It’s hot, business is slow … let’s escape this month. But think beyond just getting out of town. Think of it as a time to rest and rejuvenate your mind, body and soul. Health and wellness have become a focal point of resorts. It’s not enough just to offer a massage and spa; guests are seeking an all-encompassing wellness offering. Here’s a few to check out.
Canyon Ranch Lenox
Canyon Ranch retreats are spread out across the United States, specializing in wellness-centered getaways. The Berkshires location is in the stately Bellefontaine Mansion, a former boarding school that now features the Integrative Health Center and luxury spa. The Personal Discovery Pathway is a way to plan a multi-night stay that incorporates everything from your favorite yoga class to consultations from its team of doctors and spiritualists. canyonranch.com
The Omega Institute is an internationally known holistic wellness organization that’s recently reopened after a lengthy pandemic shutdown. You’ll stay in quaint cabins in the Hudson Valley hills and spend your days meditating in the serene sanctuary, exploring the 250-acre campus and taking its many wellness classes. It’s known for bringing in big-name health experts, such as Deepak Chopra, for talks and workshops. eomega.org
Still Point Lodge
OK, here’s how you really get away from it all. First, go to Alaska. Find the small city of Homer. Then take a boat or float plane to the Still Point Lodge. The retreat offers luxury accommodations right on the edge of the wilderness. It’s just a short hike to be surrounded by nature, where the lodge’s wellness staff can help arrange for private yoga, mindfulness or forest bathing sessions. stillpointlodge.com
The Sewall House is one of the top yoga retreats in the country. You’ll learn yoga from the best—Donna Davidge, who has more than 30 years’ experience. She teaches in the farmhouse her great-grandfather built, and which once hosted Teddy Roosevelt for nature re- treats. Summer is a time to get out on the nearby lake, but if you wait for winter, the surrounding mountains are perfect for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. sewallhouse.com