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by Mary E Tjotjos

Wellness Travel Guide

United States—Wellness Destination Resorts


Located in Wyoming, Amangani spa experiences offer an array of rejuvenating treatments and holistic programs. With four steam rooms, two exercise studios and a bespoke wellness program, this gorgeous getaway is a paradise for all guests seeking wellness and health. aman.com


The big open country on the Arizona border provides a stunning backdrop for hiking, horseback riding and rock climbing on the nearby mesas. Or sign on for one of the comprehensive new wellness programs on offer. amangiri.com

Amira Resort + Spa

Formerly known as Green Valley Spa, surrounded by Red Rock Canyon Country, the Amira Resort and Spa takes advantage of its beautiful setting with hikes and adventures. Follow up a fitness routine with a well-deserved spa treatment to relax, rewind and rejuvenate the well-being of body, mind and spirit. amiraresort.com


The Art of Living Retreat Center

Nestled in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, the Art of Living Retreat Center and Shankara Ayurveda Spa offer immersive wellness experiences inspired by authentic traditions of yoga and Ayurveda.

From signature workshops in the life-transforming power of breath and meditation to Ayurvedic cleanses that have been practiced for thousands of years, guests learn timeless tools to access lasting health and happiness. artoflivingretreatcenter.org

Ayurveda Health Retreat

Florida’s Ayurveda Health Retreat is nestled in the historic town of Alachua, 20 minutes from Gainesville. Instead of palm trees and beaches, guests can expect a humbler oasis with freshwater springs, parks and rivers, and a comprehensive Ayurvedic wellness program. ayurvedahealthretreat.com

Cal-a-Vie Health

SpaAs a health spa, Cal-a-Vie offers guests a number of programs that target wellness. Located just outside San Diego, this sunny destination is focused on reducing individual stress and bringing life into balance. cal-a-vie.com

California Health & Longevity Institute

Taking a holistic approach to healthy living, the California Health & Longevity Institute offers renowned experts in the fields of medicine, nutrition, fitness, life balance and spa. Experience the signature lifestyle package that will provide you with a foundation of healthy living strategies. chli.com

Canyon Ranch Wellness Resorts

At Canyon Ranch in Tucson, Arizona, or Lenox, Massachusetts, your mind and body find exactly what they crave: energizing activities, stress-slaying massage, healthy cuisine. A team of experts—physicians, nutritionists, exercise physiologists and specialists who bring together the best traditions from East and West—offer guidance. canyonranch.com

The Chopra Center

The Chopra Center in beautiful Carlsbad, CA, provides an integrative approach to total well-being through self-awareness and the practice of yoga, meditation and Ayurveda. It offers wellness programs and workshops to better the lives of its guests. chopra.com

Civana Spa Resort

Brand new and designed to be state-of-the-art wellness, Civana, in Carefree, Arizona, nestled in the Sonoran Desert, just outside of Scottsdale, presents an expansive wellness program based on four principles, or pathways: Spa, Move, Nourish, Enrichment. civanacarefree.com

Deer Lodge Lake

Texas’ hidden secret is nestled on 50 wooded acres near Houston. Veggie/liquid fasting, colonics, therapeutic spa treatments and yoga. As little as three days at the wellness and relaxation-focused Deer Lake Lodge Health Resort & Spa will yield fast results that last. deerlakelodge.com

Golden Door

A stay at the Japanese-inspired Golden Door, in San Marcos, CA, will bring you to a place of inner peace and stillness. The 600-plus acres provide a gorgeous backdrop for hiking, running, swimming, playing tennis, or simply meditating and immersing yourself in nature. Surrounded by Zen gardens, guests enjoy delicious food from the beautiful gardens, experience sublime spa treatments and work with experts to become a healthier, more mindful version of themselves. goldendoor.com

Hilton Head Health

The Hilton Head Health has a history of presenting programs with a holistic approach to living. From a variety of fitness activities, health education, cooking classes, mindfulness training and island recreation activities to choose from, this is a great destination wellness getaway. hhhealth.com

Hippocrates Health Institute

At the Hippocrates Health Institute, guests are encouraged to educate, transform and heal with a life-changing program offered at the West Palm Beach location. hippocratesinst.org


A center for yoga and health, Kripalu is located in Massachusetts, with a sprawling view of woodlands and water. Surrounded by serenity, guests will find themselves breathing, connecting and exploring their personal power and achieving their maximum wellness. kripalu.org

Lake Austin Spa

Located on the beautiful shores of Lake Austin in Texas, the Lake Austin Spa offers treatments drawn from the serene natural setting. You can customize your visit and create a wellness program to include paddleboard yoga and traditional East Asian therapies. lakeaustin.com

The Marsh

Located in Minnetonka, MN, the Marsh is dedicated to balance and fitness. The full-service spa is just one part of a comprehensive wellness facility that features a medically based fitness center and treatments perfect for embracing a healthy lifestyle and weight loss. themarsh.com

Menla Mountain Retreat

With a healing center that offers a variety of Western, Ayurvedic and ancient Tibetan treatment modalities, the Menla Mountain Retreat in woodsy upstate New York is an authentic wellness getaway where guests can tend to mind, body and spirit, and customize treatments based on personal lifestyle and individual needs. menla.us

Mii Amo

With only 16 casitas, Mii Amo is the perfect place to experience an utterly bespoke wellness program. The incredible red rock surround, considered a spiritual vortex, is perfect for hiking and adds a uniquely spiritual dimension. miiamo.com

Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa

Miraval is committed to the wellness of its guests and their need to keep a healthy life in balance. With a spa designed to honor nature and inspire, the resort also hosts a multitude of challenges specially crafted to promote a lasting mind and body experience. miravalresorts.com

Miraval Austin Resort & Spa

Tucked into Balcones Canyonlands Preserve, a 240-acre bird sanctuary in Texas Hill Country, on the grounds of what was formerly Austin’s Travaasa Spa, the newest Miraval Resort & Spa will help bring your life in balance, with the beautiful new wellness spa. miravalresorts.com

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort

The Nemacolin Woodlands Resort houses an on-site Holistic Healing Center designed to achieve life balance and wellness. Guests are given the opportunity to luxuriate in a number of services ranging from acupuncture to healing meditation. nemacolin.com


New Life Hiking Spa

New Life Hiking Spa, founded in 1978, is America’s original wellness retreat. This award-winning program is affordable, authentic and all-inclusive with nightly rates starting at just $229 per person.

Located in Vermont each spring—autumn season, New Life offers some of the world’s best hiking. All-inclusive rates include a private room, one massage for each three night stay, all meals, guided hikes and fitness programming. newlifehikingspa.com

Pritikin Longevity Center + Spa

Pritikin Longevity Center is located in Miami and surrounded by 650 acres of tropical paradise. The experiences vary for guests, as they are encouraged to educate themselves on wellness and create behaviors for a healthier lifestyle. pritikin.com

The Raj

A French-style manor set on 100 acres of Iowa countryside, The Raj ensures an authentic Ayurveda experience with consults by a committee of Maharishi Ayurveda experts from India. theraj.com

The Ranch Malibu

The surroundings, high up in the Malibu hills, are spectacular, and the week-long wellness program at The Ranch Malibu is intense, rigorous and not for the fitness-challenged. Organic vegetarian cuisine will keep you satisfied but on track to meet your weight loss or detox goals. theranchmalibu.com


Red Mountain Resort

Nestled among the red rocks of St. George, Utah, Red Mountain Resort is the perfect blend of adventure and solace. With excursions to Zion or Bryce National Parks and a range of treatments at award-winning Sagestone Spa & Salon, there’s something for everyone.

All-inclusive retreats include three healthy meals daily, guided hikes, fitness classes, cooking demonstrations and more. Visit: redmountainresort.com

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm

For a more intense Ayurveda experience, Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm is located in Grass Valley, 150 miles north of San Francisco. Affiliated with the Sivananda Institute of Health, the Farm offers a full program of yoga, meditation and wellness retreats. sivanandayogafarm.org

The Sullivan Estate & Spa Retreat

The Estate is a truly holistic, all-natural spa with organic and locally sourced food. It offers anti-stress treatments, guided meditation and private yoga sessions. Guest can stay overnight or enjoy a day at the estate. sullivanestate.com

Sundara Inn & Spa

Tucked in a pine forest in Wisconsin Dells you will find sanctuary from stress. This adult-only spa will help you recharge with spa treatments that blend ancient wisdom with modern wellness. It also offers mountain biking, kayaking and more. sundaraspa.com

Sunrise Springs Spa Resort

Whether you are looking to simply refresh, recharge or immerse in a deeply transformative experience, you can rest, relax and rejuvenate at this tranquil oasis in Santa Fe. Along with their sister resort Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs, Sunrise Springs honors the wisdom of this sacred land and legendary waters. The nurturing spa offers therapeutic massage, bodywork and skin care; sleep, stress and nutrition consultations; Integrative Medicine and Mind-Body Wellness. sunrisesprings.com; An Ojo Spa Resort.

Sun Valley Resort

This resort in Idaho has a comprehensive wellness program, featuring acupuncture, cupping and reiki, along with a range of restorative and detoxifying spa rituals. sunvalley.com

Travaasa Hana

In the tiny, traditional town of Hana on Maui’s secluded eastern shore, is a low-key resort that offers a wide array of enriching activities led by cultural guides. Relax at the spa, go on a guided meditation or learn how to hula. travaasa.com/hana

VeraVia Health & Wellness

Located in Carlsbad, CA, the VeraVia Health & Wellness center offers a Wellness Retreat focused on changing behaviors from within to regularly renew your energy sources, eliminate self-defeating thought processes and improve your well-being and quality of life. veraviafit.com

Westglow Resort & Spa

A health conscious Relais & Chateaux inn near Grandfather Rock State Park, in North Carolina, Westglow occupies a stately Greek Revival mansion. It offers a comprehensive wellness program, with one-on-one stress management assessments, nutritional consult, metabolic assessment and more. westglowresortandspa.com

We Care

Set up for serious detox, this spot in Desert Hot Springs, California, is a place where you will drink a lot of water, green drinks and broth, and experience daily colonics and massage. Relax and recalibrate, sleep, enjoy a mudwrap or the infrared sauna. wecarespa.com


The new YO1 Wellness Center, an Ayurvedic wellness retreat in New York’s Catskill Mountains, offers six pathways to wellness, including stress, fatigue, weight management, toxicity and pain. With yoga, acupuncture and a 36-room spa, it is the newest addition to state-of-the-art wellness. yo1.com