Trazee In-Depth: Wellness Spas For Summer

by Angelique Platas

May 18, 2019

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Like Albuquerque, Phoenix, Ariz., boasts 325-plus days of sunshine per year, thus the nickname, The Valley of the Sun. The city is home to some of the country’s best wellness resorts and spas and the tranquil natural surroundings make it a perfect place to disconnect.

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Summer is already the season of soaking in the sun, enjoying warm weather with friends and family and skipping off to far-off destinations for vacation. Just add some R&R time at the spa and you have the ultimate reset button. Combine your love of travel and relaxation with a wellness-focused retreat.


Aro Hā Wellness Retreat

Hidden in the remote wilderness of New Zealand’s Southern Alps, Aro Hā Wellness Retreat is a great way to completely relax, reset and step away from reality. Guests detox with raw meals; enjoy long, sometimes half-day, hikes around the incredible surrounding terrain; and unwind latter with a therapeutic massage. Fall into a deep, well-deserved sleep and wake up to the sounds of Tibetan singing bowls. Gather for sunrise yoga and fill up on a heart-healthy breakfast, including gluten-free, dairy-free and all-natural menu items.


Your days and nights at the retreat are essentially what you make them. Guests can choose to learn a new trade with vegetarian cooking classes, spend the day receiving spa treatments, meditate or take a hike in Mount Aspiring National Park. Find the retreat that’s right for you and enjoy Aro Hā’s calming stillness and healthful activities — all surrounded by stunning vistas.


Lumeria Maui

As if Maui could get any more desirable, Lumeria spoils guests with the ultimate in luxury wellness. Read about upcoming retreats and see what lineup is of interest to you and your wellness needs, or check out the regularly rotating holistic practices.


Guests can explore the beautiful property and all it offers, or post up in the spa and choose from the wide variety of therapeutic elements available for guests, including a signature crystal massage, deep tissue massage, a classic-style Lomi Lomi Hawaiian Massage, Deep Feet Bar Therapy for active travelers, amethyst treatments and even Craniosacral Therapy, which can help reduce chronic headaches, anxiety and tension in the jaw.



Over in Tulum, Mexico, Amansala is known as an eco-chic resort and retreat. What does that mean exactly? Aesthetically, it means rustic luxury by way of open-air breezeways, cabana-style rooms, candle light and locally sourced décor. Logistically, it means all electrical lights turn off by 11 p.m., when candles provide illumination for resort guests, and the cool breeze off the ocean is the only air conditioning. The eco-friendly and simplistic approach is not only environmentally conscious, but also a way to make guests feel a bit more connected to nature.


For the active friends in your group, mix a bit of rest and relaxation with fitness and choose from annual yoga retreats, bootcamps and detox packages. Swim in the ocean, sunbathe on the beach, get out on the water in kayaks or simply spend a few days perusing the spa menu, enjoying Mayan healing treatments.



A list of wellness resorts and retreats worth traveling to wouldn’t really be complete without mentioning 7132 in Vals, Switzerland. This famously ultra-modern and incredibly chic stay is almost otherworldly and highly sought after in the spa world. The architecture alone is a draw.


The sleek, simplistic and completely luxurious rooms allow for the surroundings of the hotel and spa to speak for itself, as the mod-style building pops against the natural beauty of the landscape.


The thermal baths and spas host a vast collection of treatments for guests, including hot-stone ritual and peeling, water massage, acupuncture, facials, restorative body rituals and a slew of massages and body treatments. With the nearly endless list of options, guests can essentially revamp, rejuvenate and replenish every muscle in their body before the vacation is through.


Amangiri Resort

By Āman Hotels & Resorts, Amangiri is one of the most relaxing destinations in Utah. Again, using modern, monochromatic design and a less-is-more approach to luxury, this resort celebrates the region’s millions of years of history by hanging back.


The wild red rock country is literally filled with slot canyons, gorges, mountains and desert — just to mention a few — acting as a backdrop to your relaxing retreat. Spend the days horseback riding, canyoneering and hiking through the protected land located in the Grand Circle, Canyon Point in Southern Utah, and earn a much-needed spa treatment later in the day.


Take full advantage of the resort offerings focusing on local experiences, while also treating yourself to a completely luxurious experience in the spa. Practice yoga like a professional in the specialized pavilion; dip a toe in the tranquil waters of the therapy pools; and take time for yourself through flotation therapy, a massage, body scrub or wrap. Something as simple as a sauna or steam room visit can elevate the entire day of natural wonders.

No matter what corner of the world you find yourself in this summer, whether for vacation or a much-needed retreat, we are here for it. Once you decide on the destination and resort, you’re that much closer to experiencing the ultimate in relaxation retreats and luxury dining and accommodations. After all, it’s the season of treat yourself!


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