5 Fancy Boot Camps to Try Now

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Mix intensive training, haute cuisine and luxury amenities with a stay at one of these magnificent destinations.

By: Nina Reschovsky, Q by Equinox

Forget militant instructors and muddy obstacle courses. The new era of boot camps allow you to enjoy personalized fitness instruction, nutritious five star meals, and luxury accommodations—all while pushing your own physical limits. Click through the slideshow above to discover five unique destinations that embody the modern boot camp experience. 

The Beach Boot Camp: Bikini Boot camp in Tulum, Mexico

Situated on the Mayan Riviera, an area famous for its turquoise-colored water and white sandy shores, camp begins each morning with a beach stretch session followed by an hour-long walk. Pick up the pace with strength training and toning classes, cardio workouts, yoga, and even Salsa and belly dancing. Programs are tailored to each person’s individual fitness goals and activities are interspersed with cooking demos, nutrition talks, and presentations about local culture. After a long day of exercise, relax in your personal beachside cabana or enjoy a spa service such as a Mayan clay treatment.

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The Yoga Boot Camp: Ashiyana Yoga and Spa Village in Goa, India

If cardio-intensive fitness isn’t your thing, cleanse the body and soul at Ashiyana Yoga and Spa Village. Yoga is practiced twice daily in a spacious outdoor studio, guided meditation is practiced most evenings, and spa services and private yoga sessions are also offered. Located on Mandrem Beach in North Goa, Ashiyana is a nurturing space for seasoned yogis and novices alike to get in touch with their bodies, calm their minds, and find inner peace. Accommodations range from basic beachfront huts to deluxe luxury rooms.

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The “Non-Boot Camp”: FitFarms in Derbyshire, UK

Priding itself on being a “non-boot camp”, FitFarms takes a holistic approach to fitness and wellbeing; the goal is for guests to build a healthy relationship with food and exercise, and services are highly individualized. Upon arrival at this stunning countryside location, each guest is assigned their own personal trainer and receives one-on-one instruction from a nutritionist, therapist and life coach throughout their stay. The camp is located in the heart of Derbyshire, next to a national park that provides an ideal setting for hiking and guided tours.

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The Foodies Paradise: Pure Kauai in Kauai, Hawaii

Pure Kauai prides itself on award-winning healthy cuisine made by private gourmet chefs. Each guest receives customized menus based on their own personal preferences and dietary restrictions, and each dish is made from fresh island produce. Participants are encouraged to take advantage of everything the island has to offer, including guided rainforest hikes, beach runs, surf lessons and kayak trips. Kauai, known as “The Garden Isle” is a lush island filled with waterfalls, jungles, canyons and magnificent beaches, and makes a picturesque playground for outdoor fitness activities. Guests can be as active or relaxed as they like, but for those looking to up the intensity, personal trainers and nutritionists are on-hand and ready to help.

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The Tough Love Boot Camp: The Ranch at LiveOak in Malibu, CA

Nothing is optional at this intensive Malibu-based boot camp. From morning yoga that commences before sunrise, to hikes lasting 14 miles, to four hours of exercise classes each day, to a super-strict diet that forbids dairy, meat, sugar, wheat and alcohol, The Ranch is not for the faint of heart. Participants are sure to walk away with noticeable results though, and feel detoxified and rejuvenated after their stay. Situated just above the Pacific Ocean in the Santa Monica Mountains, The Ranch features a Spanish hacienda, an organic farm, luxurious guest rooms and breathtaking views.

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