Our Favorite Fitness and Adventure Destination Spas
Top Ten Picks for the US


Our First Five Fitness and Adventure Picks

Green Valley Spa is our first choice in the fitness and adventure category for destination spas in the United States.  Green Valley takes the top spot on our list for several reasons.  It has exquisite or dare we say majestic desert topography and views.  It has been voted one of the best 10 hiking destinations.  It depends on what your definition of adventure is, but if wonderful views with exhilarating energetic hiking is part of it, then take a closer look.  Green Valley is a boutique spa with amazingly affordable rates. 

This spa has a mind set for both fitness and adventure, with a wonderful semi remote relaxation focused feel.  To highlight the affordability this destination spa also offers all inclusive packages.  These packages generally include garden suite accommodations which includes meals as well as daily hikes, open fitness classes, health related workshops and one 50 minute spa treatment daily. 

The red rock cannon topography has taken adventure to the next level and this mid sized destination spa has taken personal service to award winning status.  Pack all of the available fine dinning, varied fitness selection, out door hiking and beautiful suites into a lets go now destination spa vacation.  Green Valley offers a warm, friendly and enjoyable atmosphere. 

Next we direct our attention to Big Sur California and Ventana Inn & Spa.  Some may question why this destination spa makes our list!  That is exactly why it does!  Wow what an adventurously perfect location with all the amenities of a full service fitness and adventure destination spa.  Yoga and fitness classes daily, well appointed fitness rooms beautiful long walking trails and an amazing view of the Pacific ocean.  We all agree at get massage smart that this destination does not fit the mold, but you really will not be disappointed if fitness, adventure and relaxation is the formula that your are looking for in your next vacation. 

Priceless attention to detail with a full service spa.  Ventanna Inn & Spa is a bit pricey but well worth the expenditure for a single or couple who wants to maintain a fitness schedule while enjoying a luxury vacation.  Great any day of the week yet especially perfect for those special events in life. 

Ok the title of this article is fitness and adventure our next pick is all about adventure that will definitely keep anyone fit.  Lumeria Maui Retreat has a fabulous selection of adventure tours which include a canyoneering tour that allows you to repeal down a waterfall to the canyon floor below, not for the faint of heart.  Inland or coastal reef kayaking tours, private guided hikes, sunrise bike tours, ziplining and horse back ridding are all within reach at this unique destination spa. 

Check out their retreats page to see what upcoming retreat you may be able to join.  These retreats range from meditation and yoga to life force and prenatal workshops.  Additional workshops on varied topics such as horticulture and aromatherapy are available on a weekly schedule and you can look forward to daily rituals which include morning meditation, with a reverence for the land, an appreciation of the beauty in nature, a joy in human collaboration and the presence within the self and enjoyment of friends. 

Lumeria Maui offers a diverse blend of holistic therapies such as, sound therapy, colonic therapy, yoga therapy, massage therapy and to many more to actually list here.  Make sure you take the time to read about each of the practitioners on the web sites practitioners page.  If you are a nature lover you will not be disappointed by the retreats beautiful gardens.

Are you looking for a classic fitness and adventure destination spa vacation then The Greenbrier Spa should come to mind.  The very definition of a destination spa with world class accommodations, amenities and activities.  The adventurer in you can par take in an off road driving adventure,  zip line tour, climb the falcon tower, go horse back riding, kayaking, and even take a walk along the meditation trail.  We are not done yet listing all of the sports and activities that await you. Archery, gun club, falconry, and biking can be arranged right along side some of the more traditional activities such as golf, tennis and shuffle board tournaments. 

Indoor activities can include a tour of The Greenbrier's infamous bunker as well as bowling, fitness classes, adventure zone for kids, laser tag, glass blowing and lets not forget board games and shopping.  Did you think we were done listing indoor activities at this amazing classic, not yet.  Enjoy afternoon tea or take a dip in the indoor pool all while thinking about what kind of luck you will have at the Greenbrier's casino club in the evening.  To cold outside no worries schedule a time slot on the resorts indoor tennis courts or plan a work out in their well appointed fitness center. 

The spas in this category focus more on fitness and adventure than weight loss and range from modern luxury destination with spa facilities to die hard destination fitness and wellness programs and our next choice does exactly that.  The Ranch at Live Oak in Malibu California has a wonderful week long or more fitness intensive wellness program.  The core of this program is designed around a full four to five hour day of low impact fitness through daily hiking, yoga classes,  core and ab work as well as weights and aerobic exercise.   

This is a complete fitness program that will provide weight loss results if this is one of your goals.  The Ranch is a traditional destination spa program with a superior fitness program, not well suited for the bold adventurer.  It will also improve your over all fitness level via low impact intensive workouts in a group setting.  Private consultations are also available and meeting specific health related goals can also be accommodated.  If your reason for looking at destination spas happens to revolve around specific fitness goals then we recommend taking a close look at what The Ranch at Live Oak has to offer.


Our Next Five Fitness and Adventure Picks

Allegria Spa at Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Ski Resort in Avon Colorado has fitness classes for the 21st Century and an abundance of winter time adventure.  Beaver Creek Mountain packs a powerful punch when it comes to winter fitness and adventure with down hill skiing, cross country skiing and snow boarding.  For the winter adventurer in you there is also dog sledding,  snow tubing, snow shoeing and for the off trail enthusiast snowmobiling.   If summertime fun is what your looking for Beaver Creek Mountain area can offer white water rafting, kayaking, river tubing and fly fishing.  If water sports are not for you then take a hike on one of the many natural trails or play a round of golf.   

This resort is family friendly as well as fit and adventurous.  The Regal Park Hyatt Beaver Creek offers up wonderful family style activities during the late spring and summer. Lawn games include badminton, volley ball, Bocce Ball, disc golf, miniature golf and croquet. 

We have yet to mention their fabulous fitness program with state of the art Pilates classes and equipment, private Yoga studio, Kinesis studio, as well as a group studio for Yoga, Pilates and spinning classes.  Work one on one with your own personal health couch or personal trainer or better yet get outdoors by scheduling a guided trail hike or snow shoeing adventure. 

Our seventh pick The Spa at Sea Island has one of the nations best shooting schools as well as fishing & boating and professional tennis, squash and golf facilities.  The Spa at Sea Island is a 65,000 square foot dedication to both ancient and modern philosophy of fitness and health.  If a complete spa and fitness center in an amazing community with outdoor sports is what you are looking for look no further.  This island offers an amazing a ray of fitness and adventure activities for the water enthusiast. 

Lake House Spa at Lake Austin Spa Resort is another classic destination spa with a fundamental focus on fitness.  Along with an exquisite list of spa treatments, water facilities, and educational workshops.  Workshops can change from month to month and week to week, so make sure you check out their upcoming schedule to plan for your favorite topics.

The Lake Austin Spa Resort offers a wide range of traditional destination spa workshops and classes, along side intensive book camps, Pilates, Yoga, cardio dance to ballet body.  Choose from a list of over 20 fitness activities a week, make sure you call and speak with a resort consultant to explore their current available package options.

Our ninth pick Red Mountain Resort in Irvine Utah say that adventure vacations are their specialty and we have to agree they provide some very extreme excursion options.  Start out your vacation adventure with a six hour canyoneering tour that includes rock climbing, repelling, scrambling and hiking.  Spend the next day on a four hour kayaking tour of the local lakes or switch it up with some paddle boarding.  If you happen to be a seasoned climber a private tour can be arranged to take you on a multiple pitch climb.

Red Mountain Resort provides a personal spa consultant to make sure you get exactly what you are looking for out of your fitness and adventure destination spa vacation.  Plan out your fitness and spa services before you arrive making sure to take time to relax and pamper yourself.  Groups activities or private tours can be accommodated. 

Number ten, our last selection in the fitness and adventure category is Wilderness Adventure Spa at Spring Creek Ranch chosen for the rare opportunity they provide their guests.  They offer a unique north American wild life safari tour.  The wild life changes with the seasons so plan ahead for this experience. 

The Wilderness Adventure Spa may be the last on our list but it is no lightweight on adventure or fitness. A real destination spa found 1000 feet above Jackson Hole Wyoming.  A room with a view for a great evening and wonderful nights rest after a day of winter or summer sport.  Make sure to schedule your spa services before arriving.

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In conclusion

It is important to get massage smart that each and every one of our guests take the time to call a destination spa and ask the staff exactly what it is that they have to offer.  Explore other reviews to make sure that the chosen facility meets your personal preferences, goals and needs.  We have provided a very brief over view of 10 fitness and adventure destination spas located in the United States.  Our mission is to expand the field of alternative therapies while providing an opportunity for like minded individuals to transform their knowledge and awareness of available educational and wellness options.  Health and Wellness as a style of life!  We Respectfully challenge others to empower themselves.


Staff article updated 5/14/16

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