Top resorts will pair you with pro athletes and programs for peak performance
In ancient ancient Greece athletes prepared for the Olympic games by abstaining from indulgences and training with former champions. Fast-forward, oh, 2,800 years: Resorts increasingly cater to today’s long-life-and-physical-prowess seekers, and they’re modifying the ancient prescriptions. Training with pros, yes; abstaining, not so much.
stanly ranch, a new wineandwellbeing retreat near napa an sonoma from auberge resorts
A cottage at Stanly Ranch (an Auberge Resort), a new gateway to Napa and Sonoma, where fitness and well-being play as big a part as wine.
COURTESY OF STANLY RANCH.
At Napa Valley’s new vineyard-flanked Stanly Ranch (from Auberge Resorts), a seven-building spa and 2,700-square-foot training complex are the stars. The wellness director, Erin Hosler (with bona fides from the Well in New York), devised a program of HIIT classes followed by muscle repair (like myofascial release and hyperbaric chamber sessions)—and topped off by some cabernet. Bay Area overachievers can join the Stanly’s cycle-and-run clubs, whose workouts are led by local pros.
reset telluride luxury fitness and wellbeing retreats
At Reset Telluride’s week-long fitness retreats, you’ll start with gentle hikes, then ramp up. Think of it as a flexible boot camp.
COURTESY RESET TELLURIDE.
In Colorado, Dylan Bates, Reset Telluride’s co-founder, has dreamed up a more balanced boot camp. Weeklong retreats start with gentle hikes around sparkling lakes and progress to strenuous 14-mile treks led by mountain guides in the rugged San Juan range (after which you’ll have the option of lounging by the pool at the Madeline Hotel (and Auberge Resort) with your legs wrapped in compression recovery sleeves . Reset suites in the Madeline have also been customized for restoration, with meditation stools and an oxygen enrichment system—you’re at high elevation.
montage big sky luxury resort in montana
Montage Big Sky just opened in Montana. Stay tuned for its pro-guided ski and mountain bike programs.
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At Montage Resorts, athlete-led workshops have replaced guest chef culinary weeks as the attractions du jour. Montage’s new partnership with Adventure IO, which organizes outings led by extreme athletes, lets you hone your surf, ski, and mountain bike techniques with the experts (including, at Montage Deer Valley, freeskier Mitchell Brower). Newly opened Montage Big Sky will be announcing its pro-guided programs soon.
Four Seaons Resort Hualalai
Freedive champion Kimi Werner leads a lesson at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai.
Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, on Hawaii Island, is taking physical and mental endurance to new heights—or rather depths. It has teamed up with freedive champion Kimi Werner to teach travelers how to dive without an oxygen tank. Day one starts in the resort’s King’s Pond, a 1.8 million–gallon aquarium carved from lava rock and stocked with 60 species of marine life. Graduate to the clear waters off the Kona-Kohala Coast on day two, when Werner guides dives in the open ocean.
BodyHoliday St. Lucia
bodyholiay st lucia caribbean fitness retreat
At the BodyHoliday on St. Lucia, you can book four-day swim camps led by an Olympian or enter the resort’s weekly quadrathlon.
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In the Caribbean, at BodyHoliday on St. Lucia, you can push your swimming to a new level by booking an entire training vacation: Olympic athletes host four-day swim camps. The resort also organizes a weekly quadrathlon which doubles as an island tour, with a mountain-bike ride through a tropical forest, a clifftop run, and kayaking along the palm-strewn north coast. The built-in indulgence: white sand beaches and a daily spa therapy.