8 Must-Take Fitness-Focused Vacations and Retreats

8 Trips to Get Away and Get Fit

Ketanga Fitness Retreat
Ketanga Fitness Retreats

The fitness travel industry is booming, which means there are ever-more exciting ways to travel to the world while whittling the body you've always wanted. And while you can always "go exotic" and head to Costa Rica for a surf and yoga trip, or head to Belgium for a Beercycling tour, there are lots of healthy travel options right here in the great USA. That's why you should add the following eight locations and destinations to your "must do" fit travel list.

Salish Lodge and Spa

Yoga by the Falls
Salish Lodge & Spa

Salish Lodge & Spa is located atop the beautiful, 268-foot Snoqualmie Falls, a setting that offers instant calm from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The Lodge is surrounded by trails at the gateway to the Cascade Mountains, and staff are happy to arrange guided hikes to view the Twin Falls or Annette Lake. After your hike you can relax and unwind when you take the Lodge's Yoga by the Falls class. The class is held inside the Lodge's Hidden Terrace, a temperature-controlled canvas and glass-enclosed tent. It's the closest guests can get to the roaring falls, which provides an incredible setting for the Vinyasa classes held by the Director of Mind, Body & Spirit, John Jessum.

Woodmark Hotel

Rock the Dock
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The Woodmark Hotel in Kirkland, Washington is the only hotel located on Lake Washington, and its beautiful setting and proximity to shopping and activities make it the perfect getaway for a solo fitness vacation.

If you're the kind of person who likes to exercise alone, or if you don't want to be pigeonholed into a retreat's strict fitness schedule, The Woodmark offers exactly what you need. All guests have complimentary access to Fly Fitness Training Studio and Carillon Point Health Club, as well as discounts on sought-after classes, including the heart-pumping "Rock the Dock" group cycling class located on the docks of the lake with a live DJ spinning the tunes.

Hilton Head Health

Hilton Head Health Zipline
Hilton Head Health

​If weight loss is your vacation goal, Hilton Head Health is where you need to go. As the premier weight loss retreat and health resort in the U.S., Hilton Head Health turns weight loss into a rejuvenating, uplifting experience. Daily routines include kayaking in the lagoons of Palmetto Dunes, a daily sunrise beach walk, paddleboard yoga and a daily adventure that takes advantage of the island's natural beauty. Guests also enjoy cooking classes and a variety of fitness classes, from Pilates to strength training.

RE:treat Elevated Lifestyle Adventures Yoga+Cycling


If what you're looking for is a more structured adventure that guides you through the rugged beauty of the rocky mountains, RE:treat Elevated Lifestyle Adventures Yoga+Cycling trip is exactly what you're looking for. Guided, 5-night, 6-day, cycling tours are offered in July, August and September, and include bike rentals, meals, luxe accommodations at some of the nicest hotels in the Telluride region of Colorado, massages, guide fees, park entrance fees, bike maintenance and support, and two daily yoga classes. Retreats are  limited to 12 participants, so you'll get to know those you're riding with as you cover about 25 to 30 miles each day.

Ketanga Fitness Retreats

Ketanga Fitness Retreat
Ketanga Fitness Retreats

Ketanga Fitness Retreats offers a nice twist on the usual fitness retreat business. While the company offers a number of sweet-sounding destination trips, including a Run-cation in the Poconos and a Boxing and Salsa Boot Camp in Puerto Rico, it also offers single-day events for those who want a mini fitness stay-cation close to home. For instance, if you live in the NYC area, you can join one of the company's regular Ketanga Fitness Crawls (think a pub crawl, but with boutique fitness studios) to get a boost of healthy activity while hanging out with other fit enthusiasts.

Zumba Cruise

Zumba Cruise

Possibly the only thing more wild than a Zumba Party is a Zumba Cruise. As in, a whole cruise dedicated to all things Zumba.

This first-ever five-day Royal Caribbean experience is set to take sail from Fort Lauderdale, Florida on January 25, 2016. 300 Zumba-themed classes will be available throughout the cruise, led by 130 of the best Zumba celebrity instructors from around the world. Participants will also have free-reign to set their own schedules, party the day away, soak up the sun and tour two island destinations - Zumba Island of Labadee, Haiti, and Falmouth, Jamaica.

Canyon Calling Adventures for Women

Canyon Calling
Canyon Calling

Ladies! When you're looking for an active trip for yourself and your best friends, look no further than Canyon Calling Adventures for Women. These women-only retreats are held all over the world, but if you want to stay relatively close to home, check out the Yellowstone and the Tetons trip available in August 2015, or the New Mexico and Colorado: Desert Mountain Escape trip in October 2015. Both adventures include bike rides, hikes and more than a little exploration, and best of all, all the planning is done for you!

GROOV3 United by 8 Socal Dance-Fitness Camp


You've heard of run-cations, fit-cations and ride-cations, but what about a dance-cation... or better yet, an adult dance camp? GROOV3, a dance-fitness movement, has chartered Camp Hess Kramer in Malibu for three days and two nights in September 2015 for the first-ever dance retreat including a full line up of classes including GROOVE3 (of course), Pound, Preaching Soul, Dance It Out, Hip Hip Fit and Latin Fire.

When participants aren't bustin' a move, they'll be busy doing "camp things," like skit night, camp fires with s'mores and classic games like Capture the Flag and Dodge Ball. Get all the details on the GROOV3 website.

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