After the calories, lack of sleep and demanding schedules of the holiday season, your mind, body and soul might be calling out for a little rest and relaxation. As the new year kicks off, many people want to make a commitment to healthier living. Eating right, exercising and getting more centered doesn’t have to be boring. These healthy retreats and getaways provide all of the above in some very appealing locales.
If you are searching for a complete wellness retreat in the New Year, you can look no further than the Southern Alps of New Zealand and Aro Ha. The wellness center not only provides guests with a life-transforming health program, it also offers Zen-inspired luxury throughout its eight suites. Located on Lake Wakatipu, Aro Ha is surrounded by mountains. Just 40 minutes from Queenstown Airport, the wellness center hosts both lectures and yoga sessions. In addition, guests can take advantage of outdoor activities, therapeutic massages and a complete vegetarian menu. In fact, all meals are gluten free and designed to maximize health benefits.
Surrounded by lush tropical gardens and sparkling white sands, Be Tulum offers a boutique hotel experience for guests in Mexico's Riviera Maya region. In the 20 luxury suites, guests can appreciate oversized beds with luxury linens. For those looking to kick off the New Year on a healthy note, Be Tulum has the Yaan Wellness Energy Spa. Perched in the property’s lush gardens, the spa offers guests both health and beauty treatments. They can enjoy yoga sessions, massages, facials and other unique traditional treatments. Be Tulum provides a relaxing and detoxifying environment for travelers looking to make a healthy start to 2016.
Borgo Santo Pietro
Just 45 minutes from Florence International Airport, Borgo Santo Pietro sits in the serene Valle Serena. This quintessential Tuscan boutique hotel is housed in a 13th century villa. Guests can appreciate five star amenities in all of the suites. However, for those seeking more than just a taste of luxury, Borgo Santo Pietro offers up healthy gourmet dishes made with the freshest local ingredients. The hotel also has a spa, which has been used for wellness retreats for centuries. Borgo Santo Pietro also features a freshwater infinity swimming pool to truly help guests unwind and relax.
Seet just two hours south of San Diego, Encuentro Guadalupe resides in the heart the Mexican wine country of Valle De Guadalupe. The property features 20 luxury eco pods, all built above the ground so as not to disturb nature. With no televisions or phones, guests can appreciate detoxing from the chaos of the world. At the same time, Encuentro Guadalupe provides the opportunity to improve health and wellness at one of its private cooking classes. Guests can learn all about the property’s farm-to-table dining philosophy. Encuentro also hosts health retreats.
A private island can help promote health and wellness naturally by surrounding guests with peace and quiet. Song Saa - in the Gulf of Thailand close to Sihanoukville, Cambodia - provides guests not with just one private island, but two. Throughout 27 villas, guests can enjoy luxury, privacy and relaxation. Each villa even features its own plunge pool. For those looking to make the New Year a little bit healthier, the retreat serves specially curated menus that focus on foods that improve health and wellness. While travelers can enjoy standard spa treatments, they can also go beyond this to find a state of utter relaxation and wellbeing at one of Son Saa's trademark "sanctuary" spaces.
Tucked away in Costa Rica’s Arenal Volcano National Park, Nayara Springs embraces its lush mountain forest scenery. In the 16 villas, guests enjoy indoor and outdoor rainfall showers, fresh fruit delivered daily and plunge pools fed by a nearby natural mineral hot spring. For those seeking wellness, the resort provides a full service spa with massages, facials, scrubs and wraps. Guests can also take advantage of the nearby yoga pavilion. Group classes are offered for free.
Insólito Boutique Hotel
The Brazilian resort town of Armação dos Búzios is home to the Insólito Boutique Hotel. With its calm waters and 26 beaches, the surroundings alone can help heal an overworked body. Insólito Boutique Hotel does add a certain amount of glamour, luxury and serenity to the area. The property provides a health retreat vibe due to its saltwater pool, freshwater pool, sauna, steam room and hot tub. Insolito also boasts a complete wellness center with spa services. The on site spa provides a full menu of massages, facials, and traditional indigenous treatments.
Which of these health retreats and getaways would you pick to visit in the New Year? Share your selection with us in the comments below.