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5 Spa Getaways for the Perfect Wellness Weekend

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At the start of the new year, wellness is top of mind. But my definition of wellness goes beyond the societally imposed expectations for physical and emotional transformation. Wellness, to me, is about doing what feels good to you — whether that means getting after it at the gym, sipping a glass of red in a bubble bath or spending the weekend somewhere primed for relaxation.

I'm especially keen on the latter activity. When it comes to wellness escapes, there's something for everyone, proving that you can have your cake and eat it, too. Below, I highlight five spa getaways that make for the perfect start to 2024. What better way to kick off the new year than with a vacation? And in case nobody's told you, yes, you absolutely deserve it.

Miraval Berkshires Resort & Spa

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This luxury retreat in Lenox, Massachusetts is open year round. You can snow-shoe and cross-country ski in the winter, golf and rock-climb in the warmer months and enjoy Miraval's signature yoga and breathwork sessions any time of year. Whether you're just dipping your toe into the wellness world or are a veritable wellness enthusiast, the range of offerings appeals to virtually everyone.

Fora Perks:

  • $100 hotel / resort credit.

  • Breakfast daily.

  • Upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

Canyon Ranch Tucson

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Canyon Ranch is a household name in the world of wellness retreats. At Canyon Ranch Tucson, choose from curated packages tailored to your goals, a "Stay Your Way" experience or an organized retreat. Whichever you choose, you won't be at a loss for things to enjoy, and Tucson's stunning natural landscape makes an excellent playground for rewarding outdoor adventures.

Fora Perks:

  • $100 hotel / resort credit.

  • Breakfast daily.

  • Upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

The Ranch Malibu

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The Ranch Malibu doesn't mess around when it comes to wellness. Yes, there are magical spa treatments and organic, locally sourced, plant-based food, but The Ranch is really more of a luxury bootcamp. Choose from seven- or nine-day programs, all designed with fitness in mind. Days include morning stretching, intense mountain hikes, strength training, naptime, massages and nourishing cuisine. It's tiring, challenging and seriously rejuvenating.

Fora Perks:

  • One complimentary 50-minute massage.

  • Breakfast daily.

  • Extended check-in/out whenever possible.

Lake Austin Spa Resort

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Image courtesy of Lake Austin Spa Resort

Lake Austin Spa Resort is the adults-only, all-inclusive, cottage-chic hideaway you didn't know you needed. Texas Hill Country is truly an underrated gem of a destination, and this resort takes full advantage of its serene natural environs.

Fora Perks:

  • $100 hotel / resort credit.

  • Breakfast daily.

  • Upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

New opening: SHA Mexico

Leave it to SHA to take integrative wellbeing to an entirely new level. SHA Mexico, slated to open in January 2024, is located on a white-sand stretch of Isla Mujeres, about 30 minutes from the Cancún airport. Expect nourishing cuisine, transformative therapies and chic, nature-inspired design. Plus, the resort's beach is home to the northern hemisphere's largest coral reef.

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