Caribbean

Women Wellness Retreats

written by | Posted on March 29th, 2012

Retreat: The Eco-Fitness Adventure Week/Boot Camp, which takes guests hiking to hidden waterfalls, discovering isolated beaches, coastal pools and mineral springs such as Boiling Lake, snorkeling unique reefs and ocean kayaking, all complemented by massages, yoga sessions, cultural dance lessons, drumming lessons and cuisine classes with nutritional tips such as preparing healthy, tasty gourmet dishes. During their stay, guests will dine on the resort’s low-fat, organic diet that caters to vegan/vegetarian diets along with fish, chicken and seafood, as well as fresh local juices. “The hotel was designed to host world-class yoga and fitness retreats,” says Atzenweiler, “as well as nature lovers, hikers and guests who appreciate a healthy lifestyle with a mix of healthy, fresh organic food, lots of activities and relaxing spa treatments to detox and relax at the end of the day.”

Fun & Games: Take a stroll off property to the nearby White River, whose whitish mineral waters have reputed healing properties and are sourced all the way from the Boiling Lake; go on a beach picnic; take a market tour in Roseau.

Who: For the true fitness aficionado who likes to treat their body like a temple.

Book It: Package includes airport pick-up and drop-off, accommodations in a private jungle cottage (one king or two double beds), all meals and juices, daily coaching and fitness program with personal assessment and adventure activities on the island, three spa treatments, yoga, cooking and drumming classes. Dates are July 28-Aug. 4 and Oct. 27-Nov. 3, with rates starting at $1,731 and $1,667, respectively.

American Airlines offers flights to San Juan, where travelers can get a connecting flight on a domestic carrier such as LIAT or American Eagle to Dominica. Or, you can book clients through other Caribbean islands including Antigua, Saint Lucia, St. Maarten, and Barbados (BGI) with LIAT or through St. Maarten by BVI Airways (Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays).

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Setting: Refined luxury. The fact that the St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort (877-ST REGIS; starwoodhotels.com/stregis), located on the northeastern corridor of Puerto Rico, is the only Gold-Certified Audubon Signature Sanctuary on the island says a lot. But the reasons are obvious. It lies at the foot of the 28,000-acre El Yunque National Forest—the only tropical national forest on U.S. soil—bordered by the 5,000-acre Espiritu Santo River State Preserve, and of course, there are also two miles of unspoiled beach stretching before it. Amidst this precious setting, guests will find 139 guestrooms featuring a contemporary decor sprinkled with colorful touches and accented with beamed ceilings and custom-designed furnishings, as well as a private terrace with a garden or ocean view. That’s all complemented by the St. Regis Butler Service, for those who just can’t live without. “This secluded location has the benefit of providing travelers the opportunity to savor the tropics and completely relax amongst the calming sounds of native tropical birds, crashing ocean waves and brisk beach breezes without the disturbance of city noises,” says Mark Bodnar, spa director of the Remede Spa. “This really allows travelers to 100 percent focus on yoga and completely get lost in meditation.”

Retreat: The Bespoke Yoga Retreat, created by the resort in partnership with Yada Yada Yoga, a lifestyle agency for holistic fitness based in based in Beverly Hills and New York. There are, of course, morning and evening yoga classes led by Denise Hopkins of Yada Yada Yoga, taking place on the resort’s tranquil Plantation Lawn overlooking the sea, but there’s also breakfast daily at Fern, lunch daily at Sea Grapes and dinner nightly at Molasses. Guests can also opt for private yoga instruction at an additional fee.

“Women can really bond together through a supportive and relaxing experience like the Yada Yada Yoga retreat,” says Bodnar. “Getting away as a group and experiencing all the benefits of the resort and the surroundings can really help friends have fun, feel stronger together and build confidence. Women can connect with each other on a whole new level.”