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The Best Mind and Body Wellness Getaways in the U.S.

These eight getaways are the perfect way to unwind, relax, and recharge in the post-holiday season.

By / January 8, 2018
   Nicole Schnitzler
   Nicole Schnitzler

With the New Year upon us, there’s never been a better time to dedicate a long weekend to yourself, and no better place to do it than—well—anywhere but home. As such, we’ve rounded up some of the most impressive destinations for mind and body wellness today, each of which prides itself on providing three requisites for a post-holiday stay: rest, relaxation, and fun.

Whether it’s a week-long retreat in the California Redwoods, a yoga escape in Michigan’s wine country, a spa-cation in coastal Maine, or a journey to Hawaii’s most elite resorts, each of these getaways is bound to leave you feeling refreshed, restored, and ready to face 2018. Pack your bags—here are our eight favorites now.

1440 Multiversity

1440 Multiversity (Scotts Valley, CA)

Named for the number of minutes in a day, this wellness and learning destination has one main goal: to help its visitors lead more integrated lives, both personally and professionally. Its mission is achieved through weekend and five-day programs surrounding a large range of topics, all led by some of the world’s most respected experts (think “Navigating the Storm” with Martha Beck, “Motherless Daughters” with Hope Edelman, and “Calm Body, Clear Mind, Open Heart” with Jillian Pransky). Not feeling a group getaway? Guests can opt for a personal stay to take advantage of the site’s healing arts center (complete with steam rooms and massages) and bite-size workshops on topics like creative expression, nutrition, and well-being.

Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour (Bal Harbour, FL)

Located in Bal Harbour Village, this high-end hotel shows Miami visitors the city’s less familiar sights, while also making it easy to explore longtime favorites. Check in to any of the property’s 99 rooms and suites, and check out the perks: semi-private elevators and personal entrances, private oceanfront terraces, and elegant decor with mahogany wood and custom artwork (there’s also the lobby’s $3.5 million art collection). Catch some rays on the beach or at the pool, then hit the award-winning spa—a waterfront oasis comprised of private therapy spaces, saunas, and steam rooms. Next, it’s dinner at Artisan Beach House, the resort’s sea-to-table restaurant that features favorites like wahoo ceviche, seared Florida snapper, and sweet corn cassoulet.

Kodiak Greenwood

Post Ranch Inn (Big Sur, CA)

Recently dubbed the #1 Hideaway in the world by Andrew Harper, this coastal property is the ultimate destination for relaxation and rejuvenation. The rooms here are without televisions or alarm clocks, meaning one thing’s for sure: The team here doesn’t merely offer disconnection from hectic lifestyles—they encourage it. With panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean greeting you around the clock, chances are you won’t want to leave your room often—and if you do, you need not go far. Grab dinner at the award-winning Sierra Mar restaurant and sample through chef Elizabeth Murray’s regionally-inspired dishes, book a treatment at the spa (where an Intuitive Healing Arts program includes Shaman Sessions, a Fire Ceremony, and a Drum Journey), and check out their daily activities—from guided nature hikes and star-gazing to yoga classes (in their very own yurt, to boot).

Skamania Lodge

Skamania Lodge, A Destination Hotel (Stevenson, WA)

This Cascadian-style lodge and 175-acre wooded estate boasts no shortage of adventure for its visitors (fishing, zipline tours, whitewater rafting, and biking are just a few options available). The excitement carries over to the accommodations, too: a new collection of tree houses offers elevated spaces with modern amenities, plush beds, and unbeatable Columbia River views—all while imparting a serious sense of outdoor living. If you’re a more traditional kind of traveler, they’ve got you covered, too—254 guest rooms, four dining venues, an 18-hole golf course, and a full-service spa (offering a range of massages and body treatments) await.

Fairmont Kea Lani Maui (Wailea, HI)

Swapping out a few Chicago winter days for a visit to Maui is always a good idea—especially when it’s to this luxury beachfront property. Outfitted with 413 suites and 37 villas that feature marble bathrooms and expansive lanai, this resort knows how to go big—and they don’t stop at the rooms. Three swimming pools, a host of fitness classes, personal training services, and seven dining outlets are just a few of the ways folks here unwind. A visit to Willow Stream Spa is a must, too. Named the best hotel spa by Travel + Leisure for two years in a row, this R&R sanctuary is known for its paˉlolo mud bar, rainforest showers, and array of signature body treatments that combine modern spa technology with ancient Hawaiian traditions.

Cliff House

Cliff House (Cape Neddick, ME)

This spa and wellness center has a little bit of everything for the self-care enthusiast: oceanfront dining, year-round programming, and luxe amenities aplenty (e.g., pools, golf, lobstering trips, kayaking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing). Dinner comes with a view at The Tiller, a seasonally-driven American restaurant suspended over the Atlantic Ocean. Balance out favorites like turmeric tea roasted cauliflower and Maine Oak roasted salmon with a visit to the property’s state-of-the-art gym come morning. And, of course, cap it all off with a visit to the 9,000-square-foot spa, where a full menu of treatments and salt stone therapies are available.

Semiahmoo Resort, Golf & Spa

Semiahmoo Resort (Blaine, WA)

Situated on the pristine shores of Semiahmoo Bay and Drayton Harbor, less than two hours north of Seattle and minutes from the Canadian border, this seaside resort is a natural choice for unplugging and recharging. Outdoor lovers will be quick to embrace their new surroundings—more than 300 acres of tideland and trails make the property a go-to for jogging, biking, tennis, and volleyball. If rainy weather does strike, a modern and thoroughly outfitted gym is all for the taking, as is a full-service spa. Taste through the area’s bounty at Pierside Kitchen, where the focus is on regionally-sourced and seasonally-focused plates (case in point with Alaska Coho salmon, Semiahmoo seafood chowder, and organic gem lettuces with butternut squash).

Yoga House on Moon Acres (Stevensville, MI)

Situated on more than 14 acres of wooded farmland in the center of wine country, this yoga haven equips its guests with everything they need for a weekend of relaxation, from meditation sessions to farm-to-table meals. Just five shared bedrooms complete the property—ensuring no stay gets too crowded—and a yoga room gives nearly 20 mats front-row views of idyllic surroundings (i.e., the woods, onsite barn, and garden). Expect a carefully-crafted itinerary from start to finish—owner Clare Crowley and her husband ask participants to fill out a questionnaire addressing topics like stress levels, work life, personal life, and dietary requests, which they then use to customize every detail of the experience, including special yoga poses and meal inspiration.

 

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Nicole Schnitzler is a freelance writer who covers​ ​food, drink, ​travel, entertainment, and ​lifestyle. When she is not planning her next adventure​​, she can be found​ ​commuting between bakeries, yoga classes,​ live music shows, and libraries ​in her hometown of ​​Chicago. She is most comfortable with a pen in one hand and a fork in the other. Nicole is also the founder of Doors Open Dishes, an initiative committed to keeping the doors open to the group homes and workshops of individuals with special needs by partnering with chefs and restaurants across the city. Follow her on Twitter (@Write_To_Eat) or on Instagram (@WriteToEat).

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