Escape to Shape is an unbelievable experience, as you can read from any description of these trips: exotic locations, amazing locally-inspired healthy meals, plenty of yoga and exercise — what’s not to like? But what makes these trips extra special is the unique personal touch that Erica (E2S owner and ‘hostess with the mostess’!) provides, and the wonderful staff and clientele that she attracts. I have travelled with Escape to Shape twice, once to Cartagena, Colombia, and once to St. Petersburg, Russia, and plan to return for more! On both trips, Erica & Francesco had found amazing private residences for our group, beautiful, memorable homes that I likely wouldn’t have found or had access too otherwise. They also made it easy to travel there and to get around — suggesting flights, helping with visa process, providing translators on-site — and somehow also already knew the coolest little restaurants, shops, and must-see activities to take us or recommend for our free time. They finds helpful local staff to help make your stay comfortable and bring inspiring, experienced teachers for the fitness element of the trip. The food was delicious, and the yoga, hiking, and sightseeing was so enjoyable it feels more like an “escape” than “to shape,” but I ended both weeks revitalized, lighter, and with a healthy mindset and new friends to take back to NYC with me. These trips are memorable, healthy, and a great investment in YOU. I have sent friends as well and everyone raves about the experience.