The last few difficult years have completely changed the way we think and talk about a healthy lifestyle. Of course, a great massage or facial will never go out of style, but it's just one piece of the puzzle to take care of our mind as well as our body. Long walks in nature and art can be just as revitalizing as a grueling workout, and a nutritious meal (with a glass of fine wine) may be just what the doctor ordered. Whether you love hiking or yoga, or just need a massage, edition Conde Nast Traveler advises booking one of these wellness retreats in 2023 to rejuvenate the body and mind.
Civana Wellness Resort and Spa - Arizona
If you're looking for a very exciting resort, head to the foothills of the Sonoran Desert and the town of Carefree and all your worries will be gone. After the morning ceremony, you will embark on a wellness adventure of your choice, which may include a self-guided meditation walk along a rock path, a sunset sound bath, or aqua therapy.
But the resort also makes full use of its surroundings, which means you can go kayaking in the Tonto National Forest or climb up to 1236 feet (370 m) to Tom's Thumb.
The American Club - Kohler, Wisconsin
If you usually associate Kohler with stainless steel sanitary ware, you are not alone. But the all-American company offers much more than a beautiful faucet. The brand also has a stake in the hospitality industry, and the resort doesn't stray too far from its roots - literally. The main building of The American Club used to house workers working across the street at the factory (it's still there). The resort is a bit like a high-end college campus: a group of majestic stone and brick buildings includes chic modern rooms; five own restaurants and many others within walking distance; and a separate spa and golf course that can be reached by free shuttle bus or even on foot.
Winvian Farm - Morris, Connecticut
Winvian Farm can be the perfect hideaway for the jaded office worker who is in dire need of a detox, or at least a day or two off everything. The design of each of the 18 cottages on the 113-acre (45 ha) site is based on a different concept of a concept, such as a library or treehouse; at Camping Cottage, for example, stars light up the ceiling and marshmallows are placed in front of the fireplace to roast. Chef Chris Eddy prepares meals with organic produce harvested from the farm's own gardens, but don't forget to pair them with a velvety glass of Dominus 2008 Cabernet from the farm's rich selection of wines. And don't miss your chance to visit the magnificent 5000 square foot (465 sqm) spa. It is open to both guests and visitors, so don't be surprised if you see some locals come here to relax and have fun.
Lake Austin Spa Resort - Texas
A stay at the Lake Austin spa can ruin your life forever. Once you've sampled the abundance of the organic garden that the resort uses in its seasonal offerings, your usual store-bought veggies are likely to come to an end.
Guests are also delighted with the Culinary Experience program, which invites celebrity chefs to cook dinner and teach guests a lesson in how to cook gourmet dishes with their own hands. The LakeHouse Resort Spa offers over 100 massage, body and skin treatments that you can enjoy in comfort.
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If you felt sad last year (as many have), then Cal-A-Vie is perfect for you. Luxurious villas in the Southern California countryside await you. But don't let this charming French provincial-style resort fool you: it's not only a carefree place to relax and unwind, there's hiking, kickboxing, zumba, volleyball and more. And at the end of the day, relax with a bamboo massage and coffee scrub.
Aman, New York
You might not expect to have one of the most relaxing new resorts in the country in the middle of Manhattan. Its minimalist interiors - parquet floors, Belgian blue marbles, warm copper light installations - all inspire serenity.
The spa area expands over three floors and is combined with a wellness area. Cryotherapy chamber, infrared detox sauna, swimming pool - that's all about Aman. For a truly pampered experience, rent one of the two private "spa houses," multi-room suites that you and your closest friends can rent for half or full days. One of them includes a hammam, the other a Russian bath, and both have spacious outdoor terraces with a hot tub and a cold pool.