12 Wellness Retreats Worth All Your Miles and PTO
It's no secret that we love to travel. Whether it's to explore a new culture, taste a different cuisine, or chill on a tropical beach, we're always in favor of opportunities to explore the world. In light of the indulgent holiday season that is nearly upon us, we thought we'd curate a list of outstanding wellness retreats around the globe that might help get us back on track once the joyous holiday season winds down. Scroll through for our most lusted-after wellness retreats.
Clinique La Prairie has long been lauded as one of the most beautiful and effective wellness retreats in the world. Located on the shores of Lake Geneva in Switzerland, Clinique La Prairie is known as one of the best and most luxurious anti-aging spas in the world. Another popular offering is its two-week weight-management program. At an impressive $25,000-per-person price tag, this immersive program includes the services of a dietitian, a psychologist, a personal fitness trainer, a masseuse, and a nutritionist.
Located in Nicaragua, this small, exclusive resort is positively breathtaking. It is the brainchild of the Pellas family, which dedicates its wealth to developing the area to provide local jobs and conserve the land. Mukul Resort is known for its beauty and privacy. The word mukul means "secret" in the traditional Mayan language of Tzotzil. You can't find a more secret, eco-friendly paradise than this. Come to unwind your mind, try out the golf course, and enjoy the world renown spa.
Is there anything dreamier than minimalist modern architecture and an azure pool? We think not. At least when you're trying to calm your mind and recenter yourself. Legend has it that you can reach nirvana at Almyra. The seven-day program at the detox retreat is known for its sleep-enhancing spa treatments. We recommend opting for the signature reflexology and an oriental head massage and reiki. This will ignite a body healing process through the hands and feet. She the toxins and demands of your daily life by escaping to this Greek oasis.
When you arrive at Mii Amo at sunset, it looks like you've landed on Mars. This otherworldly retreat is outstanding. Connected to the Enchantment Resort in a red-rock canyon sacred to Native Americans, this healing environment includes delicious spa food, extremely talented massage therapists, and outrageous views.
Kamalaya, Thailand, is an idyllic place to visit when searching to renew your energy and find inner peace. Kamalaya literally means "lotus dream." The lotus is an ancient symbol for the growth and unfolding of the human spirit. This beautiful wellness retreat has long been a center mental and spiritual practice. The structure is centered around a monk's cave that was once used by Buddhist monks as a place of meditation and spiritual retreat. We recommend having quality one-on-one yoga time as part of Kamalaya's Personal Yoga Synergy packages.
The Palais Namaskar is a stone's throw from the Taj Mahal. Its expansive regal setting may seem overwhelming to those seeking to restore balance to their lives, but this newly opened resort and spa is one of the most sought-after retreats of the time. Linger by the gorgeous main pool after a deep tissue massage and let yourself be hypnotized by the tranquility.
If white sand beaches, crystal blue ocean waters, and quietly glamorous wellness retreats are your thing, you will love Parrot Cay in Turks and Caicos. The extraordinary COMO Shambhala Spa offers everything from one-off spa treatments to immersive wellness programs. This allows you to design the healthy living program of your dreams while visiting this tropical getaway.
The Sha Wellness Clinic in Alicante, Spain, is one of the most photogenic places on earth. With its white and glass surfaces and light blue pools, the Sha Wellness Center exudes the lightness and peacefulness needed for a truly transformative wellness experience. In addition to being a beacon of superior design, the Sha Wellness Clinic is also one of the only spas in the world with a purely macrobiotic focus. Amenities include an oxygen bar, a lecture room, macrobiotic cookery classes, an aqua lab, and a library filled with health books. Come to restore you mind, body, and soul with a refreshing take on the wellness trend.
The clean, geometric design of Sicily's Verdura Resort and Spa looks like it was designed for a Céline photo shoot. We love the juxtaposition of neutral architectural elements with rust-colored pops of brightness. This idyllic island retreat is ideal for families. Teenagers even get their own spa menu. Grown-ups can enjoy the sensational spa, which includes a hammam, while children can frolic on the beach. All ages are welcome in the two-tiered swimming pool.
The Yäan Wellness Energy Spa in Tulum has a mission: to help you heal, renew, and relax. Once you enter the resort, past the burning flame, you are immersed in the healing powers of this special place. Enjoy purified crystalline water pools, a sauna and steam room, herbal and flowers baths, and all of the traditional spa remedies you'd expect from a top-level wellness retreat. Our favorite part of this escape, besides the breathtaking views, is the copper bath for soaking in your room at the end of a healing day.
Going to Yosemite National Park is a guaranteed way to boost your endorphins, step outside of your world, and be grateful. As Ansel Adams demonstrated in his legendary photographs, Yosemite is one of those places where you are forced to accept the grandeur that is nature. We can't think of a better natural setting for a wellness retreat. Our favorite place to unwind after hikes to Old Faithful is Tenaya Lodge. Named The Best Spa for Outdoor Adventure by SpaFinder Wellness, the Ascent Spa at Tenaya Lodge is known for its local organic products, outstanding deep tissue massages, and unique approach to wellness-centered care. The goal of Ascent is to use nature and massage as a way to restore your inner balance. Enjoy a variety of spa vacation packages or opt for the annual wellness retreat in January.
This is another one of our favorite places on earth. Asclepios Wellness and Spa focuses on your body and soul by offering a bevy of relaxing treatments in a stunning mountain paradise. Named after the Greek god of health, Asclepios offers a global roster of healing treatments that focus on everything from meditation to weight management. No wellness treatment is too trendy or too ancient to be offered at Asclepios. While WiFi is allowed at this children-free retreat, we recommend indulging in some unplugged time for your sanity.
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