Top 10 A-List Bikini Boot Camps
The Ashram: Calabasas, CA
Famous fans: Gwyneth Paltrow, Catherine Zeta Jones, Oprah Winfrey, Cindy Crawford, Colin Farrell, Renee Zellweger, Queen Latifah
Nestled in a secluded nook in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains, The Ashram is a weeklong ultra-exclusive retreat dedicated to health, fitness, and renewal. More celebs have been spotted here than at the Beverly Hills Hotel, so make sure to plan ahead—it’s usually booked a solid nine months in advance.
Only a dozen or so guests are allowed in each boot camp program filled with rigorous hikes, endless gym and dance classes, yoga, Pilates, strength training, and 1,000-calorie-per-day raw-food meals. But don’t expect any diva star behavior along with the $4,500 per week price tag; there are no phones, no Internet, and no TV allowed.
The Golden Door: Escondido, CA
Famous fans: Barbra Streisand, Oprah Winfrey, Martha Stewart, Lauren Graham, Laura Dern
Situated on more than 350 acres of lush peninsula in Southern California, The Golden Door is a Zen-inspired oasis where some of Hollywood’s biggest stars go to refocus their minds and re-energize their bods. The $7,750-per-week super posh sanctuary features Japanese koi ponds, beautiful sand gardens, and shaded bamboo forests, along with tailor-made, personalized workout sessions and top fitness trainers, massage teams, dieticians, organic spa cuisine, and state-of-the-art fitness facilities. Guests enjoy a selection of more than 40 fitness activities like hiking, yoga, Pilates, dance, tennis, T’ai Chi, and archery. Clearly there is no shortage of luxury at this celebrity hotspot!
SHA: El Albir, Spain
Famous fans: Kylie Minogue, Naomi Campbell, Simon Cowell, Madonna, Yoko Ono, Demi Moore
If you want to spa like a celeb—the healthy way—then this macrobiotic gem is the place to be! Considered one of the best wellness clinics in Europe, the world-renowned SHA boasts a magical blend of nutrition and natural therapies through its unique fusion of eastern wisdom and western techniques.
Found on the edge of the Sierra Helada Natural Park overlooking the Mediterranean, guests will feel on top of the world (literally) with the beautiful, breathtaking views. Daily activities like T'ai Chi, outdoor yoga sessions, Pilates, meditation, macrobiotic cooking classes, walks, and lectures are truly inspiring. Room rates start at $265, along with weight loss, detox, anti-stress, and rejuvenation programs ranging from $2,000 to $12,000 and up.
Chiva-Som: Hua Hin, Thailand
Famous fans: David and Victoria Beckham, Elizabeth Hurley, Hugh Grant, Elle Macpherson, Kate Moss
As one of the planet’s most sought-after wellness spas, Chiva-Som (“Haven of Life”) is dedicated to total well-being via a holistic approach. From weight management and stress relief to detox and fitness, it’s no surprise the award-winning retreat is a celebrity favorite. The exotic Thai resort prides itself on offering a variety of customizable programs to meet your personal goals and is also known for its colonic offerings. With prices starting around $3,500 per week, this holistic haven is booked solid, year-round.
Clinique La Prairie: Geneva, Switzerland
Famous fans: Charlie Chaplin, Marlene Dietrich, Winston Churchill
Since 1931 Hollywood legends, heads of state, royalty, popes, and pretty much the rest of the rich, powerful, and famous have all come to Clinique La Prairie in search of the fountain of youth. Situated on the shores of Lake Geneva in one of the prettiest parts of Switzerland, it tops the list as one of the most luxurious anti-aging spas in the world. Offering a range of medical and paramedical services for a variety of ailments and conditions, their aim is to help patients live better and longer lives.
The popular two-week weight management program includes full board, along with the help of a dietitian, psychologist, personal fitness trainer, masseuse, and nutritionist to address yo-yo dieting and compulsive eating. The total tab starts at about $25,000 per person, per week.
The Farm: Lipa City, Philippines
Famous fans: Woody Harrelson
Considered a top raw food destination, The Farm at San Benito is one of the few truly integrated medical and wellness resorts in the world. Celebs like Harrelson come here to balance their mind, body, and spirit with nourishing live foods in an eco-friendly place.
But what sets this holistic healing center apart from the rest? Not only does every nook and cranny speak of pure opulence, relaxation, serenity, and peacefulness, the resort also offers a range of accommodations to fit any budget. Gotta love that! With prices starting at around $1,995, visitors can check out everything from Live Blood Analysis and wheatgrass juice therapy to Colon Hydrotherapy, detox treatments, NLP life coaching sessions, lectures, and much more.
Amansala Resort: Tulum, Mexico
Famous fans: Jude Law, Sienna Miller, Cindy Crawford, Drew Barrymore, Charlize Theron, Linda Evangelista
Never before has a boot camp felt so beautiful! The Amansala is a magnet when it comes to attracting big name stars, but don’t be fooled by the gorgeous, relaxed beach setting—you will definitely work hard. Here, guests can reconnect to themselves and nature through exercise, healthy eating, and relaxation.
The destination resort offers three types of wellness weeks, including Bikini Bootcamp, Beach ‘n Bliss Yoga Retreat, and Destination Detox—during which, a typical day might include a strenuous morning hike, followed by circuit training and yoga, an organic lunch, then salsa dancing into the wee hours. Many celebs have been known to escape to this hidden gem before awards show season to get their bods red carpet ready, for the all-inclusive price starting at $1,650 for five nights.
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Cal-a-Vie: Vista, CA
Famous fans: Julia Roberts, Uma Thurman, Russell Crowe, Oprah Winfrey, Tom Ford, Kirstie Alley, Ricki Lake
With more than 200 private acres in a secluded valley 40 miles north of San Diego, you’d think this beautifully hidden Tuscan treasure was built by perfectionists! Adored by many A-List celebrities, Cal-a-Vie puts a whole new meaning to the words “Fitness Fantasy.” Hosting only 25 guests at a time, you’ll get optimal privacy and personalized attention. Programs are not only top-notch here, but also tough (you’ll be working out a minimum of five hours every day!).
Each morning might start with an intense hike, followed by back-to-back fitness classes like spinning, cardio sculpting, power yoga, and kickboxing. But of course it can’t be all hard work; expect to be pampered later with wonderful hot stone foot massages and oxygen facials. The popular four-night all-inclusive stay (including accommodations, meals, treatments, fitness classes, nutritional lecture, cooking demonstration, and airport transfers) prices out at about $5,595.
Rancho La Puerta: Tecate, Mexico
Famous fans: Ricki Lake, Annabeth Gish
The idea of destination fitness resorts had to start somewhere, and Rancho La Puerta claims to be the very first. Located on 3,000 amazing acres filled with world-class landscaped gardens, an organic farm, an internationally known cooking school, and stunning mountainsides for incredible hiking, the spa has become a refuge for many big-name celebs. Aside from the awesome views, they offer a variety of fitness classes like Bar Method, Pilates, yoga, dance, tennis, and volleyball. Program package rates start at $3,300 per person, double occupancy.
Stoke Park: Buckinghamshire, Great Britain
Famous fans: Hugh Grant, Claudia Schiffer, Renee Zellweger
Boasting 5-star luxuries, the finest in interior design, an award-winning spa, top fitness facilities, Wimbledon standard grass courts, a 27 hole championship golf course, indoor swimming pool with hydro-seats, and 350 acres of historic parkland and gardens, Stoke Park is truly a work of art. Some of Hollywood's hottest stars have visited, as the resort has played host to some of the most memorable moments in cinema history. Two James Bond films (Goldfinger and Tomorrow Never Dies), as well as Bridget Jones Diary and Layer Cake were filmed here.
Guests of the impeccable hotel are able to enjoy the Health and Racquet Pavilion with a state-of-the-art gym and fitness studio hosting up to 40 classes a week. The 5-star hotel and spa also offers extensive weekend fitness retreats that focus on the physical and psychological aspects of losing weight. However, movie star sightings do bring movie star prices; rooms start at $420 per night, but spa packages are available for only $100 and up.