If you feel like you’ve been hearing more about wellness retreats and vacations, you’re right. Wellness tourism is on the rise and projected to grow by 43% between 2015 and 2020. Wellness tourism isn’t one-size-fits-all, and as hotels rush to meet the trend, the idea of wellness tourism is expanding. Whether travelling solo, with the family, gathering the ladies for a girl’s trip or even a gentleman's getaway, there’s a perfect option for everyone. Here are seven all-inclusive luxury options across America to set the bar high.
Great Outdoors: Magee Homestead at Brush Creek Ranch, Wyoming
Find balance and adventure and manifest destiny under Big Sky country. Release your inner cowboy with horseback riding, take in the scenery by bike, or join a “yoga hike” and try out Warrior 2 on the edge of a boulder. The other Brush Creek properties are nearby and offer archery, rock climbing, fly fishing, golf and even cattle wrangling.
Fitness: The Ranch, California
Each day includes eight hours of exercise ranging from mountain hikes to weight lifting to deep tissue massage. Participants have the chance to try the infra-red sauna, acupuncture and even cryotherapy. Meals are plant-based and there’s a weekly cooking class so guests can take their new skills home.
Energy: Sedona Mago, Arizona
Proximity to the Flagstaff Pulliam Airport (90-minute drive) and single night retreat options make Sedona Mago incredibly accessible, especially for the solo traveller. One such example is the Full Moon Retreat: a one night, two-day offering that includes meridian exercises, outdoor energy meditation, full moon meditation and brain healing point meditation.
Water: The American Club, Wisconsin
Book a full day of water-based treatments at this five-star spa and melt away into salus per aquam (health through water). Lavender rain, waterfall massage, hydration wraps and healing waters treatments refresh tired muscles and calm the senses.
Silence: The Art of Living, North Carolina
Located on a mountaintop, surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Art of Living Retreat Center dots 380 acres with a 27-room hotel, 300 retreat rooms, Shankara Ayurveda Spa, outdoor labyrinth, gardens and more. Three meatless and alcohol-free meals a day are included in your stay which begins with morning yoga overlooking the forest and mountain.
Build Your Own Wellness Retreat: Miraval Tuscon, Arizona
Based on your interests attend mindful horseback riding, a challenge ropes course, sustainable gardening class, meditation, trail running, wellness counselling, sunset yoga or photography lessons. This is a perfect location for a group wellness retreat as there is sure to be something for everyone on the (very flexible) schedule.
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