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From time to time, daily routines can become exhausting and uninspired, but these feelings can often be overcome by having a fun trip to look forward to. While some vacations leave travelers more tired than they were before, other destinations are inherently rejuvenating and promote greater health and wellness. All around the world, you can find spas and health-focused resorts that offer yoga, meditation, nutrition guidance, and self-improvement classes to help you get your life and health back on track. Here are some of the very best destinations to plan a wellness retreat getaway next time you need a little boost.
The Aruba Marriott Resort is situated on the stunning shores of Palm Beach in Aruba and offers a wonderful retreat for travelers. The resort’s One Happy Workation includes premium ocean-view accommodation, a couples massage for 50 minutes at the spa, and a private cooking class. You can also find your zen with a complimentary yoga class on the beach with the resort’s aerobics instructor. With this, you can find your inner zen, then explore the island’s collection of alluring outdoor attractions.
The Palms Hotel & Spa is a great place to go for your wellness retreat getaway, and this option is right along the shores of Miami Beach. The resort is surrounded by lovely gardens and palm trees, and it offers a Nature and Nurture Package to reset your system the natural way. With this package, you’ll get a three-night package for two that combines culinary wellness with spa relaxation. It includes a daily American breakfast for two at the on-site restaurant and a 50-minute AVEDA Aroma Massage or facial at the spa. It’s also fun to go for a jog along the Miami Beach boardwalk nearby or just hang out by the pool.
If you’re looking to recharge, Eden Roc Cap Cana is a top destination for wellness offerings in the Dominican Republic. They have an Endless Wellbeing package that is an immersive wellness experience, offering a personal wellness concierge that will create a customized schedule with wellness menus, treatments, and consultations with the property’s natural medicine guru. In addition to “health shooters” (which are expertly crafted dishes focusing on the 7 chakras), the resort offers reiki energetic massages with Shamans in the cenote, which is thousands of years old. Afterward, relax in a lavish boutique villa with a private pool or beachfront suite, then take a dip in one of the lagoon-style pools.
We also love Sarasota’s Longboat Key Club for a wellness retreat experience along the Gulf of Mexico beaches of Florida’s west coast. This AAA Four-Diamond resort spans 410 acres and has rooms with private balconies, 45 holes of PGA golf courses, 20 tennis courts, and the largest deep-water resort marina in the region. Wellness activities here include sunrise beach yoga and the meditation trail in the labyrinth garden. While staying here, it’s also fun to use the beach cruiser bikes, stand-up paddleboards, and kayaks, relax on the beach, get a spa treatment, and take one of the many fitness classes at Mind & Motion Studio. Don’t forget to dig your toes in the sand at one of the best beaches in the United States at nearby Siesta Key.
When architect Nick Troubetzkoy built the Jade Mountain Resort, his intention was to help travelers clear their minds and reconnect with nature. One of the best adults-only all-inclusive resorts in the world, this luxury option features a three-walled open-air sanctuary named after the sun, moon, stars, and sky. Here you’ll also find private infinity pools but no TVs, radios, or telephones to help you minimize distractions and help you truly unwind. The on-site wellness gurus help guests learn about mindfulness and incorporate a compassion-centered philosophy in their yoga experiences. These are wellness practices that will serve you well long after your trip is over!
You can also travel to the JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa for a serene escape with a 35,000-square-foot Mayan-inspired spa. At this resort, you’ll also find a fitness center, tennis court, personal training packages, an indoor heated lap pool, steam rooms, and Jacuzzis. There are also multiple restaurants onsite to help you nourish your body from cuisine around the world. Wellness-seeking guests will also enjoy the yoga, Pilates, and spinning classes, as well as fun games of beach volleyball and soccer to get active in the outdoors.
The Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa is located on 900 acres of lush rainforest near the Arenal Volcano and with waterfalls naturally heated by the volcano. Slip into a plush bathrobe when you arrive and head to the thermal mineral springs to soak in the natural pools, then stroll over to the spa’s rainforest setting for a pampering massage. These pools have healing benefits due to their richness in silica, lithium, and calcium. You can practice yoga and meditation here in a secluded rainforest bungalow and view hundreds of species of wildlife right on the property.
Harness the natural healing power of water when you stay at the Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa and emerge feeling refreshed and inspired. This resort offers ocean views, an infinity pool, and a romantic outdoor restaurant. Water-focused spa treatments feature a rebirth therapy session in a pool of warm water with meditation at Ohtli Spa. The spa offers contemporary techniques with ancient healing traditions and treatments that are designed to melt your stress away, including relaxing couples’ massages, facials, aromatherapy and more.
An exotic wellness retreat destination is Las Lagunas Boutique Hotel in the Guatemalan jungle. It’s located in the charming town of Flores and has bungalow suites over the Quexil Lagoon. Enjoy beautiful sunrises and sunsets from your private deck, hike through the historical ruins, kayak through the lagoon, and indulge in eclectic international cuisine at the on-site restaurant. Choose the Born to Be Well package, which includes accommodation for two, welcome drinks, and daily spa treatment per person. You’ll also be treated to complimentary a la carte breakfast, a one-day excursion to Tikal or Yaxha, which includes transportation, a guide, entrance fees, and lunch in the park.
One of the best spa resorts in California, Hotel del Coronado, Curio Collection by Hilton is an iconic hotel that is nestled right in San Diego Bay. You’ll find a wide range of lodging options at this spa destination that’s been open for nearly 140 years, from chic beachfront suites to private cottages and rooms at the Victorian hotel. Get pampered at the on-site spa, which includes a menu of pampering massages, facials, body treatments, and access to a spa terrace and oceanfront pool.