes, workout studios, cooking demonstrations, and more.
The combination of the gorgeous scenery, the luxury resort, indoor and outdoor activities, and wholesome meals all work to ensure a holistic approach to your healthy desires.
If you want a bit more exploration on your vacation, check out their Essential Zion Adventure Retreat that includes many of the same opportunities listed above, in addition to a trip to the stunning Zion National Park.
6. Phuket Cleanse Detox & Fitness (Phuket, Thailand)
An alcohol-free, vegan bootcamp? This is the ultimate fitness retreat for those seeking a total-body overhaul. They have a huge array of activities to choose from, so you can customize your fitness experiences just as you please.
Enjoy mountain hikes, Muay Thai, snorkeling, swimming, paddleboarding, HIIT, yoga, bootcamp classes, massages, and cooking classes to balance your mind, body, and spirit.
Rooms start at $320 per night, and that rate includes everything. “There are no ‘hidden’ expenses,” states their website. Plus, they have a deal where you can save 50 percent on a second guest! How’s that for a romantic vacation?