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Best You: Wellness Retreats for 2019

Wellness travel is a booming industry. According to the 2018 Global Wellness Economy Monitor, wellness wishers worldwide are spending $4.2 trillion a year, and tourism in that niche is up 6.5%. Now, more than ever, you’ll have your pick of wellness retreats, most of which focus on helping you make and meet your physical, emotional and spiritual goals. This can include yoga, nutrition counseling, and meditation, for example. Sure, there may be a moment when you’re allowed a fruity cocktail poolside. But usually, wellness retreats take a more holistic approach and serve as a place to fortify and recharge for your day-to-day life back home. Here are a few to consider for 2019.


The Yoga Lodge on Whidbey Island, Washington

The Yoga Lodge is about 25 miles away from Seattle and an hour and a half away from Bellevue. This wellness escape hosts an array of educational programming including daily seminars and retreats. It was included as one of Coastal Living‘s “The Best Coastal Yoga Retreats” and is noted for being inexpensive, homey and peaceful, ensconced in acres of woodland. The surrounding wildlife includes coyotes, deer, ducks, eagles, herons, owls and songbirds. Unplug and enjoy quiet contemplation on area walking trails.

The Yoga Lodge offers both individual and group retreats. Retreats in June 2019 include “Realize Your Radiance,” described as “active and restorative yoga, somatic movement practices, breath work, and meditation.” It sounds like a lovely way to spark your shine through the second half of the year.


Miraval in Austin, Texas

Miraval describes itself as a mindfulness “destination for the curious traveler, business-burnout escapee, and spiritual adventurer.”

The next retreat is the August Well+Good Retreat. Expect Miraval’s signature yoga and nutrition offerings alongside experts curated by the team, who will facilitate workouts and workshops that focus on mood, food and more.

For more of a general staycation experience, Miraval’s Summer Experience Package gives you access to the destination at some of the best rates of the year. Included is access to Miraval’s Life in Balance Spa. Enjoy the sauna, steam room, luxury pools, healthy meals and unlimited access to daily yoga, meditation, fitness, lectures and more.

If you’re a Texas resident, ask about Miraval’s Texas Resident Package. You may receive $50 off the Miraval Package rates per person, per night and a $175 nightly resort credit, per person to use toward spa services, private sessions, and activities as well as full access to Miraval’s resort amenities, including the fitness center and the Life in Balance Spa.


Canyon Ranch in Tucson, Arizona

Sure, there are general tenets of health and wellbeing that include nutrition, overall health, and fitness goals. Often, wellness also includes personal goals related to specific challenges, life changes, emotional and spiritual needs and areas of curiosity beyond what an average spa vacation offers. Featured 2019 experiences and retreats at this renowned wellness destination include Post-Divorce Boot Camp, Vitality: Boost Your Brain Power and Women, Sensuality & Health.

Set in the Santa Catalina Mountains, this Life Enhancement Center has a goal to help you become and/or sustain the happiest, healthiest, most vibrant you possible.

It offers pools, outdoor sports, fitness assessments, personal training, cooking classes, spiritual and metaphysical experiences, spa treatments, art activities and more.  


Immersive Wellness Retreat at Terranea Resort, Rancho Palos Verdes, California

Located on the Palos Verdes Peninsula in Southern California, this resort offers 102 acres and gorgeous Pacific Ocean views. Terranea offers Wellness “Daycations” several times a year curated to leave you feeling present, positive and renewed.

Past wellness retreats have included wellness sessions with an “energy medicine facilitator,” lunch-and-learn afternoons with a nutritionist, restorative spa treatments, beach cove kayaking, oceanfront cycling, full-moon yoga, boot camp fitness, mandala painting, farm-to-table dining and more. Terranea Resort has been named one of Travel + Leisure’s “500 Best Hotels in the World.”


The Ranch 4.0 program at Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village in Westlake Village, CA

The Ranch at Live Oak offers a four-day version of the brand’s well-known weeklong program. In addition to diagnostic testing that helps facilitate fitness, nutrition, and wellbeing, also expect 8-10 hours per day of rigorous exercise. Californians have a love of the great outdoors so yes, there will be several hours of mountain hiking. You can also enjoy group exercises to sculpt and tone and yoga.

The BOD POD body composition assessment and a VO2 Metabolic test are a big help in making weight-loss decisions after you leave the retreat. Also, make use of their healthy nutrition classes and enjoy cooking demonstrations in their Wellness Kitchen led by a registered dietitian-chief.

This facility is connected to the California Health & Longevity Institute, so you can easily schedule additional acupuncture, dermatology, energy healing, hypnotherapy, and spa treatments during your stay. You’re also a quick drive to Malibu. Surfing and parasailing for wellness? Perhaps!—even if you’re just indulging on the beach, wine glass in hand and taking in the beauty of it all.


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