The Best Fitness Destinations for Every Month of the Year
While vacations can be great for the mind, they can take a toll on your waistline. If you’re hoping to come back without having to go up a new belt notch, pick these fantastic fitness destinations that offer the best of R&R with ample opportunities to break a sweat. So go ahead, pack your favorite sneakers, and vacation like a veritable health-star. Just remember to BYOB (bring your own broccoli).
Try: Paradisus in Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Escape the cold and a case of the winter blues in January to the warm embrace of Mexico where you’ll find a vibrant culture, beachside relaxation, and delicious eats all at your fingertips. Lovebirds will enjoy romance-infused activities like scuba diving at the Cenotes, a beautifully caved area deep below bright and vibrant waters, or a thrilling zip line ride with Xplor Park Cancun. At the five-star Paradisus in Playa del Carmen, you’ll enjoy all-inclusive resort amenities with the chance to take your love, well, over the moon with classes in massage techniques or Latin dancing like salsa or tango.
Try: Conrad New York in Manhattan, New York
Located in the heart of Battery Park City, Conrad New York is Lower Manhattan’s only all-suite luxury hotel, offering a fun Valentine’s Day activity where couples can learn to skate from former U.S. Olympic skaters Melissa Gregory and Denis Petukhov at the neighboring Rink at Brookfield Place. Feel the athletic burn with this overnight ice-skating package that includes a three night-stay in one of Conrad New York’s luxury suites (Thursday through Sunday), 45-minute private family lesson (4 people) with former U.S. Olympians Melissa Gregory or Denis Petukhov, and additional 45-minute free skate or private single lesson from Melissa or Denis, plus 60 minutes of free skate ($145) and breakfast and bottomless hot chocolate at ATRIO Restaurant. After skating, take a brisk walk along the Hudson river, or a hit up a yoga class at one of the area’s many studios.
Try: Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa in Palm Beach, Florida
Enjoy Florida’s warm spring, and get your arms blasting with kayaking. Or try out surfing before a quick jog on the beach and a private dinner under the stars in the resort’s oceanfront gazebo. The next day, treat your muscles to a well-deserved four-hour Ultimate Treasures of the Si experience at the award-winning SiSpa, along with a light spa lunch for two. Fit in a calorie-torching game of volleyball or a biking excursion, and you’ll have really earned that spa treatment.
Try: Solage Calistoga in Calistoga, California
Napa Valley may seem like it’s all about the wine, but it has more than 750 milliliters worth of activities for the fitness-minded. At this award-winning hotel, be sure to get your wellness guru in full action at Spa Solage’s Bathhouse & Mud Bar, where you’ll have access to healing geo-thermal pools and mineral-rich mud therapy, with the “Solage Signature Mudslide.” After you’ve helped soothe your skin, limbs, and mind, strengthen your body at the yoga and wellness studio which offers daily fitness classes, or try out the cutting-edge fitness center to exercise on your own.
Try: Skamania Lodge in Stevenson, Washington
Hikers, perk up your ears! Tucked away inside Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, you’ll be amazed by one of the nation’s most beautiful natural wonders. If hiking isn’t your cup of tea, get your dose of fitness with biking, golfing, or whitewater rafting in and around the property’s expansive, 175-acre wooded estate. Adrenaline seeker? Check out a zoom-tastic zip lining tour you’ll be raving about long after you pack up and head home.
Try: Grand Hotel Tremezzo in Lake Como, Italy
Beautiful in the summer months, Lake Como has long been a prized vacation destination, and with good reason: There are so many ways to arrive in a state of quality relaxation. Rent a kayak or canoe for a lively afternoon excursion, or tour some of the grandest cathedrals you’ve ever laid your eyes on for a more low-key day that still has you burning calories. The hotel also offers matchless views of Bellagio and the stunning Grigne mountains. This art nouveau landmark, which sits adjacent to Villa Carlotta’s famed gardens, is also an authentic art nouveau palace that will give you that perfect five-star summer escape.
Try: Whiteface Lodge in Lake Placid, New York
Toto, we don’t think we’re talking tents and dirt roads anymore. During the fall, this stunning setting of woodlands and uninterrupted nature makes for a beautiful backdrop with vibrant hues from trees for miles. Pack your hiking boots, and explore beautiful trails around the fairy tale area. Whether biking or jogging is your favorite sweat-inducing activity, you’ll love the crisp and impressive fall foilage. While in town, also be sure to take a magnificent flight over the Adirondack Mountains, or a breathtaking stroll to High Falls Gorge, where you’ll see Ausable River flowing over ancient granite cliffs in Whiteface Mountain’s shadow. Tucked away in the high peaks of Lake Placid, New York, the award-winning all-suite lodge is your temporary home that’s brimming with rustic elegance.
Try: Grand Teton Lodge Company in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
You’ll be exploring the outdoors like a real Lewis or Clark in Grand Teton National Park with its picturesque skyline, lush green valleys, and glistening rivers, making for an unforgettable landscape. While hiking, rafting, or horseback riding, you just might see some cool animals too: Ever since President Theodore Roosevelt began using his authority to protect wildlife and public lands in the early 1900s, national parks have been some of America’s national treasures. For other leisurely pursuits, hit up the Jackson Hole Golf & Tennis Club to perfect your winning shot. Afterwards, slink into the heated pool at Hotel Terra while soaking up the calming natural scenery.
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