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Surfers are taking this luxury pursuit standing up. Paddle boarding is the new Zen way to conquer the powerful ocean waters.
In recent years, paddle boarding, particularly the stand-up variety known as SUP, has caught fire. And why not? Floating across the water in a stunning, serene setting is relaxing, rejuvenating and fun. Even better, it provides an amazing core workout. To celebrate this endearing recreational phenomenon, we’ve rounded up some of the best places to paddleboard in the world.
Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa
DEVIL’S THUMB RANCH RESORT & SPA | Tabernash, CO
Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa has something for everyone. A playground for outdoor enthusiasts, guests at this resort can have a blast mountain biking, fly-fishing, hiking, zip lining, horseback riding and paddleboarding. The breathtakingly beautiful resort offers SUP classes to visitors of all ability levels. Beginners can learn important balance and stroke technique tips. The more experienced can learn to master SUP yoga moves on a pristine, peaceful pond. After an exhilarating day of paddleboarding, guests can dine at the resort’s exclusive Ranch House Restaurant & Saloon. The eatery offers gluten-free and dairy-free alternatives. Delectable items on the menu include roasted cauliflower steak and blue lump crab cake.
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LAKE POWELL RESORT | Page, AZ
Lake Powell boasts 96 spectacular red-rock canyons, surreal blue water and numerous caves and inlets. With all of this natural beauty, it’s the perfect place to paddleboard. When visiting this location where scenes from Gravity and Planet of the Apes were filmed, consider staying at Lake Powell Resort. With triple-sheet bedding, down-alternative pillows, and eco-friendly toiletries, guests can enjoy all the comforts of home while on a paddleboarding adventure.
The Ritz-Carlton at Lake Tahoe
THE RITZ-CARLTON AT LAKE TAHOE | Truckee, CA
One of the premier vacation destinations in the world, Lake Tahoe is famous for its towering pines, sandy beaches, mountains and granite peaks. Due to the amazingly clean water, visitors to Emerald Bay can see many feet below. When traveling to Lake Tahoe to paddleboard, the most luxurious place to stay is The Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe. The crème de la crème resort in the region, it’s the first AAA Five Diamond mountain resort in California. Guests to The Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe can engage in invigorating water sports mere steps from their doors. After a day of paddleboarding, visitors can soothe sore muscles in exclusive ladies’ and gentleman’s lounge areas consisting of sauna, steam and whirlpool.
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THE ATLANTIC HOTEL & SPA | Fort Lauderdale, FL
Paddleboarding options are plentiful in gorgeous Fort Lauderdale. When guests stay at the impressive Atlantic Hotel & Spa, they can access the sandy ocean beach across from the resort. Hugh Taylor Birch Park is also nearby. Visitors to the peaceful park can see beautiful local flora and fauna while hiking along a well-maintained trail or paddle the mile-long freshwater lagoon. At the end of an active day, the Atlantic Hotel & Spa’s guests can wash beach sand off in the establishment’s large marble bathrooms.
Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort
OUTRIGGER KONOTTA MALDIVES RESORT | Huvadhoo Atoll, Maldives
When visiting the Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort in Huvadhoo Atoll, Maldives, guests get the thrilling opportunity to paddleboard along a stunning barrier reef. While on this tranquil journey, visitors may get a sneak peek at dolphins, turtles and sturgeon fish. The resort’s spa includes an indoor swimming pool, relaxation lounges, a hydrotherapy facility and signature therapies for all its guests’ relaxation and rejuvenation needs. The Maldivian Romantic Journey treatment consists of a floral foot ritual, a coconut scrub, a coconut wrap, a balancing milky bath and refreshment.
Abaco Beach Resort
ABACO BEACH RESORT | Great Abaco Island, Bahamas
With calm, clear water, Great Abaco Island in the Bahamas is a wonderful location to paddleboard. As paddle boarders skim over the magnificent blue-green ocean, they’re often treated with glimpses of colorful reef, sea turtles, and parrotfish. To make their trip to this sought-after location special, visitors should consider staying at the Abaco Beach Resort. The resort’s Bedroom Deluxe Penthouse Residences boast high ceilings, porcelain floors, granite countertops, large bathrooms, elevators, and fabulous views.
Sundial Boutique Hotel
SUNDIAL BOUTIQUE HOTEL | Whistler, BC, Canada
In the cold-weather months, travelers clamor to the resort town of Whistler in Canada’s beautiful British Columbia to ski. However, after the snow melts on the ski slopes, visitors to this scenic location can try their hand at paddle boarding. Pristine blue lakes such as Alpha Lake and Alta Lake are great spots for SUP. Visitors to this Canadian hideaway can stay at the Sundial Boutique Hotel. The hotel boasts a relaxing rooftop hot tub. Besides rewarding guests with splendid views, its spacious suites come equipped with gas fireplaces and gourmet kitchens. But, guests to the hotel need not worry about having to cook. The resort consists of three on-site restaurants.