DESTINATION: WELLNESS
What’s your wellness resolution: to be more active? Unplug? Detox? Whatever it is, get a head start at one of these health-oriented resorts. From a sustainable island paradise to a fitness-oriented mountain retreat, these seven escapes–located in stunning locations across the globe–will nourish your mind, body and spirit, leaving you refreshed and ready to take on 2020.
Isla Palenque, Panama
LIVE SUSTAINABLY
You’ll take a plane, a car and a boat to get to this island paradise in the Gulf of Chiriqui, but it’s well worth it once you step into your private beachfront casita surrounded by 400 acres of untamed jungle. Committed to sustainability, Isla Palenque relies on the island’s natural resources–sleep under thatched roofs crafted from local fallen wood, enjoy fresh fruit grown in the resort’s own garden and sip cocktails from papaya leaf straws. Whether you spend your days discovering ancient artifacts on guided archaeology tours, exploring nearby islands or reading your favorite book on the beach, this remote locale promises a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life.
Mii Amo, Arizona
HARNESS YOUR HEALING ENERGY
Among the red rock formations in the Upper Sonoran Desert sits Boynton Canyon, situated at a vortex of metaphysical energy revered by Native Americans for its healing properties. Mii Amo spa will help you harness that energy throughout its 3-, 4-, and 7-day guided journeys. Depending on your personal goals, you can build a program from offerings that include Native American-inspired ceremonies, astrology and tarot readings, Reiki, hypnosis, breath work and traditional spa treatments. With a special focus on inner healing, you can expect a holistic spiritual transformation at the end of your stay.
Qasr Al Sarab by Anantara, United Arab Emirates
GET OFF THE GRID
Overlooking the world’s largest uninterrupted desert—aka the Empty Quarter—Qasr Al Sarab appears out of the sand like a mirage. Just 90 minutes from Abu Dhabi, this serene oasis offers breathtaking views of the surrounding sand dunes (which seem to go on for miles) from every angle, be it the property’s curvaceous pool or lantern-lit rooftop lounge. After trekking through the dunes on a camel or 4x4, unwind with a private yoga class or luxurious spa treatment, from hammam to desert rose rituals.
Aro Ha, New Zealand
BREAK A SCENIC SWEAT
If you’re hoping to focus on physical activity, head to Aro Ha in New Zealand’s Southern Alps. Here, you’ll practice yoga with views of Lake Wakatipu, work your muscles in strength training classes and hike your way through the majestic green mountains made famous in films like The Hobbit. Through community and individual activities guided by experts in their fields, each all-inclusive experience is tailored to various fitness levels in an effort to jump-start your health. You’ll be challenged to channel your adventurous spirit, live purposefully and reach your highest potential.
Daylesford Organic Farm, England
EMBRACE FARM-TO-TABLE
Journey to the quiet English countryside and learn to eat your way to improved health and nutrition. Built on a 2500-acre farm, the bucolic setting of Daylesford’s cottages encourages a farm-to-table perspective on food. Nutritionist appointments and cookery classes will educate you on seasonal produce, the restorative properties of different ingredients and how to create healthy yet delicious meals. If cooking isn’t for you, savor the experts’ take on fresh fine dining at the farm’s award-winning restaurant, The Wild Rabbit. You’re sure to work up an appetite with yoga, meditation and countryside walks.
Miraval Resort, Texas
UNPLUG AND UNWIND
If you think you’ll be bored when you unplug from your phone and devices, Miraval in Austin will prove you wrong. With a no-cell-phone rule outside of designated areas, this newly opened resort provides a packed schedule of fitness and wellness activities to choose from. From barre and Zumba classes to hatchet throwing and horseback riding, you can opt into as much or as little as you want throughout your stay. When you’re ready to relax, the award-winning spa—aptly dubbed “Life In Balance”—features 30 treatment rooms and countless options to leave you feeling refreshed.
Lanserhof Lans, Austria
DETOX YOUR DIET
Beloved by the rich and famous since its opening in 1974, this recently refurbished health center is focused on digestive detoxing. Your stay will be supervised by a doctor who provides an individualized dietary plan based on the Mayr method to improve gut health and help you feel more energized. Gain insight into your overall health through sleep tracking and allergy testing or opt for cosmetic procedures and spa treatments to rejuvenate your body and spirit. Keep an eye out, as you might just spot some familiar faces.
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