The holiday season leads many of us to consume far more butter, sugar, and fatty meats than we do the other 11 months out of the year. Maintaining a regular workout routine can also be difficult with so much time traveling and socializing with family. No wonder January is often a month of stringent dieting and vigorous fitness plans. This standard strategy is sort of miserable, so it might be time to try something a bit different.
This year, skip the juice cleanse in favor of a vacation designed to get you back to your healthy habits. We’ve picked six fantastic getaways where eating well and staying active are all part of the experience. Your New Year’s resolution just got a lot more fun.
1. Canyon Ranch (Tucson, Ariz.)
If the name of this resort sounds familiar, it’s because Canyon Ranch has been a celebrity favorite for years. They have outposts in multiple destinations, but Tucson is especially nice for a winter retreat. This stay is located in the heart of the Sonoran Desert, right in the middle of a fully operating cattle ranch. Nearly every activity in this gorgeous setting involves getting your heart pumping, from hiking and golfing to biking. And you can bet Canyon Ranch has a world-class fitness center. They even offer personal training and nutrition services.
If it all sounds a bit overwhelming, opt for one of the specialized health and wellness programs. One is designed specifically to help guests lose weight and another is geared towards overall wellness. And the food? It’s all healthy, delicious, and included in the total cost of your stay.
2. Golden Door (San Marcos, Calif.)
Losing holiday weight is decidedly less stressful when you’re being pampered in a gorgeous setting. Every room at Golden Door is surrounded by Japanese-style gardens and provides easy access to the pools, a 2,000-square-foot gym, pilates studio, and way more. If the gym setting isn’t your thing, Golden Door also features 20 miles of hiking trails.
Stays at the Golden Door are designed to be a week long and include a meal plan catered to your specific needs, personal training services, daily massages, and access to a whole host of programs. Think of it as a 7-day reboot. Don’t feel self conscious about being a solo traveler, either, because that’s the whole idea at this resort.
3. The Farm at San Benito (Lipa, Philippines)
For those who prefer to take a mindful approach to health, The Farm at San Benito is about as good as it gets. This tropical escape in the heart of the Philippines comprises lavish villas and suites that overlook the lush gardens and serene pools. Choose from a wide variety of spa treatments, meditation practices, and other wellness treatments. Though food can often be a downfall on vacation, you won’t have to worry about overindulging in rich eats here. The cuisine is vegan, raw, and shockingly good.
4. Red Mountain Resort (St. George, Utah)
Outdoor lovers are going to struggle finding any vacation as appealing as Red Mountain Resort. This stay sits among the cliffs and canyons in southern Utah, making it a dream come true for hikers. Red Mountain even offers excursions to Angel’s Landing, one of the most highly regarded hikes in the U.S., every Tuesday and Thursday. Hiking isn’t the only draw, either. This resort provides opportunities to golf, go horseback riding, kayaking, biking, and rock climbing.
Three meals are included every day, but you can also try your hand at cooking with a one-on-one session with one of the chefs. And don’t forget to take advantage of the spa. Red Mountain Resort offers the usual massages and such, but there’s also a selection of services designed specifically for men.
5. Blue Osa Yoga Retreat and Spa (Puerto Jiménez, Costa Rica)
Many people are curious about, but also a bit afraid to try yoga for the first time. Regular classes can often be intimidating and it’s difficult to get proper instruction if you’re just one in a crowd of 20 or more. There’s no better way to get started than by heading to Blue Osa Yoga Retreat and Spa, where every level of experience is welcome. The resort welcomes solo travelers, groups, and also offers retreat packages if you aren’t quite sure how to get started.
Because Blue Osa is located in Costa Rica, you’d be crazy to not take advantage of the other unique opportunities in the area. Try a zip-line tour, go for a hike, or kayak through mangroves. If you feel like you’re in need of some serious rejuvenation, you can even sign on for a month-long escape.
6. Thanyapura Sports Hotel (Phuket, Thailand)
The zen-like approach of meditation or yoga isn’t necessarily the best way to reconnect with healthy living for everyone. Some people would rather train for a triathlon or play an intense game of rugby. If this sounds like you, a stay at Thanyapura Sports Hotel in Thailand is right up your alley. Serious athletes are able to test their lactate threshold and take advantage of the video analysis to uncover ways to improve their performance. That being said, those who’d like to integrate a little bit of visualization practice can still choose to do so.