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Top 10 Wellness Destinations in the US

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Top 10 Wellness Destinations in the US

1. Sedona, Arizona

Sedona is best known for its photogenic red rock formations and plentiful hiking opportunities. However, the desert oasis is also ideal for relaxation and reflection. Learn about Sedona’s healing vortexes and spiritual properties on a one-on-one or small group soul tour.

2. Hawley, Pennsylvania

This charming borough sits on the Lackawaxen River in northeastern Pennsylvania and is a great place to decompress outdoors as its home to a handful of lakes, including Lake Wallenpaupack, the third-largest man-made lake in the state.

3. Ojai, California

Head northwest of Los Angeles to discover the charming city of Ojai. Nestled in a scenic valley in the Topatopa Mountains, visitors will uncover peaceful village vibes and likely feel brand new after exploring its picturesque hills and orchards.

4. Amelia Island, Florida

Amelia Island can be found just northeast of Jacksonville near the Florida-Georgia border. The underrated seaside destination is home to some of the country’s most relaxing beaches and top luxury resorts. Visitors can also recharge physically with healthy made-from-scratch meals from Burlingame Restaurant in Fernandina Beach.

5. Calistoga, California

Located in Napa Valley, Calistoga has everything you need to feel completely relaxed, including natural hot springs, mud baths and wineries. Begin your calming experience at MoonAcre Spa and Baths, one of the nation’s most luxurious.

6. Lenox, Massachusetts

This western Massachusetts small town is ideal for a harmonious New England getaway. Visitors can rejuvenate their mind, body and soul at the Cranwell Spa and Golf Resort without breaking the bank with nightly rates under $180.

7. Palm Springs, California

If sunshine makes you happy, Palm Springs is guaranteed to put you in a better mood. The desert destination receives more than 350 days of sunshine per year and is home to countless pools that will help inspire your digital detox. Palm Springs is also great for those looking to avoid summer crowds.

8. Park City, Utah

Park City is renowned for its world-class skiing and spas. It’s also home to dozens of healthy restaurants and the scenic Union Pacific Rail Trail, which is perfect for a relaxing stroll.

9. Stowe, Vermont

Vermont’s most charming mountain town oozes tranquility no matter the season and the four-star Stoweflake Mountain Resort and Spa in downtown Stowe will serve as a cozy base camp throughout your wellness retreat.

10. Wailea, Hawaii

Visitors to Wailea can do their yoga and meditation above the ocean on a paddle board, snorkel their stress away on one of Maui’s best beaches—Keawakapu—and unwind at the blissful Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea.

Top 10 Wellness Retreats in Mexico for Travelers

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For those seeking a vacation that emphasizes healthful activities, Mexico is an ideal spot. Many visitors travel to the country to stay at the different wellness retreats that have been designed to improve physical and mental well-being. These 10 retreats each offer a unique experience that will kick start a client’s journey to better health.

 

Yoga Retreat
Located on 12 acres of wild land and just five minutes by car from Sayulita, Haramara Retreat is a luxurious yoga retreat on the Pacific Coast just north of Puerto Vallarta focused on detoxification and relaxation. Guests stay in palm-thatched huts that feature ocean views and are surrounded by lush tropical vegetation, and the property includes two yoga pavilions, an infinity pool and an open-air spa. In order to minimize environmental impact, there’s no electricity, aside from inside the restaurant and yoga studio.    www.haramararetreat.com

 

Seven-Day Detox
Baja Cleanse takes place in a private beachfront home between Los Cabos and La Paz, where a raw-food chef prepares organic meals and fresh juices daily. Guests receive nutritional counseling and meet with experienced therapists who provide treatments such as massage, acupuncture and holistic facials. The seven-day program is meant to clear the mind, body and spirit of stress and toxins, and includes meditation, yoga, breath work and other outdoor activities.    www.bajacleanse.com

 

Ancient Sweat Lodge
Experience the traditional Mexican ritual steam bath known as temazcal — an ancient practice that’s used for physical, mental, emotional and spiritual purification. Cancun Temazcal is located in the jungle of Colonia Doctores, just 10 minutes away from Cancun. An expert guide leads participants through a campfire ritual and temazcal session; afterward, they are treated to a refreshing outdoor shower, a facial mud mask and natural snacks.    www.cancuntemazcal.com

Zen Escape
Nestled between the jungle and the beach in Chacala, in the state of Nayarit, lies Mar de Jade — a unique property that offers a multitude of yoga and meditation retreats throughout the year. Its Silent Zen Meditation Retreat occurs twice per year and is led by a well-known Buddhist priest. The retreat includes daily vegetarian meals, sitting and walking meditation, Buddhist teachings and a private session with the teacher.    www.mardejade.com

 

Sun, Surf & Sand
At Las Olas Surf Safaris in Puerto Vallarta, an all-female crew of instructors teach women how to hang ten in a relaxed and supportive environment. A typical day includes morning yoga, multiple surf sessions, a fun activity such as margarita-making or Spanish lessons and three balanced meals.   www.surflasolas.com

 

Bikini Bootcamp
Popular with celebrities such as Drew Barrymore and Cameron Diaz, Tulum’s Bikini Bootcamp is a weight-loss vacation combined with a yoga retreat that helps tone the body and center the mind and spirit. This six-day program provides daily beach walks and workout classes, yoga, healthful meals, spa services and tours.   www.bikinibootcamp.com

Relaxation Ranch
Designed to strengthen the body and enrich the mind, Rancho La Puerta in Baja encourages integrative wellness by offering fitness classes, wellness workshops, educational lectures and holistic therapies. Unique class offerings include chanting/crystal bowls, sound healing, acupuncture, water dance and biodynamic craniosacral therapy. Its Executive Wellness Program is a weeklong experience that begins with a comprehensive wellness exam and features one-on-one meetings with a nutritionist and exercise specialist.   www.rancholapuerta.com

 

Mind and Body Wellness
Yaan Wellness in Tulum hosts Open Moon Temazcal Ceremonies led by a Maya healer during the monthly moon cycles. These sessions enable participants to cleanse and heal as they are guided through the four doors of a pre-Hispanic sweat lodge ceremony. Treetop yoga and meditation classes are offered daily, and the spa has purified crystalline water pools; energy healing; an Aztec chakra massage treatment; and herbal and flower baths in copper tubs.      www.yaanwellness.com

 

The Works
A variety of retreats and workshops are offered year-round at Present Moment Retreat — a private boutique resort situated on a peaceful beach in Troncones, near Zihuatanejo. The diverse monthly retreats include self-care for women, yoga and wellness, guided meditation, chakra balancing, dancing and more. Present Moment also recently opened Lake Zirahuen Mountain Retreat Center in Mexico’s Sierra Madre Mountains, which offers corporate and group retreats, silent and guided meditation, qigong, tai chi and more.    www.presentmomentretreat.com

 

Holistic Healing
Sanara Tulum is home to a world-class wellness center that provides guests with alternative treatments, including nutritional consultation, crystal healing and aromatherapy. In addition to a la carte healing therapies and spa treatments, Sanara offers Cleanse & Heal — a three- to seven-day wellness program that includes a juice cleanse; consultations and treatments at the wellness center; and counseling and motivational support.        www.sanaratulum.com

Well Being is Not Just for Grown Ups at Six Senses

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Six Senses hotels and resorts have long been known for integrating wellness and sustainability into all of their efforts including the guest experience.

But now the renowned hotels are taking that focus to a new level.

The company recently announced a new program, Grow With Six Senses, a framework for children’s offerings that incorporates six dimensions of wellness into all activities for young guests.

The program is designed to encourage kids to learn more about what’s going on inside them and the world around them, the company said in a statement.

That learning will take place through a wide range of exciting and intriguing offerings and adventures, from outdoor activities to local experiences, language and cooking classes and more. As children journey from one activity to the next, they’ll earn a stamp in their personal Six Senses passport.

“Grow with Six Senses incorporates the six dimensions of wellness (social, environmental, physical, spiritual, emotional and intellectual) and brings kids ‘back to basics’ in order to reconnect with nature and others around them,” said Six Senses Vice President of Spa and Wellness Anna Bjurstam. “This framework ensures a holistic offering for the minds of our little guests. We’re really proud of what each resort has created and we know families are going to love the experience too.”

The offerings that are part of the new program will vary from resort to resort but will generally include such things as yoga and mindfulness, local culture, sustainability and social experiences. There will even be a chance for kids to participate in tailor-made spa treatments.

“The focus is on offering something a little out of the ordinary to attract even the most reticent joiner,” the company said in a statement. “Forget algebra, how about being a little mixologist? Children learn how to make their own toothpaste, facial mask, body scrub, after sun lotion and edible water bubbles.”

For the kids who can’t sit still, there will be cookery, yoga, treasure hunts, ball games and fitness challenges.

Those interested in something more local will have plenty of options as well. For instance, at Six Senses Yao Noi, in Thailand, there’s roselle harvesting and flying yoga.

At Six Senses Fiji, slated to open in April, kids will be able to make their own snacks using a solar oven.

And not to be outdone, Six Senses Laamu will allow kids to forage in its beautiful garden for salad ingredients, and will also offer healthy cookie making and Zumba.

“It’s not all about doing, there are plenty of being options,” the company said. “For example simple meditation with Six Senses Samui and Six Senses Yao Noi incorporating the art of singing bowls.”

Children’s innate creativity will be encouraged through Vietnamese origami and painting at Evason Ana Mandara and Six Senses Ninh Van Bay in Vietnam, while Six Senses Con Dao (also in Vietnam) will feature small visits to the local school (parents are also invited.)

And still, there are more options.

At the Six Senses Douro Valley, in Portugal, children can participate tile painting and Turkey’s Six Senses Kaplankaya offers ceramic decorating. Those with an interest in learning multiple languages may want to check into Oman’s Six Senses Zighy Bay, where kids can take Arabic lessons.

There will also be plenty of programs focused on caring for the Earth via the Six Senses Earth Lab, where kids can learn about upcycling and recycling.

Playtime activities meanwhile will include joining gardeners in the resorts’ organic gardens for anything from seed planting to mushroom harvesting.

The myriad of activities designed for children doesn’t end with nightfall either. Grow With Six Senses will offer family activities in the evening such as coastal walks, movie evenings, sandcastle building, storytelling, mastermind puzzle challenges and at Six Senses Zil Pasyon, in Seychelles, Big Cook-Little Cook.

Each resort has developed its own comprehensive program. A full list of Grow With Six Senses activities can be viewed on the web page of each resort under the EXPERIENCES tab.

 

Courtesy of Mia Taylor

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