Top Ten Weightloss Spas
Cal-a-Vie Health Spa, California www.calavie.com
Cal-a-Vie Health Spa resides on 200 valley acres not far from San Diego, where the climate is said to be divine. The intimate, all-inclusive program of fitness, nutrition and customized spa treatments is available in three-, four- or seven-day increments, catering to those desiring a quick getaway or a lengthier stay.
Hilton Head, South Carolina www.hiltonhead.com
This 800-acre gated seaside resort offers three-day retreats, weekly programs and an “Extended and Extensive” 9-month program includes 14 weeks at the resort followed by 24 weeks of home coaching. At the beginning of each stay, guests meet with a health specialist to address health issues and set goals. From there, individuals may choose from a variety of fitness classes such as boxing, kayaking, Zumba and tennis. Extra services, such as behavioral counseling, cooking demonstrations, portion control classes and spa treatments are available as well. The resort provides a 1200-1400 calorie-a-day meal plan as well as accommodation. Visitors can choose a two or three-bedroom condo or private room.
Cooper Wellness, Dallas www.cooperinstitute.org
Learn how to balance stress, weight and nutrition during Cooper’s popular six-day “Wellness Week” program. The program includes two personal training sessions, group fitness classes, three calorie-controlled meals a day and two dining-out experiences where guests learn how to choose healthy options. Before you get started, sign up for the six-to-eight hour comprehensive physical exam that includes a stress test, blood test, skin cancer screening, and CT scan, as it is one of the few that provides same-day results.
Pritikin, Miami www.pritikin.com
Start each morning with a sunrise stretch, cooking class or medical lecture and finish the day with Tai Chi, a stress management class or a night out in South Beach. This Miami resort, surrounded by 650 acres of gardens, fountains and water features, focuses on “real world training” so that guests can apply what they’ve learned at home. The health facility features an indoor track, two restaurants that offer gourmet meals (think Maine lobster and wild mushroom risotto), pools, five golf courses, a spa, and a tennis court. Take advantage of the resort’s personal training sessions, counseling and educational courses as well. The all-inclusive resort offers a one-week and two-week programs.
Pirchner Hof, Austria www.pirchnerhof.at
In our modern western society we live in abundance. At any time we can meet us as well as all of our needs in no time. There are hardly natural limits, we draw on unlimited resources. However, we often feel a sense of emptiness, dissatisfaction, and have the feeling that it would be missing something in our lives.
Fasting sharpens our awareness that the gift of our prosperity is not self-evident. It gives us space to focus on the important things of our life. It takes us back to base our lives and puts things back into the right measure, which is a healthy lifestyle essential component. Well living teaches exercise and lifestyle options for maintaining an ideal weight in everyday living.
Live-Well Centre Park City, Utah www.parkcityfitnessresort.com
The holistic approach focuses on optimizing health and preventing diseases. Physical, nutritional, mental, and social components of well-being are all addressed. Developing a preventive mindset and lifestyle is more valuable than trying to repair symptoms or disease after damage strikes. The LiVe Well Center’s wellness programs for individuals are designed to put you back in charge of your own health. Evaluation tools—including blood tests, physical tests, and lifestyle assessments—are used to gain a complete picture of the guest’s current state of health. A customized plan is devised that will offer the education and tools needed to restore or improve the individual’s state of wellness. Education is offered about drug-free treatments for many disorders and will develop a healthy, preventive lifestyle that helps you avoid illness and recover from injuries more quickly.
Biggest Loser www.biggestloserresort.com
With eight weight loss resorts each location offers a program that promotes a balanced overall wellness strategy through fitness, nutrition, and wellness education, spa cuisine, relaxation, and camaraderie with other guests. The Biggest Loser Resorts in Ivins, Utah; Malibu, California; Niagara, NY and Chicago (Itasca), Illinois. Aimed to offer a health and wellness transformation that will change the participant’s life.
Lake Austin, Texas www.lakeaustin.com
The resort, located 30 minutes from Austin, Texas, offers 40 newly renovated, ranch-style guestrooms on 19 acres of lakefront property. All-inclusive packages feature accommodations, three healthy meals daily and more than 20 fitness activities, including indoor cycling, yoga, kayaking, meditation, aromatherapy, dance, hiking and weight-training. In addition, three pools are available for aquatic aerobics and swimming classes. More than 100 spa services and scores of discovery programs, such as healthy cooking, nutrition, gardening, sexuality and relationships, are offered on a daily basis.
The Raw Retreat, England www.therawretreat.co.uk/
Have you ever wanted to detox and recharge your batteries, but wanted the peace and tranquillity of being just with your partner, a friend or on your own, with time to reflect, meditate and make significant changes to your life? This private, bespoke retreat is for a very limited number of guests, so it is possible to tailor an entire program to specific individual’s needs. The Raw Retreat is a healthy, relaxing and rejuvenating break that will likely transform one’s lifestyle.
Ayurveda Parkschlösschen, Germany www.parkschloesschen.de/
All programs, treatments and therapies are based on the age-old principles of Ayurvedic medicine. Ayurvedic doctors, professional therapists and nutritionists all act according to the universal knowledge of Ayurveda. Even the architecture, materials and colors are chosen according to the findings of Ayurveda and connect to a larger healing whole. Each delicious meal, each Yoga practice, every walk through the large, venerable park is a step towards well-being, happiness and health.
Whether you are looking for a detox (Panchakarma cure), have special health problems, want to lose a few pounds or simply would like to enjoy a relaxing break – at the Ayurveda Parkschlösschen you will find the right program. Painlessly a week’s stay can shed 10 pounds from the physique.