Get Out of the Winter Funk and Into One Of These Self Care Retreats

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With freezing gusts of winter taking over for the past couple of months, it’s been tempting for me to regress into a depressed hibernation. This often leads to me being forgetful when it comes to taking care of myself, both inside and out. These scenic self-care retreats are a glimmer of hope that remind me to turn inward, re-prioritize balance, and book a plane ticket to somewhere warm, ASAP.

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The Golden Door, California

Get ready to truly pamper yourself with a personalized, week-long, wellness retreat. It includes daily in-room massages, farm to table food, and personal trainers. Expensive, but worth saving for. 

The Golden Door
photo credit: @thegoldendoor

Lake Austin Spa Resort

These Conde Nast vetted treatments offer over 100 skincare, body and massage treatments, with mouthwatering local food and occasional meals by celebrity chefs.

It’s set in the picturesque waterfront right off Austin, Texas, creating an unexpected natural oasis in the South which focuses on the restorative effects of water.

Amarata Wellness Resort, Thailand

Yoga classes are the highlight at this gorgeous natural wonder, which puts an emphasis on voiding your body of stress via mediation, pranayama, and philosophy classes that heighten introspection. By the end, many report complete rejuvenation, and enlightenment of self.

Amarata Wellness Resort
Amarata Wellness Resort

ITC Hotel Grand Bharat Spa Resort, India

This magical retreat is based in India, and looks like something straight out of a movie with its jaw-dropping architecture. Ingredients are local yet gourmet, and programs take on a holistic attitude, with treats like hydrotherapy sessions or Ayurvedic herbal oil massages.

ITC Grand Bharat Hotel
photo credit: @feelgoodmag

Aro Ha Wellness Retreat, New Zealand

Non carnivores will find a paradise in this intimate retreat high up in the Southern Alps, known for its tasty vegetarian cuisine. 

Aro Ha wellness retreat

A maximum of 32 guests makes this retreat a truly personal experience that ups its value and feeling of connectivity with the world around us.

Two Bunch Palms, California

Soaking in mineral-rich hot springs is the decadent definition of self love. It’s spread out over 70 acres on the desert and scattered with centuries old palms and tamarisk trees. Just breathing in the California air will restore your inner space.

Two Bunch Palms
photo credit: @twobunchpalms

Sanctuary on Camelback, Arizona

The natural beauties of Arizona are well known around the world, and this retreat is smack dab in the middle of it, swathed by the inspiring backgrounds of Camelback Mountain.

Sanctuary on Camelback

Asian inspired treatments encourage serenity against the panoramic landscape. Try the Sumatra Coconut Body Ritual.

Sunrise Springs, New Mexico

This spot is a truly sacred space that encourages introspection and rejuvenation via open air soaking and receiving therapy from adorable puppies. Yes, the resort actually has a self-care labelled Puppy Studio to help reduce those cortisol levels.

Sunrise Springs
photo credit: @sunrisespringsnm

Described as a “summer camp for grown ups”, they also have a refresh and recharge package that lets you digitally disconnect and unwind.

Six Senses, Douro Valley, Portugal

Set in the picturesque Douro valley of Portugal, this retreat is renowned for focusing on the Portuguese tradition of spiritual and physical journeys.

Six Sense Douro Valley
photo credit: @sixsensesdourovalley

In this experience, experts analyze physiological biomarkers that help to create a highly personalized wellness plan for your trip.

Sanara, Tulum, Mexico

Sanara is an eco-boutique hotel right on Tulum Beach in Quintana Roo. Its name means “to heal”, and it is famous for the Cleanse and Heal program, which ranges from three to seven days, and works with different personal goals.

Sanara Tulum
photo credit: @sanaratulum

Ayurvedic and Mayan healing tactics are the usual here, and the Caribbean waters in themselves have mesmerizing powers.

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