Though it is supposedly the most wonderful time of the year, sometimes the holidays can feel more stressful than fun. Between your never-ending shopping list and preparing your house for company, burnout can hit you like a ton of bricks—zapping all the joy out of the holiday season.
To help you unwind from the holiday stress, what you need is some time away for a little R&R. Whether your idea of unwinding involves luxurious spa treatments and a focus on self-care or going on a digital detox and immersing yourself in nature so you can reset your intentions, booking a winter wellness retreat can help you unwind and recharge before the festivities begin or once you put that last ornament away.
Booking a winter wellness retreat can help you unwind and recharge before the festivities begin or once you put that last ornament away.
These 7 best winter wellness retreats just may be the key to your best holiday season yet.
Best For Serene Self-Care: Canyon Ranch Wellness Retreat
The ultimate escape for rejuvenation and restoration, Canyon Ranch’s first retreat, located in Woodside, California, offers an intimate and immersive wellness experience amidst a 16-acre ancient redwood forest that will help get you into a more joyful spirit. The retreat’s wellness spa, which boasts picturesque forest views, offers traditional, alternative, and modern therapies and treatments for guests looking to practice self-care. Unwind in nature with guided mountain biking and hiking trips and benefit from private consultations, testing, and assessments with nutritionists, physiologists, spiritual wellness providers, and coaches.
Retreats start from $899 per person per night and can be booked on their website.
Best For a Digital Detox: HOSHINOYA Fuji Digital Dextox Retreat
To beat holiday stress and burnout, reset by booking a winter retreat at HOSHINOYA Fuji in Japan. This so-called “glamping resort”—located on the hill overlooking Lake Kawaguchi, near the famed Mt.Fuji—hosts a winter wellness program, called Digital Detox, where guests enjoy three days of wintery glamping sans-cellphone. You trade in all your digital devices during check-in so you can fully unplug. Throughout the retreat, guides will lead immersive experiences, such as fire handling workshops, stargazing, and guided relaxation on the shores of Saiko Lake. This blissful retreat from reality is the perfect break from holiday madness.
Offer available to book on their website from December 1, 2019 – March 31, 2020.
Best For Rest and Rejuvenation: Bürgenstock Resort Winter Wellbeing Retreat
Perched 1,600 feet above Lake Lucerne in Switzerland, the views at the five-star resort are second to none. Retreat-goers reside at the new Waldhotel Health & Medical Excellence. Beyond indulging in sweeping views of the glacier-water lake, you’ll get world-class treatment and advice from professionals included with your stay, making it worth every penny. Have a personalized consult with beauty experts from the Aesthetic & Dermatology Centre; get a 75-minute Swiss Line Brightening treatment and two 50-minute sculpting and toning body treatments; indulge in a 30-minute coffee peeling and 30-minute detox session. By the end of your stay, you’ll be feeling totally stress-free.
Rates start at CHF 688 per room per night and can be booked on their website.
Best For Families: Four Seasons Resort Anguilla Residential Retreats
If you can’t leave everything—and everyone—behind during such a busy time of year, bring the whole family along for some R&R. While visiting the picturesque beaches of the Caribbean island, Anguilla, feels like a retreat in and of itself, when you book a Residential Retreat at the luxury Four Seasons Resort there, you and your family will find a whole new level of calm. Oversized accommodations ranging from 1,881 sq. feet up to 8,804 sq. feet will give you all plenty of room to relax, while your daily Resort credit of up to USD $1,000 may be used toward food and beverage charges, villa dinners, spa treatments, tennis lessons, and fitness classes.
Retreat reservations are available now through 2020 and can be booked on their website.
Best for Decompressing: Mii amo 4-Night Journey Retreat
Set amidst the stunning red rocks of Boynton Canyon in Sedona, Arizona, Mii amo is a destination spa focused on spiritual healing. Indulge in an all-inclusive 4-night “Journey of discovery and inner peace,” as they describe it, to help you de-stress before the hectic holiday season. You’ll stay in a charming casitas—complete with a beehive fireplace and whirlpool. You’ll also have access to a dedicated Journey Guide to help co-create a spa experience and treatment schedule to fit your personal intentions, as well as a $1,720 spa credit to use during your stay.
Rates from $1,270 per room per night can be booked on their website.
Best For a Girls’ Trip: Cheyenne Mountain Resort Girlfriends Getaway
Get ready to indulge and rejuvenate when you and your favorite gal treat yourselves to a Girlfriends Getaway Retreat at Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs, Colorado. When you’re done touring the vast grounds or relaxing in your luxurious room—complete with a private patio or balcony that overlooks the mountains—you two can hit the spa to indulge in your choice of a 50-minute facial or 50-minute mani/pedi, included with your wellness retreat package. Beyond taking a much-needed moment to unwind, spending some quality bonding time with one of your girls will help you feel more grounded, connected, and ready to take on the holidays.
Rates start at $149 per room per night and can be booked on their website.
Best for Reconnecting With Your Partner: Castle Hill Inn Retreat to Romance
Nestled on 40 acres overlooking the southwestern corner of Narragansett Bay in Newport Rhode Island, you and your honey can relax and reconnect at the luxurious Castle Hill Inn by booking their Retreat to Romance package this winter. After being welcomed with a bottle of bubbly and bouquet of fresh flowers in your room, you’ll get a couples massage at the hotel’s on-site boutique spa and a three-course dinner, plus the inn’s complimentary gourmet breakfast and afternoon tea daily. Whether you put on your hiking boots and explore the gorgeous landscape together or cozy up with a book on your beach cottage’s private balcony, this winter wellness retreat will help you de-stress and reset just in time for the holidays.
Rates start at $755 per night and can be booked on their website.