5 fitness travel resorts where you can train with the pros


In ancient Greece, athletes prepared for the Olympics by refraining from indulgences and training with former champions. Fast forward, oh, 2,800 years: resorts are increasingly catering to today’s seekers of long life and physical prowess, and they’re changing old prescriptions. Train with the pros, yes; abstain, not so much.

Stanly Ranch

A cottage at Stanly Ranch (an Auberge Resort), a new gateway to Napa and Sonoma, where fitness and well-being play as important a role as wine.

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In Napa Valley’s New Vineyard Stanly Ranch (from Auberge Resorts), a seven-building spa and 2,700-square-foot workout complex are the stars. Wellness Director Erin Hosler (in good faith from The Well in New York) designed a program of HIIT classes followed by muscle repair (like myofascial release and hyperbaric chamber sessions) — and supplemented with cabernet. The gifted in the Bay Area can join the Stanly Cycling and Running Clubs, whose workouts are led by local professionals.

Reset Telluride

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On Reset Telluride’s week-long fitness retreats, you’ll start with gentle hikes and then work your way up. Think of it as a flexible training camp.

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In Colorado, Dylan Bates, Reset Telluride‘s co-founder, imagined a more balanced boot camp. Week-long retreats begin with gentle hikes around sparkling lakes and progress to strenuous 14-mile hikes led by mountain guides in the rugged San Juan Range (after which you’ll have the option of lounging by the the pool at the Madeline Hotel (and Auberge Resort) with your legs wrapped in compression recovery sleeves The Madeline’s reset suites have also been customized for dining, complete with meditation stools and an oxygen enrichment system – you are at high altitude.

Assembly Resorts

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Montage Big Sky has just opened in Montana. Stay tuned for its professionally guided skiing and mountain biking programs.

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AT Assembly Resorts, athlete-led workshops have replaced guest chef culinary weeks as the day’s attractions. Montage’s new partnership with Adventure IO, which organizes outings led by extreme athletes, allows you to perfect your surfing, skiing and mountain biking skills with the experts (including, at Montage Deer Valley, freeskier Mitchell Browser). Newly opened Montage Big Sky will soon announce its professionally guided programs.

Four Seasons Hualalai Hotel

Freediving champion Kimi Werner teaches lessons at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai Hawaii
Freediving champion Kimi Werner teaches a lesson at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai.

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Four Seasons Hualalai Hotel, on the island of Hawaii, takes physical and mental stamina to new heights, or rather depths. He has teamed up with freediving champion Kimi Werner to teach travelers how to dive without an oxygen tank. Day one begins in the resort’s King’s Pond, an 1.8 million gallon aquarium carved out of lava rock and filled with 60 species of sea life. Graduated in the clear waters off the Kona-Kohala coast on day two, when Werner guides dive into the open sea.

BodyHoliday Saint Lucia

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At BodyHoliday in St. Lucia, you can book four-day Olympian-led swim camps or take part in the resort’s weekly quadrathlon.

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In the Caribbean, at BodyVacation in Saint Lucia, you can take your swimming to a new level by booking a full training vacation: Olympic athletes host four-day swim camps. The resort also organizes a weekly quadrathlon that doubles as an island tour, with a mountain bike ride through a rainforest, a clifftop run, and kayaking along the palm-studded north coast. . The built-in indulgence: white-sand beaches and a daily spa treatment.

No need to let the workout stop on the road: Andaz 5th Avenue (New York) offers wellness suites with weights and Mirror by Lululemon streaming workouts. The Rocco Forte hotels in Munich (the Charles) and Berlin (Hotel de Rome) have “active suites” equipped with rowers (so long, Peloton?) and more.

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