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Pritikin Longevity Center and Spa: Lose Weight and Get Healthy with the Best

Delicious healthy cuisine

Delicious healthy cuisine

We’re always keen to find out the best local and global retreats for health and wellness. So, one of the big names who doesn’t get enough attention these days is the Pritikin Longevity Center + Spa, a 650-acre private wellness spa and weight loss health program located in Miami, Fla., complete with exceptional fitness trainers, award-winning chefs, nutritionists and renowned spa treatments. The center boosts tons of experts from health to nutrition and fitness to spa and wellness. People from all over the world travel to Pritikin to get their health back on track and get their bodies back in shape oasis near the warm beaches of South Florida. Spacious suites, gourmet meals, access to six board-certified physicians, a fully equipped gym with class offerings, healthy living education — you get it all. Pritikin is your escape to a better, healthier you. Especially when your goal is to overcome struggles with weight loss, diabetes, heart disease and more. With tailored programs to match your health needs, Pritikin makes it easy for you to choose a plan that fits your goals, while learning how to sustain weight loss and lifestyle changes.

Standard Double Accommodations

Standard Double Accommodations

With more than 35 years of experience as a premier health and wellness resort, Pritikin Longevity Center + Spa has become the longest-running and most successful program preventing and reversing health problems. Programs range from an all-inclusive one- or two-week program to specialty programs like:

  • Pritikin ICR: Pritikin Intensive Cardiac Rehab
  • Weekend Health Retreats
  • Healthy Cooking 101
  • Diabetes Retreat
  • Women’s Health
  • Family Health Camp
  • Back to U – Pritikin University
  • Culinary University and more

A weeklong all-inclusive retreat with three meals a day, classes, and consultation is approximately $4,200/week.

www.pritikin.com

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A Fitness Weekend in Falmouth

Yoga on the Beach say 'Hey'

One of our Falmouth faves is celebrating Spring (a time when most are looking to shed a few of those extra winter pounds in preparation for summer). The Sea Crest Beach Hotel, located on Buzzards Bay in North Falmouth, has the perfect fix to jump start diet and exercise routines with its Fun & Fitness Getaway Weekend from April 14-16, 2012. This action packed workout schedule will have guests ready to hit Old Silver Beach kicking off with an hour long, Latin-inspired, calorie-burning Zumba dance class. Following a light lunch at Red’s, Sea Crest Beach Hotel’s ocean front restaurant and lounge, guests will enjoy a Pilates class that aims to condition, strengthen and tone the body from head to toe.

The Sea Crest Beach Hotel's Quaint Lobby

After a healthy Dinner at Red’s, the weekend continues as guests and local residents are invited to dance the night away in a Salsa & Swing dance class from 7 to 11 p.m. After a well-earned rest, a tranquil yoga class awaits on Sunday morning, followed by a balanced breakfast with a nutritionist who will be on hand for guests seeking advice on putting their eating habits and food plans on the fast track to success. Those looking to head outdoors are encouraged to grab a bike and hit the trail, or enjoy a walk on the sands of Old Silver Beach. The fitness weekend is a value-packed program ideal for singles and couples with or without family and friends. Movies, munchies and martinis will be available from 6 to 11 p.m. on Sunday night as well as breakfast before check out on Monday morning.

Starting at $345/night (for two)

www.seacrestbeachhotel.com

 

 

Vermont’s Best Hiking

New Life Hiking Spa

A hiking spa? Who’s ever heard of such a thing? Well, we have and we thought it sounded pretty damn cool. Located in the beautiful Green Mountains of Vermont, since 1978, New Life Hiking Spa is known for its exhilarating hiking program. A world renowned weight loss retreat located in Killington, New Life also offers delicious healthy meals in a comfortable atmosphere where you can experience the peace of the outdoors in a down-to-earth, country inn environment.

Re-opening after Hurricane Irene, New Life Hiking Spa (which was forced to close for two weeks due to the aftermath) has also decided to extend their season until October 16th!

A bit about the joint: In January of 2010 & 2011, New Life Hiking Spa was selected as one of the top 10 fitness vacations in the world by MSNBC. It was also selected by Shape Magazine as “one of the eight best weight loss spas” and by Health Magazine as “one of four great weight loss spas.” And, for four years in a row (2006-2010), New Life has won Best for Weight Loss, Best for Hiking and Best for Affordability by SpaFinder Readers’ Choice Awards.

Pretty impressive.

“The saying goes, ‘After a hurricane comes a rainbow and in this case, it’s a rainbow of fall colors in Vermont”, said Kathleen LeSage who owns New Life with her husband, Jimmy. Mrs. LeSage has been doing some research about fall foliage and found a great article on “What factor affects the intensity of fall colors”. It states, “Mild, sunny days combined with cold but not freezing nights will produce brilliant colors, as will adequate rainfall in autumn”. Vermont has definitely had the adequate rainfall, but luckily with little wind, so leaves were not lost in the storm. “It seems like it is really the perfect conditions for a brilliant foliage season!”

The weather is gorgeous and the trees are starting to change, so why don’t you kick start your own life and opt for change too?

www.newlifehikingspa.com

Boot Camp: Baby You Were Born To Ride

My daddy taught me how to ride, but I still need to giddy up a few times a year just to make sure I haven’t lost my seat (as the cowboys say).

I was born and reared in Arizona so if I didn’t know the difference between a Palomino and a Pinto, I’d be a real disgrace to the community. Not to mention the fact that my grandmother was half-Chiricahua Apache.

Cochise, my favorite Chiricahua Apache. —>

So, what better way to feel out your own native roots than a little Cowgirl Boot Camp? This trip is perfect for the Sex & the City Slicker. Whether you’re Samantha or Charlotte, Alisal Ranch & Resort, nestled on 10,000 acres in Santa Barbara wine country lets you rough it alongside expert wranglers at the Cowgirl, Couples, or Mother/Daughter all-inclusive ‘Boot’ Camp getaways.

Do it with your boo, your mom, or the girls, Alisal has three to four day adventures combining the best of wild west with the adventure of working on a real cattle ranch.

You’ll learn how to “saddle up” before heading out for a two-hour morning horseback ride along Alisal’s 50-miles of trails, lead by a resident ranch hand. For the more experienced rider and horse enthusiast, there’s also the chance to try barrel racing in an authentic open-air, western arena. If roping cattle isn’t your thing, you can head to Alisal’s 100-acre spring fed lake for archery lessons, hike in Deer Canyon, bike to Nojoqui Falls, boat on Alisal Lake, or play tennis.

Breakfast rides to the historic Old Adobe camp, campfires with award-winning singing cowboy Dave Stamey, and two-step lessons at the historic Santa Ynez’s Maverick Saloon, all round-out the horsey experience.

Can I get a ‘Yee-Haw?”

Guests can also schedule a private bootcamp, November through March, by booking a minimum of 10 rooms. Bachelorette party anyone? Alisal offers 73 (telephone-and-television-free) guest cottages and suites, two 18-hole championship golf courses, six tennis courts and a 100-acre spring-fed lake with water sports, including fly fishing, canoeing, and kayaking, in addition to the brand new Alisal Fitness Center & Spa.

Cowgirl Bootcamp is offered:

• November 9-12, 2009

The Cowgirl Bootcamp is $2,450.00 based on double occupancy, including tax and service charges. Additional per person and suite rates are available upon request.

The Cowgirl Bootcamp package includes:

• Studio accommodations with wood-burning fireplace for three nights, four days
• Cocktail receptions each evening
• All meals including wine with dinner
• Private winemaker’s presentation
• Gourmet picnic lunch at Alisal Lake
• Daily horseback rides
• Rope and barrel racing lesson at Alisal rodeo arena
• Traditional hat shaping at Alisal Lake
• Line dancing instruction
• Archery lesson
• Nightly live entertainment in Alisal’s Oak Room

And… a gift basket filled with western amenities on arrival (since who doesn’t love a little swag?)

Giddy Up Girlz. These boots were meant for riding.

http://www.alisal.com

Napa Valley, CA: The Yoga Boot Camp Retreat

Yoga. There’s simply nothing like stretching, breathing, meditating, and focusing on your inner-core. Forgetting to remember. Aligning oneself with peace. And, since most members of our trusty staff at Jaunt love their yoga (and their wine), we recently thought, ‘Hey, wouldn’t it be great to do a yoga retreat in Napa?’

After careful consideration, this Napa Valley Yoga Boot Camp caught our eye.

It’s a 4 day – 4 night upscale “Napa Style” Boot Camp Training Program at a Private Vineyard Residence Estate in the beautiful Wine Country of Northern California. Consistently rated as one of the “Top Ten Travel Destinations” in the world, the vineyard country climate and relaxing atmosphere is the perfect place to shape up your Body and have fun doing it Napa-style.

Morning hikes through the vineyards, aerobics, yoga, hatha, power, pilates, swimming, and yes, massage, The Napa Yoga Boot Camp is an all Inclusive package, offering only the freshest, healthiest foods. Meals are personally prepared by an in-house Gourmet Chef where you’ll learn the hottest tips of diet, supplementation, and fitness. ‘Experience a spiritual journey you’ll never forget!’ they say.

We believe ’em.

Camp is limited to 10 women per session so, as they say, get with “The Program” and book your training dates early in advance.

http://www.NapaValleyYogaRetreats.com

Boot Camp Series: Bespoke Bali – A Yoga Retreat

COMO Shambhala Estate, Bali

It’s not that I don’t like working out and living a free-radical life, it’s just this… I don’t like thinking about all the effort it’s going to take before I actually do.

That’s why I like yoga. I can take it at my own pace. There’s no judgment, it’s not too loud, not too long, and not too stressful. More importantly, I don’t have to listen to bad techno or watch sweaty people pushing weights or huffing and puffing around me. A peaceful exotic setting doesn’t hurt either.

Welcome to Wellness.
Bali-style.

And practice yoga on the base of the River Ayung.

Do you (and everyone else who depends upon your wellness) a favor.
Check out COMO Shambhala Estate at Begawan Giri, Bali.

The Hotel’s flagship wellness resort recently launched five (yes, FIVE) new Wellness Programs.

We decided to focus on COMO Shambhala Estate because it was established as one of the world’s leading residential health retreats. Opened only two years ago, it’s owned by the award-winning holistic health company, COMO Shambhala; providing the best possible environment to start a new lifestyle. When extreme luxury is married with an extremely beautiful natural setting, you really can’t go wrong. The Estate’s motto: ‘to deliver a deeper experience than the typical fly-and-flop resort while fostering a more nurturing approach than the current spread of high-end destination spas.’

To give you an idea of their amenities: Private spa suites with attached therapy rooms, state-of-the-art health facilities, private butler service, organic food, private sun deck and fresh pools, indoor and ‘jungle’ gyms, a climbing wall (wuuhhu!!), a Pilates studio, an infinity-edged lap pool with views of the forest beyond and a Hydrotherapy Pool where chlorine-free water is funneled using bio-energy water treatment systems from the local spring, known as The Source.

We likey.
No, we loveyyyyyy.


As the story goes, The Estate’s location is predicated upon the existence of The Source, a natural spring on site that has long been revered by locals for its healing properties. Water from The Source fills Kedara (Sanskrit for ‘Water Garden’). Sounds almost surreal, doesn’t it? Then you remember… this is Bali, not Baltimore. Anything is possible.

Engage with the local Balinese landscape during your pursuit of better health, artistry and culture abound. Mountain bike, climb, raft, do pilates, yoga, or a little outdoor circuit training, it will undoubtedly change your perspective on life for at least a week and the months following.

All packages include accommodation (prices based on double occupancy), meals (cuisine is organic and nutritionally rich), return airport transfers, The Estate’s daily schedule of activities, services of a Personal Assistant (!!), and the use of the steam, sauna and 25m lap pool.

Here are the Programs:

CLEANSING PROGRAM
This powerful, but safe program allows you to cleanse your body of toxins accumulated through bad diet and polluted environments. Angelenos and New Yorkers, take note.

GET FIT PROGRAM
Designed to get you back on track and back in shape, motivating you to enjoy a new sense of fitness and good health. The program includes a wellness consultation, fitness assessment, 60-minute massage, 60-minute personal training, and guided biking and trekking.

Costs from $2,103 per person for a 5-night program.

REJUVENATION PROGRAM
This program combines the beneficial effects of beauty and spa treatments with healthy eating and positive thinking.

STRESS MANAGEMENT PROGRAM
Designed for those who feel the need to make positive lifestyle changes to combat the pressures of the busy modern world.

AYURVEDIC PROGRAM
Ayurveda addresses the root cause by enhancing toxin catabolism and by balancing the five elements of body and mind to bring about wellness.

Here’s a sample itinerary of the AYURVEDIC PROGRAM:

· Accommodation
· Breakfast, lunch and dinner (including standard beverages)
· Wellness consultation
· Ayurvedic treatments*
· 60-minute therapeutic Yoga
· Complimentary return airport transfers
· Participation in The Estate’s daily schedule of activities
· Complimentary use of the steam, sauna, and 25metre lap pool
· Services of a Personal Assistant

More specific inclusions depend on whether you choose a three, five or seven, night program. Rates vary anywhere from around $1,400 for three nights in a spectacular Garden Room to around $15,000 for an Estate Residence for a week. Programs are designed to deliver simple, well-priced combinations of meals, treatments, and activities.

What we like best?

You can follow workouts with a massage at the base of The Source.
You can chill out on this Garden Villa sundeck:

Norma Gray, Activities Manager, also serves as an instructor for private training during the Get Fit Program and she’ll check in with you to make sure you’re feeling perfectly relaxed and fit. She even emails guests on the program an exercise routine they can continue at home.

Too bad she can’t email Bali.
Need we say more?

See you on the banks of the River Ayung.

http://www.comoshambhala.bz

Boot Camp Series: Amansala’s Bikini Boot Camp


Amansala’s Bikini Bootcamp: Tulum, Mexico

The second in Jaunt Magazine’s ‘so nice it’s naughty’ Boot Camp Series, this one is bound to give you the vacation you desperately need. Add a stunning setting, eco-chic digs, chemical-free fresh food, and a Bikini-tastic agenda that will get you in gear for that balanced body right in time for summer. The best part? It won’t break the bank and you can do it alone, with friends, or a lover.

Imagine staying in Pablo Escobar’s old beachfront pad on the Mayan Riviera’s Caribbean with Melissa and Erica, two ex-New Yorkers with a flair for substance and style. Now, imagine an ocean brighter than Jude Law’s baby blues, a creative relaxing vibe, a bit of indulgence, and a naturally-fulfilling yoga bikini boot camp.

Did you imagine it?

Good.

As the site says, “Amansala was the name of Melissa’s small import company selling interesting items collected on her world travels. Taken from the two Sanskrit words ‘Peace’ and ‘Water.’ It was while Melissa toyed with the idea of starting a traveling spa, that she finally decided to create a fixed location in one of her favorite places in the world… Tulum, Mexico. After years of traveling throughout Southeast Asia and experiencing the best and the worst hotels, she wanted to create a place where people could come solo – or with their partners or friends – and have an adventure where they would meet other like-minded people, eat good healthy food, be on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and it would feel more like staying at a friends beach house than a hotel.”

I’m here to say this… my good friend at OK! Magazine swears by the place so… I’m next.

Erica, who had been working in Public Relations & Marketing in NYC, was ready for a change so when Melissa suggested she join her in her latest adventure, the two girls packed up and left the city behind. They set out for Mexico, and together, they created Amansala and Bikini Boot Camp on the beaches of Tulum, Mexico.

With beautiful white flowing fabrics, mosaics, eco-bohemian style and the comforts of staying at a plush friend’s pad in the Caribbean, Amansala is all about getting back-to-basics… in paradise.

2 hrs south of Cancun, Tulum is famous for the Mayan ruins and a relatively undiscovered paradise with pristine beaches and clear turquoise waters that will remind you to give thanks and BREATHE.

Says a recent visitor, “One of my greatest memories with Amansala was eating grilled shrimp and sipping fresh pineapple juice, barefoot on a sandy beach, surrounded by candles, a starlit sky and a small group of good company.”

Days start with a beach or jungle powerwalk followed by a combination of body sculpting, power ab sessions or pilates, and end with yoga and meditation. In between there are excursions to the nearby jungle for swimming and snorkeling in fresh water swimming holes (cenotes), visits to Mayan ruins, pampering with beach side massages, salsa lessons, Mayan Clay Treatments, plenty of agua di limon and sunshine.

Sample Itinerary
8:00-9:00 Silent Beach Walk

9:15-10:45 Exercise In Motion

10:45-11:30 Beach Body Sculpt

11:30-12:30 Free Time & Spa Services
 (yipppeee!)
12:30-1:30 Low fat, low calorie Lunch

2:00-5:00 Hike to the freshwater swimming holes (cenotes)

5:00-6:00 Gentle Yoga
 (Ommmmm….)
6:00-7:00 Meditation
7:30-8:30 Candlelight dinner

8:30-9:30 Salsa Lessons (Aye Dios Mio!)

The low fat diet consists of all local fresh food like just caught grilled fish, mangos, jicima salads and other yummy low cal selections that leave you satisfied, yet feeling lighter and cleaner.

The price for all of this back-to-basics Caribbean coast meets Mexican retreat fabulousness?
A reasonable 
$1675 plus tax and service for a grand total of $1954

($700 extra for a private room: with tax and service $818)

Price Includes:

Accommodations
All meals

2 massages

A Mayan clay treatment

All classes, activities, excursions

Designed to help people feel good about themselves and their bodies, this is the part we like best: “There is no pressure to participate in any of the activities and there is no competition. Guests are encouraged to set their intentions, become more aware of how they feel and pay attention.”

Ditto. And sign me up!

I detest pressure, but could totally use a Bikini Boot Camp escape… in paradise.
Couldn’t you?

Running weekly starting NOW!

http://www.amansala.com

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