For hotels these days, "wellness" means a lot more than green juice, a spa, and organic toiletries. The basics just don't cut it anymore for travelers looking to indulge and take care of themselves while relaxing on vacation. Hoteliers around the world are enhancing their offerings by featuring serious programming that integrates nature and adventure and fully utilizes their outdoor surroundings. From dog-sledding in the Teton Mountains to geothermal hot springs in Iceland, here are seven hotels around the world that are doing just this.
Hotel San Cristobal, Todos Santos, Mexico
Experience an anti-resort wellness getaway at the new Hotel San Cristobal, Liz Lambert’s 32-room beachfront boutique hotel on the coast of Todos Santos, Baja California Sur. Activities include scenic hikes through the Sierra de la Laguna Mountains, a yoga and meditation center, and private shaman consultations at sunrise and sunset on a cliff overlooking the ocean. There are also cross-fit classes on the beach, authentic fishing excursions with the local fisherman, and surf classes at Cerritos beach with Mario’s Surf School.
Anvil Hotel, Jackson, Wyoming
The Anvil Hotel, located in Wyoming’s mountain town of Jackson, is a renovation of a 1950s ski motel by Brooklyn design firm Studio Tack. With its wood-fire Italian restaurant Glorietta, lobby cafe and retail shop by Westerlind, and 49 newly designed rooms, the vibe is modern yet decidedly rugged Western. Special activities like dog sledding, elk refuge sleigh rides, and wildlife tours are all on offer.
Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo, Monte-Carlo, Monaco
Thermes Marins in Monte-Carlo is the most luxurious spa complex you’re likely to find. In the basement of the historic Hotel Hermitage, private pathways lead you to a vast network of pools, saunas, steam rooms, and treatment rooms, but the most standout treatment is its Cryotherapy offerings (the first facility in Europe to do this).
“The Cryotherapy treatment is a systemic physical treatment that triggers a whole series of reactions in the body by offering the benefits of cool temperatures, already widely used by athletes for recovery and improved performance," explains its spa brochure. “Within 180 seconds, a session helps to treat muscle and inflammatory diseases, but can also help recovery from jet-lag, help fight against sleep disorders, has an anti-stress effect, and is also an acclaimed anti-aging procedure in the Nordic countries.”
Designed to guide guests towards optimal health and balance, the spa also offers various holistic programs (which can range from four days to four weeks, or longer) which include an in-depth medical health analysis followed by a bespoke treatment routine (spa treatments, fitness routines and nutritional cures) under doctor’s orders.
Eleven Experience Deplar Farm, Troll Peninsula, Iceland
Iceland’s newest 28,000-square-foot lodge, the Eleven Experience Deplar Farm, only accommodates 28 guests, which means intimacy and privacy are paramount. An indoor/outdoor saltwater pool, sauna and steam room, indoor/outdoor hot tubs and flotation tanks occupy the spa and wellness center. In the winter months, you have your pick of activities: cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, resort skiing, geothermal hot spring tours, surfing, and horseback riding. In the summer, take advantage of hiking, peak climbing, stand up paddle boarding, cycling, sea kayaking, and whitewater rafting.
The Ranch at Rock Creek, Philipsburg, Montana
The Ranch at Rock Creek isits on 6,600 acres of rugged Montana wilderness on the outskirts of Philipsburg. The Ranch showcases an array of rustic yet elegant accommodations, including luxury suites, authentic log cabins, historic barn accommodations, and glamping options. A variety of year round outdoor activities are offered including fly fishing, horseback riding, sporting clay shooting, hiking, and biking. Come winter, guests can enjoy on-property snowshoeing, horse-drawn sleigh rides, ice skating, and sledding, as well as trips to Discovery Ski Area, an alpine ski destination located 25 minutes away.
The SHA Wellness Clinic, Valencia, Spain
Nestled between the mountains and the Bay of Altea overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, the SHA Wellness clinic attracts celebrities, athletes and health and wellness-obsessed travelers from around the world. With state-of-the-art facilities, tailor-made fitness programs and a dedicated team of 300 professionals and 30 medical doctors, SHA specializes in detoxing, recovery, sleep, aesthetics, rejuvenation, stress release, and weight loss. Its signature treatments include non-surgical body shaping/sculpting/contouring, water therapies, biomechanical examinations of the foot (helpful to correct running/walking issues), cupping, laser acupuncture, colonics and magnet therapies. You’ll leave looking toned, tightened, and relaxed.
Aja Malibu, Malibu, California
Aja Malibu is a new luxury “boutique retreat-meets-ashram” health and wellness sanctuary hidden on 23 acres in Malibu’s Latigo Canyon, founded by Australian mystic and artist Inannya Magick. A mind-body-spirit retreat for the health and wellness seeker, Aja offers a weeklong Chakra Tune-Up getaway, with cleansing biodynamic plant-based vegetarian cuisine, experiential workshops, meditation and spa treatments for a total energetic overhaul.
The hideaway includes seven chakra-themed gardens and guest suites (featuring walls and walkways embedded with thousands of crushed rose quartz crystals), an apothecary, living food kitchen, library, sacred water bar, pool, and crystal-infused spa with infrared sauna and ozonated Jacuzzi. Enjoy signature immersive journeys and restorative cleanse to rebalance the body’s seven chakras.
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