Each year, we gather together with family and friends to celebrate the holidays over potluck dinners, elegant cocktail parties and fireplace hangs with warm mulled wine in hand. And though we love celebrating the holidays for these exact reasons, once they’re over, it can feel like your entire body needs a full reset.We did the guesswork out of your search and found five restorative and relaxing wellness retreats around the U.S. to get your Zen on in 2022.
If you’re like us, having to plan a relaxing vacation after the holidays—figuring out where to go, how to get the best hotel deals, or what types of activities are offered—can seem like an even more daunting task to add to your to-do list.
Lake Austin Spa Resort: Austin, TX
The all-inclusive Lake Austin Spa is set amongst gorgeous rolling hills and lush greenery sitting just 30-minutes from downtown. This scenic and soothing atmosphere is perfect for guests looking to be in nature while still enjoying the amenities of a full-service resort.
The property’s approach to wellness is folded into every aspect of the hotel, whether dining at its restaurants, participating in outdoor activities, or simply enjoying a picnic for two around the lake. Guests can take advantage of its unique offerings such as SUP fitness classes, sundown wine cruises, paddle board yoga, restorative aquatic therapies, and spa treatments using local products found on property.
Ojai Valley Inn: Ojai, California
Though consistently voted among the top wellness destinations in the country, Ojai continues to remain one of Southern California’s best kept secrets. It’s even said to hold sacred healing powers. Nestled among its rolling hills and mountains is Ojai Valley Inn, a Spanish revival property synonymous with tranquility and serenity.
Among its amenities, guests are treated to a number of wellness activities which can be tailored specifically to your needs by the property’s Activity Planners. Visitors can also search for experiences based on what their body needs (e.g., adventure, body and soul, seasonal, fitness, family). Enjoy activities such as Bluegrass brunch, beekeeping and honey tasing, spiritual wellness sessions, sonic sound journeys and refreshing nature hikes in the Wills-Rice Canyon.
CIVANA Wellness Resort & Spa: Carefree, AZ
The name says it all. Located in Carefree, AZ, CIVANA Wellness Resort & Spa is a quiet sanctuary tucked away in the Sonoran Desert away from the hustle and bustle of Scottsdale. Based on its four pillars: movement, spa, nourishment and discovery, Civana is a place to recharge through a variety of wellness classes and experiences.
Civana features a range of daily activities from daily intention ceremonies to early-morning hikes, kayaking excursions, aerial yoga, cardio HIIT sessions, and TRX classes. Each day, guests can choose from a list of classes (most are complimentary) or opt for private sessions arranged via text to the front desk. Plus, the resort’s dining options are designed for the health-conscious traveler with seasonal offerings and farm-to-table ingredients such as grass-fed meats and sustainable seafood.
Red Mountain Resort: St. George, UT
Home to Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, and Snow Canyon State Park, Utah is a nature lover’s dream. And for those wanting to rejuvenate their mind and body, the Red Mountain Resort is a spa-lover’s paradise. The Sagestone Spa & Salon offers a full spectrum of therapies and healing treatments inspired by ancient health and beauty rituals.
Utilizing its surroundings, spa treatments at Red Mountain boast custom-blended indigenous desert botanicals, clays and salts, and local honey and mineral-rich muds for their restorative benefits. This all-inclusive (and pet-friendly) resort also includes a variety of wellness activities such as fitness classes, bike rentals, daily guided hikes, three meals daily, healthy life classes and events, and personal discovery experiences.
Cavallo Point – the Lodge at the Golden Gate: Sausalito, CA
If you’ve never visited Sausalito, CA, you’re in for a treat. This quaint seaside town is located 10 minutes outside of San Francisco and is known for its hiking and biking trails, charming accommodations, farm-to-table restaurants, and rows of art galleries. In the center of it all is Cavallo Point – the Lodge at the Golden Gate, a luxury lodge in the historic Marin Headlands.
This tranquil hotel is the perfect destination for a wellness getaway, offering guests a number of ways to recharge such as guided weekend hikes, yoga sessions, mindfulness cooking classes, spa treatments, and outdoor meditation pools. Additionally, the Healing Arts Center & Spa Point integrates cultural healing practices from around the world. Guests can learn more about themselves with the help of a holistic medical practitioner or work with a renowned shaman to find inner healing.
Restoration From Home: Anywhere
Can’t make a trip work after the holidays? Body by Yoga’s online courses can help anyone from complete beginners to avid athletes find balance after the holidays with 30- to 60-minute classes available 24/7. Classes are organized by fitness level and goal as well as injury prevention or modified programs for those struggling with joint or muscle pain. They even feature the Building a Morning Habit class which helps individuals slowly get back into their practice with 10- to 25-minute videos to do daily.
Lastly, before doing any type of travel, be sure you’re up-to-date on COVID-19 rules and restrictions for the city you’re visiting so that you won’t run into any snags along the way.
Nicolle Monico is a Sr. Editor for Verified.org with more than 14 years of experience in the industry. A former Travel Editor, she garnered an extensive background in travel, writing articles from city news to hotel and resort openings, wanderlust trends, and in-depth pieces on the industry. In 2014 she was voted by USA Today 10Best readers as the #1 Best Luxury Travel Blogger in the nation.