The Best Wellness Retreats Around the World

Hotel Arts Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain  
Seven Day Detox Program 
Cost: Starts at approximately $4,000, accommodations not included
Intensity Level: Moderate – You like your wellness retreats heavy on the spa and luxury.
The Plan: This program balances fitness (yoga, beach walks and Pilates), with health components (elixirs to start your day and healthy meal options) and all-out-relaxation (wraps, massages, eye treatments, facials, milk baths — the list goes on and on). The Detox Program is designed to eliminate toxin buildup in the body, and can be customized to meet your needs and preferences.
Surroundings: Stunning. The hotel overlooks the Mediterranean Sea, and the wellness activities are based out of the Six Senses Spa on the 42nd floor. When you’re finished with the program, the city of Barcelona is at your feet.

Rancho La Puerta
Tecate, Mexico 
Executive Wellness Program 
Cost: $6,950
Intensity Level: Very high – You mean business, and you want to come out of this looking and feeling like a new person.
The Plan: A week-long program is entirely customized to your needs and goals, and is based in part on the results of a five-and-a-half hour wellness exam in conjunction with the Lifewellness Institute. Meetings with a dietician, physician and exercise physiologist are all part of the package — with the goal of improving everything from your diet to your physique to your sleep. The spa here is top-notch, with an emphasis on therapies and treatments over simple relaxation.
Surroundings: Calming and restorative. The Ranch, which has been a wellness retreat since 1940, sits on 3,000 acres, including 32 acres of gardens, as well as hiking trails and an organic farm.

Canyon Ranch
Lenox, MA
Jumpstart to a Healthier Life Program 
Cost: Starts at $2,960
Intensity Level: High – But you are as serious about fine dining as you are about personal improvement.
The Plan: This five-day plan incorporates exercise and meditation, healthy gourmet meals, and group discussions and workshops on topics like revamping your pantry, improving immune efficiency and setting smart goals. You also have access to Canyon Ranch’s team of medical experts at the Integrative Health Center, which blends Western and non-Western approaches. Of course, the spa is outstanding — and you’ll have plenty of time to explore it.
Surroundings: Classic New England. With its location in the Berkshires, Canyon Ranch lends itself to outdoor pursuits, and you can also pop over to Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, just moments from the property.

The Chopra Center at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa
Carlsbad, CA
Perfect Health 6-Day Program
Cost: $3,675
Intensity Level:  High – You believe as much in Eastern healing practices as Western medicine.
The Plan: Your six-day stay is heavy on yoga and meditation. The Perfect Health program, inspired by Deepak Chopra’s book of the same name, is based on Ayurveda, a natural healing system developed in India more than 5,000 years ago. But the Chopra Center also loops in physicians and certified educators, for a complete approach to wellbeing. You will have ample time to enjoy the spa, named the No. 1 Wellness Spa in the country by Spa magazine.
Surroundings: Coastal California. The Chopra Center is set on 400 acres of the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, which is also home to two golf courses, an athletic club, pools and a variety of dining options — all 30 minutes from San Diego.

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Long-Weekend Options
Looking to Recharge with less time commitment? These programs are shorter, and emphasize relaxation and indulgence as much as transformation.

Phulay Bay, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve
Krabi, Thailand 
It’s hard not to relax at this ultra-exclusive property overlooking the Similan Islands, but for those who need a little extra help, there is the Paradise in Balance wellness retreat. This four-day program is designed to rejuvenate guests with morning meditation walks led by a Buddhist Monk, a detox menu and raw Thai cooking classes, treatments at the ESPA and private yoga or Pilates Reformer classes. A stay in the Reserve Pool Villa, with a personal butler, completes the experience. From $3,000. ritzcarlton.com

Mayflower Inn
Washington, CT
The Above and Beyond Experience is three nights of total bliss. Unlimited spa treatments, private fitness sessions, scheduled classes and activities, combined with spa meals, personal spa advisor services, comfortable clothing, a tote and a journal are all part of your visit. The Inn’s 30 rooms and suites are designed as a respite from the daily grind, with particular attention paid to comfortable and luxurious details like feather-topped mattresses and Frette linens. From $4,000. mayflowerinn.com

R4.0 at the Four Seasons Hotel
Westlake Village, CA
R4.0 is the little sister to The Ranch at Live Oak’s acclaimed fitness and wellness immersion program in Malibu. A four-day jumpstart, R4.0 is built around 8 to 10 hours of daily exercise, including morning mountain hikes. Organic vegetarian cuisine, massages, and medical diagnostic testing in partnership with the California Health and Longevity Institute are also a part of the package. The goal is to leave toned and detoxified, and to give your metabolism a sustainable boost. The Four Seasons’ spa ensures your stay is as calming as it is invigorating. $3,800. theranchmalibu.com

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