Board Breakout

stand-up paddleboarding, spa fitness, orahe, st. barthsLuxury resorts are helping clients break through fitness boredom on boards, ironically enough. The new offerings take workouts out on the water on stand-up paddleboards for a core-strengthening balance focused routine to challenge spa-goers of all athletic ability.

Over-the-top paddleboarding is the new standard at Le Guanahani (St. Barth) thanks to a freshly minted partnership with ORAHE, a stand-up paddleboarding program that combines the floating pasttime with gymnastics, Pilates, and yoga. Guests can hop on board with three- and five-day wellness retreats at the luxe resort hosted by wellness sensation and former supermodel Estelle Lefébure. The program centers around three principles—eat, move, be—and includes healthy culinary experiences to keep energy levels high. After a vigorous session on the boards, guests can further indulge at the Spa by Clarins onsite with treatments as spectacular as the scenery.

At Wild Dunes, A Destination Hotel (Charleston, SC) guests have the option of taking a SUP Fitness class to learn the basics and develop solid paddling skills and improve their balance in the picturesque Isle of Palms. Those who want take it up a notch can sign up for SUP Yoga, which includes pranayama, meditation, sun salutations, and energetic revitalizing poses on top of basic paddle instruction. All completed while floating atop the water for the added balance challenge.

The Kahala Hotel & Resort’s Kahala Spa and CHI Health Energy Fitness Center (Honolulu) offers SUP Yoga classes to put guests through their pose paces. Also available is Sunset SUP Yoga, guaranteeing savasana with a stellar view. The only tough part is balancing well enough to soak in the view without getting soaked.

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