We love cities for their energy, great restaurants and culture. But, hotels all around the world are making wellness a priority, adding specialty restaurants and facilities. We are seeing a recent trend in travelers, who are choosing destinations based on self-care and making time for wellness wherever they adventure to. Here are our 7 top wellness destinations of 2018.
St. Lucia, BVI’s
The name says it all. Located on a secluded cove of white sand beach, BodyHoliday is the ultimate all-inclusive getaway. The Wellness Centre, voted one of the world’s best spas by Condé Nast Traveler, caters to your every wellness need. BodyHoliday’s five-star restaurants feature locally-sourced foods and ingredients fresh from the resort’s own garden. Aside from body treatments, there are endless activities at BodyHoliday from yoga and fitness classes to sailing, tennis, golf, biking and hiking. You can customize your stay at BodyHoliday so that you return rested and rejuvenated.
Combine the warmth of a friend’s lake house with a world-class spa and you get Lake Austin Spa Resort. Deemed a Top 10 Destination in the U.S. by Travel and Leisure World’s Best Awards, Lake Austin Spa Resort is a sanctuary in the city. Lake Austin is distinguished by its culinary experience that features top rated cooking programs and wine tastings. Lake Austin’s newly renovated luxury lake view rooms contain all the comforts of your home in a dreamy, tranquil setting.
A quiet, stateside retreat in the Santa Catalina Mountains in Tucson, Arizona, Miraval is consistently rated a top destination resort and spa by Travel + Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler and more. In 2016, the resort completed a multi-million dollar renovation to refresh guestrooms, common spaces, and the fitness center. Miraval defines wellness destinations with its packages that include luxury accommodations, gourmet meals, a smoothie bar, lecture and fitness classes, three pools, and authentic spa treatments. With a focus on “living in the moment”, I think we could all use a retreat to Miraval.
Tulum has become a buzzword in the media lately, with celebrities and influencers flocking to the destination for a beach retreat. Some are saying Tulum is redefining wellness destinations around the world. Amansala is lauded as Tulum’s original wellness resort, with renowned yoga and fitness classes in a beach front setting. The resort features signature retreats such as “Bikini Bootcamp” and “The Reboot” that combine yoga, meditation, healthy eating, pampering and more.
Carmel Valley Ranch is a place to play. Sometimes wellness means time to pause and play. Carmel Vallley Ranch features an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Pete Dye, as well as a full-service Spa Aiyana. When you aren’t pampering or playing, enjoy Carmel Valley’s renowned restaurants that feature fresh fruits and vegetables from the ranch organic garden.
San Diego, California
Rancho la Puerta was founded in 1940, yet remains a cutting edge wellness destinations. The ranch is said to have started the wellness crazy with its hikes, yoga and fitness classes along with lectures and fitness programs tailored to guest needs. Chefs frequently visit the ranch to provide healthy cooking classes in the hands-on culinary school. The Ranch is a great place to either kick-start your wellness journey or escape from life’s stress.