12 Incredibly Inspiring Fitness Retreats for Your Bucket List

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If you're like most people, a typical week of exercise might include a couple of trips to the gym, a yoga class, a walk during your lunch hour or maybe a jog around your neighborhood—and there's absolutely nothing wrong with that. But every now and then, when your regular routine starts feeling a little stale, you may start to wonder what’s out there beyond your neighborhood, office or spin studio. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could take a break from the same-old, same-old for a few days and embark on a fitness field trip?  
 
Even if you don't have the time or budget right now for a feel-good getaway, you can still live vicariously via a little online daydreaming. Let's explore a dozen of the most invigorating and inspiring retreats that strike the perfect balance between inner peace and butt-kicking workouts.

Chill'Asana Yoga, Martial Arts & Fitness Retreat
Haramara Retreat Center, Sayulita Mexico


We can't think of a better way to hit the "reset" button than spending seven days and nights in the lush jungles and beaches of Mexico. Rediscover nature in the picturesque town of Sayulita, as you alternate between fitness-boosting yoga, empowering martial arts and plenty of restorative relaxation.


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Adventures on the Gorge
Lansing, West Virginia


Outdoor enthusiasts and adrenaline junkies will thrive on the stunning scenery and thrilling activities at this top-rated adventure resort. Spanning three national parks, it offers whitewater rafting, rock climbing and rappelling, kayaking and hiking. Athletes seeking a bigger challenge can visit the TimberTrek Adventure Park, a four-acre adventure course with obstacles, bridges and zip lines.
 

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Camino de Santiago
France, Portugal and Spain


This ancient pilgrimage through France, Portugal and Spain is highly popular among people who love walking, hiking and engaging in outdoor activities. Each day, you'll walk, cycle or ride a horse a certain number of miles, then stay in a family-owned hotel or home, where you'll enjoy fresh local food and drinks. At the end of the week, you'll arrive in the city of Santiago de Compostela.
 

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Omni Amelia Island Plantation
Fernandina Beach, Florida


Nestled at the tip of a barrier island off the coast of Northeast Florida, this active resort is surrounded by sparkling Atlantic waters and lush salt marshland. Its Coastal Core fitness-inspired package is designed for wellness travelers seeking a healthier, movement-based getaway, with the opportunity to mentally disconnect and rejuvenate. Kayaking, paddle-boarding, massage, fitness classes and Segway tours are just some of the items on the itinerary.
 

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Maine Huts & Trails
Kingfield, Maine


For those seeking an off-the-grid adventure destination, Maine Huts & Trails provides an amazing opportunity to unplug and fully engage in New England's natural beauty. Four huts connected by a series of backcountry trails offer access to scenic lakes, rivers and forestlands that can only be seen by people-powered activities like hiking, biking, cross-country skiing and fat-tire biking. Individuals and teams can enjoy a truly custom retreat tailored to each traveler.
 

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Dahlonega Spa Resort
Blue Ridge Mountains of Georgia


In addition to twice-daily yoga classes and amazing spa treatments, this wellness destination offers a variety of daily outdoor fitness excursions, including hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking through the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains.
 

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Women's Body & Soul Retreat by Monica Brant
San Antonio, Texas


Led by Monica Brant—an all-time fitness icon, IFBB Fitness Olympia Champion, WBFF World's Pro Figure Champion, PCA Overall Figure Champion and certified trainer and nutritionist—this female-focused fitness retreat is designed to empower women physically, mentally and emotionally. Monica will personally guide each participant through a full-body track workout, obstacle course training, firearm safety lessons, nutrition education and more.
 

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Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail
Alabama Gulf State Park


This scenic state park is the perfect place to get active while also learning about the unique wildlife that inhabit the Alabama Gulf Coast. The Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail spans Gulf Shores, Gulf State Park and Orange Beach with more than 20 miles of trails, bridges, lakes and beautiful landscapes winding through six diverse ecosystems. The paved trail is great for biking and hiking. Rent a kayak or paddleboard to use on Lake Shelby, the park’s freshwater lake. Gulf State Park caters to happy campers with primitive campsites, cabins, cottages and RV sites.
 

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Carmel Valley Ranch
Carmel, California


Nestled in the treetops is the full-service Spa Aiyana (the Native American term for "eternal flower"), which incorporates fresh herbs and botanical extracts in massage, facials and body treatments. The spa’s wellness program encourages guests to interact with nature through hiking, meditative walks and yoga on the spectacular hilltop yoga platform. A spa concierge is available daily to consult on treatments and wellness programs for each guest's needs.

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Shore Lodge
McCall, Idaho


Inspired by the mountain landscape, the glacier-carved Payette Lake and the spirit of adventure shown by those who live and travel to the region for rest and recreation, The Cove, Idaho’s premier award-winning spa, offers outdoor enthusiasts and wellness seekers an authentic respite. Nature-based massages, body treatments and indoor/outdoor saltwater immersion pools offer active explorers a space to unplug and be one with their surroundings.
 

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Arizona Grand Athletic Club
Phoenix, Arizona


Located within the Arizona Grand Resort & Spa, the Athletic Club has been voted one of the top 10 fitness facilities in Arizona, and for good reason. Guests enjoy an abundance of activities in the 17,000-acre South Mountain Preserve. Hike the Grand Canyon, take a range of fitness classes, swim in the heated lap pool, play on the indoor racquetball court or unwind with a relaxing massage at the on-site spa.
 

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No Taste Like Home
Asheville, North Carolina


This eco-tour company takes people out to eat—outside, that is. Expert guides lead groups in collecting edible wild plants, mushrooms and more in the scenic forests of Asheville in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Participants can learn to cook their very own catch of the day, or they can have one of six local restaurants prepare it for them. No Taste Like Home could be the world's only tour company specializing in these do-it-yourself, forage-to-table experiences. They call it "find dining."

 
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Which of these would you like to visit? Are there any other fitness or wellness retreats that you'd recommend?
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Member Comments

SLIVERBULLET
sounds fun Report
CATNAP629
sounds fun Report
I call it my "life List", SparkFriends as I want to enjoy these things while I still can and able. Every day is not promised to us so we need to make the best days ever like now. Report
Malinge canyon/ Mt Edith Cavelle , Jasper Report
I enjoy hiking in state parks Report
Some could be done not far from home Report
ROSSYFLOSSY
Thanks for sharing! Report
Thank you Report
The Maine Huts are all great! We have stayed in all of them, and went back to visit and volunteer. I'm surprised not to see the AMC Highland Center or AMC Pinkham Lodge. If you write another article about destinations for hikers, please let me know! Report
I love that the healthy adventure resort in Florida offers Segway tours. What about just walking tours? Report
Another retreat I heard about this year is Surf With Amigas - a woman's only surf and yoga retreat in Nicaragua. From their site: "Surf with Amigas is the place for adventurous women to come together and encourage each other to fulfill their goals. It’s about empowerment, creating connections, learning to attract awesome into your life, and living in the moment. You will learn about yourself, overcome fears, and connect to a network of surfing Amigas that will support and inspire you to achieve your goals in surfing and in life." Report
I want to do the Spain one!! I love Spain but want to see other countries too one of these days! Report
Interesting idea for a vacation. Report
Awesome Places for my bucket list! Report


 

About The Author

Melissa Rudy
Melissa Rudy
A lifelong Cincinnatian, Melissa earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from University of Cincinnati before breaking into online writing in 2000. As a Digital Journalist for SparkPeople, she enjoys helping others meet their wellness goals by writing about all aspects of healthy living. An avid runner and group fitness addict, Melissa lives in Loveland with her guitarist husband and three feisty daughters.