This Breathtaking Caribbean Resort Is The Perfect Getaway For Health And Fitness Lovers
For many people, the idea of a tropical getaway and hanging by the beach means partying, eating and drinking till their heart's desire. And while this kind of approach is very much still alive, others are increasingly preferring something a little more zen — something that caters to the mind, body and soul. Which is why things like wellness retreats are booming and why the wellness tourism market grew 6.5% last year, more than twice as fast as tourism overall.
Fitness lovers in particular stand to benefit from a growing number of resorts looking to appeal to their active, healthy lifestyles. For these people, vacation time is no longer an excuse to pig out and be lazy. They're looking for trips that can accommodate all their health and wellness needs, whether it be a state-of-the-art gym or luxury spa services for some much-needed TLC.
In 2017, Sandals Resorts International brought in David Erlich to be their corporate director of spa, fitness and tennis. He's currently responsible for program development and operation of the company’s signature Red Lane Spa, fitness activations and tennis facilities. Since his arrival, he's helped make the luxury Caribbean resort (with 16 locations) a popular health and wellness destination for people to immerse themselves in blissful services like tropically-infused skincare, body care treatments and aromatherapy massages.
Fitness activities and regimens are also a top priority for Erlich. "The way we built much of our fitness program is that it gives you the chance to maintain whatever fitness regimen you have, in addition to offering you a potentially much better one," he tells MensHealth.com. "We work diligently with a number of professionals and trainers who are equipped to help you maintain or achieve your fitness goals. It’s pretty easy to stay on a good workout regimen because you’re in an environment that’s super conducive to it. There’s a little something for everyone to stay active."
Visitors have the option to contact a personal trainer in advance and prior to coming out. Erlich says they can help create a custom plan for you and keep you on a schedule. Meanwhile, a group fitness director can help with all of your class programing. "They’re super fun and quite enjoyable," Erlich says.
And with so many sporting and land activities to choose from, visitors will get the perfect balance of intense workouts and something more low-key. From tennis, beach volleyball and rock climbing to billards and golf, each activity uses high quality equipment and comes with expert instruction. So whether you prefer the adrenaline to be pumping or like something more laid back, boredom will probably be the last thing on your mind.
You'll also notice that Sandals refers to itself as a "luxury included" versus "all-inclusive", a term that the company says conjures cliche notions of outdated vacation packages that no longer meet the demands of modern travelers. Their philosophy of offering elevated and 5-star tailored service is what sets it apart from old-school "all-inclusive" competitors. Erlich for his part hopes that people don't feel that they need to be in a couple to come enjoy themselves.
"Anyone can come and bring a friend for a rejuvenation getaway, meditation weekend, or wellness retreat," he says. "Whether you arrive solo or bring a larger group, there is this level of fresh innovation and true authenticity that you can only experience firsthand. The options are truly endless."
Visit sandals.com to learn more about their custom packages and vacation services.