Goodbye, Fat Farm! 7 of the World’s Best Weight-Loss Resorts
Does the thought of a diet retreat conjure up images of a sweat lodge and starvation diets? Fear not; fat farms are a thing of the past, with today’s weight-loss travel resembling a restorative spa-like experience. Think luxury vacation with a healthy dose of exercise, sans the binge eating. Some even serve booze, so you can really relax.
From intense bootcamps in Southern California to yoga retreats in Thailand, here are seven of the world’s best resorts for weight loss.
Pritikin Longevity Center & Spa (Photo: Pritikin Longevity Center & Spa/Facebook)
Pritikin Longevity Center and Spa
An all-inclusive resort located in Miami, Pritikin Longevity Center and Spa focuses on a scientific-based approach to weight-loss. They teach guests to stop the yo-yo dieting and learn to enjoy food in large, satisfying portions while still achieving weight-loss goals. The program includes all exercise classes, medical services, meals, and hotel accommodations (think, clean palettes with marble flooring and rain showers) as part of the fee.
Cost: Rates start at $4,400 per person for a single room.
The Raw Retreat in Cornwall
A luxury retreat set in the charming countryside of Cornwall, U.K., The Raw Retreat has designed bespoke programs, such as juice fasting and raw food, with holistic health and detoxifying in mind. Guests are treated to accommodations in a tony barn outfitted with a log-burning fireplace, high-tech amenities, and private garden. Health regimens include coastal treks, one-on-one yoga, hydrotherapy, hikes, and swims as well as blood analysis and colonic irrigation, all translating to an average weight loss of seven pounds per seven-night stay.
Cost: Rates start at $2,670 per person a week.
The Ranch at Live Oak Malibu (Photo: The Ranch at Live Oak Malibu Facebook)
The Ranch at Live Oak Malibu
Set three miles above the picturesque Pacific Ocean in the Santa Monica Mountains, The Ranch at Live Oak Malibu is an intense, one-week, luxury bootcamp. It offers a daily group fitness routine that consists of nearly 10 hours of exercise a day — that’s four-plus hours of hiking, abs, weights, and daily yoga sessions, to enhance the metabolism and cleanse the body. Organic vegetarian meals come from the property’s on-site organic farm, all resulting in an average 5% weight loss per stay. But it’s not all work —massages and afternoon naps are included.