9 of the best wellness resorts in the world

(CNN) — Getting beaten up by strangers, soaking in fragrant water, or being encouraged to practice yoga in a beautiful setting will not eliminate the problems of the past two years.

But for those of us still burdened with anxiety or the long-term health consequences of these worrying times, this health-promoting activity is sure to become a welcome escape.

Whether you’re looking for a deep cleanse in the snow-capped peaks of New Zealand, a massage in the Maldives and St. Lucia, or a spa in St. Lucia, here are some of the world’s best rejuvenation hotspots.

Aloha, New Zealand

Surrounded by the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps, Aro Hā says it has a simple kaupapa or purpose: to regenerate the mind and body.

It’s not easy, though—guests should cut ties with alcohol, caffeine, and cigarettes before arriving on their wellness journey.

A day at Aro Hā begins with the sound of Tibetan bowls, dynamic yoga against the backdrop of the rising sun, and breakfast of carrot bread with applesauce and berry jam, all from the resort’s gardens.

To keep mind, body and spirit clean, the kitchen is plant-based, with an emphasis on garden to table. Fitness is just as important, so sub-alpine hikes and therapeutic massages in the area are highly recommended before spa time.

Willka T’ika, Peru

Willka T’ika draws on the teachings of the local Quechua people for a wholesome retreat.

Wilka Tika

Nestled in the Andes Mountains between the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu and the Inca capital Cusco, this eco-friendly resort is set in one of the most spectacular landscapes in the world.

Throw in a luxury spa, the perfect post-pandemic retreat.

The stunning views go beyond the picturesque outdoors; within the pink building of this boutique hotel is the Garden of Seven Chakras – a restorative space that represents the seven classic chakras that some believe are human energy center.

While traditional Andean rituals can be experienced outside the resort, staff, including the indigenous Quechua people, ensure that guests’ stays are shaped by their relationship with Mother Earth, Pachamama. A great way to get in touch with nature is a soothing soak in a salt and herbal infused floral solar bath under the night sky, heated by the sun during the day.

BodyHoliday, Saint Lucia

BodyHoliday’s Skin Clinic offers the Restorative Beauty program.

body holiday

The idyllic Caribbean setting, nestled between powder sand beaches and tropical rainforest, bolsters confidence in BodyHoliday’s promise: “Give us your body for a week and we’ll give you your mind back.”

Depending on the program, guests can do yoga throughout their stay or explore the island with exciting activities such as diving and archery.

There is a wellness center with a skin clinic that has “restorative beauty” among other spas and treatments.

Popular with guests is the “Tranquility Massage,” a Swedish technique that uses a special blend of oils to aid breathing and sleep, while following Ayurvedic principles.

Anantara Oriental Mangrove Hotel, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Anantara Eastern Mangroves offers luxurious spa treatments including a hammam.

Anantara Eastern Mangroves offers luxurious spa treatments including a hammam.

Ministry of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi

Overlooking the beautiful mangroves on the edge of the city, Anantara uses its natural environment to create a healing oasis that blends oriental healing with Arabian touches. Exclusive treatments here include the “Vichy Desert Sand Body Scrub” and “Neom Stress Relief Candle Massage”.

Depending on the mood, guests can experience the hammam or venture out to Anantara’s seafront where they can engage in one of the many water sports.

Other treatments include the typical indulgence of a luxury hotel – numerous fine dining options and all-you-can-drink in-room.

Ananda in the Indian Himalayas

Ananda in the spiritual pathway of the Himalayas includes medical examinations and spa consultations.

Ananda in the spiritual pathway of the Himalayas includes medical examinations and spa consultations.

Ananda in the Himalayas

Nestled at the foot of the Himalayas surrounded by Saar forests, Ananda describes himself as a “spiritual path”. It offers therapies tailored to the needs of its guests – arrivals tired of the pandemic may want to take advantage of a “stress management” program.

Comprehensive physical exams and spa consultations are provided to ensure maximum benefits from activities such as yoga, meditation, pranayama (breathing regulation) and refreshing diving.

Guests at the vibrant resort are said to include British royalty and A-listers including Elizabeth Hurley and Brad Pitt. If you’re lucky, you might walk through the forest with someone you know.

Stanglwirt Green Spa Resort, Austria

Stanglwirt Green Spa Resort's water features echo the Rocky Mountain landscape.

Stanglwirt Green Spa Resort’s water features echo the Rocky Mountain landscape.

Stengwirt Green Spa Resort

The Sound of Music meets The Hobbit at this grass-roofed Alpine hut in Austria’s Wilder Kaiser Mountains, where the Hauser family runs an upscale eco-resort.

Homemade food from the Stanglwirt organic farm reinforces environmental certification, while the resort’s eco sauna is made from local lora pine.

Activities on offer include golf, horse riding and skiing. There is also a 500-square-meter indoor fitness garden.

Highlights of Stanglwirt include water features designed to mimic the Rocky Mountain environment. Guests are advised to lie down in the massage alcove and let the salt water from the salt water pool soothe their skin before walking up the moss-covered stairs to indulge in the spa’s organic treatments.

Palazzo Fiuggi, Italy

Palazzo Fiuggi projects are tailored to meet the specific needs of our guests.

Palazzo Fiuggi projects are tailored to meet the specific needs of our guests.

Tesso Sadlo / Palazzo Fiuggi

The medical care home claims to take a 360-degree approach to health, with a focus on potentially providing respite for those with illnesses including long-term Covid.

The setting is idyllic, with the healing sea and the natural beauty of the Italian Apennine Mountains as a backdrop.

Palazzo Fiuggi offers bespoke wellness treatment plans, including holistic therapies and medical services tailored by a team of doctors and specialists.

Guests can choose between “Medical and Diagnostic” treatments such as the “Post Covid-19” program or “Regeneration” programs such as the “Recovery and Balance” program.

All treatment plans include extensive medical examinations, Roman bath soaks and lymphatic drainage, aromatherapy and other massages.

The best health remedies also include good food. Here, guests can enjoy a menu designed by three Michelin-starred chefs.

Euphoria Retreat, Greece

Euphoria Retreat offers unique wellness activities such as laughter yoga to clear the mind.

Euphoria Retreat offers unique wellness activities such as laughter yoga to clear the mind.

Euphoric Retreat

The charming mountain village of Mystras is a cool escape from the plains of the Greek Peloponnese and a gateway to the fabulous ancient wonders of the Byzantine fortress overlooking it.

It’s also another escape. Euphoria is a spa-resort complex built in a classical style that, among other things, offers guests treatments designed specifically to help with post-pandemic recovery.

Euphoria’s “Feel Alive Again” program aims to soothe guests’ pent-up negativity through a combination of activities such as laughter yoga, breathing and music.

The resorts say these activities are designed to coax unconscious thoughts and feelings to purify the mind.

It also offers a patented “3GL PLUS” therapy that measures the most important indicators of metabolic health while guests experience Euphoria Methodos, a spa approach that combines holistic Hippocratic medicine and Taoism.

Expect guests to leave in a state of euphoria.

Joali Being, Maldives

Joali Being is designed to provide guests with a sense of freedom.

Joali Being is designed to provide guests with a sense of freedom.

Jolly exists

Surrounded by soft sand and sea breezes, this island wellness resort is centered on the concept of “weightlessness”. However, the law of universal gravitation is not broken. In Joali Being, this means transmitting a sense of freedom.

The resort says it combines modern science with ancient healing arts, allowing your stay to be inspired by its four pillars of wellness: mind, microbiome, energy and skin.

Offers programs tailored to rebalance guest wellness, including Abhyanga body massages and treatments in the refreshing waters of the resort’s spa lobby.

and drinks? Sai Tea Room offers over 60 organic teas for guests to sip and hopefully feel weightless.


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