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Five High-End Health Retreats That Will Change Your Life

Get zen in the most enjoyable way possible—with a luxury health retreat. They all incorporate a mix of innovative fitness programs, nutritious gourmet menus and top-shelf amenities. You’ll come home feeling—and looking—rested and ready to conquer whatever life throws your way.

1. Lux Yoga, South of France

Find inner peace in the South of France with LuxYoga.
Find inner peace in the South of France with LuxYoga.

Lux Yoga is a series of yoga retreats held at a villa in the South of France (a 30 minute ride from the Nice airport). The mantra is simple luxury, reflected in details from fine wines and gourmet farm-to-table meals to the elegant accommodations. Founded by Connecticut native Ben Sears, who splits his time between the Lux Yoga villa and his home base in Soho, NY, Lux Yoga has a variety of retreats, including Bikram and Vinyasa styles of yoga.

A serene room with a view
A serene room with a view

From $1,950 per retreat, which includes meals and airport transfers. luxyoga.com

2. Ranch at Live Oak, Malibu, CA

A serene tablescape and exercise class at the Ranch at Live Oak
A serene tablescape and exercise class at the Ranch at Live Oak

What you’ll give up during this week-long wellness program is email, Instagram and text (there’s no WiFi), but you’ll add hours of mountain hiking, core work, yoga sessions and, thankfully, an afternoon massage, as well as consultations with nutritionists and acupunturists. Organic health food like cauliflower steak and raw pad Thai with spicy almond sauce complement the activities.

Malibu Ranch at Live Oak

If you’re looking to jumpstart some resolutions, start here—the resort has a 35 percent return rate of guests. $6,800 per week. theranchmalibu.com

3. Zoetry, Villa Rolandi Isla Mujeres, Cancun, Mexico

The beautiful beach at Zoetry Villa Rolandi Isla Mujeres
The beautiful beach at Zoetry Villa Rolandi Isla Mujeres

The Zoetry resorts throughout Mexico are known for mixing luxury with healthy living. The fourth and newest is the Villa Rolandi Isla Mujeres, which consists of 35 oceanfront suits, all with Jacuzzi terraces. The all-inclusive program includes yacht transfer from Cancun, 24-hour concierge and laundry services, private in-suite dining, unlimited top-shelf liquor, beer and wine, complimentary greens fees at a local golf course and a 20-minute spa treatment at the Thalasso Spa, which specializes in treatments that use freshly heated seaweed and marine mud to eliminate toxins from the body. Both restaurants—Casa Rolandi, a Swiss-Italian fusion eatery, and Le Métissage, which serves a blend of Mexican and French flavors—have a wide variety of organic, vegetarian and gluten-free dishes.

Zoetry Villa Rolandi Isla Mujeres hot tub

From $437 per night. zoetryresorts.com

4. Lake Austin Spa Resort, Austin, TX

The pool at Lake Austin Spa Resort is quintessential Southwest chic.
The pool at Lake Austin Spa Resort is quintessential Southwest chic.

This destination spa set on 19 acres of lakefront shores of Lake Austin has Hill Country hikes, yoga, garden tours, hydro-biking (aka pontoon bikes on water) stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking and more. The 25,00-square-foot
LakeHouse Spa has more than 100 treatments that incorporate aromatherapy, Ayurveda practices and hydrotherapy and other unique treatments. Discovery Programs include classes in nutritious cooking, communication skills, gardening and relationships. The on-site organic garden provides veggies and herbs for the
gourmet restaurant.

Lake Austin Spa Resort

From $1,720 for three nights. lakeaustin.com

5. Hidden Pond, Kennebunkport, ME

A cozy bonfire and lounge area at Hidden Pond
A cozy bonfire and lounge area at Hidden Pond

Reclaim the glory days of summer camp at this 60-acre resort, with amenities like Frette sheets, stone fireplaces and outdoor showers. The Tree Spa has treatment rooms suspended eight feet above ground—so you hear rustling leaves while getting the Maine Honey Body Buzz with Warm Remedy Wrap (the spa’s signature treatment). The organic farm supplies herbs for treatments and veggies for the restaurant’s specialties like local seafood paella with fava beans and pea greens. Do yoga, bike to the beach or roast s’mores by the bonfire—wine in hand. Get in touch with your inner child with a watercolor lesson, or hike through Timber Point, a wildlife refuge.

Hidden Pond Living Room

From $319 for a bungalow and $719 for a cottage. hiddenpondmaine.com **Reopening for the season in May 2016**

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