Wellness is mostly about where you are inside – how you manage to relax and give yourself time to think about your body and your feelings – but what if where you are physically can change your headspace? There are many places around the world that specialize not just in spa experiences or “getting away from it all,” but in full, immersive opportunities to be at one with yourself. Here are a few wellness getaways that might help get you in the right space.
Washington School House
In Park City, Utah, you’ll find a beautiful getaway in the middle of nature – because even in the cities, Utah manages to keep it beautiful. Washington School House, a small, 12-room hotel, comes complete with outdoor activities offered, a hot tub, a pool, and the opportunity to sit by the fire and relax. There are also massages, pilates classes and more offered, with packages starting at $400 a night.
Four Seasons Punta Mita
If you like vacationing by the water, perhaps you should pay a visit to Punta Mita, Mexico. The Four Seasons there (starting at $895/night) features numerous opportunities to look inward. They call them “Soulcations,” and offerings include yoga, therapies to balance your chakra, blessings and other ceremonies rooted in local culture.
Valley Rock Inn & Mountain Club
Upstate New York is known for its beautiful views and its quiet, but for tourism, it’s better known for the Baseball Hall of Fame. Just a little north of New York City, though, you’ll find an Upstate retreat featuring all sorts of outdoor activities to clear your head, like biking, hiking and kayaking. There are some indoor options, as well, like a huge gym and pool, and restaurants and stores featuring organic food.
In Rancho Santa Fe, California, you’ll find a spate of wellness programs that focus on body movement, nutrition, rest and the reduction of stress. Take in the beauty of California while finding your center via massage, or a session of private fitness, all designed to prepare you to re-enter your life as a new you. Hotel prices start at $799/night, with full packages starting at $1,500 per person per night.
Massachusetts is home to Miraval Berkshires, in Lenox, a home away from home featuring spa treatments, yoga and exercise options. It’s a cell phone free location, as well, requiring you to take a vacation from constant, daily stressors in order to focus on you and what makes you tick while you explore the nature around you. Prices start at $730 a night.
Wherever you go, you’ll be able to pick up some new methods of mindfulness to bring back home with you. Contrary to popular belief, “clearing your mind” isn’t always the goal of meditation and mindfulness – sometimes you have to just be alone with the noise. Putting yourself – and your noise – in a new location might help you re-assess how you deal with it and how you focus on your own wellness.