10 best health and wellness resorts in the US | USA TODAY 10Best
Who says vacationing means leaving your fitness routine behind? The growing popularity of health and wellness retreats in the U.S. is a testament to our growing interest in fitness and longevity, even while traveling. To identify the 10 best health and wellness resorts across the country, we asked our readers to vote for their top picks from a list of 20 editorially-chosen nominees.
No. 10: Hilton Head Health - Hilton Head, South Carolina
Hilton Head Health is nationally recognized as a leading health and weight loss resort. Located on beautiful Hilton Head Island in South Carolina, H3’s comprehensive programs provide a holistic weight loss approach that incorporates healthy eating, fitness and mindfulness education. Guests enjoy Mediterranean-inspired dining at True and can unwind between activities at The Indigo Spa. Hilton Head Health ONDEMAND allows guests and those who cannot make it to the resort a chance to experience their programs at home on their own schedule.
No. 9: Carillon Miami Wellness Resort - Miami Beach, Florida
Carillon Miami occupies a 750-foot stretch of private beach, where guests enjoy well-appointed suites and a range of rejuvenating treatments and fitness programs focusing on both physical and emotional health.
No. 8: Mii Amo - Sedona, Arizona
With a location nestled in Boynton Canyon in Sedona’s well-known red rock and vortex land, it’s no surprise there is a special energy at Mii Amo. The resort and destination spa offers individual treatments and three-, four- and seven-day themed journeys. The Native American offerings are what make this spa special, earning it a host of spa industry awards.
No. 7: The Ranch Malibu - Malibu, California
The Ranch Malibu, an intensive one-week luxury boot camp, eliminates "decision fatigue" with a no-option daily fitness routine featuring group hiking, yoga, weight training and ab work, all amid spectacular hills above the Pacific Ocean. Healthy meals prepared with fresh, organic ingredients exclude processed sugars, alcohol and caffeine.
No. 6: Omni Amelia Island Resort & Spa - Fernandina Beach, Florida
The Omni Amelia Island offers various health and wellness activities, including swimming pools, healthy meal options, yoga classes, circuit training, Pilates and water aerobics. Guest facilities include two fitness centers with state-of-the-art machines and an indoor lap pool. “Get Fit Kits” are available for in-room use, including mats, dumbbells, stress balls and stretch bands. This Florida resort encourages its guests to stay on track with their health regimen and have fun doing it.
No. 5: CIVANA Wellness Resort and Spa - Carefree, Arizona
CIVANA, set in the Sonoran Desert outside Scottsdale, occupies 20 acres of land where guests have access to more than 10 wellness experts, complimentary daily programing, five fitness and movement studios and a carbon-neutral spa with 22 treatment rooms. Activities include everything from hiking to aerial yoga to TRX training.
No. 4: The Lodge at Woodloch - Hawley, Pennsylvania
The Lodge at Woodloch, an all-inclusive, adults-only spa resort in the heart of the Pennsylvania Poconos, invites guests to step away from the whirlwind of life to refocus. Guests enjoy a full-service spa and a wide range of classes and activities – everything from meditation, yoga or spinning to painting, cooking or wine tasting.
No. 3: Skyterra Wellness Retreat - Pisgah Forest, North Carolina
Guests at Skyterra are encouraged to set aside the worries of day-to-day life and focus on health and wellbeing. Classes are small, giving each participant personalized attention, and all fitness levels are welcome. The resort hosts less than 35 guests at a time to promote a sense of intimacy, exclusivity and a more individualized experience.
No. 2: The Art of Living Retreat Center - Boone, North Carolina
Tucked high among the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, the Art of Living Retreat Center offers yoga, meditation and Ayurvedic detox retreat programs for wellness-minded visitors. Fire circles, community singing, hiking and pottery classes are also offered.
No. 1: Eupepsia - Bland, Virginia
This 250-acre wellness sanctuary in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley seeks to help guests reconnect with themselves through the philosophy of Ayurveda. Guests enjoy vegetarian farm-to-table meals, health screenings and a range of therapies tailored to each individual.