The World's Best Wellness Resorts
Collected by Afar Magazine
Today’s hotel spas offer therapies based on indigenous traditions and ingredients, giving guests insights into how people stay healthy around the world. Of course, wellness goes beyond massages and facials. Resorts also help travelers make cultural connections through such activities as dance and yoga. From a hamam hotel to a property and spa inspired by Hippocrates’s holistic health formula, these retreats were designed to enrich body and soul.
1 Redonda Bay, Tola, Nicaragua
A two-hour drive from Granada, in the village of Gigante, 24 sustainably built treehouses with plunge pools and outdoor showers await guests. Classes are held on a huge beachfront platform. Every stay includes one wellness class (meditation, yoga,...
Via Regina, 8, 22016 Tremezzo CO, Italy
The Grand Hotel Tremezzo has been the summer home for Europe’s jet set since opening in 1910. Over the past five years, the Como-based De Santis family, which has owned the lakefront hotel since 1975, has ushered the grande dame into the modern...
The Inn and Spa at Loretto next to the Loretto Chapel is within walking distance of everything around the Santa Fe Plaza but off the plaza by a mere two blocks. Notice I emphasize walking, as driving narrow one-way streets built for mules and...
Boca de paila Km 5.5, 77766 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
On the beach in Tulum, Amansala is a rustic and low-key place to stay and eat. I'm here on my second annual yoga retreat—three hours of yoga in the morning and an hour-and-a-half of Pilates in the evening. The food is fresh, healthy, and...
Jl. Surapati, Tua, Marga, Kabupaten Tabanan, Bali 80116, Indonesia
Arguably the most luxurious yoga resort in Bali, Como Shambhala has 30 rooms, suites, and villas set on 23 acres of jungle-covered riverbank near Ubud, each with its own butler and infinity pool. Yoga programs led by visiting masters such as...
Agios Panteleimonas site, Kranidi 213 00, Greece
Situated on a seaside promontory, Amanzo’e opens for its first full season in March. The spa draws upon Hippocrates’s holistic health formula of exercise, massage, and bathing in the sea. From $1,423. 30/275-477-2888. This appeared in the...
2600 Wolgan Rd, Newnes NSW 2790, Australia
The ultimate wilderness escape for those who like a bit of pampering, this conservation-conscious resort takes up just 2 percent of a 4,000-acre nature reserve in the Blue Mountains. Indoor-outdoor pools and fireplaces are standard in all 40 of...
580 Lommel Rd, Calistoga, CA 94515, USA
Ok, so this beautiful trio of smoked salmon, ham and bacon bennies won't cost you more than thirty dollars. However, to get a seat at this breakfast table you do have to be a hotel guest. Besides the many amenities that make Calistoga Ranch an...
1813 Baldwin Ave, Makawao, HI 96768, USA
I read somewhere that the most expensive commodity in travel is peace. Lumeria is already there, offering respite for mind, body and soul in elegant surroundings that are intended to stimulate and relax all at once. That is the dichotomy of...
102/9 หมู่ที่ 3 Laem-Set Rd, Tambon Na Mueang, Amphoe Ko Samui, Chang Wat Surat Thani 84140, Thailand
Thailand’s pioneering wellness retreat is known for its 3- to 14-day programs that address everything from burnout to sleep issues. The resort celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2015 by adding a 25-meter lap pool, a state-of-the-art gym, and a new...
33 Station Valley Rd, Wyuna, Glenorchy 9350, New Zealand
At Aro Ha, a wellness retreat in New Zealand’s Southern Alps, you’ll find that being in a remote wilderness makes everything more appealing— even raw food and hours-long hikes. The day begins with the hum of Tibetan singing bowls, which rouse you...
6801 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33141, USA
The all-suite historic Carillon Miami Beach sits along private white sands forming its own luxury haven. An anchor for the North Beach neighborhood, the hotel is the perfect base for exploring the endless attractions and events that surround it....
Gotthardstrasse 4, 6490 Andermatt, Switzerland
When architect Jean-Michael Gathy designed The Chedi Andermatt, located 90 minutes from Zurich in the Ursern Valley, he gave the Swiss chalet style a contemporary edge. Some elements, however, remain decidedly traditional—the warm woods,...
905 Country Club Rd, Ojai, CA 93023, USA
It started with the drive. Usually driving from Orange County to Ojai can be a nightmare, but mid-morning Thursday via PCH through Santa Monica up to Oxnard was relaxing and absent of traffic. From Oxnard we weave through Route 33, past Johnny...
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