Spa days during your vacation, or vacations designed around the spa — either way, these travel-worthy locales can take your whole trip to the next level. Pack your bags and grab your passport, or keep it domestic with a few of the world’s best spa resorts worth the effort of getting there.
BodyHoliday, Castries, St. Lucia
More of a lifestyle than a spa, BodyHoliday is an all-inclusive wellness resort in Saint Lucia. When this resort says wellness, they mean it, top to bottom, inside and out. This trip offers fresh, healthy cuisine; health- and wellness-inspired activities and tours of the area with, of course, enough downtime to enjoy the incredible spa. Think included excursions and activities like sailing, yoga, spin classes, daily 50-minute spa treatments and nutritious meals at the resort’s six different bars and restaurants.
Andronis Concept Wellness Resort, Santorini, Greece
With 28 pool-suites designed around the sunset — literally — Andronis Concept Wellness Resort is a concept we can get behind. Located in already travel-worthy Santorini, Greece, this resort goes above and beyond with offerings. Unwind on the terrace of your private infinity pool, or roll out a mat for sunset yoga. Guests can take cooking classes and explore the island with helpful tips from the hotel, or head to the spa for an incredible wellness treatment. Even get to the root of some of your health and wellness concerns with the spa’s hair profiling test, which uses one strand of hair to determine a guest’s specific needs, including nutrition and stress level information. The spa experts will even craft programs specifically designed for guest’s health needs and interests.
Rancho La Puerta, Tecate, Mexico
To dedicate time to the state of your body and mind, Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, Mexico, is a spa and ranch resort focused on serving guests’ needs. Discovering your best self at the spa shouldn’t be too difficult, as the list of holistic treatments and wellness services is seemingly endless. For those seeking a full journey and immersive natural experience, The Ranch has a slew of activities throughout the trip to help guests thoughtfully unwind.
Chablé Resort & Spa, Chocholá, Mexico
Choose the Yucatán or Maroma location of the Chablé Resort & Spa in Mexico for a redefined theory of wellness. With world-class cuisine, treatments, accommodations and 5-star everything, this resort and spa is a complete departure from reality. Book a villa in jungle or by the beach and spend your days swimming, dining, hitting the spa and focusing on your health journey — not too hard though, this is your vacation.
Mountain Trek Fitness Retreat & Health Spa, Ainsworth Hot Springs, Canada
When you hear the call of the mountains, you must go. When the mountains come with a luxury lodge and health-centric vibe, you should probably go soon. An award-winning luxury resort situated in the wild beauty of British Columbia, Canada, Mountain Trek is a stress-free zone with great ways to detox, stay active and feel one with nature. Amenities include yoga with a view, indoor and outdoor spas, organic, natural products in every room and the freedom to explore. This one is definitely a choose your own adventure-type vacation with a light focus on exercise and physical activity — but who wouldn’t want to get up and out in a resort this beautifully positioned in nature?
Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa, Tucson, Arizona
A list of award-winning spas and resorts wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Arizona. The stunning state is essentially a hub for incredible wellness resorts, and for good reason. See what we mean in Tucson at Miraval. Find balance with equestrian treatments, aerial yoga and even zip lining through the stunning property.
Mii Amo, Sedona, Arizona
For those on the Sedona side of things, Mii Amo is a true destination resort to recharge, reflect and unwind. Book spa services for the body and spirit, with a focus on Native American traditions and treatments themed around the indigenous culture. Branch out with some art and design experiences, or explore the breathtaking landscape by biking and hiking the resort’s nearby trails. Join group fitness classes or spend some personal time on your own — even get into the meditation rhythm with the Mii time series.
Sunrise Springs Spa Resort, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Another resort rooted in Native peoples’ traditions and heritage, Sunrise Springs Spa Resort in Santa Fe, New Mexico, is for those looking to really learn about health and wellness and bring it back home with them. Guests join wellness workshops and movement classes, soaking in the hot springs, doing yoga and uncovering greater intentions for life outside of the resort.
Cal-a-Vie Health Spa, Vista, California
When in California, do what the locals do and focus on mind-body wellness. Cal-a-Vie Health Spa boasts a rugged, one-with-nature vibe, but with all the 5-star luxury you’d expect from an award-winning locale.
No matter where you’re travels take you, if a mind-body overhaul or simple refresh is on the itinerary, these resorts should be on your list.
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