The journey towards achieving your fitness goals doesn’t necessarily have to be miserable. We at Upscale Living Magazine believe that sometimes it’s all a matter of establishing a supportive environment and striking a good balance in your life. Although some fitness programs promise fast results in return for drastic sacrifices, these are not exactly the healthiest ways to get fit. 

If you’re really serious about your fitness, you would want something that’s not only effective, but also sustainable. This, of course, is easier said than done, because the best path to fitness is entirely up to you to discover. As Sheena Dizon explains in an article on Pretty Me, fitness regimens aren’t a one-size-fits-all deal, and people tend to have different experiences with each retreat, supplement, or fitness routine. That’s why it’s important to do your research on the different fitness programs out there that are designed to help you shed weight, gain strength, clear your mind, or boost overall health.

That said, starting your fitness journey in a positive environment is key. And what better place to begin than in spas and luxury resorts designed for just that? These places can provide a solid foundation for lasting health. Since there are many destinations to choose from, this list compiles just a few of the best luxury fitness retreats from around the world:

Kamalaya                            Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa Resort. Courtesy of Kamalaya

Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa Resort, Koh Samui, Thailand – Tucked amidst the jungle-like foliage of the beautiful island of Koh Samui, Kamalaya often welcomes repeat guests. Kamalaya founder Karina Stewart shares that most guests come from the corporate sector and creative industries, and come to Kamalaya to detox, manage stress, and work towards their overall fitness goals. Kamalaya’s program is tailored towards healing and revitalizing, which is why there are a lot of massage sessions. There is also a component for stress management consultation, something you can definitely put to use when you leave the retreat. All in all, the program takes a holistic approach, and thus offers off-program fitness activities like Pilates and morning yoga. 

Ranch Malibu fitness retreat
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The Ranch, Malibu, United States– Located at Live Oak Malibu, The Ranch offers a week-long fitness bootcamp in the midst of the Santa Monica Mountains. Here, you are forced to disconnect from society for a while, as there is no phone service or any other properties nearby. The Ranch’s bootcamps are often recommended for people who want to jumpstart their health goals, as the programs mainly focus on endurance and weight loss. While the daily fitness training can be intense, the program does allow ample time for participants to enjoy a massage and relax by the pool or in a hot tub. You’ll also be treated to delicious vegan cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner everyday. 

Bushmans Kloof
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Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve and Retreat, Clanwilliam, South Africa – Bushmans Kloof is unique in that its wellness and healing services bank on a fun, wilderness experience. The area itself is recognized as a Natural Heritage site, and is nestled at the foothills of Cederberg Mountains. It is surrounded by tranquil, wide open plains and beautiful rock formations that guests can freely explore. The resort offers exhilarating outdoor activities such as walking, hiking, mountain biking, archery, and swimming. What’s more, it also has holistic spa treatments and serves organic cuisine.

The Body Camp Ibiza
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The Body Camp, Ibiza, Spain – This fitness retreat on the Mediterranean island of Ibiza revolves around the re-training of the body and the mind through fun fitness classes like circuit training and boxing. It also has an educational component in which guests can take nutrition workshops and cookery classes to help them live a healthier lifestyle. Meanwhile, meditation sessions aim to help people reframe their view on life and encourage more positive decision-making. The meals here are mostly plant-based, thus you may be even inspired to go vegan after the program.