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Wellness Retreats Celebs Love

Dreaming of the ultimate health getaway?  Check out these wellness retreats, frequented by celebrities and high-rollers alike.

Canyon Ranch

Visited by celebrities like Shakira, Debra Messing and Eva Longoria, Canyon Ranch in Tuscon, Arizona is a leader in wellness retreats.  Keep active by hiking or biking in the surrounding canyons, swimming or check out state-of-the-art equipment like underwater treadmills, high ropes course, raquet sports courses or Precor EFX machines.  You can also take advantage of activities like cooking classes and demonstrations, astrology and creative arts for well-rounded health.

Cal-A-Vie Health Spa

 Victoria Beckham, Oprah and Kate Moss are fans of Cal-A-Vie Health Spa in Thailand. Known as the “Haven of Life”, Cal-A-Vie offers a healthy spa menu, a detox diet, and treatments in their spa and medi-spa like body cleansing, massages and crystal treatments.

Uxua Casa Hotel and Spa

Visited by Beyonce and Matthew McConaughey,  Uxua Casa Hotel and Spa is located on the beaches of Transoco in Brazil.  Visit the spa and enjoy handmade, organic spa products, take capoeira classes at the on-site fitness studio and enjoy freshly made Bahian cuisine.

Rancho La Peurta

Located in Tacate, Mexico, Rancho La Peurta is a favorite of Oprah, Kate Winslet and Jane Fonda.  The landscape of Mt. Kuchumaa promotes relaxation, which you can explore on group hikes or an evening walk. Check out fitness classes like Ranch Ropes, TRX Basic, Cardio Drumming and Restorative Yoga, or book a personal appointment with a personal trainer, acupuncturist or Ayurveda specialist. You’ll also have the opportunity to take a cooking class with one of their renowned visiting chefs, or enjoy some detoxifying at the spa with treatments like Seaweed Wrap and Gemstone Reflexology.


Visited by Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga, Traavaasa is located in Maui, Hawaii. Though the resort has a low-key, laid-back vibe, there’s no shortage of activities no matter whether what your mood.  Explore Hawaii by taking a trail ride, coastal walk or try your hand at SUP or snorkeling; If immersing yourself in the local culture is more your thing, try attending a lei making or ukulele class. You can also visit their world-renowned spa or stay fit by taking a yoga, bootcamp or tennis class set on the backdrop of Hawaii.


A favorite of Ellen DeGeneres, the Kardashians and Julianne Hough, the Mirvavel Resort and Spa in Tuscon, Arizona, offers over 100 activities. If you’re looking for adventure, try their ropes challenge course, hiking or rock climbing,  or try a fitness class like Aqua Power Barre, Davinci Body Boards, or Yogaliates. Or, expand your horizons and reconnect with a photography class, learn mindful eating techniques from Miravel’s Registered Dietitian, learn how to build a better brain, take a cooking class from Miravel’s executive chef, head to the spa or visit Miravel’s horse therapy ranch.

Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat

Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat is co-owned by Hugh Jackman and a favorite of Nicole Kidman – enough said. The wi-fi free facility invites you to start off your day with a sunrise qi-gong class, followed by a hike or walk before breakfast.  After breakfast, you’ll head to your choice of activities like yoga, Pilates, fitball or boxing circuits.  After lunch is “Dreamtime”, where the focus is on restoration, where you can visit the spa, have a wellness consultation, or simply relax with a book.


6 Ways to Make Healthy Choices at Your Favorite Restaurant

There are so many reasons why you love eating out. You don’t have to chop up onions, set the table or do the dishes. It’s so nice to sit back and enjoy your friends and family while someone else brings your meal to you. However, restaurants always seem to find a way of sneaking extra calories into your meal. On average, a meal eaten outside of your home has about 135 excess calories. Use these tips to avoid calories bombs next time you go to your favorite restaurant for dinner.

  1. Order First

You’ve chosen what you want to order, and then you hear what everyone else is having. Let’s be honest, the Fettucini Alfredo and Chicken Parmesan sound so much more tempting than the House Salad with dressing on the side. Order first to avoid switching your order last minute. You may even inspire people ordering after you to choose something more healthy!

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Refreshing Smoothie Bowl Recipes

Looking for a warm weather breakfast that you can eat with a spoon?  Try blending up a smoothie bowl, which has a thicker, almost ice-cream like consistency for a healthy way to start your day.


Raspberry Chia Smoothie Bowl // Amy Chaplin

This raspberry smoothie bowl uses chia seeds and bananas to create that creamy texture.  Amy tops her with toasted almonds, hemp seeds, bee pollen, maca root and fresh fruit.

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