Though the holidays are considered the most wonderful time of the year, they can sometimes feel more stressful than magical. Between the seemingly never-ending gift shopping and prepping the house for out-of-town guests, burnout can hit you like a ton of bricks.
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.
These seven best winter wellness retreats just may be the key to your best holiday season yet.
Canyon Ranch Wellness Retreat
The ultimate escape for rejuvenation and restoration, Canyon Ranch’s first retreat, located in Woodside, California (about 30 minutes from San Francisco), 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.
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 wintry glamping sans cellphones. 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 Saiko Lake's shores. This blissful retreat from reality is the perfect break from the holiday madness.
Bürgenstock Resort Winter Wellbeing Retreat
Perched 1,640 feet above Lake Lucerne in Switzerland, the Bürgenstock Resort boasts world-class amenities and panoramic views that are second to none. Retreat-goers enjoy accommodations that span retro, chalet-style rooms to premium suites appointed in modern-meets-organic design. Beyond indulging in sweeping views of the glacier-water lake, you'll get five-star treatment and advice from professionals included with your stay, along with access to the resort's two luxury spas and 10 on-site restaurants.
Have a personalized consult with beauty experts from the Aesthetic & Dermatology Centre; get a 75-minute Swiss Line Brightening treatment; enjoy two 50-minute sculpting and toning body treatments; or 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.
The best way to arrive at the Bürgenstock is via the Bürgenstock shuttle boat, which delivers you from Lucerne to a shipping pier located in the shadow of the resort. There, you'll board a funicular railway and travel up the side of Bürgenberg mountain, right into the resort's lobby.
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 much-needed relaxation. While visiting the picturesque beaches of the Caribbean island, Anguilla feels like a retreat in and of itself—especially when you book a Residential Retreat at the luxury Four Seasons Resort and Residences. There, you and your family will find a whole new level of calm.
Oversized accommodations ranging from 1,881 square feet to 8,804 square feet will give you all plenty of room to relax. The best part? You can use your daily resort credit of up to $1,000 toward food and beverage charges, villa dinners, spa treatments, tennis lessons, and fitness classes. Honestly, what could be better?
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 four-night “Journey of discovery and inner peace,” as they describe it, to help you de-stress before the hectic holiday season.
Stay in a charming casita—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. Sold!
Cheyenne Mountain Resort Escape for Two
Get ready to indulge and rejuvenate when you and your S.O. treat yourselves to an Escape for Two spa package at Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs, Colorado. When you’re done touring the vast grounds or relaxing in your luxurious suite—complete with a private patio or balcony that overlooks the mountains—you can hit the spa to partake in some pampering in the form of side-by-side massages, scalp treatments, and foot therapies.
Beyond taking a much-needed moment to unwind, spending some quality bonding time with your partner will help you feel more grounded, connected, and ready to take on the holidays.
Castle Hill Inn Retreat to Romance
Built in 1874, Castle Hill Inn is a private mansion-turned-luxury hotel nestled on 40 acres overlooking the southwestern corner of Narragansett Bay in Newport, Rhode Island. Not surprisingly, summer is a popular time to visit the hotel and make the most of its seaside locale, but winter holds the promise of a quiet, intimate holiday getaway at a more relaxed pace.
A winter retreat to the hotel could include activities such as beachcombing, boutique spa services, and hot toddies beside the lobby's wood-burning fireplace. Whether you put on your hiking boots and explore the gorgeous landscape or cozy up with a book on your beach cottage’s private balcony, a cold-season visit to the Castle Hill Inn may help you de-stress and reset just in time for the holidays.