So before those wonderfully lazy days set in, lots of top resorts, trainers, and yogis are hosting May and June retreats that promise to boost both fat-burning and endorphins—from yoga in Morocco and cardio dance in St. Lucia to boot camp classes in the Catskills.
You’ll even get a head-start on the lounging part, since they all also include opportunities for relaxing amid gorgeous landscapes. Here are eight great summer-shape retreats… —Lisa Elaine Held
Photo: Facebook/Exhale Spa Retreats
Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands
May 4–8 or 8–12
Popular New York City trainer (and former Equinox fitness manager) Frank Baptiste whips you into shape with three poolside or beach workout classes per day for three days. Thankfully, a massage is included. (And the lodgings are luxe.) You can spend the rest of the time recovering on the half-mile-long, crescent-shaped beach that features a coral reef just off-shore. Rates starting at $1,602, www.franklyfitness.com
Spend a long weekend with yoga luminary Elena Brower at this celeb-fave wellness resort. The retreat includes two yoga classes daily with Brower and life coaching sessions. And you’ll want to book forward-thinking fusion spa treatments, and adventure/challenge experiences, like jumping from a pole or interacting with horses that help you work on your inner life. Rates starting at $2,945, including meals, www.miravalresorts.com
Your summer body is built in the spring. Get your mind, body, and skin prepared at CLAY Health Club + Spa. Join in April, and receive a complimentary fitness and spa package. Month-to-month memberships are available, and first time guests get a free trial!
San Diego, CA
Get a full spring reboot at this San Diego spa that just finished a $30 million renovation, which included wellness amenities like a beautiful yoga pavilion, where you’ll take classes with former pro snowboarder Katie Brauer. You can also hit spin and TRX classes, book an Amala natural facial, hike along the ocean, sip cold-pressed juices, and set up a nutrition consultation that will help you maintain your health kick after you leave. Rates starting at $2,999 ($4,200 doubles), www.ranchovalencia.com
This healthy lifestyle all-inclusive Caribbean resort is making the entire month of June a time to dance away winter weight (or blues). Choose from more than 16 weekly dance classes like Zumba, salsa, and Cha Cha, and hit the hammam or steam room after. Downtime can be spent lounging on the beach or in the surrounding tropical gardens. Not to mention the resort’s new salon inspired by the current blowout bar craze, where it will be much easier to get an appointment than at Dry Bar. Rates starting at $315/night, www.thebodyholiday.com
If your New Year’s resolution was to finally start surfing, this is the shape-up retreat for you. In addition to two daily yoga classes with Yoganonymous founder Dan Wilf and Nebraska instructor Mary Clare Sweet, you’ll get surf lessons all week long. So when it’s time to head to the Hamptons, you’ll have a strong core and surf skills. Plus, freshly brewed Moroccan coffee to drink on the terrace overlooking the ocean. Rates starting at $1,795, www.yogascapes.org
Overhaul your diet and fitness regimen with trainer-nutritionist dynamo Ariane Hundt (pictured here on her usual Brooklyn Bridge stomping grounds). For this getaway, Hundt will lead you through daily boot camp classes, hikes, and a nutrition workshop. Also offered are yoga classes and a vegetarian detox menu, all at the serene Menla Mountain Retreat Center in upstate New York, so you won’t even need a plane ticket. Rates starting at $600, www.brooklynbridgebootcamp.com
Get into Hamptons mode with a long weekend with Core Fusion founders Elisabeth Halfpapp and Fred DeVito. They’ll take you through daily tucking and toning sessions and a long stand-up paddleboarding lesson. And you can get to know the fitness power couple over brunch. Rates starting at $595, lodging not included, www.exhalespa.com
The Curry Sisters Restore Retreat
Parrot Cay, Turks and Caicos
If you really want a total reboot for summer, you’ll get it at this famed private island resort, where the jet-setting yoga instructor sisters, Andrea and Christina Curry (who have worked with Rodney Yee and Donna Karan, among others) will be your guides. You can expect four and a half hours of daily yoga in the gorgeous pavilion—from sweaty vinyasa to restorative. Book a massage or reiki session, too, or you may have separation anxiety as soon as you leave. Rates starting at $5,118, www.comoshambhala.com
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