As winter melts into spring, rejuvenation becomes front of mind. A day or even a week at one of these unique spa and retreat centers can help you push the reset button.
The Raj, Iowa
Whether you are an Ayurveda aficionado or you’ve never heard of it before, this thousands-year-old Indian healing tradition is used at The Raj Ayurveda Health Spa. At this spa you can spend a day or a month enjoying organic vegetarian food, learning about healthy living and experiencing Ayurvedic treatments like Shirodhara—a soothing continuous flow of oil poured slowly and gently across the forehead to settle and balance the nervous system. Classes in Ayurveda are also offered.
New Life Hiking Spa, Vermont
When hiking is in a facility’s name, you know it’s somewhere surrounded by beautiful wilderness. This is the case with New Life Hiking Spa, which is located in the Green Mountains of Vermont at the Appalachian Trail, providing hiking for all levels of fitness. New Life offers a variety of vacation choices, including a 2-to-4-day mini-getaway, a 5-to-10-day Jump Start Program and the 11-day or longer Weight Loss Retreat. New Life is a very affordable option that includes healthy meals, optional spa services and all the hiking you want.
Hot Sulphur Springs Resort and Spa, Colorado
About two hours from Denver, this very rustic resort allows visitors to be pampered on the cheap; $18 gives you entrance to the 22 hot-springs pools of varying temperatures. Pool hopping in the snow is particularly invigorating. Spend the night in one of the basic rooms for a longer visit—so long as you like the sound of a train in the distance (train tracks near the rooms are active all night). A variety of spa services is offered as well.
Mii Amo, Arizona
Set among the stunning red rocks of the Arizona desert, this holistic spa has it all—gorgeous grounds and pools, nutritional and lifestyle coaching, hiking, cooking demos, and just about every spa service you can think of. It comes with a steep price tag, but if you want to splurge, this is the place.
Tikkun Holistic Spa, California
This day spa located in the heart of charming Santa Monica offers just what you need in order to forget the bustling city for a day. You can begin your time with a sauna in a red clay or Himalayan salt room before moving on to a variety of spa therapies that all employ natural products. There’s even an acupuncturist and chiropractor on staff—a true oasis in the city.