Top 10 Renewal Retreats
GETAWAYS FOR THE MIND, BODY AND SOUL
The start of a new year is the universal season for revitalization.
Who says you need to be any exception? Retreat, renew, rejuvenate…rejoice in these resorts.
SPICE ISLAND BEACH RESORT
GRAND ANSE BEACH, GRENADA
Who says relaxation can’t be “spicy”? This resort’s custom blend could be just what you need.
You may as well call this destination the aromatherapy island; its very air is fragrant with the spices grown in its heartlands. The scent of nutmeg follows you into Janissa's Spa, newly refreshed—by celebrity designer Kobi Karp, no less—and staffed with professionals ready to do the same to you.
Family–owned and –operated, this AAA Four Diamond resort provides the personal touches that only a boutique property can offer, while also bringing top–of–the–line elements to your stay. The fully inclusive Spice–of–Life experience includes green fees for nearby golf, tennis, cycling, water sports, a Cybex–equipped fitness center, and a smoke–free environment to help you better breathe in the island's delectable air. For a more satisfying nip of the Spice Island, sit down to local produce made with the captivating flavors grown there at Oliver's Restaurant to the sound of calypso, reggae, and steel bands.
RIVIERA MAYA, MEXICO
Retreat within a retreat at this private-island spa with a Sensory Garden and mystical Mayan rituals.
They call it a serene oasis. You'll be hard–pressed to disagree. From the same family of brands that brought the vision of Jumby Bay to life, this resort is a "sanctuary for both physical and spiritual rejuvenation." The spa here takes its cue from its Antiguan counterpart, set on a lone island away from the rest of the resort and separated by a charming bridge. There, you'll find 17,000 square feet devoted to your wellness, including therapeutic plunge pools, steam grottos, saunas, experiential showers, a meditation platform, pool, sensory garden, and relaxation deck. Within 12 treatment rooms and eight island suites, you'll be pampered with products made from local plants like aloe and agave cactus.
Wake back up from this dream with a brisk workout at the Technogym–equipped fitness center…or from a real dream with a morning session of yoga, Pilates, Cardio Combat, and Iron Legs. It's open 24 hours, so it's entirely up to you.
ZOËTRY PARAISO DE LA BONITA RIVIERA MAYA
RIVIERA MAYA, MEXICO
The Art of Life® is one form anyone can appreciate—especially when it comes with Endless Privileges®.
Feel good about feeling good at this Rainforest Alliance Certified®, AAA Five Diamond boutique resort, whose initiatives include water recycling, composting, pesticide–free greenhouse gardening, beach clean–ups, and wildlife protection programs. Its ties to nature benefit guests, too, as evident in their daily afternoon tea with live plant infusions and three reservation–free gourmet restaurants with organic and heart–healthy à la carte dining. There's also gluten–free and vegetarian options, and a willing ability to accommodate any allergy or dietary restriction. A meal at AAA Four Diamond La Canoa will prove that limited ingredients doesn't mean limited flavor!
Now to do your body good, you also get an included Thalasso seawater experience, Temazcal ceremony, access to the peaceful fitness center, and diverse wellness program. Choose from breath sessions, aqua fitness, yoga, Pilates, meditation and guided imagery, tai chi, physiotherapy, Chinese medicine, Mayan healing, Kneip therapy, and more. Don't worry about breaking a sweat, either—laundry is included. Other options? Spa treatments that do anything from improve your sleep quality and reduce your stress or pain to support your circulation and skin and encourage weight loss.
GRAND WAILEA, THE WALDORF ASTORIA COLLECTION
WAILEA BEACH, MAUI
Beautiful inside and out—that could be you we’re talking about, also one of the U.S.’s best spas.
For one of the "Top 10 Spas in the United States" according to Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure, take a leap across the Pacific to one of our country's most beautiful destinations. The multiple award–winning spa is the largest in Hawaii, and every inch of its 50,000 square feet are dedicated to making you feel completely renewed. The best of eastern, western, and ancient Hawaiian lore are integrated into treatments provided in its 40 rooms, including a Roman bath, sauna, waterfall, Swiss jet showers, a Japanese furo, and more.
With all of these ways to soothe tired muscles, there's no reason not to get good and sore first. A 2,500–square–foot fitness center with personalized wellness programs and individual fitness consultations provides a wealth of ways. Add to that included yoga classes, use of Kona Lanai Hardtail mountain bikes, twice–daily scuba clinics, and access to three championship golf courses and 11 tennis courts, and it's easy to earn that massage or Chef's Choice Ka Malama dinner. Prepared by Chef Michael Lofaro and Hawaiian Cultural Ambassador Kainoa Horcajo—with "foods inspired by, fished, and gathered according to the Hawaiian Moon Calendar"—the third Thursday of every month at Humuhumunukunukuapua'a, it's a treat you know you deserve.
TABACON GRAND SPA THERMAL RESORT
ARENAL VOLCANO, COSTA RICA
Earth, wind, water, and fire. Let the elements cleanse you in a one-of-a-kind hot spring resort.
The heat of the volcano, waters of the Tabacon hot spring, pure air of the rainforest, and fertile earth of ecotouristic Costa Rica lets nature do all the work of renewing your body and spirit at this exceptional spa resort. Set at the base of the Arenal Volcano, this member of Leading Hotels of the World and Leading Spas of the World has been ranked among the most notable eco–spas on the planet for its unique feature of an entirely natural thermal spring right on site. Sourced from an underground river that flows through the volcano's magma, this healing mineral water is pleasantly less sulfurous than typically expected, making the purification of your skin, soft tissue, and organs that much more soothing.
Although this feature is the star of the carbon–neutral resort, the Grand Spa is no shrinking violet, offering volcanic mud wraps and scrubs inspired by local plant life. Eleven outdoor bungalows bring even more of nature into your treatment. Set in the heart of an eco–adventure destination, where active travelers exhilarate in ziplining, hiking, nature safaris, and more, choosing this resort is elementary.
PARROT CAY AND COMO SHAMBHALA RETREAT
PROVIDENCIALES, TURKS & CAICOS
Condé Nast Traveler’s pick for “Most Tranquil Spa in the World” for 2016 offers both “ohm” and OMG.
With nothing but sun, sand, and ocean for 1,000 unspoiled acres, this secluded refuge overlooking the North Caicos Channel is the sole—and powerful—draw for the many international holistic health practitioners that take residence to share their expertise with guests. Asian–inspired therapies in nine treatment rooms; complimentary scheduled yoga and Pilates classes in the hut or studio six times a week; meditation and Pranayama sessions; fully equipped gym with separate steam rooms and saunas for men and women; and available private instruction and retreat programs by world–renowned instructors like Rodney Yee bring you to the pinnacle of well–being in the most luxurious way possible.
After all of this activity, it's important to fuel your body right. Private chefs are available upon request, and healthful COMO Shambhala cuisine features "organic ingredients rich in living enzymes, vitamins, and sea minerals." Sweeteners and butter are replaced with raw honey and olive oil, respectively, and ingredients are sourced as nearby as their own coconut, banana, and papaya groves, adding yum to "ohm."
JUMBY BAY, A ROSEWOOD RESORT
JUMBY BAY ISLAND, ANTIGUA
Your body is a temple. Build it better on this private, carless island.
At a resort so exclusive that even the staff are guests of the island as they make one of the world's most beautiful commutes across the Caribbean Sea to the "mainland" of Antigua, "serenity now" is a request immediately granted. With a spa whose guiding philosophy is creating "A Sense of Place," peace of mind and of body are the core of each luxurious stay. Treat your physical self like the temple it is with treatments that incorporate native ingredients grown in Jumby Bay's own gardens, handmade hammock massage treatments, and more. Or build a better one with certified instruction in yoga—including Hatha, Ashtanga, and Jivamukti—or Pilates, meditation, boot camp, or dance movement.
Beyond the spa, hammocks, chaise lounges, and thatched bohios mark a half–mile stretch of marble–white beach for serious R&R. For even more privacy, picnic with an expertly prepared hamper with nothing but endangered hawksbill sea turtles for company on Pasture Bay on the northern end of the island. Back among the villas, rooms, and suites, dine on fresh, local ingredients reimagined with international influences.
THE BODYHOLIDAY LESPORT
CASTRIES, SAINT LUCIA
Exactly as it says: this resort takes your body on the ultimate holiday.
This resort has a unique promise that speaks to the harried, overworked, anxious side in all of us: "Give us your body for a week and we'll give you back your mind." Sanity now? Yes, please!
It starts with an included DAILY 50–minute spa treatment in 33 treatment rooms: your choice of select scrubs, body wraps, an ELEMIS or Thalgo Oxygen facial, infrared treatment, hand and foot zone therapy, mother–to–be massages, and multiple types of aromatherapy, Swedish, and more powerful massages. Personalized add–ons are also available, including weight loss, stress management, anti–aging, detoxification, and BodyScience diagnostics. Support those efforts with complimentary scuba diving, golf lessons, archery, tennis, tai chi, Pilates, spinning, aerobics on land and in the water, volleyball, cycling, and its renowned yoga program. Then, refuel with local produce often grown in their own vegetable gardens from restaurants like AAA Diamond Award–winning TAO. Treat yourself to afternoon tea at The Clubhouse, and there'll be no doubt your body will definitely be on holiday.
ROUND HILL HOTEL & VILLAS
MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA
Travelers even come from across the pond to visit. Luckily for us, it’s practically a puddle-jump.
An outdoor Vichy shower. A spacious, open–air yoga pavilion with waterfront views. A hydrotherapy loft, hidden in tropical gardens. Signature ELEMIS product treatments in one of seven rooms. An "enchanted path" that ends your visit with an "intention stone" to toss into the sea. All of this and more provide the key to pampered wellness in easily accessible MoBay.
Set in an 18th–century plantation house, beachfront lawn and all, this soothing Ralph Lauren–designed boutique–style retreat supports your efforts to live a life of wellness with amenities like spa butler service, light menu, and juice bar offering smoothie shots of superfoods. Chef Martin Maginly, the James Beard Award–winning executive chef, supplements those with his "Lean, Clean Caribbean Cuisine," seasonally–available custom–crafted meals that showcase local, organic ingredients and favorites from the 50s. Finally, the resort's Cybex–equipped fitness center provides Caribbean sea panoramas that will make treadmill, stationary bike, or elliptical miles a soft, palm–rustling breeze.
GANSEVOORT TURKS & CAICOS
TURKS & CAICOS
Award-winning fitness classes at a place that reminds you that letting go starts with an “exhale.”
Breathe in a healthier way of life at this resort's 24–hour fitness center, complete with a program they call "heart–pumping," "soul–seeking," and "energy–inducing." Their award–winning selection of classes is all about Core Fusion, which is based on the Lotte Berk Method and transforms barre, cardio, boot camp, high–intensity interval training (HIIT), and power yoga to new levels. You can purchase your Mind Body passes for a single session or multi–packs…or go for Core Evolution, a six–week program in paradise that includes all classes, weekly nutrition and coaching sessions, and spa discounts.
This year, new locker rooms adds more amp–up to your workout, and new treatments like the 110–minute Caicos Coco Calmer massage or 80–minute Thai Stretch + Massage let you treat your body right.
Hero image via Parrot Cay