Healthy Spring Break Trips If Weeklong Hangovers Aren't Your Thing
For Class Addicts
Just opened last year in Riviera Maya, the all-inclusive, local-oriented UNICO 20°87° (from $512 a night) embraces a holistic fitness mindset with a robust class schedule every day of the week. On Monday, wake up with indoor cycling; Tuesday, take floating yoga in one of three pools; Wednesday, bring out your competitive side with tennis; and Thursday, get ready to sweat buckets in Synergy, a circuit training class on the property. Refuel post-workout with mango chia pudding, avocado smoothies, and Greek quinoa salad from the resort's Café Inez , one of five on-site dining options.
You might not expect Las Vegas to offer quality options for a healthy spring break. But 20 minutes off The Strip, Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa (from $103 a night) defies expectations at The Spa at Red Rock by Well & Being, with a wide range of both traditional and unexpected fitness classes. Three to try: Vertical wall yoga, in which ropes hold you against the wall; In-Trinity boards, a form of strength training that borrows techniques from both yoga and martial arts; and the über-relaxing violin meditation, where a violinist from Celine Dion's orchestra uses vibrations and spoken visualizations to calm and relax. (Related: I Took a Sound Bath and It Changed the Way I Meditate)
For Devoted Yogis
Ambu Yoga, the on-site studio at South Seas Island Resort (from $329 a night) on Florida's Captiva Island, offers a variety of classes, including flow, yin, Hatha, and hot yoga. Sunset beach yoga is a beautiful way to spend the evening, and Ambu's New Moon Meditations, new this spring, are guided meditations held under the new moon. Advanced yogis should try the 2.5-hour Bliss Adventure Flow, which includes paddling the waters of Captiva and practicing SUP yoga in a secluded spot alongside manatees and dolphins.
Become a sun worshipper alongside fellow yogis on the Serenity Yoga Pavilion at Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa (from $639 a night) in San Diego. Multiple yoga sessions are held daily, including heated options for power sculpt and flow. If you're looking for personalized attention—like finally getting into Sayanasana—individual yoga instruction is also available. Yoga here mirrors a broader focus on health through the property's Wellness Collective, a program based on epigenetics—science that considers how you care for yourself actually changing your genetic makeup.
For Fit Foodies
Escape to all-inclusive resort Hilton Head Health (from $525 a night) on Hilton Head Island, SC, for a complete wellness experience. More than 50 fitness classes—including aqua boxing, Butts & Guts, and even line dancing—are a refreshing change of pace from your normal routine. But the real star here is on your plate. At the property's True Restaurant, you'll chow down on dishes such as fruit crêpes with homemade coconut cashew butter or beef tenderloin with blackberry bourbon sauce. You can also get hands-on in cooking classes, learning to make chocolate hummus, healthy soups, and more.
With a new high-tech fitness center, two 75-foot pools connected by a waterfall, and views of Camelback Mountain, Arizona's Mountain Shadows (from $179 a night) embodies the state's desert lifestyle. With an emphasis on wellness throughout, the resort's Hearth '61 restaurant delights foodies with simple, palatable dishes incorporating local and organic ingredients. Dinner means stone-oven favorites such as Niman Ranch beef tenderloin or line-caught swordfish, while brunch staples include banana ricotta pancakes and cold-pressed juices.
For Balance Seekers
An escape to Napa Valley doesn't have to mean nonstop wine tasting. At Las Alcobas, a Luxury Collection Hotel (from $808 a night), find a different kind of high with mind-calming treatments in the luxurious Atrio spa. Book the Atrio Experience Signature Ritual, a 2.5-hour "tasting menu" that allows you to explore a world of therapies, including Shirodhara, in which warm oil is poured over the forehead to promote mental freedom. The hotel restaurant, Acacia House, serves the prettiest crudités platter you've ever seen, plus hearty vegetarian entrées. (Related: How Self-Care Is Carving a Place In the Fitness Industry)
Begin to disconnect on the scenic one-hour drive from Portland International Airport to The Allison Inn & Spa (from $420 a night) in Oregon's lush Willamette Valley. Surrounded by snow-capped mountains, rolling hills, and plenty of vineyards, getting to inbox zero will become a moot point. Hit your daily step goal by traversing footpaths through the property's beautiful gardens or touring a nearby winery—the area boasts more than 200. Find ultimate relaxation in the spa, which includes an indoor pool and a Vichy room. Indulge in luscious red wine without actually drinking any with the Divine Wine facial.
For Adrenaline Junkies
Located on one of Mexico's best surf breaks, W Punta de Mita (from $450 a night) offers hour-long (or more) surf lessons from local instructors. Whether you're already comfortable on a board or just dipping your toes into hanging ten, lessons can be tailored to your skill set. Don't expect a party scene; relaxation and seclusion are the themes here, emphasized by tequila facials in the spa, a beachside ceviche bar in the back of a vintage Chevy, and a new meditation labyrinth in which you can literally lose yourself.
Serious adventurers will bliss out at all-inclusive BodyHoliday Saint Lucia (from $750 a night), with extreme activities from rock climbing to mountain biking to an island quadrathalon (a 10K mountain bike ride, a 4K hill run, a swim in the ocean, and a 2.5K endurance kayak race). It's all for fun, of course, as is the Errard Waterfall abseil (rappel) down a 66-foot rounded cliff waterfall. You can also hit the resort's Wellfit Trail, filled with balance beams, parallel bars, a cargo net, and other challenging stations for bodyweight workouts. (Related: Learn How to Plan the Most Epic Adventure Vacation of Your Life)
For Outdoorsy Types
Immerse yourself in nature and reconnect with your body at Sunrise Springs Spa Resort (from $215 a night), just outside Santa Fe, NM. The all-inclusive wellness retreat features a unique lineup of activities. Start your morning with outdoor yoga followed by mindful meditation, hiking around Northern New Mexico, or a healthy cooking class centered on raw recipes. In the afternoon, take a Pilates class, experience a ceremony in the Native American Spirit Lodge, or play with adorable dogs in the Puppy Studio. A dip in the saltwater Olympic-sized pool is a perfect way to end the evening.
Finding tranquility is the goal at Arizona's L'Auberge de Sedona (from $291 a night) but don't unplug completely as you'll want to Instagram all the views from hiking (or biking) in Red Rock Country. The Brins Mesa Trail is about 4 miles across mainly flat land, but if you want more of a challenge, hit West Fork or Soldier Pass. You'll feel it in your glutes the next day, but you can ease the pain with a massage at L'Apothecary Spa. Then head back outside to experience "forest bathing" led by a certified facilitator, and dine alfresco on the patio at Etch Kitchen & Bar.