Here are the TOP 3 US most healthy vacations destinations:
#1 Miraval Resort & Spa
How to travel: alone, with your partner, with girlfriends
The peaceful desert setting at Miraval will inspire your sweat sessions; all meals are under 450 calories.
An exhilarating zip-line trip through the desert. A flavorful, grass-fed beef tenderloin under 350 calories. The premier integrative-wellness program founded by mind-body guru Andrew Weil. These are just a few of the reasons why Miraval snagged the top spot. “You leave there feeling lighter in spirit and slimmer in your waistline,” says Melisse Gelula, one of our panelists and co-founder of Well & Good NYC, a healthy-lifestyle Web site. Food-wise, dishes are portion-controlled, locally sourced, and delicious.
As for fitness, your options are challenging and inventive, ranging from Qigong to walking a tightrope. “You’re pushing yourself physically in entirely new ways,” Gelula notes. But the real magic of Miraval is that it makes healthy eating and being active so effortless—you’ll be genuinely surprised when your pants are looser upon checkout.
Cost: Rates start at $525 per night and are all-inclusive (800-232-3969; miravalresorts.com)
#2 SwellWomen Surf & Yoga Retreat
How to travel: alone, with girlfriends
No worries if you’ve never been hangin’ ten before! SwellWomen welcomes beginners, and your body will still benefit big-time. “Even when you don’t get up on that board, it’s an amazing workout,” assures panelist Samantha Brown, a host on the Travel Channel.
On a typical day during this women-only, weeklong retreat, you’ll fuel up with a fresh, portion-controlled breakfast prepared by Swell’s private chef. Then you’ll set out for two hours of fat-burning surfing lessons, followed by a zen outdoor yoga class. After a nutritious lunch, bliss out with a massage or lounge by the pool. Later, enjoy the chef’s specialty dessert—Pineapple Coconut Haupia—guilt-free. Your parting gift: newfound confidence in your surfing skills and your sculpted bod.
Cost: $3,595 all-inclusive rate for one week with single occupancy; $2,995 for double occupancy (800-399-6284; swellwomen.com)
#3 Red Mountain Resort
St. George, Utah
How to travel: alone, with girlfriends, with your partner
It’s hard not to get your heart rate up at this resort located in Utah’s red rock country: You’re surrounded by thousands of acres of cliffs and canyons that beckon you to go hiking, biking, rock climbing, and horseback riding.
“What stood out most to me was their mountain-biking program,” says Jim Kaese, panelist and co-founder of Athletic-Minded Traveler LLC. “Rentals and guides are provided for an array of rides.”
The meals here are filling but diet-friendly. “You work up an appetite and then return to have really healthy food choices laid out for you,” Gelula says. We love that there’s plenty of good low-cal grub, like chilled watermelon-cilantro soup, southwest chicken skewers, and frozen mango passion mousse—altogether, less than 500 calories!
Cost: A la carte rates start at $189 per night; package rates start at $250 per night, all-inclusive (877-246-4453; redmountainresort.com)