De-Stress: How to Relax

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Ever feel like you need a vacation after your vacation? Next time, skip the jampacked sightseeing schedule. Make your vacation more about you.

The latest trend is wellness vacations. It’s a trip, usually to a resort, where the attractions are of the soothing variety— yoga classes, spa treatments, even therapy sessions. It’s not just a couple hours in the hotel sauna—but an all-encompassing experience that more travelers are now specifically seeking. Wellness tourism is now a $639 billion dollar industry, according to the Global Wellness Institute, that frequently finds travelers circling the globe to get away from it all.

Depending on how far you want to go, we’ve got a few ideas for your next wellness vacation.



Just across Alligator Alley is one of the country’s finest wellness vacation spots. The rebranded and renovated Carillon Miami Wellness Resort in North Beach features a 70,000-square-foot spa and more than 20 different fitness classes daily. Get a facial, climb the two-story rock wall, get a oneon-one from a life coach, relax in a salt bath and finish your day dining on locally sourced food. (866) 800-3858,



The Miraval Arizona Resort and Spa (pictured above) has been hosting wellness retreats before the term “wellness retreat” even existed. For close to 25 years, this resort tucked in the Santa Catalina Mountains has drawn visitors worldwide for its tranquil environs. The Life in Balance Spa features the cutting-edge Naga Thai treatment, which includes the use of silks to help with balance and support. The 400-acre sanctuary features wellness classes, including equine therapy. (888) 902-7990,


A bit farther

This is worth the trans-Atlantic flight. The SHA Wellness Clinic is perched above the Mediterranean on the east coast of Spain. Go for a relaxing week or to take part in the all-encompassing Life Reset program that focuses on breaking bad habits and establishing new ones. The resort even offers a corporate wellness program for a chance to bond—and relax—as a team.


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