I’m sure we all agree that reaching one’s wellness goals can be more easily accomplished when in a supportive environment, away from the stressful day-to-day. Such an environment can help create and establish healthy habits that can then be transferred into everyday life. A dedicated wellness retreat is a great way to get started on achieving those wellness goals – including weight loss.
Most of the wellness resorts, wellness retreats and medical wellness facilities listed below not only offer weight loss programs but are located in settings surrounded by nature. So, fitness programs are not solely limited to an indoor gym or fitness studio but include a variety of outdoor activities. Tried and tested “clean” food that helps nourish your body in a healthy way is another bonus.
If you’re a fan of mindfulness, many of these retreats also offer guided practices to help one become more mindful about such simple things as eating habits. Knowledgeable staff and wellness practitioners can also carry out medical assessments, help guests review and set goals, and simply provide the needed support on the journey to a healthier weight. Combined, all this will go a long way when it comes to reaching your weight loss goals.
Booking such a retreat whisks one away from the small and often insignificant anxieties and stresses of every life, and allows the time and space required to focus on on one’s own mental and physical health.
Below, listed in random order, is an editorial round up of top weight loss spas and fitness programs and/or retreats in the U.S. (* Denotes a member of the Wellness Tourism Association)
Art of Living Retreat Center, North Carolina *
Immerse yourself in a wellness retreat focused on your health, wealth and peace of mind. The Art of Living Retreat Center provides holistic treatments to maintain your health through lifestyle consultations to detox your body while shedding a few pounds.
Bodyholiday Saint Lucia *
Dive deep into the West Indies to rejuvenate yourself with any fitness-related activity of your choosing. Rather than the typical gym setting, Bodyholiday Saint Lucia offers guests an array of activities catered to fitness and weight loss to choose from to shed a few pounds while having the time of your life on the islands.
Canyon Ranch, Tucson
Carillon Miami Wellness Resort *
With their cutting edge fitness center, you’re bound to break a sweat at Carillon Miami Wellness Resort. Choose between private training, group fitness classes or move at your own pace at their fitness center with a picture-perfect view of the ocean.
Cooper Aerobics Health
Deerfield Health Retreat & Spa
Surrounded by the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, Deerfield Health Retreat & Spa helps guests determine their weight loss and fitness goals and set a plan to achieve desired results.
Eupepsia Wellness Center, Virginia *
The desire to be fit and healthy is a sign of your body telling you it wants to be the best version of itself it can possibly be. Eupepsia Wellness Center’s individualized weight management program works with you to understand and achieve your ideal healthy weight through clean food programs and targeted fitness activities. Choose between one to four week packages during your stay.
Golden Door Spa
Grail Springs Wellness Retreat, Ontario *
Part of losing weight is largely in part due to our diets. Grail Springs’ Body-Mind-Spirit program targets just that with their holistic approach to weight loss. The retreat provides fresh food daily with weight loss and nutrition tips to support your weight loss journey.
Grand Velas Los Cabos, Mexico *
Make an active lifestyle and fitness a part of your daily life while lounging around getting the spa treatment at the Grand Velas Los Cabos. This resort offers daily activity schedules that will keep your mind at peace while remaining physically fit.
Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, Mexico *
Hit up the Puerto Vallarta coast of Mexico at the Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit location to shed those pounds. Their selection of daily activities focus on cardio-driven sports on the beach. Lose with a view.
Hilton Head, South Carolina *
Celebrating 40+ years of healthy and sustainable weight loss programs, Hilton Head Health on Hilton Health Island, North Carolina offers all inclusive programs for those who want to simply kick-start a weigh loss program or participate in a longer journey.
One exotic place to get fit and lose weight than in the lush, green forests of the Maldives? Joali’s fitness experience program offers indoor workout experiences in the depths of nature with stunning oceanside views.
La Monasteire de Augustine, Quebec *
La Monasteire de Augustine’s personal consultations provide you with the tools you need for your weight loss journey. Understand your personal dietary and physical needs under personalized supervision during your stay combined with fitness exercises and lifestyle habits you can incorporate into your daily routine.
Lake Austin Spa Resort, Texas
Melia Punta Cana Beach, Dominican Republic *
Enjoy the typical gym setting to achieve your weight loss goals? Take advantage of Melia Punta Cana Beach’s exclusive YHI Moves and Wellness gym in the Caribbean.
New Life Hiking Spa, Vermont *
New Life Hiking Spa in Vermont has been helping clients lose pounds and maintain a healthy weight for the last 40 years. Their non-clinical approach uses mountains, clean air and lush greenery instead of an indoor gym, plus wholesome natural food instead of a diet. To assist with a healthy lifestyle following a weight loss retreat New Life offers nutrition and wellness workshops and individual counseling.
Pritikin Longevity Centre & Spa, Miami *
Pritikin Longevity Center & Spa in Miami has been offering medically supervised, all-inclusive, structured and scientifically-proven health and wellness programs, including those focused on weight loss – since 1975.
Rancho La Puerta Fitness Resort & Spa
Red Mountain Resort, Utah *
Make adventure part of your weight loss journey. Red Mountain Resort’s Weight Loss & Living Mindfully program is a 8 day, 7 night retreat that combines daily guided hikes, fitness classes and individualized diet plans to help you come out refreshed and lighter.
Richmond Nua Wellness Spa, Turkey *
Shape your body quick and easy with Richmond Nua Wellness Spa’s Hypoxi program. Burn permanent fats in your body with their intensive fitness and vacuum therapy, with a personalized diet plan.
SANGHA Retreat, China *
Get your personalized fitness assessment with SANGHA Retreat and change the way you view food. Rather than judging and scrutinizing your every meal, this retreat’s Mindful Weight Management program teaches you mindful eating practices to nourish and care for your body.
Sensei Lāna‘i, A Four Seasons Resort, Hawaii *
Choose how you would like to spend your time at the Sensei Lāna‘i, A Four Seasons Resort, where you have up to 16 different fitness classes to choose from at any time of day with private sessions with a trainer all surrounded by the peace and quiet of Hawaii. .
Skyterra Wellness, North Carolina *
Skyterra’s LoseSmart approach to weight loss focuses on the concept of total body/total lifestyle which encompasses changing the composition of your body through body fat loss, a key to long-term weight control that is effective and sustainable. The wellness retreat maintains a maximum capacity of just over 20 guests on their 300-acre wooded campus outside Brevard, North Carolina. The small size is intentional and is serving their guests well when it comes to social distancing.
Spa Eastman Health & Wellness Resort, Quebec *
Relax and enjoy with your individualized consultation at Spa Eastman Health & Wellness Resort. Learn how to stay fit and achieve your ideal weight with a physical fitness specialist who will whip you into shape during their 60-minute sessions in no time.
Spa at Yellow Creek, Ohio
The Ranch Malibu 4.0
In a partnership with Four Seasons Westlake and the adjacent California Institute for Health & Longevity, the Ranch Malibu 4.0 is a long-weekend program with the focus on weight loss and fitness.
Waldhotel Health & Medical Excellence, Switzerland *
Detox and purify with Waldhotel Health & Medical Excellence’s Weight Management & Metabolism program. Under the supervision of medically-trained professionals, change your dietary habits to feel lighter and look lighter too.
Camps for adults that focus on weight loss and fitness from Health Advise