For when you’re feeling rundown and need a solo getaway, holistic couple’s retreat, health and wellness refresh, or just a mindful getaway with friends, family or yourself — the West is calling. Arizona, New Mexico and California’s deserted, ruggedly beautiful landscape can sometimes be just the thing your mind and body need for a healing vacation.
Make it a friends or family affair, go solo or completely recharge and rejuvenate with holistic teaching and wellness courses. Whatever the vibe, let these top spa and wellness resorts guide the way.
A list of award-winning spas and resorts wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Arizona. The stunning state is essentially a hub for incredible wellness resorts for all ages and interests, and for good reason. See what we mean in Tucson at Miraval. Find balance with equestrian treatments, aerial yoga and even zip lining. If all else fails, the natural beauty alone is worth the retreat.
For those on the Sedona side of things, Mii Amo is a true destination resort to recharge, reflect and unwind, solo or with loved ones. Book spa services for the body and spirit with a focus on Native American traditions and treatments themed around the indigenous culture. Immerse yourself in the region’s deep connection with its history with well-planned itineraries for all ages. Branch out with some art and design experiences or explore the breathtaking landscape by biking and hiking the resort’s nearby trails. Join group fitness classes or spend some personal time on your own — even get into the meditation rhythm with the Mii time series.
When in California, do what the locals do and focus on self-care and mind-body wellness. Cal-a-Vie Health Spa boasts a rugged, one-with-nature vibe with all the 5-star luxury you’d expect from an award-winning locale.
Another resort rooted in Native peoples’ traditions and heritage, Sunrise Springs Spa Resort in Santa Fe, New Mexico, is for those looking to really learn about health and wellness and bring it back home with them. Guests, families and solo travelers join wellness workshops and movement classes, soaking in the hot springs, yoga and uncovering greater intentions for life outside of the resort.
No matter where your travels take you, if a mind-body overhaul or simple refresh is on the itinerary, these resorts should be on your list.
Embark on a family journey through The Last Frontier with Celebrity Cruises® and experience an unforgettable luxury vacation in the untouched natural beauty of Alaska. The breathtaking landscape of this pristine wilderness sets the stage for every memorable moment from up-close, awe-inspiring views of glaciers to observing native wildlife, including whales, bears, bald eagles, and moose. This corner of the world offers not only spectacular scenery, but also opportunities to learn about the history and culture of Alaska — from the native people who’ve lived here for centuries to the adventurers seeking their fortunes during the gold rush. No matter which sailing you choose, you’ll journey through the ever-popular Inside Passage — one of the most popular experiences on any Alaska vacation — and visit Hubbard Glacier or Endicott Arm and Dawes Glacier.
As ecotourism and responsible travel become more popular, destinations look for ways to promote their rural and natural areas and preserve local ways of life. Agritourism — staying in farms or rural houses — is perfect for family travel, offering a chance for children to meet and interact with local people. It is not only a highly sustainable form of tourism, but also a more relaxing vacation compared to trips trudging through cities with children in tow.
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Australian adventure travel company Aurora Expeditions announced its partnership with Australian-based education platform UpSchool on an Arctic education program, perfect for family travelers. The 10-week course explores the importance of the Arctic region. The program encourages children to create a plan for how their community can contribute to positive environmental change.