13 Healthy Wellness Retreats to Kick-Start Your New Year’s Resolutions
The number of people taking health and wellness trips this year is expected to double, because it's one of the best ways to finally make your physical, mental, and spiritual health a top priority.
Summit Mountain Series at Powder Mountain in Utah
Even if you used feng shui tricks for managing the stressful holiday season, you’ll still want to head straight to a retreat in Eden, Utah, where leaders in the integrated health, nutrition, meditation, and mindfulness fields will convene from January 26 to 29. Over the weekend, you’ll learn valuable well-being tools from experts such as Dr. Andrew Huberman, a Stanford neuroscientist, Shannon Bahrke, an Olympic freestyle skier, and Lisa De Narvaez, an NYU-certified coach and human design specialist. There will also be writing workshops, world-class cuisine, yoga, and skiing opportunities.
BodyHoliday in Saint Lucia
BodyHoliday Saint Lucia has long been known as one of the top all-inclusive wellness resorts, and their 2018 program is only growing. They will offer five bespoke retreats for mental, physical, and emotional rejuvenation in 2018, all with tailor-made treatments and activities. With each program, you will receive daily inclusive spa treatments and can participate in activities such as archery, Spoga (spinning + yoga) in the property’s glass Tree House Spin Studio & Zen Deck, Tai-Chi, water sports, golf, tennis, and more.
Kaya Kalp Wellness Bliss in Gurgaon, India
India has long been considered the birthplace of yoga, Ayurveda, and meditation, making it a great place to kick off those New Year’s resolutions. With this in mind, ITC Grand Bharat, India’s first all-suite resort, is offering a new series of signature wellness retreats. The Kaya Kalp Wellness Bliss is a two-day wellness retreat filled with three-course meals, sporting activities, massages, yoga, and a lifestyle consultation with an Ayurveda physician. (Here’s what doctors want you to know about alternative medicine.)
Azores Getaways Wellness Vacation
The Azores, an archipelago cluster just 1,000 miles off the coast of Europe, is home to mountains, jungles, beaches, hot springs, and more. With such natural beauty waiting to be taken advantage of, booking company Azores Getaways is offering a week-long wellness getaway for under $500. In addition to flights and accommodations at Hotel do Caracol, you will also get an essential oil and volcanic hot stone massage, and plenty of time for outdoor pursuits such as hiking, swimming with wild dolphins, canyoning through volcanoes, and taking advantage of a soak in the geothermal hot springs, ocean-side. If you’re a fan of the steaming soak, these are the most gorgeous hot springs in the world.
The Ranch 4.0 in Malibu, CA
The Ranch Malibu has been a longtime favorite wellness getaway for celebrities including Mandy Moore and Minka Kelly. At the ranch, you spend an intense seven days focusing on your eating and workout routines. While the original version is a full week, The Ranch 4.0 is a shorter four-day version (Thursday through Monday) with the same results-driven program. Guests can opt for diagnostic medical tests, including testing of body fat through the Bod Pod machine and resting metabolic rate through VO2. Enjoy a cooking class before you go, so you can bring your weight-loss success home with you. Check out the “Aha” moment behind nine weight-loss success stories.
Custom Wellness Experience at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess in Scottsdale, Arizona
There is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to wellness at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. During your stay (starting at only $169 a night), you will receive a personal consultation with a Well & Being coach who will help craft an experience that includes fitness, nutrition, integrative medicine, mind-body therapies, and advanced skincare. Choose from offerings such as a BodPod composition measurement, vertical wall yoga, personalized nutrition (they’ll help you develop post-retreat grocery lists), acupuncture, shiatsu, locally inspired therapies, and an essential oil Aroma Blending Bar. Read up on the amazing health benefits of essential oils before you go.
Digital Wellness Retreat at Mandarin Oriental in Prague
Perhaps one of the hardest habits to break is disconnecting from technology. That’s precisely why Mandarin Oriental Prague created a wellness retreat focusing on unplugging for your New Year’s resolution. As part of your three-night stay, you will receive daily breakfast, in-room welcome amenities, such as a James Cusumano book on how to lead a balanced life, a yoga mat for meditation, morning yoga sessions, and an 80-minute Digital Wellness Escape treatment to release tension. Use these tricks to turn any vacation into a digital detox.
Canyon Ranch in Lenox, MA
Canyon Ranch was created exclusively for wellness getaways, and they’ve just completed a multi-million dollar renovation at of the dining room overlooking the resort’s Great Lawn, as well as a massive upgrade and renovation to the guest rooms. In stunning Lenox, Massachusetts, you can get a little R&R in addition to a wide range of treatments from massages and manicures to Advanced Restorative Touch Therapies, Energy Work, and Ayurvedic Body Treatments. A new, popular service they’re now offering is nutrigenomics testing, which uses results of gene testing to determine the nutritional approach that will work best for your health and weight loss. Don’t miss the soothing mind-body classes, creative activities, and wellness programmings such as learning life management skills and nutrition. The all-inclusive resort includes workout classes and all meals. Read more about the best self-care gifts for your friend in need of pampering.
Pilates in Paradise Retreat in Jamaica
From February 10 to the 11, guests can experience a Pilates-focused retreat at Jewel Grande, a new luxury property in Montego Bay. Kick off 2018 in the Caribbean sun while participating in intimate Reggaelates classes as well as Balance Body Exo Chair training with master instructor Sabrina Svard at the brand new 30,000 square foot villa-inspired Grande Spa. Here, you can also experience the Caribbean’s first Himalayan salt therapy lounge and Jamaica’s first quartz therapy ritual room, which is said to provide mental harmony, detoxification, and an immune system boost. Here’s why you should consider giving healing crystals a try.
Rejuvenate & LiVe Well Retreat in St. George, Utah
Connect mind and body in the new year at the Red Mountain Resort, with their Rejuvenate & LiVe Well program. Over the course of five days, you will receive three daily meals, daily guided hiking, access to unlimited fitness classes, two 50-minute personal training sessions, a meditation workshop, a 50-minute Sagestone customized massage, and a LiVe Well Assessment Plus, which includes things like a metabolic rate screening and body composition test. And to keep you on track after you leave, you will also get three 30-minute portable customized coaching sessions for at home.
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The Barbados Beach and Wellness Festival
As if basking in the tropical sun isn’t inspiring enough, the Barbados Beach and Wellness Festival is an annual health re-set not to be missed. Kicking off with early morning beach workouts, the wellness festival brings together yoga and meditation instructors, musicians, expert speakers, chefs, and other health professionals for a feel-good jumpstart to a healthier mind, body, and spirit. Sample healthy authentic Caribbean cuisine at various food and drink stalls at the festival, which is slated for late summer—check the Barbados Beach and Wellness Festival site for exact dates.
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Detox Yoga at Four Seasons Resort Mauritius
If your time and wallet allow, treat yourself to a trip to Mauritius, an island in the Indian Ocean off the southeast coast of Africa. The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita, set on 64 acres of lush nature and overlooking one of the island’s largest lagoons, has just launched its Detox Yoga program. The program, which follows an ancient Ayurvedic practice to aid the removal of toxins and impurities from the body, involves tailored yoga sessions, guided meditation, detox massage, and clean lunches with a signature detox infusion of green tea, turmeric, coriander seed, cumin, and cinnamon. The program can take place at the spa or in the garden of your pool villa, with breathtaking views of mountains, mangroves, and azure-colored beachfronts.
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