1. The Ranch (United States) – The 120-acre ranch is set three miles above the Pacific Ocean in the Santa Monica Mountains, and offers programs on sustainable exercise -- low impact, moderate activity, such as daily hikes, yoga and core work with weights.
2. Lefay Resort & SPA (Italy) – Covering 3,000 square meters and featuring indoor and outdoor heated salt-water pools, five types of saunas and a crushed ice fountain, Lefay also encourages self-programmed lifestyles. "You must enjoy life," says Dr. Maurizio Corradin, a Western-trained, Eastern-practicing doctor at the heart of the Lefay spa.
3. Fitness Travel Company (Senegal) – Fitness Travel Company's latest adventure in Senegal is an action-packed week full of beach runs, an 18-mile cycle to a lion cub game reserve, kayaking to a private beach and learning African dance to the sound of local drums.
4. Ti Sana (Italy) – This family-owned resort, a former 18th century home with stone country walls and a state-of-the-art spa, guarantees fat loss over muscle and water weight loss as well as reducing other issues such as poor digestion.
5. Canyon Ranch (United States) – A former cattle ranch located in the Sonoran Desert, Canyon Ranch employs over 60 wellness professionals, including integrative medicine physicians, clinical grade nutritionists, exercise physiologists, spirituality practitioners and licensed behavioral therapists.
6. Talise Spa (United Arab Emirates) – At Dubai's Talise Spa, a typical program may begin with a liver and intensive detox, and follow up with a variety of treatments such as sessions in the infrared sauna, relaxing yoga and tai chi or strength-building kung fu classes, and a course of homeopathic medications, supplements and vitamins.
7. Thermia Palace (Slovakia) – Thermia Palace was built in 1912 welcoming kings, sheiks and czars to experience the sulfur-rich thermal mineral waters and healing mud sources on the island. Natural springs have been proven to aid in diseases such as rheumatism.
8. Absolute Santuary (Thailand) – At Absolute, guests choose between a seven, 10, or 14-day program, and lose an average of 6.5-22 lbs. Light meals are chosen with organic handpicked local produce, cold-pressed oils and whole-food seasonings and superfoods like flaxseeds, spirulina and coconut oil.
9. Rancho La Puerta (Mexico) – Rancho La Puerta, a 3,000-acre private resort full of gardens, mountains and meadows, teaches sustainable nutritional eating and muscle building, largely based on plants and whole foods, banning all processed food. Calories are reduced moderately, not radically in order to lose fat and not muscle.