San Marcos, California
Nestled on 600 wooded acres just north of San Diego, this legendary wellness retreat has been a long time favorite of celebrities looking to escape, shed weight and unwind completely. Inspired by traditional Japanese country inns, the Golden Door is one of those magical places that truly transports you into another reality down to the last luxury detail. The ultra exclusive resort hosts just 42 guests at a time, for four and seven night stays that include daily massages, several personal training sessions, and a delicious customized meal plan—plus spa treatments, meditation classes, astrology readings, skincare and even a mani-pedi. Stay tuned for a complete look into my fabulous stay here, coming next week!
I spent two glorious weeks at the Como Shambhala Estate last January, and it
was an incredible way to kick off my year. Located in the heart of Bali’s central highlands, the beautiful jungle setting is an inspired place to detox, heal and reconnect to yourself spiritually and physically. The Estate’s fabulous wellness programs put you under the care of experts like Ayurvedic Doctors and holistic therapists to help you
reach your next levelof health. Chic accommodations and delicious, nutritious Asian-fusion cuisine complete the experience.
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Inspired by the architecture and culture of Northern Thailand’s ancient Lanna Kingdom, this magical luxury resort will have you feeling like a fairy tale princess. The palatial, 3,1000 square-meter spa and wellness center is embellished with sacred Buddhist motifs recreated by local artisans, and offers a global variety of treatments with a robust Ayurveda program for detox and healing. Just imagine yourself in warrior two out on the resort’s gorgeous garden lawn, meditating in the spa’s opulent sanctuaries, and reading a book in the hot-tub of your private garden villa.
Bad Ragaz, Switzerland
Does anything sound more luxurious than an escape into the Swiss Alps? Perhaps, a Swarovski crystal steam room? Welcome to Europe’s leading wellbeing and health resort, set amidst the ancient healing powers of the Bad Ragaz thermal spring. With medical doctors on staff, wellness programs here are available to help you recover, complete check-ups and tests, assess your physical fitness and a number of other health matters. It’s the most glamorous doctor’s visit you’ll make all year!
Canyon Point, Utah
Hidden on 600-acres in Utah’s towering red canyons, this high-end, modern retreat resort is a luxurious place to enjoy the serenity of the desert. Marvelous, minimalist spaces fade into the landscape, inviting you to slow down and look inward. The resort’s by-request, no-detail-too-small wellness offerings invite you to design a private program that suits you best. You’ll work with a personal wellness coach to create an experience that includes yoga with views of the mesa, fitness training in the world glass gym, a delicious custom menu developed before your arrival, world-class spa treatments, outdoor adventures and more.
Hua Hin, Thailand
If the white-sand beaches of Thailand call to you, then book your next transformational retreat at this legendary wellness resort. Celebrities have been flocking here since 1995 for luxurious healing away from all distractions, eased by the sound of the soft ocean waves. The resort offers an impressive array of all inclusive program options, fine-tuned just for you through a consultation upon arrival. Enjoy a diversity of healing practices, from acupuncture to chakra balancing, to mede-spa treatments like lasers and peels. With just 58 rooms, it’s an intimate, exclusive experience designed to take you to your next level.
Not far from the birthplace of yoga, this remote Himalayan retreat overlooking the Ganges River is worth the trek. This magical resort and spa sits on the grounds of the hundred-year-old Narendra Palace, where Viceroys and Lords once lived. The Ananda has received accolades from all the major travel publications and has hosted high-profile guests like Bill Gates, Nicole Kidman, Kate Winslet and the Prince of Wales. The robust wellness program has a flexible attitude—you won’t be prevented from sipping a glass of wine here— and combines traditional Indian practices with the best healing treatments from around the world.
Have you always dreamed of running through the Austrian countryside like Maria from the Sound of Music? After a visit to this futuristic health center surrounded by majestic mountains, you will probably feel light and fabulous enough to do so. The award-winning LANS center offers rather rigorous programs to reboot your digestive system, rest your mind and return home renewed. Programs embrace both western medicine and holistic practices to cure everything from troubled skin, to arthritis, to chronic sinusitis. Light exercise like yoga, tai-chi and Nordic walking and swimming are encouraged as you eat simple organic meals designed to detox. The vibe is low-key and peaceful, with nightly classical music concerts in the nearby Ambras Castle and culture walks in the nearby city of Innsbruck.
Who doesn’t love a Mediterranean climate? This all-white clifftop retreat in the picturesque seaside town of Altea boasts views of the sea and proximity to the beautiful Sierra Helada Natural Park. A wide array of program options include regimes to reset your health, get in shape, break an addiction, recover from an injury and so much more. Have everything done from diamond microdermabrasion to dental enhancements, acupuncture and full blood tests. But don’t overbook—you’ll want to leave plenty of time to explore the beautiful beaches and unique Valencian culture.
This high-end resort offers the quintessential Sedona escape, nestled between the rocky red cliffs and bright green trees of Boyton Canyon. The contemporary southwest lodge vibe is homey yet chic, providing few chances to escape the impressive canyon views. Inspired by the area’s Native American traditions, the full service spa offers all-inclusive wellness packages and luxurious on-site accommodations. In between holistic treatments, consultations and yoga classes, enjoy the landscape with a day trip to the Grand Canyon, explore the local hiking trails, or enjoy workshops like juicing 101 and organic gardening.
In a picturesque village on Lago di Garda, the Lefay Resort & Spa sits on an 11-hectare natural park, surrounded by gentle hills and terraces planted with lemon gardens and olive trees. Mild weather and a serene countryside setting make it ideal for healing and transformation. Health programs focus on energy balancing, beauty of body and mind, weight management and fitness. The restaurants here offer seasonal Mediterranean cuisine, while the gourmet spa menu has all the detox-friendly meals you could ask for. Book a nutritional energy consultation to plan your choices to perfection.
Mandarin Oriental’s stunning destination on the Aegean sea is high on style, sophistication and healthy living. Their new program in collaboration with Mayo Clinic invites you to spend five days assessing your strength, cardio fitness, complexion and personal resiliency, working with experts to design a new bespoke wellness plan you’ll take home with you, including ongoing support to ensure your success. Combined with treatments from Mandarin Oriental’s renowned spa, yoga, pilates, meditation, and time to lounge on the private beach, it’s everything you need for a health and beauty reboot.
Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
An exclusive adventure awaits in South Africa’s beautiful Karkloof Valley, an undisturbed paradise of forrest and grasslands. Settle into your own private villa, explore with a safari tour, or enjoy a Thai massage in the award winning spa. Custom wellness packages are available to help you detox and manage weight, with organic, local spa cuisine and unlimited spa treatments, from wraps to herbal baths to lymphatic massage. Meanwhile, tai chi, yoga, nature walks and bamboo dancing are among the ways to
reconnect to your body.
The Cotswolds, England
Just 90 minutes north of London are the Cotswolds, a tranquil rural area of rolling green hills and splendid lakes. Created by the design firm Yoo, led by Phillipe Starck, this exclusive enclave of properties features boutique rentals plus a fabulous spa and fitness center. Occasionally the spa will offer luxury wellness and yoga retreats, while specialized retreats with a personal trainer are available upon request. The 5-star concierge service means your every need will be taken care of, while activities like canoeing, sailing, fishing and hot-air ballooning offer plenty of ways to explore.