As you start a new year, it’s inevitable to start itching for a change of pace. For me, travel is a chance to reset but depending on where I'm going - or who I'm traveling with - I often come home tired, a little hungover and a few lbs heavier.
It's important to me that I start off this new year as I wish to continue, and in an effort to live a healthy, calm, restorative 2019, I really want to go on a wellness retreat. Unless you've been living under a rock lately, the world of wellness is having a total moment and what better way to get into the swing of self-care then jetting off to a luxe retreat at the start of the year? Whether you're looking to sweat it out, get in touch with your spiritual side, or simply be a beach bum for a week, the perfect getaway for your personal resolutions awaits. Here are some options to get you the well-deserved rest and relaxation your post-holiday mind and body deserves.
COMO Parrot Cay
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
It's hard to imagine anything more reinvigorating than a few days at this health-centric resort, huddled away on its own private island in the Caribbean. Guests should take full advantage of the brand's wellness program, COMO Shambhala, which promotes good health through such offerings as enzyme-rich cuisine, a medley of fresh and creative courses like zucchini carpaccio and pineapple sundaes; complimentary yoga and pilates classes; and holistic therapies, including reflexology and Ayurveda. For those who are a little more adventurous, the resort will also coordinate fishing and diving trips; biking excursions on larger, nearby islands; windsurfing lessons, and more.
One of Mii Amo's major selling points—and there are many at this string of adobe casitas dramatically situated in Arizona's Boynton Canyon—is that it rejects a "one size fits all" approach to health and wellness. Even if you're not athletically inclined, there are still plenty of ways to help you shed the stress—and likewise if scaling 10,000-footers on the weekend is more your style. The resort, where guests can book three-, four-, and seven-night programs called 'Journeys,' offers more than 100 activities to suit every sort of spa-goer, from yoga and Juicing 101 to stargazing classes, chanting lessons, barre, tennis, and more, along with spa treatments administered by some of the industry's best. The café turns out health-conscious dishes made with seasonal produce, and the juice bar is on hand for energy drinks and smoothies—but lest you think it's a total detox, rest assured the wine and cocktails flow freely. Still, who needs pillow chocolates when the nightly turndown service includes a Native American blessing?
Tucson, Las Vegas & the Berkshires
There’s nothing new about the Canyon Ranch brand. The original desert location, in Tucson, Arizona, opened in 1979, and the Las Vegas and East Coast outposts in Massachusetts a decade later. There’s everything from weight loss to pre- or post-surgery care, healthy-aging, life-enhancement packages and enough fitness options (more than 35 a day) to exhaust an Olympian, including swimming and tennis drills, aerial hammock yoga and boxing. This place is the WASPy standard for a reason, it's stunning, expensive and incredibly restorative. From the gourmet cuisine to the luxury rooms, from the floating Watsu massage to the spiritual meditation gardens, Canyon Ranch does everything exactly right.
As their website states, Nomade Tulum is a 'human centered hotel,' conceived as a temporary habitat for those ready to learn and share, ready to awake the soul, and free the mind. It is a space in a sacred land where the mind, body and soul will be delighted and fulfilled by mother nature. Owned by Argentinean designer & architect Sebastian Sas, the same mastermind behind the Be Tulum Hotel next door and the nearby Yaan Wellness. Nomade Tulum hotel is as charming as a hippie flower child – albeit one accustomed to impeccable service, startlingly fresh cuisine and Moroccan-inspired design. From morning yoga to beachfront mezcal, days here are spent swaying in hammocks in shaded palapas or floating from the crystalline waters to the soul-soothing spa, where guests can sample Mexico’s ancient healing therapies. At night, shake the sand off your feet and tuck yourself into a thatch-roofed, sea-facing cabana. Sign me up.