While most people are busy writing up their New Year’s Resolutions right now, why not go one step further and book a 2017 vacation that will refresh, renew, and rejuvenate you?! From soul-stirring, guided meditation sessions to body-bending yoga classes overlooking picturesque vistas, today’s travel guide features 8 inspiring New Year’s wellness retreats to revitalize your mind and body.
New Year’s Wellness Retreats
CopperWynd Resort & Club, a luxury boutique resort near Scottsdale, Arizona, has launched a one-day, rejuvenating wellness escape – the Revitalize Wellness Day Package. The Revitalize Wellness Day Package is offered every Tuesday and Wednesday and offers guests an expertly curated day of fitness, indulgent spa treatments, healthy dining and more. In addition to the Revitalize Wellness package, CopperWynd Resort & Club is centrally-located near hundreds of hiking and mountain biking trails for travelers looking to escape and surround themselves with the peaceful Sonoran Desert.
The package includes a 60-minute massage or facial at The Spa at CopperWynd, with choices including Amethyst Awakening Facial and Blue Sage & Arnica Deep Tissue Massage; a FYT-X cross training session; Day use of the resort’s facilities, including heated resort and lap pools, outdoor whirlpool, tennis courts and fitness center; Anti-inflammatory breakfast and lunch dishes, including a quinoa scramble with poached eggs; and a roasted ginger salmon with pomegranate, fresh olive and mint salsa served over a bed of mixed greens; Healthy cooking demonstration, with take-home tips and recipes from the chef; and a wellness-based discussion and Q&A, presented by the resort’s resident experts.
On the shore of Lake Atitlan, Guatemala, sits a private home turned luxury boutique hotel that offers the lake and its magnificent volcanoes as a memorable backdrop. Located in a destination built upon ancient Mayan culture and practices, Casa Palopó offers those looking to live a healthy, fit lifestyle in 2017 yoga lessons held on the hotel’s helipad with the Yogis in Atitlán package.
The experience at Casa Palopó includes daily personalize yoga lessons overlooking breathtaking views, one spa treatment in the privacy of their own guestroom, daily breakfast at 6.8 Palopó, and round-trip airport transfers. And once the mind and body have been enriched, guests can work on the soul with a ceremony by a Mayan shaman meant to offer well-wishes from spirits who give this gift, by evoking energy from the four elements of nature under the Guatemalan moon. The experience is a fun way to appreciate the beautiful culture of the country, and a great starting point to a new spiritual side of you.
January is Spa and Yoga Month at Aria Hotel Budapest! Head to Europe in the New Year and let Aria Hotel Budapest revive you for 2017.
Aria Hotel Budapest is Hungary’s new luxurious design hotel and spa, and the #1 hotel in Budapest on TripAdvisor. The Library Hotel Collection invested nearly 50 million dollars to create an extraordinary musically inspired experience. Each of the 49 guestrooms and suites honor one of the world’s great musical legends from Tchaikovsky to Ella Fitzgerald and from Rachmaninoff to the Rolling Stones, as they are artfully designed to evoke the emotions of jazz, contemporary, opera or classical music through décor and sound.
Travelers booking a stay at the luxury property get to enjoy the following: Complimentary yoga each morning; 35% off all body treatments, rituals and private sessions at Harmony Spa; and a free gift upon first spa experience.
Set among the historic live oak trees draped in Spanish moss and the calming ocean breezes, the historically-rich Jekyll Island Club Hotel in picturesque Georgia, offers a complete Yoga & Mediation Retreat Weekend that is filled with relaxation, gorgeous scenery and plenty of free time to explore all the beautiful scenery of Jekyll Island.
Enjoy morning watching the sunrise on the sandy beach as you meditate, a heart and soul healthy chef demonstration, gentle yoga classes and more when you visit the Jekyll Island Club Hotel between January 17-29, 2017, which will be taught by Kelley Boyd from the Savannah Yoga Center. Boyd travels the world to gather inspirations and techniques to weave into her yoga teachings, workshops, retreats and training programs.
Holistic Hideaways at Le Soleil d’Or is a series of wellness retreats with leading health and wellness experts kicking off in January 2017 at the only farm-to-table wellness resort in the Cayman Islands. From post-holiday detoxes and body resets, to couples’ activities, team building workshops, thyroid yoga and more, Holistic Hideaways at Le Soleil d’Or will feature signature workouts, nutritional meals with produce from the resort’s 20-acre organic farm, guided activities, and personalized attention from a lineup of experts who have designed experiences specifically for the Le Soleil d’Or guest on the tiny Caribbean island of Cayman Brac.
Enjoy a 5-Day Detox with Nikki Sharp from January 25-30 at the expansive property. Internationally known wellness expert, health coach and lifestyle blogger, Nikki has studied at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, Institute of Optimum Nutrition, and College of Naturopathic Medicine, and is a certified yoga instructor. She’s been featured on Access Hollywood Live and Fox News Health with Dr. Manny Alvarez and has also been deemed one of the ‘Fittest Women on Instagram’ by Men’s Health. Nikki teaches people how to eat to lose weight and maintain your body by changing the way you look at food, fitness and yourself. Her retreat will teach guests to learn how to build a healthy relationship with food, while nourishing your mind, body and soul.
If you’d love to be in the great outdoors this January, then head to Montana to enjoy luxury yoga retreats in the snow. Explore the outdoors this winter on a snowga excursion at Big Sky Yoga Retreats. To describe the foundation for this yoga and outdoor recreation retreat, their team explains that, “retreats aren’t about escapism. They’re about finding your inner self and gaining the tools you need there to improve your health and well-being. Yoga is the catalyst for this change.”
Ideal for beginners (because there’s no better place to stumble than on fluffy snow) or advanced yogis who are looking to improve their balance on various terrain. Start with an invigorating snowshoe or hike on one of Bozeman’s amazing trails to warm up and soak up the winter wonderland scenery, followed by a 30 minute snowga experience before returning to The LARK for tea in the Map Room- the perfect way to start your day. Chalet Sports will hook you up with snowshoe gear if needed and the team at the Co-op will be waiting to help you fuel up pre-or post- snowga.
A two- night stay includes: an expert led hike or snowshoe trek to the perfect snowga spot; 20% off your snowshoe gear rental with Chalet Sports; $20 gift card to the Bozeman Co-op to fuel your workout; two gift bags, including hand warmers, a water bottle, lip balm, and other winter wellness goodies; and round- trip transportation to and from The LARK.
If you’d prefer to warm up on the beaches of Miami Beach, Florida, then head to the swanky Standard Hotel, located on the gorgeous Venetian Islands. Home to a state-of-the-art spa, equipped with an infinity pool, swing lounge, Roman waterfall hot tub, sun salute circle and mud lounge, at the Spa at The Standard Miami, you’ll find a number of soothing and relaxing treatments to help you detox from the holidays, and get ready for 2017.
Start off with a warm up in the Hamam, then receive a 60 or 90 minute Standard Massage followed by a complete lathering with a Turkish Hamam Rub and Scrub. Enjoy The Standard Exfoliation, which is a luscious purifying and smoothing scrub that massages away dull and dry skin, leaving your body glowing and radiant inside out. Or, book yourself a Facial Intervention, which is an advanced treatment formulated with the spa’s customized cleansing and exfoliation, lifting facial massage and coveted masks and serums. This facial refreshes, brightens and revitalizes your complexion to look younger, firmer and radiant.
Last, but certainly not least, is the Six Senses Douro Valley in Portugal, which has just rolled out new Stress-Busting Retreats. For guests who are stressed in the new year, the four-night Stress Free Success retreats will be led by a corporate wellness specialist. Working in Balance will take place in January and March 2017, and aims to educate guests on the negative effects of stress, how to reduce it and how to improve physical and psychological well-being.
They include an individual wellness assessment, two hours of daily themed workshops and seminars, tai chi, meditation and yoga classes, as well as fitness activities and a relaxing daily massage. Key topics will include Managing Stress, Life Management and Healthy Body-Healthy Mind, with practical advice and tips along the way. During the retreat, participants can also take time out to indulge in the resort’s facilities, including a variety of dining options, a wine library and terrace, and an organic garden. Six Senses Spa features 10 treatment rooms overlooking the resort’s gardens or the valley, the Nail Bar and Alchemy Bar.
To learn about more revitalizing wellness retreats, check out TripAdvisor’s most popular spa vacations.
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