30 Top Wellness Retreats Part 2


Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel: Machu Picchu Pueblo, Peru

Combine a bucket list trip to UNESCO World Heritage-listed Machu Picchu with a restorative stay at the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel for a truly unforgettable vacation. At an elevation of 6,627 feet above sea level, this boutique hotel features 83 casitas that dot the terraced hillsides of Peru’s Sacred Valley, a rainforest teeming with waterfalls and birdlife. One of seven Peruvian lodges linked to Inkaterra, this location offers a spring water plunge pool, an Andes-inspired sauna and the UNU Spa, which features ground coca leaf massages. The sacred Inca coca plant, known to lessen altitude sickness, also helps combat high blood pressure, rejuvenate lifeless skin and burn fat cells.

Cavallo Point – the Lodge at the Golden Gate: Sausalito, California

Admire the iconic Golden Gate Bridge from bed at Cavallo Point, a luxury lodge at a historic military fort in the Marin Headlands. Rise for spa treatments, yoga sessions, guided weekend hikes, dips in the outdoor meditation pool or cooking classes focused on mindful preparation. Packages include services focusing on energy, acupuncture, clinical massages, herbs, hypnotherapy and various spa treatments. This tranquil Bay Area resort also welcomes dogs and children; childcare is available for a fee.

COMO Shambhala Estate: Bali, Indonesia

Nestled between the jungle and terraced rice paddies outside the village of Ubud lies COMO Shambhala Estate, a beloved wellness retreat with luxe facilities. Quality programs offer holistic healing, fitness tuneups and spiritual cleansing. You can also take advantage of guided hikes, whitewater rafting, customized detox plans, ayurveda and mental wellness classes. Plus, you’ll pick up training tips that you can use when you return home. Ask your personal assistant and yoga, Pilates and qi gong specialists to craft a yoga retreat aimed at restoring your balance and re-energizing your body.

CIVANA Wellness Resort & Spa: Carefree, Arizona

Recharge your mind and body at CIVANA, a quiet, laid-back resort compound. The property is located about 35 miles northeast of Phoenix and includes classes and access to spa facilities in its room rates. Reboot with your choice of more than 70 complimentary weekly programs, including yoga, spin, sound bathing and gut nutrition, then use the spa’s steam room and aquatherapy pools. For a change of pace, balance your wellness activities with classes in baking and mixology. Wine tastings are also available for a fee.

The Lodge at Woodloch: Hawley, Pennsylvania

The Lodge at Woodloch – a cozy lakeview property with 58 rooms – is located 2 miles southwest of the award-winning, family-friendly Woodloch Resort in northeastern Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains. For peak tranquility, The Lodge enforces a 16-and-older age policy and bans the use of electronic devices like cellphones in public spaces. Bring a bathing suit and relax in the Aqua Garden’s Hydromassage WaterWalls, whirlpools or indoor activity pool. Previous travelers raved about the polite staff, delicious meals (including vegan options), numerous hot tubs and entertaining classes, ranging from painting and terrarium-building to spin and yoga.

PGA National Resort & Spa: Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

Golfer Harry Vardon, who won six British Opens and the U.S. Open in 1900, famously said, “For this game you need, above all things, to be in a tranquil frame of mind.” Discover that tranquility for yourself at the PGA National Resort & Spa. This AAA Four Diamond Award-winning property, which sits 14 miles northwest of West Palm Beach, is home to five championship golf courses and a full-service spa (open to guests ages 16 and older). When you’re not unwinding in one of two outdoor mineral pools, you can take advantage of services like Thai massages and Watsu water therapy treatments to improve your game and relax your senses.

Golden Door: San Marcos, California

Tune up your body and mind in a serene, Japanese-inspired atmosphere at Golden Door. This exclusive 600-acre retreat 38 miles north of San Diego attracts celebrities and CEOs aiming to achieve everything from weight loss to mental clarity. Weeklong, all-inclusive stays at Travel + Leisure’s No. 1 destination spa are available during single sex or coed periods; 100% of the resort’s profits from the hefty weekly fees are donated to charity. Signature amenities here include early morning hikes, a meditation labyrinth and various health routines that participants can continue at home to maintain their best selves.

Canyon Ranch: Tucson, Arizona; Lenox, Massachusetts; and Woodside, California

Ten years after Canyon Ranch’s flagship resort opened in Tucson in 1979, the wellness hotel brand opened its second location in an elegant mansion in the Berkshires. A third location, Canyon Ranch Woodside, is also available 35 miles southeast of San Francisco. Retreats at these properties include luxury lodging, nutritional dining and your choice of activities, such as Pilates, medical consultations, massages, guided snowshoeing outings, cooking demonstrations and meditation. If you’d rather spend only one day at Canyon Ranch, visit the spa and fitness locations in Las Vegas or on board various cruise ships.

Six Senses Samui: Bophut, Thailand

Improve the planet’s health – and your own – at Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas. The brand, which has held the top spot in the hotel brands category of Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards for three years in a row, is composed of 18 luxury resorts and 14 spas that focus on sustainability. Guests participate in environmental initiatives while rejuvenating their own minds and bodies. At Six Senses Samui, wellness consultants arrange your stay to meet nutrition, fitness and rest goals. Past guests praised the Thailand property’s private peninsular location, transformative spa and stunning pool villas that blend into the jungle landscape. Can’t-miss wellness facilities here include a yoga pavilion, six treatment villas and a walking meditation area.

Tanque Verde Ranch: Tucson, Arizona

If animal encounters are your ultimate therapy, The Dude Ranchers Association suggests a stay at Tanque Verde Ranch, a classic cattle ranch on 60,000 scenic acres in Tucson. Welcoming guests since 1868, Tanque Verde Ranch has won awards for its plush accommodations, fine Southwestern cuisine, children’s programs and recreation options. At certain times of the year, off-site mountain biking outings, hiking excursions and yoga classes are available in addition to regularly scheduled activities like horseback riding, painting, fishing, water aerobics, silversmithing and meditation. Guests can also visit La Sonora Spa to enjoy an array of services, including facials, massages and body wraps.

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