Imagine a holiday in an idyllic wilderness where comfort, gastronomy, health, fitness and spa services go hand in hand for the good of your metabolism and your mind! For an adventure, go on retreat in a resort spa, either one close to home, or to a more exotic destination for your well-being.

Dare to revolutionize the way you vacation! Decidedly more moderate in their ways than the quasi-military type fat farms and boot camps of the ’80s, fitness retreats are becoming more popular.

You rub elbows with people of all persuasions (and curves), all wanting to learn the art of a healthy lifestyle or undertaking a sustained weight loss program. Celebrate life by changing in all ways using tools of nutrition, physical training and information development. Get ready to boost your endorphins, too!

The Mountain Trek Fitness Retreat & Health Spa Resort

Ainsworth Hot Springs, British Columbia

At the Mountain Trek Resort, you will find, without doubt, the most intense fitness retreat. Known for its many hiking trails on a breathtaking mountain, the Mountain Trek offers an unequivocal experience.

It is an institution where you have to push your well-calculated physical limits to better take the path of sustainable well-being of the body and the mind. Choose the “Fit plan”, the weight loss plan of choice, with a daily menu developed to 1200 or 900 calories. This cuisine is combined with physical activity and several spa treatments to help you relax after a day of action.

Costs From CAD$3795 for seven nights, all-inclusive for the “Fit plan”: three Swedish massages, healthy cooking classes, guided hiking, evaluation of weight before and after the stay, yoga, three meals, accommodation only, laundry, and sports equipment. For adults only.

Web site: www.mountaintrek.com

Center Rancho La Puerta

Tecate, Mexico

Near San Diego lies a paradise. Having founded the first healthy cooking (spa cuisine) in the world and physical training program in America, the Center Rancho La Puerta has been, since 1940, the ultimate in fitness .

Orchestrated by the Szekely family, with its gardens of great beauty, the colorful and refined accommodation in a stunning milieu, and its majestic hiking, this property exudes abundance. Indulge in an unforgettable experience of life near the famous Mount Kuchumaa and the Pacific Ocean, where harmony and serenity are in the spotlight.

Costs From US$2690 per person (double occupancy), for a week and is all-inclusive (meals and snacks, transportation service from the airport of San Diego, accommodation, choice of 50 training sessions per day hiking, tennis, swimming, and the cooking academy La Cocina Que Canta, located in the heart of their organic garden). Spa treatments are not included.

Web site: www.rancholapuerta.com

The New Life Hiking Spa Fitness Center

Killington, Vermont

The central New Life Hiking Spa is a must and is very affordable. The owner, Jimmy Lesage, enthusiastically communicates to you the mission of his institution, established in 1974, which aims to get you back in shape by visiting nature.

Remember! Hiking season runs from May to late September, so plan for next spring, and enjoy their special program! The programs can accommodate up to 30 guests at a time, couples or solo. Take up their health cooking classes (spa cuisine) that are colorful and flavorsome to end “yo-yo” diets.

The costs for the famous ” weight loss retreat”, for a period of 11 days, are from US$ 209 per day, including three meals and snacks with double occupancy accommodations, three spa treatments during the stay, valued at US$ 65 each (Ohashiatsu, Thai massage, and head massage)

Web site: www.newlifehikingspa.com

The Bella Vita Retreat Resort

Ocean Sands Resort and Spa, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

A retreat center in Bella Vita, offered in different destinations, you can enjoy the hotel-like services while having at your disposal a retirement fitness (individual or group) approach. Each guest enjoys a customized itinerary, focusing on nutrition, exercise, and the pursuit of well-being of body and mind. Some sessions are conducted beside the sea in its fullness. The exotic guaranteed!

Costs: From US$1,895 for six nights (double occupancy) per person, for the Bella Boot Camp program. This includes spa treatments, a gift pack on arrival (body products, treats to satisfy your appetite and thirst), accommodation, meals and activities such as jazz funk workouts with tribal drums and Body Harmonics (a wedding dance, Pilates and yoga). Would a salsa dance lesson challenge you?

Treat yourself with healthy cooking based on local and seasonal products, which are low in fat, sodium, sugar and refined flour, but with energized flavors. Great for your metabolism and your palate!

Stimulate your taste with healthy cooking!

  • Healthy cooking (spa cuisine): hyper-calories but tasty!
  • Hiking outdoors: For a health appointment!
  • Pensions training (fitness), to marry with pleasure on behalf of your life!