Jan 2, 2023



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Did Someone Say Spa Getaway? 12 Incredible Wellness Retreats to Visit

Fora Author Henley Vazquez


Henley Vazquez

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Let's face it: we could all use a little self care. And while the concept of "wellness" means something different to everyone — be it a fitness bootcamp or a beachside massage (we don’t judge) — a wellness retreat for your next vacation is never a bad idea.

But where to choose? From Malibu to Mexico, there are a number of extra-special resorts that serve up wellness programs on a silver platter. We're talking glorious surroundings, luxurious accommodations and five-star service, coupled with world-class fitness programs, expert-led classes and once-in-a-lifetime spa treatments.

To narrow your search, here's a few of our all-time favorite wellness resorts, each with its own niche. From a family-friendly spa retreat in the German Alps to a sleek wellness clinic in Spain, these spa hotels come with some great perks when you book with a Fora travel advisor.

Ready to travel? Connect with a Fora Advisor to plan and book your wellness getaway today.

Best for a little bit of everything: Miraval Berkshires Resort & Spa


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With oasis-like wellness retreats in the Berkshires (an easy escape from a destination like New York), Arizona and Austin, the award-winning Miraval is regarded as the gold standard of luxury wellness. Why, you ask? Because Miraval truly offers something for everyone, with programs geared toward every type of wellness-seeker — from fitness fanatics to couples looking to reconnect.

Customized wellness itineraries are based on each guest's set intentions, and include a fantastic variety of experiences (like a floating meditation session and crystal therapy followed by zip-lining, breathwork and a "conscious cooking" class, as well as your classics, like massages and facials). But don’t worry, there’s tons to do at the resort beyond high-key wellness activities, including enjoying the majestic landscapes by bike, on foot or simply from the infinity pool. 

Fora Perks:

  • $100 resort / hotel credit.

  • Breakfast daily.

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

Best medical spa: SHA Wellness Clinic


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Don't let the term "medical" deter you. Wellness, after all, starts and ends with health. Think of medical spas as the more sophisticated, advanced (and, in many cases, more luxurious) upgrade to your typical spa experience. Located on a mountainous stretch of coastline in Spain, SHA Wellness Clinic is a retreat center that is just as luxurious as it is legitimate, with medical experts on staff to deliver advanced therapies like regenerative medicine, cognitive therapy, nourishing experiences, immunity treatments and cosmetic procedures.

In addition to top-notch spa treatments (like the "red carpet facial"), the wellness program also includes nutritional cooking classes in the impressive demo kitchen. Cascading infinity pools overlooking the Mediterranean are of course worth a mention. (And if you're especially captivated by stunning pools, check out some of the best hotel swimming pools.) If you want to extend your wellness vacation, Asturias, Spain, is also worth exploring.

Fora Perks:

  • $100 wellness credit.

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

Also check out our guide to the best places to visit in Spain for first-timers.

Best for a bootcamp experience: The Ranch at Malibu


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Sometimes you need a no-BS approach to your wellness experience. If you’re looking to trim your waist or get in shape, the award-winning Ranch at Malibu is a cult favorite for its bootcamp-style workouts and glorious, sunny setting, both of which make any trip to California all the more rewarding. Days consist of challenging hikes, daily yoga classes, fitness classes, meditation sessions and holistic wellness lectures, coupled with plant-based meals and a strict 1,400-calories-a-day diet. But don’t worry, it’s plenty luxurious: guests are awoken to the sounds of Tibetan chimes in their plush cottages each morning (this is Malibu, after all) and receive spa treatments like massages and IV therapy during their stay. (Looking for the best thing to do in Malibu, in addition to luxe wellness treatments? We've got you.)

Fora Perks:

  • Complimentary 50-minute massage for two.

  • Breakfast daily.

  • Extended check-in/out whenever possible.

Best for cultural immersion: Chablé Yucatán


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For wellness seekers in search of a little more than a massage on the beach, Chablé Yucatán is one of those special places you have to see to believe. Set amongst sacred cenotes in the lush Yucatán jungle, the rejuvenating luxury resort invites guests to fully immerse themselves in ancient Mayan mysticism and wellness practices. Here, self-care could mean a healing ceremony performed by a Shaman, a chakra-balancing ritual, a temazcal treatment in a traditional steam house or a sound healing session with Tibetan Bowls.

A golf course, hyper-local cuisine and sleek casitas with plunge pools also beckon. Chablé also checks all of the boxes for your must-do wellness retreat activities, including spa services and daily yoga classes. Looking to extend your trip to Mexico? Head to the country's vibrant capital and stay in one of the best hotels in Mexico City.

Fora Perks:

  • $100 resort / hotel credit.

  • Breakfast daily.

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

Best for a family-friendly spa vacation: Schloss Elmau


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Epic landscapes, multiple spas, countless children’s activities… this wellness retreat might be the ultimate life hack for families. Located in the Bavarian Alps outside of Munich, Germany, Schloss Elmau feels like several resorts in one, with its top-notch restaurants, outstanding children’s programming (soccer camp, literature workshops) and world-renowned wellness offerings.

Guests can partake in expert-led Pilates or yoga retreats and indulge in pampering treatments at the six serene spas, with therapies ranging from Ayurveda-inspired treatments to aromatherapy. When not relaxing in the Finnish sauna or authentic Japanese onsen, you can simply admire the Alpine scenery from the seven outdoor pools, all of which are heated year-round. (Looking for further exploration? Don't miss the gorgeous castles in Bavaria, Germany.)

Fora Perks:

  • $100 resort / hotel credit.

  • Breakfast daily.

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

Best for a detox: Canyon Ranch


For those looking for a reset — be it a full-body detox or a new approach to weight loss —  there are few better places than Canyon Ranch, a beloved wellness retreat in Lenox, Massachusetts. Located in a historic New England mansion framed by the Berkshire Mountains, this five-star resort has been a bucket-list spa destination for decades, and for good reason. Their facilities are impressive and plentiful (a running track, ropes course, tennis courts, multiple fitness studios) and their nourishing spa treatments range from detox acupuncture to Ayurvedic medicine, plus personalized well-being consultations.

Fora Perks:

  • $100 hotel / resort credit.

  • Breakfast daily.

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

Best for a Countryside Moment: Heckfield Place


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Set on a romantic estate in the British countryside, Heckfield Place is where Bridgerton magic meets wellness travel. On its nearly 500 acres of lush forest and shady meadows, the royal-approved resort recently unveiled the Little Bothy Spa. Here, guests can expect true world-class treatments, all of which are rooted in the principles of holistic wellness and immersion into nature. Beyond massages and facials — and they do those very well — Little Bothy hosts resident practitioners who offer everything from naturopathy to Pilates and yoga.

Fora Perks:

  • $100 food / beverage credit.

  • Breakfast daily.

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

Best for an intensive experience: The Ranch Italy

Palazzo Fiuggi Roman Therme

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For true transformation, and more of a wellness-inspired bootcamp, visit The Ranch Italy, less than an hour outside of Rome. Guests stay at the regal Palazzo Fiuggi, a splendid estate perched on an ancient hilltop, in a region historically known for its rejuvenative properties. The Ranch offers four- and seven-day programs, both of which involve four hours of daily hiking, afternoon strength training and yoga sessions, daily massages, nap time and group meals. The plant-based food, prepared by a Michelin-starred chef, is delicious and ultra-nourishing. This is a great place for those who appreciate structure; the set schedule takes all the guesswork out of wellness. You’ll leave feeling cleansed, rejuvenated and perhaps a little exhausted — in the best way. 

Best for a science-based regimen: Clinique La Prairie, Switzerland

Clinique La Prairie

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This luxury medical clinic in Clarens, Switzerland takes a scientifically-informed, holistic approach to wellness. Each program, from detox regimens to weeklong “revitalization” intensives, is based on La Prairie’s four longevity pillars: medical care, nutrition, movement and wellbeing. Guests stay in any one of 38 well-appointed rooms, and have access to a slew of medical experts — all trained in the art and science of longevity.

Best for relaxation: Shou Sugi Ban House


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This exclusive gated compound in the Hamptons is a study in luxurious serenity. The exceptional spa offers purifying hydrotherapy rituals, body treatments inspired by nature’s bounty and tailored facials. The fantastic culinary program champions locally sourced, organic ingredients — including those fresh from Shou Sugi’s own biodynamic garden. And everything here — from the soothing architecture and sleek decor to their extensive wellness offerings — is intentional, rooted in the property’s Japanese-inspired philosophy.

Best for self connection: The Lodge at Woodloch

Lodge at Woodloch indoor pool

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Wellness, of course, goes beyond physical health, and such is the philosophy of The Lodge at Woodloch, in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains. Here the focus lies on reconnecting with oneself — although guests can still choose from a variety of outdoor and more fitness-oriented activities (hiking, biking, TRX, cardio…). Connect with a spiritual healer, consult an herbalist or chat with the property’s “holistic orchardist” (The Lodge cultivates an organic orchard and garden). Then, head to the impressive spa, the highlight of which might be the Aqua Garden, which includes a purifying Himalayan salt sauna.

Fora Perks:

  • $100 hotel / resort credit.

  • Welcome amenity.

  • Breakfast daily.

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

Honorable mention for best detox retreat: Cal-a-Vie Health Spa, California 

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Image courtesy of Cal-a-Vie Health Spa

Located north of San Diego, Cal-a-Vie makes the most of is California-magic setting: a rolling-hills estate dotted with gorgeously manicured gardens. We love Cal-a-Vie for its European sensibility and design — think marble statues, topiaries, vintage-inspired chandeliers — adding a luxe sophistication to your wellness trip. Here, programs range from three to seven nights, always with a lovely balance of detox and relaxation. Guests have a comprehensive slate of options at their disposal, from treatments like aromatherapy & hot stone massages to countless fitness activities like boxing & spin. Highly recommended are the wellness lectures and healthy cooking demonstrations, plus special offerings including mindful crafts and even stargazing with the highly sought-after Takahashi telescope. Still want to get the most out of your trip to California? After your rejuvenating wellness retreat, head north and stay at any one of the best hotels in LA.

Ready to travel? Connect with a Fora Advisor to plan and book your wellness getaway today.


    Author - Henley Vazquez

    Henley Vazquez

    Henley Vazquez is the co-founder of Fora and a seasoned travel advisor. She's built her career through fostering meaningful relationships and developing opportunities for her community. A self-proclaimed hotel junkie, Henley is driven by match-making the perfect property to each traveler's unique style.