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Spa-Centric Getaways with Top Detox Treatments

by Tara Bradley Connell

There’s no better way to push the restart button than with a detox at one of these spa-centric getaways


Tulum, Mexico

The laid-back feel of Tulum and quick access from Cancun International Airport makes Sanara feel like a detox retreat set away from the rest of the world. Its Cleanse & Heal program is a three- to seven-day retreat that offers three levels. The “Gentle” cleanse includes fresh-squeezed juices, smoothies, soups and salads; the “Deep” cleanse includes added superfood shots; and the “Next Level” cleanse is for guests who already live a healthy lifestyle but want to learn more about incorporating new healthy practices into their daily routine.

Individual treatments include a detox bath, a lymphatic drainage massage, a Mayan healing treatment, reflexology, yoga, meditation and daily guidance from the on-site expert practitioners and therapists. The rooms are equally calming, designed in neutral tones to complement the white sandy beaches; deep tubs that ensure every day ends with a calming soak with products from the Sanara Spa; and windows that take in the views of the property’s jungle-like beauty. sanaratulum.com/cleanse-heal


St. Lucia

“Give us your body for a week, and we’ll give you back your mind” is the mantra at BodyHoliday, in St. Lucia. And with its already extensive options of holistic experiences, activities and therapeutic services, it’s obvious that, with the addition of the newly launched retreats, there is no shortage of ways to recharge. To release stubborn toxins, the Detox & Cleanse Retreat features a regimen that includes organic juicing, special teas and soups to coincide with yoga and Tai Chi practices.

At the spa, the Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Bolus Bag and Thalassotherapy provide extra cleansing with a side of pampering. For those looking to break into a heavy sweat, the Far Infrared Detox therapy treatments are 20-minute sessions that emit infrared waves into the skin to increase circulation, metabolism, oxygenation and cellular regeneration. And since sleep is one of the most powerful ways to rejuvenate, guests are soothed into a deep slumber with a Pillow Menu, a selection of calming teas and sink-into-me tubs. thebodyholiday.com


Goa, India

Since you can’t discuss detox without mentioning India’s ashrams and retreats, The Beach House, located in Goa, offers an extensive list of all things wellness. After an initial consultation with an Ayurvedic specialist or one of the specially trained experts, participants get a full body analysis complete with pH balance, body composition, vitals and a Chakra assessment. From there, indulge in a signature program that caters to specific needs or go for the full detox with the Juice Fasting Detox Retreat. Included in the package: daily presentations, yoga, meditation, holistic treatments, Ayurvedic and supplement recommendations, two daily colon cleanses, a personal diet/nutritional coach, and one session of Neuro-Linguistic Programming—a procedure used to address everything from anxiety to addiction and stress. Each of the 15 rooms features modern amenities as well as rain showers, spacious bathrooms and views of the gardens just steps out the door. thebeachhousegoa.com


Nosara, Costa Rica

The Harmony Hotel, in the surfer’s town of Nosara, Costa Rica, is all about eco-friendly wellness and cleansing. The wellness retreat is centered around nature, situated between the jungle and beaches. When it comes to customized detox treatments, its Harmony Restoration Week works with a three- or six-day program offering private sessions with the health concierge, daily yoga classes, nutritional support, massages and treatments with all-natural products at the on-site Healing Centre.

The property itself keeps things intimate with just 24 rooms. The rooms take advantage of the location’s healing ambiance with private patios, outdoor showers and hammocks—all just steps from the Healing Centre treatment rooms, yoga studio and chlorine-free saltwater pool. For some extra exercise, private or group surf lessons can be arranged just a short walk away on the sand. theharmonynosara.com


Shandaken, New York

From the cleansing effects of juicing to the power of bone broth, Copperhood, located in Shandaken, New York, offers personalized programs to educate guests on how to improve their metabolism, increase energy, lose weight, maintain lean body mass and decrease inflammation.

Menu options cater to raw, detoxifying juice fasts, or the “Classic” diet—inspired by international cuisine. Daily activities get the blood flowing with hikes that offer mountain views, and yoga and meditation in the spa’s sunlit studio. As a way of enhancing the healthy diet and exercise regimen, the spa also features a water therapy suite, hydrotherapy tub, Vichy shower, sauna, pool and steam room. When it’s time to cozy up with a book, rooms are laid out with cozy amenities such as down duvets and bathrobes. copperhood.com/weight-loss

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