Wellness tourism has boomed globally to a massive $793.2 billion dollar industry expected to grow to $1,672.2 billion by 2030. The demand for wellness destinations comes from a greater awareness of physical and mental wellness which has become a priority for travelers. Traditionally, wellness destinations seemed to be more exclusive and remote in areas like Southeast Asia and India but more and more resorts have popped up in North America exclusively focused on wellness in addition to popular resorts adding dedicated wellness programming.
Castle Hot Springs in Arizona opened in 2020 on a 1,100-acre property centered around rejuvenating geothermal hot springs that have been naturally forged into the land over 13,000 years and flow at a clip of 200,000 gallons each day. The entire resort is focused on nourishing the mind, body, and soul by maximizing the benefits of the hot springs’ unique mineral mixture – particularly rich in Lithium, Magnesium, and Bicarbonates which together help lift your mood, calm your mind, and ease physical stress. In addition to soaking in the geothermal springs and indulging in the resort’s wellness treatments, guests can choose from a variety of outdoor activities including stand up paddleboard yoga, horseback riding, hiking, and training in archery amongst the resort’s surrounding rugged terrain; pickle and bocce ball on the great lawn; and the state’s first-ever Via Ferrata course.
Additionally, Castle Hot Springs’ culinary programming ties into the resort’s overall wellness approach. The sustainable ‘Flavor Farming’-driven culinary and agricultural teams emphasize growing and utilizing crops for flavor rather than size and yield. Led by the agricultural team, the property grows more than 500 varieties of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and florals including distinct varieties of delicious heirloom and hybrid tomatoes on the resort’s thriving one-acre organic farm and greenhouse, all of which supply the resort’s on-site dining experience. “As we learn more about our hot springs’ waters’ healing properties and wellness attributes derived from the minerals, a natural evolution of our wellness program is to further incorporate this unique and rich mineral mixture into new and unique spa and wellness treatments for resort guests,” notes Castle Hot Springs’ General Manager, Kevin Maguire.
Seeing more personalized wellness resorts such as Castle Hot Springs will become more popular as this industry grows. Even resorts that didn’t start out offering any wellness programs have rapidly increased their offerings. Here some of the best wellness destinations across the globe that have added wellness experiences for travelers to enjoy
Calamigos Guest Ranch and Beach Club
Calamigos Guest Ranch and Beach Club is a luxury destination in Malibu that is nestled on 250 acres of ranch land owned and operated by the Gerson family since 1937. The Spa at Calamigos Guest Ranch has a vast array of services for hotel guests including massages, skincare and body treatments that take a holistic approach to wellness. Many of their services include natural healing elements such as algae, sea salt and crystals. A few of the stand out services include a Chakra or Reiki massage, as well as the Earth and Sea Scrub. In addition to spa treatments, the resort also offers complimentary yoga and a sound bath every Saturday morning. The Ranch Club restaurant provides a variety of fresh smoothies made to order daily, which are all immunity focused and change seasonally. A guest favorite is the Tropical Golden Milk which includes Pineapple, Banana, Mango, Fresh Ginger, Fresh Turmeric, Cinnamon & Black Pepper with Coconut Milk. The lobby honor bar also has fresh aguas frescas made from locally sourced produce available from 9am-9pm daily.
Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea
The Four Seasons Resort Maui is redefining the wellness travel experience in collaboration with Next|Health, a revolutionary health optimization and longevity center. Through customizable and cutting-edge methodologies tailor made to enhance each guest’s vitality, Next|Health’s team of professionals are able to offer premium white-glove wellness for travelers seeking an upgraded spa experience. Now, wellness seekers searching for a boost during their vacation can do so through the luxury resort’s new slate of offerings including Ozone Therapy, Stem Cell Therapy, and Exosomes Therapy, ranging in price from $1,200 – $12,000. These new advanced therapies build upon the resort’s existing suite of services from Next|Health including NAD+ IV Drips, IV Therapy Drips, a Selection of Vitamin Shots, and Biomarker Wellness Testing for guests and visitors in search of further amplifying their wellness experiences. Providing accessible wellness services through cutting edge technology, Four Seasons Resort Maui is embracing the future of wellness travel through an integrative wellness program.
Surya Spa at Santa Monica Proper Hotel
Surya lies inside the Santa Monica Proper Hotel and is recognized as the leader of the modern Ayurveda movement, innovating within the ancient practice’s comprehensive system of well-being. Led by founder and veteran Ayurvedia doctor Martha Soffer, and through natural products, education and transformative, nourishing treatments, Surya’s Ayurveda helps restore your balance and health, and revives your natural connection with nature and spirit. The spa is designed by renowned interior designer Kelly Wearstler and offers single day treatments to month long Panchakarma’s. Those who indulge in a longer treatment ranging from three to 28 days are house at The Proper’s light and airy suites.
The Peninsula New York
Occupying one of the most prestigious addresses in Manhattan, just steps from Central Park along the cultural nexus of Fifth Avenue, The Peninsula New York is an ultra-luxe urban escape in the city that never sleeps. In tandem with the launch of The Peninsula Hotels’ ‘Life Lived Best’ programming, designed to elevate physical, mental, and nutritional well-being, The Peninsula New York has announced partnerships with two top-tier wellness brands – Physique57 and MNDFUL. Physique57 is a results-driven barre workout that will ensure guests don’t compromise their workout routine when traveling. Five times per week, barre pros or exercise novices will be able to stretch and tone with some of the most talented instructors in fitness. In addition, celebrated mindfulness company, MNDFUL, will take up residency with sunset meditations & sound baths once a month in the luxury property’s tranquil wellness studio overlooking the Manhattan skyline. With amenities available at any time and at the touch of a button, these New York-specific offerings provides guests with the resources to identify and reach their goals. Guests will be able to both strengthen and relax while indulging in the glamour that is The Peninsula New York.
Ojai Valley Inn
Located on 220 sprawling acres in the tranquil Ojai Valley—a setting often referred to as “Shangri-La”-Ojai Valley Inn offers a luxury resort experience balancing the relaxed glamor of Southern California with the unspoiled natural beauty of the region. Last year, the resort debuted an extensive renovation at Spa Ojai, the resort’s award-winning, 31,000-square-foot luxury spa. Spa Ojai boasts twenty-four treatment rooms, including massage rooms with fireplaces, customized therapies and holistic wellness treatments, and a tranquil courtyard culminating a spa experience that revives and refocuses the body and mind. With healthy menus at the Spa Café, local produce used across property, fitness classes and spiritual wellness offerings, and clean beauty products used across the resort, Ojai Valley Inn is the ideal holistic wellness destination. The spa has also just unveiled an exciting new partnership with clean skincare brand, Marie Veronique, created by chemist and Ojai native Marie-Veronique Nadeau, with the goal of creating clean and effective treatments to address a variety of skincare needs from aging to acne and more. Spa Ojai’s menu now offers two deeply healing and nourishing treatments featuring Marie Veronique products—the Lift & Tone Microcurrent Facial and the Micronutrient Repair & Restore Facial.
Grace Bay Club – Turks and Caicos
Guests of the first all-oceanfront suite resort in Turks and Caicos benefit from the guidance of Grace Bay Club’s dedicated director of wellness, David Bowen. Oceanfront meditation sessions, yoga held in the resort’s new treetop yoga pavilion, and foraging for local medicinal botanicals are among activities David leads for guests seeking a truly transformative experience on one of the world’s most pristine beaches. In addition, David works with the food and beverage team to develop local and healthy choices for guests. For example, Grace Bay Club recently partnered with a local company that creates medicinal teas from native plants. So-called “bush teas” are a common holistic remedy used by locals for decades.
THE WELL at Hacienda AltaGracia brings an innovative level of holistic health to Central America’s largest wellness facility. Through restorative spa treatments using East-meets-West healing practices, expert-led health coaching sessions, workshops, and seasonal retreats, your best self awaits at this complete ecosystem of wellness. THE WELL at Hacienda AltaGracia boasts eight treatment rooms, a hydrotherapy tub, and a thermal suite for integrative mind and body treatments. Each wellness experience will begin at Casa de Agua, a greenhouse-style pool and therapy room with heated stone beds for natural clay treatments and relaxation, which overlooks rolling hills and a lush treetop canopy. A curated combination of high-tech and age-old techniques results in a diverse offering ranging from crafted treatments – personalized retreats to Celluma Light Therapy and Infrared Cabins. Multiple ranchos play host to outdoor mindful movement classes and seasonal retreats. Signature treatments include Hierbas y Flores (a nature-inspired treatment using freshly picked native herbs), Maderoterpaia (Wood Therapy), and THE WELL Craniosacral Facial (a gentle release of the spine, cranium, and face).
The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort
The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort offers an array of expansive wellness offerings, starting with their state-of-the-art Fitness Center complete with full cardio, weight training, yoga equipment, and trainers by request. The resort’s Yoga & Meditation Studio offers a variety of group or individual classes in addition to personal training (fees apply). Of particular note, the anti-gravity yoga activity is sure to lift the body and spirit. The Iridium Spa boasts stunning sea views offers bespoke services and exquisite amenities, from Ayurvedic treatments to the largest hydrotherapy pool in the Maldives-all elevated by knowledgeable staff and Natura Bissé products. The 1,850-square-meter sanctuary features six treatment suites, including two Ayurvedic suites with private steam rooms. Sliding glass doors allow guests to admire the sea from their spa beds, while private terraces with soaking bathtubs ensure ultimate relaxation. Signature bath rituals and treatments including their coveted Caviar Journey and Chakra Blessings as well as their new Yoga Flow Series and Acupuncture Healing & Wellness Journey experiences. Introduced to guests to balance the body and mind, these sessions are guided by Ayurvedic Physician and Spa Manager, Dr. Sudhi Suresh and their team of talented yoga specialists.
Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita
Sound healing, reiki, meditation and hatha yoga are among wellness practices offered in the backdrop of Punta Mita’s unspoiled tropical paradise at Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita. At the resort’s ocean-facing free-form pool, guests can participate in a challenging new strength class called Aqua Forza. Held on a floating board, guests use their individual body weight in balance and exercise movements that strengthen muscles and improve core stability. In November 2022, Naviva®, A Four Seasons Resort will open just 5 minutes away and offer nature-inspired wellness programming that includes a Mexican temazcal or “House of Heat” where guests can participate in traditional ceremonies that test strength, resolve, stamina and vulnerability. After two years of ongoing stress and uncertainty for kids, it is also supporting children’s wellbeing with the launch of KidsWell, a new program designed to help kids practice mindfulness while vacationing with their families with activities such as bubble blowing breathwork, rainbow relaxation watercolor classes, gratitude journaling and guided meditation. Activities are complimentary for kids ages 5-12.
Nobu Hotel Los Cabos
Nobu Hotel Los Cabos aims to offer tranquility through a harmonious blend of natural local materials integrated with Japanese detailing and design, presenting a sophisticated and peaceful ambiance throughout guests’ stay. All rooms provide the luxurious comfort experience by including some exceptional features such as traditional Onsen teak bath/soaking tubs for a truly spa-like wind down moment, double vanities with Italian stone finish, Natura Bisse bath amenities to enrich your skin, nightly turn-down service, and exclusive (Simmons) Nobu beds with high thread count and organic cotton lines to ensure a tranquil sleep. Nobu Hotel Los Cabos allows guests to enter a tranquil space where simple, natural elements will captivate the senses and where Asian-inspired traditions will ground your spirit. Esencia Wellness is the perfect place to awaken your body, mind, and spirit while immersing yourself in the best practices in wellness and relaxation with the inclusion of only the finest products from Natura Bissé. Nobu Hotel’s signature spa experiences also include an outdoor hydrotherapy garden, steam and sauna areas, a hydrotherapy pool, and cabana jacuzzis, promising a boundless bliss. Nobu Hotel Los Cabos provides the utmost luxurious getaway experience while encompassing a truly serene component, making it a must see destination.
Madeline Hotel is a tranquil retreat for adventurers. The wellness sanctuary is inspired by the alpine surroundings and the adrenaline inducing adventures that make Telluride so special. The resort’s expert therapists have crafted nature-inspired therapies to restore guests after a day exploring the great outdoors. Offering restoring therapies that allow you to ‘play hard and recover quickly’, the spa is a place where expert hands and minds employ the highest quality products and enlightened techniques as soothing as they are restorative. The property has debuted an exclusive partnership with RESET Telluride, a private, ultra-luxury wellness and trekking retreat launching in May 2022. This first-of-its-kind private retreat combines ultra-luxury wellness with guided backcountry trekking in the stunning beauty of the San Juan mountains. Three personalized pathways empower every RESET guest to challenge and indulge in equal measure, while experiencing boundless hospitality, in the greatest outdoors. Break out of tired patterns and tap into your highest potential. Guests can also take a moment to unplug and recharge with a five-minute guided in-room sleep meditation to promote a restful night in partnership with RESET.
Hawaii’s only adults-only luxury resort offers year-round wellness experiences designed by Andrea “Dre” Fors, a certified holistic wellness coach and 500 E-RYT & YACEP yoga instructor. A dedicated wellness studio overlooks three Hawaiian Islands from the resort’s lush hillside perch, offering magnificent ocean views as guests practice aerial yoga with soft silk hammocks suspended fully in the air. A newly introduced Set Your Intentions Wellness Journey designed for couples includes a private in-suite sound healing experience, guided meditation, a guided nature mindfulness stroll and more. Challenging physical pursuits include Hawaiian Outrigger Canoeing and a Surf Safari.
Jungle-like flora and fauna welcome guests to SANA, an Auberge Spa at Etéreo. Soothing natural stone and pebble flooring creates a serene atmosphere, inviting visitors on a cultural journey of wellness with the opportunity to renew their unique rhythm and find their center once more. From rotating classes to daily rituals to a schedule of curated retreats, intuitive wellbeing programming combines ancient Mayan beliefs and techniques with emerging and effective wellness trends from Mexico and beyond.
Condado Vanderbilt is located in San Juan, Puerto Rico with a menu comprising some of the most sought after wellness trends, the Vanderbilt Spa is the crown jewel of Caribbean spas. It boasts both technology-infused Western treatments, like Cryo-T Shock, and energy-focused Eastern therapies, like Cranial Sacral, Reiki or Shiatsu. Home to the only Hammam on the island, the artful sanctuary welcomes guests with traditional olive oil soap, Kessa mitt and Pestemal cloth (an authentic Turkish bath towel) and concludes with a cup of mint tea. Although the Hammam is authentic to the Turkish ritual, it is also infused with Puerto Rican soul and features locally-themed sensorial experiences, like a Caribbean storm and Tropical summer rain, along the journey. Honoring its surrounding natural environment, the Vanderbilt Spa enforces cruelty free and sustainable practices with high yielding results across its traditional skincare and body work treatments.
The Lodge at Blue Sky
The iconic Edge Spa at Blue Sky is a wellness sanctuary like no other. Aptly named for its dramatic location perched on the side of a dramatic precipice overlooking Alexander Creek, the Edge Spa seeks to restore guests after an enriching day exploring the great outdoors. Five treatment rooms house regionally inspired treatments and products which feature natural, bloom-to-bottle ingredients, some of which have been grown or wild-harvested on-site. Mindfulness pursuits, such as yoga and guided meditation are enjoyed in the Movement Studio or out in a remote natural alpine location , and it can be combined with an invigorating hike or horseback ride, so that guests can receive heightened health benefits. The Edge Spa boasts a serene relaxation pool overlooking Alexander Creek for guests to enjoy before or after their restorative treatments.
A Santa Fe wellness retreat dedicated to psychical and vibrational healing. Quiet the mind, soften the heart and strengthen your body. Wellness experiences at Bishop’s Lodge Auberge are rooted in ancient ritual and is inspired by the healing power of Mother Nature. Align body, mind and spirit with regionally inspired treatments and products which feature natural, locally-grown bloom-to-bottle ingredients. This year, guests can renew their spirit and invigorate the body and mind through the resort’s new immersive wellness experiences, more details can be found here.
La Quinta Resort & Club
With 41 climate-controlled pools to cool off in; an array of outdoor activities including hiking, tennis, pickleball and golf; relaxing treatments at Spa La Quinta; and al fresco dining at three separate culinary outlets, La Quinta Resort & Club is the ideal escape for travelers looking for relaxation and rejuvenation. From the comfort of their own rooms, guests can wind down by the in-room or patio fireplace in a spacious suite or soak their cares away underneath the stars in their casita’s private backyard jacuzzi. Once ready to tuck into their bed’s plush Frette linens, guests can lull themselves into a deep and restful slumber with the help of La Quinta’s partnership with mindfulness app, Breathwrk. Every guest can take advantage of a free Breathwrk experience during their stay at La Quinta by integrating a variety of breathing exercises into their daily routine. Whether using it to destress, fall asleep, or simply reconnect with mind and spirit, Breathwrk’s techniques can help. At Spa La Quinta, guests can achieve a newfound state of relaxation and healing of mind, body and soul. The signature Find Your Zen Ritual uses stress-reducing biodynamic flower essences to detoxify the mind and body and the treatment begins with a mind–body cleanse ritual by soaking in the spa’s proprietary Zen blend and truffle-infused bath, followed by dry brushing techniques to engage the lymphatic system and calm the mind. Finally, guests will enjoy a hydrating custom massage before the ritual comes to a close with a self-guided pranayama breathing journey to achieve deep serenity.
Halehouse at Stanly Ranch Auberge Napa Valley is a next-generation wellbeing destination that is the first of its kind in the region. The unique concept goes beyond the definition of spa, highlighting customized programs and targeted treatments designed by leading health specialists and sports experts for performance and restoration. Flanked by a spectacular spa pool with the most mesmerizing views on the property, Halehouse is made up of seven buildings that span over an acre, all brought to life through custom spa treatments, daily programming and a calendar of seasonal retreat experiences. Most notably, are Springhouse, a pre-treatment or post-workout recovery center designed to leave visitors more rested and restored than when they arrived, and Fieldhouse, a peak performance fitness club. Treatments are inspired by the Halehouse name, derived from “hale” and “hearty,” with a special nod to one of the fundamental processes “inhaling and exhaling.”
Mayflower Inn & Spa
Expansive gardens, elevated farm-fresh cuisine, an already renowned spa—and now, a state-of-the-art wellness destination unlike any other. THE WELL at Mayflower Inn Auberge brings an innovative level of holistic health to one of New England’s most exquisite country retreats. Through restorative spa treatments using East-meets-West healing practices, expert-led health coaching sessions, daily workshops and seasonal retreats, guests will discover their best self. For 2022, the spa is offering an in-room reviving soak and new CBD treatments, more details can be found here.
Vomo Island Fiji
The 255-acre wellness-driven island destination offers guests a true deep dive into exploring nature, holistic wellness & adventure activities, through South Pacific spa rituals at Kui Spa and locally-sourced ingredients with known healing & medicinal properties from the South Pacific.VOMO’s Kui Spa is the vortex to experience the many healing powers of Fiji, with highly-skilled therapists who combine the restorative potency of world-class Sodashi treatments with an indulgent range of treatments to choose from, all of which are experienced in a serene environment and complimented by the tranquil sound of flowing water. The Fijian spa experience at VOMO Island Fiji is one of the most holistic and healing spa experiences found anywhere on the planet.