Need a mental and physical reboot after 2021? Now’s the time to book a relaxing retreat for the new year.
From Tibetan healing, thermal body mapping, or massage sessions to dipping into hot springs or basking at a luxury Italian spa, you get to decide which experience fits you best. This list offers a global jumpstart for U.S. getaways and worldwide retreats for the ultimate self-care vacation.
If you’re looking to live your best life yet, check out these top four weekend escapes and wellness retreats designed to refresh, reset, and refocus your mind, body, and soul this year.
1. Amanyara, Turks and Caicos
Chase your worries away at this island paradise.
Sunlit gazebos, built from Indonesian wood, float like water lilies on the surface of a reflecting pool at this luxury retreat.
With floor-to-ceiling glass walls that slide open to reveal teak floors inside and a luxurious infinity-edge pool surrounded by a blooming garden outside, everything about this private Turks and Caicos resort breathes peace.
Here, perched above sand, rock, and sky, it’s all about shifting your mindset and learning to let go. Take one of Lama Geshe Yong Don’s meditation classes or workshops on mindfulness. They’re both taught by a pre-Buddhist Tibetan Bon master.
Try out group chanting sessions, taste delicious cuisine fresh from the sea, bask in all-inclusive resort amenities, or stroll around the oasis on your own, surrounded by peace.
Cost: Journey to Peace Retreat – $4,151
2. Castle Hot Springs, Arizona
None of the things that make you feel good are better than soaking in a thermal hot spring with palm trees around.
Fifty miles outside of Phoenix, the road climbs into the Bradshaw Mountains. It ends at a pricy but all-inclusive retreat that takes you on an immersive mind and body experience.
Check into Castle Hot Springs, named 2021’s No. 1. Arizona resort by Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards for an integrative visit.
At this adults-only, 30-room resort, you can choose from various relaxing or active activities. Participate in yoga sessions, try out Arizona’s first Ferrata cable-climbing course, soak in the hot springs, get your exercise on with stand-up paddleboards, or realign your chakras by taking the spa’s digital detox philosophy to heart.
Either way, you can freely relax without having to hurry off to any mandatory group meditation sessions.
Cost: From $1,500 per night
3. Royal Mansour, Marrakesh
Expand your horizons with an exotic retreat to the ancient city of Marrakesh.
It’s also a place to renew your body at a cellular level when you book into the breathtaking luxury hotel at Royal Mansour.
There are seven private pavilions where you can relax or eat outside in an alfresco restaurant. Palm trees surround the pool.
Activity options include personalized menus prepared by famous chefs, Tibetan singing bowl therapy, facials that oxygenate your skin, or individual sports lessons.
You can also opt for private consultations with an on-staff nutritionist and wellness advisor.
There’s something luxuriously healing about enjoying delicious food, taking an art therapy class held in a sunlit glass greenhouse, relishing a massage session in the 27,000 square-foot spa area, or reclining on a chaise lounge by the pool that will have you coming back for more.
Cost: $12,785 for 5 days
4. Dolce Vitality, Italy
Soak up the good life surrounded by the sunny southern Italian coastline at Dolce Vitality.
While Italy might not top the charts when you think about a wellness retreat, there’s good reason to add it to your list.
A favorite getaway for millionaires and celebrities, Positano offers a magically unforgettable retreat experience.
There’s nothing to cure life’s stresses or the winter doldrums like checking into a luxury room overlooking the sparkling sea along the spectacular Amalfi Coast.
Start your day with a personalized meal crafted by an onsite nutritionist and chef. Organic vegan options top the menu.
Then you can enjoy a yoga class taught by world-famous teacher Elena Brower. There’s also a chance to take a strength-training class or work out your whole body with a personal trainer.
Afterward, soothe your tired muscles with a spa massage.
You can also head out for a sightseeing trip to take in the local views, history, and cuisine.
Take your pick from the hotel sauna, pool, or Turkish baths to take your relaxation experience up a notch.
From an open-air gym to winding mountain tracks that let you hike the immortal Path of the Gods, this wellness center takes you to the next level of health, fitness, and pure joy of living.
If island escapes, thermal pools, an exotic getaway, or an unforgettable vacation sound like just what you need, these wellness retreats might help you kick off your best year yet.