You want to get away, but feel productive?
You want to enjoy great food, but know it’s healthy?
You want to break your routine, but still sweat?
A fitness retreat might just be what you’ve been looking for to break loose of the plateau you’ve hit or see the world in a whole new way. Unlike a retreat or a wellness resort, a fitness vacation offers you something more:
Friendship. Motivation. Results.
9 Retreats for Fitness Seekers
The runner in me is dying to hit up every single one of these retreats (watch for updates as I do)! I believe there is no better way to see the world than through my two feet and love how these vacations are organized to get you in touch with the location!
Most retreats are generally limited to small groups, which means advanced planning is key! They sell out quickly and for a good reason, so without further ado here are 13 fitness vacations to get your vacation planning started:
Ninja Camp Bali — Full body workout/Adventure Lovers
Bali, Guatamala, New Zealand
Ninja Camp is a designed to break you out of your comfort zone, giving you new confidence mentally and physically to take home. Not only will you receive world class training from top athletes, but high quality nutrition prepared by a top chef to support your activities and leave you feeling fully satisfied and healthy.
When you aren’t training the time is filled with even more exciting adventures, yoga, therapeutic massages and down time to truly revel in all that you are learning. This retreat will make you feel both pushed and pampered in one week, sending you home with new insights to tackle work, life and fitness!
Soulstice Retreat – Unique Fitness Classes/Bonding
Park City, Utah
When it comes to changing up your routine, the classes offered at the Soulstice Retreat will likely be unlike any you done before from sunrise Vinyasa yoga atop a mountain overlook at 9,000 feet to Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga in a geothermal spring crater. These classes are complimented with daily Pilates reformer classes, aerial yoga, barre classes, trail runs and more in the beautiful Park City area.
This retreat is also designed to feed your body and soul with small group talks, lectures and three nourishing meals a day. Additionally, since this is done in partnership with Albion Fit, you’ll arrive to a goodie bag worth over $1500 that will prep you to look and feel your best all week.
ViaYoga — Surfing/Yoga Lovers
Mexico and Costa Rica
If learning to ride a wave and quiet your mind are at the top of your must do list, this is the retreat for you. Each day a morning yoga session is followed by meditation, whole foods and time to prepare for an afternoon surf session (or stand up paddle boarding). First time surfer? No problem, ViaYoga works with professional surf instructors to keep you safe and enjoy the process of learning.
After time in the ocean, the day finishes with a second yoga practice to unwind and flow easily in to dinner, where you can chat about the day and enjoy a margarita before walking back to your luxury beach front villa for the night. Another unique feature of this camp is the rotation of yoga instructors, as each will bring a different methodology and focus to the camp. Be sure to read their bio and find one who fits your goals.
Self Discovery Camp – Yoga/Self Work/Hiking
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
“This retreat will blow your mind, and your fears right out of the water.” That’s the opening statement to describe this seven day retreat focused not just on yoga, but on pushing you to do the mental work that will break you out of bad habits, a life rut or move towards our next goal.
Between all the introspective work there will be time for waterfall hikes, salsa dancing, massages, excursions and yes even group hypnosis to reduce stress and build confidence. Expect this luxury, eco chic adventure to appeal to all your sense and even cater to the vegan and gluten free among us.
Run Like a Girl — Adventure and Yoga
This seven day adventure is less about luxury and more about spending every possible moment exploring the world through trail running, yoga, hiking, rapelling and even tree climbing! Because this group is on the go, it is limited to 12 people with your sleeping location changing each night!
You’ll be housed in small lodges with one wall open to nature, so you can sleep under the stars and truly disconnect from the rush of your daily life. In fact, this team wants everyone to remember the experience is about connection and includes a community service project to ensure you leave fully well rounded.
Austin Adventures Reebok Fitness – Hiking/Bootcamp
Montana, Utah, Costa Rica
While Austin Adventures is no newcomer to vacations that involve adventure, they are pushing the boundaries in a partnership with Reebok. Beyond just a great hike, participants days are filled with activities that include a variety from burpees to wading in waterfalls! Each night ends in a comfy bed though, so no camping required to enjoy these outdoor vacations.
Alta Ski Camp – Skiing
If snow skiing is your endorphin creator of choice the Alta Ski Camp has something for every ability. Small groups allow guided skiing at Alta and Snowbird on terrain matching your beginner or advanced level. Not only will you be enjoying time in the powder, but working with experts to improve your overall performance and prevent injuries.
The camp includes alignment and functional physical evaluation by a bio mechanics expert, video analysis, and evening indoor presentations that include two dry land training sessions.
Karma Surf Retreat – Rock Climbing and Yoga
After dragging yourself away from the villa pool with views of the sea, you’ll find the views while rock climbing are just as stunning. Climbing sessions are lead by experienced instructors who select the walls based upon the skill level of the group and the weather. Cascais coastline climb are right above the crashing shoreline waves, while the Sintra mountain range climb offers ocean views.
When you aren’t transfixed by the location, guides will be honing your skills, then leading you through a daily yoga practice to help relieve the tension created by this new exercise. Each day your adventures will be fueled with an organic breakfast and hearty lunch. With additional free time you might choose to mountain bike or cook up a dinner with local ingredients in the villa kitchen.
Mountain Trek – Hiking and Health Seekers
Nelson, Canada and Baja California
If you want to get outside purely to relax and enjoy, then Mountain Trek is the perfect place to rejuvenate – “At Mountain Trek it’s easy to reverse the effects of aging and feel vitality again.”
A week of mountain air, fresh foods, enjoyable daily hikes, relaxed yoga, health lectures, spa time, healthy cuisine and more will do wonders for anyone’s spirit. If the daily hike wasn’t enough to make you feel the burn, you can hop in to any of the evening fitness classes from spinning to bootcamp! Each meal is designed to support your active day and reset any junk food habits with wholesome ingredients, protein and flavor.
While every retreat is different, most retreat prices include the majority of your activities and expenses during the stay, but it’s always good to check with your travel agent. Following is what most of these great luxury wellness vacations include:
- Hotel Accommodations (sometimes shared rooms, check for details)
- Healthy, fresh meals
- Daily workouts, yoga, surfing or other activities of the retreat
- Airport Transfer
- Guides or instructors
- Excursions or local tours
Our team always recommends working with a travel agent to book any vacation, as that will ensure everything is exactly what you expect an no details are left uncovered.