I was honoured to be chosen to nominate my 10 Best Health And Wellness Resorts for USA Today. These resorts were selected by myself and four other travel experts, and I wanted to share some of my choices as well as giving my own readers the chance to vote for their favourite health and wellness resorts out of those nominated. My picks included:
Located on beautiful Hilton Head Island South Carolina (pictured above), at Hilton Head Health, you can lose the kilos or pounds in an award winning and beautiful environment.
For over 35 years, Hilton Head Health has been recognised as the premier weight loss and health retreat in the United States. Most recently, Hilton Head Health was featured on A&E’s weight loss docudrama HEAVY, which aired in spring 2011. Voted as “Best for Weight Loss” for the past six consecutive years by SpaFinder, “Top 5 US Health Spas” by Lisa Drayer on the Today Show, and the #1 Weight Loss Resort by Fox News, Hilton Head Health is an exclusive resort delivering personalized experiences in the areas of Fitness, Nutrition and SELF (Stress management, Empowerment, Longevity, Fulfillment).
The Pritikin Longevity Center + Spa in Miami, Florida offers an almost unending range of retreats that offer the perfect way to give yourself a health and fitness boost. With fantastic facilities, life-transforming seminars and healthy gourmet meals prepared by Pritikin’s award-winning chefs; this Wellness Resort is where the A list go for a health fix and it’s an altogether fabulous place!
The American Club
Wisconsin might not leap to mind for wellness, but the five-star Kohler Waters Spa at The American Club offers incredible treatments, yoga overlooking Wood Lake tennis lessons, take cookery courses or bask in the tranquillity of the resort’s 1,000 acres of grounds.
This stunning resort is an escape in the warmth and peace of the desert. Rooms reflect the earth tones of the surrounding landscape. Programs focus on mindfulness, weight loss and overall health, with wellness activities like yoga, golf, desert cycling, cooking demos and creative arts sessions.
Lake Austin Spa Resort
Lake Austin Spa Resort, tucked away in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, offers more than 100 treatments alongside luxurious accommodations, gourmet meals, a variety of fitness activities and special programs. Rates include three gourmet meals daily and a variety of fitness activities and daily events, from yoga and paddle boarding to culinary classes and life skills workshops,
Cal-a-Vie Health Spa
I like the French-ness of Cal-a-Vie. It could almost be a hotel in the countryside that inspired Van Gogh. Yes, this hotel that feels like it is in Provence, actually sits in Vista, California. Guests can come for a week or just a few days to kick start a path to wellness. Over 100 fitness and wellness classes are on offer throughout the week, and the food is both healthy and exquisite.
California Health & Longevity Institute
The California Health & Longevity Institute, located in Westlake Village, is a holistic lifestyle transformation destination where experts in the fields of nutrition, spa, medicine and fitness join forces to promote life balance and longevity. If the “goodness” gets too much, you can escape to the Four Seasons next door and gorge yourself in chocolate cake and wine…
You have probably noticed from my selection so far, that the lifestyle in Californian, seems to be much more healthy than the rest of the country, at least when it comes to booking into Wellness retreats. Having said that, VeraVia, a luxury wellness resort in Carlsbad, is another Californian gem not to be missed. It also includes a behavioural health component to help maximise results once guests have left the resort, so you can take the goodness back to the city. All-inclusive vacation packages are designed to address a range of health and wellness concerns, with yoga and meditation sessions, spa treatments and one-on-one consultations with the experts.
Rancho La Puerta
A peaceful drive from San Diego along gently winding roads leads you to the quiet border town of Tecate, home of the world’s first destination fitness resort and spa. Hikes, yoga, dance, pilates and other fitness classes for all levels are offered virtually every hour. Best of all, it is almost always sunny here, which gives the old pituitary gland a boost.
New Life Hiking Spa
My last choice is New Life Hiking Spa as I love a hike and I love something different! This is one of the oldest and best destination spa programs in the country, welcoming some 800 guests each season. Eleven-night weight loss retreats cater to 40 people at a time and include hiking programs through the amazing Killington Vt countryside, for beginner through advanced fitness levels.
Have your say by casting your ballot on USA Today once per day until Wednesday, August 2 at noon ET. The 10 winning resorts, determined by your vote, will be announced on Friday, August 4.
Disclosure: Most of our property, service & product reviews are sponsored by the proprietor or brand being appraised. All opinions remain our own & are in no way influenced by any sponsor.