What It Is
Pritikin is commonly known as a premier health and wellness program, and people looking for an intensive submersion into the program often visit the Pritikin Longevity Resort & Spa in Miami, Florida. The resort offers “lifestyle-change programs” — helping people get their diet and health in order through daily exercise regimens, meal programs, classes and workshops. On the surface, this sounds like something only people with health or weight issues will partake in, but that’s not necessarily the case.
Anyone can stay at the resort on their own, and they don’t need to sign up for the center’s full list of programs — or any of them, for that matter. You can make your own itinerary, enjoy the world-class facilities, eat gourmet meals (with options like grilled lobster, roasted bison, wild mushroom risotto, and chocolate mousse) from their two world-famous restaurants. For simple relaxing you can lay by the pool, get treatments at the spa, go golfing on an incredible, pristine course, take fitness classes, and try everything else on the Center’s menu.
In short, this is a vacation option made for women AND men to enjoy. And if you learn something new or get your health in better shape along the way, then all the better.
Pritikin Longevity Center & Spa Life
With health and wellness being a major focus, it’s no surprise that Pritikin offers a huge, magnificently equipped fitness center. Their success also depends on them staffing the best instructors, so taking classes in Pilates, cardio-boxing, and spinning goes beyond what you experience at home. They also feature indoor and outdoor yoga and meditation centers nestled among an oasis of gardens, statues, and fountains. There’s also an indoor pool and outdoor lap pool flanked by tropical foliage.
There’s also the new, state-of-the-art luxury spa, with 32 treatment rooms, including deluxe spa suites. Pritikin features a lavish array of aquatherapy amenities, such as aromatherapy-infused steam rooms, experiential showers, hot and cold massaging hydrofalls, jacuzzis, Finnish saunas infused with the relaxing scents of fragrant wood, and rejuvenating cold-water plunges. They even have hamans — heated niches for slow, gentle warming to renew muscles after a day of golfing.
But because Pritikin is on the cutting edge of health and wellness treatment, their spa also featured the newest, most exquisite body and spa treatments. They have Asian-inspired treatments like Thai massage, healing whole-body Reiki massage, and Ayurvedic body treatments. And if you’re feeling rough in the mug, they offer the latest technology in facial and skin rejuvenation, including LED and Ultrasonic Microdermabrasion.
These aren’t your typical lady spa experiences. Rather, the exciting and innovative treatments are designed for every body type and physical state, so you’ll be able to find a treatment that’s both comfortable and does the job to relax and renew your body on every level.
If you like the outdoors, you’ll be all set. The resort has 650 acres of immaculate landscaping, which includes cascading waterfalls, meditative labyrinths, discreet fairways and flowering gardens. Beautifully maintained tennis courts offer visitors space for great games, and it’s easy to strike up on with other guests.
Golfers can really appreciate Pritikin, with five nearby championship golf courses. This includes the infamous Blue Monster, which was host of the PGA Tour for more than 45 years, and winner of Travel & Leisure Golf Magazine’s “Best Golf Resort,” Golf Digest’s “Best Places To Play, 2008 – 2009, ” and recognized as one of the “World’s 10 Best Golf Spas” byForbes.com.
Not a great player, or just looking to improve your game? The Jim McLean Golf School is right there, and it’s one of the top schools in the country. Led by Jim McLean who was rated among the top three golf instructors in the world, McLean has endorsements from several heavy-hitting names, such as 2011 PGA Champion Keegan Bradley and 2012 U.S. Open Champion Webb Simpson, to the leading money-winner in LPGA history Cristie Kerr. While you probably can’t work with McLean himself, the academy has 21 teachers and conducts golf clinics and private lessons year-round.
Plus, You’re in Miami
Miami is a great place, especially when it’s cold in other states. Pritikin Longevity Center & Spa is located minutes from tons of great South Florida attractions, such as Miami’s beaches, South Beach’s lively shopping and nightlife, the Everglades and Florida Keys for fishing, and Bal Harbor and Merrick Park shopping. Rest, relax, eat well, party, and repeat.
Sounds like the perfect escape to us.