Vacations are a time to relax and let loose, but it’s hard to feel good if you spend all your time thinking about how you're going to have to work off those holiday pounds when you get home. Luckily healthy travel doesn’t have mean detox spa retreats and extreme training camps. These resorts allow you to have your relaxation and your cocktail—and return home in great shape.
Just Do It
Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows; Santa Monica, CA
Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows and Nike are calling all runners to “just do it.” Upon arrival at the hotel, you'll receive a goody bag of Nike gear, including a Nike+ FuelBand to track daily activity. Running routes along the Pacific coast will have you on the go, while yoga at Exhale Mind Body Spa and a complimentary sports massage will keep you relaxed. Fuel up each morning with a complimentary farm-to-table breakfast for two at FIG. The Just Do It package starts at $580 per night. SHAPE readers can enter to win a free two-night stay and all the amenities for two.
Fitness + Foolishness
Ocean Two Resort; St. Lawrence Gap, Barbados
Get up to work out in the morning and get down on the dance floor in the evening April 18 to 22 with Fitness + Foolishness in Barbados. It’s all about letting your hair down and enjoying your workout with daily yoga and Pilates taught on the beach set to island music, morning runs, an island tour, surf classes, and dancing at all the local hot spots. Packages start at $1,670 for four nights; yoga and Pilates classes, yoga mat, daily breakfasts, island tour, water sports, and more are included. SHAPE readers receive a $300 discount at checkout when they follow this link and enter promo code SWEETANDTHRASHERSHP3.
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Yoga for Skiers
The Little Nell; Aspen, Colorado
This isn’t like your Monday-through-Friday yoga practice. Take a complimentary class at 13,000 feet overlooking stunning views of the Rocky Mountains—and that’s just to get you loosened up for a day on the slopes! In the warmer months, enjoy The Little Nell’s extensive cycling program. Casual riders can learn the ropes with a training lesson at the base of the mountain, while old pros can head out over Independence Pass, the site of last summer’s and this year’s upcoming USA Pro Cycling Challenge. Equipped with a GPS and heart rate monitor, it’s easy to stay on track. Spring rates start at $280.
Triathlon Training Weekend
The Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa; Henderson, Nevada
Triathlon training has never looked as good as it does when lead by the experts at Durata Training and champion triathlete Kelly Williamson in the idyllic dessert setting of the Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa. Not for the novice, this trip includes a four-night stay, professionally lead triathlon training with no more than five participants per coach, nutritional support, daily meals, and a parting gift bag. Training camp runs April 17 to 21 at a cost of $2,200. Sign up fast—space is limited to 20 to ensure plenty of personal attention!
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Alma Del Pacifico Beach Hotel & Spa; Playa Esterillos Este, Costa Rica
It’s a whole different kind of beach vacation with Endless Surfing at Alma Del Pacifico Beach Hotel & Spa. Sure you’ll be spending all day on the beach, but with two hours of surf lessons (with a personal photographer to document your day) and a sunset horseback ride, you’ll be engaging those abs all day long—while having fun. Guests will also receive a $50 credit for making healthy choices at the on-premise restaurants, two breakfasts, two welcome cocktails to kick things off, and more. Rates start at $280 a night with a minimum three-night stay now through December 2013.
Ultimate Mountain Experience
Canyon Resort; Park City, Utah
Skiing lessons in Park City, Utah, might not sound too out of the ordinary, but it is when it’s led by six former Olympians! Guests can participate in one-of-a-kind itineraries like Erik Schlopy’s “Power Turn Experience,” Holly Flanders’ “Women-Only Workshops,” and Phil McNichol’s “Discover Your Potential Weekend.” And the Olympic ties don’t stop there. For $120, guests can take private lessons from Patrick Meek, Olympic hopeful and member of the U.S. National Speedskating team. After all that time on the ice, warm your body and spirit at the hotel’s Golden Door Spa, which offers spa services, healthy spa cuisine, and wellness lectures.
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Walking Tour and Fitness Kits
Affinia Hotels; New York & Washington D.C.
Neither beach nor mountains are necessary to get in a vacation workout. Guests' rooms at Affinia Hotels in New York City and Washington, D.C., come equipped with a yoga mat, stretching blocks, ftness DVDs, workout bands, and wrist and ankle weights so you can sneak in a workout whenever you have down time. And these aren’t your average city hotel rooms: You’ll have ample space to lunge and stretch with up to 900 square feet. Or you can take your workout outdoors with the complimentary Streetwise city map and walking tour kit, which includes an iPod loaded with Affinia walking tours and workout playlists, city guide book, pedometer, and more. All you have to do is create a MyAffinia profile online, and your customized kit will be waiting upon check-in. Rooms at Affinia in New York start at $210; Affinia D.C. starts at $140 per night.
Find Your Balance
Esperanza, An Auberge Resort; Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
If you’d rather focus on healthy food than fitness, check out Esperanza’s new Find Your Balance program. A four-night stay is accompanied by chef-lead vegetarian cooking classes, two massages at the Auberge spa, and complimentary breakfasts. You’ll also have the opportunity to try out complimentary TRX or yoga with two 60-minute private lessons and complete access to the resort’s fitness facility. When you’re not whipping up your own meals, enjoy a wide range of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options with most ingredients coming from Esperanza’s on-premise organic herb and vegetable garden. Packages start at $3,470 for four nights in an ocean-view casita.
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Yoga in the Mountains, Yoga on the Water
Big Cedar Lodge; Branson, Missouri
Relaxation and fitness are in perfect harmony at Big Cedar Lodge. Hour-long yoga hikes have participants stopping along the way to focus on breathing, balance, and standing poses. Beginning in May, guests can take their practice out of the woods and onto the water with stand-up paddleboard yoga. Big Cedar Lodge also offers waterskiing, horseback riding, and bass fishing to get your heart rate up as much as you want. Rooms start at $110 a night and include fitness classes, hiking, and water sports. Horseback riding ($50), spin ($20), and stand-up paddleboarding (TBD) are an extra fee.
A New Kind of Beach Babe
Surfcomber; Miami, Florida
Enjoy the “daylife” in Miami like never before—without spending an extra dime. Guests of the Surfcomber have free access to South Beach Bike Tours, beach club volleyball, beachside yoga, and an Art Deco Walking Tour throughout their stay at the hotel. Plus every Thursday morning there’s a complimentary 3K fun run with the managers. To have energy for all this activity, check out Surfcomber’s healthy room service. The hotel partnered with nutritionist Joy Bauer to create balanced meals under 500 calories. To celebrate their one-year anniversary as a Kimpton hotel, Surfcomber is offering 21 percent off the best available rates, a $20 daily cocktail credit at the Social Club, deco bikes, 24/7 access to their fitness facility, and more. Anniversary rates start at $300 a night through April 30.
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Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa; Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
If you head straight to the elliptical when you hit the gym, why not hit the road with it? Through December 31, guests of the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa can enjoy two three-hour ElliptiGO bike rentals to explore 12 miles of Atlantic beach front while torching some serious calories. Sightseeing has never been more fun or heart rate-raising. Prices start at $190 a night.
Stratton Mountain, Vermont; Copper Mountain, Colorado; Squaw Valley, California; Whistler, British Columbia
By day, join sought-after yoga teachers Seane Corn, Shiva Rea, and Rod Stryker for master classes. By night, enjoy musical performers Moby, Trombone Shorty, and many more at Wanderlust 2013. Tickets to the four-day festival give you access to not just live music and amazing yoga, but a marketplace full of healthy Wanderlust meals and deals. Stay at one of the affiliated hotel or campgrounds. Tickets range from $20 for music only to $440 for the whole shebang.
As an editor at SHAPE I have the chance to learn about the healthiest ways to cook, eat, and live from all sorts of experts but I’m also a single girl living in NYC with a busy schedule, active social life, and chocolate cravings. I’m here to share what works for me—and where I need a little help from you.