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Perhaps you've spent the past few months living as a culinary ascetic, preparing for a warm trip and, more important, a grand swimsuit reveal. Or maybe you're just looking for a retreat that, once over, will return you to the fold feeling -- and looking--noticeably restored. The point is, if you want a health-conscious vacation, you don't have to sacrifice all the indulgences associated with time off -- you just need to know the right places to book.
The culinary team at Cal-a-Vie Health Spa in Vista, Calif., keeps the menu stocked with local fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, and unprocessed grains, recognized by the Aspen Center for Integral Health for maximum nutrition that complements the spa's fitness-centric activities. Packages include cooking demonstrations, so guests can take the taste home (from $3,995 for three nights).
Down Mexico way, Rancho La Puerta, a fitness retreat in Baja, also puts an emphasis on locally grown organic fare. Low-fat, high-protein meals are sourced, when possible, from the spa's six-acre farm. In addition to saunas and massages, guests can sign up for classes to learn health-conscious Mexican-Mediterranean cooking (from $3,750 a week).
Back in the States, stretch your limbs, frolic in the lake, or chow down on some all-natural white bean rosemary soup and Cod provencal at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge, Mass. (from $192 a night).
The Cactus Flower Restaurant at Miraval Resort and Spa in Tucson offers a vegan spread with a strict 450-calorie ceiling. Aside from yoga, golf, and tennis, Miraval focuses on equine activities, so pack your chaps (from $375 a night).
For an even more adventurous excursion, register for U.K.-based company in:spa's Marrakech healthy holiday travel package, which includes hiking in the Atlas Mountains, a one-on-one session with a nutrition consultant, and delicious provisions like homemade muesli, braised fennel, and sesame-coated salmon (from $3,600 a week).