Lunch with a llama and other itin­er­ary boosts

Los Angeles Times - - WELLNESS TRAVEL - By Valli Her­man

Well­ness tourism is boom­ing, and health­ful food op­tions, bet­ter gyms and re­sults-ori­ented spas are now de rigueur.

But an ar­ray of ho­tels and re­sorts is tak­ing the well­ness con­cept even fur­ther by adding cus­tom­iz­a­ble, health-fo­cused packages and ser­vices, of­ten part­ner­ing with ex­perts to cre­ate pro­grams that in­spire and chal­lenge trav­el­ers.

Here are some that add adventure to itin­er­ar­ies or of­fer pro­grams that ad­just your diet, re­duce stress, im­prove your physique or hone your run­ning tech­nique.

Four Sea­sons Ho­tel West­lake Vil­lage and the Cal­i­for­nia Health & Longevity In­sti­tute: When it opened in 2006, the Conejo Val­ley prop­erty was a pi­o­neer medi-ho­tel that matched proac­tive well­ness with pam­per­ing. The ho­tel cre­ated an op­por­tu­nity to re­vive your men­tal and med­i­cal health in the lap of luxury with an in-house med­i­cal clinic, culi­nary and fit­ness cen­ters and of­fices for den­tistry, al­ter­na­tive medicine and life bal­ance. Ho­tel guests have only to cross the lobby for com­pre­hen­sive phys­i­cals, der­ma­tol­ogy treat­ments or ses­sions with ex­er­cise spe­cial­ists and di­eti­tians. A ther­a­peu­tic spa com­bines Eastern and West­ern tech­niques. The Jump Start Pack fit­ness as­sess­ment is $195; the Per­for­mance Eval­u­a­tion is $550.

Info: 2 Dole Drive, West­lake Vil­lage, (818) 575-3000; www.foursea­sons.com/west­lakevil­lage, www.chli.com

Four Sea­sons Re­sort & Res­i­dences, Vail, Colo.: Read­just your at­ti­tude at altitude with a cus­tom­ized moun­tain well­ness ex­pe­ri­ence that can in­volve hik­ing, culi­nary lessons, out­door yoga or climb­ing one of Colorado’s peaks. Lla­mas carry gear and Four Sea­sons’ chef pre­pared gourmet meals on a guided, two-day climb to the sum­mit of Mount of the Holy Cross. Lunch with a llama be­gins at $200 for two guests; hik­ing and camp­ing from $1,000 to $1,200.

Info: 1 Vail Road, Vail; (970) 477-8600, www.foursea­sons.com/vail/

Ver­aVia Carlsbad: Mind, body and spirit are the fo­cus of four-day to weeks-long pro­grams at Ver­aVia, at the Park Hy­att Aviara Re­sort. The luxury health and well­ness pro­grams ad­dress fit­ness, stress man­age­ment, med­i­cal is­sues and weight loss, with cus­tom­ized treat­ments guided by med­i­cal and fit­ness as­sess­ments and sup­ported by a nutri­tion­ist and be­hav­ioral ther­a­pists. A take-home guide and fol­lowup vis­its are in­cluded to sus­tain change. Packages begin at $3,850 per per­son for four days, all-in­clu­sive.

Info: 7100 Aviara Re­sort Drive, Carlsbad; (800) 5271936, www.ve­r­avi­afit.com

Le Gua­na­hani, St. Barthélemy: At this St. Barth ho­tel, for­mer model Estelle Le­fébure of­fers well­ness re­treats based on her Orahe method that in­cor­po­rates beauty, sports and culi­nary ex­pe­ri­ences. Three- and five­day pro­grams com­bine gym­nas­tics, Pi­lates and yoga on a stand-up pad­dle­board and add spe­cial spa treat­ments and chef-pre­pared menus. Le­fébure in­te­grates mind­ful­ness into the pro­gram’s prin­ci­ples of “eat, move, be.” The three-day pro­gram is $841 per per­son; five day is $1,303. Le­fébure leads a spe­cial Au­gust ses­sion.

Info: Grand Cul-de-Sac, St. Barthélemy, French West Indies; (800) 216-3774, www.legua­na­hani.com/well­ness

Be­nessere at the Bilt­more, Coral Gables, Fla.: This his­toric ho­tel of­fers a new well­ness pro­gram, Be­nessere (Ital­ian for “well-be­ing”). Of­fered year-round, the pro­gram can in­clude fit­ness classes, spa treat­ments, well­ness ac­tiv­i­ties, work­outs in the gi­ant pool and cooking in­struc­tion at the Bilt­more Culi­nary Academy. Themed, two-night travel well­ness packages fo­cused on detox­ing, en­ergy bal­ance or boost­ing me­tab­o­lism begin at $436 per night. Info: 1200 Anas­ta­sia Ave.,

Coral Gables, Fla.; (855) 3116903, www.bilt­more­ho­tel.com

Westin Well­ness Es­capes, Mam­moth: As part of the Westin Well-Be­ing Move­ment, the ho­tel chain is stag­ing a se­ries of well-be­ing re­treats fo­cused on top­ics such as run­ning, women’s health or strength train­ing. At the Westin Monache Re­sort in Mam­moth from Sept. 11to13, Olympic medal­ist Deena Kas­tor will kick off the Mam­moth Run­ning Es­cape, a moun­tain view-in­ten­sive im­mer­sion paired with gourmet meals. The Mam­moth pack­age is $1,500 per guest; sec­ond reg­is­trant, $1,100.

Info: 50 Hill­side Drive, Mam­moth Lakes; (760) 9340400, www.west­in­mam­moth.com

Ho­tel Coral & Ma­rina, Ense­nada, Mex­ico: For four days and three nights in ses­sions now through Novem­ber, guests at the ocean­front re­sort can com­bine hik­ing, yoga and train­ing ses­sions with lec­tures and coach­ing on men­tal and phys­i­cal well­ness. The re­sort also of­fers ac­cess to wine tast­ing and ex­er­cise amid the vine­yard vis­tas. Packages are $1,693.

Info: Km. 103 Car­retera Tijuana-Ense­nada, No. 3421 Zona Play­i­tas; (800) 8629020, www.hotel­co­ral.com

Ho­tel Coral & Ma­rina

HO­TEL CORAL & Ma­rina in Ense­nada, Mex­ico, has yoga, lec­tures, more.

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