While “vacation mode” has previously meant endless piña coladas by the pool, now, our healthy lifestyle is something we like to carry with us while we travel, with a splurge here and there, of course. So it’s always nice when the place where we stay offers easy ways to prioritize our health and make it enjoyable. Nowadays, it is not only an amenity, but an expectation for resorts to have a wellness aspect. Whether it offers all natural spa services, active excursions, or organic restaurants that cater to different dietary preferences, we are always intrigued and excited by the wellness focused activities available on property. So, with the help of The Venue Report, we rounded up a few wellness resorts that do it right. They cater to guests’ fitness and health priorities and make them feel indulgent. Whether you’re looking for a full blown retreat or just a taste of wellness during your stay, there’s a place for that.
1. The Resort at Blue Lagoon, Iceland
Dive into the Blue Lagoon for healing geothermal waters and indulge in ultimate relaxation while surrounded by volcanic lava and an incredible natural landscape at The Blue Lagoon Retreat.
2. The Ranch Malibu, California
Escape the hustle and bustle of L.A. and return to nature in the hills of Malibu at this wellness resort that boasts a certified organic garden, pool and jacuzzi, yoga pavilion, Romper Room gym and massage village.
3. Cala de Mar, Ixtapa, Mexico
Head a few hours South (by plane) to embark on a yoga retreat at Cala de Mar. The four-day itinerary offers a mix of meditation, sunset salutations, and yoga, as well as mindful meals, ancient Aztec healing traditions, and treatments at the spa as you would like. But the views from this Mexican hideaway are just as therapeutic.
4. Dunton Hot Springs, Colorado
The Rockies are calling. There’s nothing like a cabin in the mountains, clear blue skies that give way to magnificent starry nights, and a dip in the hot springs to cure you of city life.
5. Mission Point, Mackinac Island, MI
Head to Mackinac island for a wellness retreat weekend at Mission Point this fall, or go anytime and enjoy the newly renovated property, which features an innovative yoga space on the waterfront lawn and a “meditation station” tucked into the property’s sumptuous gardens.
6. Kinkara, Costa Rica
If you really want to get away, Kinkára is unlike anything you have seen or experienced before. A circle of tents welcomes you to the property as you touch down via private plane. With highly immersive and memorable activities you’ll come home fully refreshed and enlightened, but it’s the incredible healthful cuisine that has us booking a ticket.
7. Aro Ha Wellness Retreat, New Zealand
When it comes to all things wellness, Australia and New Zealand were ahead of their time, so it’s only fitting that a New Zealand wellness retreat make this list. Head to Ara Ha for adventure and fitness among the Alpines and Lake Wakatipu.
8. Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort, Canada
Photo by Jeremy Koreski
A luxury retreat in the wilderness of British Columbia, Ay? Need we say more? Spectacular scenery and adventurous excursions await at this wellness resort in the Great Bear Rainforest.
9. Travaasa Austin, Texas
Dubbed “Austin’s most active resort” Travaasa offers healing treatments, wellness programs, and plenty of fitness opportunities to reset and recharge your life.
Which of these wellness resorts would you go to for a healthy getaway?