If you’re looking for active vacations that combine fitness, travel, adventure and typical vacation down time, the options are truly as endless as your imagination. We’ve found a variety of get-in-shape getaways that are sure to make you smile, sweat and stay healthy!
Hit The Waves
For the ultimate combination of art and activity, head to Laguna Beach and enroll in the Shape, Surf & Stay program. This is an awesome opportunity for vacationers that only have a weekend to spare. The convenient package gets you two nights in a trendy beachside hotel, where an instructor will teach you to catch California waves, and even help you shape your own custom surfboard for riding them! Never been on a board? No worries; this is a great getaway for beginners, and your body will benefit big-time (even if you don’t stand up). If you want max time on the water, wind down with a stand-up-paddle boarding yoga class as the sun goes down. For low-impact, recovery activity, there are miles of beachfront walking trails and access to numerous spa and wellness centers.
Seeking some companionship? Check out La Jolla, just north of San Diego. Get acquainted with migrating whales, leopard sharks, sea lions and other local marine life. The ultra-classy Hotel La Jolla in partnership with OEX Dive and Kayak Centers offers kayaking and paddle-board tours for close-up sea-creature views. Your stay includes access to an opulent 24-hour fitness center and bicycles for exploring the area on your own. For the ultimate winding down, splurge on high-class spa services that come right to your door. There’s no additional charge and all the additional benefits of having the professionals bring the treatment to you.
Unwind in the Desert Southwest
Something for everyone might be your top priority. Fitness for the whole family isn’t just possible, it’s over-the-top in Phoenix. Welcome to the Arizona desert. Check into the Arizona Grand Resort and plan to meet back at the end of the weekend. There’s a championship golf course for dad, a world-class spa for mom and an on-site water park (yes, an entire water park) for the kids. If you run into one another and decide to team up- visit the 20,000 square foot Athletic Club, home of fitness celebrity David Jack’s interactive cardio-centric workouts. Depending on the schedule you might sign up for glow in the dark Frisbee or a group nature hike.
The Sonoran desert is also home to Miraval, one of the best-known luxury health resorts in the country. A great choice for the soloist or small-group travel, the Miraval offers an array of physical challenges, both indoor and outdoor. Trail running, mountain biking, rock-climbing—all in one weekend? Absolutely. Tight-rope training, zip-line flying and rope swinging too? Yes! There’s plenty more that’ll keep you busy at this Tucson treasure. There’s an undercurrent of the East, noticeable throughout the spa and wellness programs offered. Whether a traditional hot stone massage or labyrinth walk, every experience of this vacation instills a quality of mindfulness and self-care.