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Exercise-based holidays growing in popularity

As the boutique fitness craze continues to grow in popularity, an increasing number of people are booking fitness-based travel excursions. Those who practice yoga regularly often see flyers for exotic yoga-based trips in the lobbies of their studios.

Although “wellness resorts” have been in existence for many years, they are changing their programs to accommodate growing demand for activity-filled schedules and organic foods.

Ballet barre

A barre-based workout program located in the U.S. called Physique 57 recently announced a partnership with Escape to Shape. The latter company is known for providing travelers with fitness travel options, many of which provide visitors with strict workout routines while overseas.

One of the founders of Physique 57, Jennifer Vaughan Maanavi, chose destinations that will give travelers an opportunity to visit historic landmarks while maintaining their exercise regimens.

The company offered its first trip in April, which sold out quickly. Travelers were taken to Cartagena de Indias in Colombia, where they took architectural tours and guided walks through the 500-year-old Spanish colonial city. Guests also received Spanish and salsa dancing lessons as well as massages and two Physique 57 classes per day.

Founder of Escape to Shape, Erica Gragg, agreed that the partnership will be successful since “both brands attract high-powered individuals with busy schedules,” according to the New York Times.

The next trip is scheduled for Marrakesh, Morocco.

General fitness

Other programs typically offer general wellness activities that meet a variety of tastes and preferences. At Rancho La Puerta in Tacate, Mexico, guests will experience what is now considered the prototype for all other health resorts.

Visitors, who stay for about a week, will go on guided hikes through 3,000 acres of lush scenery, take educational classes on organic farm cooking, and take fitness classes such as Pilates or cardio. However, those who are simply interested in relaxation can stay in their casita, which is decorated with Mexican textiles and artisans tapestries, and is stocked with organic bath products.

Pet-friendly wellness travel

Celebrities and regular people alike are increasingly traveling with their pets. Just because you want to attend a fitness boot camp that’s a six-hour plane ride away, doesn’t mean you should have to leave your furry companion at home.

Pet-friendly resorts, such as Red Mountain in St. George, Utah, allow guests to bring their canine friends. In fact, Red Mountain has a reputation for being one of the most pet-friendly fitness resorts in the world. Guests can hike nearby cliffs and canyons while staying in reasonably-priced suites overlooking beautiful Southwest landscapes.

Although some people take holidays to indulge in rich foods and exotic cocktails, a growing number of travelers are seeking fitness-based excursions. Those with specific interests, such as yoga or Pilates, can find specialised holidays. However, many wellness resorts promote overall health and fitness.

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