As the clock struck midnight on December 31st, people across the planet promised themselves this is the year they will exercise more, lose weight and lead healthier lifestyles. A month into 2019, those striving to focus on their physical fitness can do so as painlessly as possible — with a little pampering on the side — by booking a wellness getaway. Health and fitness-focused vacations offer access to fresh workout routines, advice from professional nutritionists and trainers, and the chance to meet like-minded, motivated people in beautiful destinations. These resorts offer amenities designed to kick start 2019 and help guests achieve their ambitions.
Casa Violeta - Tulum, Mexico
Yogis can refine their practice at this oceanfront resort’s studio where daily classes are held and guests also have the option to book private or couples’ instruction. Beyond yoga, the property offers Temazcal, traditional Mayan sweat lodges, sound baths and healing treatments. Cacao ceremonies connect guests to their inner selves, and visitors can book massages on the beach, borrow complimentary bicycle and volunteer with indigenous youth.
Carillon Miami Wellness Resort, Miami Beach, FL
Miami Beach may be best-known for its parties but Carillon Miami Wellness Resort invites beach-goers to slip off to the island’s quieter North Beach. Featuring over 200 fitness classes each week, the resort’s wellness center is larger than a professional football field and was recently renovated to the tune of $10 million — complete with a two-story climbing wall, several pools and state-of-the-art cardio equipment with sweeping ocean views. In the spa, guests can book acupuncture, cryo therapy, spiritual healing and emotional health sessions.
Aqua Wellness Resort, Nicaragua
Tucked into the Pacific coastline of Central America, the affordable Aqua Wellness Resort delivers an escape from reality with treetop rooms straight out of Swiss Family Robinson hanging directly above a white strip of sand. Packages include yoga classes, and use of snorkels, kayaks and paddle boards. Surfers staying on-site within a 20-minute boat ride of Nicaragua’s most famous breaks and the concierge can arrange lessons, boat cruises and sports fishing expeditions. After an active day in the sun, guests can unwind with lavish spa treatments or homemade pastries at the on-site bakery.
Calistoga Spa Hot Springs, Calistoga, CA
As the unofficial food and wine capital of California, Napa Valley might be the first place travelers consider for a wellness retreat. This tranquil resort features four geothermal mineral pools, a full-service spa offering mud baths made with local volcanic ash, a sprawling fitness center with scheduled yoga and Pilates classes, and a huge whirlpool tub under a glass ceiling — perfect for an evening soak under the stars. The resort is surrounded by scenic hiking trails as well as vineyards and wineries.
Eastwind Hotel & Bar, Windham, NY
Outdoor enthusiasts who actually embrace the cold weather should head into the Catskill Mountains to Eastwind Hotel & Bar. The new hotel opened in 2018 overlooking Windham Mountain and is a two-hour drive from New York City. Guests have access to complimentary snowshoes to explore the nearby trails and can also borrow the property’s bikes, hiking backpacks and binoculars. The hotel offers easy access to the area’s snowboarding, downhill and cross-country ski parks. After a day in the snow, guests can warm up in the property’s wood barrel sauna.