By Kate Phillips
The New Year has arrived, where at least one resolution always seems to be all about losing weight – get a head start with these best weight loss spas, voted the Top 10 best by our own readers in the SpaFinder® Wellness 2012 Readers’ Choice Awards.
You’ve heard of the Biggest Loser TV show, and the popular show’s spinoff is a set of destination spas complementing its devotion to weight loss, personalised wellness and tailored fitness and nutrition. This southern California locale, on 160 acres amid the Santa Monica Mountain National Recreation Area, not far from the Malibu mountains and the Pacific Coast, is the Biggest Loser brand’s second location, following its sister property in southern Utah.
The Biggest Loser Resort’s Utah property focuses on exercise, healthy nutrition and education with a structured, calorie-controlled programme. It has also been voted for “Best for Affordability,” “Best Fitness Programme,” “Best Hiking” and “Best for Weight Loss,” in past SpaFinder Wellness Readers’ Choice Awards.
The award-winning Cal-a-Vie Health Spa resides on 200 valley acres not far from San Diego, where the climate is said to be the best in the country. The intimate, all-inclusive programme of fitness, nutrition and customised spa treatments is available in three-, four- or seven-day increments, catering to those desiring a quick getaway or a lengthier stay.
Golden Door Spa’s legendary reputation precedes itself – and its impeccable service and opportunity for self-discovery and renewal make this spa on new and returning guests’ wish lists.
Bring your girlfriends or go solo – Green Mountain at Fox Run is devoted to providing a life-changing weight loss and healthy lifestyle programme for women (in a non-judgmental, casual environment, no less). You’ll learn (or should we say, re-learn) how to eat, move your body and identify and solve behavioural issues.
Hilton Head Island’s laidback, low-country vibe and the resort’s structured wellness programmes – founded on three core elements: fitness, nutrition and SELF (stress management, empowerment, longevity and fulfillment) – make this weight loss and health resort a must visit.
I named this Thai resort on my spa bucket list for its secluded, spiritual feel, and if a holistic wellness experience (with white sand beach, open sea views and lush vegetation) is up your alley, this is the place for you. Kamalaya Koh Samui is devoted to a total mind-body experience via healthy cuisine, individual and group wellness programmes and fitness endeavors, as well as East- and West-inspired spa therapies.
Shed the pounds at the first integrated five-star wellness resort in the Algarve. Surrounded by rolling green hills and inspiring views of the mountains and coast – not to mention Longevity’s exclusive partnership with La Clinique de Paris and its founder, Dr. Claude Chauchard – getting well never felt so fun. You’ll engage in the beautiful surroundings while getting fit with hiking, morning walks, sea sports activities and more.
Weight loss seems a whole lot easier when you’re in the centre of 650 acres of tropical gardens, waterfalls, meditative labyrinths and championship golf courses – which is what you’ll find at Pritikin. Not just a health institute, but a paradise resort, Pritikin has been known to be “where the A-list goes,” according to BusinessWeek, and 110-plus studies in leading medical journals document the programme’s results, from long-term weight loss to diabetes reversal.
Leave the exercise anxieties at home and head to Shane Diet, Weight-Loss & Fitness Resorts, where the upbeat mood is laidback and the weight loss programme is results-oriented. All-inclusive packages include lodging, nutritionist-approved meals, special fitness programmes, behavioural change coaching sessions and a free private nutrition and personal training session
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