Here we are, about halfway through bikini season, and the effects of boozy weekend barbeques are starting to take shape.
If you haven't planned your summer getaway yet, why not think about a vacation where the sole purpose is getting your body back in gear?
Here are five hotels where dropping pounds is fun and eating healthy is easy!
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica Weight-loss is as much about the mind as it is about the body, and at the Nautilis Boutique Hotel, it's a vacation for both. Days begin with morning meditation followed by a wellness breakfast prepared by Chef Adi Mayer, a raw cooking specialist. Once your body's pumped full of super foods, your next few hours of yoga will be a cinch, and a serious calorie burn at about 500 calories shed per hour. Get a massage (it's part of the package) and treat yourself to a greens and cacao detox shake before you retire to your luxury villa and fall asleep to the sounds of tropical jungle birds.
Los Angeles, CA It's a bird, it's a plane, actually it's guests of the Intercontinental L.A. taking Zumba class 18 floors up in the sky. Reaching new heights of Zumba mania, the hotel's "Zumba on the Helipad" is a twice-weekly cardio extravaganza that takes place on the hotel's rooftop helipad. Burn 400-500 calories per hour as you show off your hip shimmies to all of Hollywood, then grab a resi at the Park Grill restaurant, which just snagged a two-star "Green Restaurant" certification.
St. George, Utah While most "loose weight fast" diets are a temporary swing of the pendulum followed by an all out carb-a-thon, Green Valley Spa has a recipe for quick results and long-term success. Green Valley's weight loss getaways are completely personalized and shed pounds fast through a custom meal plan, medical analysis, personal training regiment and even courses on how to break the bad habits and keep the good ones. There's a state-of-the-art fitness center with every sport imaginable. Even pickleball.
Western Caribbean Most cruise vacations are an opportunity to stop counting calories, cocktail continuously and partake in 24-hour dessert buffets -- while a large vessel floats you around the world. All of that is awesome. But if you are looking for a slim-down at sea, check out Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Sea. Sure, it's got all the gluttony you could want in a cruise, but it's also a floating fitness mecca with a jogging track, rock-climbing wall, surf simulator and basketball court. Each restaurant also has a "vitality" healthy eating option so you know you're getting a trans-fat free, low-calorie meal.
Montauk, NY You can't visit a Hamptons beach this summer without noticing super-fit people of all ages cruising by you on stand up paddle boards. The sport has been gaining popularity on the East End for several years, and now at the Montauk Yacht Club you can get in on the SUP action with personal or group lessons by CoreyWaves Professional Surf Instruction. After a long day of using muscles you didn't know you had, catch a locally sourced bite at MYC's Gulf Coast Kitchen where farm-raised products reign supreme.
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