By: Tully Luxury Travel
wellness• retreats • travel
These days, it’s easy to feel off-kilter. Slow down, take a deep breath and find your balance once more by indulging in an experience that reconnects your body, mind and soul. Whether you’re in need of a challenging yoga class, an invigorating massage or a guided hike through the woods, the perfect retreat is within reach. Here are our top four wellness retreats!
Set among 16 acres of Northern California’s redwood forests, the new Canyon Ranch Woodside – the latest concept from the renowned wellness brand – focuses on immersive, nature-driven retreats.
With just 38 rooms, this is an intimate escape, whether you opt to stay in the main lodge or your very own glass treehouse suspended 35 to 50 feet amongst the towering trees. (Don’t worry, both the room service and Wi-Fi can still reach you.)
Enjoy the indoor saline pool or break a sweat in the Training Zone fitness studio, which opens to forest views. Each day, choose from a variety of fitness classes, meditation sessions, nature walks, nutrition consultations, creative expression courses and wellness talks – it’s all included.
Nestled into the base of the Santa Catalina Mountains and spread across 400 acres, Miraval Arizona offers an adults-only, all-inclusive luxury escape.
The retreat offers one-on-one teachings and workshops rooted in sustainable practices, such as a day with Miraval’s beekeeper (honey tastings included), and a visit with farmer Richard Starkey, whose fresh ingredients appear frequently on the menu. A series of equine experiences, from mindful riding to “living canvas painting” – where you literally turn the horse into a piece of art – are also available. With guest intentions and goals at the forefront, no two journeys are ever the same.
Just 20 miles from downtown Austin, Lake Austin Resort and Spa lets you reconnect with yourself, without fully disconnecting from the rest of the world.
The all-inclusive waterfront retreat blends the luxuries of a world-class spa with the comforts of your best friend’s cottage. Picture yourself sitting on the front porch with a steaming mug of coffee, or soaking in your private outdoor hot tub with a glass of award-winning wine.
Occupying 25,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space, the Lakehouse Spa features more than 100 treatments. Guests can select individual sessions, opt for a package, or purchase a day pass to enjoy all of the spa’s amenities if they choose not to stay at the resort itself.
Another notable feature: Your escape starts before you even arrive, since getting there is part of the fun: Complimentary to both overnight and daytime guests, the Luxe Water Taxi will take you to the resort from downtown Austin in just 30 minutes.
A 50-minute seaplane ride from Vancouver, Sonora Resort is a secluded haven nestled in the heart of British Columbia’s breathtaking wilderness.
Set on an island itself, the retreat is home to the Island Currents Spa, which leans into the energy of the surrounding ocean’s currents and offers guests a complimentary water therapy program. The spa menu also features a variety of massages, energizing facials, purifying hydrotherapy sessions and signature treatments such as the Peaceful Warrior, made special with the use of heated beach rocks.
With its enviable location, the resort presents plenty of outdoor pursuits, including guided hikes, bike tours of the Discovery Islands and wildlife viewing excursions, where it’s not uncommon for guests to get up close with sea lions, bald eagles and even black bears.
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