At these retreats, “Spring Break” means a break from being sedentary and indulgent. Whether you have been sequestered by the record-breaking cold in the Midwest and East Coast or chained to your office desk for months on end, spring is a great time to start fresh and get your butt in gear. A retreat may sound like a respite for an exhausted parent, but these programs are designed to yield results. From a yoga retreat with Robert Downey Jr.’s go-to poser Vinnie Marino in Costa Rica to survivalist camp in the Hamptons with Man vs. Wild adventurer Bear Grylls, you are bound to come back a changed person after these once-in-a-lifetime experiences working with experts in their fields. Whether a Barry’s Bootcamp instructor kicking butt in the Turks & Caicos or a resistance training retreat in the tropics with ART Method founder Terri Walsh, LivingHealthy has sourced out the hottest Spring Break getaways that will whip you into shape.
The Bear Grylls Survival Academy, Montauk
Learn how to survive in the wild while in the backcountry—of Long Island. Starting on May 1, spend three days in the Hamptons with expert survivalist and star of Man vs. Wild and Running Wild with Bear Grylls. At this weekend pop-up academy, “campers” will learn how to start a fire; purify water; catch, prepare and eat wild food; navigate without a compass; avoid hypothermia; and ultimately learn to self-rescue using Bear’s famous techniques.
The Bear Grylls Survival Academy at Gurney's Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa
Rates start at $650 per person and include two nights’ accommodation, breakfast and dinner each day, use of the Seawater Spa, welcome orientation and full-day survival training program. For more information visit the Gurney’s Montauk website.
The ART (Active Resistance Training) of You Spring into Summer Rejuvenation Fitness Retreat, Costa Rica
From May 16-23, you can spend a week mastering Terri Walsh’s no-impact, bodyweight-based mat workout method with the celebrity trainer herself. Guests will work out with Terri twice a day at the Manu Villas Retreat and also participate in activities like surf lessons, ziplining and a beach picnic.
The ART of You Rejuvenation Fitness Retreat at Manu Villas, Costa Rica
Rates, which include first night’s lodging in San Jose, lodging at Manu Villas, transportation to and from Manu Villas from San Jose, three meals a day and various activities, start at $2,300 per person. Click here for details.
Fitness/Wellness Immersion, Malibu, Calif.
For those who want to lose weight and get in shape, but who are also in need of a break from the pressures of daily life, The Ranch at Live Oak Malibu is a seven-day endurance, wellness and nutrition program located on a working ranch in the Santa Monica Mountains (think: zero connectivity). Limited to 16 people a week, the Sunday to Saturday weight-loss program is strictly regimented and combines daily four- to five-hour sessions of group hiking, core work, weights, and group yoga sessions capped off with a private afternoon massage.
Fitness/Wellness Immersion at The Ranch At Live Oak Malibu
Homegrown organic vegetarian meals are calorically calibrated for weight loss and prepared by Executive Chef Alexx Guevara. Since the minimum seven-day time commitment, technological restraints and $6,800 price tag may not be doable for everyone, The Ranch teamed up with California Health & Longevity Institute to offer a four-day, Thursday-Monday version at Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village priced at $3,800… with WiFi included! Find more information here.
Bootcamp Weekend, Turks & Caicos
Everyone from Kim Kardashian and Katie Holmes to Jessica Biel and Amanda Seyfried have jumped on the Barry’s Bootcamp bandwagon, and this spring one of the New York location’s top trainers, Courtney Paul, is leading a three-night fitness and health-fueled weekend at the West Bay Club in the Turks & Caicos, May 15-17.
Bootcamp Weekend at West Bay Club, Turks & Caicos
Pairing four rigorous outdoor training sessions on the beach with an all-inclusive healthy menu curated by Chef Wolfgang von Wieser, the retreat also includes a welcome beach barbeque, complimentary transfers to and from the airport, gift bag, welcome amenities and a $50 spa credit. Packages start at $1900 per person, excluding taxes and service charges.
Yoga Retreat with Vinnie Marino, Costa Rica
Heather Graham, Robert Downey Jr. and David Duchovny are just a few of the celebrities who flock to Vinnie Marino’s Vinyasa classes at YogaWorks in Santa Monica. The celebrated yogi is hosting a weeklong retreat April 11-18 at one of the foremost world-class yoga and meditation retreat centers in Costa Rica.
Yoga in Costa Rica with Vinnie Marino
Guests will nosh on gourmet vegetarian cuisine, swim in an infinity pool overlooking the Pacific Ocean and participate in morning and afternoon Vinyasa sessions with Vinnie. Rates start at $2095 and include accommodations, meals, taxes and all yoga sessions. Click here for more details.
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