Pritikin Health Resort

About Pritikin Health Resort

Pritikin Health Resort is an all-inclusive health and longevity center in Miami, Florida. In addition to diet-friendly meals and in-house accommodations, guests will be provided with training in nutrition, exercise, and the mind-body connection. Medical consultations are also included in a standard package.

Programs usually begin on Sunday and last for a week, although they can be extended or shortened to one weekend. All classes take place on resort grounds.

Accommodations

On-site accommodations are provided to all guests. Rooms are available within walking distance of the main resort campus or near the spa facility.

As a guest, you  can choose between six rooms/suites. All rooms come with:

  • one or two beds
  • a small sitting area
  • a writing desk
  • a private bathroom
  • a balcony or lanai
  • wifi
  • 55-inch TVs
  • espresso machines
  • a view of the resort’s gardens or golf courses

The deluxe guestroom, included with the standard package, is limited to the features above. If you expect to invite guests to your room, you can upgrade to the resort suite, which has all the amenities of the deluxe guestroom plus a large parlor with a bar and an additional bathroom.

You may also choose to stay in one of the spa suites, which feature deep soaking tubs and exclusive spa products in the bathrooms. You can choose between the spa premier room, queen room, king room, or grand room, depending on the parlor size you want.

Fitness

Pritikin’s approach to exercise includes three areas of focus: cardiovascular (aerobic) conditioning, strength training, and flexibility.

At Pritikin, you will spend 45-60 minutes per day doing aerobic activities in a large exercise center, which houses:

  • treadmills
  • stationary bicycles
  • rowing machines
  • cross trainers
  • elliptical walker

For an additional three days of the week, you will participate in 20 minute strength training programs, which may involve lifting weights, working out your abs, or doing yoga. Finally, you will be encouraged to spend at least 10 minutes stretching before you begin any exercise.

If you feel up for more exercise, you can enroll in recreational activities including:

  • aqua aerobics
  • Tai Chi
  • Zumba
  • spinning
  • yoga and pilates
  • physioball

Coaches will be available to guide you through all activities and teach you practical exercises that you can continue using when you return home.

Food

On an average day, Pritikin guests are provided with three meals and two snacks, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Guests can choose between five entrees at each meal, and lunch and dinner come with dessert.

The Pritikin diet emphasizes the use of fresh, minimally processed foods and discourages the use of butter, oils, salts, processed meats and other fattening ingredients. However, no food groups are completely off limits. In addition to fresh fruits and veggies, you can expect to find meat, cheese, and carbohydrates like potatoes and whole grain bread on the menu at the Pritikin Health Resort.

Although meals at Pritikin are prepared by a team of dietitians and chefs, you can also take a behind-the-scenes look at the food prep. Nutrition workshops are available to teach you how to make smart food choices, and cooking courses can teach you to recreate many of the meals you eat at Pritikin when you return home.

Special dietary needs (including kosher, vegan and halal) can be accommodated for an additional charge. Likewise, guests can choose between diets designed to lose weight, reduce cholesterol, and/or manage diabetes.

Extras

Pritikin provides access to five golf courses, zen gardens, swimming pools, and tennis courts. Guests can also visit the spa facilities for massages and other spa services.

The Pritikin program emphasizes the importance of the mind-body connection, so guests are encouraged to sign up for seminars that teach methods for changing habits, reducing stress, and managing moods. Specialty behavioral courses for guests who want to stop smoking or correct a sleeping disorder are also available.

Access to certified physicians comes with a standard package. As a guest, you can expect to receive:

  • a comprehensive history and physical exam
  • private consultations to track your progress towards your fitness goals
  • cardiometabolic fitness testing
  • blood panels to analyse inflammatory markers, cholesterol levels, and insulin and blood sugar sensitivity

Finally, Pritikin offers multiple services to support you in maintaining your fitness plan when you go back home. Members of the Pritikin program can access educational videos, recipes and meal plans, and fitness tracking tools.

Location

Pritikin is located in Miami Florida, about 12 minutes away from Miami International Airport or 35 minutes from Fort Lauderdale Airport. Several golf courses and parks are located within a few blocks of the resort, as well as supermarkets and restaurants.

Pricing

Prices for a stay at the Pritikin Health Resort can vary greatly, depending on the length of your stay, the time of year you choose to visit, and the amenities you add during your stay.

A standard, one-week couple’s package ranges from $4,100 to $4,675 per person (while a single’s package costs $4,950 to $6,100). This package includes:

  • deluxe guestroom accommodations
  • meals
  • physician consultations
  • fitness classes
  • some lectures

Additional weeks can be added on for $2,975 to $4,550 dollars.

Upgrading your accommodations will cost between $2,800 and $3,700 per week, depending on which suite you choose. Modifying your meals to accommodate special dietary needs will cost $250 per week. Adding special medical procedures like cardiovascular imaging, sleep apnea screening, or diabetic testing can cost up to $1,000.

Summary

Pritikin Health Resort is an all-inclusive health and longevity center that provides a wide variety of services to its guests. If you are comfortable with the high price, you won’t be disappointed by the many luxuries Pritikin has to offer.

Pritikin Health Resort Pros

  • Highly customizable –  From dietary preferences to health concerns to behavioral changes, Pritikin can help you customize your stay so that you are working towards meeting the goals that matter most to you.
  • Education opportunities –  Pritikin offers many courses and seminars during your stay, so you have the knowledge to continue improving your health when you go home.
  • Access to medical professionals – Pritikin has eight board-certified physicians on staff who are ready to answer your health questions and help you make well-informed decisions about your fitness plan.

Pritikin Health Resort Cons

  • Expensive – Even the most basic, one-week package at Pritikin is quite expensive, and upgrades are costly as well.
  • Urban setting – Pritikin is located in the heart of Miami, so opportunities to connect with nature by hiking, canoeing, climbing, etc are limited.

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