The 16 Best Wellness Retreats

Whether we seek to disconnect from the outside world, challenge ourselves or relax in style (or all of the above), a restorative getaway to a rejuvenating resort is often the perfect way to revive the mind, body and soul. Here, we have rounded up our favorite wellness retreats, each with their own emphasis—from spiritual to intellectual.

Contact Indagare for assistance planning a trip to a spa hotel. Our specialists can matchmake you with the perfect property. 

Best Retreat for Spiritual Exploration: Mii amo

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Best Retreat for a Luxe Boot Camp: Indagare in the Dolomites

This year, Indagare members can experience The Ranch Malibu‘s transformational wellness boot camp amidst the majestic Dolomites mountains in northern Italy on a special Insider Journey hosted by Melissa Biggs Bradley. Modeled after The Ranch’s results-oriented seven-day program, which combines an intense fitness regimen with a highly structured diet, The Ranch Dolomites will be based at the iconic Rosa Alpina hotel, one of Indagare’s favorite properties.

Under the guidance of highly skilled local guides, guests will spend mornings hiking the majestic mountains of this UNESCO Natural World Heritage site and afternoons participating in fitness classes (including strength training and yoga) and enjoying luxe spa treatments. To complement the active schedule, The Ranch’s culinary team will join the Michelin-starred Rosa Alpina chefs to serve nutritional, plant-based cuisine inspired by local Italian flavors.

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Best Retreat for a Far-Flung Escape: Ananda

Those interested in a spiritual, off-the-grid wellness experience should journey to this award-winning spa in India’s Himalayan foothills. Located in a 100-acre palace estate in the picturesque and remote Rishikesh Valley, Ananda boasts an all-inclusive wellness program based on Ayurvedic principles of physical and mental wellness. Guests have a choice between several highly specialized programs, from ‘Stress Management,’ which promotes emotional balance and renewal through Aromatherapy and Reiki massages, to ‘Ayurvedic Rejuvenation,’ which aims to improve metabolism and immunity with a specific diet and yoga classes. The resort also offers excellent yoga and meditation programs, complemented by more fast-paced activities such as white-water rafting and a jungle safari.

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Best Retreat for Family-Friendly Wellness: Schloss Elmau

Located a 90-minute drive southeast of Munich, surrounded by the beautiful Bavarian Alps, this fairytale castle estate is a perfect fit for families and couples passionate about spa-going, culture and the great outdoors. Several sumptuous spas dot the property, from a beautiful Turkish Hammam in the cellar of the castle to the 32,000-square-foot Badehaus Spa with its striking rooftop infinity pool. The menus include everything from extensive body and facial offerings to Thai and Ayurvedic treatments, and Thai Chi, yoga and Pilates are taught in light-filled, wood-paneled rooms. When not savoring spa treatments, guests can hike in the spectacular Bavarian alps and enjoy meals at the resort’s several impressive restaurants. Indagare tip: Don’t miss the two-hour hike from Elmau to Mittenwald, a charming village.

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Best Retreat for a Classic European Spa: SHA Wellness Clinic

This medical spa on Spain’s southeastern coast touts a detoxing—and delicious—macrobiotic menu and provides a wide array of treatments, from the scientific (sleep disorder treatments, genetic and preventative medicine) to the healthful (Reiki, massage). Championed by SHA’s founder, who credits his lifestyle change to curing his cancer, the resort’s treatments and methods are designed to encourage guests to re-evaluate and re-center their minds and bodies through daily fitness classes and information sessions covering topics like emotional intelligence and detoxing. Plus, the facilities are world-class: there is a state-of-the-art, 28-station hydrotherapy circuit that includes Roman and Turkish baths, bio-thermal showers, therapeutic water jets, a sauna and more. Those with a particular goal can enroll in one of the special programs (recommended for 7-14 days), which target such areas as weight loss and fitness, quitting smoking, managing stress and optimizing health and life expectancy.

As tough as the Ashram but with beautiful rooms and gourmet vegan food, this butt-kicking spa hotel offers the ultimate physical challenge. Guests are awoken at 5:30am each morning for yoga before heading out on arduous (albeit stunning) hikes; meals are vegan and gluten-free; and visitors receive daily massages. Melissa Biggs Bradley praises the ranch, admitting it gave her “a renewed appreciation for living in the present moment and gratitude for the unexpected opportunities that open new ways of thinking.” Rigorous and strict, the resort is ideal for those who are looking for new challenges and a healthier perspective on nutrition and fitness, but want to do so in a hardcore way (and in a spectacular setting). The ranch offers a special ‘4.0’ four-day program (based at the Four Seasons Westlake), an abridged version of the seven-day stay, which can provide rejuvenation and healing over a long weekend.

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Contact Indagare for assistance planning a trip to a spa hotel. Our specialists can matchmake you with the perfect property. 

– Blair West on December 21, 2017


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