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From Lake Garda and Bali to the canyons of Utah and puppy therapy in Santa Fe – these award-winning wellness spas and resorts will reset your health and maybe even kickstart positive habits.
Within the Jewel Grande’s gargantuan 30,000sqft (2,800sqm) 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.
Billed as a residential health retreat, Como Shambhala aims to help guests make a permanent lifestyle shift that lasts beyond their stay. In a lush jungle just outside Ubud (itself a wellness hotspot), the resort’s setting sets the scene for guided hikes, whitewater rafting and outdoor workouts. If you want something more intensive and tailored to you, the Be Active, Cleanse, Ayurvedic or Bespoke wellness programmes, all led by in-house experts, will make over your body and mind.
Ojo Santa Fe (formerly Sunrise Springs Spa Resort) is not your mother’s spa. This Santa Fe resort boasts an on-site spiritual guide, a hypnotherapist and animal-guide communicator, horticulture classes, CBD massages, integrative-medicine counselling and even a Puppy Patch (playing and caring for puppies from a local shelter). If a week spent indulging your curiosity around all things woo-woo sounds appealing, this is the resort for you.
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 mesa’s dramatic silhouette.
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 Spa. This wellness sanctuary uses “high-tech and high-touch” modalities for an all-encompassing approach to healing. You could take a yoga class, followed by a visit to the Health Optimizing Clinic to dig into the science of your health, and then check into the Bio-Energy Centre to rebalance your vibes using electromagnetic waves, chromotherapy and crystals.
Josh Taylor contributed additional reporting to this article