This was no boot camp. The daily agenda on the four- or seven-night Vitality Programs included a lax exercise regime, with goal-setting talks with a personal trainer; a choice of yoga or Pilates classes, water sports, tennis clinics, and forest hikes; and healthier meal options starred on the regular menu so you could decide whether to splurge or stick to the plan. The resort itself is lovely; a sleek-contemporary beach house complex with spacious oceanfront suites with balconies or patios right on the sand. And, the workout schedule, I could handle, and although I didnt drop any lbs (not sure it would be healthy to do so in a weeks time, anyway), I felt rejuvenated and relaxed by the weeks end.
Bottom line, the last thing I want is to be bossed around by a muscle-head and forced to fatigue on my vacation. With this sentiment in mind, the Carlisle Bay has created the vitality series which is more about feeling energized and learning new exercise techniques and healthy recipes. Overall, the program provides a great mix of relaxing beach time and activities to keep you moving but not overworked.
So, yes, this vacation was worth it but the workout wasnt much work at all. Perhaps Ill try a boot-camp fitness vacation down the road . . . very far down the road.
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