As I begin my journey here in Bolivia, I can easily envision Lake Titicaca as an ideal retreat for an adventure lover. Not all wellness retreats are about relaxing in a spa, though who doesn't love a great spa? Some getaways are most meaningful when there's physical activity in uniquely picturesque and awe-inspiring surroundings, like here on the Island of the Sun. Below are a wide range of hotel spas and wellness retreats for the rejuvenation you crave, and deserve.
Excerpt below from 8/2/2021 Virtuoso article by Lindsay Lambert Day can be found here.
The hotel spa: Check in and bliss out.
Hotels aren’t just places to rest your head – they’re destinations for nurturing the body, mind, and spirit too. In New York, take a break from city adventures with a deep tissue massage at the tranquil Bamford Wellness Spa, or begin your visit to Tierra Santa Healing House in Miami with a soak and a steam in one of the East Coast’s largest hammams. In Montenegro, let the experts at the Chenot Espace guide you through a regenerative head-to-toe health makeover, complete with cryotherapy. You can find these and other destination spas at the following hotels:
Designed by local artists, this 195-room Brooklyn hub sports an industrial-chic aesthetic softened by plenty of indoor greenery – including a “living wall” in the lobby.
A 30,000-square-foot rooftop pool area – South Beach’s largest – decks the top of this Miami hotel, which offers 425 rooms.
During a stay at this 301-room hotel, visit the ‘Āwili Spa and Salon for an apothecary treatment, or paddle an outrigger canoe in Hawaii’s turquoise waters.
From fresh-from-the-flame dining at Los Fuegos by Francis Mallmann to original cabaret productions at the glitzy 150-seat Faena Theater, travelers check in to this 179-room hotel to be thrilled and entertained.
On the Kohala Coast, travelers can lounge in an oceanfront cabana, visit the hotel pool deck for stargazing with a local astronomer, and – fingers crossed – watch green sea turtle bask on the beach. Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village
Within day-trip distance of attractions such as Santa Barbara’s vineyards and Malibu’s beaches, this contemporary, 269-room hotel is well-positioned for travelers seeking to experience the best of California. Half Moon, Jamaica
Travelers at this 210-room tropical resort have access to two miles of private beachfront, an 18-hole championship golf course, and even an equestrian center. One&Only Portonovi
Inspired by the Venetian palaces that dot the shores of the Adriatic coast, this elegant hotel in Montenegro offers 123 rooms and channels a Zen vibe, from the Asian pool lounge to the East-meets-West Chenot Espace spa.
Set on Dubai’s Palm Crescent, this swanky 94-room resort provides travelers with a private white-sand beach, dining by award-winning chef Yannick Alléno, and a Guerlain Spa.
In Mexico, sun-seekers arrive at this 115-room hotel through a private tunnel bored into the Cabo San Lucas mountains – which also serves as a great setting for extravagant wedding receptions. Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach
With an oceanfront, 18-hole golf course (that includes practice areas and a pro shop) and 400 rooms, the Southern California beach club vibe welcomes the whole family – including pets.
The wellness retreat: Recharge in an awe-inspiring landscape.
Nutritious food and drink. Restorative movement. Spa and outdoor programs tailored to your exact needs. Most important: time to truly focus on and reboot your overall health. Immersive retreats provide these and other benefits, whether you choose to spend a few days in the quiet calm of the Arizona desert or head to Tennessee's lush, misty hills for a gourmet getaway. Here are eight resorts to put on your list:
At this Great Smoky Mountains standout, travelers can hike amid naturally sourced abstract art, test their limits on a treetop ropes course, and enjoy the view from one of the 44 cozy rooms.
Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa Located near the Black Forest in Germany, this self-care destination includes a Roman-style swimming pool, several saunas, 100 rooms, and treatment options from holistic medicine to physiotherapy.
Try chakra balancing, salt baths, IV therapy, or one-on-one fitness classes at this 105-room, self-care savvy hotel.
Eco-sustainability guides the principles of this 93-room Italian getaway, complete with architecture inspired by lemon groves and rainwater harvesting.
Four hundred acres sprawl across this all-inclusive, 145-room resort, which offers activities such as “floating meditation” in silk hammocks, surrounded by crystal bowls.
At this hotel, 49 hacienda-style suites are decked out in Santa Fe-style furnishings and come with private garden patios overlooking olive groves.
During a visit to Scottsdale, tennis enthusiasts will love swinging rackets on the championship deco-turf courts and taking a lesson with a professional coach.
On a secluded Hawaiian island, travelers can relax in one of 96 soothing, white-toned suites, learn about local heritage, and embark on a private sailboat tour.
The fitness camp: Fully commit.
Tune out the rest of the world – and partner with an expert coach – to improve your exercise routine for maximum efficiency or establish a new fitness regime. Resorts in destinations such as Texas, Spain, and Switzerland offer heart-pounding, calorie-torching programs and activities, from rock climbing and ropes courses to cardio training and targeted muscle work. The best part? Heading back home armed with the necessary knowledge to keep your body and mind feeling fit. Our top picks:
Choose between Ayurvedic spa treatments, sun-dappled strolls through the forest, and cathartic cardio drum sessions at this 117-room resort.
Expert medical-grade spa programs run the gamut in this minimalist-design 104-room hotel, from genetic testing to detox to anti-aging treatments.
In Switzerland, an Alpine setting and a harmonized interior color palette in the 160 rooms set the stage for the spa’s thermal lounges, herbal detox massages, body wraps, and more.
The spiritual getaway: Go far and reconnect.
Craving a meaningful escape that transcends the physical body? Spend time in nature and embrace ancient customs on a soulful getaway. In British Columbia or the Ecuadorian Andes, travelers can learn the songs and stories of Indigenous communities. Or head to Japan, where you can find inner peace while meditating in the company of a Zen priest. Start your journey with:
Spanning 33 resorts (and private residences) in 20 countries, these meticulously designed destinations uphold the meaning of amanpuri, or “place of peace.”
A team of local experts runs this South American travel operator – specializing in Peru, Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, and Ecuador – which also supports sustainable tourism and rain-forest conservation efforts.
Canada’s great outdoors bring peace and joy to visitors, from springtime cherry blossoms to urban walking tours to world-recognized peaks ideal for skiing and snowboarding.
Produced with support from Virtuoso Wellness Travel partners. Find out more about Virtuoso hotels, tour operators, on-site tour connections, and destinations that specialize in wellness travel.
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