Though you may thrive in a fast-paced, urban lifestyle, making time for a well-deserved getaway is important. Every day stressors such as career, relationships, and personal goals can make or break you, and when you're in limbo between the two, it's probably best to take a step (or a few miles) back to relax and rejuvenate. To help you plan your transcendental trip, consider these five luxury spa and wellness vacations:
Ready to channel your inner Kayla Itsines? If you’re up for the challenge and the cost ($6,800 per person), pack your Lululemon for the intensive one-week Fitness/Wellness Immersion at The Ranch Malibu, located in sunny California. During the luxury weight loss and detox boot camp, guests literally unplug (there’s no WiFi, TV or cell phone service) and slim down with a daily group fitness routine of four to five hours of hiking, core and ab work, yoga sessions, and plant-based organic meals. At the end of the day, you won’t even miss your iPhone as you collapse in your private room’s queen size bed. For a shorter stay, opt for the all-inclusive, four-day R 4.0 jumpstart program ($4,100 per person), which includes upscale accommodations at the Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village in the heart of California’s scenic Conejo Valley.
Isolated within the luminous canyons of the Utah desert, Amangiri is a tranquil place to relax and unwind. An approximate four hour flight away from LA's noise, crowds, congestion, and pollution, the haven boasts luxury rooms, an immaculate pool, world class amenities and a full-service spa. The spa, spanned out across a full 25,000 square feet, aims to reflect the healing traditions of the Navajo through the four elements of earth, wind, fire, and water. Arrive by car, jet, or helicopter to this mesmerizing sanctuary and book yourself a massage, scrub, body wrap, or floatation therapy session. Actually, why not book them all? Settle in and stay awhile. Brad and Angelina sure did.
What happens in Vegas usually stays in Vegas, but you’ll want to brag all about your experience at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Inspired by Turkish hammam baths and Arabian beauty rituals, the 43,000-square-foot Sahra Spa and Hammam features thirty treatment rooms, a salon, two state of the art fitness areas, and unique products and therapies. For high rollers, there’s the private Sahra Suite accessible by a VIP elevator and fully loaded with whirlpool tubs, a steam room and flat screen TV.
Less than two hours from Vancouver, Scandinave Spa Whistler is a unique, Nordic-inspired outdoor day spa dedicated to the energizing and relaxing benefits of hydrotherapy (alternating plunges in hot and cold water). The gorgeous spa, nestled in a spruce and cedar forest with surrounding mountain vistas and crisp mountain air, also offers signature Swedish, Thai and deep tissue massage treatments.
Stressed New Yorkers will be delighted to discover this seaside oasis is a mere two and a half hour drive from the bustling city. Gurney's Resort in Montauk serves as a luxury setting for world-class relaxation, with a spa that boasts cosmetology and salon services, Roman baths, a Finnish rock sauna, fitness center, and the only indoor sand-filtered, ocean-fed saltwater pool in North America. If the amenities alone don't draw you in, the panoramic beach views are sure to woo you. Once rejuvenated, visitors can take part in fitness activities such as lap training, aquatic yoga, and other thalasso programs to boost energy, circulation, and metabolism.