I was honored 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 give my own readers the chance to vote for their favorite health and wellness resorts out of those nominated. My picks included:
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1. Hilton Head Health
Located on beautiful Hilton Head Island, South Carolina (pictured above), at Hilton Head Health, you can lose kilos or pounds in an award-winning and beautiful environment.
For over 35 years, Hilton Head Health has been recognized 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).
2. Pritikin Longevity Center + Spa
The Pritikin Longevity Center + Spa in Miami, Florida, offers an almost unending range of retreats that offer the perfect way to boost your health and fitness. 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 goes for a health fix, and it’s an altogether fabulous place!
3. 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.
4. Canyon Ranch
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.
5. 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 paddleboarding to culinary classes and life skills workshops,
6. Cal-a-Vie Health Spa
I like the Frenchness 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 available throughout the week, and the food is healthy and exquisite.
7. California Health & Longevity Institute
The California Health & Longevity Institute, located in Westlake Village, is a holistic lifestyle transformation destination where nutrition, spa, medicine, and fitness experts 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 on chocolate cake and wine…
8. VeraVia, California
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 behavioral health component to help maximize results once guests have left the resort, so you can return the goodness 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.
9. 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 boosts the old pituitary gland.
10. 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 country’s oldest and best destination spa programs, 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.
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