By Becca Hensley
Miraval (Tightrope), Canyon Ranch (Canoeing), and Peter Hebeisen (Tsunaburo)
Forget blood and tears sweating never felt so good. Spas today dial into the value of well-earned endorphins and happily used muscles. Offering movement classes, organized games, training, and casual competition, they celebrate the human need for motion. Jumpstart a lifestyle goal or discover a new side of yourself at these boot camp-style meccas.
1. Dolder Grand Spa
The Dolder Grand, Switzerland
In the chic hillside haven that is Zürich’s 173-room Dolder Grand hotel, one wing is devoted entirely to health
. The enormous spa center – 43,000 square feet, to be precise – celebrates that sinewy physique the Swiss perfect so effortlessly. Here, a state-of-the-art gym, treatment salons, kotatsu
foot baths, saunas, infinity pools, a boxing center, and a cadre of personal trainers await fitness-seeking guests. Three whirlpool tubs with views of Lake Zürich sit on the outdoor terrace – a reward for a day well played. Special boot-camp packages help motivate guests, as do splurge meals at the hotel’s two-Michelin-star The Restaurant, helmed by Heiko Nieder.
2. The Spa at Canyon Ranch
Canyon Ranch, Massachusetts
Check into Canyon Ranch in the Berkshires and prepare to be wowed by its extensive fitness activities and wellness programs. From canoeing to kangaroo-jumping classes
to healthy cooking courses and weight-loss clinics, this 150-room all-inclusive, no-tipping getaway specializes in transforming lives. Medical check-ups, saunas, cycling studios, and group support are part of a five-day Jumpstart to a Healthier Life program.
3. Life in Balance Spa
Miraval Resort & Spa, Arizona
Tucson’s 117-room Miraval Resort challenges guests to reach for the stars with a bevy of self-discovery activities. Whether it’s tightrope walking 40 feet above desert sand or taking a cardio kickboxing class
, the experiences prove the adage that you learn something new every day. Miraval’s Girls’ Getaway package provides a daily $150 resort credit per person, all meals, unlimited activities, full access to the fitness center and spa, and complimentary transfers from Tucson International Airport.
“Canyon Ranch in Lenox also boasts first-rate arts and cultural programs, and provides complimentary transportation to such venues as nearby Shakespeare & Company; Jacob’s Pillow for dance performances; and Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra – have the resort pack you a picnic and listen to a concert on the lawn.” – Kay Merrill, Larkspur, California
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Originally appeared in Virtuoso Traveler magazine, August 2014.