There was a time when vacation meant dropping all vestiges of everyday life and plunging into a pool of 24-hour-a-day relaxation. The increasing popularity of fitness vacations shows that health-conscious individuals still want to get away from it all – including unhealthy habits. The last decade has seen an explosion of yoga retreats, adventure treks, and workout weekends-away. If your idea of the ultimate getaway is working up a sweat in paradise and then laying your beach-ready body on a perfect stretch of sand in front of a luxury boutique hotel, then Anguilla is the place for you.
Sitting languidly in the Northern Caribbean, Anguilla looks like the classic tropical vacation spot. Powdery-white sandy beaches front the warm, clear waters that host colorful schools of exotic fish. Color-washed clapboard homes coexist with a very limited number of upscale resorts. But in many ways, Anguilla stands out amongst other Caribbean resorts. Visitors often return with stories about how Anguilla remains one of the lesser-spoiled island resorts within reach of U.S. shores. Lonely Planet celebrates the “refreshing lack of development relative to neighboring islands (no casinos, nightclubs etc), and an earnest local vibe that remains very much intact.” You can enjoy a world-class seafood lunch at the gorgeous Coba at the Viceroy Hotel perched above the waters of the Caribbean, and then hang loose with barbecued ribs from one of the many BBQ shacks dotting the sand. And when adventure calls, many answer by joining a diving group to explore the underwater caverns at Prickly Pear Cays, where nurse sharks and barracudas play in nearby shipwrecks. Like we said, tropical paradise.
If you’re the type who likes their paradise inside the hotel as well as out the window, nothing compares with the Viceroy. With stunning contemporary interior designer by Kelly Wearstler (a regular Bootcamper), the best food on the island, an 8000 sq. ft. spa overlooking the ocean, a kids water play area, three pools, two beaches, and amenities befitting a five-star resort, the Viceroy rivals any resort in the Caribbean. And the rooms are to-die-for. (For a personal video tour from Barry’s Bootcamp trainer Allie Cohen, see below).
So where does the fitness fit in? The Viceroy has a full schedule of fitness classes, including yoga, spinning, and bike tours of the island, but over almost every holiday weekend, the star of the fitness schedule is Barry’s Bootcamp in paradise, featuring one of Barry’s celebrity trainers. Over Memorial Day weekend, L.A.’s Allie Cohen treated the guests to eight themed workouts. Since Allie is also a professional dancer, she taught a Hip Hop class for kids, as well as a few kids’ bootcamp classes. The next Barry’s Bootcamp session at the Viceroy is an extra long one, running from June 30th through July 11th and covering the July 4th holiday. The Viceroy will be featuring two trainers that week – Storm Newton from the L.A. locations and Joe Buffa from the New York locations. Reservations for the resort are available now at http://www.viceroyhotelsandresorts.com/anguilla.
While Allie was at the Viceroy, she made a video tour of her room to give you an idea of what to expect in the hotel. If you’re a Bootcamper, you already know what to expect in class. A hard-pumping mix of cardio and weight-training that will leave you beach-prepped… and pina colada ready, too. After your vacation, you’ll come home with the best souvenir of all – a hot, toned body.