Escape to Shape

Fitness-focused getaways are on the rise among the health conscious

Shaping up is beginning to replace winding down as a popular getaway motif, and many hotels, spas, and retreat programs worldwide have turned their sights to nutrition, wellness, and exercise. And the good news is, travelers don’t have to spend the entirety of their holidays charting their meals or measuring their heart rate. From yoga on the beach to power walks in the jungle, the five fitness-focused destinations below are sure to create fond vacation memories and leave adventurers returning home with one of the best souvenirs ever: a thinner, healthier body.

1. Ananda in the Himalayas

Ananda Spa

Fitness is not just a goal for the body, but the mind and soul as well. At Anada, the health conscious are able to take part in traditional Indian wellness regimes, such as Ayurveda, Yoga, and Vedanta—with the Himalayan foothills serving as their studio. With a holistic approach to wellness, the spa offers everything from reiki healing and chakradhara facials and massages.

Ananda – In The Himalayas, 91-1378-227500,

2. Bikini Boot Camp in Tulum, Mexico and Ibiza, Spain

While most people try to get bikini ready for vacation, others take it upon themselves to continue their bathing suit body pursuit on vacation. Amansala’s Bikini Boot Camp offers guests a variety of vigorous activities in a noncompetitive environment, including group fitness classes, bike rides to area attractions, and salsa and belly dancing—all located in a pristine, peaceful tropical environment, no matter which destination you chose.

Bikini Boot Camp,

3.Wildfitness in Kenya and Greece


Fitness seekers looking to get wild should set their sights on Wildfitness—offering holidays in both Kenya and Crete, Greece. Holding the belief that nature is our guide and path to health, Wildfitness takes travelers running through the forest and snorkeling to marine parks, and teaches participants how to eat the wild way.

Wildfitness, +44 (0)20 7734 2526,

4.Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary & Holistic Spa in Thailand

Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary & Holistic Spa

Centered around a monk’s cave that once served as a sanctum of meditation and spiritual retreat, there is no better place than the Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary & Holistic Spa to achieve well-rounded wellness. The destination’s wellness programs offer solutions for stress and burnout, weight loss, and detox. Just one trip to this sanctuary could help any and every traveler find balance within themselves and in the world around them.

Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary & Holistic Spa, +66 (0) 77 429 800,

5. Canyon Ranch in Lenox, MA

Lenox Resort

Travelers looking to stay in the US can vacation to Massachusetts’s very own destination for wellness at Canyon Ranch in Lenox. Featuring a 100,000-square-foot spa complex with nutritionists, exercise physiologists, and doctors on site—along with numerous activity offerings, including kayaking, cardio training, and outdoor ropes courses—visitors are sure to get fit and feel far away from it all, all while never leaving the country.

Canyon Ranch, 800-742-9000,