There is an ever-growing number of options for wellness breaks — but it’s up to you to choose wisely in order to get the most from your experience. First, decide what kind of setting is best for facilitating an environment you find personally soothing or rejuvenating: city, forest, historic, mountain, ocean or lake? Do you want access to a yoga instructor, dance classes, hiking, cooking classes or another specific activity? Are you a solo wellness warrior, or do you prefer to travel with a partner or friends?
Narrow down your choices and refine your list with those other necessary details, including price, dates and distance. Here are a few options to help you start your search:
Cold cryotherapy treatments are a hot spa therapy these days, and the newly opened Equinox Hotel in New York City’s Hudson Yards development offers this chilly choice, along with a wide range of wellness programs. Design your own ideal retreat to include the infrared sauna, hot-and-cold plunge pool, outdoor relaxation pool, LED light therapy, Quantum Harmonics therapy and Microjet streaming sessions.
Set within the mystical red rock wilderness of Utah, Red Mountain Spa has become something of a legend in the realm of wellness destinations. Part of its status is due to the astonishing setting of stone, cliffs and sand. The rest is due to the wealth of programs on offer, themed to suit just about any wellness goal. Retreat categories include Adventure, Health and Wellness and Personal Discovery, all supplemented by workshops, personal training and fitness adventures that take you into the local scenery.
For more than four decades, Hilton Head Health on South Carolina’s Hilton Head Island has helped guests get on track with fitness and health objectives in a lovely seaside location. As part of the holistic Living Well program, you’ll learn to care for yourself on a deeper, less-stressed level. Fitness instruction, yoga, cooking classes and a wide variety of workshops define the all-inclusive programs.
For shorter wellness breaks, Anda Spa at the Hotel Ivy in downtown Minneapolis is a metro oasis. The wellness area includes nine treatment rooms (with a couples’ suite), and a hydrotherapy cove fitted with a large, heated sauna bath, Cambria quartz saunas and experiential showers. Once you’re all jelly-muscled from your Himalayan salt stone scrub or one of a selection of therapeutic, restorative rituals such as the Rose Quartz Infused Bath Soak or Gemstone Rebalancing Facial by Naturopathica, you can decompress even more in the Aura Room. The Hotel Ivy is part of Marriott’s Luxury Collection, so you can count on whole self pampering throughout your stay.
West Hartford was named one of the country’s best cities for raising a family and one of the best cities of the decade. See all it offers with the family and explore this small Connecticut town, five miles west of Hartford.
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Thinking of booking a cruise with your grown children? Or are the kids wanting to take your parents on a trip to celebrate a milestone birthday or anniversary? When we mention “cruise” your thoughts probably turn to the Caribbean, Bermuda or the Bahamas. But we suggest setting your sights farther west, to Princess Cruises’ seven-day Mexican Riviera Cruise.
While National Cheese Lovers Day may be every day in true fans’ hearts, the calendar day came and went Jan. 20. In honor of the blessed event, now seems as good a time as any to plan for Wisconsin’s first Art of Cheese Festival, hosted August 14–16, in Madison.
While urban wine country might sound like an oxymoron, it’s actually a reality at the stunning City Vineyard in New York City’s Tribeca neighborhood. The water-side venue is the perfect host for your next event — whatever that may be, from 20 to 200 guests and from cocktail party to plated dinner.