Wellness is a massive travel trend in recent years and many retreats are looking to blend nature into their workout and meditation programs. So, if you'd rather get fit on vacation than laze poolside, one of these wellness resorts may be more your style. Some even blend best of both worlds by offering a serene spa as well as miles of great hiking trails. Not only will their guided hikes pump up your heart rate, but they’ll also take you through some gorgeous countryside.
Rancho La Puerta, Tecate, Mexico
Started in the 1940s by Edmond and Deborah Szekely, Rancho La Puerta is one of the very first destination spas. It's only an hour drive from San Diego, just four miles across the border from California. Rancho La Puerta has five different hikes that go out every day, including the popular Organic Garden Breakfast Hike, which is an early morning hike to the garden and cooking school, where a fabulous breakfast spread awaits. The challenging hike up Mount Kuchumaa includes an 800-foot climb that will leave you breathless, as will the dazzling views.
Red Mountain Spa, St. George, Utah
Just a two-hour drive from Las Vegas, Red Mountain Resort in St. George, Utah, is famous for its hiking program. Located at the entrance to Snow Canyon state park, Red Mountain Spa offers more than 60 hikes on 40 trails, making it the most extensive hiking program in the Southwest. Choose from three different levels every morning—trekker one, two, and three—with the speed, climb, and distance becoming more difficult. Explorer hikes are more leisurely, so you can stop to take photos or check out the petroglyphs.
Otherwise, challenge hikes are longer with a higher elevation and endurance hikes (the hardest option) are a fast-paced route up steep canyons.
Canyon Ranch, Lenox, Massachusetts
Much like its sister property in Tucson, Canyon Ranch in Lenox is rated as one of America's best health and wellness spas. Centered around an 1890 Italianate mansion, the sprawling complex features an extensive, expert staff of medical doctors, life management therapists, nutritionists, exercise physiologists, physical therapists and spiritual wellness advisors to help you become healthier on every level. From leisurely nature walks to all-day 16-mile treks, Canyon Ranch Lenox accommodates all fitness levels.
The rolling Berkshire Mountains provide a gorgeous backdrop for the four or five hikes that are scheduled daily.
Golden Door, Escondido, California
Golden Door is an ultra-exclusive destination spa secluded on 377 acres in northern San Diego County. It offers a range of hikes every morning that are customized to suit the client, ranging from a short flat meadow hike for someone with hip troubles to an eight-mile mountain climb for the super-fit. There’s one afternoon hike available as well.
Miraval Catalina, Arizona
Miraval is a standout spa getaway that has attracted star guests like Oprah Winfrey. It's located in the lush Sonoran Desert north of Tucson and has jaw-dropping views of the Santa Catalina Mountains. offers two guided hikes (beginner and intermediate/advanced) every morning. Some hikes leave from the property and some you drive to. You can also use a spa credit towards a privately guided hike customized to your fitness level and scenery desires.
The Ashram, Calabasas, California
This rigorous weight-loss spa accommodates just 13 people at a time for a one-week program. It includes 10 to 15 miles of compulsory hiking each day in the Santa Monica Mountains, much of it uphill. But at the end of the afternoon, you can rest your weary muscles by indulging in the daily massages.