Readers’ Choice Awards: Top 10 Best Spas for Fitness
Top 10 Best Spas for Fitness
By Kate Phillips | January 09, 2013
Ready, set, go! Whether a good workout at the gym is on your daily must-do list, or a daily walk in the park is more your style of exercise, we can all agree that fitness is an essential element for living a healthy life. So let’s get moving and start off the New Year with a fresh attitude to become fit—scroll through to see which locations our SpaFinder® Wellness readers chose as the Top 10 Best Spas for Fitness in 2012.
The Skinny on This Fitness Resort: The day begins with a guided group hike amidst Utah’s stellar red rock canyons and desert landscape; the resort calls its extensive fitness and wellness program a balancing act, educating and empowering to help you maintain a healthy diet and realistic workout regimen based on practical lifestyle changes.
Images courtesy of Biggest Loser Resort at Fitness Ridge
Where: Cariblue Beach, Castries St. Lucia West Indies, Cariblue Beach, Saint Lucia
The Skinny on This Fitness Resort: Sand, sun, surf…what else do you need? Oh, right, fitness. BodyHoliday says it subscribes to the principle of creating your own experience here on this Caribbean island, and you can spend your holiday doing yoga (one of the resort’s main activities) and Pilates; scuba diving, water skiing, windsurfing, volleyball and playing tennis and golf at the Coubaril Valley Tennis and Golf Academy…it’s completely your choice.
The Skinny on This Fitness Resort: Dubbed one of the Top 10 Spas for Weight Loss as well, Cal-a-Vie Health Spa is all about renewal, chartered by a comprehensive fitness program that includes hiking, weight training, Zumba, Pilates and yoga. Days are spent with rigorous hikes throughout the spa’s secluded valley, golf at the Ted Robinson-style 18-hole course and classes at the Pavilion fitness center, Pilates studio and spinning room.
The Skinny on This Fitness Resort: Work it out at Canyon Ranch, where a team of exercise physiologists conduct a fitness test and tailor a program to meet your goals, and certified fitness professionals help you execute it. There are 40-plus complimentary classes daily and a plethora of year-round outdoor pursuits celebrating the Berkshires beauty to keep you busy.
The Skinny on This Fitness Resort: You have more than 40 fitness and movement classes to select from daily—indoors, try the two-story rock wall; outdoors, get moving with complimentary fitness and mind-body classes on the beach (even sand castle building!).
The Skinny on This Fitness Resort: Canyon Ranch calls itself “your personal-training destination spa,” and we don’t disagree. Here, you’re invited to exercise to lose weight, de-stress at Pilates or yoga class, hike and bike desert canyons to invigorate, practice your moves at the Golf Performance Center or make a splash in the Aquatic Center—whether you’re a beginner or a pro athlete.
Where: 777 Deer Springs Road, San Marcos, CA 92069
The Skinny on This Fitness Resort: Our SpaFinder Wellness readers aren’t the only ones to name Golden Door Spa one of the Top 10 Spas for Fitness—Shape Magazine did, too! Your personal program interviewer will assist you in choosing exercise classes upon arrival, and your fitness guide/mentor/coach will motivate with one-on-one counseling and progress monitoring throughout your weeklong stay. Participate in oldies-but-goodies like tai chi, yoga and meditation and head to one of the seven state-of-the-art gyms, exercise and Pilates studios, solarium and hilltop Inner Focus Retreat.
Where: 14 Valencia Road, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
The Skinny on This Fitness Resort: Fitness reigns on the island’s southern coast, courtesy of Hilton Head Health. For 35-plus years the resort has provided lifestyle-modification programs with a three-pronged approach: fitness, nutrition and SELF (stress management, empowerment, longevity and fulfillment).
The Skinny on This Fitness Resort: At New Life, you’re welcome to participate in activities as you desire, from strength and weight training classes to yoga and Pilates to water aerobics and more, though as the spa’s name suggests, daily hikes through Vermont’s lush mountain setting are at the forefront.
The Skinny on This Fitness Resort: Rancho La Puerta is recognized as the founder of “fitness week”—and it makes good on its promise, offering four to 10 different classes every hour during a typical day that start from around 6 a.m. and end at about 5 p.m. with a labyrinth walk. Each week highlights one or two guest instructors, and fitness concierges are on hand to answer any questions or concerns.