Your commitment to staying fit and healthy shouldn’t take a break just because you’re taking one. Why not choose a vacation with a dose of revitalizing wellness?
Here are five places that will do a body good.
Como Shambhala Estate, Bali, Indonesia
Set squarely at the crossroads between good karma, aesthetic beauty and pampering luxury, Bali is in a class of its own among resort destinations. Even describing this slice of Indonesia is a challenge: paradise meets reverence? Spice collides with the sweetness of genuine hospitality? Natural beauty enhanced by body-loving TLC? It’s all that and so much more.
COMO Shambhala is an intimate retreat built into the jungle above the Ayung River. The resort is known for its spa, yoga and Pilates classes, guided hikes and outdoor activities; recently added is a Stress Management program incorporating the Eastern mind-and-body practices of yoga, chi kung and tai chi. Whether you are sitting in meditation in Shambhala’s blissful interior spaces or taking a contemplative hike through the green rice fields surrounding the estate, restoration is sure to mark your time in Bali.
Red Mountain Resort, St. George, Utah
You won’t be deprived of anything at Red Mountain Resort except your everyday worries. This luxury resort is set in the high desert red-rock bluffs near St. George, Utah. To achieve a detox of mind and body, you’ll spend days hiking, biking and connecting with the breathtaking desert beauty peopled by the Anasazi Indians in 200 B.C. Sign on for Coping Successfully with Relentless Stress, a holistic take on de-stressing designed to strengthen the mind, body and spirit and harness the power of energy medicine and meditation.
Mustique, The Grenadines
Mustique is a 1,400-acre private island in the Grenadines, a favorite hideaway for glitterati from Mick Jagger to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. While staying in your private villa, ring for your personal trainer who will tailor a workout of cardio/boxing on the beach, yoga on the terrace and walks along a 2.2-mile Fitness Trail. At the Mustique Tennis club, sign on for TennisErcise, a high-energy cardio workout with racket drills sure to get your heart racing. Come evening, your villa chef will create a dinner so delicious you won’t even notice that it’s good for you.
California Health and Longevity Institute, Four Seasons Westlake Village
A stay at the California Health and Longevity Institute (CHLI) is a happy marriage of pampering and holistic health. Tucked inside the Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village 30 miles from Los Angeles, CHLI conducts a comprehensive assessment of guests’ individual fitness and health, with high-tech bells and whistles to measure everything from body fat composition and pulmonary health to hormone levels and exposure to heavy metals.
Based on your results, specialists at the institute consult with you on sleeping better, busting stress, cooking right and getting your body in the best shape of its life. The lush Four Seasons setting cocoons your self-improvement in an oasis of lavender-scented calm.
Cruising and staying healthy used to be mutually exclusive; indeed, some cruise vacationers diet before they set sail so they can indulge while at sea. Not so with the luxury-focused Oceania Cruises. Onboard fitness options and refined gastronomy are the order of the day on its fleet. Riviera, the newest ship in the fleet, is outfitted with a Canyon Ranch SpaClub, complete with aromatic steam rooms, thermal environments, healing acupuncture and Ayurvedic therapy, the healing system of India. Explore the colorful Caribbean or the ancient empires of the Mediterranean by day, with plenty of time left over for classes focused on mental wellness, yoga, and Pilates.