If you want a holiday that’s good for the body and mind, look no further than the Sunshine State. From yoga and spas to healthy active outdoor pursuits, on both land and water, there’s something to suit everyone.
Fort Myers & Sanibel
Get on a bike and explore Fort Myers & Sanibel at your own pace, cycling through the mangroves and the natural beauty of Lovers Key State Park. Follow cycle routes that lead to the beach, twisting past alligator ponds and lakes which are home to manatees and dolphins. Or, try stand-up paddle-boarding yoga, an innovative yoga practice combining the challenge of holding poses with the gentle rocking of the paddle board.
Florida Keys & Key West
Enjoy an hour of relaxing yoga on board a yacht, feeling the gentle sea breeze and the calming ripple of the waves with Sandy Hastings in Marathon. Further south at Key West, Lazy Dog runs two-hour paddle board yoga classes, divided equally between paddling time and yoga practice. You’ll paddle to the calm backcountry waters, spotting sea life and wading birds along the way, then do chanting, breath-work and seated and standing postures, all using the board as a ‘mat’ while connecting with nature. Beginners and experienced yogis welcome.
Treat yourself to a Chocolate Body Wrap and Scrub at St. John Club, DeLand, West Volusia’s premier day spa. It’s a delicious, fat-free hydrating indulgence for the body with shea butter, grape seed oil, and vitamins A, C & D. The spa has many other treatments including massages, facials and nail care, all designed to refresh and rejuvenate both body and mind, melt away stress and embrace relaxation.
With over 24-miles of protected beaches, the Emerald Coast – including Destin, Fort Walton Beach, and Okaloosa Island – is the perfect place to reset and relax. Activities include paddle boarding, beachfront yoga classes, fishing, rock climbing gyms, and jogging through one of the many preserved nature walks, such as Henderson Beach State Park or Marler Park. For pure relaxation, the luxurious resort, The Henderson, has a full-service spa, for non-guests too, or try The Spa at the Emerald Grande overlooking the harbour.
Get back to nature, relax and unwind with Sacred Strength’s Beach Yoga, taking advantage of the stunning 23-miles of sand that make up Daytona Beach. Afterwards, tuck into fresh, healthy smoothies and delicious dishes at the vegetarian-friendly, family-run restaurant, The Dancing Avocado Kitchen, where the menu promises to feed, revive and rehydrate.
Florida’s Paradise Coast – including Naples and Marco Island – has been ranked as the number one Happiest-Healthiest Community in the US over the past two years thanks to its long beach and nature walks and countless spas and wellness centres. One of the best is the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort, a newly-renovated 24,000-square-foot sanctuary offering treatments to calm, renew, invigorate and indulge.
With open stretches of beach, shaded pathways, and the beautiful Atlantic ocean, Amelia Island is the perfect place to bike, run, walk, swim, do outdoor yoga, paddle board and many other forms of exercise, all with a beautiful back drop. The 2nd annual Amelia Island Wellness Festival returns 9-11 November 2018 with yoga, dance, meditation and transformation workshops at the award-winning Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island.
St. Pete/ Clearwater
Go horse riding along white-sand beaches or at the North Skyway Park on a guided, hour-long tour through nature trails, or paddle board in the clear, calm waters and small mangroves in beautiful locations like Weedon Island Preserve. Yogis can do sunrise yoga at the Sandpearl Resort on Clearwater Beach or connect to the ocean with sunset yoga on Indian Rocks Beach. There are several excellent spas too, including the Spa Oceana at The Don CeSar and the Spa Sanctuary at Safety Harbour Resort.
Panama City Beach
Reinvigorate your spirit at the award-winning Serenity Spa, at The Sheraton Bay Point Resort, or try aerial or water-based yoga with Yoga Elements, a studio centrally located along the beautiful white sand beaches of the Florida Panhandle. If you follow the mantra of ‘you only live once’, you might also like to join YOLO’s paddle boarding and biking adventures on the Emerald Coast.
Treat yourself to a full pampering – massage and facial therapy, waxing, body treatments, manicures and pedicures – at the Aqua Spa at the Beach Club Resort on Pensacola Beach or at the full-service Aveda salon and day spa, Fusion Spa Salon. Alternatively, Massage Envy has two locations – in Gulf Breeze just a short distance from Pensacola Beach and in north Pensacola near University Towne Plaza – both offering soothing therapeutic massages and facials.
New Smyrna Beach
Laidback New Smyrna Beach is the perfect place for yogis of all levels and ages. There’s so much choice: Om Sunshine Yoga & SUP offers beach yoga, paddle board yoga and beach retreats; All Yoga New Smyrna Beach has classes in bikram, vinyasa and power yoga; SaltwaterYogaMama offers classes for beginners and children; and Mind Body Soul offers meditation, massage, gentle hatha yoga, restorative yoga, reiki and more. Or, for a full pampering, head to The Spa At Venetian Bay which has heated stone lounges, a Himalayan salt sauna and a heated nautilus pool.
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