No travel buddy? No problem! Cross fitness and adventure off your bucket list by booking a ticket to one of these incredible destinations
The Best Fitness Retreats for Women Traveling Solo
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Fit getaways with friends can be fabulous, but when it comes to fitness and adventure vacations, a recent Australian study actually found that more and more women are actually choosing solo travel. So lace up your hiking boots, grab your yoga mat and get ready to embrace freedom and uncompromised fun—and the opportunity to meet new people—at one of these seven destinations tailored to women traveling on their own.
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Las Olas Surf Safari
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The motto of Las Olas Surf Safaris ($2695 a person, per week) in Puerta Vallerta is "We make girls out of women," and the company promises to teach you how to ride the waves in a supportive atmosphere. Morning lessons are usually over by 1 p.m., leaving you ample time to schedule a massage, take a yoga class, go exploring in town, or just hang out at your beach villa and soak up the sunshine (but for those of us who prefer to sleep in on vacation, there are afternoon lessons too!). (Can't get to the beach? Try our Surfer Body Workout.)
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Lake Austin Spa Resort
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Set on 19 lush, lakeside acres, the Lake Austin Spa Resort ($5,411 for 6 nights), a renowned destination spa and resort, is especially welcoming to women traveling alone and allows you to do a bit of everything—from outdoorsy and indoors fitness activities to decadent spa indulgences. There's even a "friendship table" in the dining room where you can eat with other solo travelers. Kayak or paddle board on the lake, take a cooking class at lunch, or choose from 100 spa treatments. Seeking solitude? Ask for a Luxury Garden room—which has a Cal King bed, a private back garden, and a front patio overlooking the resort's organic gardens.
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Amansala Bikini Bootcamp
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Bikini. Bootcamp. For fit travelers, those are two of the most beautiful words ever, perfectly strung together. At the Amansala Eco-chic Resort + Retreat (from $2475 for a shared room) in Tulum, Mexico, you'll definitely sweat your butt off via a variety of hardcore workouts, all the while taking in breathtaking beaches and enjoying spa treatments. By week's end, you'll be ready to show off the fruits of your labors back at home.
The Island Experience Ilha Grande
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A week of The Island Experience (starts at $1900 per week), amidst the pristine beaches, jungles and mountains of Ilha Grande in Brazil has it all: hiking, kayaking, snorkeling, yoga, massage. The goal: to reconnect with yourself and renew your body, while disconnecting from the trappings of our modern lifestyle. The laid-back atmosphere, as well as the small group (they only accept 12 guests a week) ensures a casual but cozy experience. (If you want to stick closer to home, here are 10 Picturesque National Parks Worth Hiking.)
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REI Adventures Kayaking Multisport Trip
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More than 50 percent of the people who sign up for an REI Adventures trip do so on their own, so there's a great chance you'll be traveling with like-minded adventurers on these sporty, small group trips. Whether you want to trek in South American, cycle through Croatia, or paddle around the San Juan islands ($2700 for the San Juan Islands Multisport adventure), REI Adventures makes sure that every day is filled with just enough time working your muscles as time taking in the scenery or just relaxing.
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The Body Holiday Resort in St. Lucia
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It's not just honeymooners soaking in the sun in St. Lucia! Plan to keep the focus entirely on you for a while at the all-inclusive The Body Holiday Resort (from $350 per night). You can fill your days with everything from aromatherapy to massage, from scuba diving to golf to personal training services, which take place at the Alhambra-style Wellness Centre. Oh, and the food happens to be amazing—no starvation plans here! (But Are Personalized Wellness Retreats Worth the Hefty Price Tag?)
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