When we were in college, the idea of Spring Break often conjured up visions of all-day beach parties, crazy shenanigans, and an “anything goes” mentality. Now that we’re adults, the thought of going on Spring Break probably means something different – a little time to relax and rejuvenate in style.
Spring Break Wellness Getaways
To inspire your next Spring Break vacation, today’s travel round-up features incredible wellness getaways at luxurious hotels and resorts that will help you detox your mind and body this season.
Experience a Mayan Spiritual Healing to Find Inner Zen
Those looking to sustain a wellness lifestyle this Spring should make their way to Casa Palopo — a nine-room (soon-to-be 15 room) boutique hotel that sits on the shore of Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. From daily yoga lessons on the hotel’s helipad overlooking mesmerizing views of three volcanoes and a vast lake to spiritual hikes up the San Pedro volcano, there’s plenty of options to inspire inner zen at this property. But perhaps the most spiritually cleansing program of all includes a Mayan Shaman blessing around a fire pit to help free the soul of negative energies — a ritual that’s been used for centuries by the Mayan. Moreover, a cultural seeking traveler can also enjoy an Eat, Pray, Love similar experience via the hotel’s boat tours to the indigenous villages spread out across the lake. Each village is known for a distinct offering — one of which is being the capital of meditation and spiritual activities like, San Marcos de La Laguna. Back at the hotel, guests can end their day with a Mayan-inspired spa treatment at the hotel’s new spa, and spend some time sweating off bad energies in their soon-to-come Temazcal, eat gourmet Guatemalan cuisine, and relax with drinks by the fireplace or on the terrace.
Spring Clean Your Mind, Body & Soul in a Tropical Paradise
What better way to usher in a new season than a spring cleaning session for your body, mind, and soul? Go completely off the grid and head to Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa in Arenal, Costa Rica — a tropical paradise spread across 900 acres of lush rainforest with thermal springs naturally heated by the volcano’s magma and outdoor spa bungalows where treatments are rendered to the sounds of local wildlife. During the day, guests can release all of their built up frustrations and get their adrenaline pumping for the new season with nearby adventure activities that include ziplining, horseback riding, waterfall rappelling, and class 3/4 whitewater rafting. By night, they can kick back and find their inner zen in the resort’s adults-only Shangri-La Gardens, which feature six natural hot spring pools with temps that reach 105°F, Buddha statues, and a grassy area with lounge chairs and cocoon-shaped cabanas. Travelers looking to further unwind can opt for a yoga sesh or spa treatment in a private rainforest bungalow, tucked away amid the trees.
Discover Bimini Bliss with the Dolphins
Located 50 miles off the coast of Miami, the tiny seven-mile island of Bimini is home to special spiritual spots that inspire, where travelers can discover the true meaning of “Bimini Bliss.” With Resorts World Bimini as their home-base, guests are encouraged to take a tour of the mangroves with island historian, Ansil Saunders, to uncover a piece of the past with the same tour Martin Luther King, Jr. took when he visited the island to get away and write his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech. Another spiritual encounter travelers can experience during a stay at Resorts World Bimini is the wild dolphin expedition — which entails swimming with wild dolphins, right in their natural habitat. The opportunity to witness up close the dolphin’s natural beauty, grace and power create a once-in-a-lifetime excursion. The last spot is the secluded Honeymoon Harbor, only accessible by boat (which guests can arrange through the concierge team). Once you arrive at this gin-clear strip of water and its tiny beach, you’ll be greeted by a community of wild stingrays. Honeymoon Harbor is the perfect quiet escape for when you want to quiet the noise of the busy outside world, to achieve a calm inner-peace among stunning tropical nature.
Healing in the Mangrooves
Tucked between a tropical forest lined with virgin mangroves and one of the best beaches in Costa Rica’s coveted Gulf of Papagayo, El Mangroove offers a tranquil escape for guests looking to shake off the winter blues and reset for the spring season. The 85-suite boutique hotel features a bohemian-inspired design with indigenous decor influences, a gorgeous spa with outdoor bungalows, a sweeping infinity pool with private cabanas, and guest room suites with touches like in-room hammocks and see-through showers lined with caña brava wood made from local sugarcane. When guests aren’t taking advantage of the resort’s amenities, they can opt for spiritually uplifting excursions that range from a sunset tour on one of the resort’s private boats that take guests to a secluded beach for some R&R or snorkeling sunset sessions that allow guests to swim among wild dolphins and marine life.
Of Water + Wellness in Puerto Vallarta
Because water gives the gift of life and has been recognized for its healing properties for centuries, it’s no wonder hotels are offering services catered around the powers of water for an alternative take on healing vacations. From the moment you walk into Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa, views of the ocean — and possibly hunchback whales splashing in and out of the water — can be enjoyed in the newly renovated open-aired lobby space, from any guest-room or suite of choice, or during a romantic dinner at the hotel’s outdoor restaurant Las Casitas. Guests of the resort can experience water-focused treatments inspired by ancient traditions of the Huichol culture at the massive Ohtli Spa with treatments like the “Rebirth” Therapy session, performed in a pool of warm water, focusing on meditation and relaxation. Your therapist will guide you through a series of rhythmic water movements (swaying you from side to side in the water) that help relax your mind, muscle tissue, and joints, allowing you to gradually drift into a meditative state. With regular treatments, you will experience increased flexibility and a strengthened immune system. All treatments in the spa end in the hotel’s hot and cold plunges aimed to stimulate and invigorate the senses.
Get R&R in a Poolside Casita in Acapulco Bay
Hidden among 40 acres of lush hibiscus gardens on a hillside high above the famous Acapulco Bay, Las Brisas Acapulco has long been a landmark destination in its own right. The charming bungalow-style rooms, nicknamed “casitas,” welcome guests with plush pink furniture, understated beachy décor, and pink jeeps to whisk you away to resort facilities or the chic & private waterfront La Concha Beach Club. Perfectly suited for a Spring Break getaway, the ‘Brisas Beach Club Pool Casita’ package includes a private swimming pool, a spacious balcony overlooking Acapulco Bay, and a personalized facial treatment at the new boutique spa. Sip on a refreshing fruit smoothie while lounging by the tranquil pool, allowing all your cares to melt away.
Escape to an Oasis of Tranquility by the Adriatic Sea
Carved into a cliffside in the heart of Dubrovnik and overlooking the Adriatic Sea, the 5-star Hotel Bellevue paints the picture of the most exquisite place in the world. Serving as a true oasis of tranquility, this seaside hotel is now offering a refreshing take on a girlfriend getaway with the Spring Suite Dreams Package. Discerning travelers can immerse themselves into Hotel Bellevue’s world of discrete luxury by enjoying sights and sounds of the Dalmatian coast, embracing tastes and scents of Mediterranean cuisine, and relaxing together under the gentle touch of their personal spa specialist. The hotel offers 91 luxurious sea-view rooms and suites (most rooms having balconies), three contemporary restaurants and bars, a spa and wellness center, and spectacular views of the Adriatic.
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