To help transform your lifestyle, we scoured the globe and found the destinations best suited for changing your life for the better. (We guess some people can handle the total transformation at home but a vacation is always nice, right?) So grab a friend who’s also in need of a little improvement and head to Oyster’s top five picks for getting healthy now!
Ranked by PETA as one of the most veg (and vegan)-friendly cities in the country, Washington, D.C. is the perfect spot to transform your diet. Going vegetarian is all the rage and it's been proven to be good for your heart, your skin, and your immune system -- and D.C. has tons of vegetarian and vegan-friendly restaurants. But even if you're just looking to increase your veggie intake without completely swearing off meat, D.C. is a good place to be. With the First Lady's "Let's Move" nutrition initiative, the capital is all about you getting your three to four servings of fruits and veggies (each!) every day.
Where to Stay: The Hotel Madera is home to a fabulous restaurant, which focuses on organic and local ingredients, so you can get your fill of fresh veggies! Try the risotto, packed with roasted squash and pickled mushrooms or the tasty (and gluten-free!) eggplant parmesan.
Boston is continually ranked as one of the most stress-free cities in the country. Stress has a large (and negative) impact on your day-to-day life -- it can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, and migraines. That's why Boston is a great place to visit to work on transforming your lifestyle -- with a positive health initiative, a great healthcare system, and active (and employed) residents, it can inspire you to free yourself of worries. Even if you can't make it to Boston, adopt the relaxed Beantown attitude through meditation or yoga -- the less stress in your life, the better.
Where to Stay: The 148-room Mandarin Oriental in the Back Bay area has a fabulous, 16,000-square-foot spa. Guests can indulge in the Oriental Essence massage; designed for the "stressed executive," it will have you feeling like a new person in just an hour.
If you enjoy breaking a solid sweat, you'll want to head to Seattle, which was recently ranked the most active city in the U.S. It may rain 150 days out of the year, but that doesn't keep the city's residents from heading outdoors (or at least to the gym) to get a good workout in. Seattle-ites also watch less TV and play fewer video games to avoid couch-potato status (currently held by Lexington, Ky. -- the least active city in the country). So do like the locals do and run along the beach at Discovery Park, bike part of the Urban Trail System, or kayak on Lake Union.
Where to Stay: The Four Seasons is one of the top luxury hotels in Seattle. The hotel offers some of the best views in the city as well as spacious, comfortable rooms, a rooftop infinity pool, a tasty restaurant, and a 24-hour fitness center. So even if it's raining, you can squeeze in a great workout on your vacay.
Hawaii's capital, Honolulu, is one of the happiest cities in the country -- and it's no surprise, considering that the ocean breeze and sunny skies make for perpetual vacation-like conditions. To be ranked as one of the happiest cities, there's a strict criteria, but Honolulu passed all of the tests with flying colors: Everything from personal life evaluation and physical health to emotional health and work satisfaction is considered in the equation. Outdoor exercise is one of the best ways to boost your endorphins -- get your heart rate up (and work on your tan) surfing, paddle-boarding or simply swimming in Hawaii's clear waters. Smile!
Where to Stay: Hilton Hawaiian Village is the largest resort in Hawaii, with five towers, five pools, 20 bars and restaurants, 90 shops, direct beach access and a separate lagoon. The Starlight Luau at the Hilton takes place five nights a week. It'll be hard not to have fun at the luau which features several performances (including fire sword swallowers), a buffet dinner, and enough booze to get guests on stage!
It may be a bustling metropolis, but New York City is nonetheless one of the greenest cities in the country. How? Well, residents are great about recycling and a vast majority of them commute to work -- we're talking about a "carpool" in the hundreds when you think about the hordes of people on the subway! Even more green, New Yorkers often choose to walk -- always a healthy choice -- rather than hail a cab. The greener you live, the healthier you (and the earth) are -- it's a win-win!
Where to Stay: An elegant, historic hotel, the Pierre offers a taste of grand old New York to those staying in any of its 189 small but freshly renovated guest rooms. The hotel is right across the street from Central Park so you can easily go for a stroll in the tree-lined park -- or just take in the view from one of the Park View rooms.