From Hawaii to the high seas, relax and rejuvenate at these blissful destinations.
Whether you want to recharge, master the art of a digital detox, or decompress with friends or family, wellness retreats offer guests an opportunity to slow down and engage in self-care. From an island escape to an all-inclusive resort, big city indulgence to rustic mountain hideout, these nine destinations make your health and wellness the center of attention.
Sanctuary Camelback Mountain, Paradise Valley, Arizona
Tucked against Camelback Mountain in the desert outside of Scottsdale, the perfectly named Sanctuary is an oasis of peace and tranquility—from its idyllic Zen meditation garden to spa services such as its signature Luk Pra Kope, a Thai massage that incorporates organic medicinal herbs. Guests looking to get even more out of their stay can book one of Sanctuary’s 10 overnight wellness-focused packages, such as the Satori Wellness, which along with lodging in a casita or suite includes everything from a nutrition consultation to daily meals and spa treatments. Each stay can be individually customized to include a range of health-focused offerings and adventures including private desert hikes, tennis sessions, and even a personalized weight management plan.
Ojai Valley Inn, Ojai, California
Everything about Southern California's luxe Ojai Valley Inn is geared toward wellness, from its olive tree-laden setting to its unlimited daily complimentary fitness and wellness classes that include spinning and body conditioning. Give meditation a go, open your body's energetic pathways with qi gong, or choose from eight-plus types of yoga (hatha, power, and flow to name a few). Guests can also jump-start new habits and relaxing hobbies with onsite classes such as cooking, macrame, and beekeeping. The resort features several outdoor pools and an onsite Spa Cafe, with a made-to-order pressed juice bar and both vegan and gluten-free foods so you can refuel before luxuriating in the next treatment or activity.
‘Alohilani Resort, Oahu, Hawaii
Following a multi-million dollar renovation and new ownership by Highgate Hotels, Waikiki's former Pacific Beach Hotel is now the sleek and contemporary ‘Alohilani Resort, complete with the 6,000-square-foot Island Club and Spa Waikiki where group yoga classes and Zumba workouts are the norm. The resort offers a wellness-themed Plant Your Intention Package, which includes a three-night stay along with perks such as an astrology reading and a two-hour private session with a life coach. Guests have the opportunity to plant an indigenous tree in partnership with Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative on trips through December 2019. These trees, located at Gunstock Ranch on the North Shore, provide both a chance to “root your intentions” and help revive the native ecosystem.
Allison Inn & Spa, Newberg, Oregon
Allison Inn & Spa makes excellent use of its wine country setting in the heart of the Willamette Valley with a spa menu that caters to both the body and soul. Treatments utilize the surrounding region's fruit, herbs, and even pinot noir grapes—a wine fruit that's especially high in antioxidants. The spa's adjacent fitness center features a Kinesis Omega-Duo system, a unique training device that walks you—and a partner if you'd like—through a customized workout with interactive videos. Guests receive essential oil and tips on how to best use it during turndown service. This summer you can luxuriate outside with manicures in the on-site vineyard, as well as yoga in the calming Meadow Garden.
Celebrity Cruise, Worldwide
Celebrity ups the ante when it comes to cruise ship wellness. The Canyon Ranch Spa—onboard select ships—promotes optimal health with everything from expert lectures on mindful sleep to tips on the top nutritious foods and the best skin care regimens. And Celebrity's Spa on Edge—available only on the cruise line’s Edge ships, which operate routes both in Europe and the Caribbean—features a SEA Thermal Suite with eight nature-inspired therapeutic experiences, including both a soothing salt room and a rainfall water therapy room. Depending on which cruise you choose, you can sweat it out with an indoor cycling class or indulge in a facial that utilizes utilizes marine algae and red coral to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. An added bonus: Indulge in spa treatments overlooking the sea.
Ventana, Big Sur, California
'Self-discovery' is the focus at this luxury resort perched on a redwood-stippled property overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Big Sur. Whether it's soaking in a Japanese onsen-style bath or practicing tai chi, everything at Ventana is geared toward getting you in touch with your inner-self. Embark on a flora and fauna hike, engage in a meditative yoga class, or sit down to a bevy of innovative spa treatments—from a foot reflexology massage to a body scrub utilizing Indonesian coffee (from the island of Java).
Le Blanc Spa Resort, Cancun, Mexico
Enjoy unlimited golf, or start your day with a fish pedicure in which tropical Garra Rufa fish help remove dead skin cells while releasing dithranol, an enzyme that helps regenerate it. Cancun's all-inclusive, beachfront Le Blanc Spa Resort puts the focus on luxury and relaxation. Guests receive resort credits, which vary according to length of stay, that can be used for dinner at Le Blanc’s Japanese restaurant, Yama, or for a regional tour such as snorkeling in the pristine waters off the Isle Mujeres. You might also spend an afternoon in the spa's hydrotherapy area, stimulating your senses with a mix of cool and warm-water pools and steam rooms.
The Venetian, Las Vegas
Go to Vegas and return well-rested and properly nourished? The Canyon Ranch Spa + Fitness at The Venetian is the perfect place to do just that. Although the spa may be best known for its Aquavana water therapies, which include cooling showers and an aromatic steam room, the massive oasis along the Las Vegas Strip also provides a well-rounded line-up of health and wellness offerings. Dine on nutritious gourmet meals such as roasted curry cauliflower wraps enriched with flax seeds or avocado oil, take barre classes, or relax and regroup with restorative yoga. There's even a 40-foot indoor rock wall for those feeling a little more adventurous.
Rustic Inn Creekside Resort & Spa, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Delve into the natural rejuvenating properties of the West with a visit to Jackson Hole's Rustic Inn Creekside Resort & Spa. Located along Wyoming's Flat Creek, just a short drive from Yellowstone's south entrance, the 12-acre property is home to five styles of spa suites, each one featuring a personalized butler service and access to an outdoor hot tub. Spa treatments range from a honey and milk bath soak to body wraps made with mud from an ancient lake bed in Canada. If you can tear yourself away from the pampering, beloved local activities including fly fishing, white water rafting, and horseback riding in summer and snow showing, winter wildlife safari, and sleigh rides when the temperature drops.
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