Boca Magazine
June/July/
August 2018

WANDERLUST, FLORIDA STYLE: FITNESS RETREATS
Written By: MARIE SPEED, ALLISON LEWIS, JOHN THOMPSON and CHRISTIANA LILLY

Our top five picks to reach your summer health goals. What will you do on your summer vacation? From history to wellness, girls’ weekends to luxe escapes, this season’s top getaways are four wheels away.

FOR THE FITNESS BUFF
Boutique retreat Vita Vie at the Seagate Hotel takes advantage of land and sea by hosting classes on the beach, in local parks, at an outdoor patio and an indoor studio. Vita Vie Retreat trainers say they are committed to helping attendees achieve the ideal mind-body balance that meets their lifestyles, no matter their wellness goals or level of fitness.

Read Full Article: Wanderlust, Florida Style: Fitness Retreats


Healthy Living | Ocala Style Magazine
June 2018

A RELAXING RESPITE
Written By: Cynthia McFarland

Wellness-inspired vacations can make a powerful impact on both your health and overall well-being.

BEACHSIDE BOOT CAMP
Looking to challenge your body while easing your mind on the shores of the Atlantic? Check into Vita Vie Retreat, a fitness retreat located at the Seagate Hotel and Spa in Delray Beach, Florida, offering a variety of packages, ranging from three nights up to six, single and double occupancy. 

 Inspired by her clients, personal trainer Margot Rutigliano launched her boot camp getaway adventures 12 years ago.

“I found people were so distracted from their environment, so I wanted to create a way for them to get away and focus on themselves and their goals, whatever those were—weight loss, improved sports performance, health and just destressing from daily life,” says Margot. “I wanted to create an active vacation where people actually felt better afterward, instead of coming home from vacation feeling exhausted and having gained weight.”

Read Full Article: A Relaxing Respite


The Washington Post
March 22, 2018

BEYOND LYING ON THE BEACH: MORE VACATION PACKAGES ARE COMBING TRAVEL AND FITNESS
Written By: Diane Daniel

If your resolution to get in shape still hasn’t quite gelled, consider an active vacation where fitness is factored into your trip. The options are all over the map, and they’re becoming ever more energetic.

“The move from more passive and pampering wellness experiences to far more active — even extreme — wellness and fitness offerings is one of the biggest trends this year,” said Beth McGroarty, research director at the nonprofit Global Wellness Institute, a Miami-based, research-and-educational resource for the wellness industry.

Here are some ideas, from lower-key to turbocharged.

Full Article: Beyond Lying On The Beach


THE KNOT
2018

15 NONALCOHOLIC BACHELORETTE PARTY IDEAS YOUR WEDDING PARTY WILL LOV
Written By: Maggie Seaver

No one will even miss the cocktails during these activities.

GROUP RETREAT
Ready for the ultimate bonding experience? Reconnect with yourself and your besties at multi-day retreat focused on unplugging, mindfulness, nature and self-love. Escape to a dude ranch like Nine Quarter Circle Ranch in Montana for the Dare to Detour retreat filled with horseback riding, hiking and fishing—or head to Vita Vie Retreat's Bella Boot Camp (now Vita Boot Camp), in Delray Beach, Florida for spa treatments, long walks on the beach and clean, gourmet meals.

Read Full Article: 15 Nonalcoholic Bachelorette Party Ideas Your Wedding Party Will Love


USA Today
March 2018

FIT SPAS IN SOUTH FLORIDA
Written By: Rebecca Garland, Leaf Group

Arizona has been a longtime breeding ground for fitness retreats and destination spas, but the state now has a new rival. With South Florida's year-round warm weather, luxury accommodations and easy beach access, the region attracts men and women who want to get in shape. South Florida's collection of fitness spas and retreats emphasize fitness, health, wellness and relaxation.

Vita Vie Retreat
*Correction: Vita Vie Retreat is located at The Seagate Hotel & Spa

Combining the Italian and French words for life, vita and vie, respectively, Vita Vie Retreat (bvretreat.com) encourages its participants to live happy and healthy lives. Part fitness boot camp and part relaxation retreat, Vita Vie is in Delray Beach along the Atlantic Ocean between West Palm Beach and Boca Raton. The retreat's Bella Boot Camp is offered in packages of three to seven nights or even multiple weeks. Boot campers are placed in groups of 12 and are provided with accommodations at the Marriott Delray Beach or Delray Beach Residence Inn; three meals per day, all boot camp classes, including yoga, kickboxing and Zumba, among others; access to sessions with a registered dietitian; and one 50-minute spa treatment. A good option for exercise beginners is Vita Vie's private fitness retreat where guests receive one-on-one fitness training, nutrition counseling and spa treatments. Vita Vie also offers week-long retreats for men tailored specifically to their bodies, issues and interests.


Livestrong.com
June 2017

25 DREAM FITNESS VACATIONS
Written By: Colette Stohler

For the Guy or Gal Who Wants to Get into Shape

Those who want to get inspired to get in shape should consider Vita Vie Retreat’s Bella Boot Camp in Delray Beach, Florida. You’ll work your booty for five hours a day doing local hikes, beach boot camps, strength training, Zumba, hip-hop dance and more. The boot camp is for advanced beginners and those who exercise regularly (Vita Vie Retreat also offers a Half/Beginner Package for novices). Rates include a daily spa or nutrition session, five classes a day, three meals each day and standard accommodations.

Read Full Article: 25 Dream Fitness Vacations


The Knot
2016

13 UNIQUE BACHELORETTE PARTY IDEAS (That aren’t Las Vegas)
Written By: The Knot

Plan a party that reflects the bride's interests. Here are a few ideas to get started.

Reset On A Retreat
Hotels across the country offer active wellness options for bachelorette parties like Vita Vie Retreat's Bella Boot Camp, in Delray Beach, Florida, that involve fun workouts, spa treatments, beach time and gourmet meals. 

Read Full Article: 13 Unique Bachelorette Party Ideas


VERANDA Magazine
JULY 2015

5 LUXURIOUS VACATIONS WITH A FOCUS ON FITNESS
If you're going to sweat it out, it may as well be in the comfort of these gorgeous surroundings.

Bella Boot Camp (*now Vita Boot Camp)

Vita Vie Retreat's boot camp includes a structured itinerary of five fitness classes per day, but each class is held on the soft sands of Delray Beach, Florida and visitors are treated to healthy meals, spa treatments and access to the steam room at the Seagate Hotel & Spa.

See Article: 5 Luxurious Vacations With A Focus On Fitness


SELF
2014

FIND YOUR FITCATION PARADISE
Written By: Devon Tomb

Instead of getting in killer shape FOR your vacation, why not do it ON vacation? A new breed of getaways is designed to send you home healthier and happier.

Outdoorsy Oases
Your treadmill has nothing on nature's own version—the trail. "A hike is rarely just an hour, and you're on very varied terrain—climbing up rocks, or descending a steep hill," Nicotera says. Same goes for biking and kayaking: You're on unpredictable ground or water, so your muscles are challenged more. You'll also access vacation Zen with ease: You're more mindful of your movements in nature, so the workout becomes as much about the mental engagement as the physical. Where to go: For prime trails and stunning views, check out Rockwater Secret Cove Resort in British Columbia, near Smuggler's Cove Provincial Park. They even offer couples packages, so you and your guy can rack up those hiking and biking miles together.

If you want to whip yourself into shape this summer and have no jokes about it, Bella is your boot camp. You can do a full program for up to 6 nights. The boot camp at Vita Vie Retreat includes a room, three full meals per day, five classes per day (from core training to pilates and belly dance/hip hop), a spa treatment and more.

Read Full Article: Find Your Fitcation Paradise


City & Shore Magazine
March 2013

GET UP, GET ACTIVE, ON AN ADVENTURE VACATION

This vacation, instead of getting horizontal on a lounge chair, get up and get your blood pumping.

ALL-AROUND FITNESS: Vita Vie Retreat
If your idea of a vacation is not lying around sipping sugary rum punch, but instead getting your heart pumping and leaving for home in even better shape than you were in when you arrived, Vita Vie Retreat is for you. 

Read Article: Get Up, Get Active, On An Adventure Vacation


Greatest
2013

THE 17 MOST AMAZING FITNESS VACATIONS OF 2013
Written By: Jordan Shakeshaft

Vita Vie Retreat
Best Beach Boot Camp Location: Delray Beach, FL When lying around on the beach just isn’t for you, Vita Vie Retreat’s high-intensity boot camp really kicks things up a notch. Set in a small group environment, the Bella Boot Camp packs in five hours of exercise each day, including kickboxing, cardio circuits, and bodyweight workouts on the sand. Loving the all-inclusive thing? Get pumped for three healthy meals per day, fitness assessments (on arrival and departure days), along with a complimentary 50-minute spa treatment — the perfect reward for putting in work on holiday. 

Read Full Article: The 17 Most Amazing Fitness Vacations of 2013


Mind, Body, Sold! 8 Life-Improving Weekend Getaways
Written By: Anne Georgia Greenburg

Beach vacations are heavenly — don't get us wrong — but if you're looking for true rejuvenation, it might take more than a few hours with your toes in the sand and a cocktail with a tiny umbrella. And since this summer didn't really feel like summer, what with the relentless pace of New York City, we've decided to plan ahead for a little R and R — reboot and renewal, that is.

Yes, we've done the digging to put together the best pre-planned weekend retreats that will actually improve the way you operate. We're thinking of short getaways that kick you into gear — physically, emotionally, spiritually, or creatively. From a collage weekend for the art-savvy to an aerobic bootcamp for the athlete at any level — these sweet city reprieves are sure to liven, awaken, and inspire.

Read Full Article: Mind, Body, Sold! 8 Life-Improving Weekend Getaways

REFINERY29
2013


Visit Florida
2012

HEALTH & WELLNESS RETREATS IN FLORIDA
Written By: Frances Robles

From St. Augustine to Key West, several luxury resorts and small business operators are offering packages that include daily exercise, yoga and meditation. Activities range from hardcore boot camps to aromatherapy workshops – all in a quest to tap into a global market of health-conscious people who are put off by all-you-can-eat buffets.
 
At these wellness retreats in Florida, prices range from $1,500 to $6,000 a week, accommodations and (health) food included.

Read Full Article: Health & Wellness Retreats In Florida


Oxygen Magazine
JUNE 2012

GET BEACH BODY FIT
Written By: Stefani Jackenthal

Rally your girlfriends and head to Florida for a boot camp getaway that will tone your whole body!

This isn’t going to be your average girls’ getaway. As you gather your BFF’s this summer and head for an action-packed boot camp on a beach in Florida, you can look forward to more than a tanned tummy – you’ll get a toned tummy too. This isn’t going to be a breezy day at the beach.

With hot weather and sun-backed sand as your backdrop, attending a Florida area boot camp is the perfect way to blast calories – at least 450!* per hour – and work your entire body. Take Bella Boot Camp in Delray Beach, Florida for example. The work begins at 9:00 a.m. with a beach walk that’s interspersed with intense intervals and followed by an hour long circuit – style muscle strengthening and sculpting session. Between the jump squats, cone drills, resistance-band moves and medicine ball tosses, you’ll hardly miss your morning cappuccino. And the afternoon sessions will get your fitness into gear too, with an hour-long cardio rope circuit that mixes 45- to 60-second intervals with 30 seconds of recovery doing scissor jumps, jumping rope, jogging in place and push-ups. You’ll definitely feel the burn!

“The south Florida sand is soft and deep, so it really works glutes and hamstrings. Just walking on it automatically engages your core, calves and quads while building balance, agility and endurance,” says Margot Rutigliano, a certified trainer who has been running Bella Boot Camp for the past five years. “It’s a way for women to have fun while being introduced to new fitness options and reinvigorating their current workout routines.”

With a variety of exercises, it’s tough to get bored. “Boot camp made me realize how I could mix up things when I got back to my daily life,” says Sowmya Kanikkannan, 29, a physician from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, who lost two pounds, gained an inch of muscle in her chest and lost an inch in her hips and thighs after attending boot camp for just one week. “I felt stronger all around, especially my biceps, triceps and deltoids – probably from all the push-ups!”

*Based on a 135 pound woman.


Spa Magazine
WINTER 2012

12 GREAT WEIGHT LOSS SPAS - FROM BOOT CAMPS TO HOLISTIC RETREATS
Written By: Elizabeth Woodsen

THE BOOT CAMP
*Correction: Now located at The Seagate Hotel & Spa

Housed at beachfront Marriott Delray Beach, VITA VIE RETREAT, subs in the shores of South Florida for the gym. Participants get busy om the beach with jogging sessions, aerobics, resistance training, crunches, Pilates and yoga — much of which is more effective for weight loss (running around on sand has been shown to burn more calories than jogging on a treadmill). Three-night programs from $1390.00 (double), all-inclusive.


More Magazine
2011

12 REVITALIZING WINTER VACATIONS
Written By: Jamie Miles

Beat the winter doldrums by escaping to warm and healthy. Here, 12 vacations you and your body will love.

Vita Vie Retreat
Ten-hut, soldier! If you don’t mind getting bossed around than this boot camp-inspired retreat may be just the motivation you need. Guests can choose to work out either three or five hours a day in a variety of group activities, including beach walks, Zumba, yoga, cardio kickboxing, balance training, belly dancing and more. The goal of the program is to get out of the gym and into the outdoors by finding exercises you’ll want to keep doing upon returning home (from $1290 for a three night stay, three meals per day, all activities and a 50-minute spa treatment; bvretreat.com).


GOLD COAST MAGAZINE
MAY 2008

BEST OF SOUTH FLORIDA

“Best Workout Retreat”
Bella Boot Camp (now Vita Boot Camp)


Oxygen Magazine: Fat Loss Collectors Issue
WINTER 2008

7 FAT BLASTING RESORTS

Vacations don’t have to mean greasy buffets and endless games of shuffleboard. Fitness resorts offer a place where you can sweat and play so you’ll leaved feeling relaxed and healthy – and likely a few pounds lighter. Here are seven of America’s finest, from the most budget friendly to celebrity posh.

A high energy, get your butt in shape retreat, the bella boot camp is a great way for new exercisers or those looking for extra motivation to work out in a spectacular beach setting. The program is limited to 10 participants, offering a bouncing group atmosphere with ample time for individual attention from experienced, certified trainers with post rehab backgrounds who place priority on safety and proper form. All equipment is provided including environmental water bottles and essential oil towelettes for quick clean ups.


Banderas News
2006

NO BIKINI NECESSARY

Bella Vita Retreat (*now renamed to Vita Vie Retreat) is picking up the pace and losing inches on the Pacific Coast of Mexico with their exclusive Bella Weight Loss Retreats. Guests can now experience the hard hitting, high energy, custom designed Bella Weight Loss Retreats in San Pancho, Mexico.

With an average weight loss of 5lbs in the first week of training, guests are sure to experience smaller waist lines and big pleasures from this results producing retreat. With locations at hotels in Palm Beach, FL, and Santa Barbara, CA, the retreat in San Pancho is the perfect destination addition with a mixture of Mexican and Mediterranean flair.

These retreats are focused on producing results for the guests. “We don’t let anyone get out of here without a smile on their face,” Margot says. They are specifically designed for each individual guest and all sessions are held with a nationally certified and experienced personal trainer or nutritionist.

Daily schedules are packed with fitness and wellness and a wide variety of active sessions including personal training, martial cardio blast (a combination of cardio with martial arts influence and Pilates), core conditioning, yoga, “best abs ever,” nutrition, stress reduction, massage, body treatments, skin care and more.

Margot Rutigliano, founder of Bella Vita Retreat, decided it was time to offer something new and different for the guests. Partnering with this property in Mexico allows guests to enjoy a serene environment filled with fitness and wellness along with the amenities of a small resort. An amazing setting for motivation, working out will be easy with a backdrop of the ocean and a private beach. “This is the perfect way to renew your body, refresh your mind and not think about anything else but yourself and your goal,” says Rutigliano.

Although Bella Vita Retreat’s programs are focused on fitness, the retreat is about getting in shape and developing lifelong patterns to stay in shape and treating your body right. All guests will be provided an 8 week nutrition and fitness program to help reach their health and weight loss goals. Guests should definitely be ready to sweat, but exercise isn’t all that is included in the daily schedule.

Massages and stress reduction sessions are provided in ample amounts to help reduce daily stress and ease aches and pains. Rejuvenation is one of the most important steps to Bella Vita Retreat’s 5 Step Program. Clients will dine on ultra healthy fare prepared by a chef on the property. Spa treatments are delivered to the guest’s rooms, poolside or directly on the beach.

The retreat has 4 two bedroom casitas with Mexican influenced interiors, soft linens and pillows and plush towels. Rooms are single and have a queen bed with a high powered, high speed fan that drops down over the bed for extra cooling. Each casita has one full bathroom and common area with a full kitchen. A large pool with lounge chairs as well as hammocks, picnic tables and professional grills are located on the property.

With the ocean only steps away, the breezes are endless and satisfying after a hard day of working out. In addition, other activities are available including snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing, kayaking, parasailing, jet skiing, wind surfing, surfing and more. The location is approximately 30 minutes from the Puerto Vallarta airport. Taxis and vans are available at an additional fee for travel to and from the resort.


CHARLESTON MAGAZINE
2005

THE BUZZ: TO YOUR HEALTH

Who has time to visit the spa, schedule personal training session, hit a yoga class and then come home and whip up a nutritious meal? If you’re not Superwoman — and who is? — there’s help at hand in the form of wellness spa Bella Vita (now renamed Vita Vie). Aiming to take the hard work out of embracing a healthy lifestyle, founder Margot Rutigliano will work with you to develop a personalized nutrition, exercise and wellness program. Packages run from 3 - 14 nights.