Top 11 wellness retreats

Get away for a mind-clearing recharge at spa resorts, spiritual retreats, hot springs, and more

Breitenbush Hot Springs
Photo: John Clark

Call a time-out on your life

Ten Thousand Waves. A peaceful spot for an afternoon or an overnight, the Japanese “village” winds up a wooded knoll outside Santa Fe. Instead of houses, though, it’s outdoor baths linked by gravel paths. Come after dark to soak under the stars. Rooms from $99. 

Rancho La Puerta. A weeklong stay is traditional at this iconic, enchanting spa, just over the Mexican border from San Diego. Choose from its famously endless list of activities (cooking lessons, Pilates, art classes, mountain hikes) before you unwind in your private, beautifully tiled casita. One week, all-inclusive: from $2,855/person. 

Hawaii Island Retreat. It’s worth the flight to decamp at this spot on the northern tip of the Big Island. Your stay will be all about dips in the saltwater infinity pool, outdoor spa treatments, and hula lessons. Book a luxurious room or a rustic but charming yurt. Yurts from $130, rooms from $275. 

Breitenbush Hot Springs. The clothes-off, everybody-in communal hot springs in the Oregon Cascades come with evergreen and mountain range views. If you decide to make it a weekend, geothermally heated cabins can be had for under $200 a night, a spot in the dorm for $62, including meals. Expect super-healthy food and a ban on booze.



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