It’s that time of year again! The month of fresh starts! That’s why gym memberships spike in January, and, yes, so does redoubling effort to lose avoirdupois, especially after the holidays. And it’s the best of times to embark on the quest to shed.

A recent study by Oxford University confirms this. It found that those who dieted in January lost up to 30% more weight than those who tried in other months (August, oddly, was the worst—the temptation of too many ice cream treats?) Here are hotels where you can savor the flavors without deep-sixing your diet.

1 Hotel South Beach


All dining options at this sustainable beachfront resort have yummy calorie-counting offerings, yet its casual eatery called Plnthouse makes dieting a snap. Signature organic Plntbowls include the Wellness Bowl of veggie bulgogi, soft egg, kale, roasted mushroom, sweet potato, pickled onions, cauliflower rice and spicy mayo. Or build your own from a cornucopia of healthy choices. Pair it with a cold-pressed juice.

Inn at Montchanin Village & Spa

Wilmington, Delaware


The former village blacksmith shop in the Brandywine Valley that is now Krazy Kat’s Restaurant serves up slimming brunch favs like bruleed grapefruit and avo toast with smoked honey and black salt as well as locally sourced dinner fare such as Atlantic salmon with red quinoa. The inn is comprised of 11 lovingly restored buildings dating from 1799 on manicured grounds, with meeting space for executive retreats.

Stanford Inn & Resort

Mendocino, California

At Ravens, the award-winning restaurant at this Northern California eco-resort, plant-based meals hailing from its own organic garden are health-forward without sacrificing satisfaction. No diet drudgery in vegan enchiladas stuffed with Mexican-spiced cauliflower, walnuts, spinach and green chile or the local sea palm and root vegetable strudel with a shiitake-vegetable-cashew stir-fry. Between meals, indulge in yoga or wellness workshops.

The Langham, Chicago



The elegant Travelle’s seasonally inspired cuisine can start your day with a Power Egg White Scramble and Mango Chia Seed Pudding, followed by a midday repast of a Black Bean Burger accompanied by kimchi and gochujang and concluding with Fluke Crudo served with leche de tigre, peanut crumble and avocado mousse and a filet of American Red Snapper with couscous and black olives.

This article appears in the January 2024 issue. You can subscribe to the magazine here.