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The Lefay Resort and Spa Lago Di Garda conjures thoughts of the sublime
The Lefay Resort and Spa Lago Di Garda conjures thoughts of the sublime | Courtesy of Lefay Resort & Spa
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10 Wellness Spas and Resorts Worth Traveling To

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Wellness Editor
Updated: 19 February 2019
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.

Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort and Spa

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Himalayan Salt Lounge in Jewel Grande in Montego Bay, Jamaica.
A woman makes the most of the Himalayan Salt Lounge at Jewel Grande in Montego Bay, Jamaica | © Corey Weiner
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.
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Lefay Resort and Spa Lago di Garda, Gargnano

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Lefay Resort and SPA Lago di Garda, Gargnano, Italy.
Wash away your blues under a blue sky at Lefay Resort and Spa Lago di Garda | Courtesy of Lefay Resort & Spa
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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.
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Salt Water Pool at Lefay Resort & Spa in Italy.
A guest floats in a saltwater pool at Lefay Resort and Spa in Italy | Courtesy of Lefay Resort & Spa

Como Shambhala Estate

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Como Shambhala Estate, Bali, Indonesia.
Get away from it all at Como Shambhala Estate | © Martin Morrell
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.
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Como Shambhala Estate, Bali, Indonesia.
Bali’s Como Shambhala Estate offers tranquil scenes like this one | © Martin Morrell

Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, Nuevo Vallarta

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Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, Nuevo Vallarta.
The limitless ocean beckons at Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit | Courtesy of Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit
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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.
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Hate relaxing? Then don’t go to the Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit | Courtesy of Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit

Santé Wellness Retreat and Day Spa

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Sante Wellness Retreat and Day Spa.
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.
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Bet you can’t hold a yoga pose as long as this guy | Courtesy of Santé Wellness Retreat and Day Spa

Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa

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Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary & Holistic Spa, Thailand.
Relax amid palm trees at Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa | Courtesy of Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary & Holistic Spa
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.
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A woman enjoys a seaside massage at Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa | Courtesy of Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary & Holistic Spa

Amangiri

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Amangiri, Utah, USA.
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.
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Come to Amangiri for the spa; stay for the desert’s austere beauty | Courtesy of Amangiri

Pura Vida Retreat and Spa

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Pura Vida Retreat & Spa, Costa Rica.
Enjoy the ‘pure life’ at Pura Vida Retreat and Spa | © JOS Studios
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.
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Costa Rica is known for its eco-friendly policies | Courtesy of Pura Vida Retreat & Spa

Yäan Wellness Spa

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Yäan Wellness Spa, Tulum, Mexico.
Tranquility awaits you at Yäan Wellness Spa in Mexico | © Claus Brechenmacher & Reiner Baumann
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.
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Yäan Wellness Spa, Tulum, Mexico.
A customer takes a flowery bath at Mexico’s Yäan Wellness Spa | © Claus Brechenmacher & Reiner Baumann

Sunrise Springs Spa Resort

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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.
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