The best trips are never boring, every moment is maximized, and you return home feeling more alive than ever. The need to go all-in on vacay is a must for the “detox then retox” crowds, who want to work out hard, then play harder.
By day they’re busy getting fit think uphill skiing in Aspen and sandboarding in Abu Dhabi; by night it’s time to live it up dancing-till-dawn in Ibiza or sipping apres-ski bubbly in Aspen. And the next day? Repeat. Check out (and check into) four spots that’ll get the blood pumping, day and night.
Re-Energizing Yoga and Sunrise Dance Parties in Ibiza, Spain
Before Ibiza gained international notice, it was a haven for hippies, starting in the ’60s.
Since then, this small Balearic island has become a mecca for all forms of yoga, mindfulness, and yes, hedonism.
And where better to practice yoga than on the island’s beach? Beachhouse Ibiza is an oceanfront oasis that offers free yoga classes facing the sparkling sea every weekday morning. After your sunrise yoga sesh, grab a sunbed and green juice and enjoy a few extra moments to chill out by the sea.
Ibiza is the place to forget or dance away your worries, and you’ll still find a safe way to escape the day and show off your dance moves.
Enter W Ibiza. Tucked into the sun-drenched, boho-chic shores of Santa Eulalia beach, the hotel grants guests access to its spacious Wet Deck, offering sun-kissed vibes, Mediterranean views and a hub to unplug and hang with your crew as DJs serve up poolside beats.
After a dip, sink into your sun lounger retoxing with a Margabiza an island-inspired mix of Olmeca Blanco, Mezcal, agave, local Sal de Ibiza and a splash of fresh lemon.
Mountains and Bubbly Are Calling in Aspen, Colorado
Downhill skiing not your thing? What about UP-hill skiing? Yes: uphill. And yes, the challenge is real and a blast of adrenaline.
Forgoing the chairlift, uphill skiers don special skis that give them a grip while climbing up the mountain and before swishing back down. It’s a calorie-burning, low-impact workout where you “earn your turns” and your apres-ski cocktails.
If summer’s your season, W Aspen’s unrivaled mountain access means paragliding, rock climbing, and even white water rafting are in easy reach.
Apres-ski culture is thriving in Aspen, with insiders taking off their skis to enjoy a boots-still-on drink or two after a day spent burning calories on the slopes.
At Cloud Nine, the epic ski-in/ski-out bistro at Aspen Highlands, skiers kick the apres-ski revelry up a notch and indulge in the daytime party by popping a bottle of Veuve Clicquot over fondue or dancing in their ski boots.
Cozy up with a fire pit, hot tub, and insta-ready mountain views at W Aspen’s rooftop WET Deck, or opt for speakeasy feels at 39 the hotel’s underground cocktail bar gives a wink and a nod to Aspen’s old-school Red Light District legacy.
Mountain Highs and Beer Buzzes in Verbier, Switzerland
Verbier owns its reputation as one of the best winter ski resorts in the Alps and is certainly considered one of the most glam but fitness-focused travelers know it’s a playground year-round.
Get insider access to Verbier’s iconic peaks, then test your yoga skills by booking a private, daylong ski-meets-yoga experience through W Verbier, led by a former Freeride World Tour Champion. Swiss native Emilien Badoux hooks thrill-seekers up with off-the-beaten-path runs through Les 4 Valles, followed by a full-on yoga cooldown.
Also, trendsetters, take note: Currently, the most coveted way to get a warm-weather fitness fix in Verbier? Hopping on an electric bike.
Facts: Alpine slopes are tough to climb on two wheels even for hard-core mountain bikers and an electric bike, or e-bike, gives you a boost ascending steep tracks. With more than 250 miles (400 km) of hiking and biking trails, Verbier offers endless paths to detox in the thick of nature and e-bikes ease you into the rise and grind.
Verbier is known for its apres-ski winter excess: Champagne flows as DJ beats provide the soundtrack. But summer has its perks, too. Longer days mean more adventures plus basking in the intoxicating mountain sun.
Unexpected bonus? There’s a way to get a boozy beach fix, mountainside. Transformed into a beach bar complete with white-sand and a volleyball court, W Verbier’s La Plage is a high-energy, outdoor lounge surrounded by 360-degree Swiss Alps views and plenty of space to spread out. Soak up crisp alpine air, sip fros, then groove to DJ beats and the buzz of fellow adrenaline-seekers sharing their day’s exploits.
Or toast to the day’s eclectic bike climb with small plates and local Valaisan wine every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday during summer on Le Rouge’s outdoor terrace.
Blood-Pumping Adventures and Endless Arabian Sun in Abu Dhabi
Take advantage of Abu Dhabi’s dramatic landscapes with a high-thrills adventure: sandboarding in the world’s largest sand desert. There’s no better way to see the region’s endless expanse of desert and towering sand dunes than by surfing down them on a sandboarding tour.
Experience this high-adrenaline sand sport on a day trip to the Liwa Oasis on the edges of the Rub al-Khali, or Empty Quarter, a two-hour drive from the city center.
Still, there’s more than desert to explore here. Plan a kayak tour in the Eastern Mangrove Lagoon National Park or take a wildlife-spotting stroll through the mangroves at Mangrove Walk, the new floating boardwalk at Jubail Island.
After your adventures, indulge in a cocktail at the stylish W Abu Dhabi. Revel in the Arabian sun with views of the Yas Marina Circuit on the rooftop at WET Deck, where you can cool off with a splash in the adults-only pool or toast your friends with refreshing cocktails. As DJs spin, scope out other international jet setters connecting with their crews this is the spot to see and be seen.