For many, a new year means a new you — or at least a more improved you. Many of the best spa resorts out there are offering great and varied options to help on your road to revision. Healthy living starts with healthy food, and both the Canyon Ranch (www.canyonranch.com) resorts and the Ranch at Live Oak Malibu (www.theranchmalibu.com) have developed programs for their guests to learn skills they can take home.
At Canyon Ranch, the focus is on discovering which diet is right for you. At both the Tucson, Ariz., and Lenox, Mass., locations, medical director Dr. Mark Liponis leads seminars on the Hunter/Farmer Diet Solution and tailors food and exercise regimens to your personal needs.
At the Ranch at Live Oak Malibu, the Farm-to-Table Culinary Experience with executive chef Rob Dalzell teaches guests to prepare five days’ worth of different foods from farm-fresh ingredients. You’ll learn everything from making soup to canning and cooking with dry heat. If you happen to be committed to the sport of cycling, the resort also offers a wheels-oriented package at the end of this month that is not to be missed. Hosted by avid cyclist Patrick Dempsey (yes, from Grey’s Anatomy) and veteran pro cyclist Tom Danielson, the weeklong package includes guided rides, specially prepared meals, daily massages and more. Even better, a percentage of the camp’s fee will benefit youth cycling.