Health Resorts That Make Weight Loss Fun

Need a little guidance and a push in the right direction? Launch a healthy new lifestyle at one of these breathtaking resorts and spas.

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Premiere Fitness Camp

Sign up for a one-week or longer stay at one of Premiere Fitness Camps’ two luxurious resorts: Park City, UT or their brand new San Diego, CA location. There you’ll receive daily fitness and nutrition training by world-class fitness professionals, have access to unlimited classes and be fed by culinary experts who specialize in healthy eating. Packages also include three months of weekly one-on-one nutrition and fitness coaching after you return home. Sign up between now and December 2012 and you can stay at both locations for a discounted price by mentioning the Surf, Ski and Shed the Pounds program (packages starting at $2,250;

La Costa Spa Courtyard Pool in San Diego


Don’t want to get dressed for lunch? At Miraval, a top-rated, award-winning resort and spa in Arizona, you don’t have to. You can wear your spa robe to the Cactus Flower restaurant and comfortable athletic wear everywhere else. Miraval is dedicated to “opening eyes, minds and hearts” and they focus on healthy, sustainable living. All the food is locally sourced and won’t leave you feeling sluggish (rates start at $535;


SHA Wellness Clinic

Your breath isn’t the only thing that will be taken away at SHA Wellness Clinic in Valencia, Spain, which overlooks the Mediterranean Sea. You’re likely to lose some pounds along the way, too. SHA is completely dedicated to the macrobiotic diet, which is based on grains and locally sourced vegetables with limited use of animal products. Chef Pablo Montoro, of the famed El Bulli restaurant in Spain, created the menu to help you achieve your ideal weight. SHA also offers a range of general and specialized wellness programs. The combination of a good diet and natural therapies at SHA is intended to lengthen your health and well-being (rooms starting at 200€ per night, or about $277;

SHA Wellness Center

Canyon Ranch

With locations in Tucson, AZ, Lenox, MA and Miami Beach, Canyon Ranch resorts are highly regarded for their innovative approach to health and wellness. Each location has its own medicine, exercise, life management and nutrition experts who work with guests based on individual needs. Weight loss programs are offered most weeks throughout the year (packages starting at $2,070;

Clubhouse in Tucson, Arizona

Live in Fitness Enterprise

Learn the tools you need to keep weight off at this Marina Del Ray, CA-based resort. Choose between three boot camp levels to get you in shape at your own pace. Rigorous 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. regimens include training and allocated healthy meal times. At Live in Fitness Enterprise, you’ll also learn how to shop and prepare nutritious meals so you don’t gain back the inches you sweat off upon returning home (packages starting at $1,887;

Red Mountain Resort

Are you the outdoorsy type? Book a stay at Red Mountain Resort in St. George, Utah to get fit hiking, biking and more. Purchase a wellness package—serenity-focused, weight loss, fitness intensive and detox-oriented options are offered—for a unique and personalized stay (packages starting at $230;

Red Mountain hikers

The Biggest Loser Resort at Fitness Ridge

Now you can be a big loser, too—a weight loss loser that is!. Over the course of a week at Fitness Ridge, the home away from home for The Biggest Loser contestants, you'll participate in a specially designed fitness and exercise schedule that includes activities such as hiking, water aerobics and kickboxing. Plus, you'll also enjoy tasty nutritious meals and learn how to create them at home afterward. Fitness Ridge has two locations, one in Ivins, Utah and the other in Malibu, CA (packages starting at $1,695;

The Biggest Loser Resort at Fitness Ridge

Mountain Trek

At Mountain Trek morning yoga will warm up your muscles for a demanding day on the trails and at invigorating fitness classes. During your stay at one of Mountain Trek’s two resorts (British Columbia, Canada and Baja, Mexico) you’ll also participate in nutrition and stress management classes. The Mountain Trek management believes that weight-loss is only one aspect of your wellbeing. Like the pieces of a puzzle, other aspects of your physical and emotional health are important, too. With a staff-to-guest ratio is 1:4, you’re guaranteed to get the individual attention you need to fit those pieces together (packages starting at $4,350;

Monica Meadows hike in British Columbia, Canada

Rancho La Puerta

Develop a lifetime of healthy habits in one week at Rancho La Puerto in Tecate, Baja California, Mexico. First, choose the week you’d like to visit based on the spa’s varying schedule. Then, build your daily agenda from an array of options like yoga, martial arts, golf and how-to discussions about amping up your sex life. You’re bound to lose weight if you jam-pack your schedule, but if you just want to kick back, you can do that, too. No sweat! The modern-day fitness spa was voted “World’s Best Destination Spa” two years in a row by Travel+Leisure magazine (packages starting at $2,985;

Rancho La Puerta

Getaway Fitness

If you’re looking for an intense, structured fitness boot camp, escape to Getaway Fitness in Florida, California or the Caribbean. This rejuvenating boot camp includes a fitness schedule, health lectures, nutritious gourmet meals and spa services. Getaway Fitness also offers Girlfriend Getaways you can attend with your BFFs in an exclusive, woman-focused environment. Participate in boot camps at the beach, Zumba and other fun fitness activities. Stays range from two days to two weeks and are the perfect way to tone up for your wedding day or a birthday milestone (packages starting at $1,095;

Girlfriend Getaways at Getaway Fitness

NuBeginnings France

Get one-on-one attention in the lap of luxury at NuBeginnings. Each trainer is assigned to only three people at a time and will work with you to change your relationship with food for the better—average weight loss among guests is 10 pounds. After you return home, a NuBeginnings staff member will continue to check in with you by phone for as long as you’d like (packages starting at £2,495—about $3,431;


Pritikin Longevity Center and Spa

The Pritikin Longevity Center and Spa in Miami focuses on long-term nutrition, exercise and mind-body health changes, which means the pounds you lose on vacation will stay off when you get home. Your one-week stay includes luxurious all-inclusive accommodations, healthy dining, a premier medical program, fitness instruction and other educational courses (packages starting at $4,500;

Pritikin Longevity Center and Spa

The Oaks at Ojai

Relax, lose weight and feel great at The Oaks at Ojai in Ojai, California. Stay for at least two nights, and enjoy invigorating activities—including a variety of 15 fitness classes—three meals a day (plus snacks and beverages), complete use of resort facilities and informative evening programs (packages starting at $199;

The Oaks at Ojai

Hilton Head Health

Focus on fitness, nutrition and health at the Hilton Head Health on Hilton Head Island, SC, where they’ve been doing just that for the past 35 years. A typical day on the Healthy Lifestyle program offers up to five hours of fitness classes and activities to choose from, cooking demonstrations and educational discussions on topics such as stress management, diet, motivation and self-discovery. Enjoy healthy dining during the day, as well, based on guidelines from the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society and American Diabetes Association. For a sample menu, click here (packages start at $2,800;

Hilton Head Health

Shane Diet Resorts

Concentrate on you at Shane Diet Resorts in Ellenville, NY, where you’re in the company of non-judgmental folk who are there for the same reason you are: to lose weight. Join in on the many activities they offer or opt-out when you want to relax. A typical day at the lax resort consists of a roster of fun fitness and skill-building activities, three meals a day and access to world-class facilities overlooking beautiful scenery (packages starting at $1,475;

Shane Diet Resorts

Green Mountain at Fox Run

Are you an emotional eater? Achieve your weight loss goals alongside like-minded women (no men allowed!) at Green Mountain in Ludlow, VT, where you’ll learn to nourish yourself without overeating or binging using their unique non-diet program. Educational group sessions are run in between fitness classes like morning stretch, Zumba and aquatics (packages starting at $2,208;

Green Mountain at Fox Run

The Ranch at Live Oak Malibu

When it comes to diet and exercise, do you tend to give in when given the option to opt-out? The Ranch at Live Oak Malibu eliminates that risk. This results-oriented weight-loss program offers a strict, daily group routine that focuses on low-impact, moderate-intensity activity rather than short bursts of intense activity. You’ll spend four to five hours a day hiking, doing yoga, strengthening your core and lifting weights. Your hard work pays off in the afternoon when you’re treated to a private massage and scheduled nap (packages starting at $5,600;

The Ranch at Live Oak Malibu

The Ashram

Forget calorie counting at The Ashram in Calabasa, California. Their program focuses on delicious organic, unprocessed and unrefined foods. Combine that with early morning yoga, scenic mountain hikes, water exercises and weight/resistance training, and you're sure to leave feeling your best. Looking for something a little farther away? Check out their location in Mallorca, Spain (packages starting at $4,500;

the ashram


For an exotic retreat, head to Anamaya in Montazuma, Costa Rica where you'll be surrounded by rainforests and incredible ocean views. The holistic resort offers a variety of retreats, including a cleansing and detox focused stay. Meals are included and feature organic foods with raw, vegan and gluten-free options (packages starting at $1,045;


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First Published October 25, 2011

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Jane 08.25.2014

Great story, Siga. I had the same experience at CFS Camp. It's amazing how many places and people out there genuinely care and will treat you like family while giving you everything you need to get back on track. I don't know where I'd be without them!

siga mordechai11.03.2011

OMG yes it is! Shane Diet Resort changed my life. I was heading down hill and woke up one morning needed a change. The first name that came up on my google was Shane Diet Resort. I did some research and signed up for a month. Got there thought to my self i will not make any friends, i am here for one reason and one reason only. I ended up staying for two months made life long friends lost 26.5 pounds and gained so much knowledge of living a healthy life from the wonderful staff. They are the most supportive, understanding, loving, caring people i have every met.They to are now life long friends. It has been over 3 months since i went and still loosing thanks for Shane Diet Resort. Its a non-judgmental place, and you will have the time of your life! It was my best summer! Thank You so much to Shane Diet Resort. You forever changed my life!!!

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