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Ever come back from a vacation only to feel like you need a vacation? It may be time to try one that focuses on wellness.

Whether you’d prefer to hit a canyon hiking trail, catch a wave or practice yoga in a rainforest, there are plenty of destinations where downtime and fitness go hand in hand. We’ve selected options from which you’re sure to return feeling revitalized and looking more chiseled. You might even bring home a new dedication to living well as a souvenir.

The Island Experience
The Island Experience is an exotic adventure fitness and cleansing program founded by a group of friends on Ilha Grande, Brazil — just down the coast from Rio de Janeiro. Their seven-day program is designed to detoxify and de-stress. Visitors take two yoga classes per day, eat a completely pure diet, embark on exciting outdoor activities and receive a series of massages to leave guests feeling like a million bucks. Other activities include rain forest hiking in one of the last strongholds of the Atlantic Forest, and sea kayaking/snorkeling on Lagoa Azul and Praia de Feiticeira. In addition to fitness and nutritional programming, guests are also introduced to elements of the Brazilian culture through samba, capoeira, painting and the local arts scene.

The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess (a Southwestern resort in the heart of the Sonoran Desert) partnered with Trilogy Spa Holdings in 2012 to launch an innovative spa concept: Well & Being at Willow Stream Spa, a personal, sustainable wellness program. Well & Being utilizes a medically guided, customized wellness experience that combines nutrition, integrative medical fitness and advanced skincare. Among the extraordinary offerings are aerial yoga, Pilates, TRX Suspension Training, CrossFit, Crank Cycle, cooking classes and lectures. Additionally, the resort has a medical doctor and certified integrative medicine practitioner to offer a specialized holistic approach towards healthy living in their 44,000 square-foot state-of-the-art facility inspired by the stunning beauty of the Havasupai Falls, an oasis deep in the Grand Canyon. Guests are even encouraged to create a wellness “profile” to bring home and continue the wellness work they’ve begun in Scottsdale.

Omega Institute for Holistic Studies
Omega is a nonprofit center for lifelong learning nestled in the town of Rhinebeck in New York’s Hudson Valley. In 1977, founders Stephan Rechtschaffen and Elizabeth Lesser were inspired by Eastern meditation to create a dynamic “university of life” designed to foster personal growth and social change. Ahead of their time, the pair envisioned how the exploration of holistic living and spiritual reflection could propel people to live better lives. Omega’s wellness programs allow guests to unlock their potential through the exploration of “the intimate connection between body, mind and spirit through yoga, meditation, spirituality and personal growth.” This is accomplished via a variety of retreats and workshops. Standard accommodations include lodging, three meals per day and daily classes in yoga, tai chi, meditation and movement. Guests can also canoe, kayak, swim, play basketball and tennis and explore nature trails. Evenings at Omega include concerts, films, workshops and lectures with extraordinary and inspiring individuals like Bill Clinton, Deepak Chopra, Mia Farrow and Al Gore.

By Jeffrey James Keyes

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