Paris for the foodies. Ibiza for the beach parties. Venice for the art lovers. But where to holiday if you are seeking a true wellness escape? You’ll find that right here in the USA. Our guide to the top luxury retreats for the adventure-seeking, intention-filled vacation of your dreams.
(Big Water, Utah)
A short drive from Amangiri, Camp Sarika seems truly set apart from the rest of the world. The tented retreat promises an intimate, back-to-the-wild experience in the desert heart of Utah; a new frontier where you can experience yoga and meditation sessions held outside in an environment of soul-stirring natural beauty. Activities include: Yoga on the Rocks, a one-of-a-kind yoga experience high above the valley floor; hiking trails through the Colorado Plateau; and for the ultimate adrenaline ride, the Via Ferrata Challenge, a series of cables and ladder rungs, fixed to the rock face to enable the ascent of steep mountain routes. The camp’s cluster of 10 canvas-topped pavilions, each with a private plunge pool, centers on a shared lounge, restaurant and pool area—an enclave of meditative seclusion in one of the most geologically dramatic places on Earth.
(Park City, Utah)
Listen to the flow of spring-fed Alexander Creek. Hear the footfall of our special rescue horses over hard-packed trails. Spot a herd of wild elk grazing on the horizon. Just 35 minutes from Salt Lake City airport but a world away, this 3,500-acre private retreat in the Wasatch Mountain Range is where you can leave the cares of the modern world behind and powerfully reconnect with nature. Built on a dramatic precipice, the Edge Spa invites guests to enjoy a variety of indulgent treatments and mindfulness pursuits in partnership with holistic wellness leader, THE WELL. Mindfulness experiences include indoor and outdoor yoga, family yoga, guided meditation, and vertical vinyasa: aerial yoga which uses large swaths of silk suspended from tree branches in a secluded forest.
With ride-in, ride-out access to some of the most scenic hiking and mountain biking trails in the Southwest, Enchantment Resort is the place for outdoor adventure. Expert resort guides are at your service to craft guided or private Sedona hikes and mountain bike rides beneath soaring sandstone cliffs, striking canyons or through high-desert pinyon-juniper forests. The resort also offers barre and pilates classes to improve posture, muscle endurance, balance, coordination and mental awareness, plus tennis and pickle ball.
This wellness retreat is dedicated to helping you live life in the moment through an array of spa services and wellness activities. Known for their “Journeys with Intentions,” Miraval puts you in the center of your own wellness experience. Whether mental wellbeing, relaxation, self-connection, outdoor adventure—the team curates personalized experiences that align with what matters most–your connection with yourself, with others, and the world around you.
Regardless of the season, Blackberry Farm offers countless activities and adventures to fulfill your every desire. Located in the Great Smoky Mountain foothills, the 9,200-acre estate is ideal for road cycling expeditions. Routes of 5, 20, or 60 miles are mapped out for cyclists who can reserve aerodynamic Trek Madone bicycles. Paddle sports (SUPs, kayaks, canoes) are perfect for exploring the surrounding mountain lakes, streams, and wetlands during summer months. Visit The Wellhouse to revive body, mind and soul. Or take a journey to the farm’s Deep Healing Woods to discover the powerful benefits of Forest Bathing through a series of mind and body activities designed to increase mental focus, accelerate physical fitness and improve the ability to reduce stress and fight disease.
(Water Mill, New York)
This Japanese-inspired wellness sanctuary in the Hamptons offers infrared and dry saunas, a steam room, an ice fountain, plunge pools, sound therapy, yoga classes—and so much more. The retreat's Sacred Sound Journey weaves together vibrational frequencies from tuning forks, gongs, and Himalayan and crystal singing bowls for a grounding experience.