10 Best Boot Camp Vacations

10 Best Boot Camp Vacations
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Whether you've overindulged for the holidays, or just want to kick-start the New Year, January is an ideal time to reevaluate your fitness goals. Sure, you can join the hordes, fresh from their New Year's resolutions, fighting for a treadmill at the gym, or you can escape to a luxury retreat for a few days of challenging workouts, along with delicious food and beautiful scenery. While places such as St. Lucia's The BodyHoliday and Arizona's Miraval are some of the best-known names in fitness resorts, more hotels are partnering with celebrity trainers for specialty fitness-themed weeks. So whether you're already a fitness fanatic and want to take your workout to the next level, or simply want to start a new, healthier lifestyle, pack your sneakers and head to one of these 10 upscale boot camp-style vacations to break a sweat in 2015.

Christina Valhouli writes about travel, beauty, and lifestyle trends. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, the New York Post, and Departures.com. Follow her on Twitter: @cvalhouli.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of The BodyHolidayWhere: St. LuciaThe luxury, all-inclusive The BodyHoliday resort offers just about every land- and water-based activity you can think of. Guests can spend days snorkeling, waterskiing, wakeboarding, and stand-up paddleboarding, while dry activity options include yoga, Pilates, golf, and spinning. The BodyHoliday recently added a "Quadrathlon" course, which is a challenging combination of mountain biking, hiking, rappelling, swimming, and sea kayaking. Plus, a full-service spa helps soothe sore muscles.Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor's St. Lucia Travel Guide
Photo Credit: Courtesy of The Ranch at Live OakWhere: Malibu, CAOpened in September 2010, The Ranch at Live Oak Malibu appeals to those in search of an intense, no-holds-barred approach to fitness. The weeklong program is tightly structured and includes 4 to 5 hours of daily hikes in the mountains, as well as afternoon exercise classes that incorporate yoga, core and abdominal work, and weights. Afternoon massages will help ease muscle pain. Meals are organic and vegetarian, and the accommodations are luxurious.Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor's Santa Monica, Venice, and Malibu Travel Guide
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Omni La Costa Resort & SpaWhere: Carlsbad, CAThis Spanish-colonial style resort, with its Premier Fitness Camp, recently launched an all-inclusive "Spa Fit" experience, lasting between three and seven day days. The program at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa is meant to work both the mind and the body with a combination of high-intensity fitness classes, along with yoga and meditation at the on-site Chopra Center. Participants meet with nutrition and fitness experts, and do a complete baseline health and fitness evaluation, including blood work and heart rate monitoring.Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor's Carlsbad Travel Guide
Photo Credit: Courtesy of W Retreat & Spa – Vieques IslandWhere: Vieques, Puerto RicoOne of the most stylish hotels on the island of Vieques, the W Retreat & Spa recently launched the "ENERGIZE by Tara Stiles" yoga retreat. The three- to five-day package includes two daily yoga sessions with a Stiles-trained teacher, and outdoor activities such as kayaking on the Bioluminescent Bay, snorkeling, and horseback riding on the beach. Packages also include cooking classes and three healthy meals a day.Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor's Vieques Travel Guide
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Rancho La PuertaWhere: Tecate, MexicoThis resort is located on 3,000 acres of gardens, mountains, and meadows in Baja California, Mexico. The programs at Rancho La Puerta are meant to balance the mind, body, and spirit, with a wide variety of activities that range from hourly fitness classes to cooking, art, and meditation. Look for special themed weeks throughout the year, like “Vitality and Happiness at Any Age” and “Mindful Sleep, Mindful Dreams.”Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor's Mexico Travel Guide
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Bacara Resort & SpaWhere: Santa Barbara, CACelebrity favorite Bacara recently launched fitness retreats with Sky Ranch Fitness, which are meant to challenge guests and give them tools to start healthy habits. The four- or seven-day retreats include daily hikes and plenty of fitness options like yoga, Pilates, and outdoor circuit training. For pampering, guests can spend time at Bacara’s massive 42,000-square-foot spa, or its tennis courts.Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor's Santa Barbara Travel Guide
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Miraval Arizona Resort & SpaWhere: Tucson, AZLocated in Arizona's Sonoran Desert, Miraval is one of the best-known health resorts in the U.S. An all-inclusive stay here appeals to those looking to challenge themselves with different classes, and there’s also a strong spiritual element here. Miraval can whip guests into shape with a combination of outdoor runs, mountain biking, and rock climbing. More unusual options include a ropes course, zip-lining, and tightrope training. The spa offers outdoor treatment rooms, as well as special healing ceremonies.Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor's Tucson Travel Guide
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Borgo EgnaziaWhere: Puglia, ItalyFor a European approach to boot camp (translation: guests won’t be starving themselves), consider the Borgo Egnazia in Puglia. This resort recently launched the six-day "FU'RE" program, which takes a balanced approach to fitness and is meant to encourage everyday healthy living rather than quick fixes. Guests can exercise outdoors by the sea or among the olive groves, and tuck into healthy (but delicious) Mediterranean cuisine. Other fitness options include dance and yoga instruction. The on-site VAIR Spa proposes music therapy and saltwater flotation sessions in its Roman-style baths.Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor's Puglia, Basilicata, and Calabria Travel Guide
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Enchantment ResortWhere: Sedona, AZLocated amid the red rocks of Boynton Canyon, the focus at Enchantment Resort is on both the mind and the body, rather than just trying to burn as many calories as possible. Enchantment is kicking off 2015 with four "Fitness & Wellness Weekends." Each three-day program includes nutrition workshops and classes covering topics ranging from “The Mindful Clean Plate” to juicing. Fitness classes include WOGA (a yoga/power walking combo), Pilates, and BodyPump (weight training).Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor's Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon Travel Guide
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Curtain BluffWhere: AntiguaOne of the top resorts in the Caribbean, Curtain Bluff is known for its unfussy vibe that keeps guests coming back year after year. The all-inclusive property already offers a well-established tennis program, and is now debuting a fitness camp aimed at travelers who want to jump on their New Year’s fitness resolutions. Trainer Simone De La Rue (whose clients include Sandra Bullock and Naomi Watts) will lead a “Fit & Fun Under the Sun Week,” taking place January 10–17, 2015. The week includes a daily one-hour class with De La Rue (such as dance cardio or interval training), as well as water aerobics, yoga, and Zumba. Wine-tasting and a cooking class are also included.Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor's Antigua Travel Guide

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