This is the season to get outside, and people around the country are gearing up and getting ready to hit the road and drive to their next adventure. Wellness travel offerings have exploded this year, and with the pent-up excitement to travel again, hotels are listening. Travelers want experiences, but they are looking for those experiences to be closer to nature. For decades, hotels banked on their spa offerings. But now, travelers in the post-COVID era want accessibility to healthy air and wellness options, which is why hotels are taking their value-added offerings to the great outdoors.
YO1: GO INSIDE BY GOING OUTSIDE
Nestled in the Catskills of New York, Yo1 is providing individual health programs customized to yield results through the ancient Indian therapies of naturopathy, Ayurveda, and yoga. Each immersive, customized, and all-inclusive stay is designed to empower guests to travel inwards in order to find balance between the mind, body, and soul, and to reshape and transform the patterns of their daily lifestyle, which were truly upended over the past year.
Prices vary, Yo1.com
PAGOSA HOT SPRINGS: THE “MOTHER” OF ALL RELAXATION
Water is the main attraction at this beautiful spot, and not just any kind of water. With the world’s deepest geothermal hot spring at its core, Mother Nature is the star at The Springs Resort & Spa, located in a quaint Western Colorado town nestled along the banks of the San Juan River. At over 1,002 feet deep, “The Mother Spring” not only provides geothermal energy to the resort and spa, it continuously feeds mineral water to 24 smaller pools terraced along the riverbank, with water temperatures ranging from 80 degrees to 114 degrees. Guests at the 79-room, pet-friendly riverfront resort enjoy a special perk: 24/7 access to its varied and wondrous steamy soaking pools across the property.
Prices vary, PagosaHotSprings.com
ART OF LIVING: MINDFULNESS IN THE MOUNTAINS
The new era of travel has created a going-in-deeper approach to wellness at this 380-acre mountaintop property in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Boone, NC. Health, well-being, and nature are at the core of the Art of Living’s unique offerings, so guests can focus on immersive self-care at every level during their stay. The retreat center’s activities are primarily focused on outdoor connections to self and nature. Through the second half of 2021 and into 2022, you can find custom retreats, such as Ayurveda Wellness Escapes, Wild Awakenings Weekend, Meditation Retreat, and more.
Prices vary, ArtofLiving.org
CASS WINERY: CAMP FOR ADULTS
This beautiful spot in Paso Robles, California is anything but a typical vineyard. Cass Winery presents education and exploration of the local region to a more profound overall wellness experience. Experience the ancient traditions of bee-keeping, olive oil pressing, archery, outdoor photography, cooking classes, scavenger hunts, color wars, horseback riding, and so much more. This is not your normal wellness excursion, and that’s why we love it. All programming is tied back to the local land and why we need to be more in touch with it. Corporate events are popular at this spot as well. And did we mention that this is also an extraordinary vineyard?
Prices vary, CassWines.com
Photography by Yvonne Goll Photography
MONTAGE PALMETTO BLUFF: CALMING COASTAL CAROLINA
This special place in the low country of South Carolina, along winding waterways, instantly envelopes you in peace and tranquility. Its wellness programming is centered on regaining our connection to earth and ourselves. And while Montage Palmetto Bluff has many indoor spa and wellness offerings, the outdoor activities shine a spotlight on their local connections to the outdoors. This is a 20,000-acre retreat and community. Weekend happenings and extended retreats are added often and are a must-experience.
Prices vary, MontageHotels.com/PalmettoBluff
HILTON SEDONA ARIZONA RESORT AT BELL ROCK: HEALING VORTEX SEEKERS
Most people that visit this amazing resort are looking to recharge and focus on their mental, physical, and spiritual health. And that’s the goal at Hilton Sedona Arizona Resort at Bell Rock—to help guests tune into their energy and frequency for better health and well-being. While the hotel boasts a 25,000-square-foot athletic club, many choose to take to the outdoors for the beauty and healing nature of this space in the country. There is even an on-site energy specialist, who offers a unique range of therapies that focus on channeling positive energy. Guests can choose from tarot card readings and tuning fork therapy to aura cleansings, and more. Your traveling furry companion can also get his or her own therapeutic boost of pet energy as part of the resort’s Pet Pals program.
Prices vary, HiltonSedonaResort.com
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