Summertime is drawing close and it's high season for vacation travel for Americans. Why not use this summer vacation to focus on wellness while traveling?! Fit-cations are becoming a new trend, and for those of us who like to go on vacation and not return 10 pounds heavier, this might be a thing. Vacation is about relaxation and rejuvenation, and what better way to accomplish that than by adding a dose of wellness into your travel plans. Here are 3 great fit-cation accommodations domestic and international.
Los Angeles, California
Los Angeles is arguably the health-conscious mecca of America. With healthy casual eats on each corner, and beautiful hiking trails spanning the mountainous land, there is one must stay hotel that you can't pass on for wellness travel. This place is the splendor and luxury of the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. This hotel has tapped into wellness in the most spectacular way with their Wellness Rooms that offer personalized in-room fitness programs and healthy menu options in all its restaurants and bars. The rooms come equipped with exercise equipment, yoga mats, nutritious snacks in the mini-bar, meditation videos by Deepak Chopra, circadian lighting, a state-of-the-art air purification system, and even special spa privileges.
Located in the serene Arizona desert, Canyon Ranch Wellness spa is all that you can expect from a wellness vacation. From wellness medical doctors, exercise physiologists, movement therapists, hypnotherapists, and spiritual counselors, all your health and wellness needs are met on the 150 acres of foothills in the Santa Catalina Mountains. Along with over 40 fitness classes and activities, you'll find more holistic offerings as well such as acupuncture, clairvoyant readings, and soul journeys.
Known for its majestic volcanic mountains and dreamy green rice paddies, Bali is the spot to find popular resort towns along with sacred temples and transformative fitness retreats. The Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay offers an amazing wellness experience that fits right into the wellness practices central to the Balinese way of life. There are revitalizing yoga and meditation sessions, including antigravity yoga, night fire yoga, yin yoga, hot stone yoga, shusumna meditation and not to mention and amazing spa and cooking classes with vegetables, herbs and spices handpicked directly from the local garden. They also offer a variety of adventure tours to get guests up and moving with some exciting activities, including heli surfing, kayaking, windsurfing and stand up paddle boarding (SUP).
Saint Lucia, West Indies
When you talk about Caribbean paradise, Saint Lucia must be in the conversation. Born of volcanic origin, its beautiful beaches, mountainous backdrop make this island a truly remarkable place to come to relax. One of the renowned resorts where you are sure to find your peace is The Body Holiday Saint Lucia. This resort was voted one of the best destination spas in the world, and has an extensive list of treatments from Acupuncture to Shiatsu. There are also many fitness classes including beach boot camps, spinning, yoga, Pilates, meditation, Chi Gong and Tai Chi. The best part about this resort is that each guest gets a complimentary 50-minute massage daily included in the cost of this wellness accommodation.
Wellness tourism is increasingly being embraced by Americans. In a country where the rate of disease and infirmities continue to soar, it makes sense that we are placing more emphasis on the proactive maintenance and improvement of our health. So... where to next?! Make your next move your best [health] move!
Happy wellness travels!