The holiday season is almost always a whirlwind of activity—a time of year when achieving some downtime can be more difficult to accomplish than making it into the New Year without receiving a fruitcake. This month, when you really need to decompress, dream about these wellness getaways (seriously, just looking at the pictures of the pools can help bring about some much-needed of calm) that really offer the ultimate escape for relaxation and rejuvenation.
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The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale, FL
The sun is almost always shining at this recently renovated resort. The spa is luxurious and varied and features an organic and active botanical treatment menu that includes massage, facials, hair services and signature specials. Try the Rebalancing Citrus Spring, which uses mandarin and orange oils in a citrus scrub, followed by a full-body stone massage to bring your body to a place of total calm.
Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa, Montauk, NY
Boasting the only four-season resort in Montauk and an indoor, ocean-fed heated seawater pool (it’s the only one of its kind in North America) that comes complete with amazing panoramic ocean views, this resort is a destination for anyone looking to do absolutely nothing but unwind. “As the only authentic Thalasso Center in the U.S., we provide guests with the most tranquil experience from the moment they walk through the spa doors,” says spa director Kathleen Hahn. “The one-of-a-kind experience and serene ocean views allow the mind to completely relax so you can leave any stress behind.”
Paresa Resort, Phuket, Thailand
This hideaway-style resort is THE place for wellness seekers looking to relax and reset. This winter the secluded retreat is offering three-day Wellness & Vitality Retreats, aimed at providing a mind-body detox through daily yoga, meditation, healthy meals and spa treatments.
Rancho La Puerta, Tecate, MX
Known as the original “fitness resort” and spa in North America, this unique wellness escape offers more than 80 fitness classes, a full range of therapeutic spa services and special guest speakers. There is never a dull moment, as must-try activities include everything from hands-on cooking classes at the Ranch’s on-property culinary school to morning hikes.
Mayflower Grace, Washington, CT
With an award-winning 20,000 square-foot spa and bespoke touches everywhere you turn, this country retreat is a super comfortable place to go when you just need to breathe. “We want guests to step out of their shoes, into slippers and over the threshold into calm,” says hotel manager Allison Schumann. “The secret lies in removing the physical world we walk in every day and slipping into a comfortable mindset. Every guest is greeted with smiling eyes, a gentle spirit and an enveloping, hand-holding touch.”
Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa, San Diego
With a 1,000-square-foot Serenity Yoga Pavilion that hosts numerous sessions, fitness classes (all are complimentary for spa and resort guests and conclude with a cold-pressed juice), exercise programs and retreats hosted by top-tier fitness and wellness professionals, Rancho Valencia is an ideal place for guests who want wellness. New on the calendar: a workshop series where Jenny Gadbois, the resort’s resident Pilates Instructor, offers various tips on Pilates, mind and body.
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