Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Wanderlust, Florida Style: Fitness Retreats

Our top five picks to reach your summer health goals


The tranquil Zen Den Yoga School Wellness and Retreat Center, right here in Boca Raton, is surrounded by lush tropical foliage and calming waters. During a retreat, yoga instructors Ira Ohm and Valerie Leeds guide students in the art of ancient yoga teachings and spiritual practices through daily classes and meditation. Hatha Chakra flow yoga,  Ashtanga-inspired Vinyasa flow yoga and Sadhana yoga are all practiced. This program also provides tai chi, yoga sutra and Shamanic breathwork classes throughout the retreat. Participants make breakfast and lunch smoothies daily in the full-service kitchen and  partake in massage and acupuncture treatments. Private rooms start at $1,200 for a seven-night stay. Three- and five-day retreats are offered, too. 954/461-4367, zendenyogaschool.com


Thermae Retreat, only minutes from downtown Delray Beach, offers guests a variety of  healing treatments to restore body and mind in one, two or three days. Thermae’s shining gem is its saunas. A Finnish sauna session begins with a traditional “aufguss”: water and essential oils are poured over hot stones to begin an aromatic steam and release toxins from the body. Infrared saunas use chromotherapy (colored light) to repair the body’s balance and harmony. Choose a color that speaks to your spirit— red, blue, pink, orange, yellow. Don’t forget to follow up sauna treatments with a custom massage, an organic facial or a quiet break in the meditation room. 205 N.E. Fifth Terrace, Delray Beach; 561/332-5883, thermaeretreat.com


Dedicated to human improvement, the Pritikin Longevity Center helps individuals create a positive lifestyle through health, nutrition and fitness. Choose fun exercise classes, from Pilates to spinning, swimming to yoga, golf to tai chi. There’s a luxurious spa offering soothing massages and calming facials or a simple meditation post-workout. Meals are nutritious, delicious and balanced—it’s OK to have chicken or steak with vegetables for dinner and silky-smooth chocolate mousse for dessert. When the day is over, drift off to sleep in a newly renovated room or suite. Many attendees report great results—not only physically but mentally and emotionally as well. Weekly rates start at $5,400 per person for a single room in June; rates decrease July 1 to October 13. Check pritikin.com to reserve a space. 8755 N.W. 36th St., Miami; 888/254-1462, pritikin.com


The Carillon Miami Wellness Resort practically oozes “luxury wellness.” It’s a term that describes this health retreat, composed of spacious suites, an indoor rock wall, a massive spa, four property pools and dining facilities, among other things. On site, an  energy healer, acupuncturist, nutritionist and board-certified functional medicine physician help guests create healthy lifestyles. The Carillion offers many packages, classes and workshops all dedicated to health. More than 300 fitness classes take place each week, in addition to the myriad of spa treatments. The spa itself boasts the Thermal Experience, a circuit of hot and cold experiences designed to relieve pain and stress, increase circulation and reinvigorate the body. 6801 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 866/800-3858, carillonhotel.com


Boutique retreat Vita Vie at the Seagate Hotel takes advantage of land and sea by hosting classes on the beach, in local parks, at an outdoor patio and an indoor studio. Vita Vie Retreat trainers say they are committed to helping attendees achieve the ideal mindbody balance that meets their lifestyles, no matter their wellness goals or level of fitness. “I want people to gain a healthy outlook on life and understand … the goal is to be the best you can be. Each individual has a different goal, and my team and I respect that,” says Margot Rutigliano, founder of Vita Vie Retreat. Each day includes five hours of fitness classes, training sessions and mind/body techniques that range from sweat-heavy to  meditative. Three healthy, balanced meals are provided daily, along with nonalcoholic beverages, and individuals receive one 50-minute spa treatment at Seagate Spa. Lodging at the Seagate Hotel in downtown Delray is included. Retreats are limited to a maximum of 10 participants, which ensures an intimate experience for everyone. Retreats range from three to six nights, and rates start at $1,650 for a single occupancy. 1000 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach; 561/414-2464, bvretreat.com

This story comes from our June/July/August 2018 issue of Boca magazine. For more content like this, subscribe to the magazine.

Allison Lewis
Allison Lewis
Allison Lewis is the associate editor at Boca Raton Magazine and a native St. Louisan. She earned a Bachelor of Journalism and a Master of Arts in Journalism from the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo. In her spare time, Allison enjoys cooking, playing Ultimate frisbee, reading, traveling and watching sports.

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