Private Vacation Spots for the Active Person
Lounging by the pool, sipping cocktails and soaking in the sun may sound like the ideal vacation for some. But for others, there’s no better way to get rejuvenated than working on a new fitness regime. These unforgettable active vacation spots offer a diversity of fitness programming and a range of activity levels, from leisurely to intense. Some people might choose a boot camp or fitness resort, with guided activities and excursions, spa treatments, massages and customized meals. Others might prefer to recharge in a private, beachfront villa with a fully adorned workout room, tennis courts, lap pool and soothing ocean views. Whichever option you prefer, you’re sure to find inspiration for your next getaway from this list of luxury fitness vacation spots.
Pure Kauai, Hawaii
Pure Kauai uses the stunning landscape of the island as its gym. Guests stay in private villas, and they create custom workout routines that include surfing, kayaking, hiking through the rain forest and running on the beach. Specialized staff like wellness coaches, personal trainers, private chefs, astrologists, massage therapists and intuitive healers cater to visitors’ every need. If you’re planning a trip here, don’t be surprised if you run into a celebrity getting in shape for a role.
The Ashram, Mallorca, Spain or Calabasas, California
Celebrities have flocked to the Ashram for years looking for a rigorous program that clears their heads and recharges their bodies. Guests awake at 5:30 am to begin a day filled with yoga, hiking, kayaking, strength training and Pilates. The meals are all vegetarian and are very minimal. Those visiting the Mallorca location stay in a restored 17-century olive farm in private rooms with stunning views, beamed ceilings and original art.
Mountain Trek Alpine Lodge, Ainsworth Hot Springs, British Columbia
Visitors to Mountain Trek Alpine Lodge can opt for the Adventure Trek Hiking Vacation, which features advanced hiking with serious elevation and miles, followed by daily soaks in the area’s best hot springs. Guests’ days are filled with other fitness activities that build strength and endurance. If bathing in a mineral-rich hot spring doesn’t appeal to you, you can book a massage or wellness treatment in the lodge’s upscale spa. Meals are customized to guests’ caloric intake preferences and are always clean gourmet, meaning no simple carbohydrates or sugar.
Canyon Ranch, Tucson, Arizona
Canyon Ranch is where elite athletes go for triathlon training. It is set on more than 150 acres in the Sonoran Desert, and it features miles of running trails, four pools and a variety of road bikes for guests to use. Many visitors choose to work with a personal exercise physiologist to design a custom training program. The resort also caters to the athletes’ families, who can participate in fitness classes or attend the special teen fitness program. Meals are nutritious and hearty, and portions are not limited. All guests can visit the on-site spa for Canyon Stone Massages, Ayurvedic body treatments and hydrating body scrubs and wraps.
Villa Sauvage, St. Barts
This three bedroom private villa on the island of St. Barts is located on the Flamands, one of the island’s most popular beaches. The villa is “green,” with a solar hot water heater, and comfortable, with air conditioning throughout. It is designed in a Balinese style, with dark woods and natural rock, and each bathroom is equipped with its own outdoor shower. The kitchen is equipped with professional appliances, including a gas grill, and the villa is also close to the area’s best restaurants. For maintaining or improving their exercise routine, guests can make use of the fully equipped exercise room, or they can walk on the beach and swim in the sea.