The Lefay Resort and Spa Lago Di Garda conjures thoughts of the sublime | Courtesy of Lefay Resort & Spa
If you’re looking for a truly rejuvenating vacation, the standard hotel offerings of a gym and a couple of massage rooms aren’t going to cover it. These award-winning wellness spas and resorts from across the globe will reset your health and maybe even kick-start positive habits.
Within the Jewel Grande’s gargantuan 30,000-square-foot (2,800-square-meter) spa you’ll find the Caribbean’s only Himalayan salt room – a relaxing space washed with a sunset-like glow that’s reputed to aid skin conditions, provide relief from respiratory issues and promote healing. If that’s not intriguing enough, book a session in the Signature Quartz Therapy Ritual Room, which uses amplified frequencies transmitted through quartz beads to help balance energy in the body.
Situated on the banks of Lake Garda, surrounded by lemon-tree groves, the award-winning Lefay Resort & Spa is dedicated to holistic wellness and personalized health programs. Blending Eastern and Western medicines and therapeutics, its extensive range of programs is designed to address everything from insomnia and aging to posture and toxins. By check-out time you’ll feel brand new.
Billed as a “residential health retreat,” Como Shambhala aims to help guests make a permanent lifestyle shift that lasts beyond their stay. The resort’s setting, in lush jungle just outside Ubud (itself a wellness hotspot), sets the scene for guided hikes, whitewater rafting and open-air workouts. If you want something more intensive and tailored to you, the retreat’s Be Active, Cleanse, Ayurvedic or Bespoke wellness programs, all led by in-house experts, will make over your body and mind.
When you arrive at Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit you’re greeted by a calming personal spa concierge, who provides a thorough breakdown of the resort’s vast health offerings. Check in to one of its extra-fancy wellness suites and enjoy an in-room exercise kit to rival your gym – think dumbbells, a yoga mat, resistance bands and a Technogym exercise bike. Also included are a personal training session and a massage for each guest, an elaborate menu of waters (from coconut to alkaline), an aromatherapy kit, organic skincare products and an LED lamp with a clock timer to help reset your circadian rhythm.
Wellness will find you at Santé Wellness Retreat and Day Spa | Courtesy of Santé Wellness Retreat and Day Spa
Many people visit the Western Cape for its vineyards, but you’re more likely to be undertaking a detox program when you stay at the region’s Santé Wellness Retreat and Day Spa. This wellness sanctuary uses “high-tech and high-touch” modalities for an all-encompassing approach to healing. You could take a yoga class in the morning, visit the Health Optimizing Clinic to dig into the science of your health, then check into the Bio-Energy Centre and rebalance your vibes using electromagnetic waves, chromotherapy and crystals.
On the palm-tree-covered hillside of southern Koh Samui, a coconut’s throw from the ocean, is a sacred cave where Buddhist monks in their saffron robes once came to meditate. Nowadays it’s the home of Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary & Holistic Spa – an award-winning wellness resort where every detail is designed to help restore full-body synergy. Kamalaya’s latest wellness program, dubbed Structural Revival, was launched in November 2018 and is dedicated to improving posture, healing injuries and realigning the body using physiotherapy, pilates and myofascial release.
At Utah’s Amangiri, you can swim in the desert | Courtesy of Amangiri
Your blood pressure instantly drops when you check in to Amangiri, a luxurious spa resort that wraps itself seamlessly around southern Utah’s apricot rocks. Spend quiet days at the spa working toward hózhó – which translates as harmony, health, beauty and balance in Navajo – and evenings stargazing. If your stay fortuitously coincides with the full moon you can even partake in the resort’s outdoor moonlit yoga class beneath the dramatic silhouette of the mesa.
In Costa Rica pura vida, “pure life,” is the national way of being. It is the daily practice of appreciating the simple things and remaining grateful for all that you have. At the Pura Vida resort, amid the country’s coffee-covered volcanic mountains, simplicity and relaxation are front and center. Daily yoga, unreal doorstep nature and the year-round spring-like climate help you rediscover your equilibrium. If you want to go deeper on your wellness journey try aquatic bodywork, Ayurvedic warm oil massage, myoskeletal release, a rainforest facial or a sound bath healing.
This immaculately designed and decorated spa resort is perfectly integrated with the natural resources and ancestral wisdom of Tulum. Try the healing waters circuit, which uses purified waters from the Yucatán’s natural cenotes to relax and invigorate, spa treatments that harness natural flowers and herbs from the on-site organic garden, a ceremonial cleansing in a temazcal (traditional sweat lodge) and yoga in a canopy-level treetop shala. Yäan Wellness Spa is a true Mexican wellness experience.
Sunrise Springs is not your mother’s spa. This Santa Fe resort boasts an on-site spiritual guide who, among other things, specializes in “filling guests with love from the cosmos”; a hypnotherapist and animal-guide communicator; horticulture classes; CBD massages; integrative-medicine counseling; and even something called “puppy playtime.” If a week spent indulging your curiosity around all things woo-woo sounds appealing, this is the resort for you.