Wellness Retreats to Start the New Year Right

by Holly Riddle

Jan 17, 2019

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Every year, Americans set hefty wellness goals in the New Year. Make sure you get off on the right foot by jetting to one of these top wellness retreats.


Six Senses Zighy Bay, Oman

Enjoy an exotic and picturesque location, but also a step up into better health and a more invigorating lifestyle. The property offers three-, five- and seven-day wellness programs for either singles or couples, all catered around the personal improvements you want to achieve. Your wellness program is catered to your needs and goals, from diet to exercise to sleep.


Pura Vida Retreat and Spa, Costa Rica

This small retreat with gorgeous views of the surrounding volcanoes offers each guest an all-inclusive experience that will have you leaving with a new outlook and high spirits. The base nightly rate includes daily yoga, your meals, spa treatments and eco-friendly activities.


ITC Hotel Grand Bharat Spar Resort, India

Relax in luxury at this property in India serving up only the best in spa experiences and cuisine. There are six different wellness retreats to choose from, so you can pick the one that most closely aligns with your needs.


The Signature Well-Being experience includes personalized therapies, daily yoga and meditation; the Ayurvedic Detox experience cleanses your body through holistic practices; the Tranquil Sojourn experience helps reduce stress through gentle methods; the Swasthya Regime experience introduces guests to the dosha-specific Ayurvedic concept; the Vedic Weight Management experience addresses both the physical and emotional challenges of weight loss; and the Holistic Wellness experience focuses on health as a couple.


Canyon Ranch, Arizona

If you want to impact your life without heading too far, go to Canyon Ranch in Tucson, Arizona. The 7 Days to Change wellness experience promises to “impact your life forever.” The itinerary includes daily outdoor walks, self-exploration, fitness classes, massages and stress release techniques.




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Golden Circle Tour of Iceland

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