10 Top Wellness Retreats Around the Globe

Boost your sense of well-being in these relaxing spots around the world.

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10 Top Wellness Retreats Around the Globe

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Unwind and recharge in these serene escapes.

From Switzerland's scenic countryside to Puerto Rico's lush rainforests, retreats around the globe are ready to indulge your every need and help you restore your physical and mental well-being. Whether you want to enjoy wellness programs and meditation or get pampered with rejuvenating spa treatments, there are plenty of places to unwind and recharge. Without further ado, here are some of the most inspiring settings to renew your health and enjoy some peace, quiet and relaxation.
El Conquistadora Resort, a Waldorf Astoria Resort.
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El Conquistador Resort, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

Embrace Mother Nature at El Conquistador Resort, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, in Puerto Rico. Here, guests can choose from wellness retreats inspired by the four elements of nature: water, fire, earth and air. After a physical assessment and evaluation, guests are assigned to one of the four retreats to enjoy a variety of activities for four days and three nights. Wellness-seekers may enjoy yoga or meditation in the on-site labyrinth, beach boot camp on the resort's 100-acre private island and zip lining through El Yunque National Forest.
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Unwind and recharge in these serene escapes.

From Switzerland's scenic countryside to Puerto Rico's lush rainforests, retreats around the globe are ready to indulge your every need and help you restore your physical and mental well-being. Whether you want to enjoy wellness programs and meditation or get pampered with rejuvenating spa treatments, there are plenty of places to unwind and recharge. Without further ado, here are some of the most inspiring settings to renew your health and enjoy some peace, quiet and relaxation.

El Conquistador Resort, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

Embrace Mother Nature at El Conquistador Resort, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, in Puerto Rico. Here, guests can choose from wellness retreats inspired by the four elements of nature: water, fire, earth and air. After a physical assessment and evaluation, guests are assigned to one of the four retreats to enjoy a variety of activities for four days and three nights. Wellness-seekers may enjoy yoga or meditation in the on-site labyrinth, beach boot camp on the resort's 100-acre private island and zip lining through El Yunque National Forest.

Mukul Beach, Golf & Spa

Seeking healing as part of your wellness getaway? Mukul Beach, Golf & Spa on Nicaragua's Emerald Coast employs an on-site ayurvedic healer who offers dietary suggestions along with massages, Reiki, meditation and chakra balancing elements for spiritual healing. Guests may also choose a six-day yoga retreat, beach massages and surf lessons. The resort also provides an on-site "aura architect," who creates a serene setting for visitors with aromatherapy, ambient music, healthy treats and reinvigorating elixirs.

The Dolder Grand

Get reinvigorated at the Dolder Grand's 43,000-square-foot spa located between Zurich and Switzerland's countryside. The spa features indoor and outdoor whirlpools and 18 treatment rooms designed to restore guests' balance and inner harmony. Visitors can stay overnight in one of several rooms and suites and enjoy treatments ranging from shiatsu and facials to meditation walks. The spa's Life Balance menu lets guests select from one of four personalized programs, including Relax, Beauty, Vitality and Detox. Plus, there's even a kids' room for children to hang out in while parents enjoy the facilities.

Tabacón Grand Spa Thermal Resort

Relax and rejuvenate under a volcano at the Tabacón Grand Spa Thermal Resort in Costa Rica. Located near the base of Arenal Volcano, the resort, which spreads across 900 acres of natural rainforest reserve, offers thermal springs and cascading waterfalls heated by the volcano's magma. Enjoy your spa treatment in an open-air bungalow surrounded by lush greenery and rushing streams. Guests can also enjoy horseback riding, hiking and rafting throughout the rainforest and spend time amid the adults-only Shangri-La Gardens.

Banyan Tree Mayakoba

Along Mexico's Caribbean coast in the Riviera Maya, guests can book one of the Banyan Tree Mayakoba's dedicated Spa Sanctuary suites. In these lavish accommodations, guests can experience unlimited treatments within the privacy of their own villa, which is appointed with a private pool, two treatment beds and secluded outdoor areas. Upon arrival, guests are greeted with a relaxing foot bath and are met with resort hosts who plan individualized itineraries. All guests receive a Morning Delight Treatment (think: a shoulder massage or a Thai yoga massage) followed by a nutritious breakfast. Plus, guests can get pampered with unlimited massages, sports therapy and hydro treatments from the comfort of their villas.

Omni La Costa Resort and Spa

As the world headquarters of The Chopra Center for Wellbeing, founded by world-renowned holistic physicians Dr. Deepak Chopra and Dr. David Simon, Omni La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, California, has helped visitors experience spiritual awakening for more than 20 years. At the center, which combines the healing arts of the East with modern Western medicine, guests can participate in a range of workshops, retreats, spa treatments, meditation sessions and yoga. The resort, located just north of San Diego, has eight swimming pools, lush gardens, two championship golf courses and 17 tennis courts. The resort's spa also offers massages, wraps and facials.

JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa

Recharge on a 40-acre private island in the middle of the Venetian lagoon at the JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa in Italy. Learn the ancient art of Venetian rowing, or if you're arms just aren't up for a row down the canals, try yoga or meditation in the resort's historic gardens with olive groves, palm trees, magnolias and more. The resort's GOCO spa is the largest in Venice and not only provides traditional spa services, but also a special 120-minute experience that combines an exfoliation with a body wrap and a facial. Don't miss the 20th-century Romanesque Revival-style church located on the island. Though no longer used for religious services, the church still provides a sanctuary of calmness and tranquility. A soak in the resort's indoor-outdoor heated pool while taking in incredible views of the city's skyline is also a must-do.

Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta

Experience the pinnacle of wellness amenities and serene surroundings at Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta. Located between the Pacific Ocean and the Sierra Madre Mountains, the relaxing resort in Mexico features five hotels, along with a golf course, boutique shopping, nightlife, more than 20 restaurants and a water park. Spa guests will experience treatments using local ingredients that are inspired by ancient Mexican culture. Unique offerings include the Cocoa Body Wrap, the Tequila Relief Massage, the Avocado Mask Facial Treatment and the Authentic Temazcal Ritual. Guests can also take cooking lessons, go on guided nature walks and participate in energy sessions on the beach.

Sunrise Springs Resort

At the 70-acre Sunrise Springs Resort in Santa Fe, New Mexico, medicine healers provide massages and treatments featuring ingredients such as blue corn and prickly pear, drawing on the area's Native American traditions. At the wellness retreat, guests work with a medical doctor and licensed counselor to evaluate different aspects of their health and implement an integrative wellness plan for their stay. Guests may choose to stay in an individual casita with a gas fireplace and private courtyard and enjoy time by the property's natural-fed pond surrounded by cottonwood trees. What's more, the resort also features yoga and fitness studios, a hot tub, a swimming pool, an arts studio and restaurant.

Solage Calistoga

Set on a volcanic caldera, Calistoga is California wine country's healing center. With many resorts – including Solage Calistoga in Napa Valley – featuring naturally heated hot springs designed for healing and wellness, visitors will find a place to recharge and sample some of the world's best wines. The resort's 20,000-square-foot Spa Solage has its own bathhouse with geothermal soaking pools, as well as a gym, yoga studio and plenty of treatment rooms. Try floating meditation, aqua yoga or a signature mud spa treatment during your stay. Guests also have access to complimentary bikes, and nearby hiking and jogging trails are all within walking distance to downtown Calistoga and area wineries.
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Lyn Mettler, Contributor

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