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Nutritionists' healthy holidays

We asked top RDs to play travel agent and share their ideal locales for nourishing body and soul.

For the organized among us, it’s time to think about where we’d like to go for a summer sojourn. And wouldn’t it be nice if, by the end of a week or two away, you looked svelter in your bikini than you did when you arrived? We asked nutritionists — the world's healthiest eaters — where they go to relax, recharge and enjoy good-for-you foods.

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  • Mykonos, Greece

    Mykonos, Greece

    "Mykonos has beautiful weather, warm, friendly people, and Mediterranean cuisine: fresh feta, green salads drizzled with bright olive oil and the freshest grilled fish. I like to hang out at Nammos Beach Club — which has an amazing pool surrounded by gorgeous people — and sleep at Hotel Cavo Tagoo, built into a cliff overlooking the Aegean. I order grilled octopus, Greek salads, and for breakfast, the local Greek yogurt — it tastes so much better than what you get in the states!"

    -Tanya Zuckerbrot, MS, RD, of F-Factor

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  • Dublin, Ireland

    Dublin, Ireland

    "Only a five-hour flight from New York, Dublin is a walkable city on a bay surrounded by breathtaking, very-green countryside and crisp, clean air. Market-fresh, healthful and even vegetarian food is surprisingly easy to find. My favorite eating spots include Cornucopia, which has a daily menu of salads, and Avoca, where everything is fresh: I like going for a breakfast of free-range scrambled eggs on toasted brown bread, with roasted cherry tomatoes & rocket arugula salad."

    -Jackie Newgent, RD, healthy cooking instructor at the Institute of Culinary Education


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  • Macakizi Hotel in Bodrum, Turkey

    Macakizi Hotel in Bodrum, Turkey

    "For beautiful scenery and culture along with incredibly delicious, healthful food, I always think of Macakizi, a resort in Bodrum, Turkey. There are yoga and pilates classes by the sea, a beautiful hammam and spreads of Turkish foods served buffet-style on a farm table every evening: salads, grains, fruits, vegetables and local delicacies. It’s total heaven."

    -Marissa Lippert, MS, RD, of Nourish


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  • Mayflower Inn and Spa in Washington, Connecticut

    Mayflower Inn and Spa in Washington, Connecticut

    "When I need to get away and recharge, I go to the Mayflower Inn and Spa. Surrounded by gardens and the New England countryside, it’s beautiful and quaint — with an amazing spa! The location is perfect because you can hike, bike, ski, golf or visit area farms and vineyards. And in the evenings, it’s easy to eat nutritiously in the resort’s restaurant. I order heirloom tomatoes and wild Alaskan Halibut or roasted chicken — delicious!"

    -Heather Bauer, RD, of Nu-Train

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  • Positano, Italy

    Positano, Italy

    "Positano is a beachy-but-hilly town that’s perfect for hiking, swimming and eating well. Wild, freshly caught fish is prepared using only olive oil and lemons — both grown on trees all over town — and homemade pastas are tossed in antioxidant-rich tomato sauce and served in small portions. You’ll drink lots of wine, yes, but it’s sulfite-free, which means you won’t worry about morning-after headaches. And almost everything you eat is local, organic and pesticide-free — so you get a maximum of nutrients and fresh tastes."

    -Amy Shapiro, RD, of Real Nutrition NYC

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  • Wakaya Club and Spa in Fiji

    Wakaya Club and Spa in Fiji

    "One of my favorite trips ever was to Fiji’s Wakaya Club and Spa. It was easy to stay active all day — what with the kayaking, hiking and even the amazing hotel gym — and I had nutritionists’ dream meals like Nobu sashimi and steamed vegetables with organic tahini and brown basmati rice."

    -Brooke Alpert, MS, RD, CDN, of B Nutritious

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  • Narragansett, Rhode Island

    Narragansett, Rhode Island

    "We love the unassuming beach town of Narragansett, Rhode Island, where you can kayak, run, bike and hike, and eat at Crazy Burger Cafe & Juice Bar, which has a vegan breakfast scramble that will change your opinion of tofu. We like renting kayaks at Narrow River Kayaks and paddling a mile along the Narrow River to the beach. You can also hike down the 144 steps of the Mohegan Bluffs for a quick mud bath before rinsing off in the ocean."

    -Stephanie Clarke and Willow Jarosh, RDs, of C&J Nutrition

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