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Healthy getaways that celebrities love

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Goldeneye Jamaica beachWhether they’re looking to get into action-hero shape or recovering from a grueling publicity tour, celebrities often need some red-carpet relaxation away from the flashing bulbs of the paparazzi.

But when time and money is no object—but perhaps privacy and a discrete detox are—where do you go? We found out.

From a resort owned by Hugh Jackman on the Gold Coast of Australia to a boot camp high above the Santa Monica Mountains, we've sourced seven hot, healthy getaways for if your name appears on Page 6, or just in the White Pages. —Amanda Benchley and Melisse Gelula

(Photo: Goldeneye Jamaica)

 
goldeneye jamaica resort and standup paddlingGOLDENEYE, Jamaica

Ian Fleming’s former home draws fashionable Brits like Kate Moss, and American notables, like Bill and Hillary Clinton and Martha Stewart, all of whom have stayed at the luxe villa where Fleming wrote his James Bond novels.

Now it and the main resort building is owned by music mogul Chris Blackwell, whose private organic farm provides the fresh produce. There’s a surf-and-turf assortment of healthy activities, such as bike riding and sunset yoga, or stand-up paddleboarding in the protected lagoon. Care for a swim? The FieldSpa sits right over the lagoon, so you can paddle or kayak from your suite to your Cooling Ocean massage or Awakening facial.

Rates from $560 (Fleming Villa is $5,500), www.goldeneye.com

 
parrot-cay-como-turks-caicosPARROT CAY BY COMO, Turks and Caicos

Donna Karan, Bruce Willis, and Keith Richards were so drawn by the postcard-perfect turquoise waters and white sand beach that they built homes on the private-island resort of Parrot Cay. You can get a similar desert-island feeling from a stay in the villas, with minimalist chic beach décor and an outdoor pull-chain shower. Ahhh. The resort staff largely hails from Bali, and they’re virtually intuitive. The same can be said for the world-class healers at the COMO Shambhala Spa. You can take complimentary daily Pilates, and yoga in a stunning treehouse-like studio. (It’s also the venue for visiting international yoga superstars, like the Curry sisters to Elena Brower.) The sunken tiki bar next to the infinity pool offers a 100-calorie skinny capirinha (made with natural sweeteners) and the COMO spa cuisine, which has Asian flair, is some of the spa world’s best.

Rates from $475, www.comohotels.com

 
miraval spaMIRAVAL, Tucson

Miraval is both a hot-list destination and an inner-life hotel, so it’s no coincidence that it draws celebs like Oprah and Ellen. It’s also a hit with healthy types, like Julianne Hough and Giuliana Rancic, who unpack their workout gear in the spa-style casitas at this stunning Sonoran desert retreat and head to fitness and yoga classes.

While some marquee names come to drop a few pounds, most come to shed some personal baggage via the challenge course activities, like jumping from a free-standing pole, or the Equine Experience, where your interactions with horses illuminate your own fears and learned behaviors. Others lounge peacefully by the pool, enjoying edamame guacamole, or linger in the Clodagh-designed spa experiencing the progressive spa rituals.

Rates from $550 (all-inclusive), www.miravalresort.com

 
malibu ranch at live oak boot camp fitness spaRANCH AT LIVE OAK, Malibu

VIPS and starlets might have to wait to accept those deals and movie parts as there’s no cell phone reception at the Ranch, despite its central California locale. The point is to totally switch off at this intensive "no options” boot camp, a philosophy which appeals to CEOs (Kate Spade has visited) and athletic A-listers (Patrick Dempsey), who like a challenge. No more than 16 guests at a time undertake the week-long program, which includes mandatory early-morning hikes, tough afternoon fitness classes, and no alcohol, dairy, sugar, gluten, or caffeine. Your reward appears in the form of a luxurious daily massage, stunning rooms with views of the Pacific Ocean, and delicious food (in exceedingly small portions) from the organic garden. The Ranch is launching a 4-day option this September if a week without a Blackberry is a deal-breaker.

Rates $5,800–$6,200 (all-inclusive), www.theranchmalibu.com

 
sanctuary on camelbackSANCTUARY ON CAMELBACK, Paradise Valley, AZ

Jay-Z and Beyoncé chose to honeymoon in one of the private mountainside estates at this boutique-hotel-style resort near Scottsdale. It's star-studded in healthy amenities, from Olympic Gold Medalist Misty Hyman who coaches swimming to a triathlon training program and trainers who will put your through your paces on hikes and on Reformer Pilates machines. Iron Chef America winner Beau MacMillan steers the fine-dining menu, and emphasizes brain-healthy ingredients in his Health and Wellness menu. (It's delish, not deprivation-based.) And the often-photographed infinity pool and spa (pictured from above) has spiritually-infused treatments, as well as solid massage and facials, that will re-set your clock to me-time.

Rates from $519, www.sanctuaryoncamelback.com

 
cal-a-vie yogaCAL-A-VIE, Vista, California

Celebrities like Julia Roberts and Natalie Portman escape here for the luxuries like private villas furnished with French Provencal antiques, calorie-controlled cuisine that’s customized to your wishes or allergies, and amenities like workout clothes. With five staff members for every one guest and only 32 villas, every wish is met as quickly as un-deux-trois at this polished Mediterranean-inspired spot in southern California spot. The daybreak hikes through wildflowers and hilly trails are followed by group fitness classes—from spinning and kickboxing to fusion cardio-core classes, which can actually move the needle on the scale or ramp up your athleticism. Spa treatments (or napping) in the afternoons are encouraged.

3-night packages from $3,995 (all-inclusive, and comes with two spa treatments), www.cal-a-vie.com


 
gwinganna spa australiaGWINGANNA LIFESTYLE RETREAT, Queensland, Australia

Australia’s Gold Coast gets 300 days of sunshine. No surprise then that this land of endless summer attracts both Aussie surfers and celebrities alike; in fact, Hugh Jackman enjoyed Gwinganna so much that he bought the holistic-living resort, and now native-Australian Nicole Kidman has become a regular. There’s a soulful way of doing things here: At the organic spa, the Australian Spirit of Sound treatment uses rain sticks and basalt stones to massage you while headphones emit a trance-inducing rhythm. And a menu of organic, low-human-intervention food means your meal has had little to no changes from its place in nature to your plate. (Though it’s still somehow gorgeously presented.) There’s also a canopied rainforest nearby, where you can spot wallabees, while serenaded by hundreds of native birds.

2-night package starts at $980 AUD (similar to USD; all inclusive), www.gwinganna.com

 

2 Comments | ADD YOURS

  1. March 25th, 2013 at 9:51 am

    I’d love to have and spend my off on those lovely get away places. Makes me want to stay there forever and pretend to forget about my real world.

  2. March 27th, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    Celebrity or not, people need to forget about life and be pampered sometimes! Packaged healthy getaways are the answer to the stress vacation planning can cause for some. Also a buffet of wellness options is an excellent way to create a lifestyle change for yourself! I coordinate and host destination wellness and adventure retreats, and my biggest thrill is seeing people shed their layers, glow and smile! Whether it’s a week in Costa Rica, surfing, practicing yoga and relaxing, or a week in Italy biking and eating gourmet, healthy cuisine, you’re guaranteed to slip into a euphoric state of mind. But if destination isn’t in your vocabulary right now, start at home. Make your life a retreat, and watch your problems dissolve into the past! I’m happy to help custom design retreats on any scale, please don’t hesitate to ask! Thanks :) Nina

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