Looking to hit the reset button now that the calendar has ticked up another digit? Each of these 10 picture-perfect destination spas offers everything you need to relax, reprogram, or reshape yourself. Either way, your skin, soul and health will thank you for it. And yes, of course you deserve it – life is to be lived while we can!
These are our favorites:
1. BodyHoliday: St. Lucia
BodyHoliday is perfect for those of you looking for a tropical vacation within a results-proven spa retreat. This is no rigid European wellness program, but rather a place to find restoration, seek adventure, and receive all the tools you need to reset your body, mind, and spirit. Based on the four key pillars of relaxation, restorative beauty, exercise and good diet, their all-inclusive resort has been created specifically to ensure that the guests leave feeling relaxed, rejuvenated and recharged.
2. Grand Resort Bad Ragaz: Switzerland
This Swiss spa hotel is one of the most sought-after in the world, as it's home to spectacular thermal baths and offers five-star luxury at every turn and offers all the amenities one could desire from a spa or resort. With access to its own thermal spring that flows directly to the complex, Grand Resort Bad Ragaz is all about wellness. Comprising a superb thermal spa, state-of-the-art facilities, three excellent hotels and 14 restaurants and bars, the resort is a go-to destination for a diverse crowd from royals to retirees. It is situated in Eastern part of Switzerland, about an hour drive from Zurich. Medical wellness in the Swiss Alps defined.
3. Eau Palm Beach: Florida
Eau Palm Beach offers all the amenities of a luxury resort chain while being an independent property all its own. Its spa is the crown jewel of the resort, offering some of the most luxurious spa treatments around with a whimsical touch. The spa is a 42,000 square-foot wellness wonderland where guests can expect champagne and cupcakes over spa water and soup. Private gardens, a fitness center full of exciting classes, and oversized jaccuzzis are just a few of the things that make this spa a wellness junkie's playground.
4. COMO Shambhala Estate: Bali
This resort offers the ultimate immersive retreat, with a holistic, 360-degree approach to achieving wellness and balance. Not only will the stunning views immediately soothe your soul, but COMO Shambhala Estate's team of experts will help guests achieve their health goals through relaxation, movement, nutrition, and, of course, a fabulous spa treatment or two. This is one of Ubud's most sought after escapes, set among landscaped grounds overlooking the Ayung Valley and the eponymous river. Celebrities, politicians and wellness enthusiasts indulge in the resort's spa-like atmosphere, with programs designed around cleansing, exercise and Ayurvedic principles.
5. Shou Sugi Ban House: New York
Shou Sugi Ban House is a newcomer to the spa retreat world, but this resort has already been making waves in its first year. This private, three-acre sanctuary in the Hamptons offers a blend of east-meets-west remedies for stress and imbalance that target physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing. Guests can brush up on their culinary skills, indulge in a Watsu water massage, and enjoy a stimulating wellness bath set against a backdrop of organic luxury.
6. Ananda In The Himalayas: India
Considered one of the most luxurious destinations spas in the world, Ananda In The Himalayas is truly a one-of-a-kind experience. Seated in the foothills of the Himalayas, surrounded by the Sal forest, and overlooking the Ganges River, this secluded resort is the perfect place to unwind and rejuvenate. Sunrise hikes, individualized wellness programs, and oil lamp-lit massages are just a few of the amenities offered at this spectacular property. Absolutely breathtakingly stunning and a true delight for the eye, further enhanced by the warm hospitality that India in general is so uniquely known for.
7. Lake Austin Spa Resort: Texas
Widely considered the top-rated wellness resort in the U.S. (and one of the best in the world), the newly renovated Lake Austin Spa Resort brings integrative health solutions and world-renowned spa treatments to the heart of Texas. It's a magical getaway for couples looking for restoration together, with private indoor-outdoor couples' suites. It's also ideal for locals or those just looking for a day experience, with a variety of packages to help guests achieve balance in whatever time they possess.
8. Aro-Ha: New Zealand
A trip to Aro-Ha is not for the faint of heart. This breathtaking, subalpine retreat is so dedicated to your rejuvenation that it asks guests to refrain from caffeine, alcohol, and cigarettes a week prior to your arrival to reduce your chance detox symptoms. It's also suggested you ramp up your high-intensity exercise to prepare for some of the world's most beautiful hikes. The retreat's nutrient-dense dining, therapeutic massages, mindfulness training, and educational programming will inspire you to take these practices home with you and reap their benefits long after your stay.
9. Palace Merano, Espace Henri Chenot: Italy
Espace Henri Chenot has become a place for Europe's rich and famous to detox in a fairytale Alpine village. However, this spa experience is not meant to be romantic - it's about results. This is about joining designers, models, and socialites in a rigid fasting regimen, treatments inspired by blend of Eastern and Western practices, and strolls through the Dolomites. You'll leave looking and feeling lighter after following one of Dr. Chenot's intensive programs.
10. Tierra Chiloé Spa & Wellness Resort: Chile
Adventure-seekers will adore this fabulous resort in the Chiloé archipelago, full of immaculate water and mountain views. The Tierra Chiloé resort is all about relaxation and creates a cozy atmosphere with local wood and heated stone floors. Whether relaxation looks like wildlife-watching from the resort's heated infinity pool or treating yourself to a specialty massage (or both!), this unique island getaway is sure to inspire rejuvenation of the mind and body from this remote destination.
While you are treating your body, mind and soul, don’t forget to bring effortless and comfortable clothing. Maxi dresses and kaftan dresses are a favorite. They can be dressed up or down and come in so many styles and prints; there is a perfect maxi-dress out there for everyone. They are also useful for making sure you don’t offend any cultural sensitivities wherever you are traveling.