A wellness resort or retreat is the perfect place to relax and reset. We all need a week or two of rejuvenation from time to time, to set new habits, and to recharge to get back in the game. Wellness tourism is on the rise and there are hundreds of retreats popping up all over the United States and Canada. The five wellness resorts listed below are rated as the top in North America and have been around the longest. If you really need to rest and regroup, go to the experts of wellness vacations.
This Florida wellness resort is located near the South Beach area of Miami. The Pritikin Longevity Center and Spa focus on instructing healthy eating and exercise routines. The cooking classes, medically-backed programs, and dining and wellness education all combine to teach guests how to lead a healthy existence. The luxurious guest rooms are top of the line. The summer pricing is $3,500 a week (per person, based on a two-week all-inclusive stay for two people sharing a room).
Nature lovers will delight in this hiking-focused retreat located in the lush Green Mountains of Vermont. Guests at this getaway enjoy daily guided hikes through stunning landscapes that are followed up with a massages and fitness classes. New Life includes fitness classes, yoga instruction, private rooms, an impressive menu of daily hikes and healthy meals. While the accommodations are not as premium as some of the other resorts on our list, the gorgeous scenery and the price make this retreat a winner. This is by far the most affordable retreat on the list. It is only open during the months of May - October, the pricing is $1,700 a week (per person, based on a two week all-inclusive stay for two people sharing a room).
Set on 19 acres of lakeside property deep in the heart of Texas Hill Country, this world-class wellness resort is known for its wide array of activity offerings. Located about 30 minutes outside of Austin, guests to this resort can choose from activities such as a sunset wine cruises, kayaking, cooking instruction, and spa services. The onsite Lake House and Iris Salon offers more than 100 unique spa treatments, guaranteed to relax and rejuvenate. The seasonal and local dining menus boast some of the best tastes in the region, providing the perfect complement to all of the services of this top-tier, quality resort. The all-inclusive pricing is $8,700 per person, per week.
This unique sanctuary is modeled after ancient Japanese inns with koi ponds, lush gardens, and miles of scenic hiking trails, enhanced by the latest fitness techniques, ancient relaxation therapies, and personalized counseling to promote a healthy lifestyle and inner peace. The 7 day program is limited to 40 guests, who receive a personal program interview, up to 4 sessions with a personal trainer, over 40 fitness classes from light to challenging, mindfulness and improvement sessions, evening programs and lectures, and a personalized take-home fitness plan. Summer pricing is approximately $9,650 a week.
CANYON RANCH: This all-inclusive resort in Tucson is known for its premium 80,000-square-foot spa. Choose from treatments such as the full-body massage or the detoxifying rubs. Guests can participate in numerous outdoor activities such as hiking the canyons, biking, volleyball, and racquetball. The 163-room hotel also features several pools and fitness classes to enjoy. Canyon Ranch also has a Lenox, Massachusetts location that is more popular during the summer than the Tucson property. Average price per person for one week is $7,800.