2017 Shape Healthy Travel Awards
Spa Destination Icons: Miraval Arizona Resort and Spa; Tucson, Arizona
Miraval has a single goal: to help guests learn how to achieve equilibrium in their lives so they find more meaning and joy in every day. As part of that mission, the resort partners with some of the biggest hitters in health, wellness, and beauty, including celebrity manicurist Deborah Lippmann. You’ll spend your time unwinding with traditional, Ayurvedic, or Eastern-inspired spa treatments; attending workshops on everything from honey tasting to horse painting; dining on delicious, seasonally sourced meals; and taking fitness classes like yoga, rock climbing, mountain biking, and cardio drumming.
(Rooms from $520 a night, miraval.com)
Spa Destination Icons: Canyon Ranch; Arizona; Massachusetts
For wellness expertise, you can’t beat Canyon Ranch. Both properties work with top experts, including physicians, nutritionists, and exercise physiologists who host workshops, lectures, and private sessions to help you come up with a plan for a healthier, happier life. That’s in addition to the luxurious massage and body-work therapies, year-round outdoor sports, and personalized private fitness training.
(Stays from $800 a night, canyonranch.com)
Spa Destination Icons: Rancho La Puerta; Tecate, Mexico
Located in the foothills of Mount Kuchumaa, Rancho La Puerta sprawls over an expansive 4,000 acres, with gardens, hiking trails, pools, luxe spa and fitness facilities, and a renowned organic farm, which helps supply the property with fresh, seasonal produce. The daily options are endless: Check out the sports and fitness classes, including H₂O boot camp, Gyrokinesis, and tennis. Or go on a leisurely bird-watching meditation exploration with one of the resort’s guides. If you’re in the mood to get Zen, take an art class, walk the property’s meditative labyrinth or reflexology pathway, or spend a few blissful hours in the Ranch Spa, which focuses on detoxing, soothing, nourishing, and revitalizing the body.
(Triple casitas from $3,350 per person for one week, rancholapuerta.com)
Best Hotel Spa: Como Shambhala Retreat at Como Parrot Cay; Turks and Caicos
You’ll start to feel the stress melt away as soon as you catch sight of this spa, situated in pavilions overlooking the serene North Caicos Channel. If the holistic treatments—Ayurveda, aromatherapy, Pilates, Japanese baths—don’t leave you completely relaxed, a soak in the outdoor Jacuzzi garden certainly will. Bonus: Pros like a Thai massage therapist and an Ayurvedic wellness consultant offer one-on-one sessions.
(Rooms from $600 a night, comohotels.com/parrotcay)
Best Hotel Spa: Spa Montage Beverly Hills
Every offering at this spa is customized to your lifestyle and wellness goals. Therapies include massage, aromatherapy, reflexology, or thalassotherapy using seaweed and salt water. Or opt for one of the L.Raphael treatments—high-tech skin-care and beauty therapies that incorporate oxygen, ultrasound, and antigravity techniques.
(Rooms from $740 a night, montagehotels.com/beverlyhills)
Best Hotel Spa: The Spa at the Omni Grove Park Inn; Asheville, North Carolina
This year, the subterranean spa added the Relax Well Treatment Pod, which has 12 programs meant to enhance traditional therapies. So after you get a detoxifying clay body wrap, for instance, the pod will surround you with mood-boosting colored light. The pod also has a thermal sauna, aromatherapy, salt mist, and massage vibration.
(Rooms from $199 a night, omnihotels.com)
Best Hotel Gym: Kimpton Glover Park Hotel; Washington, D.C.
This new property has an Urban Athletic Club, a 2,000-square-foot gym with all the equipment you could possibly imagine: Spinning bikes, air bikes, boxing bags, rowing machines, Kiss the Sky yoga mats and gear, TRX bands, rings, power racks, Prowlers and pulling ropes, plyo boxes, and more. Early risers can sign up for the gym’s signature class, a 50-minute combo of sports conditioning and strength training.
(Rooms from $145, gym classes from $10, gloverparkhotel.com)
Best Hotel Gym: The Hotel at the Los Angeles Athletic Club Hotel
This athletic-club–cum-hotel has fitness facilities that span five floors and include an Olympic-size indoor pool (sometimes used by actual Olympic athletes in training) and basketball and squash courts. Book a one-on-one training session to fine-tune your backstroke or jump shot, or sign up for a group exercise class like kickboxing, Pilates, circuit training, aerobics, or tai chi.
(Rooms from $229, laac.com)
Best Hotel Gym: The Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Los Colinas
Everything is bigger in Texas, and the fitness facilities at this resort are no exception. We’re talking more than 60 classes a week, including MMA training and AntiGravity Aerial Yoga. Nutrition coaches are available, and there’s an exclusive Muscle Activation Technique specialist who can help assess and correct any muscular issues.
(Rooms from $300, fourseasons.com/dallas)
Best Healthy Cruises: Holland America Line
Jump-start a morning yoga and meditation routine with the Just Breathe programming offered onboard. Follow your serenity session with a little adventure: The cruise line’s Exploration Central program tells you what to visit at each stop and books you tours for snorkeling, swimming, and tubing.
(Cruises from $749 for seven days, hollandamerica.com)
Best Healthy Cruises: Silversea
These smaller Expedition ships are designed to take you to spots that larger ships can’t reach. The Wellness Expeditions have classes like yoga, Pilates, and aqua-gym workouts, plus spa treatments, healthy meals, and nutritional counseling. Or book an Adventure & Exploration Expedition for an up-close look at awe-inspiring local wildlife like Antarctic penguins.
(Cruises from $4,900 for seven days, silversea.com)
Best Healthy Cruises: Uniworld
During the frequent stops on this river cruise, you can bike or kayak with a guide or a naturalist. Back on the ship, get your fitness fix at the gym, which offers classes like yoga and Five Tibetan Rites, or sign up for private sessions. Then indulge in some pampering at the ship’s Serenity River Spa, which features luxe Hermès and L’Occitane products.
(Cruises from $2,799 for eight days, uniworld.com)
Best Hotel Restaurants: Citrus & Palm at Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa
This restaurant, located in Indian Wells, California, is all about balance: healthy food, creative combos, and total satisfaction. That means handcrafted cocktails made with herbs grown on property, innovative bites like bluefin poke, and elevated comfort food favorites like pumpkinseed French toast.
(Rooms from $109 a night, miramonteresort.com)
Best Hotel Restaurants: Earth at Hidden Pond; Kennebunkport, Maine
The signature restaurant at this tranquil New England resort brings the outdoors in. Seasonally inspired dishes are made from fresh-picked ingredients like herbs and heirloom veggies, many of them from the two on-site organic gardens. Even the restaurant itself is locally sourced: The walls were built from the forest’s trees.
(Rooms from $349 a night, hiddenpondmaine.com)
Best Hotel Restaurants: Natural Epicurean at the Broadmoor; Colorado Springs
This healthy, earth-friendly restaurant serves delicious, energizing fare. Kick off your day with a cold-pressed juice like the Antioxidant Infusion (pomegranate, blueberry, and Japanese green tea); later, try one of the colorful creative salads, like the Vietnamese kale. And feel good knowing that the tables, glassware, china, and place settings are all made from recycled materials.
(Rooms from $445 a night, broadmoor.com)
Best Fitness Programs: Arlo SoHo; New York City
There’s no gym on the property, but the Arlo SoHo more than makes up for it with its roster of workout pop-ups. Head to the rooftop for an early-morning yoga class with Tangerine Fitness, a surf-inspired workout from Surfset NYC, or an Awaken Awe group meditation session. You can also sign up for a free boxing class at local hot spot DogPound Fitness.
(Rooms from $199, arlohotels.com)
Best Fitness Programs: Hotel del Coronado; San Diego
This historic SoCal hotel is a fitness superstar, offering workouts you’ve never even heard of, like the quirky but sweat-worthy mermaid fitness class, a 45-minute water aerobics routine during which you wear a colorful mermaid tail. You can also take on-the-beach Spinning and yoga classes every morning.
(Rooms from $349 a night, hoteldel.com)
Best Fitness Programs: Nobu Eden Roc Hotel Miami Beach
Jump-start your physical and mental health at this relaxing oceanfront resort. The Full Moon Wellness Series features a different event during each month’s full moon, including yoga, paddleboarding, and classes with herbal experts. There’s also a 24-7 fitness center and plenty of daily offerings like Spinning, dance, body-sculpt sessions, and beachside boot camp.
(Rooms from $349, nobuedenroc.com)
Best Business Hotels: Dream Downtown; New York City
There’s a 24-hour fitness center and massage room to help you shake off postwork stress. Then unwind at the glass-bottom pool (with a sand beach), or ask the concierge for a show
or restaurant rec.
(Rooms from $245 a night, dreamhotels.com)
Best Business Hotels: Element Hotels
This chain partners with the Your Trainer app to deliver 10- to 12-minute workouts you can do in your room or the fitness centers.
(Rooms from $98 a night, varying by location and season, starwoodhotels.com/element)
Best Business Hotels: Marriott Charlotte City Center
The Stay Well guest rooms have an air-purification system, aromatherapy diffusers, and circadian mood lighting designed to improve energy and focus.
(Rooms from $125 a night, plus a $50 Stay Well upgrade, staywellrooms.com)
Best Ski Lodges: Limelight Hotel; Aspen, Colorado
Skip the lift lines and sign up for a Powder Tour at this hip hotel. Two guides and a driver will lead your 12-person group to the freshest powder and best terrain in the Rocky Mountains. If you need a break, borrow a complimentary cruiser or fat-tire bike, and take advantage of the property’s downtown location, minutes from the best of Aspen’s shopping and dining.
(Rooms from $300 a night, limelighthotels.com)
Best Ski Lodges: Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa; Jackson Hole, Wyoming
With three mountains just minutes apart, it can be tough to know where to start. This resort’s complimentary ski concierge will direct you to the best slopes for your skill level. Après skiing, hop in one of the hotel’s five hot tubs or stop by the Tranquility Lounge inside SpaTerre, the three-story, full-service spa, for some pampering.
(Rooms starting at $179, tetonlodge.com)
Best Ski Lodges: Stowe Mountain Lodge; Stowe, Vermont
At this resort, you can ski in and ski out at two mountains connected by a transfer gondola. Your Alpine Concierge will guide you to the best trails and transport your gear. Or
hit the climbing wall for a different mountain experience.
(Rooms from $229 a night, destinationhotels.com)
Best Activity Outfitters: Butterfield & Robinson
This tour operator has had more than 51 years to fine-tune its active luxury trips—and it shows. The biking and walking routes are filled with jaw-dropping views in some of the world’s most beautiful places, plus friendly guides who are on call 24-7; quirky hotels; tips about off-the-beaten-path experiences, sights, and restaurants; and great wine. There are also boat, safari, and food and wine tours, plus self-guided tours and daytime guided tours that leave you free to do your own thing at night.
(Trips from $2,895 for five days, butterfield.com)
Best Activity Outfitters: Whole Journeys
See a new side of popular destinations like Tuscany, China, Portugal, Croatia, and Peru with Whole Journeys’ holistic wellness tours. On the Blue Zone island of Sardinia, for example, you’ll sample the local foods and wines that may be responsible for the natives’ long life spans, and in China you’ll walk the Ancient Tea and Horse Caravan Route.
(Trips from $2,995 for eight days, wholejourneys.com)
Best Activity Outfitters: Wilderness Travel
The water adventures offered by this company—sea kayaking and snorkeling in stunning spots like Belize, the Dominican Republic, Cambodia, Mexico, the Galápagos Islands, and Alaska—are standouts because of their friendly waters, beautiful wildlife, and stunning sites (both underwater and on dry land). At night, stay in lovely small hotels or camp out in special expedition vessels.
(Trips from $3,295 for 12 days, wildernesstravel.com)
Best Healthy Amenities: Collective Hudson Valley, a Retreat at Liberty Farms; Ghent, New York
The star “rooms” at this property are the incredible tents, tricked out with king-size beds, chandeliers (yes, there’s electricity), and private decks. Plus, the tents are on a working organic farm.
(Stays from $450 a night, collectiveretreats.com)
Best Healthy Amenities: Halcyon; Cherry Creek, Colorado
All you need to bring is a carry-on bag—the hotel’s Gear Garage has New Belgium cruiser bikes; Osprey backpacks stuffed with a GoPro and binoculars; and Arc’Teryx jackets. Between explorations, grab a free class at the local Pura Vida, a gym and yoga studio.
(Rooms from $289 a night, halcyonhotelcherrycreek.com)
Best Healthy Amenities: Sunrise Springs Spa Resort; Santa Fe, New Mexico
At check-in, all guests receive a copy of The Little Book of Mindfulness. There are classes in meditation, food as medicine, yoga, and even puppy playtime.
(Rooms from $225, sunrisesprings.ojospa.com)
Best Pet Amenities: Hotel deLuxe; Portland, Oregon
A-list accommodations for your VIP (very important pet) at this boutique hotel include eco-friendly pet beds, a pet room service menu stocked with minimally processed food from the Honest Kitchen pet-food company, and custom-made dog tags.
(Rooms from $189, plus $45 pet fee, hoteldeluxeportland.com)
Best Pet Amenities: Park Hyatt Chicago
When you stay at this luxurious downtown high-rise, the entire pet fee is donated to PAWS (Pets Are Worth Saving), Chicago’s largest no-kill animal shelter. Check in with Parker, the unofficial doggy concierge, whose adventures are documented on Instagram.
(Rooms from $375, plus $100 pet fee, chicago.park.hyatt.com)
Best Pet Amenities: The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village; Fort Myers, Florida
The pet menu at the resort’s dockside restaurant is stocked with treats that sound good enough for humans, like bacon-flavored boneless wings and grilled filet mignon and veggies. After dinner, your pooch will sleep soundly on the Westin Heavenly Dog Bed.
(Rooms from $149, westincapecoral.com)
Best Curated Experiences: Airbnb; worldwide
Last year, the home-booking site launched Airbnb Experiences, which lets travelers book activities led by local experts. Think a pastry-making course taught by a Parisian chef, an acrobatics lesson in L.A. led by a performer, or flamenco training from a dancer in Barcelona.
(From $10, airbnb.com/s/experiences)
Best Curated Experiences: Ananda Expeditions; worldwide
Pick your dream destinations and activities, like hiking, yoga, skiing, surfing, wine tasting, or fine dining. The custom tour company will build a guided or self-guided itinerary to help you find your ananda, an ancient Sanskrit word for bliss.
(From $750, anandaexpeditions.com)
Best Curated Experiences: Groundsea Fitness; Great Barrington, Massachusetts
This tranquil private home offers three- to four-day scheduled or custom retreats for up to 10 guests, July through November. Between hiking, yoga, barre, and HIIT, eat local, organic ovo-vegetarian cuisine.
(From $3,700 for three days, groundseafitness.com)
Best Hotel Pools: Keswick Hall & Golf Club; Charlottesville, Virginia
Of the three pools, our fave is the adults-only outdoor saltwater infinity pool with music piped in underwater.
(Rooms from $189 a night, keswick.com)
Best Hotel Pools: The St. Regis; San Francisco
You’ll have magnificent views of downtown San Francisco while you swim in the hotel’s indoor saltwater infinity pool. It’s open 24 hours, perfect for a nighttime swim.
(Rooms from $405 a night, stregissanfrancisco.com)
Best Hotel Pools: Amangani; Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Unreal panoramic views of the Teton Mountains surround this 115-foot outdoor pool and the adjoining whirlpool Jacuzzi.
(Rooms from $800 a night, aman.com/resorts/amangani)
Best Family Getaways: Cliff House Maine; Cape Neddick, Maine
Bond with your family on guided hikes, kayaking trips, bike tours, or lobstering cruises or while watching a movie together in the on-site theater. If you can, sneak away for a yoga class at the gym.
(Rooms from $249, cliffhousemaine.com)
Best Family Getaways: The Home Ranch; Clark, Colorado
In the Junior Wrangler Program, kids learn how to groom and ride horses. Also offered: daily guided hikes, swimming, cycling, tubing, and sleigh rides. The kitchen is stocked from the on-property organic farm and greenhouse.
(All-inclusive rates from $920 a night for a family of three or four, homeranch.com)
Best Family Getaways: The Omni Homestead Resort; Hot Springs, Virginia
This Southern resort boasts a two-acre water park, two golf courses, tennis courts, a game room, and a movie theater. Try the three-hour zip-lining tour, then grab dinner at one of its five restaurants.
(Rooms from $205 a night, omnihotels.com)
Best Kids' Programs: Franklyn D. Resort and Spa; Runaway Bay, Jamaica
With access to a personal nanny, plus a kids’ club that offers sports, arts and crafts, beach games, and nightly dance shows, little ones will never want to leave.
(Rooms from $340, fdrholidays.com)
Best Kids' Programs: The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe; Truckee, California
Ritz Kids offers adventure hikes and scavenger hunts. And try the Kids Indoor Campout, with a luxe in-room tent and a s’mores kit.
(Rooms from $229 a night, ritzcarlton.com/laketahoe)
Best Kids' Programs: Wequassett Resort and Golf Club; Cape Cod, Massachusetts
The new children’s center features a pirate-ship playground, an outdoor amphitheater, and an old-fashioned ice cream truck that stops by daily.
(Rooms from $425 a night, wequassett.com)